What's News: January 04 2016

Shi'ite Muslims chant slogans as they hold flags and signs for Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was executed along with others in Saudi Arabia, during a protest rally in Karachi, Pakistan on Jan 3.
Shi'ite Muslims chant slogans as they hold flags and signs for Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was executed along with others in Saudi Arabia, during a protest rally in Karachi, Pakistan on Jan 3.PHOTO: REUTERS


Outrage over cleric's death

Top Shi'ite leaders in Iran and Iraq have condemned Saudi Arabia's execution of cleric Nimr al-Nimr, a day after Iranian demonstrators ransacked the Saudi Embassy in Teheran in protest over the Sunni kingdom's action. But Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have expressed support for their ally.


Study on private-school grads

Graduates from nine private schools are being polled by the Government to find out about their jobs and how much they are being paid. The information will help guide future policy formulation on matters such as manpower and private education. The 18-week study will cover 13,000 students who graduated in 2014.

Flames rip through the Address Downtown luxury hotel in Dubai after it was hit by a fire on New Year’s Eve. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Dubai fire raises safety issues

The blaze that engulfed a Dubai skyscraper on New Year's Eve has raised questions about the safety of materials used on the exteriors of tall buildings across the city. Experts have indicated that the use of layers fixed to the outside for decoration, insulation or protection may pose a hazard.


India's RSS flexes muscles

Thousands of volunteers belonging to a hardline group that is seen as the ideological parent of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party have held a massive rally in a show of strength and to project the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as a positive force.


Success push making kids sick

The drive for success is making kids sick, says US education writer Vicki Abeles. This is happening across the US, and across socio-economic spectrums. Children are subject to long hours at school, and then homework, sport practices, band rehearsals and other activities.


Stroke victim's maid unpaid

A maid who has not been paid since a stroke left her elderly employer in a vegetative state last October has taken her case to the authorities. Indonesian Mersi Fransina Missa, 28, says she is owed $1,840.


Dnata grows airport business

Dubai-based Dnata, which provides passenger check-in as well as cargo and aircraft handling services, is growing its business at Changi Airport, boosting competition in the industry.

Dnata has a 20 per cent market share at Changi Airport while Sats has the rest.


Sweet pick for choc makers

Singapore might seem an unlikely site for a confectionery hub, but chocolate manufacturers such as Barry Callebaut, Mondelez and Aalst have been scaling up production capacity here. They cite Singapore's strict food hygiene standards, reliable infrastructure and talent pool, and its easy access to fast-expanding regional markets.

Sergio Aguero (right), celebrating with teammate Jesus Navas, after scoring for Manchester City in their 2-1 win over Watford. PHOTO: REUTERS


Pellegrini confident as Manchester City score away win

Manchester City's first away Premier League win in nearly four months has manager Manuel Pellegrini believing they will hit top gear once recovering players return to form. They earned a 2-1 comeback win at Watford on Saturday (yesterday Singapore time) as they stayed in third spot.


Classic cartoons get updated

Classic Warner Bros cartoons such as Bugs Bunny and Scooby Doo have been updated to make them more relevant to viewers today. For example, Bugs Bunny is Internet savvy and the Scooby Doo gang is much smarter. But care has been taken so that they do not lose what made them special to begin with.

Spotted dolphins off the northern Bahamas. PHOTO: BRIAN SKERRY


Shooting denizens of the deep

Underwater photographer Brian Skerry spends up to nine months a year shooting the ocean's most dangerous as well as elusive creatures. Despite clocking over 10,000 hours underwater, he feels there is still much to be discovered. He will be in Singapore on Jan 24 to give a talk on his underwater exploits at the Esplanade.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 04, 2016, with the headline 'What's News: January 04 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe