While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Oct 1 edition

Football: Valencia to receive S$160 million injection from Peter Lim's Meriton Holdings

Peter Lim has flexed his financial muscle to prove that he is serious in making his club Valencia a forcein Spanish and European football with a massive cash injection.

The billionaire's private investment company Meriton Holdings will pump €100 million (S$160 million) into the Spanish football club owned by the Singaporean.

This was announced on Wednesday evening at the Mestalla Stadium by Chan Lay Hoon, Valencia's president of the board of directors.


Russia strike kills 36 civilians: Syria opposition chief

A Russian air strike on Wednesday (Sept 30) killed 36 civilians, the head of Syria's main opposition group told AFP, as he accused Moscow of seeking to strengthen the regime.

Khaled Khoja, head of the Western-backed National Coalition which includes opposition groups and fighters, said that local activists and council members had given the names of 36 people who died in the central province of Homs, among them five children.

"All of the casualties were civilians," Khoja said in an interview in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.


Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey to stay chief: Report

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is expected to stay on as the company’s chief, bringing an end to the company’s plodding search for a top executive, according to a report on Wednesday (Sept 30).

Tech news website Re/code cited unnamed sources as saying that Dorsey’s shift from interim to permanent chief executive at Twitter could be announced as early as Thursday.

Dorsey will continue to run digital payments service Square, which he founded about five years ago.


Jazz saxophone great Phil Woods dies at 83

Phil Woods, a saxophonist seen as a Charlie Parker successor who took jazz from its golden era to its incorporation into pop, has died. He was 83.

Woods had been diagnosed with emphysema and announced at a Sep 4 show in Pittsburgh that the performance - in which he played Parker's work - would be his last, the Pittsburg Post-Gazette reported.

His New York-based booking agent, Joel Chriss, confirmed that Woods died on Tuesday.


Volkswagen loses 'green car of the year' prizes

Volkswagen has lost its "Green Car of the Year" prize for two models that employed technology at the heart of German giant's pollution-cheating scandal, US prize organisers said Wednesday (Sept 30).

Green Car Journal announced it was rescinding the 2009 prize for the Volkswagen Jetta TDI and the 2010 prize for the Audi A3 TDI in the wake of Volkswagen's acknowledgement that it intentionally deceived government regulators overseeing air emissions rules.

"These models were selected as Green Car of the Year above others for compelling reasons, including high fuel efficiency, reduced carbon emissions, a fun-to-drive nature, and the ability to meet 50 state emissions requirements with advanced diesel technology," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal.