What's News: September 15, 2016

Paralympian Hassiem competing during the heats of the men's 100m freestyle (S10). He lost his leg to a shark 10 years ago.
Paralympian Hassiem competing during the heats of the men's 100m freestyle (S10). He lost his leg to a shark 10 years ago.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Legal online betting soon?

Online betting may be allowed on the websites of Singapore Pools and the Singapore Turf Club in a little over a month's time, with both operators having applied to be exempt from the Remote Gambling Act that makes online betting illegal. The move is believed to be aimed at curbing gambling on unauthorised sites but social workers warn of potential problems.


Typhoon batters Taiwan

Super Typhoon Meranti grazed past Taiwan yesterday, causing serious damage even though it did not make landfall.

Five people had been injured as of press time. Meranti is expected to hit China today. 



Hanson makes fiery return

Australian right-wing firebrand Pauline Hanson (photo) marked her return as an MP with an inflammatory speech in which she warned that the country was in danger of being swamped by Muslims and Asians. She also denounced foreign investment in Australian land and assets, particularly from China, in her maiden speech in the Senate. 


'Shark boy' making waves

A shark bit off half of Achmat Hassiem's right leg 10 years back. Now, when the South African dives into the pool, he pushes himself to swim faster by imagining one behind him. And far from harbouring hatred of the predator which nearly killed him, he is working against overfishing of sharks.


Bersih to hold roadshow

Reform group Bersih has announced a nationwide roadshow ahead of a Nov 19 protest to rally support among rural Malay citizens for Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's resignation. The campaign will begin on Oct 1 and culminate in the Nov 19 rally, which could take place at several venues.


Ecotourism the S'pore way

Singapore's plan to clear secondary forest in Mandai to build wildlife parks and bill that as ecotourism raises many questions about how best to balance development and conservation, writes Audrey Tan.


More room for planes at gates

Changi Airport is making more efficient use of its terminal gates to handle a growing number of passengers and minimise the need to ferry passengers by bus to and from their planes. It has split two gatehold rooms where passengers wait before boarding, with another four to be done next year.


Businesses gear up for F1

Businesses in the Marina Bay area, anticipating clear skies, are gearing up for a busy F1 race weekend. Restaurants and bars are adding tables and staff, and hotels expect last-minute bookings. Last year, the haze cast a pall over the event. 


Change in URA price index

Incentives and discounts offered by developers of de-licensed private projects will be excluded when the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) compiles its quarterly price index. Developers of such projects will be required to submit net prices of units sold to the URA from this month.



Ceferin elected to lead Uefa

Little-known Slovenian lawyer Aleksander Ceferin (photo) was the surprise, bold choice of European football's governing body Uefa to be the new president, as he thrashed Dutchman Michael van Praag 42-13. Long-time boss Michel Platini quit after being banned for four years for ethics violations. 


Choosing music over catwalk

Singer Tanis Chalopin, 22, is the daughter of former Singaporean top model Ethel Fong. Chapolin, based in New York, is not following in her mother's footsteps. She is clear about what she wants - a career in music. She is set to launch her international debut EP, Blackout, on Sept 30 under PBC Music and Warner Music.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 15, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe