What's News: July 03, 2018

Mr Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador with his supporters at Mexico City's Zocalo Square after his victory.
Mr Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador with his supporters at Mexico City's Zocalo Square after his victory.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


HDB to cut supply of BTO flats

The Housing Board will cut this year's supply of Build-To-Order (BTO) flats from 17,000 to about 16,000. Flash estimates for the second quarter of the year showed that resale flat prices were 0.1 per cent higher than in the first three months of 2018, the first upward movement after six consecutive quarters of decline. 


Help for disadvantaged youth

A new programme will be launched to help youth from disadvantaged backgrounds transition from school to the work environment. The initiative comes after discussions by social service groups found that social gaps contribute to a greater variance in academic performance among students. 


Leftist wins Mexico election

Mr Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has won Mexico's presidency in a landslide victory, riding a public revolt against rampant crime, corruption and poverty. The result sets the stage for the most left-wing government in the country's democratic history at a time of tense relations with the United States administration.


UN chief blames Myanmar

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he heard "unimaginable" accounts of atrocities during a visit yesterday to Bangladesh's refugee camps and called for Myanmar to be held responsible for "crimes" against the Rohingya. 


Boosting Asean-S. Korea ties

Asean-South Korea ties are healthy but can be strengthened in three ways: have longer-term engagement, upgrade the free trade agreement and develop more private-sector business ties, says Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh. 


More powers for courts mooted

A public consultation is being held on proposals to tighten procedures so that courts have greater powers to control so-called "vexatious" cases, which do not have sufficient grounds to proceed. The changes would allow the court to act on its own to restrain such litigants. 


Brakes on tycoon's Johor hub

With the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail in doubt, billionaire Peter Lim's Johor motorsports city FASTrack Iskandar is now being relooked. The RM3.5 billion (S$1.2 billion) project, scheduled to be up by next year, might go ahead on a smaller scale or be pushed back. 


China sees effect of tensions

United States President Donald Trump's assault on trade with China is moving from tweeted threats and abortive talks to the real world. China's purchasing managers' index readings for June showed a gauge of export orders tumbling into contraction - the clearest sign yet that the oncoming trade war is having a real impact. 


Lakers pin hopes on James

After helping the Cleveland Cavaliers banish a 52-year championship hoodoo, LeBron James has taken on the role of salvaging the Los Angeles Lakers' shaky fortunes after its least successful period in the franchise's history. It was confirmed on Sunday that James will join the Lakers in a four-year, US$154 million (S$210 million) deal. 


Poetry festival gets dramatic

Poetry Festival Singapore is staging a poetic drama for the first time. Benches, a coming-of-age two-hander by American theatre-maker Giovanni Ortega and Singaporean actress Ranice Tay, incorporates poems written by both. The festival runs from July 27 to 29. 

Straits Times Digital


Mr Kiasu's back

Johnny Lau, creator of the iconic Singapore character, talks about his latest work and what inspires him. http://str.sg/oMnL


Tips for diabetics

We talk to an expert about how newly diagnosed diabetics can work in an exercise routine and balance it with their condition. http://str.sg/oMXu

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 03, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe