What's News: September 11, 2017

Mr Kim Jong Un at an event to celebrate the success of its nuclear test.
Mr Kim Jong Un at an event to celebrate the success of its nuclear test.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Jobs galore in healthcare

Thousands of jobs will come from the healthcare sector in the future, including many for older, mid- career people with no experience in the field. Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor said the Government would help people with professional conversions and support employers. 


Port Klang loses business

Business at Malaysia's main shipping hub in Port Klang has taken a hit this year as major shipping companies shift their operations to Singapore, industry officials say. This has raised questions over the aggressive plans by Kuala Lumpur to build new harbours and rail links along the Strait of Malacca. 


N. Korean leader defiant

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un praised the "perfect success" of the country's largest nuclear test and urged further weapons development, according to state media yesterday. In the face of the United States' drive for tough new sanctions, Pyongyang held a banquet and performances in a weekend display of pageantry to celebrate the success. 


Tech giants face more EU tax

European Union finance ministers are set to discuss this week changing rules to make tech giants, such as Google and Facebook, pay more taxes. European regulators have become increasingly aggressive towards United States technology giants, seen by officials as gaining too much power. 


Tan Chuan-Jin's new role

Mr Tan Chuan-Jin is expected to be voted in as Speaker of Parliament today. This has been met with chatter online and off over what this move - from being a Cabinet minister to Speaker - means. Two writers offer different views. 


SOS: More volunteers needed

Fewer volunteers are coming forward to man the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) hotline during the crucial hours between midnight and 2am when the majority of calls are received. SOS said it might have to cut back on its service hours if it cannot get enough volunteers. 


More adult learners at polys

Polytechnics have fewer full-time students as the birth rate has declined, with 24,251 starting school in 2015, compared with more than 26,000 in 2012. In contrast, the number of adult learners are up, with 77,000 going back to school last year, from 42,000 in 2012.


Cooking up a storm in China

Singapore food companies are benefiting from a consumer boom in China that has led to a growing demand for international brands and high-quality imported food.

But with China set to become the world's largest consumer market by next year, competition is also heating up for the Singapore firms angling for market share there. 


Mourinho remains upbeat

Despite the fact that Manchester United dropped points for the first time this season in the 2-2 draw with Stoke City, Jose Mourinho insisted his confidence in his players remained intact. He also played down talk of a spat with counterpart Mark Hughes.


Racism 'very real' in Hollywood

Melvin Mar, the Chinese-American executive producer of sitcom Fresh Off The Boat, about an Asian- American family trying to find their piece of the American dream, agrees with actress Chloe Bennett's Instagram comment, in which she said that "Hollywood is racist".

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Opera girl

This teen's passion is opera. Meet Tan Wei Tian, a 14-year-old who is among the youngest opera artists in Singapore. str.sg/operagirl


Handmade mooncakes

Mr Chua Cha Lai is 78 years old and has been making Teochew pastries for 65 years. See how he makes traditional mooncakes. str.sg/moonman

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 11, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe