What's News: July 02, 2016

Pupils of North Vista Primary School.
Pupils of North Vista Primary School.PHOTO: ST FILE

TOP OF THE NEWS

Need for engineering talent

Singapore faces a major challenge in building up talent in engineering and keeping abreast of changes in its practice, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday at an Institution of Engineers dinner.

He spoke of the key role engineers have played in nation-building, calling on more to join the field that he said is key to Singapore's future.



PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

TOP OF THE NEWS

Support for May's bid to be PM

Support grew yesterday for British Interior Minister Theresa May's (photo) bid to succeed Premier David Cameron, even as her main challenger, Justice Minister Michael Gove, insisted that he was the best man for the job.


WORLD

Austrian poll result annulled

Austria's Mr Norbert Hofer has won another shot at being elected the European Union's first far-right president after a court annulled May's election result because of irregularities, stopping in its tracks Mr Alexander Van der Bellen's planned inauguration on July 8.


Lim (centre), who is Penang Chief Minister, outside the High Court in George Town on Thursday, where he was charged.
Lim (centre), who is Penang Chief Minister, outside the High Court in George Town on Thursday, where he was charged. PHOTO: CHINA PRESS

WORLD

Lim Guan Eng case: DAP rules out street protests

Malaysia's opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP), whose leader Lim Guan Eng has been charged with corruption, has ruled out holding street protests, but plans to tour the country to defend Lim, who has been accused of misusing his position to buy a bungalow at below-market price.


OPINION

Lessons in diversity from past

The recent find near Angkor Wat is cause to reflect on South-east Asia's major archaeological sites as places where diverse communities lived and worked with each other. They have lessons in diversity and complexity to hand on, writes Farish A. Noor.


HOME

P1 registration: Phase 1 ends

More than half of the vacancies at four schools were filled in Phase 1 of the Primary 1 registration exercise that ended yesterday. Two are in Bukit Timah, and one each in Punggol and Choa Chu Kang. Phase 1 is for children whose siblings are studying in their school of choice.


HOME

$15m boost for Changi Airport

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore will invest $15 million to boost automation and productivity at Changi Airport. Senior Minister of State Josephine Teo said safety and security will be key focus areas as the airport continues to grow.


BUSINESS

HDB resale prices stay flat

Housing Board flat resale prices remained flat while private home prices showed some signs of bottoming in the second quarter, according to flash estimates out yesterday. HDB prices rose an estimated 0.1 per cent. Private homes prices slowed their decline to an estimated 0.4 per cent dip.


SPORT

Rosberg in form in F1 practice

Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg showed he is the man to beat, clocking the fastest-ever lap of 1min 7.373sec in the opening free practice session at the Austrian Grand Prix before topping the second session as well.

The German Mercedes driver is gunning for his third straight win at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.



PHOTO: NATIONAL PARKS BOARD

LIFE

Gardens win accolades

The biennial Community In Bloom Awards gave out the top Diamond accolade to 14 gardens in places such as public housing estates, schools, a condominium estate and a mosque. The award included a cash prize of $1,000 and gardening equipment.


LIFE

Artists seek copyright tweaks

Gwen Stefani and Bruno Mars joined more than 1,000 artists in a letter asking European regulators to alter copyright laws that they say let YouTube profit from their music without properly compensating them. The music industry's three major labels are in the middle of negotiating new long-term deals with YouTube.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 02, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe