What's News: November 27 2015

A crowd watches A Beautiful Day by William Chan during the launch of the SG Heart Map Festival on Nov 26, 2015.
A crowd watches A Beautiful Day by William Chan during the launch of the SG Heart Map Festival on Nov 26, 2015.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG


Celebrating favourite spots

The SG Heart Map Festival @ Float was launched last night amid a light-show performance and fireworks at the Marina Bay floating platform. The four-day event, which runs until Sunday, was the culmination of a year-long drive to get Singaporeans to share stories about their favourite places in Singapore.


New rule helps 2,100 families

At least 2,100 families and 220 singles who applied for new flats for this month's Build-To-Order and Sale of Balance Flats exercises were newly eligible. It was the first launch with new income ceilings of $12,000 for families and $6,000 for singles.



Backing sought for air strikes

British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday called on lawmakers to back his calls for British air strikes in Syria, saying the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) poses an "urgent" threat that will intensify the longer the organisation is allowed to grow. He addressed Parliament and set out his case for action against the terrorist group.


Jakarta tracking 100 citizens

Indonesia said yesterday that it had been monitoring at least 100 citizens who had returned home from the Middle East after joining the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Evidence also indicates that funds from ISIS have been given to local militants in Indonesia.

South Korean chief delegate Kim Ki Woong (right) greeting his North Korean counterpart Hwang Chol during their meeting at the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone yesterday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Two Koreas agree to restart high-level talks

In their first meeting since August, North Korea and South Korea yesterday agreed to resume high-level talks, though no timeline was specified. South Korean officials vowed to make the greatest efforts to bring the bilateral relations back on track, but said differences existed during the talks.


Campuses as echo chambers

US college students want campuses to be safe spaces where they will not hear views they find offensive or disturbing. The trend has been tagged "the coddling of the American mind" and risks turning intellectual spaces into echo chambers, says Jeremy Au Yong.


Find parking space with app

A new app that can help motorists find available parking spaces at carparks in major buildings and 427 Housing Board carparks was launched yesterday.

Called Park&Go@SG, it uses real-time data from the authorities, updated every two seconds.


More seniors surf on phones

More Singaporeans aged 50 or above are surfing the Internet via their smartphones, a survey has found.

This group saw the biggest increase in Internet use last year, compared with 2013.


CPFIS funds fare poorly

Investors here with money in funds under the Central Provident Fund Investment Scheme (CPFIS) did poorly again last quarter.

Researcher Lipper, which monitors the performance of all CPFIS funds, said the overall performance of the funds slid by 6.4 per cent from July to September.


Sixers at sixes and sevens

The Philadelphia Sixers just cannot find a way to win. The NBA team failed to hold on to their lead and fell to the Boston Celtics 84-80.

The loss means the Sixers are now 0-16 - two defeats away from matching the all-time NBA record of 0-18 for worst start to the season.



Eager to return to Bataclan

California rockers Eagles Of Death Metal want to be the first band to play at the Bataclan theatre when the Paris venue reopens after terrorists targeted their gig. In the band's first media interview since the attack, singer Jesse Hughes (far left) broke down in tears while describing coming face to face with one of the gunmen.

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