What's News: December 14, 2015

Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker driving to the hoop in the match against the Golden State Warriors at the weekend.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker driving to the hoop in the match against the Golden State Warriors at the weekend.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Leaders hail climate deal

A historic agreement was sealed on Saturday, after delegates from nearly 200 nations agreed on a pact that commits all countries to curb carbon pollution. It signals the end of an era of dependence on fossil fuels, decisively backing renewable energy and more efficient buildings and transport. World leaders hailed the deal as the best chance to secure the planet's future.


2 Saudi women triumph at polls

In a milestone for Saudi Arabia, at least two women won municipal council seats in the country's first elections open to female voters and candidates. Their success came despite several obstacles, such as female candidates not being able to meet male voters face to face, and women accounting for fewer than 10 per cent of registered voters.


Ted Cruz is new front runner

The latest Republican presidential candidate to lead the polls is Mr Ted Cruz (photo), who has surged to a 10-point lead in a new poll of likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa. He bested Mr Donald Trump, with 31 per cent picking him as their first choice, and it suggests his campaign is gathering momentum.


Bucks halt Warriors' run

The Milwaukee Bucks have finally ended the Golden State Warriors' 24-game NBA winning streak. After the 108-95 loss, the Warriors' interim coach said: "Even if you're 24-and-1, losing still sucks." 


Russia fires at Turkish boat

A Russian patrol ship fired small arms to prevent a collision with a Turkish fishing boat yesterday. The Russian warship said the Turkish boat did not engage in radio contact or use special visual signs. The incident comes amid frosty ties between the two countries.


Keeping Britain in the EU

This week's European Union summit will include discussions on Britain's plans to renegotiate the terms of its membership. Annoying as the British can be, the EU should resist the temptation to let Britain go its own way, says Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Funding for arbiter of names 

The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature - which helps to standardise the scientific names of animals - has been boosted by a $1.35 million windfall, almost all funded by the Lee Foundation.

This follows funding help from NUS two years ago.


NUS group tutors kids for free

A group of National University of Singapore students tutors children from interim rental housing flats for free every week.

Connect Tuition was started last year "to connect disconnected communities".


More turbulence in 2016

If this year has been a rocky one for markets, do not expect next year to be smooth sailing either. Top financial minds here predict that 2016 could continue to see huge volatility, with bonds and equities registering depressed returns. At the heart of the equation are China's growth rates and the US rate hike's impact on the global economy.


In touch with his audience

Singer-songwriter Jonathan Chan (photo) connects with his audience in part because they can relate to his songs.

The 25-year-old, whose stage name is Jawn, recently launched The Jawn EP and his songs are about companionship and belonging, among other issues. 


Help for chef with cancer

The bar scene is coming together to help head chef Sebastian Tan of Strangers' Reunion cafe, who has Stage 4 cancer. Called Just One Shift 2, the event is on Dec 21 at Club 39 in Duxton Hill from 8pm until late.

Twelve bartenders are taking turns to make drinks, and each drink will cost $15. Proceeds will go towards paying for the chef's treatment.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 14, 2015, with the headline 'What'sNews'. Subscribe