What's News: Jul 4, 2018

Ponds of melt water on sea ice in the Central Arctic region.
Ponds of melt water on sea ice in the Central Arctic region.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Anti-graft officials nab Najib

Datuk Seri Najib Razak has become the first former prime minister to be arrested in Malaysia, following years of being dogged by the scandal of state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad. Anti-graft officials turned up at his mansion yesterday to arrest him just eight weeks after his coalition lost the general election.


Medisave cash withdrawal

People with severe disabilities will be able to withdraw cash from their Medisave accounts from 2020. Those with $5,000 in their accounts will be able to take out $50 a month, while those with $20,000 or more will be allowed to withdraw $200 a month.


Melting 'hot spot' in the Arctic

The latest indications of human efforts in dialling back climate change are not promising. Arctic ice is melting, and is melting at an even faster rate in a large "hot spot", according to a new study published in the journal Nature. In the northern Barents Sea, surface warming and loss of sea ice in winter is the most rapid in the Arctic region.


The rebranding of Umno

Rebranding over reforming. The direction chosen by Malaysia's former ruling party Umno after its internal polls last week underpins the belief that the party is still strong and influential at its core, despite losing federal power in May. Party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi hinted Umno could be back in power before the next general election.


Bike-sharing: End of the road?

oBike's abrupt exit from the market last week has stirred discussions about the sustainability of the bike-sharing business model, says transport correspondent Adrian Lim.


Accountant on trial for CBT

Certified public accountant Ewe Pang Kooi is on trial for allegedly pocketing over $40 million from 21 companies he was liquidating and another one for which he was managing finances. He allegedly spent the money on gambling and repaying gambling debts.


New immunotherapy method

A new technique can aid in the development of drugs for immunotherapy. Biotechnology firm Immunoscape uses a form of immune profiling to create maps of T-cells, which help to regulate the body's immune response to diseases.


Transit time for exports cut

Industrial cargo such as car parts and machinery from western Chinese inland cities Chengdu and Chongqing now have an alternative route to be exported to Singapore and beyond. They are transported via a railway network to Qinzhou port in Guangxi, and onward. The new route cuts transit time within China from more than two weeks to just two days.



Is that Messi? Look closer

Surely that can't be sports correspondent David Lee with Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi on the streets of Moscow? No, La Albiceleste's captain was probably brooding behind closed doors after their World Cup last-16 knockout by France, and this is his lookalike Reza Parastesh, a 25-year-old Iranian who has become a celebrity in his own right.


Film based on Malaysian novel

Filming has started for the movie adaptation of The Garden Of Evening Mists, the award-winning novel by Penang-born writer Tan Twan Eng. Set to premiere next year, it will be shot in Malaysian locations like Cameron Highlands. It stars Sylvia Chang, Lee Sinje, Hiroshi Abe and Julian Sands.

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Shophouse haven

For hundreds of migrant workers, this Rowell Road shophouse is a makeshift clinic, a music studio and a place to collect meals. str.sg/oMBD


Bears in distress

The Asiatic black bear is hunted in countries like Vietnam and taken to "farms", where its bile - prized in traditional Chinese medicine - is extracted. str.sg/oMgR

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 04, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe