What's News: July 30, 2015

More than 28,000 couples tied the knot last year - the highest figure since records began in 1961.
More than 28,000 couples tied the knot last year - the highest figure since records began in 1961.PHOTO: ST FILE

TOP OF THE NEWS

Marriages hit record high

More than 28,000 couples tied the knot last year - the highest figure since records began in 1961.

Meanwhile, divorces and annulments fell by almost 3 per cent, and sociologists believe that couples may be taking their marriage preparations more seriously.

TOP OF THE NEWS

S'pore, UK boost cooperation

Singapore and Britain agreed to cooperate on security issues, including cyber security, terrorism and maritime piracy. Yesterday, during British Prime Minister David Cameron's visit to Singapore, both countries agreed to step up cooperation on cyber security, doubling their joint spending in research, and to exchange experiences on fighting ideologies from groups like ISIS.

WORLD

Aussie live cattle for China

Australia found another willing buyer for its live beef cattle - China, shortly after Indonesia, the biggest buyer of Australian live cattle, suddenly scaled back imports two weeks ago following diplomatic tensions. The deal makes Australia the first country to export live beef cattle to be slaughtered in China.


Police outside the hospital where the body of militant leader Malik Ishaq has been placed, in Muzaffargarh, Pakistan. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

WORLD

Sunni militant leader killed in shoot-out in Pakistan

Sunni militant group leader Malik Ishaq was killed in a police shoot-out yesterday. Ishaq, who was behind some of Pakistan's worst sectarian attacks, had been under police custody in a murder investigation, and his death raises fears of retaliatory attacks.

OPINION

Manage rail incidents better

SMRT is clearly struggling to meet commuters' expectations to make the rail system more reliable. To be fair, it is trying hard. But efforts will take time to show. In the meantime, it should handle breakdowns better, says senior transport correspondent Christopher Tan.

HOME

Childcare chain in graft probe

A couple, who run the Sweetlands chain of 11 childcare centres, have been found by the authorities to have made unauthorised withdrawals from the Child Development Accounts of kids in their care and wrongful claims for childcare subsidies.

BUSINESS

Global Logistics No. 2 in US

Global Logistic Properties is acquiring a US$4.55 billion (S$6.2 billion) portfolio in the United States. The acquisition will make it the second-largest logistics property owner and operator in the country after Prologis.

SPORT

Local coach for shuttlers

Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) director of team performance Chua Yong Joo will double up as its first local-born national team chief coach from October, after the resignation of Liu Qingdong after 11/2 years. The SBA says it was choosing a familiar face.

LIFE

Singapore Biennale returns

The Singapore Art Museum announced yesterday that its blockbuster contemporary art event - the Singapore Biennale - will run from Oct 28, 2016 to Feb 26, 2017.

This edition was delayed a year to "give focus to... the nation's birthday", said the museum's director, Dr Susie Lingham.

LIFE

Birthday song royalty free?

Lawyers for a film-maker said they have discovered "smoking-gun" evidence that the song Happy Birthday To You should no longer be subject to copyright restrictions.

Warner/Chappell has been estimated to collect US$2 million (S$2.7 million) a year in licensing fees for its use in films, television shows and other productions.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: July 30, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe