What's News: October 15, 2016


Prolonged slowdown ahead?

Poorer-than-expected gross domestic product figures yesterday have raised the spectre of a prolonged period of economic pain for Singapore. According to advance estimates, growth was just 0.6 per cent in the July to September period compared with the same quarter a year ago, sharply lower than economists' estimates of a 1.7 per cent expansion.


Jurong fire: Suspect arrested

Police have arrested a 41-year-old man in connection with a fire that razed a wet market and two coffee shops in Jurong West on Tuesday.

The fire left dozens of stallholders stranded and looking for ways to continue their businesses. A4



Trump slams 'vicious claims'

United States Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has cast himself as a victim of "vicious claims" on the campaign trail, lashing out at US media outlets for reporting allegations that he had sexually assaulted women, while Mrs Hillary Clinton accused Mr Trump of "stalking" her during their televised debate.


Call to boost China's eldercare

China's top advisory body has called for better eldercare services amid growing concerns that the ageing population is being neglected after decades of rapid urbanisation. A report said around 500,000 seniors in China go missing every year.


Size of success

Small can be successful, says Professor Tommy Koh. Small countries tend to dominate the leagues of success, whether it is GDP per capita, or the United Nations human development index, or transparency and lack of corruption; or education. They can beat big nations in sporting success, too.


Park & Ride scheme to end

The Park & Ride scheme will end on Dec 1 after 26 years. The scheme let motorists park outside the CBD at discounted rates and take a bus or train to work in the CBD, but it was underused as well as misused by some motorists to get cheaper parking.


Jailed for cheating boss

A secretary was jailed for 12 years for misappropriating $1.3 million from her company, New Asian Capital, an investment management firm. Lim Hoon Choo, 62, practised forging her boss's signature to sign more than 200 cheques to herself.


Goodwood Park exit offer

Goodwood Park Hotel is offering to buy out its remaining minority shareholders. Its holding company, owned by the Khoo family, launched a voluntary unconditional cash offer yesterday for all the remaining shares that it does not own at $43 per share.



Pep faces old pal Koeman

The challenge before Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is to prove Sunday's loss to Spurs was a one-off. They face Everton, whose manager, Ronald Koeman, is an old Barcelona teammate of Guardiola's. Everton's injury woes are behind them and Koeman's potential advantage is compounded by the fact that he understands Guardiola's tactical style.


12 winners in best-food hunt

Twelve eateries - including hawker stalls, cafes and restaurants - have been picked in the inaugural Singapore Food Masters 2016. Winners include Authentic Mun Chee King Of Pig's Organ Soup in Jalan Besar for its offal soup and San Laksa Steamboat in Telok Blangah for its laksa steamboat. The winners were announced yesterday.

Architects Richard Hassell and Wong Mun Summ, co-founders of Woha, which has made waves for its stunning architecture. PHOTO: WONG JING WEI


Singapore architects named Designer of the Year

Architects Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell, co-founders of award-winning practice Woha, have been named Designer of the Year for next year's Maison&Objet Asia. This is the first time a Singapore architect or designer has been awarded the title in the design show's history.

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