What's News: May 23, 2017

Singaporean Low Ying Hui joined others to build a canal block in Sumatra.
Singaporean Low Ying Hui joined others to build a canal block in Sumatra.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG


Smartphones for policemen

By the end of next year, all front-line policemen will be issued smartphones which give timely and relevant information about incidents to which they are responding, and will be secured for Singapore Police Force-specified apps. 


Task force to ease milk fears

Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Koh Poh Koon will head a task force that will ensure key measures to address concerns over rising formula milk prices will be put in place by the year-end. Its focus will be on tightening labelling and advertising rules, increasing formula milk options, raising public awareness and encouraging good practices in hospitals.


Volunteering to thwart haze

A group of Singaporeans has been digging up dirt with hoes and machetes in a remote Sumatra village to help combat potential haze. The 13 volunteers from environmental group People's Movement to Stop Haze are working with the locals to make a canal block that would prevent peatland from drying out and burning more easily. 


21 hurt in Bangkok blast

The Thai authorities are on alert after an explosion at a Bangkok military hospital wounded 21 people, one of them seriously. The blast at Phramongkutklao Hospital yesterday morning appeared to be caused by an improvised explosive device planted in a vase. 


Addressing new Asia order

Next month's Shangri-La Dialogue takes place at a time when China's rise marks a massive shift in power distribution and the rise of a new strategic order in Asia, writes Professor Hugh White. The security forum is the place to discuss how to manage this change, he says. 


Cheaper AGM venue for condo

An executive condominium in Yishun, One Canberra, had planned to have its first annual general meeting at a country club, but will now meet at a more modest community club after concerns were raised about the cost of the ballroom, said to be $19,000. 


Health warning over cream

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) issued a warning yesterday on Royal Expert Whitening Cream, which was found to contain more than 3,000 times the allowed amount of mercury. HSA advised those who have bought it to stop using it immediately. 


OCBC venture in Indonesia

OCBC has launched onshore private banking services in Indonesia, building up its wealth- management footprint in the growth market. OCBC NISP - its 85 per cent-owned Indonesia subsidiary - has received regulatory approval to establish a private banking unit there. The new unit will serve Indonesians with investible assets of more than US$1 million. 


Mourinho snubs media

Jose Mourinho had little time for the media after Manchester United's final league game of the season, leaving the stadium 20 minutes after the final whistle. The manager was obviously still upset with the coverage as they struggled with injuries in the last few games, ahead of the Europa League final against Ajax tomorrow. 


Catherine Lim 'happy'

Author Catherine Lim, 75, no longer comments on politics. Instead, she has launched a new book titled An Equal Joy: Reflections On God, Death And Belonging. She tells The Straits Times she is "supremely happy", largely because her life has been laden with luck and good health. 

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Dude, don't call me bro

ST's John Lui tells you how he feels when people call him all sorts of names, like dude, mate and bro. str.sg/brojohn


Home to roast

Entrepreneur Alson Teo eyes the global market with iKook, the world's first automated poultry-cooking machine. str.sg/kookchick

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe