What's News: August 18, 2016

Decreased global demand for Singapore's exports leave Singapore's exporters struggling.
Decreased global demand for Singapore's exports leave Singapore's exporters struggling. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG


Non-oil exports plunge

A worsening global economy stifled demand for products in the Republic's biggest export markets, leaving Singapore's exporters struggling in choppy waters. Non-oil domestic exports plunged 10.6 per cent last month from a year earlier, prompting economists to warn of a difficult period for Singapore's economy in the months ahead.


Report on elected presidency

A report on the elected presidency was submitted to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday, six months after a panel was appointed to review the institution.

The Government said it is studying the Constitutional Commission's report, and will give its response in "due course".



Concern over Arctic cruise

The Arctic region, home to polar bears and ice-covered seas, has melted enough to be open this summer for not only shipping, but also high-end tourism. The Crystal Serenity luxury cruise, however, has sparked safety concerns as its remote route could hamper aid efforts in an emergency.


Indonesia battling fires

Thousands of Indonesian firefighters have been deployed to battle raging land and forest fires, as the number of hot spots rises because of the dry season. By yesterday evening, 153 were detected, 17 of them in Riau.


New law won't stifle debate

A new law on contempt of court codifies existing case law and limits penalties. It gives judges more leeway to order a publisher to take down an article, and it reduces the threshold in scandalising contempt. Responsible debate won't be stifled, says Selina Lum.


Sporting ambitions fired up

Joseph Schooling's Olympic exploits have sparked an interest in sport among students - and discussion among parents on how best to support their ambitions. In a country where academic success has long been the priority, attitudes appear to be slowly changing.


Car chase ends in a crash

A driver sped through a police roadblock in Sembawang Road on Tuesday night, sparking a car chase that ended in Yishun, when the car crashed into vehicles stopped at a traffic light. He scuffled with police officers before they arrested him.


Singapore can grow: Tharman

Maximising the potential of human resources, technology and globalisation can enable Singapore to add market value that will spur growth, said Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam. He told a conference yesterday that Singapore has the ability to expand even if the world is not.

Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand stopping during the race to encourage Abbey D'Agostino of the US. Both women completed the race. PHOTO: REUTERS


Dramatic display of Olympic spirit

In a dramatic example of the Olympic spirit, a New Zealand and US athlete helped each other finish the race after a collision during their heat for the women's 5,000m in Rio. While they were the last two finishers, both Nikki Hamblin and Abbey D'Agostino have been granted places in the final.



S-E Asian history at art show

Artist Zai Kuning (with curator-art historian June Yap) has spent more than 20 years delving into Malay culture and history in South-east Asia, and will represent Singapore at the Venice Biennale art exhibition next year. He and Ms Yap have been appointed by the National Arts Council to present a show at the Singapore Pavilion.


Singer upsets S. Korean fans

Girls' Generation member Tiffany has upset South Korean fans by posting a photo online of a Tokyo Dome concert on Sunday, the day before South Korea marked the 71st anniversary of liberation from Japan's colonial rule. She was denounced for using the Japanese flag emoticon in her post, as well as the Rising Sun flag.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 18, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe