What's News: October 12, 2016


MAS shuts down Swiss bank

The scandal over Malaysian state fund 1MDB deepened yesterday when the Singapore authorities closed another Swiss lender, and fined DBS Bank and UBS, for anti-money laundering breaches. The Monetary Authority of Singapore has asked Swiss-based Falcon Private Bank's Singapore branch to cease operations.


Civil war brewing in GOP

Republican nominee Donald Trump has hit out at House Speaker Paul Ryan, even as the Republican Party leadership is scrambling to quell a brewing civil war.

Mr Ryan has so far not responded since announcing he would never again campaign with Mr Trump.

Free Syrian Army fighters firing at militants in north Syria on Monday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Putin cancels trip to France

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday cancelled a visit to France in a furious row over Moscow's role in the Syrian conflict.

His move came one day after French President Francois Hollande said Syrian forces had committed a "war crime" in the battered city of Aleppo with the support of Russian air strikes.


Thais don pink for ailing King

Many Thais yesterday dressed in pink, an auspicious colour for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, whose health condition officials said remained unstable. The anxious people have been turning to temples as well as going online to send their get-well wishes to the King.


On disruption and the young

No one is born ready for the future economy, writes The Ascott CEO Lee Chee Koon as he mulls over the impact of disruption on the young. A member of a government panel on jobs and skills, he says Singaporeans need to be less rule-bound and more street-smart.


Illegal street pickups

Some private-hire drivers are picking up fares from the kerbside and at taxi stands, even though they are not allowed to do so, said the National Taxi Association. The Land Transport Authority has probed 35 alleged cases since 2013.


'Force caused neck fracture'

A court heard yesterday that a 67-year-old man who died after a spat with his son had suffered a fracture in his neck that was likely caused by a "significant amount of force". A forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy also noted that the fracture could have come from a single blow.


Shunfu Ville sale hits snag

The blockbuster $638 million sale of Shunfu Ville sealed in May may have temporarily hit a snag. An initial plan by developer Qingjian Realty (South Pacific) Group to build a project of 30 to 36 storeys on the site looks set to be rejected by the Urban Redevelopment Authority, which has set a 21- to 23-storey height limit.


Pogba rocket lifts France

A searing first-half strike from Paul Pogba gave France a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over the Netherlands on Monday. France coach Didier Deschamps, who had criticised Pogba last week, said: "We never doubted he could do it. We mustn't forget Paul is relatively young and he can still progress."

Greyhound's dishes include chicken wings. PHOTO: GREYHOUND CAFE


Greyhound Cafe in Paragon

Popular Bangkok cafe chain Greyhound Cafe is opening an outlet in Paragon in Orchard Road next month. The chain is known for serving innovative Thai and Western dishes with a contemporary twist. It is being brought in by JC Global Concepts, which hopes to open five such outlets here in three years.

The band now features three members from the 1980s and early 1990s line-up: (from left) bassist Duff McKagan, singer Axl Rose and guitarist Slash. PHOTO: LAMC


Guns N' Roses fans upbeat despite ticket prices

Local fans' excitement over American rock giants Guns N' Roses' first Singapore gig, to be held on Feb 25 next year at Changi Exhibition Centre, does not seem to be dampened by ticket prices that some say are a little high. General tickets cost $199, $298 and $568 each, while VIP packages cost $1,038, $1,393 and $2,063.

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