What's News: Jan 6, 2016

An investor at a securities company in Beijing on Jan 5.
An investor at a securities company in Beijing on Jan 5.PHOTO: AFP


Stock markets sink further

After suffering one of the worst one-day falls on Monday, Chinese stocks looked set to sink further until reports that the Chinese government had started pumping billions of dollars into the financial system temporarily halted the slide yesterday. But the move was not enough as investors still bailed out and fled to safe haven assets.


Sharp rise in dengue cases

Dengue cases continued to rise at the end of last year with 455 cases between Dec 27 and Jan 2 - the highest weekly total of the year. Most were recorded in the eastern part of Singapore, where Tampines is the biggest of the country's active clusters with 178 cases. The National Environment Agency warned it has been seeing a rise in the number of aedes mosquitoes.

A robot dancing at the International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo last month. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Japan aiming for tech reboot

The country that gave the world the Walkman and the bullet train wants to reclaim its technological prowess and boost its economy. From robotics and healthcare to driverless cars and aviation, Japan is striving to accelerate innovation ahead of hosting the Olympic Games in 2020.


Reform message via comedy

Malaysian electoral reform group Bersih, known for its massive street protests, is employing another method this week to spread its message: Colouring contests and stand-up comedy at a five-day festival. The organisers say the aim is to tackle electoral reform in a less confrontational way.


Uncertain year for Singapore

This year, Singapore's very open economy will have to ride the uncertain waves caused by the US and Chinese economies. Business Editor Lee Su Shyan looks at the economic prospects for Singapore in the weekly Economic Affairs column.


Sports School does well in IB

Athletes from the Singapore Sports School (SSP) have excelled in the classroom as well as on the playing field. More than half of its first International Baccalaureate (IB) graduates achieved at least 40 points out of 45, and all 19 passed the November exam.


New Parliament seating plan

For years, the all-male Cabinet sat in the front row of Parliament. On Friday next week, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu will become the first woman to sit with the men in front. The opening of the new Parliament will also see an expanded Cabinet spilling into the second row.


Better support for tech firms

Changes are in store for government R&D funding to encourage local firms to turn to technology. Funding undertaken now by various public sector agencies will be brought together under the National Research Foundation. Wider emphasis will also be given to other high-tech sectors to support Singapore's strengths in electronics, disk drives and manufacturing.


Pac-Man to call it a day

Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has dashed hopes of a rematch against old foe Floyd Mayweather, saying he will retire after fighting Timothy Bradley for the third time in April, to focus on his political career.

The 37-year-old Member of Parliament is confident of winning a Senate seat in the May polls.


Irfan right at Home

S-League side Home United have added more power to their already strong strike force, signing Irfan Fandi (above), the oldest son of Singapore football icon Fandi Ahmad, on a one-year contract.

The 18-year-old will join former LionsXII players, strikers Khairul Nizam, winger Faris Ramli and midfielder Zulfahmi Arifin.

The sales performance of British singer Adele's 25 has been remarkable, as the album was released only on Nov 20. PHOTO: REUTERS


Adele's 25 album hits highest US sales in a decade

25, Adele's record-breaking album, has scored another feat - the highest sales in the United States during a single year in a decade. It sold 363,000 units in the final week of last year, taking her total US sales tally to 7.44 million copies by the end of Dec 31 - the most in a year since R&B star Usher's album Confessions sold 7.98 million copies in 2004.

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