What's News: October 07, 2016

Lions coach V. Sundramoorthy (left) and captain Hariss Harun extend greetings to Malaysian counterparts Ong Kim Swee and Amri Yahyah.
Lions coach V. Sundramoorthy (left) and captain Hariss Harun extend greetings to Malaysian counterparts Ong Kim Swee and Amri Yahyah.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
The Tsukiji fish market's new site in Toyosu might not be as safe as initially thought.
The Tsukiji fish market's new site in Toyosu might not be as safe as initially thought.PHOTO: REUTERS


More hands-on learning

Seven new subjects will be introduced over the next two years for O- and N-level students, to give them more opportunities to take up subjects with a focus on hands-on learning. The subjects include drama, mobile robotics and retail operations.


Park and Ride under review

The Park and Ride scheme is being reviewed by the Land Transport Authority as the scheme's take-up rate has remained "consistently low" over the past few years. The scheme was introduced in 1990 to encourage motorists to park their cars outside the city area and then continue their trips on public transport. 


Fish market's move on hold

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has sworn to act against officials who were found to have cut corners at the new site of the historic Tsukiji fish market. Ms Koike has indefinitely put the market's relocation on ice after revelations that the new site, a former gas production plant, might not be as safe as initially thought. 


Hurricane: Millions in US flee

Millions of residents on the United States' south-east coast have fled inland as officials urged people to evacuate or prepare for a potentially devastating Hurricane Matthew. The storm has killed at least 69 people in the Caribbean, with the toll in Haiti alone rising to 65. 


Beijing's 'Singapore test'

China has to learn to cope with the "Singapore test" on the South China Sea issue, says Chinese academic Zhu Feng. This means: listen to critical views, influence policies to be more empathetic towards China, and adjust policies to work together for common goals. 


Danger of early myopia

A study of nearly 1,000 children has found that those who get myopia at a young age - three to six - tend to have worse myopia than those who become short-sighted later. Parents should help their children delay the onset of myopia by taking them outdoors more, doctors say.


Lower usage, lower premiums

Motor insurance giant NTUC Income is now offering two schemes promising discounts on insurance premiums to motorists if they drive well or drive less. A few other insurers in Singapore have also taken tentative steps towards introducing similar schemes. 


Drug giants' R&D revamp 

Drug giant Novartis' decision to move a key research facility out of Singapore is the latest in a spate of similar closures, raising questions about the sector here. The moves come as big pharma firms - many of which have not delivered on new drugs in recent years - restructure their research and development operations globally. 


Just like old times for football coaches

Caretaker Lion-tamer V. Sundramoorthy and Tigers coach Ong Kim Swee were rivals in the Malaysian football league in the early 1990s. More than two decades later, they remain as competitive as ever as Singapore face off against Malaysia tonight in the Causeway Challenge. 


Montreux Jazz cafe in S'pore

Mr Mathieu Jaton, chief executive of the Montreux Jazz Festival, is in town to launch the Singapore branch of Montreux Jazz Cafe. The outlet, the brand's first in Asia, officially opens tonight with a concert. Besides programming international acts to perform at the cafe, Mr Jaton is also keen on getting Singaporean and regional talents to perform there regularly. 


Desert Trip ticket touts hit

Tickets to Desert Trip, the concert featuring music icons such as Bob Dylan, are selling for less than half the original price on the secondary market, as speculators appear to have overestimated demand. A three-day pass for the first weekend, today to Sunday, was selling for as little as US$165 (S$226), a steep drop from the original US$399 price. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 07, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe