What's News: October 25, 2016

LeBron James in action for the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Orlando Magic in a pre-season game earlier this month.
LeBron James in action for the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Orlando Magic in a pre-season game earlier this month.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Former banker Rurik Jutting is accused of murdering two women.
Former banker Rurik Jutting is accused of murdering two women.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


PM to youth: Help shape future

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday urged young people to seize opportunities and help shape Singapore's future. How well the country does in the next 30 years, he said, will also depend on whether they are resilient in the face of uncertainty and change, and whether their generation works together as one united people.


President pays his respects

Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam paid his respects to Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej yesterday in the Grand Palace in Bangkok. In a Facebook post, Dr Tan said the monarch was "well-loved by the Thai people because of his compassion and concern for his people".


'Not guilty' plea in HK killings

British expatriate Rurik Jutting, who is accused of torturing and killing two Indonesian prostitutes in Hong Kong in 2014, has pleaded not guilty to their murders. The grisly killings shocked the city when the women's bodies were found in his apartment: one rotting in a suitcase and the other naked in the living room.


Cavaliers, Warriors resume rivalry

For LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, raising their 2015-16 NBA championship banner is the most important task on their agenda as the new season gets under way. In contrast, the Golden State Warriors, who came agonisingly close to sealing back-to-back titles before being beaten by the Cavaliers, will welcome superstar forward Kevin Durant to their ranks.


Bid to name Xi as 'core' leader

Signs are pointing to a renewed effort to formally name President Xi Jinping as the "core" of the Chinese Communist Party, which will cement his power ahead of a leadership reshuffle next year. As core leader, Mr Xi will have a stronger hand to push reforms. 


Bedrock of ties with Australia

Australia and Singapore have strategic interests that converge strongly, with Australia viewing the Republic as a valuable partner in the region. That is why Australia welcomes the growing military cooperation between the two sides, writes Professor Hugh White. 


Mix-up in O-level maths paper

A total of 73 Secondary 5 students from two schools took the wrong O-level mathematics paper last week after a registration mix-up. The exams and assessment board said it will work to ensure that the students, from Ahmad Ibrahim and Woodgrove secondary schools, are fairly assessed.


Jail first before hearing appeal

A national service defaulter will get to serve his three-week jail term immediately instead of waiting until the appeal for a stiffer sentence is heard. Sakthikanesh Chidambaram, 25, promised he would serve any additional time. 


Consumer prices dip again

Consumer prices in Singapore slid for the 23rd straight month in September, but analysts expect them to move back into positive territory in the months ahead.

Overall consumer prices fell 0.2 per cent last month from September last year, according to data from the Statistics Department yesterday. 


Kripalani back on stage

After 20 years working the scenes offstage, Gaurav Kripalani, artistic and managing director of the Singapore Repertory Theatre, has decided to return to acting. He will take a lead role in Disgraced, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about post-9/11 religious and racial tension in New York. It runs from Nov 16 to Dec 4. 



Celebs pack concert hall

Hong Kong actress-singer Joyce Cheng (photo), daughter of the late comedienne Lydia Sum, drew a crowd of celebrity supporters, including her actor dad Adam Cheng, to her first ticketed solo concert last Saturday. The show was postponed from Friday because of Typhoon Haima. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 25, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe