What's News: August 20, 2016

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (left) and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping (right) posing for the media before a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, on August 19.
Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (left) and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping (right) posing for the media before a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, on August 19. PHOTO: REUTERS

TOP OF THE NEWS

Two detained under ISA

Two self-radicalised Singaporeans have been detained under the Internal Security Act while two others were issued Restriction Orders this month, the Ministry of Home Affairs said yesterday.

Both the detained men had listened to a Batam-based radio station that sometimes features speakers who preach extreme religious views. They had intended to travel to Syria to fight for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Racism a persistent issue: Poll

Singaporeans strongly support multiracialism and meritocracy, but almost half of them recognise that racism is a problem that persists, a new survey has found.

Nine in 10 agree that anyone who works hard can become rich, no matter their race. But six in 10 had heard racist comments.



PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

WORLD

Hambali faces review board

Hambali, the alleged mastermind behind the 2002 Bali bombing, has appeared before a US review board evaluating his suitability for release from the Guantanamo Bay detention centre (photo). The Obama administration appears to be stepping up efforts to shut down the controversial facility.


WORLD

Xi and Suu Kyi push for peace

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing yesterday, and both pledged to cooperate on maintaining peace in their troubled border region. Mr Xi indicated that China will support Yangon's efforts to resolve conflicts with armed rebels in the north.


OPINION

Child-rearing angst

Does Singapore-style parenting need to change? Should the emphasis be on a child's self-esteem or accomplishments? Professor Chong Siow Ann reflects on this high-stakes endeavour and conflicting accounts of what works best.


HOME

Burns victim closer to dream

Singaporean Megan Loy, 19, who suffered severe burns in a blaze at a water park in Taiwan last year, is a step closer to her goal of becoming a doctor. She is among 300 freshmen admitted to NUS' Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine this year.


HOME

New M1 high-speed network

A network that enables consumers to surf at high speeds without disruption is now available to M1 customers. The telco said yesterday that it is rolling out Singapore's first commercial heterogeneous network, which allows automatic network transfer when traffic is too heavy or signal strength is weak.


BUSINESS

Interest for bungalows

The number of Good Class Bungalow sales remains below the level it was at before the total debt servicing ratio - a key cooling measure - was imposed in mid-2013, but there remains buying interest for this rare type of property. Prices have also not fallen significantly.


Gymnasts (from left) Aiko Sugihara, Sae Miyakawa, Asuka Teramoto, Mai Murakami and Yuki Uchiyama from Japan just missed out on a medal in Rio.
Gymnasts (from left) Aiko Sugihara, Sae Miyakawa, Asuka Teramoto, Mai Murakami and Yuki Uchiyama from Japan just missed out on a medal in Rio. PHOTO: REUTERS

SPORT

Agony for fourth-place finishers at the Olympics

Probably the most painful experience for an athlete at the Olympic Games is to finish fourth - just adrift of a podium finish. So spare a thought for Japan's women's artistic gymnasts, who just missed out on their first Olympic medal in more than five decades. Or consider German diver Patrick Hausding, who finished fourth in two events in Rio but took bronze in the 3m springboard event.


LIFE

Schooling boosts business


ST PHOTO: REBECCA LYNNE TAN

Business at Joseph Schooling's favourite chye tow kueh stall in Marine Terrace was exceptionally brisk yesterday, the day after the Olympian stopped by during his victory parade. Bee Bee Carrot Cake, run by cousins Quek Bee Gek and Teo Kwee Lang (photo), sold out in about three hours.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 20, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe