What's News: July 1, 2015

Search and rescue personnel walking at the crash site of an Indonesian Air force C-130 Hercules aircraft in Medan.
Search and rescue personnel walking at the crash site of an Indonesian Air force C-130 Hercules aircraft in Medan. PHOTO: AFP


Plane crash kills over 100

More than 100 people were killed in Indonesia yesterday after a military transport plane crashed into a residential area after take-off.

A senior official said none of the 113 on board survived, as the country opened a probe into what may have caused the crash.


S'poreans 'must pull together'

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says the Republic will face "profound problems" if Singaporeans do not pull together on these three fronts: the economy, its population and its identity.

Singapore needs to maintain economic growth to improve lives in the short term, raise its total fertility rate in the medium term, and forge a common identity among people in the long run .


A sister lost to ISIS

It has been 10 months since Malaysian housewife Sofie's younger sister Yusophin, like 65 compatriots, fled home and joined the Islamic State and Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group. In an interview with The Straits Times, Sofie talks about how her once outgoing sister was turned into a religious extremist.


Tunisia shooting: Arrests made

Tourists gathering in support of Tunisia's tourism industry, on the island of Djerba on
Monday, in the wake of the shooting. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Tunisia has announced a "significant number" of arrests in connection with the shooting spree last week at a beach resort that killed 38. Anyone who had provided logistical or financial assistance to the 23-year-old student-turned-murderer would be nabbed, a minister said.


Rise of the robots

Will robots replace humans at the workplace? SoftBank's Masayoshi Son predicts that automatons will outnumber humans in 30 years.

For now, industrial-use robots may not displace many workers.

Enter the era of smarter, smaller droids and artificial intelligence bots. These can take over anything. Be afraid, says Andy Mukherjee in the Economic Affairs column.


Bishan to CBD on bicycle?

A study will be done to see if the Kallang Park Connector, passing through 11 housing estates, can become the first seamless cycling route into the city.


Jurong hospital opens

Jurong residents got a spanking new facility when the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital opened yesterday with 365 beds, slightly more than half its capacity.

However, its opening means Alexandra Hospital is now closed, and a bed crunch in the public sector continues, warned an MP. 


$70m in seller's stamp duty

More than $70 million has been collected in seller's stamp duty for non-landed private property transactions since the rates were raised in January 2011, data from SRX Property shows.


Chile reaches Copa final

Chile are on the brink of ending 99 years of hurt in football's Copa America. The hosts reached the final for the first time in 28 years with a 2-1 win after being pushed all the way by a gallant Peru side, who played most of the semi-final with 10 men. Chile will meet Paraguay or Argentina in the final.


Arts tribute to pioneers

The Esplanade's upcoming Malay festival of arts, Pesta Raya, from Aug 13 to 16, will pay tribute to some of the community's most prominent pioneers. It will see the debut of a specially commissioned play based on the life of Singapore's first president Yusof Ishak, played by stage and television actor Sani Hussin.


Katy Perry eyes convent

Katy Perry  is trying to buy a convent. The singer is rich enough to pay US$14.5 million (S$19.6 million) in cash for the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the Los Feliz part of Los Angeles - she has just been named by Forbes magazine as the world's top-grossing musician, earning US$135 million in the year through June 1. Two elderly nuns are, however, battling her to own the property, say reports.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 01, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: July 1, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe