What's News: Sept 26, 2017

Detroit Lions players kneeling during the US national anthem on Sunday.
Detroit Lions players kneeling during the US national anthem on Sunday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Abe calls snap election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called a snap election, more than a year before it is due, looking to capitalise on a rebound in his approval ratings after a bruising year. While Mr Abe has not indicated a date for the election, it is widely expected to be held on Oct 22.


Switch to pre-school teaching

More people are switching careers to become pre-school teachers, as manpower needs grow in the sector. The enrolment in a programme for mid-career entrants rose by 40 per cent last year from the year before. More than 2,300 have made the mid-career switch since the scheme started in 2009.


Trump's tirade sparks uproar

US President Donald Trump's tirade over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem in silent protest against alleged police excesses has spiralled into a national uproar over race, patriotism and free speech. It is not yet clear whether most Americans sympathise with Mr Trump but, by calling for their sacking, he has brought sports unavoidably into the nation's political divide.


KL-Manila rift over Rakhine

The conflict in Myanmar has opened a rift between Malaysia and the Philippines over how the Asean bloc should address the crisis. The Philippines issued a statement on Sunday expressing concerns among Asean ministers over the violence in Rakhine state, but Malaysia disassociated itself from it.


The future of small economies

Small economies like Singapore have outperformed large ones for decades, but the context has changed with frictions in globalisation and geopolitics. Can the Singapore model still perform, asks David Skilling.


Illegal health products seized

The Health Sciences Authority recently seized more than 39,000 illegal health products, including weight loss products, sexual enhancement drugs and cosmetics. The illegal sale of such products online is an ongoing scourge as they may not be safe.


Death penalty despite aid

Convicted drug trafficker Hamzah Ibrahim, 54, was sentenced to death in the High Court although he was certified to have cooperated with the authorities. He was found by the court not to be a courier, which disqualified him from escaping the death penalty.


Plan to set up AirAsia (China)

Catalist-listed Plato Capital is teaming up with budget carrier AirAsia and other investors to look at starting a low-cost airline in China.

The airline - AirAsia (China) - aims to capitalise on one of the fastest-growing air-travel markets in the world. It would also be the first foreign-owned budget carrier to set up in China.


Laver Cup win for Team Europe

The inaugural Laver Cup, a tennis team tournament played in honour of Rod Laver and using a similar format to the Ryder Cup, ended in a 15-9 victory for Team Europe in Prague. Roger Federer saved a match point against Team World's Nick Kyrgios to win 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 11-9 and seal the issue after John Isner had beaten Rafael Nadal 7-5, 7-6 (7-1).


Batik artist's works on show

Veteran batik artist Sarkasi Said's works from the 1990s to today are on display at the National University of Singapore Museum till Dec 31. Titled Always Moving, the solo exhibition features an original piece, which was reprinted on glass and adorns a wall of Serangoon MRT station.


When two become one

Jumbo flat owner Jimmy Lim's guests were impressed that he could have his catered buffet spread inside his home. str.sg/jumbohome


Otter spotters

At the first Fun With Otters At Marina Bay-Kallang River event, people got to observe and learn more about the creatures. str.sg/otterevent

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 26, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe