What's News: September 08, 2015

Firefighters putting out a fire in Riau province. Indonesia is struggling to fight forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan.
Firefighters putting out a fire in Riau province. Indonesia is struggling to fight forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
The EU is readying fresh quotas for the redistribution of migrants among its 28 states.
The EU is readying fresh quotas for the redistribution of migrants among its 28 states.PHOTO: REUTERS


Khaw's warning to voters

There is no guarantee that the People's Action Party (PAP) will form the next government, party chairman Khaw Boon Wan warned at a Sembawang GRC rally last night. Even if the PAP does form the next government, it might not be a strong one, he said, urging voters not to "play dice with our future".


No permit for Malaysian rally

Malaysian police have denied pro-Malay rights individuals permission to hold a rally on Sept 16 to counter the recent Bersih gathering.

However, an Umno grassroots leader says they will go ahead anyway.


Europe acts on migrant issue

Germany has pledged €6 billion (S$9.5 billion) to help states and municipalities cope with an influx of migrants, even as France vowed to take in 24,000 over the next two years. Under pressure from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the European Union is readying fresh quotas for redistribution of migrants among its 28 states. 


Indonesia gets new disaster chief as it struggles to fight fires

Indonesia has sworn in Mr Willem Rampangilei as the new chief of its National Disaster Management Agency. The appointment comes as the government struggles to tackle raging land and forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan that have peaked during an El Nino-linked dry spell, resulting in haze that has travelled to neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia. 


Mix of factors led to blast

Several arrests have been made in connection with the blast in Bangkok. The blast erupted from a mix of Bangkok's role as a transit point for transnational crime networks and the junta government's giving in to China's demands, writes Thitinan Pongsudhirak.


Treating bed-sore problem

At least one in 10 geriatric patients in hospital will get bed sores from lying in one position for too long.

But Changi General Hospital has cut the problem from 15 per cent of elderly patients to just 4 per cent since it set up a task force in April last year to deal with it. 


Praise for SMRT's new ad drive

SMRT has mounted a new advertising campaign, and its rail maintenance and operations staff are the ones fronting it. Experts say the ads help to humanise the company, which has been hit by train breakdowns and delays.


Temasek in Homeplus deal

Singapore investment firm Temasek Holdings is part of a consortium that has sealed a US$6 billion (S$8.5 billion) deal to buy South Korean retailer Homeplus from embattled British consumer giant Tesco. The group is led by South Korea's largest private equity firm, MBK Partners. 


Stenson leads after 3 rounds

Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson fired four birdies and an eagle in a six-under-par 65 on Sunday to seize the lead in the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

His three-round total of 200 was one stroke in front of American Rickie Fowler, with American Sean O'Hair and Aussie Matt Jones a further stroke back. 


Musical's unpaid bills

Two vendors, including a marketing consultant, are still owed a total of at least $670,000 for their work on Singapura: The Musical, two months after the troubled show cut short its run.

When the show closed abruptly on July 2, the show organisers said that payment contracts would be honoured. 


Eng Wah founder dies

Mr Goh Eng Wah (photo), founder of the cinema chain that bore his name and was rebranded as WE Cinemas in 2011, died last Saturday from "congestive cardiac failure" at age 92, said a company spokesman. He leaves behind his wife, two sons, two daughters and five grandsons. Eng Wah Group's business spans entertainment, properties, hospitality and lifestyle in Singapore and Malaysia. 

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