What's News: September 20, 2017

US President Donald Trump addressing the UN General Assembly in New York yesterday.
US President Donald Trump addressing the UN General Assembly in New York yesterday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Li welcomes PM Lee to China

China has always placed great importance on bilateral ties with Singapore, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday. Mr Lee is on a three-day official visit to the country. The two leaders held a 45-minute meeting at Beijing's Great Hall of the People, which was preceded by an official welcome ceremony.


President thanks health workers

President Halimah Yacob visited the National University Hospital yesterday in a show of support for healthcare workers. She also praised the hospital for promoting a 70-year-old healthcare worker, lauding it for looking not at age, but at whether a person can still contribute.


Trump blasts N. Korea, Iran

United States President Donald Trump urged United Nations member states yesterday to turn up the pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, using his maiden speech to the world body to address what he has said is the top global challenge. Mr Trump also attacked Iran, which he dubbed a "rogue state".


Lam: Stop HK independence talk

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has called for an immediate end to independence debates in the Chinese-ruled city, warning that the issue was harming the financial hub's relationship with Beijing. The independence calls "violated" Hong Kong's Basic Law, she said.


HK can gain from Asean pact

Hong Kong's trade and port hub status have taken a beating as Asean-China trade surges, as it loses out to Singapore, an Asean member. The proposed Asean-HK free trade agreement gives Hong Kong a chance to get back into the game, says William Marshall.


Online test for diabetes risk

A quick self-assessment test online has been launched to help Singaporeans assess if they are at risk of developing diabetes.

But experts say that while such tests help raise Singaporeans' awareness about their health, the results need to be taken with a pinch of salt.


Tax private-hire drivers 'fairly'

Private-hire vehicle drivers should be taxed like other businesses of a similar nature, said the National Private Hire Vehicles Association, suggesting that business expenses should be allowed as deductions, as they are for taxi drivers.


Toys 'R' Us in debt trouble in US

Toys 'R' Us has filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States and Canada, the latest sign of turmoil in the retail industry hurt by online shopping. But in Asia, it is business as usual, its joint venture partner said yesterday, a day after the largest US toy chain sought breathing space to revamp its long-term debt of US$5 billion (S$6.7 billion).


Para-swimmer clinches gold

Para-swimmer Danielle Moi, 17, won Singapore's second gold medal at the Kuala Lumpur Asean Para Games yesterday, clocking 2min 29.89sec to win the women's 200m S14 freestyle. It was the Metta School student's second medal of the Games, after winning a silver in the 100m freestyle on Monday.


Li Chen proposal clip goes viral

A video of the birthday party where Chinese actor Li Chen proposed to actress Fan Bingbing has gone viral on Chinese social media, after the couple announced last Saturday that they were engaged, said Chinese reports. Fan just turned 36 and later went to the Golden Rooster Awards with her newly minted fiance and picked up a Best Actress prize for the movie I Am Not Madame Bovary.


That old feeling

Straits Times journalist Felicia Choo wears an ageing suit to find out what life is like for an elderly person. str.sg/agedsuit


Burn that bird

Flaming chicken seems to be all the rage at restaurants. We look at how one eatery fires up its poultry. str.sg/hotbird

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 20, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe