What's News: October 05 2015


Patients get wrong medicines

Three out of five nursing home patients could be taking the wrong dosage of medication or even the wrong medication altogether. Research by the National Healthcare Group found there were 392 medication issues among 480 patients at three nursing homes. This puts them at higher risk of falls and heart problems, and could also be costing them more.


Racial harmony 'act of will'

The racial and religious harmony Singapore enjoys today is an act of will that has been sustained through the decades, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday, as he urged Singaporeans to keep fighting for it.


Buddhists celebrate new law

Nearly 30,000 supporters of the influential Buddhist nationalist organisation Ma Ba Tha gathered in Yangon yesterday to celebrate the passage of "protection of race and religion" laws that tap into a deep vein of Islamophobia . The resurgent Buddhist nationalist fervour comes ahead of next month's general election, raising concerns about interfaith friction in an ethnically diverse country of some 50 million people.

The mill being built by Asia Pulp and Paper in Desa Bukit Batu, South Sumatra, is scheduled to run at full capacity by around 2018. ST PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN


Concerns over upcoming pulp mill

Singapore-based Asia Pulp and Paper is building one of the world's largest pulp mills in Indonesia. The US$2.6 billion (S$3.7 billion) mill will consume a plantation timber area the size of Singapore annually when running at full capacity. Conservationists worry that the company will not be able to maintain its "zero deforestation" commitment when operation begins.


Typhoon prompts 'red alert'

Typhoon Mujigae hit the coastal city of Zhanjiang in Guangdong province yesterday, prompting the authorities to issue the highest "red alert" emergency response. Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan were hit, and at least four people were reported to have died.


Proxy war looms in Mid-East

With Russian President Vladimir Putin's move to launch air strikes in Syria, the Middle East is heading into the proxy war scenario US President Barack Obama vows to avoid. Russia may well emerge strengthened from this broader confrontation.


More calls to mental health line

Calls to the Mental Health Helpline have surged by 70 per cent since the service for discharged Institute of Mental Health patients and their caregivers was opened to the public last year. The helpline received 16,500 calls in 2014.


Negligence payout of $1.4m

Two brothers will receive $1.4 million in a negligence payout from a law firm after the Court of Appeal upped their original $1,000 payout. They were not advised about a personal guarantee clause when they put up the mortgages of four properties as collateral to help their father secure a credit deal.


Healthcare stocks shine

Healthcare stocks have emerged as the best-performing sector here.

Local investors are attracted by their diversity, stability and growth prospects in an otherwise bearish market. And with plans to expand into new markets and businesses, companies such as Q&M Dental Group and Singapore O&G have plenty of upside to offer.


World Cup back in the swim

With the women's 50m and 200m backstroke finals at the Fina Swimming World Cup in Singapore cancelled owing to the haze last Saturday, all eyes were on the 100m event last night. Australian Emily Seebohm won by a body-length over Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, with Missy Franklin coming in third.


Singapore arts for KL festival

Talents from the Singapore arts and entertainment scene will take part in a three-month festival in Kuala Lumpur to mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Malaysia. Titian Budaya, to run from Nov 21 to Jan 17 next year, will feature 400 participants from both sides of the Causeway.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 05, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: October 05 2015'. Subscribe