What's News: September 21 2015


Fake anti-wrinkle machines

The genuine ones are meant to be used only by doctors, but at least 15 counterfeit Thermage machines - used to remove wrinkles - have been used by beauty salons here. Police and the US firm that makes the originals raided the Woodlands Road showroom of a firm believed to be linked to the fakes.


Heart drug to be made here

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis will begin manufacturing a blockbuster heart failure drug at one of its Singapore plants this year, and is also expanding its contact lens manufacturing facility here.

Migrants on a dinghy with a broken motor drifting as they tried to reach Kos in Greece after leaving Bodrum, Turkey, yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS


Migrant land crossing blocked

Appalled by the many drowning deaths of refugees trying to reach Europe by sea, a group of strangers, mostly Syrians, arranged through Facebook to meet in a Turkish border city near Greece last week in a bid to persuade the authorities to let them go to Europe by land, the first step in establishing a safer path for others to follow. But the effort did not go as planned.

A sign in Havana welcoming the Pope at the first mass of his visit to Cuba. The sign reads, "Welcome to Cuba Pope Francis". PHOTO: REUTERS


Pope celebrates mass in Havana's Revolution Square

Pope Francis celebrated mass with tens of thousands of Cubans yesterday in Havana's Revolution Square, the political heart of Cuba where the communist government stages its biggest rallies. The Pope, who arrived on Saturday, had exhorted Cuba and the United States to deepen their recent rapprochement, which he helped broker.


Tackling migrant crisis

Europe-wide border controls, and a more streamlined asylum policy that turns back economic migrants, can help the continent stave off the migrant crisis, says Europe Correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


More into Moon Cake Festival

More and more Chinese clan associations and cultural groups are celebrating the Mid-Autumn or Moon Cake Festival.

Originally celebrated by farmers in ancient China, it is held on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, which falls on Sunday this year.


Geylang Serai civic centre

Work began yesterday on a new five-storey civic centre in Geylang which will open in 2018 and reflect the area's rich Malay heritage. Estimated to cost $55 million, the 10,000 sq m centre is intended to be a community hub for the area.


Slow take-up for entry permit

Malaysia's Transport Ministry had expected up to 300,000 Singapore vehicles to be enrolled for the Vehicle Entry Permit, yet fewer than 74,000 have been signed up. Many motorists cite an onerous process and a problematic website for holding back.


SMEs 'missing opportunities'

Smaller firms here are missing out on the vast opportunities in emerging Asia because they are not as aspirational about expansion as their regional counterparts, a report by the Boston Consulting Group said. The consultancy warned that a mindset shift is necessary for small and medium-sized enterprises to escape their comfort zone and tap the region's full potential.


Raddy in line for KL job

He brought much success during his near 10-year spell leading the Lions. And now Raddy Avramovic is said to be in contention to handle the beleaguered Malaysian national football team.

The Serb is currently coaching Myanmar but their recent indifferent run has led to fans there calling for his head.


Wallet-friendly dishes

Most chefs would never think of cooking with stale bread, frozen peas and meats, and leftover food.

But celebrity chef Jamie Oliver embraces these unglamorous ingredients to whip up dishes that are wallet- and palate-friendly, in the second season of his budget- cooking TV programme.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: September 21 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe