What's News: September 17, 2016

Office crowd in the Central Business District in Singapore.
Office crowd in the Central Business District in Singapore. ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH


More help for workers

More will be done to help workers here prepare for trying times ahead as the economy restructures amid a global economic slowdown, said Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say and Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing. They pledged the Government's support, such as through matching workers to better jobs, but also urged them to acquire new skills.


Japan to boost naval activities

Japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada has said the country will step up its activities in the South China Sea, less than two weeks after Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the country to "exercise caution".



Call for probe against Duterte

Human rights activists have demanded that the Philippines investigate claims that President Rodrigo Duterte (photo) had a hand in more than 1,000 murders when he was mayor of the city of Davao. But lawmakers have labelled the allegations by a former hitman as a plot to unseat the brash, populist President.


Clinton back to campaigning

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has returned to the campaign trail, hoping to reassure US voters of her health after a hiatus of three days. With just 54 days to go, rival Donald Trump has whittled down her lead in the polls and leads in some key battleground states.


Obama - an assessment

History will judge Mr Barack Obama kindly, predicts Ambassador Tommy Koh who says the President leaves the US and world economy stronger than when he entered the White House. But will the US rebalancing to Asia endure beyond his administration?


Beware of 'airport store' scam

Online purchase scams are on the rise and some cases involve sellers who claim to be from electronics stores in Changi Airport. They ask for upfront payment for attractively priced gadgets and various "fees", but fail to deliver the goods.


Bus crash victim out of coma

A barber left unconscious after a bus crash in Malaysia has woken up. Mr R. Manokaran, 52, was returning with his family after a holiday in Genting Highlands when their double-decker bus skidded and overturned. He was pulled out of the wreck by his son and remains in intensive care.


Exports flat last month

Singapore's non-oil domestic exports last month trumped bearish forecasts and were mostly unchanged at $12.5 billion from a year earlier, after a sharp slide in July. A 2.7 per cent rise in non-electronic exports last month outweighed a 6 per cent dip in electronic exports, said trade agency International Enterprise (IE) Singapore.


Daunting target for Cherries

Can English Premier League minnows Bournemouth win against unbeaten Manchester City when not even Jose Mourinho's United were able to succeed? Even with David Silva injured and Sergio Aguero suspended, City are too daunting a prospect for the Cherries, who have never beaten them before.

Xiaxue and her husband Mike Sayre in the show, Wendy Vs The World, which will start airing next Tuesday.
Xiaxue and her husband Mike Sayre in the show, Wendy Vs The World, which will start airing next Tuesday. PHOTO: NBCUNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL NETWORKS /E!


Xiaxue stars in own reality TV show

Social media star Xiaxue, 32, will present a no-holds-barred look at her life in her new reality TV show, Wendy Vs The World. The camera follows Xiaxue, whose real name is Wendy Cheng, as she goes about her daily life, and there are cameos by her American engineer husband and toddler son. The show starts airing on Sept 20 on E! Entertainment channel.



South Africa in bloom

Flowers that look like powder puffs and blooms that resemble pin-cushions are on display at Gardens by the Bay's Flower Dome. The Tribal Tempo display, a large-scale South African floral show with 10,000 plants, runs until Oct 30.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 17, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe