10 must-reads for today

Children playing the "Star Adventurer" game at Gardens by the Bay, where this year's Children's Festival features a Toy Story 4 theme. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
Children playing the "Star Adventurer" game at Gardens by the Bay, where this year's Children's Festival features a Toy Story 4 theme. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
Kawhi Leonard.
Kawhi Leonard.

1 Toy land at Gardens

A life-sized toy land has appeared at the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay, complete with characters such as Buzz Lightyear and Woody making appearances. The set-up is part of the Children's Festival by Gardens by the Bay, which features a Toy Story 4 theme and runs from today until June 30.

2 US-Iran stand-off worsens

Tensions remained high between the United States and Iran over an attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, with President Donald Trump yesterday blaming Iran for the incident despite Teheran's denials. Iran warned that it would block all tanker traffic through the Strait of Hormuz, thought to be the conduit for nearly a fifth of the world's oil.

3 China key growth at new low

China's industrial output growth slowed unexpectedly to a more than 17-year low last month in the latest sign of weakening demand as the country's trade war with the United States continues. Industrial output grew 5 per cent last month from a year earlier, missing analysts' expectations of 5.5 per cent.

4 Floods in China kill dozens

Dozens of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands evacuated from their homes as heavy rain caused floods in southern and central China this week. The Chinese authorities said economic losses from the damage, including to homes and farmland, were estimated at 13.35 billion yuan (S$2.6 billion).

5 China's BRI faces backlash

A new study on China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has revealed major flaws with the ambitious infrastructure network plan. According to the US-based Asia Society Policy Institute, BRI projects in South-east Asia encounter a host of issues, from ballooning costs and corruption to rushed assessments and opaque contracts.

6 Earth Summit's legacy

Despite daunting challenges, the 1992 Earth Summit produced many landmark principles and agreements on the protection of the environment, the importance of which has grown with time, says Professor Tommy Koh.

7 Teaching safety via VR

A $2.2 million construction safety school plans to get construction workers here to use virtual reality (VR) headsets to let them experience the dangers of working at heights. The school in JTC Space @ Gul in Tuas will let workers learn in scenarios that drive home the importance of staying vigilant at work sites.

8 Late fees waived for NSmen

National servicemen who, due to their duty, do not make it on time to pick up their children from selected pre-schools will not have to pay late fees. For a year from July 1, which is SAF Day, these late fees will be waived to thank them for their contributions to Singapore's defence.

9 US: Trade war hurts China

The trade war would hurt China more than the United States and would have a small impact on American consumers, White House economic director Larry Kudlow said on Thursday in a counter to trade experts.

10 Raptors make NBA history

Canadians erupted with joy after the Toronto Raptors beat the two-time defending champions Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Thursday's Game 6 to become the first non-US team to win the National Basketball Association title. Kawhi Leonard's 732 points in the play-offs, the third highest ever, earned him a second Finals Most Valuable Player award.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2019, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Print Edition | Subscribe