What's News: September 04 2015

People outside the AHPETC building.
People outside the AHPETC building. PHOTO: ST FILE


Clash over AHPETC continues

Senior People's Action Party leaders hit back regarding the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council saga yesterday, charging that the Workers' Party addresses the issue only at election rallies, where they cannot be asked questions.

Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say, the PAP politician in the WP's cross hairs, however, stayed away from the issue.


Spore's 4th desalination plant

The tender for a fourth desalination plant will be called as Singapore continues to shore up its water supply. The new plant, in Marina East, will draw from Marina Reservoir to produce 30 million gallons a day. By 2060, water needs could double the current 400 million gallons a day.


Najib sued over GE spending

Prime Minister Najib Razak and three others have been asked to file their defence over alleged overspending during the 2013 General Election. The opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat filed a suit after claims that US$700 million (S$990 million) supposedly linked to state-owned 1MDB was put into Datuk Seri Najib's accounts.


Migrants taken off train

A Hungarian train with several hundred migrants on board, bound for towns near the Austrian border, was stopped near a refugee camp yesterday and the migrants were taken off. They were seen fleeing from the police.


Impact of China's slowdown

China's surprise devaluation of its currency on Aug 11 spooked global markets, and has continued to affect markets since. Even though Asian economies are in a better shape compared with 18 years ago, they continue to be vulnerable.

Associate Editor Ravi Velloor assesses the risk factors.


Delay in SIA's new service

Singapore Airlines' (SIA) new premium economy service was cleared for take-off in the first quarter of next year, but has been delayed as the seat installation will take longer than planned.


Donors dig deep for the arts

A record $53.8 million was donated to the arts last year by more than 220 arts patrons, who were honoured last night at a ceremony.

The number of donors fell from 334 in 2013, but the amount they gave increased nearly 67 per cent.

A new SG50 Arts Patron Award went to those who gave more than $1.5 million in the last five years.


Changes to STI counters

Two counters under the Jardine group - Jardine Matheson Holdings and Jardine Strategic Holdings - as well as Olam International will be taken off as constituents of the Straits Times Index. They will be replaced by UOL Group, Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Holdings and Sats. The changes take effect from Sept 21.

Serena Williams celebrating after squeaking into the third round of the US Open. She was uncharacteristically shaky against Kiki Bertens. PHOTO: REUTERS


Williams heads for extra practice after unconvincing show

While Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic and Novak Djokovic all eased into the third round of the US Open, Serena Williams looked uncharacteristically shaky on Wednesday. She scraped past the unfancied Kiki Bertens 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 and then spent an hour rectifying a series of problems in practice.


The Maze Runner's Asian star

Lee Ki Hong feels "blessed" to play a strong Asian character in the Hollywood blockbuster franchise, The Maze Runner. The 28-year-old Korean-American star says his role of the cool and supremely athletic Minho in the hit movie series is a sign of good things to come in Hollywood.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 04, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: September 04 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe