What's News: August 29, 2016


Zika cases expected to rise

The number of people infected with the Zika virus in Singapore is expected to rise as there is a high likelihood of more local transmissions, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said yesterday. A total of 41 people here have tested positive. Mr Gan also highlighted that there may be Zika carriers who show no symptoms but are still infectious.


Easier to get reserved books

Self-service lockers which let library-goers collect reserved books are to be introduced at all 25 staff-run public libraries here by 2018. The lockers have already been installed at seven libraries, with customers saying they have made their lives easier.



Bangladesh hunts militants

Bangladesh police said yesterday they were hunting more extremist leaders after shooting dead the suspected mastermind of a deadly cafe attack, on the eve of US Secretary of State John Kerry's first visit. Security forces stormed a militant hideout outside Dhaka on Saturday, killing three suspected Islamists.


Trump turns hardline again

Returning to his controversial immigration policy after seemingly softening his position on deporting undocumented immigrants, US presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Saturday that he would "ensure those who overstay their visas are quickly removed".

Leaders of the world's 20 biggest economies gathering at the G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, last November.
Leaders of the world's 20 biggest economies gathering at the G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, last November. ST FILE PHOTO


G-20 has not lived up to its promise

The failure of the G-20 to become the world's steering committee, whether in economics or politics, points to how reform and rebalance in leading international organisations - from the United Nations to the International Monetary Fund - have stalled, writes correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Social Service Institute to move

The Social Service Institute, which trains charity and welfare organisation workers, is to relocate again - after just three years at TripleOne Somerset. It will move to a $3 million set-up across four floors of Central Plaza on Sept 14 after its lease was not renewed.


Big plans at oldest varsity hall

Singapore's oldest university hall turns 100 this year and got a new hall master last month. Senior lecturer Lee Kooi Cheng says she wants to provide more "purposeful and structured learning" for residents of King Edward VII Hall at NUS.


S'pore losing edge in exports

Singapore is losing export competitiveness in the region as a result of rising costs, according to Credit Suisse economists.

Their research also found that the Republic is losing market share in the global goods trade, which means export growth will likely remain weak in the coming years.


Murray is US Open favourite

As the US Open, the last tennis Grand Slam of the season, begins today, Andy Murray's fitness puts him ahead of major contenders.

The Briton is in such good shape that he's been dubbed "Iron Man" by Japan's Kei Nishikori.



Allan Wu prefers two wheels

Television host Allan Wu (photo), who appears in a new reality show called Celebrity Car Wars, says his biggest bugbear is drivers who do not signal when turning. He rides a Ducati motorcycle. He prefers a two-wheeler because he does not have to worry about traffic - he simply weaves through it all.


Fancy roast duck at Kam's?

Hong Kong restaurant Kam's Roast Goose will be opening its first overseas outlet here in October, at Pacific Plaza in Scotts Road.

Singapore-born television producer Robert Chua, 70, who is bringing in the restaurant, says it has been a challenge finding a good supplier of goose, and does not rule out serving roast duck instead.

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