What's News: June 16, 2016

MOH officials visit a resident at Block 203 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, where six individuals across four unrelated units were detected to have Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis.
MOH officials visit a resident at Block 203 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, where six individuals across four unrelated units were detected to have Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis. PHOTO: THE NEWSPAPER


TB check for Ang Mo Kio block

Residents of a housing block in Ang Mo Kio are being urged to go for tuberculosis screening, after six residents there were found to have the same drug-resistant strain of the disease over a four-year period.

Three of the patients were from the same household, while the remaining three were from different households.


Spotlight on FBI's role

The biggest question raised in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting is why the perpetrator's behaviour was alarming enough to attract the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but could not be stopped.



Watching Sanders' next move

Although former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has comfortably won the Democrats' primary election, it remains unknown when her rival, Senator Bernie Sanders will concede. Party leaders are concerned about how Mr Sanders' move may affect unity.


Regional alert on dengue

Regional health experts have sounded the alarm on dengue, calling for collective action from Asean member states to fight the virus.

They said the best efforts to curb its spread in one country can be undone by slow notice of outbreaks across borders.


Govt's Net move too drastic?

Is the Government's plan to hive off Web surfing from some 100,000 public-sector work computers too much of a security blanket? Tech editor Irene Tham suggests instead a more calibrated approach, like the one adopted by banks.

Trainer Lawrence Toon (second from left) demonstrating a technique to trainees in the training kitchen. ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH


Asian Culinary Institute officially launched

A culinary institute specialising in Asian cuisine was officially launched yesterday. Nanyang Polytechnic's Asian Culinary Institute offers programmes for varying levels of experience and ability, and will boost the food and beverage industry.


Getting a taste of liberal arts

A course that aims to give students an insight into liberal arts education was held at Yale NUS for the first time a few weeks ago. The Yale Young Global Scholars-Singapore Programme drew 144 students aged 14 to 17 from 35 countries.


SIA may raise airline stake

Singapore Airlines is defending its strategic investment in Australia by committing to take up its entitlement in Virgin Australia's A$852 million (S$853 million) equity-raising venture. SIA intends to take up extra stock not bought by other shareholders. This could raise its stake from 23.1 to 25.9 per cent.


Iceland's fans savour draw

The Iceland eruption on Tuesday was simply the exultation of their supporters as the tiny nation held Portugal to an improbable 1-1 Euro draw in Saint-Etienne. Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo missed a chance to score five minutes from time and then dismissed his opponents for the way they celebrated after a "lucky night".



Big prizes to draw shoppers

To entice shoppers to spend more during the Great Singapore Sale, some retailers are dangling big-ticket lucky draw prizes such as cars and holidays. At Robinsons, shoppers who spend a minimum of $150 at any of its three outlets stand to win a Volvo XC60. Seletar Mall is giving away a three-day, two-night cruise for four to either Malacca or Kuala Lumpur.


Life lessons for Fiona Xie

At a press conference to promote her upcoming Channel 5 drama Left Behind, actress Fiona Xie revealed her return to show business had coincided with a relative falling ill. She said playing a psychiatrist who dishes out advice to her "patients" has been a timely reminder to herself to "be strong and to go on and to really live life".

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