What's News: June 07, 2016

Vocal Associates will perform songs with Chinese, Malay and Indian influences at Carnegie Hall next Tuesday.
Vocal Associates will perform songs with Chinese, Malay and Indian influences at Carnegie Hall next Tuesday.PHOTO: VOCAL ASSOCIATES

TOP OF THE NEWS

Qatar fund buys Asia Sq tower

Sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) has agreed to buy Asia Square Tower 1 for a massive $3.4 billion, the largest single real estate deal in the Asia-Pacific.

QIA will buy the 43-storey office tower, with a string of blue-chip corporate tenants, from United States private equity giant BlackRock. 

TOP OF THE NEWS

Xi calls for regular US talks 

Chinese President Xi Jinping has highlighted the "mutual interests in the Asia-Pacific region" at annual talks with the United States yesterday, as he called for regular dialogue to avoid a confrontation over issues that are dogging ties. 

France has raised the possibility of a coordinated and more sustained European naval presence in Asia.
France has raised the possibility of a coordinated and more sustained European naval presence in Asia. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

WORLD

Europe's security role in Asia 

The defence chiefs of France and Britain seem to have renewed commitments to safeguarding Asia's security at last weekend's IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. But their remarks may be aimed at leaving a positive impression, and it may be a while yet before action is seen. 

WORLD

Human organs grown in pigs 

To ease the global shortage of human organs for transplant, US scientists are trying to grow them in pigs. They have created human-pig embryos by injecting human stem cells into pig embryos, fuelling fears of the human cells migrating to the developing pig's brain. 

OPINION

China reforms: What's at stake

After years of easy credit and stimulus that helped China weather crises, the Chinese economy is seeing excess production and investment, and a property bubble. The talk now is of "supply-side" reforms. Professor John Wong explains what's at stake. 

HOME

Underwater World to shut

Underwater World Singapore, which wowed a generation with its viewing tunnel and other exhibits, will be closing before its lease is up in two months. It will mark its closing by lowering ticket prices to its 1991 levels. 

HOME

Two green plots to be kept

Two green plots in a secondary forest in Lentor that had been earmarked for redevelopment will be kept for at least five years. A wildlife management plan will ensure that animals in the area are guided safely to other forested areas before the start of construction work this year.

BUSINESS

Frasers gets new group CEO

Property firm Frasers Centrepoint (FCL) will see a number of changes to its leadership. Chief among them is a new group chief executive, Mr Panote Sirivadhanabhakdi, who takes over from Mr Lee Ee Seng.

Mr Sirivadhanabhakdi is the son of Thai tycoon and FCL owner Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi. 


PHOTO: LAGARDE SPORTS

SPORT

Mardan needs solid late run 

Singapore's top golfer Mardan Mamat (above) has to do it the hard way after a poor season so far - needing strong performances in his final two events to qualify for Rio.

He is three spots outside the world federation's Olympic Ranking list as he has missed the cut in half of eight events so far. 

LIFE

Artist Poon's works on show

More than 20 artworks by the late Singapore artist Anthony Poon are on show at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Gillman Barracks. The exhibition marks the 10th death anniversary of the Cultural Medallion winner, a leading figure of the local modern art scene. The pieces are on loan from his family and other private collections. 

LIFE

Singapore choir goes to Carnegie Hall

Choral group Vocal Associates will bring a slice of Singapore's multi-cultural society to the Big Apple next Tuesday. The 55-member choir will perform songs with Chinese, Malay and Indian influences at Carnegie Hall as part of the New York Sounds of Summer International Music Festival. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe