What's News: November 26, 2015

Ministry of Trade and Industry has trimmed its full-year economic growth forecast and warns of a mixed outlook for next year.
Ministry of Trade and Industry has trimmed its full-year economic growth forecast and warns of a mixed outlook for next year.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN


S'pore trims growth forecast

The Singapore economy grew 1.9 per cent in the July to September quarter over the same period a year earlier - slightly up from an earlier official estimate of 1.4 per cent, and decisively escaping a technical recession. Despite this, the Ministry of Trade and Industry has trimmed its full-year economic growth forecast and warns of a mixed outlook for next year.


Asian stocks hit by tensions

Heightened tensions after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet near the Syrian border sent a chill through most Asian bourses yesterday. Singapore's Straits Times Index was the worst performer in the region, shedding 1.09 per cent.


Media curbs at Umno meet?

Umno is mulling over whether to restrict the media from listening in on the free-flowing debates at its annual meeting next month, as it tries to contain damage to Prime Minister Najib Razak.

The decision was made public after the party decided to gag its rebellious deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin at the opening of its three wings.

Houses in Montrouis, Haiti, destroyed by a mudslide in August caused by the rains from Tropical Storm Erika. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Counting the human cost of climate change

Four of the world's most disaster-prone nations are in Asia, where over 300,000 people have died from floods, storms, drought, earthquakes and tsunamis over the last 20 years, according to a report just released by the United Nations ahead of a critical climate change summit in Paris beginning next week.


Clearing the way for cyclists

Close to half of those polled in a survey are not willing to share road space with cyclists, showing how far Singapore has to go to become a "car-lite" society. It already lags behind several cities in the move towards public transport and cycling, writes Danson Cheong.


Answer to phone users' gripe?

A Singapore-based scientist believes he has discovered a way to charge up a smartphone battery in 10 minutes or less, using a chip the size of a fingernail. Nanyang Technological University professor Rachid Yazami also claims it can reduce the risk of battery fires.


PSLE results get even better

This year's Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results are the best since the national exam was introduced in 1960, with more than 98 per cent of students doing well enough to move on to a secondary school. Last year's figure was 97.6 per cent.


MDA lifts ban on 240 titles

The Media Development Authority has lifted a ban on 240 publications, ranging from old anti-colonial material to adult interest books. However, a ban on 17 titles - such as Playboy and Mayfair - remains.


Savings from hotel merger

Marriott International's proposed US$12.2 billion (S$17.3 billion) acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is unlikely to affect guests in the short term as it will not change the number of hotel rooms here.

But the group is likely to reap savings from economies of scale, market watchers say.


Warriors off to record start

NBA champions Golden State Warriors hammered Los Angeles Lakers 111-77 on Tuesday for a new mark of 16 wins to begin a season.

It was a night to forget for veteran star Kobe Bryant, who scored only four points and made just one shot from 14 attempts to tie the worst shooting night of his 20-year career when he has at least five shots.



S'pore series to hit US market

Sherlock Sam will be the first Singapore children's fiction series to crack the US market. It has been picked up by major US publisher Andrews McMeel Publishing. The nine-book series chronicles the adventures of 10-year-old Samuel Tan Cher Lock. It was launched in 2012 and has sold more than 24,000 copies.


Lin Ching-hsia's comeback

Taiwanese movie legend Lin Ching-hsia is often a picture of poise. But she can get gritty when push comes to shove on Chinese reality television show Up Idol, say her co-stars. The show, Lin's showbiz comeback, features 10 female celebrities who compete in challenges such as arm-wrestling and cooking contests.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 26, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: November 26, 2015'. Subscribe