What's News: September 14, 2017


A president for everyone

Madam Halimah Yacob will be sworn in as Singapore's eighth president today after she was elected unopposed yesterday in the first reserved election. She pledged to be a president for everyone, and called on Singaporeans to stand together to tackle challenges facing the country.


Judge tells off netizens

A judge has hit out at "disrespectful" comments made online about a rape victim, saying it affected her and would discourage other victims from coming forward.

His remarks were made during yesterday's sentencing submissions for the accused, who had raped the victim in 2014.



Najib-Trump meet a success

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and United States President Donald Trump were all smiles at a meeting at the White House yesterday, as Mr Najib promised billions of dollars worth of investment in the US as well as Malaysia's full support in combating terrorism.

It was the first visit of a Malaysian prime minister to the White House since 2004.


Typhoon Talim set to hit Taiwan

Taiwan was bracing itself yesterday for Typhoon Talim, which was expected to hit the island's northern cities before hurtling towards China, potentially as a super typhoon. More than 200,000 people in China's Fujian and Zhejiang provinces have been evacuated.


A new education leveller

A new e-learning portal to be introduced next year promises to make lessons more engaging. Experts say it can even be an education leveller, giving the same quality resources to all students, regardless of home background, says Calvin Yang.


8,000 take full paternity leave

Interim figures show that since last year, about 8,000 fathers consumed all two weeks of their government-paid paternity leave. Some did not take the two weeks in succession to minimise disruption at work and to support their wives at other times during the year.


Guidelines for sentencing

Over the past five years, the appeals court has set clear and comprehensive sentencing guidelines in at least 15 judgments. Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon has said sentencing guidelines provide predictability and consistency so that like cases are treated alike.


Fewer jobs in manufacturing

Singapore's manufacturing sector has been on a hot streak this year, growing at a robust 8.1 per cent in the second quarter from a year earlier. Yet, factories have not been employing more workers. In fact, employment in manufacturing fell by 2,500 jobs in the April-to-June period - the 11th consecutive quarter of decline.


F1 race likely to continue here

Formula One chairman and chief executive officer Chase Carey has indicated that the Republic will continue to host the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix beyond this year. "This is the marquee race and our goal is to renew the contract," he said, while adding: "We haven't concluded the deal yet."

Looks from Jovian Mandagie's Savannah by JM collection. PHOTO: SINGAPORE FASHION WEEK


Shorter S'pore Fashion Week

Singapore Fashion Week has been cut to three days this year - the first time in the show's 11-year history that this has happened. The event, which has been held annually over five or more days, will also have a new element: A series of technology talks on the business of fashion.


Bloom with vroom

A flower on the fast track. Take a first look at the Dendrobium, Singapore's first all-electric hypercar. str.sg/hypercar


F1 thrills and spills

Catch up on years of Singapore Formula One action with these highlights from the world's first night race. str.sg/10formula1

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 14, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe