What's News: Oct 30, 2017

A film crew in Dachang county controlling the model of a horse last week.
A film crew in Dachang county controlling the model of a horse last week.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Changi set for another record

Changi Airport is set for another year of record passenger numbers, with airlines adding some 130 new flights amid the year-end peak travel season. The new flights could help Changi end the year with more than last year's record total tally of 58.7 million passengers.


S'pore is huge investor in US

It might come as a surprise to many, but Singapore is a major investor in the United States with investments from banking to agriculture to telecoms. Singapore has made US$73.6 billion (S$100.5 billion) in investments cumulatively across more than two dozen US states, making it the second-largest Asian investor in the US after Japan.


From steel to stardust

A handful of stardust has been sprinkled over Dachang, a Chinese steel county, as a movie town with production studios and training centres slowly takes shape. The transformation of Dachang, designated as a hub to replace the polluting steel mills of Hebei province, is in line with President Xi Jinping's new focus on higher-quality growth.


Furore over Catalonia issue

Thousands rallied in Catalonia's capital Barcelona yesterday, waving national and European flags to denounce regional lawmakers' vote to sever the region from Spain. The deputy president of the deposed Catalan government lashed out at Madrid, meanwhile, over what he called a "coup d'etat" that dissolved the Catalan government.


Saudi reform vital for stability

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince is attempting to reinvent his country, including a return to moderate Islam. It is vital for global stability that he succeed, writes Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Protecting mentally incapable

Since amendments to the Mental Capacity Act were made last year, the Office of the Public Guardian has gone to court to remove the powers of two individuals. The Act allows individuals to make decisions on behalf of mentally incapacitated loved ones.


Stroke: More seek help early

A study has found that 41 per cent of 240 people sought treatment for stroke within 3 1/2 hours, and 58 per cent within seven hours. Last year, it was 28 per cent and 42 per cent respectively in the three months before the first Stroke Awareness Campaign was launched.


UBS banking on tech, talent

UBS is investing heavily in technology and talent to transform itself and stay ahead of the game as banking evolves rapidly, chairman Axel Weber told a group of Asian journalists in Zurich last month.

The world's largest private bank is assessing its board make-up, setting up innovation labs and working closely with fintech start-ups, among other steps.


Johnson lets 6-shot lead slip

Olympic champion Justin Rose won the WGC-HSBC Champions title in Shanghai after a dramatic final-day collapse by world No. 1 Dustin Johnson. The American had led by six shots at the end of the third day and was eight clear of Rose, but carded a five-over 77 to finish tied for second on 12 under. Rose shot a five-under 67 to finish on 14 under.



Comic is serious about acting

Comedian, host and singer Jeremy Chan wants to make a name for himself as a serious actor. "Previously, I thought I could do only comic roles. But with my role in the drama My Teacher Is A Thug, I have more confidence to challenge myself with various roles," says Chan, 36. "I want to film more dramas in future."

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A cuppa for $85

Is it worth the price? Food correspondent Rebecca Lynne Tan tries a cup of Geisha beans coffee. str.sg/priceycup


Drama in a dress

Fashion designer Nida Tahir Shaheryar talks about her dramatic creations "for women who adore luxury". str.sg/nidashay

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