What's News: July 18, 2016

Pro-Erdogan supporters wave Turkish flags at Kizilay square in Ankara on July 18 during a demonstration in support to the Turkish government following a failed coup attempt.
Pro-Erdogan supporters wave Turkish flags at Kizilay square in Ankara on July 18 during a demonstration in support to the Turkish government following a failed coup attempt. PHOTO: AFP

TOP OF THE NEWS

Turkey coup bid: 6,000 held

The Turkish authorities have detained more than 6,000 people, including military generals and judges, after a failed coup. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to clean out the "virus" in state bodies after the failed revolt that he has blamed on former ally Fethullah Gulen, a preacher living in self-imposed exile in the US.


TOP OF THE NEWS

More treated water for Johor

Singapore has responded to an "urgent request" from Malaysia by supplying it with an extra six million gallons of treated water a day. The move, which will not affect Singapore's own water supply, comes after Malaysia's Johor River was found to be polluted.



PHOTO: REUTERS

WORLD

'Guide' for maritime disputes

The landmark ruling by an arbitral tribunal, striking down Beijing's claim to nearly all of the South China Sea, has provided a helpful template for South-east Asia's own littoral states. The tribunal ruled that claims of maritime entitlements must be defined under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.


WORLD

Online giants eye new options

In search of new avenues for growth, e-commerce giants like Alibaba are setting up brick-and- mortar stores to complement their online platforms. Analysts say multi-channel sales can drive revenue and also solve the problems of warehousing.


OPINION

The politics of gender bias

It's been a good week for women in politics with Britain appointing its second woman prime minister. But subtle discrimination still prevails, says Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal, as female politicians tend to get parliamentary seats that are tougher to win.


HOME

'Polar bear' helps save water

A gadget that shows a polar bear's ice melting while a shower is turned on has helped households cut their water use by around 20 per cent, a study has found. National water agency PUB hopes such devices will help Singaporeans to conserve water.


HOME

A better life for 10,000 maids

The Mujahidah Learning Centre celebrated the 10th anniversary since its first graduation yesterday. It has trained more than 10,000 domestic workers in skills such as sewing - and many of the workers have gone on to set up businesses in their home countries.


BUSINESS

S'pore Inc destroying value?

Some Singapore-listed companies have faced declining returns on assets and invested capital since 2010, with returns reaching their lowest level in over a decade last year, a new report has found.

This raises the question of whether these companies may be destroying value rather than creating it, said a report by CLSA, a brokerage and investment company.


Rivals last season, N'Golo Kante (left) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be Chelsea teammates when the new season starts in August.
Rivals last season, N'Golo Kante (left) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be Chelsea teammates when the new season starts in August. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

SPORT

Conte makes do with Kante catch

A sluggish Chelsea side missing their Euro 2016 stars lost 0-2 to Rapid Vienna in Antonio Conte's managerial debut, but the Italian was cheered by the Blues' £32 million (S$57 million) signing of France international N'Golo Kante from Premier League champions Leicester City.


LIFE

Genre-bending music


PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

Composer-performer Toh Tze Chin works with film-makers, and dance and theatre troupes while composing for his nine-year-old To Ensemble, which is a cult favourite here for its fusion-style, animation- enhanced concerts. It all began when Toh was sent for piano lessons with his sister. He began composing his own tunes at age 10.


LIFE

Nothing taboo for comedian

British comedian Phil Wang, 26, says there are no taboo subjects in his stand-up comedy routine, but he draws the line at material that might get him arrested. He will be in Singapore on July 26 and 27 to perform in the annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 18, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe