What's News: September 2, 2016


PM: Stop mosquito breeding

The Zika virus is spreading, as the authorities have warned, with cases now emerging in Yishun, Upper Thomson and Simei. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong urged people to play their part in eradicating mosquitoes in a Facebook post, while reminding Singaporeans that it is, for the most part, a mild disease.


PM Lee on 4-day trip to China

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong begins a four-day trip to China today that includes his first visit to Chongqing since the launch of a new Singapore-China project, and a visit to Hangzhou to attend a Group of 20 leaders' summit.

In Hangzhou, Mr Lee will have a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Prime Minister's Office said yesterday.



China's big role in G-20 meet

A blueprint on innovation-led growth and the world's first framework for multilateral investment rules are among nearly 30 "tangible outcomes" of the G-20 summit in Hangzhou that starts on Sunday. But observers say the real significance of this summit is that it will mark China's coming of age as a leader in shaping international economic governance.


Najib is 'Malaysian Official 1'

Malaysian Cabinet minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan confirmed that Prime Minister Najib Razak is "Malaysian Official 1", alleged by the US Department of Justice to have received over US$700 million (S$954 million) siphoned out of 1Malaysia Development Berhad.


China's chance to mend ties

The new team in charge in Manila seeks to reconcile with Beijing. The latter should not spurn these efforts but should repair ties with the Philippines as a first step to a wider resetting of ties with South-east Asia, writes associate editor Ravi Velloor.


Six teachers bag top award

Six teachers have won the President's Award for Teachers for going beyond textbooks in class. For instance, Spectra Secondary's Mrs Lyvenne Chong taught her students valuable lessons by having them grow and sell vegetables.


Retailer opens flagship store

Clothing giant Uniqlo opens the doors of its flagship South-east Asian store at Orchard Central today, with its chief executive saying the three-level outlet could make Singapore's retail scene "more competitive".


S'pore top forex centre in Asia

Singapore remains the largest foreign exchange centre in the Asia-Pacific region and third largest globally after London and New York, according to a new survey. Singapore's share of global foreign exchange volumes has grown to 7.9 per cent this year, from 5.7 per cent three years ago.

Striker Islam Slimani (right) is on his way to the Premier League after champions Leicester City signed him on a five-year deal. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE- PRESSE


Leicester City break their transfer record

Premier League champions Leicester City broke their transfer record to sign striker Islam Slimani while Chelsea re-signed central defender David Luiz as England's top flight exceeded the £1 billion (S$1.79 billion) barrier when the curtain fell on transfer deadline day on Wednesday.




First Singapore Horse Show

The Bukit Timah Saddle Club is opening its doors to the public tomorrow and on Sunday for the inaugural Singapore Horse Show. Adults can ride the horses for $15 each, while children can go on pony rides for $10. There is equestrian action to watch, too, including a dressage competition tomorrow and a showjumping contest on Sunday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 02, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe