What's News: October 14, 2016

Jason Chan with Khaleila Hisham in Perfect Girl, the 10-part Web series that he made for just $1,000.
Jason Chan with Khaleila Hisham in Perfect Girl, the 10-part Web series that he made for just $1,000.PHOTO: BANANAMANA FILMS


Thai King dies at 88

The world's longest-reigning monarch, Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, died in hospital yesterday at the age of 88.

The country now moves into unknown territory, but in the short term, with the royalist army firmly in power, there may be a period of stability, analysts say.


S'pore-Australia partnership

The partnership between Singapore and Australia is part of a network of relationships among countries in the Asia-Pacific that lends stability to the region, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull said yesterday. 



Trump accused of groping

Several women, including former beauty queens, have accused Mr Donald Trump (photo) of groping or kissing them without consent in news reports, days after the Republican presidential nominee insisted in a debate he had never engaged in such behaviour. 


S'pore drama Perfect Girl on Netflix, Viki

Perfect Girl, a 10-part Web series produced by Singapore firm BananaMana Films, has been acquired by major international platforms such as Netflix, Viki and Naver. Made for just $1,000, it is likely the second Singapore production on Netflix after Anthony Chen's acclaimed 2013 film Ilo Ilo. 


US targets Yemeni rebels

The US military directly targeted Yemen's Houthi rebels for the first time yesterday, hitting their radar sites after US warships came under missile attacks twice in four days. The Iran-backed rebels have denied carrying out the attacks. The Obama administration had sought to keep the US from being dragged too deeply into the conflict. 


Asian markets to watch

Ravi Velloor chats with Ruchir Sharma, the chief global strategist of Morgan Stanley, about his new book, The Rise And Fall Of Nations, the "kiss of debt", and his pick of Asian markets to watch. 


Scoot, Tigerair on hiring drive

Scoot and Tigerair are going on a major recruitment drive as they eye a bigger slice of the budget air travel market. The two low-cost carriers under Singapore Airlines plan to recruit 300 pilots and about 2,000 cabin crew by 2020. 


Will upheld in Yeo family dispute

The High Court has upheld the will of Madam Ng Lay Hua, wife of one of the founding directors of food and beverage firm Yeo Hiap Seng. Noting that she had the necessary mental capacity to make her last will, it ruled against a challenge to the validity of the will, which had disinherited two grandchildren. 


Surbana acquires Aetos

Surbana Jurong has moved to enhance its safety and security offering amid rising security threats worldwide. The urban planning and infrastructure development consultancy yesterday said it had acquired 100 per cent of Aetos Holdings.



Albirex eye bigger prize

Japanese side Albirex Niigata can win their first S-League title with a triumph over Hougang United at Jalan Besar Stadium tonight. Victory will also give the White Swans a shot at another slice of local football history as they will be a Singapore Cup final win away from an unprecedented quadruple. 


Janet Jackson's baby bump

Singer Janet Jackson on Wednesday showed off her baby bump, confirming that she is pregnant with her first child at the age of 50. In April, she called off her Unbreakable world tour in a cryptic video selfie in which she said she was planning her family and had to rest up. She married her third husband, Qatari businessman Wissam al Mana, in 2012. 

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