What's News: August 12, 2016

Pacquiao facing off with Timothy Bradley Jr in April in their WBO international welterweight title bout in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao facing off with Timothy Bradley Jr in April in their WBO international welterweight title bout in Las Vegas.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Investigators at the site of a suicide bombing in Ansbach, Germany, last month.
Investigators at the site of a suicide bombing in Ansbach, Germany, last month.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


GDP projected to rise 1%-2%

The weaker global economy will likely weigh on Singapore's growth in the second half of the year, prompting the Government to pare its full-year growth forecast. The economy is now projected to expand by 1 per cent to 2 per cent in what could be the slowest year since 2009. This is narrower than the earlier 1 per cent to 3 per cent projection. 


Asean road map on haze 

Asean countries yesterday agreed on the contents of a road map to use in their bid to control the annual haze, but stopped short of pointing fingers at Indonesia over the issue of forest fires. The road map is expected to help Asean achieve a haze-free region by 2020. 


Tough new security measures

German citizens with dual nationality who fight for a terror group should be stripped of their German citizenship, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said yesterday, unveiling tough new plans following two attacks claimed by extremist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. 


Abdication laws take priority 

Japan's debate on how to revise laws to allow Emperor Akihito to step down could delay Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plans to reform the country's pacifist Constitution to give its military a larger role, as the abdication will likely have priority over the charter revision. 


Right to change medical Act 

Two recent court cases of misconduct by doctors are proof that a change in the law back in 2010 was the right way to go, writes senior health correspondent Salma Khalik. It has ushered in a new era of accountability for the profession. 


Boost for community nursing 

An enhanced version of a scheme to get former nurses to return to the profession has seen 19 signing up since April. The Return To Nursing scheme offers a bonus of up to $5,000 for former nurses who join the community care sector. 


Man who hurt maid spared jail

A man who assaulted his 33-year-old Indonesian maid was yesterday spared jail and given a two-year treatment order to get psychiatric help. Ng Tong Kok, 59, a part-time cleaner, was suffering from depression when he hit the maid with a walking stick, and punched and kicked her.


No move from AMTC on Swiber 

The interim judicial manager of Swiber Holdings said it has not met any representative from AMTC over plans to revive its interest in the troubled firm, contrary to claims by AMTC chief executive Smith O'Connor that the deal was still "alive". AMTC's decision to pull the plug on a $200 million investment in Swiber precipitated its demise. 


Pacquiao returning to the ring for the money, says analyst

Money is the key reason for Manny Pacquiao's return to the ring, says HBO analyst Max Kellerman, who feels the Philippine legend is playing it safe by picking Jessie Vargas over rising star Terence Crawford. But pundit Ronnie Nathanielsz believes the Nov 5 fight will not be easy as Pacquiao is 37.


Singer signs with major label

Singer-songwriter Charlie Lim is the latest home-grown indie act to sign with a major record label. He joins another singer- songwriter, Gentle Bones, on the roster of Universal Music Singapore, and is working on his first release under the label - an EP due out in mid-2017. 

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