What's News: Sept 28, 2017

Migrant workers watch a game of cricket during a day off in the weekend in Singapore, on April 2, 2017.
Migrant workers watch a game of cricket during a day off in the weekend in Singapore, on April 2, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS


S'pore population up only 0.1%

Singapore's total population experienced the slowest rate of growth in more than a decade, going up by only 0.1 per cent in the 12 months since June last year.

The chief reason for this is the decrease in the number of Work Permit holders, as foreigners working here returned home.


Most made profit with CPFIS

Members who invested their Central Provident Fund (CPF) Ordinary Account savings under the CPF Investment Scheme (CPFIS) generally made a profit in the 12 months to Sept 30 last year. The CPF Board said 441,000 members made profits in excess of the risk-free CPF-Ordinary Account interest rate of 2.5 per cent a year.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a news conference to announce the snap election at his official residence in Tokyo on Monday. PHOTO: REUTERS


Abe-Koike battle at the polls

The stage is set for a showdown between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and former ally-turned-rival Yuriko Koike, the governor of Tokyo, with Parliament set to be dissolved today for a snap election likely to take place next month.


Sirens at Bali volcano

Emergency sirens have been installed around Mount Agung in Bali to provide an early warning to people in case the volcano erupts, and the authorities are also drawing up plans to divert flights to 10 other airports in that eventuality. The number of evacuees rose to more than 96,000 yesterday.


Segregation in pre-schools

Premium pre-schools segregate wealthy kids from everyone else. Experts tell Priscilla Goy that these children may find it difficult to mix with peers of different backgrounds in future, when they head to national schools.


Deterring maid starvation

In judgment grounds for a high-profile case involving a couple, Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon said employers who starve their maids may be charged under the Penal Code instead of the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act, and face stiffer jail terms.


ISIS-themed toys pulled

Made-in-China figurines depicting terrorists from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) were removed from e-commerce sites and a shop in People's Park Centre. The toys, recommended for children between six and 12, were priced from $3.80 to $25.


S'pore is '7th richest nation'

Singaporeans have net financial assets of about €89,570 (S$142,890) on average, putting the country at seventh among the top 10 richest nations, according to a new Allianz Global Wealth Report yesterday. It found that the net financial assets of households here rose 9.6 per cent over the 2016 calendar year - "the fastest rate in the last four years".


Klopp upbeat despite misses

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes they are on course for the Champions League knockout stages, despite wasting a hatful of chances in a 1-1 draw at Spartak Moscow on Tuesday to trail Group E leaders Sevilla by two points after a second straight draw. Meanwhile, the hosts are in more trouble, as they were charged by Uefa for displaying illegal banners and setting off fireworks.



Lang Lang cancels concerts here

Superstar pianist Lang Lang has cancelled his concerts in Singapore owing to inflammation in his left arm. The Chinese pianist was scheduled to perform on two nights, Nov 29 and 30, at the Esplanade Concert Hall.


Roundup of new tech

Journalist Lester Hio checks out this month's tech releases like the Acer Predator Triton 700 laptop. str.sg/septtech


Housing for the masses

Low-cost homes in Vietnam's Binh Duong province provide much-needed housing for a growing urban population. str.sg/masshouse

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 28, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe