What's News: June 20, 2016

A photo released by the US Navy on June 19 shows a flight formation of Boeing F/A-18E and F Super Hornets from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and 9 above the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in the Philippine Sea.
A photo released by the US Navy on June 19 shows a flight formation of Boeing F/A-18E and F Super Hornets from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and 9 above the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) in the Philippine Sea. PHOTO: AFP

TOP OF THE NEWS

US drills near South China Sea

Two US aircraft carriers have started training drills in the western Pacific Ocean in a show of strength before an international court's ruling on China's claims in the South China Sea. The operations took place in a body of water that is not adjacent to the South China Sea, but close by. The timing of the exercise is deliberate, according to a US official.


TOP OF THE NEWS

'Breakfast key' for blood sugar

Researchers here have found that what is eaten for breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day in terms of blood sugar. A low glycaemic index breakfast and afternoon snack can lead to less sugar in the blood for the rest of the day.



PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

WORLD

Split opposition boosts Umno

The ruling Umno coalition won two crucial by-elections in Selangor and Perak with improved margins, giving a boost to Prime Minister Najib Razak. The result showed how a divided Malaysian opposition benefits Umno, with one official from the government's propaganda unit asserting that once the elections became a three-cornered fight, it was "a walkover".


WORLD

Shorten pledges 30,000 jobs

Australian Labor party leader Bill Shorten launched his election campaign yesterday with a pledge to create 30,000 jobs a year. Analysts applauded Mr Shorten's performance, but noted that it may not deliver the momentum required to win.


OPINION

Germany's EU hopes dashed

Germany has long borne the burden of being the European Union's most powerful member. Now, with Brexit looming, its leaders' hopes of a federal Europe and further integration are all but dead, writes Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


HOME

Dads score with football team

A football team comprising MPs and fathers in their 50s along with retired national players may not sound like a championship-winning team. But Dads for Life - a team launched yesterday - has a different goal: to promote good fatherhood.


HOME

Landscape firm with a heart

A landscape gardening business is looking to grow the number of job opportunities for people with mental conditions.

Life Builders and Landscape will collaborate with voluntary welfare organisations to link up with their beneficiaries who are looking for work.


BUSINESS

Brexit vote's impact on gold

Gold will be an asset to keep for the longer term, despite what happens during the Brexit vote.

But should Britain vote to stay in the European Union, expect gold to drop in the short term, as investors pile into risky assets and sell off gold, said analysts.


England striker Jamie Vardy scoring against Wales in the Euro 2016 Group B match last Thursday. The English won 2-1.
England striker Jamie Vardy scoring against Wales in the Euro 2016 Group B match last Thursday. The English won 2-1. PHOTO: REUTERS

SPORT

Vardy tipped to start against Slovakia

Jamie Vardy, who scored for England against Wales as a substitute, could figure in Roy Hodgson's starting XI against Slovakia today. Hodgson must be tempted to start with Daniel Sturridge and Vardy, even as the Leicester player attracted attention because of his use of nicotine pouches.


LIFE

'Magic camp' for movie cast


PHOTO: LIONSGATE

Irish magician and mentalist Keith Barry (photo) says he put the cast of the magical heist thriller Now You See Me 2 through "magic camp" to learn their respective skills for the film. For example, actor Woody Harrelson learnt hypnotism, which he is said to have practised on co-star Mark Ruffalo.


LIFE

Hopefuls try out for ChildAid

Over 100 young hopefuls turned up at the weekend for auditions for this year's ChildAid, the annual charity concert jointly organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times. They performed in front of a seven-member panel, including show director Jeremiah Choy, music director Julian Wong and choreographer Zaini Tahir.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe