What's News: September 20, 2016

An illegal fishing boat being blown up by the Indonesian authorities in Aceh province in April.
An illegal fishing boat being blown up by the Indonesian authorities in Aceh province in April.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Actress Emilia Clarke and writer George R. R. Martin accepting the Emmy for Game Of Thrones.
Actress Emilia Clarke and writer George R. R. Martin accepting the Emmy for Game Of Thrones.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


$450m for HDB lift upgrading

The Housing Board has announced a new $450 million scheme to upgrade lifts in housing blocks here. The lifts will be equipped with safety features such as protective devices to prevent unintended lift movements and light curtain sensors for doors.


Man jailed for abusing baby

A man who broke the skull of his girlfriend's baby has been jailed for 6-1/2 years, and ordered to be given six strokes of the cane. Angry that the baby vomited on the bed, Franklie Tan Guang Wei, 26, forcefully pushed him off it in an incident last year. The child suffered bleeding in his brain.



Clinton and Trump face off

A record 100 million Americans are expected to tune in next Monday to watch the face-off between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (photo) and Donald Trump in their first debate.

Observers say a combination of high stakes and the expectation of an entertaining, no-holds-barred encounter has contributed to the heightened interest in the match-up.


Jakarta's blitz on illegal fishing helps boost economy

Indonesia said its harsh crackdown on illegal fishing may have drawn the ire of China, but the policy has boosted fishing stocks that could now be the only driving force of the country's otherwise lacklustre economy. Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti vowed to continue the crackdown so as to ensure a sustainable level of fishing resources in Indonesian waters. 


Responsible patient care

The story of how a 31-year-old died after falling through the cracks in Canada's much-vaunted healthcare system spurs Professor Chong Siow Ann to reflect on how doctors need to take personal responsibility for their patients, not merely pass them on to the next expert.


Easy-to-swallow meals

Those who find it hard to swallow when they eat may soon get to enjoy a wider variety of food. Changi General Hospital and local specialist nutrition company Health Food Matters have come up with a range of ready-to-eat meals with soft textures.


Boost for outdoor education

Camp activities will get a boost with full-time educators being hired by the Ministry of Education to design and facilitate them. Nine senior outdoor adventure educators will start training in January. 


One Belt, One Road accords

A raft of agreements was signed yesterday between the Singapore branch of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and five local parties. One was inked with the Singapore Business Federation (SBF), extending up to 50 billion yuan (S$10.2 billion) in funding to SBF members for infrastructure investments under the initiative. 


Exodus to Thailand 'unlikely'

According to national goalkeeper Hassan Sunny, a new rule paving the way for top Asean players to join clubs in the Thai Premier League is unlikely to lead to an exodus of Singaporean players to Thailand. Sunny, the only Singaporean player in the league, said: "It's going to be tough for Singaporeans to come over." 


Game Of Thrones wins again

At the Emmys, HBO's Game Of Thrones and Veep won again for best drama and best comedy respectively. But the event was energised by first-time winners in the acting categories and a tour de force in the limited-series category by FX's The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. 


Five offers for chicken recipe

Barely two months after being awarded a Michelin star, Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle in Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre has received five offers to buy its recipe and is looking to expand into a worldwide chain. The owner says he has been in talks with five companies, including dim sum chain Tim Ho Wan.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 20, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe