What's News: July 15, 2016

The 38 items on display are part of the John Bastin Collection and can be viewed on the 13th floor of the NLB building.
The 38 items on display are part of the John Bastin Collection and can be viewed on the 13th floor of the NLB building.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE


Longest trading disruption

Frustration and unanswered questions swirled last night around the longest trading disruption at the Singapore Exchange. Trading was halted just before noon yesterday, and the bourse stayed shut for the rest of the day after two failed bids to reopen the market.


'Respect S. China Sea ruling'

The Philippines yesterday called on China to respect an international tribunal's rejection of its claims in the South China Sea, in the strongest response so far from Manila to the verdict. Meanwhile, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is reportedly preparing to hold talks with China. 



Mahathir plans new party

Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad (above) yesterday announced plans to launch a new political party that would form a coalition with the federal opposition alliance ahead of the next general election. The new group will look to oust the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition led by Prime Minister Najib Razak, he told reporters.


NLB's Rare Gallery opens to the public

The National Library Board (NLB) has opened its Rare Gallery to the public for the first time, with 38 items for viewing. Monthly tours will be held until December, and those interested must register. Among the items on display are letters written by Sir Stamford Raffles. 


Race to be Tokyo governor

Candidates vying to be the next governor in Tokyo started their campaigns yesterday, following the June resignation of Mr Yoichi Masuzoe. He was the second governor to quit after Tokyo won the hosting rights of the 2020 Summer Olympics in 2013. The election will be held on July 31. 


Can US mend race relations?

Race is once again tearing apart America's social fabric after recent violent deaths. The country is so broken that it seems unlikely any political leader can put it together again, writes US bureau chief Jeremy Au Yong.


Jailed for sex assault on niece

A man sexually assaulted his 10-year-old niece, who was close to his wife, her mother's sister. He was yesterday sentenced to 8 1/2 years in jail and eight strokes of the cane. The girl stayed with the couple often and would sleep in their room.


Noble rights trading extended 

The Singapore Exchange's trading glitch may well have hit on the worst possible day for Noble Group founder Richard Elman, who has been selling his excess Noble nil-paid rights. Yesterday was the last trading day for the rights. But Noble said last night that trading would be extended till today.


Golf's fate in Olympics

The absence of the world's top golfers at the Rio Olympics will be a key factor in whether the sport is to be axed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said a post-Rio evaluation would consider "the discussion in the golf community" and the opinion of the International Golf Federation.


Event freelancers form group

A group of veterans from the event and entertainment sector here has formed Singapore Talent, Artistes and Resources, an association to represent the interests of freelance workers such as performers, masters of ceremony, deejays, audio and visual engineers, and event producers.



Ex-beau slams Swift over hit

DJ and producer Calvin Harris criticised his former girlfriend, pop star Taylor Swift (photo), on Wednesday for making him look bad after People magazine revealed that she had written his latest hit song, This Is What You Came For, under a pseudonym.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 15, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe