What's News: August 31, 2016

 The Women's Specialist clinic at 113 Aljunied Avenue 2.
The Women's Specialist clinic at 113 Aljunied Avenue 2. ST PHOTO: MARCUS TAN


Zika testing for mums-to-be

Pregnant women who develop fever and rash, and other signs of a possible Zika infection such as red eyes or joint pain, have been advised to test for the virus. Women whose male partners are found to carry the Zika virus are also being urged to also get tested, even if the pregnant women are not showing symptoms.


Asean 'must stay united'

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang yesterday urged Asean nations to stand united to overcome challenges facing the region and the world, such as the South China Sea issue. He made the point in his Singapore Lecture.



India, US sign military pact

India and the United States have signed a pact to facilitate the use of each other's military bases for repair and refuelling. US Secretary of State John Kerry  met Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi yesterday for a dialogue where they pledged to deepen ties.


Fires: Court rules against firm

A high court in Indonesia has overturned a lower court decision that cleared pulpwood firm Bumi Mekar Hijau of illegally setting fires on its concession land. The country has been taking errant firms to task over illegal forest fires that caused transboundary haze pollution.


Revamp parcel locker system

Logistics expert Lee Chong Kwee weighs in on the proposal for a nationwide system of lockers for deliveries. Instead of unmanned lockers that must cater to different parcel sizes, how about a manned system of many pick-up points, each a small room with shelves?


Two jailed for funding terror

Two Bangladeshi workers who gave money to facilitate terrorist attacks in their home country were yesterday jailed for financing terrorism.They were part of a group of six who were detained in April.


2nd teacher with active TB

A Punggol pre-school has become the second one in Singapore this month to have a teacher diagnosed with active tuberculosis. Bridges Montessori, which caters for pupils aged between 18 months and seven years old, discovered on Aug 12 that a foreign trainee teacher had been diagnosed with the disease.


Ezion lowers Q2 earnings

The stresses in the troubled offshore and marine sector are continuing, with Ezion Holdings taking a bigger hit in its second quarter earnings following an additional impairment made by an associate company. Ezion has now revised its earnings downwards by US$11.7 million (S$16 million) for the three months to June 30.

National caretaker coach V. Sundramoorthy watching Sahil Suhaimi (left) and other players during training last month. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE


Putting faith in football veterans

Age is just a number for national caretaker coach V. Sundramoorthy as he weighs up his options before Singapore play Bahrain in a friendly in Manama tomorrow. Those being considered are Daniel Bennett, 38, Fahrudin Mustafic, 35, Jufri Taha, 31, and Ridhuan Muhammad, 32.


Pasta to help quake-hit town

Italian chefs, restaurateurs and individuals here have come up with initiatives to support relief efforts following a 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck central Italy last Wednesday. Eight Italian restaurants - including Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar in Purvis Street and Ricciotti in Upper Circular Road - are on board.



Tanya Chua's new love

Singaporean singer-songwriter Tanya Chua  has confirmed a romance with French pastry chef Johann Martin. She spoke about him for the first time after her concert at Taipei Arena over the weekend, after Next Magazine published photos of them dating last month.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 31, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe