What's News: July, 17 2015

TOP OF THE NEWS

Japan closer to security shift

Japan came closer to allowing its troops to fight overseas after its Lower House of Parliament yesterday passed controversial security Bills.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's approval ratings have dropped amid his push for the unpopular legislation.


TOP OF THE NEWS

PA review to take 3 months

The People's Association says it will take three months to review financial and procurement rules and recommend measures to rectify the lapses at grassroots organisations . The review will be carried out by a newly formed finance review committee. 



A screenshot of ISIS' video clip, which is the latest to show the existence of a Malay archipelago unit of the militant group. PHOTO: YOUTUBE

WORLD

ISIS video targets Indonesia

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has released a video showing more than 70 Indonesian-speaking men preparing for a field assignment. An observer called the clip "strategic propaganda" as Jakarta intensified its crackdown on ISIS supporters.


WORLD

Swiss 'met opposition leader'

Thai police revealed that Swiss citizen Xavier Andre Justo had met a top Malaysian opposition leader and a media tycoon in Singapore to sell classified information concerning his former employer, which was a partner of Malaysia's debt-ridden state fund 1MDB.


The LTA receives more than 10 million download requests for bus arrival timings every day, either through its MyTransport.SG mobile app or third-party applications such as SG NextBus and SG Bus, which also tap LTA's platform.
The LTA receives more than 10 million download requests for bus arrival timings every day, either through its MyTransport.SG mobile app or third-party applications such as SG NextBus and SG Bus, which also tap LTA's platform. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

HOME

More accurate bus arrival timings: LTA

Bus arrival timings - whether on mobile apps or at bus stops - are more accurate than ever, the Land Transport Authority said yesterday. Some 95 per cent of estimated timings fall within three minutes of the actual arrival times - up from 80 per cent when the system was launched in April. 


HOME

Dengue breakthrough

A team of Singaporean and American scientists has created an artificial antibody that is equally effective against all four strains of the dengue virus. It could take just one injection to temporarily protect against or treat the infection. 


OPINION

Machines putting jobs at risk

Robots, automation and 3D printing are disrupting jobs in sectors where Asian workers dominate, such as manufacturing and construction. The peril is real, says Ravi Velloor, associate editor (global affairs).


BUSINESS

Non-oil exports beat forecast

Exports staged a surprise rebound last month on the back of surging electronics shipments, after months of contraction. Non-oil domestic exports rose 4.7 per cent year on year in June, more than double the consensus forecast of 2 per cent, and a big improvement over May's 0.3 per cent decline. 


SPORT

Football stars to tee off here

You have seen these hotshots play football on TV. Now, watch them play golf in Singapore. An Icons of Football competition is slated to tee off in June 2017 at Tanah Merah Country Club. Big names who may come include Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller. 


LIFE

New F&B places in Beach Road

Home-grown lifestyle group Massive Collective is set to open four new outlets in Beach Road in September. The four concepts are Vatos Urban Tacos, a popular Korean-Mexican restaurant brand from South Korea; a cocktail bar; a gastropub named The Armoury; and a new boutique nightclub.

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