What's News: July 23, 2016

Relatives of passengers missing on Malaysia Airlines MH370 holds placards during a press conference after meeting with the Joint Agency Coordination Centre and Australian Transport Safety Bureau at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur on July 21.
Relatives of passengers missing on Malaysia Airlines MH370 holds placards during a press conference after meeting with the Joint Agency Coordination Centre and Australian Transport Safety Bureau at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur on July 21.PHOTO: AFP

TOP OF THE NEWS

Private home vacancies rise

Private home prices fell again in the April to June period - the 11th consecutive quarter of decline - while vacancy rates are at a 16-year high. As gloomy as the data is, analysts feel prices could be nearing the bottom, given the improvements in sales volumes and a slower pace in the fall of prices.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Hunt ends if MH370 not found

The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is to be suspended if the aircraft is not found when the search area in the southern Indian Ocean is fully scoured. It has been the largest and most expensive search in aviation history, led by Australia, Malaysia and China. But families seeking closure want the hunt to continue despite the spiralling cost.



PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

WORLD

Najib's critics plan protests

Critics of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (photo) have threatened to take to the streets to press for his resignation following the US civil lawsuits that claimed at least US$3.5 billion (S$4.7 billion) was siphoned out of 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

Pro-reform group Bersih and the main Pakatan Harapan opposition alliance have indicated their intent to stage protests.


WORLD

Amnesty for Santoso's men

Members of the East Indonesia Mujahideen will be given amnesty if they surrender, following the slaying of the group's leader Santoso. The offer is part of the Indonesian government's "soft approach" to resolving the threat posed by the militants.


OPINION

Small economies and Brexit

Small economies, such as Singapore, are a good barometer of Brexit's economic and political impact. And they are suggesting that the indirect effects of Brexit pose meaningful economic and political risks, as equity and currency markets show, says David Skilling.


HOME

Gym closure: No money back?

California Fitness members left in the lurch in the abrupt closure of the gym chain are unlikely to get their money back even if a buyer is found.

Their memberships are not part of the assets up for the sale, said the recovery firm hired to wind up the business.


HOME

Man charged with murder

A man was yesterday charged with the murder of a 52-year-old coffee shop helper. Mr Goh Eng Thiam was found with a cut from the left side of his ear to the top of his head. Toh Sia Guan, 64, is alleged to have killed him on July 9.


BUSINESS

CLIO poised to open here

The Korean cosmetics firm CLIO could open a flagship store here within months as it gears up expansion plans in the wake of a cash injection from the private equity arm of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. L Capital Asia has invested US$50 million (S$67.8 million) into CLIO.


Lewis Hamilton signing autographs at the Hungaroring race track in Budapest, Hungary, on Thursday.
Lewis Hamilton signing autographs at the Hungaroring race track in Budapest, Hungary, on Thursday. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

SPORT

Hamilton 'riding a wave' of positive energy in Hungary

Lewis Hamilton dominated the first practice session in Hungary yesterday and said he is "riding a wave" of positive energy ahead of tomorrow's race. On the other hand, his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, whose lead in the world championship has been cut to just one point, said: "The best approach for me to win races is just to focus on the weekend at hand."


LIFE

How Michelin judges eateries


ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Mr Michael Ellis (photo), international director of Michelin Guides, struggled to explain how Shoukouwa, a Japanese restaurant that officially opened only in May, got into the Singapore Michelin Guide with two stars. Michelin inspectors completed their tastings for the inaugural guide at the end of the same month.


LIFE

Frenzy over Tamil star's film

Kabali, a new Tamil movie starring Indian superstar Rajinikanth, sent fans into a tizzy when it opened in India yesterday. There were long lines of people trying to grab a ticket; some had even queued overnight. The same thing happened in Singapore, where screenings started on Thursday night. Rajinikanth plays an ageing gangster in the movie.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 23, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe