What's News: October 31, 2016

The Brandenburg Gate lit up during the Festival of Lights earlier this month. Berlin's vibrant scene is a draw for tech start-ups.
The Brandenburg Gate lit up during the Festival of Lights earlier this month. Berlin's vibrant scene is a draw for tech start-ups.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Focus on 3D indoor mapping

Three-dimensional computer mapping of indoor spaces is being looked at by the authorities as a way of improving public security in emergency situations. Maps constructed using lasers could help simulate and manage crowds, such as during evacuation procedures.


Kwa Soon Bee dies, aged 86

Pioneer civil servant Kwa Soon Bee died yesterday, at the age of 86. Dr Kwa had a long and distinguished career in the medical services and laid the foundation for Singapore's healthcare system. He joined the civil service in 1956 and retired from public service in 1996 as permanent secretary for health and director of medical services.



Park tries to quell public anger

The woman at the centre of a deepening political crisis around South Korean President Park Geun Hye (photo) returned to Seoul yesterday to assist in investigations into claims of improper control over state affairs. Meanwhile, Ms Park accepted her chief of staff's resignation as she moved to mitigate public anger. 


Fintech firms moving from London to Berlin

Just months after Britain voted to quit the European Union, the first financial start-ups are packing up and moving to the capital of the continent's biggest economy, Berlin. While Frankfurt is the leading financial hub in Germany, Berlin's vibrant atmosphere may appeal more to digital companies, an analyst said. 


The real challenge of Mosul

The US has contained the strategic setback from the loss of Mosul two years ago, but beyond winning back the city from ISIS, the larger hurdle is how to secure the subsequent peace. And that may remain as elusive as ever, writes Europe Correspondent Jonathan Eyal. 


Alert on Web-linked devices

Cyber-security experts are urging people to take precautions with their Web-connected devices to stop them from being infected and turned into "zombies" open to cyber attacks. They suggest measures like password changes and regular software updates. 


Return of Car-Free Sunday

Car-Free Sunday returned to the city's streets yesterday for the first time since July, with almost 5.5km of roads closed to traffic.

Thousands of people took advantage by using the space for running, skating and cycling. 


Insurance execs on the move

There has been a flurry of senior management changes at insurance firms here, with AIA, Great Eastern Holdings, Prudential and Tokio Marine Life Insurance Singapore among those to have seen changes.

Analysts say insurers have to stay ahead in the talent game as new names enter the fray.


Smith delivers for Cavs

Throughout the protracted contract dispute between the Cleveland Cavaliers and J.R. Smith, coach Tyronn Lue had only one focus. "I didn't look at (life) without him," said Lue. "Nope, I knew he was coming back." Not surprisingly, it was Smith who shot three vital three-pointers in the dying minutes of the 105-99 win against the Orlando Magic.


From unknown to rising star

In just three years, Carrie Wong has gone from an unknown, fresh-faced polytechnic student to a popular television actress with multiple endorsement deals. Her full filming schedule has left her with no time to date, she says. She stars in You Can Be An Angel 2, premiering on Channel 8 at 9pm tomorrow. 



New drama based on real life

Canadian actor Damon Runyan (photo), 40, plays a real-life police informant who once infiltrated Californian biker gangs in the early 2000s, in the television drama Gangland Undercover Season 2. The drama airs on History (StarHub TV Channel 401) on Fridays at 10pm.

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