What's News: November 10, 2016


Trump is next US president

An election campaign that many deemed the ugliest in US history ended yesterday with perhaps its most surprising winner: Mr Donald Trump. The tycoon rode a wave of unhappiness with the status quo to upset former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, making history as the first ever political outsider to be elected president.


SIA forced to postpone flights

Singapore Airlines has been made to postpone plans for a thrice-weekly Singapore-Jakarta-Sydney service after being told that Soekarno-Hatta International Airport had to undergo runway maintenance. The airline was already selling tickets for the service, which was due to start on Nov 23.

Students rallying against Ms Park at Sogang University in Seoul yesterday. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


Power-sharing offer spurned

South Korean opposition parties yesterday rejected President Park Geun Hye's offer to share power to overcome a crippling crisis, calling in effect for a caretaker government. Ms Park has come under mounting pressure to step down over a corruption scandal involving a confidante.


2 HK officials questioned

Two top Hong Kong officials were yesterday grilled by a legislative committee on how the government would enforce Beijing's interpretation of the city's mini-Constitution. One of them said "the government is still studying the content of the interpretation".


How to spur e-vehicle use

Singapore appears well suited for electric vehicles to take off, yet there are few on the road. What's needed is for it to do what Norway did: have a slew of tax and other economic incentives that lower the cost of buying e-vehicles to encourage take-up, says Adrian Lim.


Slight dip in rail reliability

Singapore's rail reliability slipped slightly in the first half, with the MRT network chalking up one disruption for every 158,000 train-km travelled. Major disruptions remained high, Land Transport Authority data shows.


Dept stores losing appeal

The impending closure of John Little's did not surprise retail experts, who said shoppers, especially younger ones, no longer like to shop at one-stop stores. They prefer individual boutiques, and stores should narrow their focus to hit the right targets.


CapitaLand's earnings up

Stronger home sales in Singapore and China and contributions from serviced residences and commercial properties lifted CapitaLand's third-quarter earnings. Net profit for the three months to Sept 30 rose 28.4 per cent to $247.5 million from $192.7 million a year earlier.



Brazil aim to ease 2014 pain

Brazil face fierce South American rival Argentina in a World Cup football qualifier today in Belo Horizonte, hoping to exorcise the ghosts of their 7-1 semi-final debacle in 2014 against Germany. Two years on, Neymar and his team are sitting at the top of the 10-team group, while sixth-placed Argentina welcome Lionel Messi back after struggling in his absence in the last three matches.


Designer's take on jackets

When he was eight, Italian menswear designer Gabriele Pasini asked the tailor for a green jacket with wide lapels and long pants - a style favoured by much older men. Pasini, now 54, says the jacket is the most important piece of clothing for a man, and can be worn stylishly even in humid Singapore.

Roberts grew up being told how much he looks and sounds like Bowie. His concert in Marina Bay Sands is on till Saturday. ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG


Bowie soundalike to perform late pop icon's songs

British singer Paul Roberts, former lead singer of punk-New Wave veterans The Stranglers, has been told how much he looks and sounds like the late pop icon David Bowie. Roberts is in Singapore to perform a whole concert of Bowie songs at Ce La Vi in Marina Bay Sands.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 10, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe