What's News: December 07 2015

PM Lee Hsien Loong at his opening address during the PAP Convention 2015 at the Singapore Expo.
PM Lee Hsien Loong at his opening address during the PAP Convention 2015 at the Singapore Expo. ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN


Longer, healthier lives

Singaporeans are living longer and staying healthier. Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor told The Straits Times that life expectancy for men and women here has been on the rise although there has been a "worrying trend of increasing obesity" among young adults.


GE result 'assures stability'

The People's Action Party's strong showing at GE 2015 has assured Singaporeans of at least another decade of predictability, political stability and good governance, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the party's first convention since the polls. The solid mandate had enabled him to strengthen the team in the Cabinet, renew MP ranks and prepare for a handover after the next general election.


Najib's bid to regain position

As Malaysian Premier Najib Razak goes into the Umno assembly starting tomorrow, some things have started to go his way after a year of scandals that have battered his administration. But he has his work cut out for him in handling the dissent within Umno amid signs he is not in full control of the party.

National Front's Ms Marine Le Pen appears poised for victory in the first round of balloting in Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


France's far-right party set to win big in regional polls

France's far-right looked set to clinch control of a region for the first time in its history in high-stakes elections that kicked off yesterday. Polls show the National Front's fiery leader Marine Le Pen could take a commanding lead in the first round of regional balloting in Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, while her niece could lead the party to victory in the Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur region. The second round takes place on Dec 13.


Little chance of real alliance

Talk of a "grand coalition" between Western nations and Russia to tackle Middle East terrorism will remain just that, as their interests and agendas differ. And far from helping to forge an alliance, the history of Russian-Western cooperation is an obstacle to working together now, says Europe Correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Additions to Botanic Gardens

Two stately bungalows - including Singapore's oldest surviving "black and white" - are part of the Botanic Gardens' new boundary. They will house a forest conservation centre and natural art history gallery.


Surfing on the go 'affordable'

Singapore's mobile broadband prices are among the most affordable in Asia and the ninth most affordable in the world, according to a new study. European countries dominated the top 10 list, compiled by a UN agency.


Gamuda keen to expand here

Malaysian property developer Gamuda is looking to grow its land bank here after it successfully bid for a prime private residential site in Toa Payoh. Group managing director Lin Yun Ling says the property market here may have reached a turning point, although it may not pick up quickly.


Van Gaal scales down hopes

Louis van Gaal has drawn one conclusion after he saw his team booed by home fans after yet another draw - against West Ham on Saturday.

While the manager is happy with Manchester United's ability to shut out opponents, he admits that the goal-shy squad cannot win the Champions League for now.


Rock singer back with new CD

Veteran rock singer Hanafie Warren, 62, is releasing an album of new music, his first in eight years. The album also marks the first time the singer of 1980s Malay rock band The Unwanted is collaborating with his son, composer and arranger Fifi Leong, 24, who has taken his mother's surname.


'No voting bias' for Oscars

Ms Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which runs the Academy Awards, is familiar with the public's gripes about the awards being biased towards serious, middle-brow dramas. But she says that with 7,000 voters, all specialists in the film industry, there is no implicit bias towards certain directors or genres.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 07, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: December 07 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe