Top stories from The Straits Times on Monday, Oct 30

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kickstart your Monday, Oct 30.

Changi Airport set for record year in passenger traffic, with some 130 new flights a week till December

With the new flights, Changi Airport should end the year with more than last year's record total tally of 58.7 million passengers. PHOTO: ST FILE

Close to 130 new flights a week - the highest in at least four years - offering travellers about 26,400 one-way seats from Singapore to 19 destinations, will be progressively added from now until the end of the year.


Singapore steps up water production to meet demand following pollution in Johor River

PUB said the water shortfall in Singapore has been accounted for by local production, after the Johor River Waterworks had to temporarily stop treatment operations last Saturday due to high ammonia levels in the Johor River. ST FILE PHOTO

Water production at Singapore's desalination plants and local waterworks has been stepped up to meet demand here, after pollution in the Johor River led to the temporary closure of four water treatment plants along the river, including one in Kota Tinggi that is managed by Singapore.


New career and training website launched for students and working adults

A screengrab of the new MySkillsFuture website. PHOTO: MYSKILLSFUTURE.SG

The new MySkillsFuture website, launched by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Sunday, will help Singaporeans plan their learning needs from as early as when they are still in school and help them keep their skills updated throughout their careers.


DSO scientists tackling threats in real world and cyberspace swiftly

The decontamination lab at DSO's high containment facility (above), a demonstration of indoor drone mapping and a solid state drive containing the BIOS verifier seen on a tour of projects at the DSO National Laboratories last Thursday. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

An unattended package in Shenton Way is discovered and found to be radioactive. Police have set up a safety cordon, disrupting activity in the Central Business District.


Photojournalist Alan Lee, who chronicles lives of hospice residents, dies at age 69

Julian Alexander Lee, son of Alan Lee, at his father’s wake on Oct 29, 2017. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Freelance photojournalist Alan Lee, who suffered from a respiratory disease and spent his final months documenting the everyday lives of fellow patients at Assisi Hospice, died at age 69 on Saturday.


Formula One: Four titles won, Lewis Hamilton has more to come

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton gestures after winning the Japanese Grand Prix 2017 on Oct 8, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Lewis Hamilton's fourth Formula One title lifts the Briton to another level, a great who now ranks as the most successful driver from a country that has provided more champions than any other.


Tennis: Caroline Wozniacki sweeps aside Venus Williams to win first WTA Finals

Caroline Wozniacki celebrating after defeating Venus Williams at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore on Oct 29, 2017. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Seven times before, Caroline Wozniacki had been trounced by her opponent across the net, winning just one set in those clashes. She chose the biggest occasion of all to post her first victory, beating Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 to win the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.


Go green: How well do you know Singapore's plants?

From rare native plants to edibles, National Parks Board’s (NParks) Pasir Panjang Nursery takes care of over 3,000 species of plants in its 12ha compound near Hort Park. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of some of the plants found in the nursery.


2 stripped of Lasting Power of Attorney to decide for loved ones

Individuals can appoint someone to make decisions and act on his behalf if he loses his mental capacity. This is done through a legal document known as the Lasting Power of Attorney. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Since the Mental Capacity Act was amended last year allowing it to do so, the court has removed the powers of two individuals to make decisions on behalf of mentally incapacitated individuals under their care.


Joanna Dong's journey to mainstream music world

Jazz chanteuse Joanna Dong says her sociology studies in university influenced her approach towards music. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

Long before she wowed the judges and the millions of television viewers of regional singing contest Sing! China, home-grown jazz chanteuse Joanna Dong was winning karaoke contests at neighbourhood community clubs.