What's News: September 1, 2016

Photo of an Aedes Aegypti mosquito being photographed in a laboratory of control of epidemiological vectors in San Salvador to potray the Zika Virus.
Photo of an Aedes Aegypti mosquito being photographed in a laboratory of control of epidemiological vectors in San Salvador to potray the Zika Virus. PHOTO: AFP


New Zika cluster in Bedok

The Zika outbreak in Singapore has spread to Bedok and has also infected a pregnant woman, four days after the first locally transmitted case emerged on the island. The woman lives in the Aljunied Crescent/Sims Drive area. The total number of cases yesterday stood at 115.


Kidnap suspect's first target

Sales executive Lee Sze Yong, who is on trial for kidnapping the mother of the Sheng Siong supermarket boss had previously considered targeting billionaire Peter Lim, the High Court heard yesterday.



KL nabs terror plotters

Malaysia's battle against terror has resulted in hundreds of arrests since late 2013, including that of three men who, the police said yesterday, were planning to launch attacks on Tuesday, the eve of the country's independence day celebrations.


Suu Kyi opens peace meet

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi called for perseverance and unity at the opening of a grand conference yesterday aimed at ending a conflict between the military and armed ethnic groups. But observers say it is unlikely to yield anything substantive in the short term.


Check before you sign up

The closure of California Fitness gym has left in the lurch customers who forked out thousands for long-term memberships. Regulation aside, there are many things consumers can do to protect themselves, says Melissa Lin.


USB ports on 10 SMRT buses

Ten new buses will offer USB charging points to passengers from today so they can power up their devices while on the move. SMRT is offering the service on five routes - though some passengers are sceptical about their usefulness.


Going green to fight haze

A green labelling scheme is helping consumers avoid products made by companies which use irresponsible land-clearing methods that contribute to haze. The Singapore Environment Council said 90 companies have signed up to the scheme since last year's haze episode.


Bank loans down 2.2%

Bank loans fell for a tenth straight month in July as the sluggish economy continued to weigh on business activity and sentiment. Overall, loans slipped to $597.2 billion, down 2.2 per cent compared with July last year, due largely to a decline in business lending.

Singapore's top men's singles player Derek Wong, who was in action during the recent Rio Olympics, has called time on his career. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM


More national shuttlers call it quits

The national badminton team has been hit by another spate of departures, with Derek Wong and Vanessa Neo hanging up their rackets. Their decision follows the exit of younger players Elaine Chua, 19, and Sean Lee, 21.


Defying Korean beauty norm

South Korean plus-size model Vivian Geeyang Kim  is facing down online trolls in her campaign to persuade curvy women they have nothing to be ashamed of.

She runs an online clothing shop and publishes a magazine for plus-size women - a first in a country where beauty is defined by rail-thin K-pop stars.

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