What's News: Aug 17, 2015

Mr Smith Leong received a separate $88 charge for a pair of drumsticks he bought for $16.40 on StreetDeal.
Mr Smith Leong received a separate $88 charge for a pair of drumsticks he bought for $16.40 on StreetDeal.PHOTO: MATTHIAS HO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Men arrested in Malaysia for allegedly recruiting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria terror group.
Men arrested in Malaysia for allegedly recruiting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria terror group.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
Stormtroopers from Star Wars stood out at the D23 Expo in California last Friday.
Stormtroopers from Star Wars stood out at the D23 Expo in California last Friday.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

TOP OF THE NEWS

Indonesian plane missing

An Indonesian passenger plane carrying 54 people that went missing yesterday in Indonesia's mountainous Papua province could have been found by villagers.

Officials are trying to verify claims that the wreckage of the plane has been found, with full search and rescue efforts on land and in the air to start today.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Videos in dialect for pioneers

Videos in Teochew and Cantonese were launched yesterday to explain MediShield Life and the Pioneer Generation Package, following a Hokkien video released last month.

There are plans for videos in Malay and Tamil too.


WORLD

Problem of returning fighters

How to intercept extremist Islamic State in Iraq and Syria fighters returning from Iraq and Syria? How to deal with them?

These are some of the challenges confronting South-east Asian countries, which are striving to curb the militant group's growing influence.


WORLD

Sri Lanka heads to the polls

Some 70,000 police officers fanned out across Sri Lanka yesterday to guard polling booths and counting centres, as former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse sought to return to power as prime minister in parliamentary polls. He lost in January's presidential election.


OPINION

Abe's speech all 'tatemae'

In Japanese, "tatemae" is what is said for the public gallery. With no apology for the women enslaved by the Japanese military during World War II, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent speech was all "tatemae", says contributing writer Jean-Pierre Lehmann.


HOME

Complaints against e-commerce site rise

Complaints against e-commerce site StreetDeal have doubled since January last year, compared with the numbers for 2012 and 2013, said the Consumers Association of Singapore. Most of the cases involved grouses about hidden membership charges.


HOME

Fewer overtime hours

Construction and manufacturing workers have been clocking out earlier on average in the past year - the number of paid overtime hours a week for them has fallen.

It could be due to better productivity and slowing demand, say experts. 


BUSINESS

Tough quarter for listed firms

Singapore-listed companies had a mixed showing in the April to June quarter amid challenging business conditions, with a number posting earnings less than what analysts had estimated. Those in the oil and gas sector as well as property players are struggling.


SPORT

Swiss teen beats Williams

World No. 1 Serena Williams suffered only her second loss of the year when she was beaten 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 on Saturday by unseeded 18-year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in the semi-final of the WTA Rogers Cup. Bencic is the youngest player to beat Williams since the American lost to Maria Sharapova, then 17, in 2004.


SPORT

Hard talk from youth coach

After the National Football Academy U-16s defeated their U-15 counterparts 3-2 in yesterday's Lion City Cup third-place play-off, Richard Tardy, the Republic's new head coach of national youth teams, said the performances were "not good enough". He listed three key weaknesses - technique, speed and mentality.


LIFE

Big news for Star Wars fans

Disney has unveiled plans for two huge Star Wars theme parks in Florida and California. Planned attractions include an epic adventure that puts visitors in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2015, with the headline 'What'sNews'. Print Edition | Subscribe