What's News: Oct 2, 2017

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a national day reception in Beijing last Saturday.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a national day reception in Beijing last Saturday.PHOTO: EPA-EFE


More fenceless condos here?

As part of a push to make the lines between public and private spaces less stark, Singapore may see developments with more open designs, such as "porous" boundaries of vegetation around condominiums instead of fences, to encourage the sharing of courtyards and public amenities.


Crackdown on Catalan vote

Spanish riot police fired rubber bullets and forced their way into activist-held polling stations in Catalonia yesterday, as thousands flooded the streets to vote in an independence referendum banned by Madrid. Over 460 people were injured, as police cracked down on what Spain's central government has branded a "farce".


China to 'further open doors'

China will further open its doors to create and share development opportunities with other nations, Premier Li Keqiang said on Saturday, ahead of the country's national day. He also signalled Beijing's uncompromising stance on Hong Kong, which has seen waves of discontent as well as democracy drives in recent years amid fears of creeping mainland influence.


Trump's healthcare dilemma

President Donald Trump's selection of a secretary of Health and Human Services could be a turning point in a healthcare debate that has polarised Washington, as he faces a choice of working with Democrats to fix the current system or continuing his so-far failed efforts to dismantle his predecessor's programme.


Tackling racism in Europe

Europe sits on a populist volcano, as the German elections show. Its leaders must meet the challenge of racism by integrating both immigrants and anti-immigrant activists, writes Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Faint fingerprints a concern

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority said three in 100 users have faint or no fingerprints. Instead of using thumbprint scanning at entry points, they are directed to manned counters instead. The numbers are set to increase, as fingerprints fade with age.


Playground for kids, by kids

Children were involved in revamping the playground at the Gilstead Road campus of St James' Church Kindergarten. It is part of an initiative that gets children, educators, parents and others to co-create playgrounds for child-directed play.


Yamada auditor files report

The external auditor of shiitake mushroom supplier Yamada Green Resources has taken the rare step of filing a report with Singapore's Finance Ministry. The report was filed under a section of the Companies Act that relates to a situation in which an auditor, in the course of an audit, has reason to believe that a serious offence has been committed.


Chelsea manager may leave

Sources close to Antonio Conte say he has flagged the possibility of leaving Chelsea at the end of this season. The Italian, 48, has been dissatisfied with the level of support from the club's board, after the Blues' shortcomings on summer recruitment. Conte's advisers are now inviting leading Serie A sides to register their interest in his services.


Cult TV comedy returns

Comedian and writer Larry David is back with a new instalment of his cult comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm after six years. David plays a television scribe who is perpetually annoyed by the niceties of social convention and the behaviour of others. The show, in its ninth season, airs today on HBO (StarHub TV Channel 601).


White world

Penguins, whales and glaciers galore. Follow Straits Times travel correspondent Lee Siew Hua through Antarctica. http://str.sg/492q


You've got mail

Letters to God, the North Pole and Kim Jong Un are just some of the items that end up at SingPost's Returned Letters Unit. http://str.sg/49u8

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 02, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe