What's News: December 02, 2015

The tail of AirAsia QZ8501 is seen on the deck of a ship after being lifted from the sea bed, south of Pangkalan Bun, on Jan 10, 2015.
The tail of AirAsia QZ8501 is seen on the deck of a ship after being lifted from the sea bed, south of Pangkalan Bun, on Jan 10, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS


Key factors in AirAsia jet crash

Chronic problems with a faulty rudder system and the way pilots tried to respond were major factors in the crash of an Indonesian AirAsia jet last year that killed all 162 people on board, investigators said yesterday.

The Singapore-bound flight went down last year, less than halfway into a two-hour flight from Surabaya.


Revitalising historic district

The rejuvenation of the historic Civic District is in its second phase, with pedestrian-friendly changes and more greenery. Facilities such as water sources will also be added to the Esplanade Park to make it a more attractive event space.

Cops wearing masks at Tiananmen Square yesterday as smog continued to blanket Beijing. PHOTO: REUTERS


Black humour under grey skies

Some Internet users in China yesterday turned to dark humour and satire as Beijing was blanketed in heavy smog, comparing street views to those seen in zombie movies. Some others expressed indignation and lamented the arrival of the "Airpocalypse".


US to tighten entry rules

In the light of extremist attacks in Europe, the United States said it would tighten security procedures for its visa-waiver programme for visitors from friendly countries. Washington already screens visa applicants from war zones carefully, but will now ask more questions.


Singapore's X factor

People often ask venture capitalist Ike Lee how Singapore can become like Silicon Valley. But Singapore has a buzz of its own - it is more important to embrace its own cultural make-up and geography, to be a successful launch pad for start-ups, he says.

Those changing lines at Newton and Bukit Panjang (above) stations on Downtown Line 2 will have to exit and re-enter at the fare gates. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN


Commuters will need to exit to change lines at 2 stations

In a first, two interchange stations on the upcoming Downtown Line 2 will require passengers changing lines to exit and re-enter at the fare gates. However, as long as the transfers at Newton and Bukit Panjang are made within 15 minutes, commuters will be charged only for a single journey.


Worrying number of diabetics

Singapore has the second-highest percentage of diabetics in the developed world, according to new figures. About 10.53 per cent of people here aged between 20 and 79 are estimated to have the chronic disease.


Concern over poor listings

Consultancy Deloitte, which conducts an annual review of local listings, said yesterday that it has "deep concerns" over the lack of mainboard listings on the Singapore Exchange this year. There have been only 12 initial public offerings on the Catalist board, and none on the mainboard.


Golden State Warriors shine

The Golden State Warriors extended their NBA winning streak to 19 games, despite intense pressure from a young Utah Jazz side on Monday. Star point guard Stephen Curry scored 12 of his 26 points in the last quarter to seal a tense 106-103 victory at Salt Lake City.



Proving he's more than Thor

To play a half-starved seaman in the movie In The Heart Of The Sea, Thor star Chris Hemsworth went on a diet, going from 96kg to 79kg. But weight is not the only thing he is shedding. The Australian says he is branching out into comedies to prove he can do more than flex his muscles as a Norse god.


Jewel star in new TV drama

Jewel In The Palace star Lee Young Ae is returning to the small screen in upcoming drama Saimdang, her first television role in 12 years.

She plays the lead role of a 16th-century painter and poet opposite actor Song Seung Heon, himself a well-known star, who says he signed on for a chance to work with the screen icon.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 02, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: December 02, 2015'. Subscribe