What's News: Sept 30, 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) with coalition partner Komeito party's leader Natsuo Yamaguchi in Shibuya, Tokyo, on Thursday.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) with coalition partner Komeito party's leader Natsuo Yamaguchi in Shibuya, Tokyo, on Thursday.PHOTO: REUTERS
One of three collectible covers for Her World's October issue.
One of three collectible covers for Her World's October issue.PHOTO: HER WORLD


PM defends reserved election

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has addressed squarely for the first time the unhappiness over the reserved presidential election. He said he knew it would be unpopular and cost his party votes in the next general election. "But I did it because I strongly believe, and still do, that this is the right thing to do."


Mufti condemns ISIS video

An ISIS propaganda video that surfaced at the weekend, featuring Singaporean Megat Shahdan Abdul Samad, continues to draw condemnation from Singapore's Muslim community. In a sermon, Mufti Fatris Bakaram yesterday called on the community to be wary of those who misquote the Quran to justify violence.


Economic news a boost for Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's election hopes look to have received a boost with the release of a slew of positive economic data, with unemployment dropping to a 20-year low and factory output growing 2.1 per cent after a 0.8 per cent drop in July. "Reforms" has become one of the buzzwords going into the Oct 22 election.


Russian media 'faces pressure'

Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that the country's media outlets working abroad were facing growing pressure. The Russian Foreign Ministry had earlier accused Washington of putting pressure on the US operations of Kremlin-backed outlet RT.


Build psychological capital

In the face of job disruption and terrorist threats, Singaporeans need to build psychological capital, writes Professor David Chan. He explains how self-efficacy, optimism, hope and resilience help people cope with negative events.


Grant for facilities to freshen up

The authorities will extend a grant to office building developers and owners as an incentive to build showers, lockers and drying stations so that workers who use alternative modes of transport such as bicycles can freshen up before work.


Pre-op boost for frail patients

Frail patients requiring surgery at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital are now helped to eat better and exercise more, to build up their strength and functional reserves, before they are operated on. "Prehabilitation" has resulted in fewer frail patients dying after abdominal surgery.


Former Zouk site up for sale

The site of former popular nightspot Zouk in Jiak Kim Street has been put up for sale by the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

The prime plot along the Singapore River was triggered for sale after a developer committed to bid at least $689.4 million for it.


Aguero injured in taxi crash

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero sustained rib injuries after a taxi in which he was a passenger crashed into a pole in Amsterdam on Thursday night. Aguero was in the Netherlands to attend a concert.

The striker has scored seven goals in eight matches for City this season, helping Pep Guardiola's side reach the top of the Premier League and win their first two Champions League group matches.


Her World gets a makeover

Her World - SPH Magazines' women's fashion, beauty and lifestyle title - has a fresh new look.

The October 2017 relaunch issue has a new two-colour, two-letter masthead made up of the letters H and W, the eighth logo in the magazine's 57-year print history.


No whitening cream needed

Photos of a rare white giraffe have been taking the Internet by storm. Take a look at some creatures whitened by nature at http://str.sg/white


Mooncake in moderation

How to fight the mooncake madness? Check out some health tips at http://str.sg/mooncake

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 30, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe