What's News: September 7, 2016


Unite to fight Zika, Asean told

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday called on his Asean counterparts to join hands and combat the Zika virus together so that regional trade does not take a hit. Speaking at the 28th Asean Summit in Laos, he said problems like the haze also had to be tackled together.


Miss Joaquim recognised

For years, there was no consensus on whether the Vanda Miss Joaquim orchid hybrid was a product of nature, or artificially cross-bred by Agnes Joaquim. But two national agencies have credited her now for creating the hybrid.

Motorcyclists' licences being checked by policemen in Manila yesterday following a blast at a market in Davao City last Friday. PHOTO: REUTERS


Alarm over state of emergency

Human rights activists sounded the alarm yesterday after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared in a proclamation "a state of national emergency" in the wake of a deadly blast. They said the vague proclamation may enable the President to step up the already brutal anti-crime campaign.


Palm oil firm to be prosecuted

Indonesia said yesterday that it will take a palm oil company to court over its perceived connection to a group of men who detained seven fire inspectors in Riau province. The authorities are also investigating if the firm broke forestry laws, including illegally converting peatland into an oil palm plantation.


Stalling over car insurance

Driverless cars are already on the road but it is unclear how they will be insured and who pays in an accident. Rachael Boon looks under the hood to see what has caused progress on this front to stall.


Boost for business internships

Ngee Ann Polytechnic received a donation of $8.71 million yesterday from philanthropic organisation Ngee Ann Kongsi. Part of the money will go towards schemes like the Global Entrepreneurship Internship Programme, a new initiative which exposes students to the world's innovation hubs.


Galaxy Note7 exchange

Singapore owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 will be able to swop their phone for a new one of the same model and colour from Sept 16, following a global recall after reports of the phone battery exploding during charging.


Auto hub in Sungei Kadut

A major new automobile hub in Sungei Kadut, near Woodlands, far from the traditional location of Ubi, will test demand for car-related industries there. It is due to be ready in the first quarter of next year.

Serena Williams playing against Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan at their US Open singles match in New York on Monday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Williams pulls ahead of Federer's tally

US Open women's top seed Serena Williams has won her 308th Grand Slam match, overtaking Roger Federer's tally. Her victory over Yaroslava Shvedova and the surprise exit of fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska mean that Angelique Kerber, the German second seed, is the only player with a realistic chance of ending Williams' 186-week reign as world No 1.


Winning portrait of grandpa

When Ms Ching Ann Hui's grandfather was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2014, trips to Johor, where he lived, became a regular affair for her. She snapped photos of him and one shot won her a prize in the City Developments Limited Singapore Young Photographer Award competition.



Jay Chou gig: Call for refunds

Over 1,500 signatures have been collected for an online petition seeking refunds to The Invincible gig by Mandopop king Jay Chou at the National Stadium on Sept 3. It was created by Mr Goh Ying Sheng, who wants refunds from organiser Multimedia Entertainment and answers from the Sports Hub for "repeated poor standards of concerts" there.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 07, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe