What's News: September 13, 2016

A total of 45,000 partygoers attended the inaugural edition of Ultra Singapore at the weekend, a spin-off of the famous Ultra Miami festival.
A total of 45,000 partygoers attended the inaugural edition of Ultra Singapore at the weekend, a spin-off of the famous Ultra Miami festival.PHOTO: RUKES


Call to reject extremism

Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim has urged Muslim leaders and worshippers to take a strong stand against extremist views that could disrupt the peace in Singapore. He made the comments yesterday on Hari Raya Haji,which marked the end of the annual pilgrimmage to Mecca.


Duterte wants US troops out

President Rodrigo Duterte wants US special forces to leave Mindanao, which has been plagued by an Islamist secessionist war for decades. He said US forces have worsened the situation by fuelling resentment among Muslims, especially militants allied with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. 


Tourism workers protest

About 20,000 Taiwan tourism operators and workers marched to a square in front of the presidential hall yesterday to demand that the government take steps to help their businesses, hard hit by worsening ties with mainland China. Relations between the self-ruled island and the mainland have become strained since President Tsai Ing-wen took office in May. 


Military trials off for civilians

Thailand's military government said yesterday that it will prosecute cases concerning national security and royal insult in civilian courts instead of military courts, a change a rights group said was a window dressing before a United Nations review. Such cases have risen since the military coup in 2014.


New Silk Road a ray of hope

In a world plagued by pessimism, China's proposed New Silk Road has the potential to renew optimism, writes Jean-Pierre Lehmann. The opportunities this project presents should be seized with entrepreneurial verve, he says. 


Haze precautions for exams

With the year-end examination season starting this month, schools are not taking any chances should air quality deteriorate, and have put in place measures, including air purifiers in exam rooms. In September last year, schools across the island had to close for a day due to worsening haze conditions.


City centre sleaze cleaned up

There has been a clean-up of massage parlours offering sexual services at The Adelphi in Coleman Street, in the heart of the Civic District. At least 13 of them have closed since a police raid of the building over six days in June. 


Vision for maritime sector

Thinking outside the box - and into the future - is exactly the mindset that Singapore's maritime industry should adopt, given the headwinds buffeting today's market. That requires making "some very difficult adjustments", said Mr Andrew Tan, chief executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. 


Stan the Man stays humble

Stan Wawrinka insists he is still not in the same league as tennis' "Big Four", after coming from behind to shock world No. 1 and 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic in four sets in the US Open final. Sunday's win gave the Swiss his third Grand Slam title. 


Dance tribute to Rochor

The colourful blocks of Rochor Centre and the memories of its residents will spring to life in a dance performance tomorrow. The 40-year-old estate, which will soon make way for the North-South Expressway, inspired Muted Colours Of Rochor, a set of six dance pieces created by the National University of Singapore Chinese Dance group. 


Ultra Singapore ends on high note after first-day woes

The two-day Ultra Singapore music festival had crushing queues and other shortcomings on Saturday. But Sunday was a sea change after the organisers made improvements on all fronts. Happy fans were better able to appreciate the electric atmosphere and high-calibre line-up that included Norwegian producer Kygo. 

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