What's News: November 21 2015

City Harvest Church (CHC) founder Kong Hee.
City Harvest Church (CHC) founder Kong Hee.ST PHOTO: KEVIN CP LIM


Kong Hee jailed for 8 years

The six City Harvest Church leaders found guilty of offences related to the misuse of church funds were given lengthy jail terms yesterday. These ranged from eight years for church founder Kong Hee to 21 months for the church's former finance manager Sharon Tan.


From party girl to extremist

The female suicide bomber who blew herself up during a police raid following last week's terror attacks in Paris changed from a party girl into a radical just months before her death. In a video shot by residents, Hasna Aitboulahcen is heard screaming at an officer before she detonated her explosives vest.

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe (left) with US President Barack Obama in Manila. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


Japan may join US naval ops

Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe has told US President Barack Obama the country will consider sending maritime forces to back up US operations in the South China Sea. The comments came on the sidelines of the Apec summit, just a month after China reacted angrily to a US warship sailing close to one of its artificial islands in the disputed waterway.


China marks reformist's birth

China's top leaders commemorated the 100th birthday of late Communist Party chief Hu Yaobang yesterday, in a move that underscores President Xi Jinping's keenness to tap the legacy of the reformist whose death catalysed the 1989 Tiananmen protests.


Parents' role in coming out

Homosexuality used to be listed as a disorder but no longer. Psychiatrist Chong Siow Ann recalls how he was once asked by a mother to cure her son of homosexuality. He wishes he had told her how important parental acceptance is to a young man who comes out.


Drive to cut food waste

One in four people here admitted to buying more food than needed, according to a survey of about 1,000 people. To tackle the growing problem, the National Environment Agency is launching a campaign to encourage people not to waste food.


SkillsFuture courses listed

An online directory listing 10,000 courses was launched yesterday for Singaporeans to explore the courses they can take next year using their SkillsFuture Credit. The courses offered by more than 500 providers vary from photography to financial literacy classes.


Condo units shrinking

The average size of condominium apartments has been declining since 2010 as developers turn to bite-size units to deal with loan curbs, a new study has found. The decline in space was the most apparent in new projects on the city fringes. Average sizes there fell from 1,051 sq ft at Waterbank in Dakota in 2010 to 810 sq ft across three condominiums launched this year, according to the study.


Giant wants to be giant-killer

Juergen Klopp (photo) is a giant back in his native Germany, after his exploits in taking Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final with modest means.

But today, the Liverpool manager is the underdog as he takes his 10th-placed side to Premier League leaders Man City.


Adele's 25 won't be streamed

British singer Adele's new album 25 will not be available for streaming on any digital music services, including Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer. Adele is said to have been personally involved with the move. Some music executives said it was possible she could decide to add her album to streaming services after a "window" as short as a week.

Pixels Wave 2015, featuring a giant light carpet, was part of this year's Singapore Night Festival. TNP FILE PHOTO


More going to arts events

Attendance at arts events here has grown in the past year, mainly buoyed by higher non-ticketed event attendance, according to the 2015 Singapore Cultural Statistics report released yesterday. While non-ticketed attendance at arts events rose to 2.8 million last year, up from two million in 2013, ticketed attendance was about 1.9 million, same as the previous year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 21, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: November 21 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe