What's News: October 27, 2016


Factory output rises 6.7%

The manufacturing sector posted a surprisingly strong showing last month, with factory output jumping 6.7 per cent year on year - the strongest rate of increase since 2014 and well above economists' expectations. Economists warned it is too early to tell if last month'suptick will be sustainable, given the still-poor global outlook.


Another fire at JB hospital

Patients in Johor's biggest hospital were evacuated again yesterday after black smoke was detected emanating from a section at the facility, a day after a fire at another wing killed six patients. The second fire was caused by a spark at an electrical socket exposed to water in the operating theatre.



Lone-wolf attacks a concern

Indonesia has been hit by a spate of attacks inspired by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and mounted by different domestic militant groups since the start of the year. But the worrying trend is of more lone-wolf terrorists striking random targets in the name of ISIS.


Ruling on 2011 tsunami

A Japanese court has ordered the governments of Miyagi prefecture and Ishinomaki city to pay 1.4 billion yen (S$18.65 million) in damages to the families of 23 children who were swept away in a 2011 tsunami.


Clarify rules on home-sharing

The issue of short-term home rentals in Singapore remains in limbo. The Government should consider clearing the air by legalising such rentals, made popular by Airbnb, and putting in place guidelines to ease anxieties and facilitate sharing, writes Yeo Sam Jo.


Call for insurance solutions

The insurance industry in Singapore must adapt to meet the demands of new technology such as autonomous vehicles, as well as address the threat posed by cyber security risks, said Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong yesterday.


Giving index: S'pore ranks 28

Singapore has been ranked No. 28 in the World Giving Index 2016, released by Britain-based Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). It is its highest position since the index began in 2010. While Singaporeans are more generous overall, fewer are volunteering, said the CAF.


S'pore to widen LNG sources

Singapore's bid to become Asia's hub for liquefied natural gas is gaining steam with a raft of new measures. Natural gas was imported from just Indonesia and Malaysia in the past, but shipments will now come from the US, Australia, Qatar Norway, Russia and Brunei.



Pochettino blasts Klopp

Mauricio Pochettino (photo) became the latest Premier League manager to criticise Jurgen Klopp's touchline conduct after Tottenham Hotspur's 2-1 League Cup defeat at Anfield on Tuesday. Pochettino also pointed out that Liverpool should have been reduced to 10 men after 18-year-old debutant Trent Alexander-Arnold got away with a yellow card for a late tackle on Ben Davies.


Setting sail with fashion idea

The idea for womenswear brand Yacht 21 was seeded when founder Jaren Ho, 32, was on a yacht that was filling up with water and she saw how "inappropriately attired" her friends were. The incident gave her the idea to design clothes women could wear for work and leisure. The brand now has 10 stores and points-of-sale across the island.

The LKY Story is illustrated by Yoshihide Fujiwara (above) and written by Yoshio Nabeta.
The LKY Story is illustrated by Yoshihide Fujiwara (above) and written by Yoshio Nabeta. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN


LKY Story told in a manga

The story of Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew is now told as a Japanese manga. The LKY Story, launched in Singapore on Tuesday by Japanese publisher Shogakukan Asia, depicts scenes from Mr Lee's life, embellished with dramatic emotions characteristic of the genre.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 27, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe