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Singapore honours Olympic gold medallist Joseph Schooling
The hero’s welcome for Singapore’s first Olympic gold medallist Joseph Schooling has begun at Changi International Airport when the flight he was on arrived at Terminal 3 at 5.30am today (Aug 15). A large crowd was expected. He would have given a short address to the crowd and the celebrations will continue with Schooling and his family attending Parliament later today following a personal invitation from PM Lee Hsien Loong.
Japan commemorates World War II surrender
Japan will today (Aug 15) commemorate the 71st anniversary of its surrender that marked the end of World War II. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Defence Minister Tomomi Inada have said they will not pay a visit Monday to the Yasukuni Shrine that honours 14 Class A criminals, which China and South Korea view as a sign of Japan’s militarism.
July retail sales figures out today
Singapore’s retail sales figures for July will be released today (Aug 15), giving more hints on the state of the consumers here. Retail sales rose 3 per cent in June but most of that was due to a jump in car sales. A similar trend is likely to continue for July.