What's News: Aug 5, 2015

A study found that social media promotions and casino-style games encourage young people to gamble.
A study found that social media promotions and casino-style games encourage young people to gamble.PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES


Sarawak Report editor calm

Sarawak Report founder Clare Rewcastle-Brown says she is "not in the least bit worried" after the Malaysian police obtained an arrest warrant against her for publishing articles on the 1MDB controversy. The police plan to seek an Interpol red notice, but she warned that Malaysia would "get egg on its face" if it tried to get an extradition order against her from Britain.


Funds for Changi's expansion

Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo has revealed to The Straits Times that the Government will co-fund Changi Airport's biggest expansion to date - including the construction of the future Terminal 5.


Xi promotes 10 as generals

In a move seen as building his loyalty base in the military, Chinese President Xi Jinping has promoted 10 officers to the rank of full general. The move comes amid his anti-corruption campaign that has not spared the armed forces.


Australia urged to crack down on online gambling

A study that found gambling operators are using social media and online betting games to lure younger people into gambling has led to calls for a crackdown on online gaming in Australia. About 11 per cent of young people gamble more after being exposed to gambling on social media, it says.


Loosen fiscal purse strings

Asia's debt hangover is about to get worse, predicts Andy Mukherjee. Private sector debt in Asia-Pacific's 12 largest economies has risen since the financial crisis, and that weighs on economic growth. Governments can help by running budget deficits but Asian ones are loath to.


BreadTalk soya drink is Yeo's

BreadTalk has stopped selling its "freshly prepared" soya drink after a photograph appeared online of a staff member filling up plastic bottles with Yeo's brand soya bean milk. The company admitted to The Straits Times that the drink sold at its stores is "completely Yeo's".


S'pore satellite launch in 2016

A Singapore satellite will be launched from the International Space Station next year in a joint project between the Nanyang Technological University and Japan's Kyushu Institute of Technology.


Commodities take a beating

Weak economic data from China and the looming United States Federal Reserve interest rate hike have hit commodity prices and regional currencies.

Renewed selling of commodities came after July's Caixin China purchasing managers' index, a measure of factory activity, sank to a two-year low.


A chance for LionsXII

Despite their woeful away form, the LionsXII are fourth in the Malaysia Super League and can leapfrog Perak into third spot if they win only their second away game of the season tonight against Terengganu.

But the Singapore side may have to do so without stalwarts Khairul Amri and Faris Ramli.


Big Brother's big break

At 50, local actor Li Nanxing stars in his first Taiwanese drama Justice Heroes. He is also in a Chinese short film, Love Never Fails, and has been busy behind the scenes: Earlier this year, he signed on his first artist - Singapore actress Constance Song - under his talent management agency LNX Global.


One Direction breaks record

One Direction proved it is going strong without Zayn Malik, as the boy band's new song broke streaming records. Spotify, the leading streaming platform, said on Monday that the British group's Drag Me Down was the most listened-to song ever on a single day. The song was streamed 4.75 million times on its first day.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 05, 2015, with the headline 'What'sNews'. Subscribe