What's News: Oct 27, 2017

The Grand Old Party risks turning into the Party of Trump as members who do not support the US President quit.
The Grand Old Party risks turning into the Party of Trump as members who do not support the US President quit.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Final farewell to Thai King

Teary-eyed Thais clad in black turned out by the tens of thousands in Bangkok in a final send-off for their late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was cremated last night. President Halimah Yacob, who attended the ceremony, said the late king "was one of the most respected monarchs of the modern era".


800 scammed on Carousell

Police said more than 800 people have been scammed on Carousell, but a spokesman for the online marketplace said the fraud incidence rate is less than 0.1 per cent of more than 20 million successful transactions to date. Between January to June this year, police said there were 900 e-commerce scams recorded.


Giving up or giving in to Trump

Despite the fervour of US President Donald Trump's Republican opponents, Mr Trump's brand of hard-edged nationalism, with its gut-level cultural appeals and hard lines on trade and immigration, is taking root within his adopted party, and those uneasy with grievance politics are either giving in or giving up the fight.


China eyes long-term growth

China's growth will no longer be a numbers game as it moves away from annual growth targets to focus on long-term high-quality growth, a top economic policymaker told reporters yesterday. The press conference explained the goals outlined by President Xi Jinping at the 19th party congress.


One patient, so many doctors

Singaporeans with chronic health problems see many doctors, yet they feel unsatisfied, writes Dr Orlanda Goh. A review of the healthcare system's incentives is needed to ensure patient care is better coordinated.


Smaller firms 'not left behind'

Smaller construction firms will not be left behind in the plan to transform the construction sector with technology, as most projects will still use conventional methods, said industry leaders. This will give companies time to adopt more efficient pre-fab technology.


Singapore's anti-drug plan

Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam said Singapore does not take comfort in having the death penalty. Speaking yesterday at the Asia-Pacific Forum Against Drugs, he said it is part of a larger framework to reduce drug supply and rehabilitate offenders.


OCBC Q3 profit up 12%

OCBC Bank said net profit rose 12 per cent to $1.06 billion for the three months ended Sept 30, compared with the same period a year earlier. Chief executive Samuel Tsien said yesterday that the pain afflicting the oil and gas sector will continue for some time, but added that there have been positive signs, including a slight increase in oil-drilling activity.


Koepka leads in first round

US Open golf champion Brooks Koepka powered to the first-round lead in golf WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai with seven birdies and an eagle for an eight-under 64. But two Asians - Malaysia's Gavin Green and an emotional, black-clad Kiradech Aphibarnrat, playing on the day of the Thai King's funeral - drew attention with their 65s.



Haw Par Villa turns 80

Haw Par Villa celebrates its 80th anniversary this weekend with various activities, including two tours of the theme park. The Journeys to Hell tour explains the 10 Courts of Hell (above), while the Cultured Leopard, Rising Tiger tour tells the rags-to-riches story of the brothers who founded the Tiger Balm medicated ointment as well as Haw Par Villa.

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From cop to private eye

Mr Davy Chan, 70, recounts how he survived a bullet that burned through him, and also how he had once used a Nokia phone as a weapon. str.sg/police


Most 'kiasu' town

The people in Tampines are getting rewarded for being "kiasu". Take a look at what clinched it for them at str.sg/kiasu

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