Home Briefs: Cooler weather likely for rest of this month

Cooler weather likely for rest of this month

Cooler weather is expected for the rest of this month, with short thundery showers on most days in the late morning and afternoon, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said yesterday.

Thundery showers with gusty winds due to Sumatra squalls can also be expected on up to two mornings.

Though warm conditions in the first two weeks of this month can still be expected on a few days, "temperatures are not likely to be as high... due to the expected occurrence of showers on most days", it said.

The daily maximum temperatures are expected to range between 33 deg C and 34 deg C on most days, and could reach a high of about 35 deg C on a few days.

850k kits to be given out to celebrate dads

To encourage fathers to play an active role in parenting, a community movement Celebrating Fathers is giving out 850,000 kits with a card and wristband inside.

Fathers wearing the wristband can get discounts at some merchants next month, and those spotted by volunteers with the band on will also get a token of appreciation.

The campaign by non- profit Centre for Fathering and Mediacorp culminates in a Father's Day event on June 19 at the Sports Hub.

"It shows the importance of fathers... how we need to have fathers and all father figures - uncles, brothers, grandparents - get involved and take care of the family," said Dr Janil Puthucheary, Minister of State for Communications and Information, and Education.

Sota launches Literary Arts Programme

The School of the Arts (Sota) launched a new Literary Arts Programme yesterday to encourage more people here to become writers.

The programme aims to develop students' talent in the literary arts and creative writing. Sota said it was a natural step for it to introduce a literary arts programme, as it already has an active community of writers and crafting a good story is a common skill among various art forms.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 17, 2016, with the headline 'Home Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe