What's News: June 22, 2017

Residents carrying a white flag and their belongings flee from the fighting between government troops and Islamist militants in Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao.
Residents carrying a white flag and their belongings flee from the fighting between government troops and Islamist militants in Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao. PHOTO: AFP


Rebels raid Philippine village

Members of a Muslim rebel group stormed a Philippine village south of besieged Marawi City yesterday, attacking a military outpost, taking hostages and occupying a school. While officials dismissed the raid as "opportunistic", some analysts see it as the possible opening of a new front by militants, even as troops remain bogged down in Marawi.


S'pore 'part of ISIS state'

Supporters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have identified Singapore as part of the terror group's "East Asia wilayah" or state on social media . Experts say this development could embolden foreign fighters and self-radicalised individuals to carry out attacks here.



New HK Cabinet revealed

Hong Kong's incoming Chief Executive Carrie Lam (above) yesterday unveiled a Cabinet packed with old faces. All but one of her 21-member governing team are incumbents, undersecretaries and veteran civil servants. Mrs Lam called them her "practical" team - despite her election promises to inject new blood into the government.


Dog meat fest goes on

A notorious dog meat festival in China opened yesterday with butchers hacking slabs of canine meat, despite rumours that there would be a ban this year. Dog meat sellers previously said activists' protests have resulted in greater publicity and led more people to eat the meat.


Hung up on varsity rankings

NUS and NTU have fared well in university rankings but is it time for them to get out of the game, asks senior education correspondent Sandra Davie. There are so many different rankings that they may confuse rather than inform.


New rules for travel industry?

Changes to regulations are being proposed for the travel industry to protect consumers, for instance, when agencies close abruptly. There may be heavier penalties for those carrying out unlicensed activities and more investigative powers for the authorities.


Data breach: Firm fined $3k

DataPost, a business printing and mailing solutions provider, has been fined $3,000 by the Personal Data Protection Commission for a data breach in May last year. In the incident, the financial statements of two people were mistakenly sent to a third individual.


Firm to link solar power to grid

Power firm Sun Electric has won the first contract to allow solar energy to be fully exported to Singapore's electricity grid. The agreement announced yesterday involves Sun Electric renting rooftop space on 27 JTC Corporation buildings to install solar panels capable of generating up to 5 megawatt peak of electricity.


Tampines chairman to quit

Five-time S-League champions Tampines Rovers' chairman Krishna Ramachandra announced yesterday that he will step down "in the coming weeks". The corporate lawyer, who took over the club in November 2015, cited in a statement that the demands of his work meant that he could no longer fulfil his role "at the level of intensity that is needed".



Singer makes 'rojak' music

Japanese singer-songwriter Sachiyo Nakagaki, who was raised in Singapore, describes her music as rojak. The 40-something celebrates the cultures of both countries in her music and lifestyle, and carries an orchid scent in her bag as it is redolent of Singapore.


Uniform's perks

Come NS50 Free Travel Day on June 30, would you be wearing your uniform? Check out what is allowed and what is not. http://str.sg/4EZs


Anti-ant tactics

How do bakeries keep ants away from their displays? Get some tips. http://str.sg/4Eps

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