What's News: Jan 27, 2016

Jordan Spieth of the US attends a press conference ahead of the SMBC Singapore Open at the Sentosa Golf Club, Serapong Course, in Singapore on Jan 26, 2016.
Jordan Spieth of the US attends a press conference ahead of the SMBC Singapore Open at the Sentosa Golf Club, Serapong Course, in Singapore on Jan 26, 2016.PHOTO: AFP


Muslims urged to be vigilant

The Malay/Muslim community rose strongly to counter the Jemaah Islamiah threat 15 years ago, and it must likewise be vigilant today, Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim told Parliament yesterday. Senior Minister of State for Defence Maliki Osman also urged non-Muslims to preserve social harmony by correcting anti-Muslim remarks or actions.


Manufacturing falls 5.2%

The manufacturing sector declined 5.2 per cent last year over 2014 - the worst performance in 14 years. The dismal 12 months was underscored by a 7.9 per cent decline in output last month - the 11th straight month of decline.

Anti-terrorism police officers and a security worker guarding the US Embassy in Jakarta last week. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


Indonesian police seek more funds to fight terror

Indonesian police are seeking more funds to upgrade weapons and train officers from its anti-terrorism unit, in the wake of the deadly attack in Central Jakarta on Jan 14. Investigators have found a link between the militants who carried out the attack and the East Indonesia Mujahidin extremist group based in Poso, Central Sulawesi.



Viet party chief to retain post

Vietnam's Nguyen Phu Trong (above), 71, is set to continue in the powerful position of General Secretary of the Communist Party after his main rival threw in the towel. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, who was widely expected to compete for the post, has declined his nomination to the party's Central Committee.


Markets facing policy failure

The recent market volatility can be explained by how markets are staring in the face of policy failure, even as the world struggles with slowing inflation and deflation after five years of quantitative easing (QE), writes Lim Say Boon. But more QE will not help.


Black Knights to skip airshow

The popular Black Knights from the Republic of Singapore Air Force will be missing from this year's Singapore Airshow. The event, which will be held from Feb 16 to 21, will have less time for aerobatic flying displays, to minimise flight disruptions.


New retail internship scheme

Students studying retail at the polytechnics or Institute of Technical Education will soon get a chance to take part in a new SkillsFuture scheme combining internships and on-the-job training. The retail sector is the first sector to offer the scheme.


Dividends: Some bright spots

A couple of high-profile cuts in dividend payouts recently have left local investors fretting over how payouts will fare this year amid the economic gloom. But some listed companies here have quietly managed to maintain or even grow their dividends, analysts note.


Spieth: I'm not the best player

World No.1 golfer Jordan Spieth has insisted the best player in the world is fellow American Rickie Fowler.

Spieth will make a much- anticipated debut at the SMBC Singapore Open in Sentosa tomorrow.

"I'm not satisfied if I don't have my best stuff week-to-week," he said.


Viewers turn armchair sleuths

The true-crime genre is having a moment. Making A Murderer, a documentary series about a 10-year-old murder case in the United States, has become the most talked-about television show in the country. It follows the success of the equally explosive docu-series The Jinx, which aired on HBO last year.



Miley Cyrus in Woody Allen show

Pop provocateur Miley Cyrus will be the latest muse of film-maker Woody Allen as he directs his first television series for Amazon. On Monday, the 23-year-old confirmed on her Instagram account that she had been cast in the as-yet-untitled show.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 27, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: January 27, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe