What's News: November 14, 2016


Road is runway for fighter jets

Four new F-15SG fighters took part for the first time in Exercise Torrent, which involved aircraft taking off and landing across four runways - Lim Chu Kang Road and three others in Tengah Airbase - in quick succession. Bus stops and lamp posts along the road were temporarily removed to make way for portable airfield lights and a mobile air control tower.


Trump faces pressure

US President-elect Donald Trump is facing calls not to abandon key US commitments to Nato and climate change, as he worked with his advisers to confirm Cabinet picks and fill other top posts. He will spell out his priorities in a CBS interview to be aired this morning Singapore time.

Malaysian Mohd Farik Amin has been held in Guantanamo (above) over his role in two attacks.
Malaysian Mohd Farik Amin has been held in Guantanamo (above) over his role in two attacks. PHOTO: REUTERS


Talks over Guantanamo deal

The Obama administration is negotiating with Malaysia over a deal to repatriate and continue to incarcerate a Guantanamo Bay detainee - Mohd Farik Amin, better known as Zubair. The Malaysian is accused of being an accessory to two major terrorist attacks in Indonesia.


Prosecutors to question Park

The South Korean prosecutors' office said yesterday that President Park Geun Hye will be questioned as part of a probe over a scandal engulfing her presidency, but the date is yet to be decided. It will be the first time a sitting Korean president is questioned by prosecutors.


Europe has to engage Trump

Mr Donald Trump's victory has confirmed the darkest fears of Europe's leaders, who must now steer clear of criticising the US President-elect so as to safeguard ties between their continent and America, writes Europe Correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Watchdog marks 10th year

The Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (Tafep) plans to help companies do more to develop their staff.

Since it was formed 10 years ago, Tafep has championed progressive employment practices.

Senior citizens having their hearing tested at the Traffic Police booth during the Bedok Community for All Ages event yesterday.
Senior citizens having their hearing tested at the Traffic Police booth during the Bedok Community for All Ages event yesterday. PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE


Traffic Police kit tests seniors' road safety awareness

The Traffic Police distributed Road Master Test Kits to 1,000 senior citizens yesterday, in an effort to strengthen awareness of road safety.

The kit, with instructions in four languages, allows seniors to test their reflexes and sight using self-administered tests, and also includes a questionnaire on their hearing ability.


Open account with SingPass

Being able to open a bank account online by using a simple SingPass log-in has just got closer, with DBS Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and OCBC Bank said to be poised to try out the process under a pilot programme. The initiative is part of government moves to test the use of MyInfo in banking.


Running with the best in Asia

Mary Joy Tabal of the Philippines, who came in seventh out of 15 elite runners at yesterday's Great Eastern Women's Run, said: "When I crossed the finish line, I felt the greatness of competing with the other five Olympians and the rest of Asia's elite runners." The 27-year-old cites North Korean athletes Jo Un Ok and Kim Hye Song as her inspiration.



Pretty serious about acting

Do not be fooled by his pretty boy looks. South Korean heart-throb Lee Jong Suk is surprisingly serious when he talks about acting. He says he always considers whether he can do a convincing job before he takes on a role. The 27-year-old says there will always be prejudice against model-turned-actors such as himself, as people always assume he does not have any acting talent.


Merlion in steampunk plot?

Steampunk comedy and urban fantasy writer Gail Carriger may set her next novel in Singapore. The author of the Parasol Protectorate and Custard Protocol series spoke at the Singapore Writers Festival about her love of port cities, her interest in fish head curry and tropical fruit, and the possibility of including a Merlion in her next fantasy plot.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 14, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe