Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Dec 22

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Sunday, Dec 22.

Cooler weather helps Australian firefighters; PM Scott Morrison returns from holiday

A home is seen as smoke from the Grose Valley Fire rises in the distance in Bilpin, near Sydney, on Dec 21, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS

More than 105 fires were still burning across New South Wales on Sunday, with 59 considered uncontained, although none were burning at the emergency level that a number were classed at on Saturday.


Businesses must now give debtors more time to settle up, courts should not be first port of call to recover debts

Mr Andy Lim, founder of GF+A Global, in his showroom on Dec 19, 2019. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Mr Andy Lim, founder of GF+A Global which imports premium European tiles, said he gives his clients 60-day credit.


Sporting Singapore: Medals, top events, yes. But sports culture?

Singapore netballer Aqilah Andin playing in the SEA Games final with Malaysia's players on Dec 2. Singapore lost this match, but with 947 gold medals in total, is the most successful nation per capita at the Games. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Debutants shone at this year's SEA Games. But how is Singapore doing in its goal to become a sporting nation? Insight finds out.


Singapore may be 1,000 years old, not just 700 as believed: Study

Dr Iain Sinclair, who has been studying the Singapore Stone - a fragment of an ancient sandstone slab - suggested it could have been created at the beginning of the 11th century. PHOTOS: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE, INDIAN HERITAGE CENTRE

The discovery was made by Australian researcher Iain Sinclair, whose findings feature in a new publication launched this month.


Orphaned Vietnamese baby treated at Singapore's KK Hospital in 2017 dies, age 3

Loc Pham Duc Loc died on Dec 19 of infection while being treated in a Vietnam hospital.PHOTO: THAO NGUYEN/FACEBOOK

His fight for survival then had moved many Singaporeans to help him.


Making footprints, hopefully, amid testing times

Tensions and troubles seen elsewhere could well play out here too in a critical year ahead.


ST Causes Week 2019: Braving Everest cold to raise suicide awareness

(From left) Mr Mcrid Wang, Mr Enrico Viora, Mr Alhasan Alkaff, Ms Napath Lertpinyopast, Ms Soyena Dhakal and Mr Xavier Janssen on day two of their trek last month to the Mount Everest base camp.
(From left) Mr Mcrid Wang, Mr Enrico Viora, Mr Alhasan Alkaff, Ms Napath Lertpinyopast, Ms Soyena Dhakal and Mr Xavier Janssen on day two of their trek last month to the Mount Everest base camp. PHOTO: NUS BUSINESS SCHOOL

he trek up to the Mount Everest base camp was also an opportunity to raise funds for the Samaritans of Singapore.


'Kill them all': How one politician ordered the Philippines' worst political massacre

A Nov 24, 2009, file photo showing a police officer using banana leaves to cover bodies which they recovered from a hillside grave in Datu Ampatuan, Maguindanao province, in the southern Philippines. A Philippine court last Thursday found the scions of the Ampatuan political clan and their gunmen guilty of slaughtering 58 people. PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS

A 761-page court verdict reveals how unchecked power led to the slaughter of 58 men and women in the war-ravaged, southern province of Maguindanao in 2009.


Life's best and worst of 2019

The Sunday Times weighs in on the good, the bad and the ugly of books, shows and albums this year.


JJ Lin performs first concert to 40,000 people at the National Stadium

JJ Lin performing at the National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, on Dec 7, 2019. He performs at Singapore's National Stadium on Dec 21 and 22, 2019.PHOTO: JJ LIN/INSTAGRAM

He delivered crowd favourites, newer hits, as well as a few surprises specially for the Singapore audience.


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