What's News: July 19, 2016

Mickelson (right) congratulating Stenson after the latter won the British Open at Royal Troon, Scotland, on Sunday.
Mickelson (right) congratulating Stenson after the latter won the British Open at Royal Troon, Scotland, on Sunday.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
Police officers at the scene of the shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday where three policemen died.
Police officers at the scene of the shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday where three policemen died.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Chen Diya (left) and Carrie Yeo of The Freshman performed the theme song.
Chen Diya (left) and Carrie Yeo of The Freshman performed the theme song.PHOTO: LIKES COMMUNICATIONS

TOP OF THE NEWS

Temasek 'to make SMRT offer'

Temasek Holdings could make an offer to buy out transport operator SMRT Holdings and take it private, sources said.

Negotiations have reportedly been going on since the start of the year. Trading on SMRT shares has been halted since last Friday, before a new rail financing framework was announced. 

TOP OF THE NEWS

S'pore, Sri Lanka eye FTA

Singapore and Sri Lanka started work on a free trade agreement yesterday and agreed to deepen collaboration on multiple fronts, from urban planning to the training of public officials. A number of agreements were signed as part of an official visit here by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

WORLD

Shooter 'an ex-US Marine'

A decorated former US Marine sergeant, dressed in black and armed with a rifle in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was shot dead on Sunday morning in a gunfight with police who appeared to be the target of the "ambush-style" attack. Three police officers died in the shooting. 

WORLD

China warns US over patrols

China kicks off its second drill in two weeks in the South China Sea today, as its military leaders warn the US its freedom-of-navigation patrols could backfire. US Admiral John Richardson visited China on Sunday, his first since a ruling against Beijing's sea claims. 

OPINION

Digital security's weakest link

Singapore's decision to cut access to the Internet for 100,000 public servants accepts the reality: The greatest vulnerability in any network is the people who use it. You and I are the weakest link, says Simon Chesterman in the By Invitation column.

HOME

Less red meat 'cuts kidney risk'

Eating less red meat such as pork could be good for the kidneys.

A study of 60,000 adults over 15 years has found that replacing red meat with protein such as fish and poultry reduced the risk of developing kidney failure. 

HOME

Trolleys left in condo carpark

More than 20 supermarket trolleys which sat in a condominium carpark for six months were quickly returned after a photograph of them went online.

The trolleys were left in a disabled parking space at Silversea condo in Marine Parade. 

BUSINESS

Brisk sales at Treasure Crest

Sales were brisk at the Treasure Crest executive condominium showflat over the weekend, with nearly 72 per cent of the units snapped up. Developer Sim Lian Group said 362 out of the 504 units at the project in Anchorvale Crescent had found buyers over the two days, with all 56 four-bedroom units selling out. 

SPORT

Stenson holds off Mickelson to win first Major

British Open champion Henrik Stenson, 40, a first-time Major winner after an epic battle with Phil Mickelson at Royal Troon, said: "It seemed like it was going to be a two-horse race, and it was all the way to the end."

The Swede, who was runner-up to Mickelson in 2013, said: "I knew he wasn't going to back down at any point and that made it easier. I knew I had to keep on pushing." 

LIFE

Festival focus on life, death

The fleetingness of life and permanence of death will play out in a clutch of productions in the fifth edition of the M1 Chinese Theatre Festival this year. For the first time, the festival, which starts on Thursday, will run at The Theatre Practice's new premises at 54 Waterloo Street. 

LIFE

Thumbs up for movie song

The official song of local film-maker Royston Tan's telemovie The Provision Shop, which aired on Channel 8 on Sunday night, has been given the thumbs up by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The song is performed by local duo The Freshman. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 19, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe