What's News: November 29, 2016

James driving to the basket against Sixers guard T.J. McConnell on Sunday. The Cavs beat the Sixers for the eighth straight time.
James driving to the basket against Sixers guard T.J. McConnell on Sunday. The Cavs beat the Sixers for the eighth straight time.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
The Projek Suitcase plays involve one actor and props that can fit into a suitcase.
The Projek Suitcase plays involve one actor and props that can fit into a suitcase.PHOTO: TEATER EKAMATRA


Future of S'pore's healthcare

The Yishun Community Hospital was officially opened yesterday, and will take some of the load off the neighbouring Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. Increasingly, the centre of gravity of healthcare here will shift to community care facilities such as this, where patients whose conditions are stable can be looked after while they get better.


Kallang, Bidadari flats popular

Four-room flats in Bidadari and Kallang/Whampoa saw the most demand in the year's biggest launch of Build-To-Order flats. As of 5pm yesterday, there were almost 11 buyers for each of the 158 such units in Kallang and over six for each of the 587 such flats in Bidadari. 


Fillon wins nomination

Mr Francois Fillon, a conservative reformist promising to shrink the French state and bring in labour reforms, clinched the right-wing nomination for next year's presidential election with a resounding victory over his rival, Mr Alain Juppe. Mr Fillon will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the two-round presidential election in April and May.


Protests over India cash crisis

Hundreds of thousands of people took part in opposition-led protests across India yesterday denouncing the government's decision to ban high-value notes, which has caused a chronic shortage of money and hit ordinary Indians hard. 


Asia in the age of Trump

Asian countries for years pursued a policy of hedging against the uncertainty posed by a rising China that might replace the US-led order in Asia. With a more assertive China, and US President-elect Donald Trump, Asia must respond differently, but options are limited, says Professor Hugh White.


Plane-hijacking exercise

A exercise was held yesterday to test the Republic's response to a simulated threat of the possible hijacking of a commercial airliner.

Vigilant Shield involved 400 participants from both military and civilian agencies. 


$13m for marine science R&D

The National Research Foundation has awarded $13 million in grants to seven research projects under the new Marine Science Research and Development Programme.

One project aims to identify the kind of viruses found in Singapore waters, and the ones capable of destroying algae. 


Gripes against financial firms

The number of complaints against financial institutions shot up to 1,162 in the 12 months to June 30, from 903 in the same period a year ago.

Banks and finance firms drew the most gripes, according to the Financial Industry Disputes Resolution Centre's latest annual report. 


Cavs down Sixers on the back of 'Big Three'

Powered by LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied from an early 14-point deficit to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 112-108 on Sunday. The defending National Basketball Association champions are 13-2 so far and have made the best 15-game start in the history of the franchise.


Spotlight on solo acts

Actress Audrey Luo makes her monologue debut this week with playwright Ng Sin Yue's My Mother's Chest, on the relationship between a woman and her stepmother. Also this week, Teater Ekamatra hosts a mini-festival of monologues, Projek Suitcase. 


Piko-Taro's towering presence

The first thing you notice about Japanese singer Piko-Taro may not be his animal-print pyjamas or his drawn-on pencil moustache.

It may well be his height. The 1.86m funnyman behind viral hit PPAP (Pen-Pineapple Apple-Pen) swooped into Singapore on Sunday for a 20-minute appearance at Anime Festival Asia Singapore. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 29, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe