What's News: September 18, 2015

Six-year-old Nur Aliyya Qisya playing with a modified toy at Rainbow Centre yesterday.
Six-year-old Nur Aliyya Qisya playing with a modified toy at Rainbow Centre yesterday.PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Syrian migrants arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos last Friday.
Syrian migrants arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos last Friday.PHOTO: REUTERS


Exports worse than expected

Exports fell more than expected last month, underscoring fears over weak global growth and concerns that Singapore might fall into a technical recession this quarter. Economists say the numbers, which follow a slew of disappointing data in recent weeks, add to mounting expectations that the central bank will act to ease the appreciation of the Singdollar next month.


Gold regains lustre

Gold prices rose as much as 1.4 per cent on Wednesday, signalling traders' doubts that the United States Federal Reserve would raise interest rates at its meeting overnight.

The metal jumped to as high as US$1,124.27 per troy ounce before settling at US$1,118.39, up from US$1,108.82 a day ago. 


EU okays refugee relocation

The European Parliament yesterday backed plans to relocate 120,000 refugees around the European Union to help the front-line states of Greece, Hungary and Italy, in a move that raised pressure on ministers to adopt the proposals next week.


Rally's focus on Malay rights

Thousands heeded the call to support Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak against demands by reform group Bersih for him to step down, but the "red shirts" rally on Wednesday ended up focusing on affirming Malay rights. 


Changing leadership concern

Mr Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in as Australia's Prime Minister just hours after defeating Mr Tony Abbott in a late-night Liberal Party ballot. Australia's revolving-door politics could be cause for concern if its relations with regional powers fluctuate as a result, says Associate Editor Ravi Velloor. 


Special toys for kids with special needs

Fifty specially modified toys were presented to a group of children with special needs yesterday by defence research organisation DSO National Laboratories. The organisation held the SG50 Hack-A-Toy! event for the Rainbow Centre as part of its corporate responsibility programme. 


All geared up for F1 race

Formula One fans are expected to pack Singapore's hotels, bars and restaurants for this weekend's Grand Prix - despite initial fears that they could be put off by the haze. Organisers say there are no plans to amend the programmes.


Fewer deaths, injuries at work

The number of workplace deaths and injuries in the first half of this year was down from the figure in the same period last year, according to official statistics released yesterday. However, the number of occupational diseases and traffic fatalities inched up.


'Resilient' S'pore stocks

Singapore stocks should be able to withstand more volatility if the global economy worsens, says Maybank Kim Eng Research. A "stress test" it did on the stock market found that three sectors emerged as the most resilient: China water-utility stocks, healthcare and manufacturing. 


Wenger admits he got it wrong

While Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger acknowledged his team selection did not work out in the 1-2 Champions League loss to Dinamo Zagreb, he blamed the referee for being overly harsh in giving Olivier Giroud a second yellow card which led to his dismissal. The striker was one of six changes after a tough run of six games in 18 days.


Helping depression sufferers

Actress Eelyn Kok, 36, suffered from depression more than 10 years ago, triggered by a failed relationship and her mother's battle with cervical cancer. Now she wants to help others with the condition. She will take part in next month's The Make A Difference (M.A.D) Race, which aims to raise awareness of depression. 

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