What's News: July 28, 2015

Several vehicles were destroyed around Jazeera Palace hotel in Somalian capital Mogadishu after Sunday's suicide bombing.
Several vehicles were destroyed around Jazeera Palace hotel in Somalian capital Mogadishu after Sunday's suicide bombing.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

TOP OF THE NEWS

Verify your constituency

Voters can now check to which constituency they belong, following the revision of the electoral boundaries made public last Friday. They can do so with their identity cards at community clubs/centres or the Elections Department building at 11, Prinsep Link, or online at its website. Voters overseas can register at one of the 10 registration centres abroad.


Aussie dollar below Sing$

The Australian dollar yesterday fell below the Singdollar for the first time since the global financial crisis in 2009, hit by softer commodity prices globally. It slid to a low of 0.997 against the Singdollar before edging up to 0.9982 at 7.30pm.


WORLD

Climate fight: US firms to help

US President Barack Obama yesterday enlisted the help of 13 of America's biggest companies, including Apple and Google, to fight climate change. They announced investments worth at least US$140 billion (S$192 billion) and pledged commitments such as cutting carbon emissions across their businesses.


Suicide attack on Mogadishu hotel

At least 13 people were killed, including a Chinese Embassy employee, after Somali militant Islamist group Al-Shabaab attacked a hotel in Mogadishu often used by the international community. The militants are fighting to overthrow Somalia's Western-backed government.


OPINION

Post-Iran deal realities

The Iran deal was the best possible deal in the circumstances, but also a disappointing one from the US point of view. What it showed is the limits of American power. The US has to contend with working with Iran, not against it, says By Invitation writer Hugh White.


HOME

Shake-up in travel industry

There are 100 more travel agencies in Singapore now than at the end of 2012 - despite falling revenues and a spate of bad publicity for the sector. However, the Singapore Tourism Board revealed that the number closing down also grew over the same period.


Emergency dept in high gear

The emergency department of the new Ng Teng Fong General Hospital opened to ambulance cases yesterday. The Straits Times reports on its progress now that operations are running close to full steam.


BUSINESS

Strong earnings for DBS

DBS reported strong earnings growth across the board for the second quarter, with some key number shitting record highs.

Net profit for the three months to June 30 rose 15 per cent to $1.12 billion on the back of a 12 per cent jump in net interest income to a record $1.74 billion.


SPORT

Van Gaal seeks creative spark

Louis van Gaal has spent a lot of money rebuilding his Manchester United side, but he is still not satisfied.

He says the team do not have someone like Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, Chelsea's Eden Hazard or Barcelona's Luis Suarez - players who can create magic out of nothing.


LIFE

Whitney's girl dead at 22

Bobbi Kristina Brown (photo), the only child of pop stars Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died on Sunday, months after being found unconscious in a bathtub on Jan 31. She was 22. The circumstances were eerily reminiscent of those surrounding her mother's death.


Dining at the National Gallery

The National Gallery Singapore, due to open in November, has unveiled its six restaurants. The former City Hall wing will have four eateries, including one that serves Singapore cuisine, and a cafeteria and retail shop. The former Supreme Court wing will house a French restaurant and an Indian restaurant-cum-gastrobar.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 28, 2015, with the headline 'What'sNews'. Print Edition | Subscribe