What's News: December 12 2015

An SBS bus passing under SMRT trains along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1.
An SBS bus passing under SMRT trains along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1. PHOTO: ST FILE


Laws to plug healthcare gaps?

Gaps in the healthcare system showed up by the hepatitis C outbreak might be plugged with new laws, said Minister of State for Health Chee Hong Tat, who is leading a task force to improve infection control in hospitals.

But he added that time was needed to study what improvements were required.


Trump taps into terror worries

One in four Americans supports presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposal to bar Muslims from the US, in the wake of recent terror attacks. And while 41 per cent of Americans polled think his campaign statements in general are frequently insulting, 22 per cent say he has the right approach.


Muhyiddin vows loyalty but...

Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin says he is loyal to party president Najib Razak, but that does not mean he must ignore the grouses of the party grassroots. He and other Najib critics had hoped delegates at the Umno assembly would rake up the twin scandals dogging the Premier, but delegates who spoke yesterday were mostly keen to back Datuk Seri Najib.


Paris talks: A leap forward?

The Paris talks to fight climate change appear to have overcome a major hurdle with an agreement to limit warming to 1.5 deg C. Climate Analytics found that going with 1.5 deg C instead of 2 deg C could limit sea level rise just enough to prevent some islands and coastal cities from being swamped.


Road to a car-less Singapore

Just as Singapore achieved stellar public housing and economic development standards, it can strive for an excellent public transport system that would do away with the need for people to own cars, says Professor Kishore Mahbubani.


App offers 'best' travel routes

A public transport app is providing travel tips for the MRT Downtown Line 2, even though it is yet to open. Citymapper offers what it claims are the best public transport routes to take around Singapore, based on time, cost and energy expended.


End of chapter for second-hand bookstore

The owner of a second-hand bookstore that had reached the end of its lease decided to donate her stock of 40,000 titles to a voluntary welfare organisation. Madam Yap Hui Hong, 65, made the decision after receiving offers for them that she considered too low.


Reaping benefits of AEC

Countries in the region should focus on liberalising trade if they want to reap the full benefits of the Asean Economic Community (AEC). This is because services are becoming more important compared to manufacturing. The AEC aims to create a single market and production base across the region.


Tough time for Red Devils

As Manchester United prepare to meet lowly Bournemouth, Louis van Gaal is short of defenders after being eliminated from the Champions League by Wolfsburg on Tuesday. On the other hand, his opponents are high on confidence, having beaten EPL champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last Saturday.


Dance music maven's artistry

The albums of Dutch electronic dance music maven Armin van Buuren, 38, are more than just compilations of tracks that he releases every few years.

His sixth studio album, Embrace, released in October, took two years to be released.

He is headlining day two of the annual dance festival ZoukOut in Sentosa tonight. It is the fifth time he is performing at the event.


Tamil writer bags literary prize

With a Cultural Medallion, several literary awards, 57 books, more than 400 short stories and 80 plays to his name, Tamil writer J.M. Sali now has another accolade: the S.E.A. Write Award for Singapore. The annual award honours literary excellence in the Asean region.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 12, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: December 12 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe