What's News: November 18 2015

US President Barack Obama speaking after touring the BRP Gregorio del Pilar at a Naval station in Manila on Nov 17.
US President Barack Obama speaking after touring the BRP Gregorio del Pilar at a Naval station in Manila on Nov 17.PHOTO: EPA


Obama seeks to bolster allies

United States President Barack Obama, in Manila for the first of his back-to-back summits in the region, has sought to bolster allies amid China's growing maritime might and to press his case for a key trade agreement.

Yesterday, he announced US$259 million (S$369 million) in maritime security assistance to US allies in the region.


Non-oil exports down 0.5%

Singapore exports shrank again last month after a modest upturn in September, reviving fears of a technical recession. Still, the 0.5 per cent fall in non-oil domestic exports was significantly less than the 3 per cent contraction forecast in a Reuters poll.



A fresh start in Myanmar

Myanmar's neighbours will be dealing with a different form of government in a few months' time as Ms Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy takes over.

But the change will not be radical, analysts and diplomats say, as Asia cautiously awaits the shape of the new Myanmar government to be formed in March.


ISIS plan to kidnap KL officials

Militants linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had planned to kidnap top Malaysian officials and release them in exchange for dozens of detained comrades, police have said. Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein had said his name was on the list.


SME lessons from Germany

While local SMEs tend to lag behind in innovation, the German Mittelstand are at the cutting edge. Over 1,300 of these mid-sized manufacturers are among the top three globally in their area. Thomas Menkhoff writes on how Singapore firms can learn from them.

A patient undergoing an ultrasound scan. From January next year, KK Women's and Children's Hospital and Singapore General Hospital will be offering screenings for gestational diabetes. ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN


Gestational diabetes screenings for expectant mums

Two Singapore hospitals are to offer all mothers-to-be screenings for gestational diabetes, a temporary condition occurring during pregnancy. As part of a six-month trial, the screenings will be offered to women at 24 to 28 weeks of pregnancy in an effort to enable earlier detection and intervention.


Rains didn't refill JB reservoir

Monday's heavy rain in Johor Baru did little to raise the water levels in Linggiu Reservoir, a key source of water for Singapore.

The authorities in Singapore said they would monitor the situation in case there is a need to restrict water use here.


Extension granted for appeal

In a legal first, the prosecution has been granted a time extension to lodge an appeal.  It comes in the case of insurance agent Tang Peng Khoon, 44, who was jailed for nine months for swindling his client and friend of 20 years.



SGX alerts investors

Singapore Exchange has warned investors to pay attention to the financial irregularities that are emerging among the listed firms here with operations in China. Several of them have announced significant and perplexing changes in their financial positions, usually involving questionable write-offs, says SGX chief regulatory officer Tan Boon Gin (photo).


Celtics intercept Rockets

The Boston Celtics now know how to steal the thunder from their National Basketball Association opponents.

Thriving on steals and fast breaks, they shut down the Houston Rockets in a 111-95 win on Monday at Toyota Centre. The Celtics' intensity never let up even though they were playing their fifth game in seven days.


View the Magna Carta

The Magna Carta, a revered 13th century English document which paved the way for the establishment of fundamental human freedoms, will be displayed here in an exhibition at the Supreme Court from tomorrow to Monday. It features in an exhibition touring the world this year to mark its 800th anniversary.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 18, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: November 18 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe