What's News: Oct 19, 2017

A security barrier on London's Westminster Bridge that was installed after a terror attack there.
A security barrier on London's Westminster Bridge that was installed after a terror attack there.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Razer hints at debut phone

Gaming hardware maker Razer may unveil its first smartphone in just two weeks. It had raised excitement among gamers when it teased with a picture on a webpage of a man holding a smartphone-like gadget with the date, Nov 1. The phone is reportedly geared towards gaming and entertainment.


S'pore investors win NZ case

A dispute over a property investment in New Zealand that dragged on in court for years has been settled, with the country's highest court ruling in favour of investors. Dozens of them, mainly from Singapore, will now get back their deposits, totalling some NZ$8 million (S$7.9 million).


Britain at risk of more attacks

Britain faces the most acute threat ever from Islamist militants seeking to inflict mass attacks, often with spontaneous plots that take just days to bring to execution, the head of the MI5 domestic intelligence agency has said in a rare public speech. Britain has prevented seven Islamist attacks in the past seven months.


US knew of communist purge

Declassified diplomatic cables from the 1960s reveal that the United States not only knew of the communist purge led by the Indonesian army then, but also planned to lend military support. The documents are part of embassy records covering the failed coup against then President Sukarno.


Will open-plan condos work?

Long used to gated condominiums, are Singaporeans ready for open-plan private housing with public pathways, courtyards and amenities? With more of these being planned, Toh Wen Li looks at the pluses and minuses.


Mental health support for staff

The Centre for Effective Living, which supports more than 160 companies covering over 60,000 employees, said it has more corporate clients now. They come from both the private and public sectors and are looking to give their staff more mental health support.


Soil tests on planned MRT line

A study in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve to determine if the planned Cross Island MRT Line can run under it is making steady progress with a major part - soil tests at 16 boreholes - completed last month. The study is being closely watched by nature groups.


S'pore tops for data centre ops

Singapore still leads the race for data centre operations in the Asia-Pacific despite a large amount of data centre space having come through in the last two years. A new study ranks Singapore as the most robust market out of 10 Asian countries in terms of business operations for data centres.


New role for Yip at youth meet

Para sports trailblazer Yip Pin Xiu, Singapore's only Paralympic gold medallist, will score another first in December - in the capacity of an official. The 25-year-old swimmer is chef de mission of the 30-strong contingent to the 3rd Asian Youth Para Games in Dubai. She says: "I think the experience I've had at major Games does help."


Skincare brand CEO suits up

Mr Shinji Yamasaki, chief executive of Singapore-based skincare brand RE:ERTH, says his father instilled in him the belief that a suit is a businessman's armour. He owns about 40 suits - 20 for summer and 20 for winter. But he admits to a fashion folly too.

What it should have been

In our report yesterday, "Changi Garden sold en bloc for $196m", we said that Changi Garden was sold for $196 million. This is wrong. It should have been $248.8 million. A quote attributed to Mr Tan Chun Ming, Edmund Tie's director of investment advisory, in fact came from Mr Terence Lian, Huttons Asia's senior district director head of investment sales.

We are sorry for the errors.

Straits Times Digital


Japan's snap election

Will Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc improve on the "super majority" it held in the last Parliament? str.sg/japan17parties


Next generation stars?

Children of local actors and actresses are finding their way into showbiz. str.sg/celeboffspring

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe