What's News: August, 06 2015

Students attending a course at Oxford University in 2014.
Students attending a course at Oxford University in 2014. PHOTO: OXFORD SUMMER COLLEGE


Draw of a prestigious degree

Singaporean students are still flocking overseas to take their degrees - but the profile of those leaving Singapore for universities overseas has changed. More of them are now A-level and International Baccalaureate diploma holders, instead of polytechnic graduates. Many feel a degree from a prestigious British or US university will give them the edge.


Premium rebates for 949,000

In November, 949,000 citizens and permanent residents covered under the Home Protection Scheme will get rebates on their premiums. Some 450,000 will have at least $400 credited to their Central Provident Fund accounts.

A Kurdish group protesting in front of the United Nations’ European headquarters in Geneva on Monday. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


ISIS women and kids for sale

Terrorist group ISIS has brought out a price list for the women and children it has enslaved, who are to be sold to its fighters and wealthy Middle-Easterners for thousands of dollars. Children as young as one fetch the highest prices.


Pockets of dissent in Umno

Fault lines in Umno continue to surface as members of the ruling party remain divided over the huge donation credited to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's bank account. However, analysts say a major challenge to the Prime Minister remains unlikely.


Lessons from 7 Letters

The film anthology 7 Letters, a middle-brow film, offers seven lessons on how to get film-making right here. These include casting right, and giving a fixed budget to free film-makers from having to cater to commercial sponsors, says Film Correspondent John Lui.

The 192-year-old Raffles Institution is at risk of becoming insular, its principal Chan Poh Meng said recently. ST FILE PHOTO


Call to fight elitism in schools

After Raffles Institution principal Chan Poh Meng's recent claim that the 192-year-old school is at risk of becoming insular, its alumni have called on schools, parents and students to play their part in fighting elitism.


BreadTalk feeling the heat

Bakery chain BreadTalk defended the freshness of its products yesterday after facing a consumer backlash following revelations on Monday that its "freshly prepared" soya bean milk was actually made by Yeo's and repackaged.


Indonesia's GDP growth falls

Indonesia's economic growth dropped to its slowest since 2009 in the second quarter amid weak domestic consumption, foreign investment and commodity exports. Analysts are sceptical of the Joko Widodo government achieving a growth target of 5 to 5.2 per cent this year.


Mayweather to fight Berto

Welterweight boxing champion Floyd Mayweather will put his unbeaten 48-0 record on the line when he returns to the ring against Andre Berto on Sept 12 in Las Vegas in possibly the final fight of his career. "Money" will be gunning for the late Rocky Marciano's iconic 49-0 mark.


World's top-earning actors

Robert Downey Jr was named the world's top-earning actor on Tuesday by Forbes, taking first place on a list that featured Bollywood leading men for the first time. Downey, 50, earned an estimated US$80 million (S$110 million) between June last year and June this year. Second place went to Hong Kong star Jackie Chan, 61.


Lenny Kravitz rips his pants

American rocker Lenny Kravitz's leather pants split open on Monday at a concert in Stockholm and a photo of it has gone viral. The Swedish edition of the website, The Local, said "the audience went nuts". He reportedly left the stage and then re-emerged, manhood back under wraps, to tell the crowd: "Sorry, I ripped my trousers."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 06, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: August, 06 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe