What's News: Oct 9, 2017

Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali (third from left) at a groundbreaking ceremony in Rawang.
Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali (third from left) at a groundbreaking ceremony in Rawang.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK


Tighter healthy food criteria

A Healthier Choice label on a food product doesn't mean it is healthy, and experts recommend more public education on healthy foods. This comes as the authorities look to tighten the scheme, which now applies to 3,500 products, including ice cream and frozen fries.


Spanish PM's stern warning

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has warned that he will sack Catalonia's government and suspend the region's autonomous status if separatist president Carles Puigdemont makes a declaration of independence tomorrow. An anti-independence rally yesterday in Barcelona, the region's capital, attracted 350,000 people.


Battle over voter welfare

Uneven development in Malaysia's richest state of Selangor has turned the upcoming general election into a battle over voter welfare. Income inequality and high costs are common grouses among voters in the state. For the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition in Malaysia, the state is its best bet for conquest amid the likelihood of three-cornered fights between parties.


Indonesia's start-up boom

Investors are making a beeline for tech start-ups in Indonesia, in a bid to capitalise on the country's growing digital economy. Last year, US$631 million (S$862 million) was ploughed into the country, but that figure has been shattered this year, with US$3 billion in deals clinched as of last month.


The trouble with referendums

In the Internet age, voters want to have their own "playlist in politics", which explains why more leaders, such as those in Catalonia, are giving in by holding referendums. It is not a good development, says Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Tuition for more expat kids

It looks like the tuition bug has bitten foreign students as well, with tuition centres reporting an increase in demand. The students mostly hail from Britain or Australia and study in international schools, which tend to offer the International Baccalaureate programme.


US firm loses trademark case

US energy drink maker Monster Energy has failed to block Japanese mobile-game producer Mixi Inc's move to register its trademark, Monster Strike, here for its popular game. A trademark registrar said the bid to fend off other users of the word "monster" was unjustified.


Q3 growth may hit 3-year high

The Singapore economy likely grew at its fastest pace in three years over the quarter from July to last month, buoyed by the surging manufacturing sector. Ahead of advance economic growth estimates for the third quarter due out later this week, private-sector economists forecast a third-quarter economic growth range from about 3.5 per cent to slightly above 5 per cent year-on-year.


Dutch World Cup hopes dim

World Cup finalists in 2010 and third in 2014, the Dutch are almost certain to miss out on their second straight major football tournament. They need to beat Sweden by seven goals in Amsterdam tomorrow to make the European play-offs for Russia 2018. It has been a dramatic fall from grace, compounding their failure to qualify for Euro 2016.


Cartoon Network's milestone

Cartoon Network, which has created shows such as The Powerpuff Girls and the new OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes (above), celebrates its 25th anniversary this month. It finds itself in challenging terrain: Competition from digital media has pushed conventional TV ratings into free fall in the US.


Art of making tea

Grand master Kobori Sojitsu of the Enshu-Ryu Sado School demonstrates the art of the Japanese tea ceremony. str.sg/grandtea


Hit the road on 3 wheels

Long mountain rides gliding around bends are a thrill on a three-wheel scooter, says ST journalist Zaihan Mohamed Yusof. str.sg/3wheel

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 09, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe