What's News: June 13, 2017

President Emmanuel Macron casting his ballot in Le Touquet on Sunday.
President Emmanuel Macron casting his ballot in Le Touquet on Sunday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
The story of xinyao, a home-grown Mandarin folk-song movement that paved the way for Mandopop stars such as JJ Lin and Stefanie Sun, is now documented in a book.
The story of xinyao, a home-grown Mandarin folk-song movement that paved the way for Mandopop stars such as JJ Lin and Stefanie Sun, is now documented in a book.PHOTO: COURTESY OF EVA TANG

TOP OF THE NEWS

Woman detained under ISA

A 22-year-old Singaporean female contract infant care assistant has been detained under the Internal Security Act for radicalism.

Syaikhah Izzah Zahrah Al Ansari was sharing pro-ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) material online and had planned to travel to Syria.


TOP OF THE NEWS

May faces more challenges

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In a first sign of the difficulty British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing after a disastrous election, the Queen's Speech to Parliament next week setting out the government's programme will be delayed. Mrs May's Conservative Party also looks headed for a fresh civil war over Europe.


WORLD

Macron's party set for big win

French President Emmanuel Macron's party is on course for a parliamentary majority, after Sunday's first round of voting for the National Assembly left traditional parties in disarray. His Republique en Marche party and its ally, MoDem, are tipped to win between 400 and 445 seats in the 577-member National Assembly in next Sunday's second round.


WORLD

Sarawak quits tourism board

Sarawak has withdrawn from the Malaysian Tourism Board, escalating a sudden spat between the state and federal governments over a tourism tax set to kick in next month. The move prompted calls for Tourism Minister Nazri Aziz to be more diplomatic over the issue.


OPINION

Opportunity for Asean and EU

The collapse of the Anglo-American order creates opportunities for regional groupings such as Asean and the European Union to work together to strengthen multilateral institutions, says Jean-Pierre Lehmann.


HOME

Course for GPs to be revamped

The need for primary-care doctors who can deal with health issues brought about by a greying society has prompted a revamp of the graduate diploma in family medicine. The training programme is for general practitioners to get certified in family medicine.


HOME

E-bike rider dies in accident

A 59-year-old electric-bicycle rider is the latest victim in a spate of fatal e-bike accidents. The man died in an accident involving a prime mover at the junction of Lorong 13 Geylang and Sims Avenue yesterday. A 48-year-old driver was arrested.


BUSINESS

Wooing millennial travellers

Millennial travellers are emerging as one of the fastest-growing target demographics for the hospitality industry, and hotel chains are racing to develop brands that appeal to them.


SPORT

Fighting for Asian pride

Former pallbearer Jenel Lausa, who earned less than $10 for winning his first fight at 16, had his life-changing moment when he signed a two-year, four-fight Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) deal last September. The Filipino, who is one of 22 Asian fighters in the UFC, said he represents not just his country, but also Asia. "I am okay with being the underdog and proving people wrong about Asians," he said.


LIFE

New book about xinyao

The story of xinyao, a home-grown Mandarin folk-song movement that paved the way for Mandopop stars such as JJ Lin and Stefanie Sun, is now documented in a book.

Titled The Songs We Sang, the Chinese book is spun off the well-received xinyao documentary of the same name by Singapore film-maker Eva Tang that premiered in 2015.


Straits Times Digital

VIDEO

Hang out, work out

Students at this aerial yoga class do their yoga poses while suspended in the air in silk hammocks. str.sg/aerialyoga

VIDEO

Isle of men

Women are forbidden on the Japanese island of Okinoshima, which is inhabited by a solitary Shinto priest. str.sg/islemen

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