What's News: October 27, 2015

SCDF officers demonstrating a rescue operation for a casualty trapped inside a collapsed building at the urban search and rescue facility.
SCDF officers demonstrating a rescue operation for a casualty trapped inside a collapsed building at the urban search and rescue facility.ST PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN
Mr Lawrence Lim, managing director of the bakery.
Mr Lawrence Lim, managing director of the bakery.ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH


Tripartism 'right for S'pore'

In a time of global economic uncertainty and change, the model of Government, employers and labour unions working together remains the right formula for Singapore, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday. But he urged union leaders to update their approaches to stay relevant to a new generation of workers.

Haze evacuation by sea

As Pollutant Standards Index readings in Central Kalimantan's capital consistently hit four digits, Indonesia's navy has been given the authority to take residents out to sea to avoid the haze. To that end, three warships that arrived off the coast of Borneo Island yesterday with emergency relief supplies will also serve as evacuation points.


US fretting over Russian subs

Illustrating how distrust has returned close to Cold War-era levels, US officials are fretting over how Russia's ships and submarines are operating too close to undersea cables responsible for almost all of the world's Internet links. They fear the activity means the Russians are planning to cut these key lines during conflicts. 

Strong quake hits South Asia

Governments across South Asia rushed to rescue survivors and assess the damage after a 7.5- magnitude earthquake struck the region, triggering landslides and causing houses to collapse. Mass casualties were feared in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.


New centre for police, SCDF to train together

Elite officers from the police and the Singapore Civil Defence Force can train together to tackle more complex scenarios at a new training centre, which was opened yesterday. They can learn to deal with emergencies like industrial fires or shootings at the 29ha facility in Mandai.


New nuclear war threat?

As America's lead in conventional weapons narrows with China, the risk of either side opting for a nuclear option in a conflict grows.

The risk is not imminent, to be sure, but is still an issue that should be discussed, says By Invitation columnist Hugh White.


Ride-booking app coming here

A ride-booking app started by a British entrepreneur will make its debut in Singapore next year.

The London- and New York-based Karhoo is in talks to work together with taxi companies here. 

Guo clan to put on glitzy show

A Chinese clan group for people with the surname Guo is marking its 75th anniversary this Saturday. The Singapore Fen Yang Guo Association is staging a show with pop culture elements, hoping to attract more young members.


Factory output down again

Factory output contracted for the eighth consecutive month in September, leaving the economy still teetering on the edge of a third-quarter technical recession. Manufacturing contracted 4.8 per cent last month - slightly worse than the 4.5 per cent decline tipped by private sector forecasters.


Serena best player of all time?

Patrick Mouratoglou, 45, who has coached Serena Williams to eight of her 21 Grand Slam titles, says she is the greatest woman tennis player of all time. Not just because of her physical attributes or her dominance, but because of her mental strength as well.


Cookies sold out in 2 days

Just two days after it opened last Friday, Jenny Bakery Singapore, an outpost of the famous Hong Kong brand, has run out of cookies. It is closed until tomorrow, and will reopen on Thursday at 5pm. For its opening, it had brought in 2 tonnes of cookies. 

Steve Jobs biopic flops

Moviegoers in the United States shunned  Universal Pictures' Steve Jobs. The film generated US$7.3 million (S$10.2 million) in US and Canadian theatres, about a third of what BoxOffice.com analysts had estimated. Instead of dominating the box office as predicted, it limped in at No. 7.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 27, 2015, with the headline 'What'sNews'. Subscribe