What's News: Oct 3, 2016


Protecting the vulnerable

The Adult Protective Service, a new government unit investigating domestic violence against the disabled and infirm, has seen more than 100 cases since it was set up in May last year. The state will have more powers to protect vulnerable adults when a new law, the Vulnerable Adults Act, is introduced next year.


S'porean dies in Kinabalu fall

A Singaporean fell to his death while training for a competitive climb on Mount Kinabalu, Malaysian police said yesterday. Mr Woon Tai Kiang, 36, is believed to have fallen about 150m into a ravine after slipping off the trail and died of serious head injuries, according to rescuers and police.

Commuters travelling on a polluted road near a bus terminus in New Delhi.
Commuters travelling on a polluted road near a bus terminus in New Delhi. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


India ratifies climate pact

India, the world's third-biggest carbon emitter, ratified the Paris agreement on climate change yesterday. With India's move, a total of 62 countries accounting for almost 52 per cent of emissions have ratified the agreement to commit to take action to stem the planet's rising temperatures.


Abu Sayyaf frees 3 captives

Abu Sayyaf rebels linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria freed three more Indonesian captives yesterday after a three-month ordeal, bringing the number of hostages released in the past two weeks to nine. The three were part of a group of sailors abducted by the Abu Sayyaf in June.


Nato is good for the US

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has called America's commitment to Nato into question but, in fact ,the United States gains a great deal from the military alliance with Europe, says Europe Correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Tuition centre race heats up

The number of tuition centres is on the rise. Many are raising their game to beat the competition, with some going as far as offering shuttle bus services and incorporating free wealth- management advice in lessons.


Overly high pesticide levels

About 300 consignments of imported fruit and vegetables were rejected by the authorities last year after they found pesticide levels exceeded the maximum limits. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore said it sampled about 8,000 batches last year.


Shortlist for Jurong district

The remaking of Jurong Lake District took another leap forward last week with the shortlisting of five planning teams to help devise its masterplan. They were selected from 35 teams that submitted ideas after the Urban Redevelopment Authority put out a call for proposals to transform the area into a "district of the future".



Joy for Ricciardo and Rosberg

Daniel Ricciardo (photo) charged to his first Formula One race win this season at the incident-filled Malaysian Grand Prix, with Max Verstappen behind him for a Red Bull one-two. But engine failure yet again for Lewis Hamilton meant Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg stretched his lead to 23 points.


Michael Hui up for award

Hong Kong actor Michael Hui is up for his first Golden Horse award in 38 years after a Taiwanese movie he stars in took eight nominations for Taiwan's Chinese cinema awards on Saturday. Godspeed, a road movie-cum-crime caper by Taiwan's Chung Mong-hong, is the first Taiwanese movie for Hui.

Singer Psy performing at the opening concert of the inaugural Busan One Asia Festival on Saturday night.
Singer Psy performing at the opening concert of the inaugural Busan One Asia Festival on Saturday night. PHOTO: SBS PLUS


Music extravaganza kicks off Busan fest

The inaugural Busan One Asia Festival, a K-culture fest spanning music, food and beauty events taking place across Busan this month, kicked off on Saturday with a two-hour music extravaganza. The festival is riding on the Korean wave to draw visitors to the nation's second-largest city.

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