What's News: May 14, 2016

Residents at Watten Estate.
Residents at Watten Estate. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE


S'pore sees first Zika case

A 48-year-old man who returned from Brazil tested positive for Zika yesterday, making this the first case of the mosquito-borne virus here. The Singapore permanent resident travelled to Sao Paulo between March 27 and May 7 and developed fever and rash three days after his return. He was admitted to hospital on Thursday and isolated.


Cybercrooks hit another bank

Cyber criminals have hacked into the global financial messaging system again, stealing money from a commercial bank. The attack comes in the wake of a cyberheist that siphoned US$81 million (S$111 million) from the central bank of Bangladesh, which also relied on the Swift system.


Brazil's new leader takes over

Brazil's interim President, Mr Michel Temer, has formalised his takeover of power from suspended leader Dilma Rousseff with the installation of a business-friendly government. The reaction from the international community was mixed. The United Nations and the United States said they respected Brazil's democratic process. Venezuela rejected what it called a coup and Cuba expressed support for Ms Rousseff.


By-elections a test for Umno

Twin by-elections in Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar on June 18, to fill the seats of two MPs who died in a helicopter crash, will be the first test of Umno's strength since allegations of graft were levelled against Prime Minister Najib Razak.


Democracy in military hands

After a two-year lull since its May 2014 coup, Thailand's political ground is moving yet again but in the wrong direction - towards confrontation and turmoil between the military authorities and the civilian forces, writes Thitinan Pongsudhirak.


Cause of mass food poisoning

An investigation into a mass food poisoning incident has found that a bacterium introduced by bad hygiene practices was the likely cause. Some 231 people fell ill after eating food supplied by Kuisine Catering.


Parallel imports of cars up

Parallel imports of one car brand outstripped sales by the agent last year, buoyed by a popular model and lower prices. Overall, parallel imports enjoyed good sales, making up 21.8 per cent of all new cars registered in the first quarter. The bulk of them were Honda, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz.


ABS outlines listing principles

The Association of Banks in Singapore outlined the process and principles that issue managers and listing sponsors should follow in conducting due diligence on firms seeking a listing here, including taking extra steps in assessing an applicant's management and business model.


CPIB aiding French probe

The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) has confirmed it is helping French officials investigate Black Tidings, a Singapore-based firm at the centre of graft allegations. The French authorities are probing a case of possible fraud in Japan's successful bid for the 2020 Olympics, with the bank account of the firm at the centre of the allegations.

An aerial shot of Parkroyal on Pickering's greenscape. PHOTO: TIERRA DESIGN


Two Singapore landmarks being considered for global prize

Singapore's Parkroyal on Pickering and SkyTerrace @ Dawson are on a longlist of 30 buildings around the world being considered for the inaugural Royal Institute of British Architects International Prize. The award will be announced in December.

A dog harness and seat belt. PHOTO: NEWSPRESS


Keep your dog safe

Dog carriers and crates are among the least popular items sold at pet stores, as most owners are content to ferry their dogs around in the rear seats. This is despite experts' caution that transporting a dog unsafely is as bad as transporting a child who is not buckled up. There are no laws here governing the transport of dogs in vehicles.

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