What's News: May 24, 2017

Ex-president Park Geun Hye in Seoul Central District Court yesterday.
Ex-president Park Geun Hye in Seoul Central District Court yesterday.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


Raids after Manchester blast

British police have made several arrests and raids as they intensified investigations into a suicide bombing that killed at least 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester on Monday evening.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group claimed responsibility yesterday for the terror attack.


Private-hire car numbers soar

The number of chauffeur-driven private-hire cars has soared by nearly 70 times since Uber and Grab entered Singapore, from fewer than 500 such cars in 2013 to 41,297 units as at last month. The population is now 1.5 times that of taxis, according to numbers released by the Land Transport Authority for the first time.


Park denies all 18 charges

Ousted South Korean leader Park Geun Hye turned up yesterday for her first court hearing over a massive corruption scandal in handcuffs and wearing a badge displaying her inmate number 503. She faces 18 charges, including abuse of power and leaking government secrets, all of which she denied.


China's plans in Antarctica

China has pledged in its first White Paper on its activities in Antarctica that it will expand scientific research and exploration of the mineral-rich continent. But it has no immediate plans for mining or extracting natural resources.


Don't give up on TPP yet

A Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without the US is worth pushing for if the 11 other signatories proceed with a high-quality trade deal, Economics Correspondent Chia Yan Min writes. Its revival might also spur early completion of other pacts, such as the RCEP that includes China.


Big tenants leave Raffles mall

The majority of the big retailers that opened stores at One Raffles Place after a revamp have left or will be leaving. But the mall said it is taking this opportunity to refresh the tenant mix. It added that it enjoys a healthy occupancy rate.


No airwave fees for 5G trials

The Infocomm Media Development Authority will waive airwave licence fees for 5G trials to encourage the industry and accelerate Singapore's digital transformation. Besides ultra-fast mobile surfing, 5G's better data compression and antenna technologies will allow more Web connected devices to be used.


Noble share price plummets

Shares of Noble Group plunged by as much as 31 per cent yesterday after a third credit rating agency downgraded the embattled commodities trader and warned of default risks within a year.

The downgrade and a report that a strategic investor may have walked away sent Noble shares crashing to 40.5 cents.


Warriors knock out Spurs

The Golden State Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year after beating the San Antonio Spurs 129-115 to sweep the Western Conference Finals 4-0 on Monday. The Warriors were led by Stephen Curry with 36 points and Kevin Durant with 29. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Cleveland Warriors are leading the Boston Celtics 2-1.


Pablo tarts coming to town

Pablo, a cheese tart chain from Japan, will open its first Singapore outlet in Wisma Atria in early July. On the menu are its signature tarts, which are available in flavours such as cheese, matcha cheese with shiratama mochi and azuki red bean paste, chocolate cheese and a premium cheese tart that is lightly torched, like creme brulee. Prices will start at $13.

What it should have been

The report on Monday, "Finn and fun", stated that at its peak in 2004, Nokia employed one in 10 Finns. This is incorrect. It should be one in 100. We are sorry for the error.

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Shades of a cyborg

The world's first cyborg Neil Harbisson reveals people's reactions to the antenna on his head that lets him hear colour. str.sg/cyborgtalk


Natural destruction

Like the collapsed Hillary Step on Mount Everest, these five wonders of the world have also been hit by natural disasters. str.sg/natwonders

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe