What's News: August 01, 2016

Japan's Former Defense Minister Yuriko Koike holds a bouquet of flowers as she celebrates her victory in the Tokyo Gubernatorial Election after being elected as the governor of Tokyo, at her election campaign office in Tokyo, Japan on July 31.
Japan's Former Defense Minister Yuriko Koike holds a bouquet of flowers as she celebrates her victory in the Tokyo Gubernatorial Election after being elected as the governor of Tokyo, at her election campaign office in Tokyo, Japan on July 31. PHOTO: EPA

TOP OF THE NEWS

Obama 'committed to TPP'

US President Barack Obama is committed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact but said the prospects for it to be passed in an election year are slim. In an e-mail interview with The Straits Times ahead of an official visit by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to the US, Mr Obama added that Singapore is an anchor for the US in South-east Asia.


TOP OF THE NEWS

'Speak up against extremism'

Singaporeans must "speak up" against people who try to spread radical ideologies, Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam said yesterday. "What we need is to make sure the mainstream, the middle ground, is solid," he added.



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WORLD

Tokyo picks woman governor

Tokyo residents voted in the city's first-ever woman governor yesterday, with former defence and environment minister Yuriko Koike pipping 21 other candidates to the post. She will administer a sprawling metropolis three times the size of Singapore, with a budget the size of Sweden's, and an economy as big as Indonesia's in the run-up to the 2020 Olympics.


WORLD

DAP holds off on Penang polls

The Democratic Action Party (DAP) will not press ahead with its plan to hold snap elections in Penang, after its ally, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), disagreed with the idea of early polls. But another ally, Parti Amanah Negara, indicated it was ready to go along with the DAP's plan.


OPINION

Russians not the real threat

Did the Russians hack the Democratic Party's e-mail servers? Is Republican Donald Trump a Russian agent? Such theories divert attention from the fact that the greatest threat to US strategic interests is Mr Trump in the White House, writes Jonathan Eyal.


HOME

Study of Haw Par Villa features

The National Heritage Board has called a tender to study Haw Par Villa's 1,000 sculptures, dioramas and architectural features. It aims to determine the condition of the sculptures "with the aim of restoring them".


HOME

More than a dialysis centre

A new kidney dialysis centre that opened in Nee Soon South yesterday will also operate as a community outreach centre, to educate residents on preventing kidney diseases. The National Kidney Foundation dialysis centre also offers services such as health screenings and exercise classes.


BUSINESS

Swiber 'may be only the start'

With low oil prices continuing to weigh heavily on offshore and marine companies worldwide, the deep troubles of Singapore Exchange-listed Swiber Holdings could be the start of more to come, according to industry analysts. The debt-laden offshore services firm faces letters of demand amounting to US$25.9 million (S$35 million).


Galatasaray's Hakan Balta (left) trying to get past Ibrahimovic during a friendly in Sweden on Saturday that Man United won.
Galatasaray's Hakan Balta (left) trying to get past Ibrahimovic during a friendly in Sweden on Saturday that Man United won. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

SPORT

Ibrahimovic scores in good start at Manchester United

Veteran Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic took under four minutes to make his mark at Manchester United, scoring a spectacular opener in the 5-2 rout of Galatasaray in a friendly. He said he sees something big happening and "if (Paul) Pogba comes too, it's going to be very interesting".


LIFE

Dick Lee keeps it real in biopic


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Wonder Boy, a new film based on the early years of singer-songwriter Dick Lee (photo), will not shy away from controversial topics such as the drug taking that went on among his schoolmates at St Joseph's Institution. The composer says he wants the film to be as authentic as possible.


LIFE

A festival for foodies

Fried chicken made from a 100-year-old family recipe, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs such as Tetsuya Wakuda of the one-Michelin-starred Waku Ghin, and more await foodies at this year's Epicurean Market, an annual gastronomic festival organised by Marina Bay Sands.

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