What's News: October 28, 2016

Siew Lup, starring Rebecca Chen, is Sam Loh's follow-up to last year's R21-rated erotic thriller Lang Tong.
Siew Lup, starring Rebecca Chen, is Sam Loh's follow-up to last year's R21-rated erotic thriller Lang Tong.PHOTO: SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
A collapsed building shrouded in dust in Borgo Sant'Antonioyesterday.
A collapsed building shrouded in dust in Borgo Sant'Antonio yesterday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
The Illustration Arts Fest showcases works by professional and amateur illustrators.
The Illustration Arts Fest showcases works by professional and amateur illustrators.PHOTO: OICSINGAPORE


Bus, train fares to fall 4.2%

Public transport fares will be cut by 4.2 per cent at the end of the year - their biggest fall since 2009 - the Public Transport Council announced yesterday.

The system for calculating what passengers are charged has also been simplified. 


Duterte all for drills with Japan

President Rodrigo Duterte said yesterday that he was open to the idea of joint military exercises between the Philippines and Japan. But his country will not hold any more drills with the US during his presidency, he reiterated. 


Twin quakes rock Italy

Two strong earthquakes rocked central Italy on Wednesday, toppling buildings and injuring dozens of people according to initial reports, two months after a devastating tremor killed nearly 300 in the same region. The quakes this week were felt in Rome, sending people running out of their houses and into the streets. 


Ex-judge eyes top HK post

A former Hong Kong judge, Mr Woo Kwok Hing, has announced plans to run for the city’s leadership post.A few more candidates are reportedly eyeing the top job, as it is believed the current Chief Executive Leung Chun Yingno longer enjoys the central government’s blessings.


North Korean threat growing

The chill on the Korean peninsula has deepened. The South now sees that the North's nuclear tests are not random calls for attention but part of a military plan. The threat is not just to South Korea but Japan too, and the US must step in, writes associate editor Ravi Velloor. 


Concerts at hawker centres?

Hawker centres of the future could be not only places that sell food but also venues for mini concerts and flea markets. This was among suggestions made by 25 hawkers at a dialogue yesterday with a committee tasked with promoting and growing such centres. 


Rate of tooth loss higher here

Three out of 10 Singaporeans aged over 60 have no teeth left, new research has found - a rate higher than in other developed countries. The study also found that women are more likely to lose all their teeth. However, most toothless people have dentures.


OCBC takes precautions

The deepening crisis in the energy industry forced OCBC Bank to set aside more allowances in the third quarter to cover any non-performing loans. The allowances, which banks prepare to meet potentially sour loans, totalled $99 million in the three months to Sept 30, up from the $65 million set aside in the second quarter. 


Pennant departs after a year

Former England Under-21 footballer Jermaine Pennant, who arrived with huge fanfare in January, will leave S-League team Tampines Rovers after one season. He is believed to be earning around $20,000 a month and turned down a new deal on reduced terms, with players' pay slashed next year. 


Follow-up to erotic thriller debuts at S'pore film festival

Local film-maker Sam Loh is following up on last year's R21-rated erotic thriller Lang Tong with the adult-oriented Siew Lup - also a thriller with scenes of nudity. The new movie will debut at the Singapore International Film Festival, which opens on Nov 23. Siew Lup will be among the 161 films screening at the event this year, which is now in its 27th edition.


First Illustration Arts Fest

The inaugural Illustration Arts Fest, which will run over two weekends from today till Sunday and from Nov 4 to Nov 6, features 150 illustrators. The bulk of the events, including artist talks, workshops and an Illustrators' Market, will take place during the first weekend at the Lasalle College of the Arts in McNally Street. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 28, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe