What's News: August 13, 2016

Thai rescue workers rush an injured bomb victim to a hospital following a bomb attack at the city clock tower in the center of Hua Hin, Thailand, on Aug 12.
Thai rescue workers rush an injured bomb victim to a hospital following a bomb attack at the city clock tower in the center of Hua Hin, Thailand, on Aug 12. PHOTO: EPA

TOP OF THE NEWS

Four killed in Thailand blasts

A major holiday weekend turned sombre after a series of closely timed bombings rocked several parts of Thailand, including the popular resort city of Hua Hin, killing at least four people and injuring dozens of others.


TOP OF THE NEWS

$1.4b in donations last year

Singaporeans gave $1.4 billion in tax-deductible donations last year, buoyed by the feel-good sentiment during Singapore's Golden Jubilee year. The amount was the highest in 17 years and an increase of 24.6 per cent from 2014.



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WORLD

Manila seeks talks with Beijing

The Philippines' special envoy to China, Mr Fidel Ramos (photo), said yesterday that Manila wants to have formal talks with Beijing on issues such as fishing rights and how to ease tension over territorial spats, after meeting senior Chinese official Fu Ying this week in Hong Kong.


WORLD

Jokowi to probe top officers

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has ordered an investigation into allegations that top police and military officers were involved in trafficking illegal drugs.


OPINION

Help start-ups scale up

Having successfully created a culture of entrepreneurship, Singapore needs to embark on the next phase: Transforming start-ups into "scalers", or medium-sized firms that can create jobs and grow in the region. Professor Arnoud De Meyer suggests how: Invest in start-ups via capital, not subsidies, and invest in the creation of regional entrepreneur networks.


HOME

Firms urged to boost security

Firms in the financial sector have been urged to do more to beef up their security, given the growing terrorist threat. Security measures such as training non-security staff like cleaners to look out for suspicious items or people were suggested at a seminar on countering terrorism.


HOME

SMU boosts seating capacity

Singapore Management University (SMU) has added new facilities that will boost seating capacity by more than 500. SMU was designed to take in just 6,000 students when it opened in 2000, but its enrolment has since grown to 9,300.


BUSINESS

Back to marketing UK homes

As the dust begins to settle on Britain's shock vote to leave the European Union, some real estate agencies here are again starting to market British residential property. One key lure: The greatly weakened British pound.



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SPORT

EPL season starts today

The new English Premier League season kicks off today, with new managers at the helm of seven clubs. But Claudio Ranieri (photo), who took Leicester City to a highly unlikely title, says the Foxes are "ready to defend it". His side will begin the defence of the title with a trip to promoted Hull City today, and he will take a leaf from the book of the David versus Goliath battle. "The big teams are ready to fight for the title, and we are ready to defend it," he said.


LIFE

Design takes on starring role

A Design Film Festival, running from Sept 3 to 11, features eight films across a broad range of design industries such as fashion, art, graphic design and even visual rock. The films are meant to show the diversity of the design field, says the festival director. Some 3,500 tickets have been snapped up since sales started on Aug 1.


Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. The second Rogue One trailer offers the first new footage of the character since 2005.
Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back. The second Rogue One trailer offers the first new footage of the character since 2005. PHOTO: TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

LIFE

Darth Vader's back

The second trailer for the hotly anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was released on Thursday, giving fans the first new footage of Darth Vader in more than a decade.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 13, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe