What's News: August, 15 2015

A woman walking past a screen showing Japan PM Shinzo Abe's WWII statement in Tokyo on Aug 14.
A woman walking past a screen showing Japan PM Shinzo Abe's WWII statement in Tokyo on Aug 14.PHOTO: REUTERS


Abe's non-apology

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday endorsed apologies by his predecessors for the "immeasurable damage and suffering" Japan caused during World War II, but he argued that future generations should not have to keep saying sorry.


Bus overcrowding down

Just nine bus services suffer from persistent peak-period crowding, down from the 96 in September 2012, the Land Transport Authority said yesterday. It attributed this to the Government's $1.1 billion bus improvement programme.

People in Tianjin wearing masks in the wake of the explosions that rocked the city. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


New worries after blasts

Fears lingered among residents in Tianjin, two days after the coastal Chinese city was rocked by massive blasts, with reports emerging of hundreds of tonnes of dangerous chemicals at the blast site. Officials said the cause was still unclear, as nuclear and biochemical materials specialists were deployed.


Jokowi predicts 5.5% growth

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, in his first State of the Nation Address yesterday, forecast that the economy would grow at 5.5 per cent with a stronger rupiah next year. He also pledged to speed up large-scale projects.


Behaviour should fit values

Singaporeans value qualities such as responsibility and honesty. But when asked for society's values, their answers were negative: materialistic, selfish and blaming. To change society, Singaporeans should change their behaviour to reflect their positive values, says columnist Kishore Mahbubani.

The winner of the tender will run 25 bus routes in the Punggol and Pasir Ris area under the Loyang package. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG


Ten bids for second government bus tender

Ten bids, both from Singapore and overseas, were received by the Land Transport Authority for the second government bus tender which closed yesterday. The winner of the tender will run 25 bus routes in the Punggol and Pasir Ris area under the Loyang package.


Car thieves going high-tech

Car thieves are using an array of smart devices that are relatively cheap and easily available online to break into vehicles, says a security expert. These include radio jammers that prevent remote controls from locking cars.


Ringgit tumbles to new low

Falling oil prices, political unrest at home and fears over China's economy sent the ringgit crashing against the Singapore and United States dollars yesterday. The battered Malaysian currency tumbled 1.5 per cent to the Singdollar, leaving it at a record low of 2.9087.


Johnson upstages star pair

Dustin Johnson shook off any bitter memory of Whistling Straits, seizing the first-round lead at the PGA Championship on Thursday to steal the show from the world's top two golfers, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.

The American carded a six-under 66 to lead by a shot from Swede David Lingmerth.


Surprise getai winner

In the Getai Challenge, a TV contest featuring top getai performers, including Marcus Chin and Hao Hao, the trophy and $20,000 cash prize went to dark-horse contender Desmond Ng (photo), 28. With his floppy hair, stylish get-ups and pretty-boy face, he looks more like a product of K-pop than getai.


Sesame Street moves to HBO

After 45 years on American public television, Sesame Street is relocating to cable network HBO in a move its creators say will result in more new episodes of the beloved children's programme. Once aired on HBO, new episodes will be made available nine months later to the PBS public television network free of charge.

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