What's News: August 8, 2016

Gold medal winner Catherine Skinner of Australia (centre), silver medal winner Natalie Rooney of New Zeland (left) and bronze medal winner Corey Cogdell (right) of the US with their medals after women's Trap final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Shooti
Gold medal winner Catherine Skinner of Australia (centre), silver medal winner Natalie Rooney of New Zeland (left) and bronze medal winner Corey Cogdell (right) of the US with their medals after women's Trap final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Shooting events in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 7. PHOTO: EPA


Thais endorse draft charter

Thailand has voted in favour of a military-backed draft charter, paving the way for fresh elections and a return to civilian governance next year. With 94 per cent of the votes counted, unofficial results from Thailand's election commission showed that 61.4 per cent of voters had endorsed the draft Constitution.


Even T5 may not be enough

Within several years of its fifth and largest terminal opening at the end of the next decade, Changi Airport could run out of space, predicted aviation consultancy OAG, which has released the results of the first detailed analysis on Changi's growth prospects.

North Koreans in Singapore last year, on a study trip organised by Choson Exchange. PHOTO: CHOSON EXCHANGE


Harder for N. Koreans to visit

From October, North Koreans visiting Singapore will have to apply for visas before embarking on their trips. Observers have linked the move to toughened international sanctions imposed on Pyongyang as punishment for its fourth nuclear test in January.


Heroes' Cemetery for Marcos

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday said he will allow late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, whose rule was marked by graft and rights abuses, to be buried at the cemetery for national heroes on Sept 18. The issue is a divisive one that could spark protests.


Japan's China dilemma

While Japan is clearly determined to stand up to China, the Japanese appear uncertain in managing their strategic competition with the Chinese, lacking both a coherent plan and national consensus, writes correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Sensors to watch over seniors

Singapore Management University is installing sensors in 50 Marine Parade HDB flats to keep an eye on its elderly residents. The pilot project aims to alert caregivers after the devices detect long periods of inactivity.

Bukit Brown's cast iron gates from the 1920s have been carefully reinstalled after six months of conservation and refurbishment work. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO


Historic Bukit Brown gates are up again

After six months of refurbishment, the historic 1920s cast iron gates at Bukit Brown have been carefully reinstalled on gateposts at a new location within the cemetery. The gates, which were badly corroded after years of exposure to the elements, now boast a shiny coat of black paint.


Crowdfunding firm's woes

At least eight investors here who put in some $665,000 into a number of crowdfunding schemes have been burnt. Police reports have been filed against First Asia Alliance, the firm peddling these schemes, which involved a range of investments including a mushroom farm and luxury bags.


Aussies off to great start

Desperate to atone for their flop at London 2012, Australia blasted out of the starting blocks to take a surprise lead in the Rio swimming medal tally with two golds.Mack Horton dethroned Sun Yang in the 400m freestyle while the women's 4x100m free relay team, anchored by individual record holder Cate Campbell, set a world mark.


'F&B Oscars' for S'pore brands

Six Singapore brands have received the Great Taste award, seen as the Oscars of the food and drink world. The brands are Pryce Tea, Gryphon Tea Company, The 1872 Clipper Tea Co, Straits Preserves, handmade candy brand Sweet Enchantment, and GTCL Company, which sells health products such as nuts. D4


Jackie Chan in Australia

Action star Jackie Chan wowed hundreds of people at the Sydney Opera House last Saturday with an honest take on how he got started in show business and the ups and downs he endured on the road to success. He was in Australia to film his latest flick, Bleeding Steel, the most expensive Chinese movie to be produced in the country.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 08, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe