What's News: September 8, 2016

The Constitutional Commission hearing on the elected presidency on Sept 6.
The Constitutional Commission hearing on the elected presidency on Sept 6. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM


Key proposals on presidency

The elected presidency looks set to undergo significant changes as the panel reviewing it proposes more stringent criteria for candidates.

It also suggests that when a particular race has not been elected to the office for 30 years, the next election should be reserved for that race.


Possible Zika cluster in Siglap

Eight new cases of Zika virus infection were picked up yesterday, with a new cluster possibly in the Elite Terrace area in Siglap.

The total number of confirmed Zika cases in Singapore is now 283 since the first case was diagnosed nearly two weeks ago.

Newly elected lawmaker Sixtus Leung says he will lead discussions on Hong Kong's independence. PHOTO: REUTERS


HK independence on agenda

The election of seven localists to Hong Kong's Legislative Council has spurred a discussion of the city's independence from China. Previously considered a marginal issue, it has been pushed to the forefront amid a feeling among young people that Beijing has imposed too many restrictions on Hong Kong.


Duterte's words boomerang

Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte's penchant for a particular expletive while speaking about luminaries from the Pope to the US President may make him popular in his country, but he is learning that every word carries weight when it comes to international diplomacy.


Heritage and identity

Conservation experts are appalled that local heritage buildings and sites can be demolished to make way for expressways and MRT stations. Melody Zaccheus reports on calls to discuss and suggest alternatives to such developments.

Artist's impression of the rebranded Funan DigitaLife Mall, which will be known simply as Funan after it is redeveloped. PHOTO: CAPITALAND LIMITED


Funan to become lifestyle destination

Funan DigitaLife Mall will be rebranded as a lifestyle destination called, simply, Funan. Among its offerings after a three-year overhaul will be sports facilities such as a climbing wall, a central experimental space for local makers and a cineplex.


Ratings for maid agencies

A new rating system for maid agencies by customers has begun on the Ministry of Manpower online directory which should help prospective clients looking for good agencies.

Around 580 of 1,455 agencies have been rated so far, on a scale of one to five.


Rickmers grabs a lifeline

Container ship operator Rickmers Maritime Trust has managed to seal a refinancing deal. Meanwhile, Vallianz Holdings said Swiber Holdings has pledged its 25.15 per cent stake in Vallianz to its lead creditor DBS Bank.


Why watch the Paralympics

Eric Ting, a 44-year-old tetraplegic, was a wheelchair racer at the 2008 Paralympics. He is not in Rio now, but feels people should watch the Games on TV as "it's a good moment to activate a wider perspective of people with disability. In the Asian context, they sometimes think people with disability can't earn a living or do much".


Tosh Zhang takes on lead role

For the first time, home-grown actor Tosh Zhang is leading a movie without the other Ah Boys To Men co-stars in tow - and he is feeling the heat. Best known for playing the stern but compassionate Sergeant Ong in the popular films, the 27-year-old will be seen this week in the period-romance flick My Love Sinema as a lovelorn cinema assistant pining after a teacher.



Drawn to cats

No exhibition by Chinese ink artist Lim Kay Hiong  is complete without his paintings of black cats. Of the 37 new works at his L'amore Ink On Paper show at The Fullerton Hotel, nine are of his signature cat. Although cats are not usually subjects in traditional Chinese ink paintings, he says he began painting them in the early 1980s.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 08, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe