What's News: June 22, 2016

Korean drama Dear My Friends, which features a cast in their 60s and 70s, has attracted a steady following with its realistic plots and characters.
Korean drama Dear My Friends, which features a cast in their 60s and 70s, has attracted a steady following with its realistic plots and characters.PHOTO: VIU
Some of the spectators who watched Tampines beat Selangor 1-0 in May at the National Stadium.
Some of the spectators who watched Tampines beat Selangor 1-0 in May at the National Stadium.BERITA HARIAN FILE PHOTO

TOP OF THE NEWS

Free insurance for NSmen

Life and personal insurance coverage will be provided to full-time and operationally-ready national servicemen, with the premiums paid by the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) and Ministry of Home Affairs.

Regulars in Mindef/SAF and the Home Team (Uniformed Officer) will also be covered while they are employed.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Dental clinic for special care

The Geriatric Special Care Dentistry Clinic, which caters to seniors and people with special dental needs, was officially opened yesterday. The first of its kind here, the clinic helps people with complex oral health or even behavioural issues, such as people with autism.



PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

WORLD

Trump camp in poor shape

Mr Donald Trump (photo) enters the United States general election campaign with the worst financial and organisational disadvantage of any major party nominee in recent history. He began this month with just US$1.3 million (S$1.7 million) in cash on hand, trailing Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton by more than US$41 million


LIFE

Silver TV casts are gold

The success of television series such as South Korea's Dear My Friends and Singapore's Super Senior featuring actors in their 50s and up proves that such shows have an audience and can even attract a younger demographic.

Some viewers were impressed by the can-do spirit of the Super Senior actors as they dove and executed hip-hop dance moves on the family drama.


WORLD

HK's Leung questions Beijing

Hong Kong leader Leung Chun Ying says he has asked China if its handling of the detention of five booksellers violates the "one country, two systems" policy under which the city returned to Chinese rule, in the strongest response yet from the former British colony.


OPINION

Debt spiral a risk to growth

The Consumer Price Index here has slipped for 18 months but Singapore is not at risk of a deflationary funk like Japan's. In fact, the bigger risk to growth is not deflation but a debt spiral, writes Marissa Lee. 


HOME

Polys to admit more on talent

More students are expected to enter polytechnic diploma courses on the strength of their interests and talents, rather than on grades alone. The Early Admissions Exercise begins today and successful applicants can make up 12.5 per cent of a polytechnic's intake.


HOME

Telcos to launch calls via Wi-Fi

Singtel customers will be able to make calls from their mobile phones through any Wi-Fi network, and without the need for apps like Skype, from August. Other telcos said they would be launching their own Voice-over-Wi-Fi service in time.


BUSINESS

Slight drop in rental yield

Rents for residential properties may be falling, but yields - the annual rent as a percentage of the home's value - have eased marginally. Median gross rental yield islandwide was about 3.2 per cent in May, down from 3.7 per cent a year ago, a study by Savills has found.


SPORT

AFC tie stays at Jalan Besar

Plans for S-League side Tampines Rovers to play another game at the National Stadium are off. The Stags will host Indian team Bengaluru at the 7,100-seat Jalan Besar Stadium on Sept 21 in the second leg of their AFC Cup quarter-final.

A crowd of nearly 12,000 saw Tampines beat Selangor 1-0 in the AFC Cup group stage in May. 


LIFE

Top DJ for dance music fest

Norwegian producer Kygo, one of the hottest names in electronic dance music, is set to headline the inaugural edition of Ultra Singapore.

The mega dance music festival - which will be held on Sept 10 and 11 at a venue dubbed Ultra Park at 1 Bayfront Avenue - will also feature many artists and other DJs. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe