What's News: October 4, 2016

US golfers celebrating their team's victory over Team Europe in the 2016 Ryder Cup on Sunday in Minnesota.
US golfers celebrating their team's victory over Team Europe in the 2016 Ryder Cup on Sunday in Minnesota.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Homes destroyed by flooding of the Tumen River in late August in North Korea.
Homes destroyed by flooding of the Tumen River in late August in North Korea.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Private home prices fall 1.5%

Private home prices fell 1.5 per cent in the third quarter over April to June, marking the sharpest fall in seven years and the 12th straight quarter of decline.

Overall, private home prices have now slumped 10.8 per cent from a peak in the third quarter of 2013.

Meanwhile, the resale prices of public housing flats remained stable in the third quarter.


Pound falls on Brexit timeline

The pound fell 0.6 per cent to S$1.757 yesterday, its weakest level against the Singdollar since Aug 16, following news that British Prime Minister Theresa May has set a timetable for Brexit. But businesses here warmed to the clarity offered by her announcement. 


US wins Ryder Cup after long drought

The United States captured the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008 on Sunday, clinching the victory over Team Europe when rookie Ryan Moore won the last three holes of his singles match to defeat England's Lee Westwood, giving the US a 17-11 victory in golf's greatest team contest. 


N. Korea faces flood crisis

At least 600,000 people in North Korea have been affected by heavy flooding that damaged or destroyed 30,000 homes, the Red Cross has said, calling for urgent humanitarian aid ahead of the winter. Widespread deforestation for fuel and farming has made the impoverished country prone to natural disasters, especially floods. 


Trump's comeback strategy

Republican nominee Donald Trump is expected today to start driving a contrast between how he and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill made their fortunes, as he tries to recover at rallies in Colorado from a bad week in his campaign to be president. 


Floating a nuclear idea

Nuclear energy is the only viable solution going forward, writes Lim Soon Heng, who suggests that Singapore build on its expertise in oil rigs to deploy small modular reactors at sea and aim to be a world leader in the field. 


Boost for family, criminal law

Singapore's longstanding shortage of family and criminal lawyers may finally be plugged. The country's third law school at SIM University is confident its students will go on to practise family and criminal law, given its curriculum focus.


Haze: Peatland claim refuted

A Singapore researcher has taken the lead to refute claims that the conversion of peatlands into oil palm plantations can be done in a way to reduce the chances of haze. NUS scientist Lahiru Wijedasa was the lead author of a letter, signed with 138 others, which objected to the claims by a Malaysian institute. 


Good prospects in natural gas

The natural gas sector offers valuable business and job opportunities in the long term, with new developments in liquefied natural gas technologies and floating offshore solutions presenting good prospects, Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development Koh Poh Koon said yesterday.



Sufi bags two major awards

Singapore singer Sufi Rashid, who won two major awards at the recent Malay music awards show Anugerah Planet Muzik, is especially grateful to be Singapore's Most Popular Artist. It was a tough category because nominees included favourites such as Taufik Batisah, one of Sufi's mentors. Sufi is in the midst of recording his debut album, which he expects to release at the end of the year. 


Milo vans all ready for Hartono

Singaporeans are in for an ice-cold Milo treat soon, thanks to Sing! China finalist Nathan Hartono. Nestlesays it is readying its Milo vans after Hartono said he would treat everyone to iced Milo if he wins the Chinese TV singing contest. Regardless of the results on Friday, Nestle said it will proceed with the mobilisation of its Milo vans. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 04, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe