What's News: July 13, 2016

Activists hold placards during a protest in front of the Chinese consulate in Manila on July 12, 2016.
Activists hold placards during a protest in front of the Chinese consulate in Manila on July 12, 2016.PHOTO: AFP


Tribunal rules against China

In a landmark ruling that was unusually comprehensive, a United Nations-backed tribunal found that there is no legal basis to China's expansive claims in the South China Sea. China called the tribunal a "political farce" that has "put the dispute into dangerous territory of worsening tensions and confrontation".


COE supply shrinks

Fewer certificates of entitlement (COEs) will be available for bidding in the August to October period, said the Land Transport Authority yesterday. There will be an average of 8,613 COEs per month - down by 10.6 per cent from 9,634 in the current May-July period.

Students playing the Pokemon Go on their phones in Melbourne. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


Pokemon Go's side effects

Pokemon Go, a free smartphone game that has soared to the top of the download charts, has sent people out into the streets to subdue virtual monsters. But the "augmented reality" game has its unforeseen side effects: Armed robberies, the discovery of a body and minor injuries to fans.


S'porean cleared of charges

A Singaporean boat captain, accused of trespassing and fishing illegally in Indonesian waters, has avoided jail after being acquitted of all charges. Mr Shoo Chiau Huat was taking a group of tourists on a fishing trip off Bintan island when he was detained in April.


Temasek shifts focus to tech

Temasek Holdings has gone beyond financial services to technology investments in search of higher yield. Telecommunications, media and technology have overtaken financial services in its portfolio. But taking bets in the tech sector entails higher risk, says Chia Yan Min.

Trash at the SembWaste Materials Recovery Facility. More than 7.6 million tonnes of rubbish was generated in Singapore last year. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONGn


Waste management tech showcase

Ten local and overseas start-ups pitched their waste management technologies at the CleanEnviro Summit yesterday. These included efficient ways to remove heavy metals from waste and recycle the waste into materials for land reclamation and construction.


Fatal stabbing outside pub

A 42-year-old man died after he was repeatedly stabbed outside a pub in Jalan Besar on Monday night, in a case that has been classified as murder. Witnesses said the victim, Mr Chua Meng Guan, had earlier challenged his assailant to a fight.


Temasek unit's MMA stake

Investment firm Heliconia Capital Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of state investment firm Temasek Holdings, is investing an eight-figure sum in Singapore-based mixed martial arts promotion One Championship, the largest MMA organisation in Asia.


The challenge for Mourinho

Reuniting success-starved and impatient fans will be one of the key tasks facing new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, after three forgettable years under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.

The Portuguese has signed defender Eric Bailly, midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic so far.


More than just youth romance

Taiwanese novelist-turned-director Neal Wu is not bothered that his debut feature, At Cafe 6, is seen as yet another youth romance flick. Compared with Taiwanese hits Our Times (2015) and You're The Apple Of My Eye (2011), the film based on his novel will give food for thought about growing pains, he said.



Swift highest-paid celebrity

Taylor Swift is the world's highest-paid celebrity, pulling in US$170 million (S$229 million) over the past year, Forbes magazine said on Monday. Her earnings were largely thanks to her 1989 World Tour during which she smashed the Rolling Stones' North American record, grossing US$200 million on the continent en route to a quarter of a billion worldwide.

Correction note:  A previous version of this article said the boat captain's name was Choo Chiau Huat. This has been corrected to Shoo Chiau Huat.

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