What's News: October 26, 2016

Office crowd in Central Business District.
Office crowd in Central Business District. ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH


PMETs worst hit by job pains

Laid-off workers are struggling to find new jobs as they no longer have the skills employers want. The hardest-hit class of workers is PMETs - professionals, managers, executives and technicians - noted the Monetary Authority of Singapore in its Macroeconomic Review published yesterday.


Attack on Pakistani academy

Heavily armed militants who stormed a Pakistani police academy tricked cadets hiding in their rooms into opening locked doors by pretending to be soldiers, said witnesses, as chilling accounts emerged from survivors of Monday's attack.

Hui Muslims outside Miaomiao Lake Village, part of an environmental migration project. PHOTO: NYTIMES


China's 'ecological migrants'

China calls them "ecological migrants": 329,000 Muslims from the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region relocated from lands distressed by climate change, industrialisation, poor policies and human activity to 161 hastily built villages. But the resettlers are struggling to survive in their new homes.


Myanmar refugees go home

Dozens of refugees in Thailand are expected to return to Myanmar today under a repatriation process for people displaced by fighting between the military and ethnic armed groups. But the pilot group is unlikely to be followed soon by large numbers, say rights groups.


Becoming guilty by location

Is there such a thing as guilty by location? Research suggests yes, writes Johan Sulaeman, an assistant professor of finance. Being located in an area with troubled banks and fraudulent financial institutions can affect a person's business and ability to raise loans.


Car-Free Sunday expands

The Car-Free Sunday SG initiative returns this weekend with more roads closed off for the use of cyclists, joggers and pedestrians. The monthly programme will expand from the Central Business District and Civic District to the Telok Ayer conservation area.


Wife testifies against hubby

A 50-year-old housewife took the stand yesterday as a witness against her husband, who is accused of murdering her former lover. Madam Serene Goh Yen Hoon testified against Chia Kee Chen, 56, who allegedly murdered Mr Dexmon Chua Yizhi, 37, in 2013.


SembMarine cuts manpower

Sembcorp Marine has decided to tackle the oil and gas woes with tough measures, including cutting jobs. Management staff also have had their salaries frozen and variable remuneration adjusted.



Shortlist out for Ballon d'Or

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, the stars of Leicester City last season, have been included in a 30-player shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or. Vardy is the only English player nominated. Three-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo and last year's victor Lionel Messi are among the favourites. The winner will be announced in January.


LKY Musical lyricist dies

Award-winning British lyricist Stephen Clark, who worked on three well-received Singapore musicals, including last year's The LKY Musical, died on Oct 15 in hospital. He was 55. His collaborator, English composer Howard Goodall, said Clark had been suffering from a degenerative lung disease for a few years.

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift performing at a concert last Saturday during the Formula One US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Swift 'distressed and violated' after alleged groping

Singer Taylor Swift described feeling frantic, distressed and violated after allegedly being groped by a Colorado DJ. She was giving sworn evidence on video in a lawsuit against radio DJ David Mueller, accusing him of groping her at a fans' meet-and-greet event following a concert in Denver, Colorado, in 2013.

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