What's News: May 11, 2016

The Faith Of Anna Waters, Tong's first English movie in almost 20 years, stars American, Australian and Singapore-based actors.
The Faith Of Anna Waters, Tong's first English movie in almost 20 years, stars American, Australian and Singapore-based actors.PHOTO: GOLDEN VILLAGE
Guided missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (above) sailed within 22km of Chinese-occupied Fiery Cross Reef.
Guided missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (above) sailed within 22km of Chinese-occupied Fiery Cross Reef. PHOTO: U.S. NAVY

TOP OF THE NEWS

Duterte vows govt overhaul

Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to overhaul the country's system of government to devolve power from Manila to long-neglected provinces, and pursue a relentless crackdown on crime and corruption. He would press for a shift from a unitary to a federal parliamentary form of government, his spokesman said.


TOP OF THE NEWS

EduCity draws more students

An education hub in Johor's Iskandar is drawing a growing number of students, including Singaporeans, who are attracted by the foreign institutions that have set up shop there.

Singaporean students say they pay lower fees because of the exchange rate. EduCity is about half an hour away via the Second Link.


WORLD

US warship sails near reef

A United States navy warship sailed close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea yesterday, a US defence official said, prompting anger in Beijing which denounced the patrol as illegal and a threat to peace and stability. Guided missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence sailed within 22km of Chinese-occupied Fiery Cross Reef. 


LIFE

Kelvin Tong makes a horror movie - in English

It has taken close to two decades for Singaporean film-maker Kelvin Tong to make a movie in his first language, English - horror feature The Faith Of Anna Waters. Singapore-made English-language films tend to make tiny returns at the box office, so he had avoided the language previously. 


WORLD

Campaigning in Queensland

Australia's ruling Liberal-National Coalition and the Labor opposition have started their campaigns in Queensland, a state that has numerous battleground seats and could decide the fate of the July 2 election. But Labor, which holds just six of the state's 28 seats, has little chance of winning without regaining its lost seats. 


OPINION

Reviving Orchard retail scene

Retail experts say cookie-cutter malls in Orchard Road offering the same shops and merchandise make for a stagnant retail scene. Retailers and landlords need to groom unique, home-grown brands and experiment with tenant mix, says Ms Wong Siew Ying. 


HOME

Malay families in rental flats

The proportion of Malay households living in one- and two-room rental flats has doubled in the last decade, in what observers called a worrying trend. Last year, 10.9 per cent of all Malay-headed households - 14,600 of them - lived in such flats, up from 4.9 per cent in 2005. 


HOME

Branch status for James Cook

James Cook University Singapore will become the first Australian institution here to gain branch campus status, which gives students privileges such as working part-time. Its new status was part of a deal signed last week by Australia and Singapore to cooperate more closely in areas like education. 


BUSINESS

Negative rates on deposits

The phenomenon of negative interest rates has come to town, with the Singapore branch of Bank Julius Baer informing clients that it will charge them interest on cash balances in current accounts denominated in certain currencies from June 1. 


SPORT

Netball 'stalwarts' call it a day

Three Singapore netballers with a total of 328 caps between them are ending their international careers. Captain Micky Lin Qingyi, co-vice-captain Chen Huifen and Premila Hirubalan said it is time for new players to step up. Netball Singapore's chief executive officer Cyrus Medora hailed the trio as "stalwarts". 


LIFE

Life goes on after 70

The Netflix series Grace And Frankie affirms something Hollywood typically ignores: that life goes on after age 70. The show, which recently released its second season, captures this with the help of an all-star cast that includes Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. 


What it should have been

In our story headlined "Sias to raise quality of AGMs through new initiative" yesterday, we said that Sias is appealing to its 720 corporate members to donate $3,000 each annually towards an initiative to raise the standards of AGMs. Sias has clarified that it is appealing to all firms listed on the Singapore Exchange to support the initiative. Sias does not have corporate members.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 11, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe