What's News: September 28 2015

 A Class 1 parking label which is for disabled people who drive.
A Class 1 parking label which is for disabled people who drive.PHOTO: ST FILE


Tighter rules for parking label

With the number of people using disabled carparking stickers on the rise, the authorities are looking at tightening up how they are issued so that they are given only to those needing them most.

It could mean that people using smaller mobility aids such as walking frames and sticks will miss out in future.


$75m for Asean Para Games

The 8th Asean Para Games, which Singapore will host in December for the first time, will have a budget of about $75 million.

The organisers hope the 15-sport event will help create a lasting legacy for disability sports, and they want to raise awareness of the disciplines while encouraging more disabled people to participate.

A flag in Barcelona symbolising pro-independence. PHOTO: REUTERS


Catalans vote in crucial polls

Catalans voted yesterday in an election dubbed crucial for Spain's future. Polls point to a win by separatists who vow independence for Catalonia. Surveys showed the "Together For Yes" independence coalition could win a majority of the 135 seats in Parliament and nearly half the votes overall.


US admiral eyes wider reach

A top American admiral wants the powerful Third Fleet to expand its engagement in the Western Pacific region from its headquarters in San Diego by working more closely with the Japan-based Seventh Fleet to focus on areas with the "greatest instability".


From pariah to global player?

Just a few weeks ago, Russia was a pariah, marginalised as punishment for its military involvement in Ukraine. But world leaders will be listening when President Vladimir Putin addresses the United Nations today, for he may hold the key to ending the Syrian civil war.


Fewer students drop out of ITE

More financial help and emotional support are among the reasons fewer students at the Institute of Technical Education have dropped out of their courses. This year, it is hoped 87 per cent will graduate, up from 78 per cent 10 years ago.


Dengue claims another life

A woman died of dengue fever at Tan Tock Seng Hospital on Saturday. The Indian national aged 60 is the second fatality caused by the disease here this year. The National Environment Agency stepped up inspections in the vicinity of her Ang Mo Kio home and urged residents to stay alert.


Livelier IPO scene next year

The initial public offering (IPO) scene here has so far been a dud, with tiny launches that hardly spark any excitement. Analysts say Singapore is losing out to its regional rivals even as market volatility causes firms to hold off on their listing plans. But players say things could pick up next year, with bigger offerings in the pipeline.

Lewis Hamilton tosses his trophy into the air after winning the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS


Hamilton equals idol Senna's record

It came one week late but Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton was nevertheless thrilled to tie his idol Ayrton Senna's record of 41 race wins. After flopping in Singapore, he overtook teammate and pole sitter Nico Rosberg to win the Japanese GP and stretch his lead to 48 points.



Picture of elegance

Not to be outdone by her American counterpart Michelle Obama, China's First Lady Peng Liyuan was a picture of elegance during her state visit to Washington, thanks to her sharply tailored skirt suits and long-sleeved blouses and gowns embellished with Chinese design details.


Love triumphs at Golden Bell

Love story The Way We Were won Best Drama, Director and Supporting Actress at Taiwan's Golden Bell Awards. Ruby Lin, who produced and starred in the show, received the Best Drama

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 28, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: September 28 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe