What's News: January 01, 2016


An exciting next lap for S'pore

The next chapter of the Singapore story can be every bit as exciting as the first 50 years, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

In a New Year message that departed from the usual focus on the economy, he reflected on four moments in 2015 that showed what a united people can achieve.


US-Asean summit set for Feb

Leaders of Asean and the US will meet from Feb 15 to 16 in California in a first-of-its-kind summit that is being hailed as an important signal of America's commitment to the region. The White House yesterday revealed details of the previously announced meeting, saying it will advance the rebalance to Asia.


Korea, through PM Lee's eyes

What is South Korea like, seen through the eyes of Singapore's Prime Minister? The answer, Korean media said, could be found on Mr Lee Hsien Loong's Facebook page. His recent private vacation to South Korea - and the many photos and stories he posted - garnered a buzz online and focused media attention on the growing ties between the two countries.


Tight race in Taiwan elections

From former spies to political heirs and former convicts, more than 530 candidates will be jostling for a place in Taiwan's parliamentary elections that take place on Jan 16. The race is tight, with an average of five people fighting for one seat for the seats being contested by individuals.


Rougher year for US-Asia ties

2015 was a good year for Asia in American foreign policy. But growing terrorism fears, souring ties with China, and a fractious presidential campaign in America will make it rougher for US-Asia ties this year.


Businesses hail car-free plans

Plans for "Car-Free Sundays" are welcomed by businesses in the Central Business District. They believe they will help to make the area more vibrant. A proposed 4.7km route will be reserved for cyclists, joggers and pedestrians in an effort to draw more visitors.


Tackling health woes in one go

By 2020, the National Cancer Centre's patients may not only be treated for the disease but also other conditions they suffer from. It plans to formalise a multi-disciplinary approach where a range of medical professionals tackle health problems at the same time.


Bad year for the stock market

It was a year to forget for the local stock market, with the Straits Times Index suffering one of its worst years since the 2008 financial crisis.

Corporate earnings downgrades, an oil and commodities rout coupled with China's slowdown and falling regional currencies sent the STI down 14.3 per cent for 2015.

Christian Benteke scoring the winner for Liverpool in their clash against Sunderland on Wednesday. PHOTO: REUTERS


Benteke hits winner again as Klopp cops warning

Liverpool are level on 30 points with old rivals Manchester United, after Christian Benteke sealed full points for the second straight Premier League game in the 1-0 win over Sunderland. But manager Juergen Klopp was warned by a policeman for a heated row over a nasty tackle.


Jurong Bird Park turns 45

Singapore's oldest wildlife park, the Jurong Bird Park, turns 45 this weekend, having evolved over the years from simply a place of entertainment to one setting great store by research, breeding and conservation. To mark the milestone, Singapore residents visiting on Sunday will enjoy a 45 per cent discount off tickets, food and retail purchases.


New studio space at Esplanade

National performing arts centre The Esplanade is converting a two- storey building on its premises, previously home to two clubs, into a studio space. It will be used for artist residencies, rehearsals, workshops and performances. Later this month , the Esplanade will also unveil a children's activity area on its fourth floor.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 01, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: January 01, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe