What's News: July 11, 2016

Singapore will outline its latest plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the impact of climate change in two new publications titled Climate Action Plan.
Singapore will outline its latest plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the impact of climate change in two new publications titled Climate Action Plan.ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

TOP OF THE NEWS

Plans to fight climate change

President Tony Tan Keng Yam yesterday unveiled two documents outlining Singapore's plans to deal with climate change and fulfil its obligations under the Paris Agreement on climate change. Among the measures is a heat stress data system to help the public better plan their outdoor activities.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Children 'good in Chinese'

A new study has found that pre-school children have a good grasp of the Chinese language, even though they use English more often with their peers and siblings. More than half of the children in the study funded by the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism were found to be bilingual.



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WORLD

Evacuation after dike breach

Torrential rain and floods across wide swathes of China have besieged cities and towns, killing more than 160 people across the country, mainly along the Yangtze River and its tributaries. Yesterday, more than 10,000 people in central Hunan province (photo) were evacuated after flooding caused a dike breach.


WORLD

Report truants, schools told

Bangladesh has ordered schools to notify the government about truant students in the wake of two deadly attacks by suspected extremists, several of whom had been missing from their universities for months. Parents are also urged to keep tabs on their children.


OPINION

What if Saddam prevailed?

How to assess if then Prime Minister Tony Blair made the right decision to lead Britain into the Iraq War in 2003? First, consider the situation in 2003, and think about what the Middle East would be like today, if Saddam Hussein was unchallenged, says Jonathan Eyal.


HOME

Sengkang West turns 10

Sengkang West residents and grassroots leaders marked the constituency's 10th anniversary at a carnival yesterday. The area now has a shopping mall and more bus services, with a hospital and more pre-schools on the cards.


Airmocks founder Ernest Ng with undergraduates Huang Hui Si (centre) and Toh Siew Ting, who were hired as "externs".
Airmocks founder Ernest Ng with undergraduates Huang Hui Si (centre) and Toh Siew Ting, who were hired as "externs". PHOTO: DANIEL NEO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

HOME

Students get job training through 'externships'

An alternative job training model for students called "externships", common in Europe and the US, is catching on here. Under this model, which differs from internships, students are attached to companies for shorter stints of one to six weeks to explore a range of roles and projects.


BUSINESS

DBS tops bond league

DBS Group held its position as the top Singapore dollar-bond arranger with a total of 42 issues so far this year, pushing its market share to 47 per cent from 39 per cent a year ago. DBS' bond deals in that period include issuances by Canadian insurer Manulife, German bank KfW and French bank Societe Generale.


SPORT

Russia's violent Euro outing

Russia's presence at Euro 2016 will not be remembered for the team's flop but the violence in the stands and streets wreaked by hooligans. President Vladimir Putin's government has given an assurance that there will be no off-field disturbances at the 2018 World Cup and the police are likely to take a hard line against law breakers.



PHOTO: HBO

LIFE

Dark tale of US justice system

The nightmarish jail Rikers Island influenced the writers of The Night Of, a new eight-part HBO series that tells the fictional story of a Pakistani-American honours student who is charged with murder and sent to Rikers while awaiting trial. The series premieres in Singapore today on HBO (StarHub TV Channel 601) at 9am and 9pm.


LIFE

New Chariots Of Fire story

The story of Olympian runner Eric Liddell, memorably told in the 1981 Oscar winner Chariots Of Fire, continues in a new Hong Kong-Chinese film production. Starring Ralph Fiennes, The Last Race focuses on Liddell's final years as a missionary in China during World War II. The movie has just opened in 50 Chinese cities.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 11, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe