What's News: Aug 27, 2015

A Ngee Ann Polytechnic student reading to children at the MOE Kindergarten at Dazhong Primary yesterday.
A Ngee Ann Polytechnic student reading to children at the MOE Kindergarten at Dazhong Primary yesterday.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG


$3b plan to help seniors

A $3 billion, five-year Action Plan for Successful Ageing announced yesterday will give senior citizens opportunities to learn, volunteer and live independently, well after retirement. Senior centres for social activities and daycare will be opened in 10 new HDB projects over the next decade. Up to $200 million could also be set aside for ageing-related research.


Factory output shrinks again

Singapore's factory output contracted for the sixth consecutive month in July against a backdrop of tepid global demand and rising business costs in the manufacturing sector. The latest manufacturing data showed output sliding 6.1 per cent last month, significantly more than the 4 per cent decline forecast by economists in a Bloomberg poll. 


'Premeditated' plan of attack

French prosecutors said Ayoub El Khazzani, who was subdued by passengers during a train attack last week, had a "well-targeted and premeditated" plan. Khazzani was said to have watched a YouTube video exhorting the faithful to commit violent acts in the name of radical Islam, before opening fire at the passengers. 


Anti-piracy efforts beefed up

Malaysia and Indonesia are deploying rapid reaction teams to combat a soaring number of piracy attacks on merchant vessels in one of the world's busiest shipping choke points. Over 70 ships have been attacked in the Malacca and Singapore straits this year.


Helping SIA fly high

The Straits Times reported last week that Singapore Airlines may shut its flying school, the Singapore Flying College in Seletar. Aviation Correspondent Karamjit Kaur explains why it makes perfect sense for SIA to outsource the training of its pilots. 


Accepted for pre-school teacher training, before O-level exam

More than 300 students already know they have been accepted for pre-school teacher training courses next year - and they have not yet taken their O-level examinations. Ngee Ann and Temasek polytechnics have been given greater flexibility to admit students based on criteria other than exam results under the Direct Polytechnic Admission scheme.


Device survives rocket blast

A team of National University of Singapore scientists thought their device was lost when the rocket carrying it exploded after launching in the US last year. Now, they are buoyed by news that it has been found - and is still working.


S'pore tycoon buys US hotels

Marine tycoon Tan Boy Tee has emerged as an investor in the US economy hotel market. His privately held Bestford Capital bought a majority stake in the 89-hotel Red Roof Inn portfolio this year. It teamed up with Westmont Hospitality to submit the winning bid of about $840 million. 


Valencia back in the big time

Just 10 months after Singapore billionaire Peter Lim took over sleeping Spanish giant Valencia, the La Liga club are back in the big time. They clinched a Champions League group-stage berth after squeezing past French side Monaco 4-3 on aggregate in the play-off round despite a 1-2 loss on Tuesday.


7 Letters heads for Busan fest

The acclaimed SG50 anthology of short films, 7 Letters, will make its international premiere at the upcoming Busan International Film Festival in South Korea. Asia's biggest film festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, opens on Oct 1. 7 Letters' run in Golden Village cinemas in Singapore has been extended until Sept 2 due to popular demand.

What it should have been

Yesterday's report, "Top concerns likely bread-and-butter issues, immigration", carried a photograph of National University Hospital's senior consultant, Dr Reuben Wong, when it should have been a picture of political scientist Reuben Wong, who is an associate professor at the National University of Singapore . We are sorry for the error.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 27, 2015, with the headline 'What'sNews'. Print Edition | Subscribe