What's News: July 24, 2015

All eyes are on Usain Bolt at the London Diamond League meet today as he returns to action after an enforced injury break.
All eyes are on Usain Bolt at the London Diamond League meet today as he returns to action after an enforced injury break.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Phey faces 28 new charges

Former NTUC president and Member of Parliament Phey Yew Kok was charged yesterday with 28 new offences, mainly of criminal breach of trust. The 81-year-old, who was on the run for over three decades, now faces a total of 34 charges involving more than $450,000.

Hospitals turning to robots

It may sound like science fiction, but robots could soon be helping doctors and nurses perform certain tasks at Singapore's hospitals which are facing manpower shortages. The Centre for Healthcare Assistive and Robotics Technology (Chart) was launched by President Tony Tan Keng Yam yesterday.


Jakarta raises import tariffs

Indonesia has raised import tariffs on food, clothes and many other consumer goods to help protect local industries. The move is expected to improve the image of President Joko Widodo, whose administration has suffered mounting criticism for not doing enough to achieve good economic performance.

Snag in MPs' plan to quit PAS

A plan by about 20 former leaders of opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) to quit and join a new group has hit a snag. Party chiefs asked the elected lawmakers to honour their pledge to "return" their seats to PAS if they resign.


Single woman to lead Taiwan

Taiwan is in many ways a patriarchal society but in politics, it has one of the highest levels of women representation in Asia. Two single women are set to contest its presidential election next year. Whoever wins, though, China and the US are likely to be discomfited, says Goh Sui Noi.


Bolt's form in doubt after injury layoff

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt has been close to invincible for the past seven years. But an enforced injury break raises question marks over the Jamaican's form with the World Championships in Beijing looming, and all eyes are on him at the Diamond League meet in London tonight.


Cabby disciplined

A taxi driver has been disciplined for making fun of the looks of a passenger. Taxi firm ComfortDelGro has taken action against the driver and also apologised to the passenger, Singaporean actor and stuntman Hanz Medina.

Changi chasing Heathrow

Changi Airport is on track to close the gap with Heathrow Airport, the world's busiest two-runway airport. Changi handles up to 60 flights an hour versus Heathrow's 84, and is working its two runways harder as flights increase and a third runway is still on its way.


New market conduct rules

An increasing practice by banks and insurers to hawk credit cards, insurance policies and the like at public places is set to come under stricter controls. These institutions may soon be required to adhere to new market conduct guidelines, such as ensuring they give consumers proper advice.


New eateries in Gemmill Lane

Gemmill Lane, just off Club Street, is set for big changes. At least four new restaurants are opening there. In addition, Club Street Social, one of the first food-and-drink businesses on the street, is retooling its decor and menu, and Luke's Oyster Bar & Chop House is moving to a bigger space next door.

Cosby loses bid to review case

Bill Cosby lost his latest bid to fend off a lawsuit accusing him of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in 1974, as the California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied the comedian's petition to review the case. There was no immediate response from Cosby or his lawyers, who have consistently denied allegations of sexual misconduct lodged against the 78-year-old performer.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 24, 2015, with the headline 'What'sNews'. Subscribe