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GREECE has signalled to its creditors its willingness to make concessions in the hope of securing a bailout at the eleventh hour but uncertainties remained as to how Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras would back down.
CAR-BOOKING firm Uber has guaranteed its drivers in Singapore a minimum hourly earning during peak hours. Uber said this was to increase its supply of cars on the road during peak hours.
TECHNOLOGY is changing both the type of disaster aid and the way it is delivered. The Internet has become the game changer. Increasingly, survivors are taking charge of their own situation by requesting power for their mobile phones and access to the Web.
THERE could be bad news in store for workers in Indonesia, with companies shedding jobs as they grapple with the weakest economic growth in six years. Government data might suggest no cause for alarm but official numbers are notoriously unreliable.
AHEAD of a visit by President Tony Tan Keng Yam to the Tianjin Eco-city next week, a leadership changeover is taking place in the Sino-Singapore project. The Straits Times’ China Correspondent Esther Teo speaks to both the outgoing chief executive and incoming head.
A WEBSITE discovered on Saturday appears to offer the first serious look at the thinking of Dylann Roof, the man who went on the rampage in a South Carolina church, killing nine black parishioners. Among other things, he was seen spitting on the American flag and burning it.
Buoyant market conditions, confidence in their abilities and the need to build up a skills base stretching across economic sectors all promote job hopping. However, as employees grow older, they need to deepen their skills to remain relevant to employers.
IN MANY respects, Greek eviction from the euro zone would strengthen the currency as it will be evidence that Europe is determined to stick to its rules and punish those who don’t. But other effects include a meltdown in Greece with possible violence, writes Jonathan Eyal.
A RECENT study by 18 experts from institutions including Harvard University found that chemicals in plastics may cause problems such as adult obesity. But the authorities say there is nothing to worry about, as plastic containers here meet safety standards.
THE National Heritage Board is documenting the milestone system formerly used in Singapore to help people find their way around. Made of sandstone and later granite, the milestones were labelled with numbers and placed a mile, or 1.6km, apart on roads.
THE authorities are planning to step up patrols in Pasir Ris Park after seven cats were found dead last week. Parkgoers who feed the cats daily said another four cats are still missing. The Cat Welfare Society said the National Parks Board has been alerted.
THE music industry here has been moving to a livelier beat over the past year as global firms tune in to the region’s growth potential. Heavyweights such as record label Sony have recently made Singapore their base for grooming and promoting local and regional musicians.
EVEN if Australian golfer Jason Day did not win the US Open overnight, he will be remembered for how he fought dizziness, nausea and the shakes for a share of the third-round lead, a day after collapsing on the final hole from vertigo.
STUDENT Evelia Tan, 22, beat hundreds of participants to win CharaExpo 2015’s cosplay competition last Saturday, judged by three well-known Japanese cosplayers and an illustrator. The two-day manga, anime and cosplay festival, held over the weekend at Singapore Expo, also featured anime card game tournaments, Japanese wrestling matches and pop concerts.
A VETERAN director of comedies, Hong Kong’s Clifton Ko, 56, returns with his first film in 11 years, Wonder Mama. The film, starring actress Fung Bo Bo, is about a woman who has to deal with her elderly parents’ disintegrating marriage, and partly reflects Ko’s own experiences as a divorced man with two grown daughters.
STRAITS TIMES DIGITAL
A day for fathers
SINGAPOREANS celebrated their fathers in different ways on Father’s Day yesterday, with many sharing their stories and touching videos online. We round up some of the best at http://str.sg/w5U
Meet Dr Sun Yat Sen's family
THE late Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat Sen did not become the father of modern China on his own. Sacrifices were also made by his family as he pursued his goals.
More here: http://str.sg/w55
Reaching out through yoga
CLAD in simple attire, tens of thousands of people rolled out their yoga mats for the world’s first International Day of Yoga. We take a look, in pictures, here: http://str.sg/w5S