What's News: September 9, 2017


Singdollar surges against US$

The Singapore dollar is the strongest it has been against the United States dollar in over 12 months, as a host of currencies gain from a weaker greenback.

The Singdollar has surged 7.9 per cent to the greenback since Dec 28 last year, when it hit $1.4517. It was at $1.3370 yesterday - a level not seen since Aug 16 last year.


Dozens killed in Mexico quake

A powerful earthquake struck off the southern coast of Mexico late Thursday night, killing dozens of people and setting off tsunami warnings along the Pacific coast. President Enrique Pena Nieto called it the biggest quake in 100 years, even larger than the devastating 1985 tremor in Mexico City that killed thousands.

South Korean F-15K fighters in Cheongju on Thursday. The air force is conducting a week-long exercise to test readiness against possible North Korean


N. Korea may test new missile

Signs emerged that North Korea may test a new intercontinental ballistic missile at the weekend to celebrate the 69th anniversary of the regime's founding.


Irma bears down on S. Florida

Hurricane Irma remained on a collision course with southern Florida after devastating a chain of Caribbean islands, triggering the largest evacuation in Miami-Dade County and threatening to become the most expensive storm in United States history.


Founding fathers' pragmatism

A course in Marxism for civil servants and trade with the Soviet Union while fighting communism at home. These are but two examples of the curiosity and realism of three men who made Singapore extraordinary, writes Professor Kishore Mahbubani.


Warning to debt collectors

A court here has signalled that the law will be used to punish registered debt collection firm employees who behave in a thuggish manner. Two legal debt collectors were jailed after harassing an alleged debtor at 10.30pm over a $7.48 million loan.


Banned academic leaves S'pore

An academic who was working as an "agent of influence" and had his permanent residency revoked has left the country with his wife.

The Ministry of Home Affairs said Dr Huang Jing and his wife are permanently banned from Singapore


Tech help for SMEs

Smaller manufacturing firms can now try out different types of high-tech manufacturing equipment without having to shell out funds to buy them first, thanks to the Tech Access Initiative which was launched by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research yesterday.


S-League funding being cut

Funding for the S-League is expected to be slashed by almost half next season. The Tote Board is prepared to disburse only $8.5 million for the Republic's only professional sports league, down from the annual figure of $16 million. The Football Association of Singapore was informed of the decision last week.

This was the line at 8.30am before the launch of Fenty Beauty by Rihanna at Sephora Ion Orchard yesterday. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG


Queue for Rihanna's make-up

The queue started on Thursday night, and by 8.30am yesterday, more than 100 shoppers were in line outside Sephora in Ion Orchard mall, ahead of the launch of Fenty Beauty, Rihanna's first make-up label. The 91-item make-up line launched in Singapore yesterday at 10am, offering a wide array of products, including 40 shades of foundation.


Men of 'war'

Director Jack Neo turned Dover Road into a war zone with tanks and firepower to shoot Ah Boys To Men 4. str.sg/warboys


Hongbao poll

The Straits Times polled readers on how much hongbao money to give at a sponsored wedding, like the one held by Instagram influencers. str.sg/wedspon

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