What's News: September 16, 2017

The North Korean missile launch being shown on TV in Seoul yesterday.
The North Korean missile launch being shown on TV in Seoul yesterday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Arsenal's Hector Bellerin celebrating after he scored their third goal against FC Cologne.
Arsenal's Hector Bellerin celebrating after he scored their third goal against FC Cologne.PHOTO: REUTERS


S'pore F1 extended until 2021

Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S. Iswaran announced yesterday that the Republic will continue hosting the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix for the next four years. "Formula One and Singapore have been good for each other," said Mr Iswaran. Formula One chairman and chief executive Chase Carey also voiced his delight at the extension.


Fury over N. Korean missile

North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean yesterday, responding to new United Nations sanctions with its farthest-ever missile flight, in what analysts called a demonstration of its ability to target Guam. China and Russia joined the United States, Japan and South Korea in condemning Pyongyang.


22 hurt in London Tube blast

A bomb explosion hit a packed London Underground train during the morning rush hour yesterday, injuring at least 22 people in what police called a "terrorist incident". Witnesses reported seeing a "wall of fire" and passengers with facial burns and hair coming off after the blast.


Outcry over KL school fire

Malaysia faced mounting calls for stronger regulation of religious schools after a fire at an Islamic boarding school in Kuala Lumpur killed 23 people. Malaysian officials said there have been 31 similar incidents of fire involving such schools in the past, but Thursday's was the worst in 20 years.


Dealing with pregnancy blues

Pregnancy is so often exalted as a time of joy that women who suffer from depression at this time cannot speak of their feelings. That must change, writes Dr Chong Siow Ann. Otherwise, these mothers will not seek the treatment they need.


Novena Church to reopen

The 67-year-old Novena Church will reopen in two weeks with the first mass to be held on Sept 29 at 6.30pm. The popular Catholic church went through a $54 million revamp that sees seating capacity almost doubled from 800 to 1,500.


Rising threat of cyber attacks

A report by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore showed that 1,750 websites were defaced by hackers last year. There were also attempts to gain intelligence or steal information from an unnamed government organisation's Internet-facing computer.


S'pore, KL sign fintech deal

A number of fintech-related developments took place yesterday, including the Monetary Authority of Singapore and Securities Commission Malaysia agreeing to cooperate more closely in fintech and financial services innovation. Also, a new training programme for young professionals was launched and finalists were announced for a top hackcelerator programme.


Gunners at a disadvantage?

It is not often that an English Premier League clash involves two clubs that regard each other as their respective bogeys. Despite Arsene Wenger's record of three successes in four games against Antonio Conte, it is hard to imagine a worse fixture for the Gunners than their encounter against Chelsea tomorrow, especially as they have had only 48 hours of recovery time after beating Cologne 3-1.


Sonny Liew to return arts fund

Singaporean comic artist Sonny Liew will be returning a $19,000 National Arts Council grant for his upcoming work, in what he says is an effort to untangle himself from the compromises of state funding.


He helped build S'pore

"I can't figure out what to do otherwise," says Mr Thio Sin Nam, 71, a mason who has been in construction for most of his life. str.sg/livehands


Surfing for data plan

Thinking of replacing your home broadband with an unlimited mobile data plan? Check if this is a good fit for you. str.sg/dataplan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 16, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe