What's News: November 10, 2015

An image by artist Nickolay Lamm based on Climate Central's sea level map data showing the effects of rising sea levels in Shanghai.
An image by artist Nickolay Lamm based on Climate Central's sea level map data showing the effects of rising sea levels in Shanghai.PHOTO: CLIMATE CENTRAL
A worker clearing debris from demolished hawker stalls at Metro Manila yesterday.
A worker clearing debris from demolished hawker stalls at Metro Manila yesterday.PHOTO: REUTERS


Opposition on track for win

Myanmar's ruling party yesterday conceded defeat in the country's general election, as the opposition led by democracy figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi appeared on course for a landslide victory. A huge crowd gathered yesterday for the second evening at the opposition's office in Yangon, dancing and singing wildly in celebration.


'Work to boost social fabric'

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at the 30th anniversary gala dinner of the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations that its new Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre could be a platform to draw the young. He also urged clan elders to continue to work with other ethnic and religious groups to strengthen the social fabric.


Manila gets ready for summit

The Philippines is mobilising over 20,000 personnel, shutting down major highways, rescheduling commercial flights and placing capital Manila on a week-long holiday, as it prepares to host 21 world leaders for Apec's 27th summit next week. 


Paris warns of climate change 'catastrophe'

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has warned of a looming planetary "catastrophe" if negotiations fail at a key United Nations conference on climate change from Nov 30 to Dec 11. Global warming could elevate levels of disease, ravage crops and push 100 million more people into poverty, a World Bank study said.


The meaning of Taiwan

It is fitting to reflect on the meaning of Taiwan in the light of last week's landmark Xi-Ma meeting, writes Jean-Pierre Lehmann, who has watched the island's development through the decades. He expects the way ahead for China and Taiwan to be long and tortuous. 


Dishwashing facility at IMM

Restaurants at the IMM shopping mall in Jurong are the first to get their own in-house dishwashing facility. The facility, with semi-automated lines, was set up in March to address eateries' woes in hiring dishwashers and to boost productivity in this basic service. 


Exporting teaching expertise

Singapore's education expertise is sought after, with more than 7,000 educators from about 35 countries having been trained by the National Institute of Education's business consultancy arm, which now brings in some $6 million a year.


Upgraded FTA holds promise

The opportunity to upgrade the China-Singapore free trade agreement could allow Singapore firms to ride on the growing services sector in China's economy.

The current trade pact does not cover much of the services sector, so an upgrade could boost bilateral investment in the sector.


Japan not taking any chances

Japan football coach Vahid Halilhodzic has summoned his strongest-possible squad, including Europe-based stars Keisuke Honda, Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki, for the World Cup qualifier against Singapore on Thursday. The two sides played to an unexpected 0-0 draw in Saitama in June. 


From glam to gritty

Tamil movie star Trisha Krishnan (photo), who is well known for playing glamorous roles, portrays a police officer for the first time in her latest release, Thoongavanam (Sleepless Forest), which opens in Singapore today. The actress was in Singapore on Sunday for the opening of Rex Cinemas' new outlet at Golden Mile Tower. 


Release of Cobain recordings

After the premiere of documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, for which director Brett Morgen listened to over 200 hours of tape from the tortured Nirvana singer's archives, a somewhat unorthodox soundtrack, consisting of lo-fi song sketches, goofy skits and bedroom noodling, will be released on Friday. 

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