What's News: May 30, 2016

Bus spotters look on as the first Tower Transit bus arrives at Bukit Batok Bus Interchange.
Bus spotters look on as the first Tower Transit bus arrives at Bukit Batok Bus Interchange.

TOP OF THE NEWS

Tower Transit starts services

Nine services under Singapore's third public bus operator, Tower Transit, made their debut on the roads yesterday, marking a key step in the restructuring of the bus industry here.

Tower Transit, which will take over 17 more bus routes from SBS Transit next month, said it hopes to bid for even more routes.


TOP OF THE NEWS

Threat to quit over hudud

Leaders in Malaysia's ruling coalition have threatened to quit Prime Minister Najib Razak's Cabinet if Umno helps the opposition Parti Islam seMalaysia implement Islamic criminal law, or hudud.



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WORLD

Longest rail tunnel to open

The Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT), which runs under the Alps and took 17 years to build, will be inaugurated on Wednesday.

At a length of 57km, the GBT will surpass Japan's 53.9km Seikan tunnel as the longest rail tunnel in the world.


WORLD

Don't delay tax increase: Aso

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said yesterday the Lower House of Parliament should be dissolved and a general election be held if the government delays an increase in the consumption tax. People should have a say on the matter, Mr Aso told officials.


OPINION

Japan on the rise

Japan has just hosted the G-7 and even persuaded a US president to visit Hiroshima. And Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's refusal to accept decline as his country's destiny is a revolution in itself. But big challenges remain, says Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


HOME

'Admin fee' for parcel a scam

An employee at a remittance agency was commended by the police last week for raising the alarm when a customer was asked to pay a large "administrative fee" for a parcel. Scams involving courier and parcel deliveries have been on the rise.


HOME

Malay/Muslim book tribute

A 700-page book that traces the evolution of the Malay/Muslim community in Singapore in the last 50 years was launched yesterday at The Arts House. The book also pays tribute to prominent figures in the community, including Mr Zubir Said, composer of Singapore's National Anthem.


BUSINESS

'Sell in May, go away' lives on

Investors here appear to be sticking by the age-old "sell in May and go away" adage this month, going by a spike in short-term volatility on the Straits Times Index. The index is down 1.27 per cent so far this month. However, that is still considerably better than the 2.5 per cent fall in May last year and the 7.4 per cent dive in May 2012.



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SPORT

Real are kings once more

For the second time in three years, Atletico Madrid pushed their even wealthier neighbours Real all the way in the Champions League final but again agonisingly fell short - this time in a penalty shoot-out.

Cristiano Ronaldo's winning kick (above) sealed the Galacticos' 11th title and left Atletico with their third final defeat after 1974 and 2014.


LIFE

Guilt-free eating

YouTube fitness star Cassey Ho, 29, says she does not like the negative connotations of "cheat day", where health-conscious people designate a day where they eat what they want.

"I never want to feel guilty about eating something," says the American, who is visiting Singapore to conduct a pilates session.


"I find a perfect cup, enjoy it for two weeks and then I think, what's next?" says world barista champion Sasa Sestic from Australia.
"I find a perfect cup, enjoy it for two weeks and then I think, what's next?" says world barista champion Sasa Sestic from Australia. ST PHOTO: AZMI ATHNI

LIFE

Finding the perfect cuppa

World barista champion Sasa Sestic, 37, is constantly searching for the "perfect cup", which he compares to meeting a first love. The owner of Canberra speciality coffee chain Ona Coffee was in Singapore for the launch of new e-commerce platform Cafebond, where coffee lovers can buy beans from 15 notable cafes in Australia, including Ona Coffee.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 30, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe