What's News: September 29, 2016

Wong was slated to be with the New Japan Philharmonic in November, followed by the Tokyo Philharmonic in May next year.
Wong was slated to be with the New Japan Philharmonic in November, followed by the Tokyo Philharmonic in May next year.PHOTO: SINGAPORE LYRIC OPERA


PM on Japan's TPP ratification

Japan's ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is crucial as it is the pact's second-largest economy, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said after meeting his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Tokyo yesterday. Both leaders also agreed to form a vice-ministerial level committee to discuss cooperation in land, sea and air transport and infrastructure.


S'pore 2nd most competitive

Singapore has been named the second-most competitive economy in the world - the sixth year in a row it has been runner-up. It came just behind Switzerland, which topped the list for the eighth consecutive year in an annual report compiled by the World Economic Forum. 



Trump vows to 'hit harder'

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump vowed to "hit harder" after a disappointing first debate against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, who sought to keep her momentum going, questioning his temperament and capitalising on his comments that he was "smart" to evade federal taxes.


Unexpected Japan debut for S'porean conductor

Singaporean conductor Wong Kah Chun, 30, will be making his Japan debut tomorrow - two months earlier than expected - after the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra asked him to replace its ailing music director. Wong was given less than 24 hours' notice before he was flown to Japan. 


Success for new technique

The world's first baby conceived using a controversial new technique to include DNA from three parents in the embryo has been born in New York. Doctors hope that the technique will change attitudes towards mitochondrial transfers. 


Private schools' job gap

Private-university graduates have a harder time landing a full-time job, and yet tens of thousands pay to study at such schools. More must be done to help these students make informed choices, writes senior education correspondent Sandra Davie. 


First govt-run nursing home

Singapore's first government-run nursing home was officially opened in Chinatown yesterday to cater to the rising number of elderly residents here.

Pearl's Hill Care Home provides short-term rehabilitation services for patients leaving hospitals.


CAAS reviews cockpit policy

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore is working with local airlines to review a requirement for planes to have at least two people in the cockpit at all times. It comes after airlines and industry studies found few benefits in following the practice.


Noteholders join forces

More trouble has struck financially embattled container ship operator Rickmers Maritime, which wants bondholders to accept payouts far less than what they invested. Now a group of retirees, businessmen and others who have sunk $250,000 or more each into the bonds issued by the trust are demanding to get their principal back in full, with interest, immediately.


Leicester boss calls for 'calm'

Claudio Ranieri called for Leicester City to be "calm" after the English football club moved to within four points of the Champions League knock-out stages with a 1-0 victory over Porto. Last season's surprise Premier League winners need only a win and a draw against FC Copenhagen in their next two games to ensure qualification from Group G. 

What it should have been

In our Sunday Times report on Sept 25, "These Singaporeans can really talk", we said membership fees for Toastmasters clubs and community club-based Toastmasters clubs are about $150 a month. This is wrong. The fees should be $150 a year.

We are sorry for the error.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe