What's News: November 22, 2016

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook drives to the basket between the Pacers' Myles Turner and Glenn Robinson during the fourth quarter.
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook drives to the basket between the Pacers' Myles Turner and Glenn Robinson during the fourth quarter.PHOTO: USA TODAY SPORTS


Avoid deep social divides: PM

Singapore must avoid the deep social divides that have surfaced after the recent presidential election in the United States and Britain's Brexit referendum, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. To do so, Singaporeans need to develop a sense of identity and togetherness, and government policies must work for the people.


GIC names new CEO 

Sovereign wealth fund GIC has named Lim Chow Kiat as its chief executive from Jan 1. He takes over from group president Lim Siong Guan, who will retire and be appointed adviser to the GIC Group Executive Committee on Jan 1. 



Sarkozy out, Fillon takes lead 

French voters defied expectations by throwing former president Nicolas Sarkozy out of the race to be the conservatives' nominee for the presidential election and propelling former prime minister Francois Fillon (photo) to top spot. Mr Fillon will face Mr Alain Juppe, another former prime minister, in a run-off on Nov 27, which is likely to produce France's next president in May.


Teague leads Pacers to victory 

Jeff Teague went into overdrive in overtime to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 115-111 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday. With eight points in overtime and a match tally of 30 points, he led six double-figure scorers as the visiting Pacers improved to 7-7.


New Bill on religion of minors 

Malaysia's Parliament tabled a Bill yesterday to prevent the unilateral religious conversion of minors. The new law provides that a child will remain in his parents' religion at the time of their marriage until the child is 18 years old, when he may choose his own religion.


Asean a catalyst for China 

China is making some serious strategic mistakes in its dealings with Asean, by sacrificing long-term interests in favour of short-term objectives in the South China Sea, writes Kishore Mahbubani. Asean is still a critical catalyst for China's future, he adds.


Help for SMEs in food sector 

A project launched yesterday will help 50 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the food manufacturing industry come up with healthier products, improve their employees' skills and become more efficient.


More planes offering Wi-Fi 

Singapore Airlines and subsidiary Scoot, which operates budget flights, are among about 70 airlines that provide Wi-Fi access, usually for a fee. Across the globe, one in four commercial jets offers the service, and more are expected to roll out the service to meet travellers' demands.


Bigger presence in Vietnam 

CapitaLand plans to extend its footprint in Vietnam by setting up a US$500 million (S$713 million) fund by next year to invest in commercial property, mainly in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, it said yesterday. The firm sees "strong potential upside" in the office market, particularly in Ho Chi Minh City.



Artist's creative process 

An exhibition of notebooks and works by multidisciplinary artist Tan Swie Hian (photo) offers a close look at his creative process. The show, titled Anatomy Of A Free Mind: Tan Swie Hian's Notebooks And Creations, is being held at the National Library building.


Storytelling Festival returns 

The 398.2 Storytelling Festival - back for the second year - features multilingual storytelling, folk music performances and storytelling sessions for adults. It takes place on Saturday at the Woodlands Regional Library, and on Dec 3 at the Asian Civilisations Museum. All events are free. This year's edition features 20 storytellers.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 22, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe