Top stories from The Straits Times on Thursday, July 5

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Thursday, July 5.

Singtel rules out cyber attack as cause of 3½-hour outage

Last October, Singtel was fined $500,000 for a 24-hour islandwide fibre broadband outage in 2016 that left about 490,000 users cut off from the Web. PHOTO: ST FILE

Singtel is still investigating the root cause of a fibre broadband outage that saw its users cut off from Web surfing for 3½ hours yesterday morning, but it has ruled out a cyber attack.


Early balloting for P1 places likely at CHIJ St Nicholas Girls', Catholic High School and Henry Park Primary

In Phase 2A1, Henry Park Primary School has 110 children registering for 101 places. PHOTO: ST FILE 

Parents hoping to get their children into three of the most popular primary schools might have to face balloting at what is considered to be an early point in the annual registration exercise.


Thai boys trapped in cave being taught to swim and dive

A Thai military medic providing first aid to members of the trapped soccer team in a section of Tham Luang cave yesterday; some of the boys shown covered in hypothermia blankets on Tuesday (above); and a video grab of the boys yesterday. Rescuers have delivered supplies and food to the cave to sustain the boys and the coach while their extraction from the cave is being planned. PHOTOS: EPA-EFE, REUTERS

The 12 boys trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand are being taught how to swim and dive to prepare them for the possibility that they need to dive their way out, as rescuers raced to pump water from the cave before heavy rain falls as forecast in the coming days.


New formats, ticket revamp for Singapore Sweep lottery

Above: Vendors will still be able to sell Singapore Sweep tickets that will be printed in the new format and delivered to them, said Singapore Pools. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS, LEE JIA WEN

From today, the lottery tickets will no longer be pre-printed with thematic designs, and punters will have the opportunity to buy tickets with some numbers of their choice.


World Cup: Watch the final and party under the STars at 1-Altitude with us

Pub-goers and spectators at 1-Altitude during the World Cup screening of the match between France and Argentina, on June 30, 2018. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

On July 15, 60 subscribers of The Straits Times will get to attend an exclusive viewing party for the World Cup final at 1-Altitude, the highest alfresco bar in the world.


New $80 million Seletar Airport passenger terminal to open in December

An artist's impression of the seating area at the arrival hall. PHOTO: CHANGI AIRPORT GROUP

A new $80 million passenger terminal will open at Seletar Airport in December, to provide more space for Singapore's private and business jet traffic to grow, and free up capacity at Changi Airport for larger planes.


$51.6 million donated to arts, culture last year

The National Gallery Singapore was given a loan of electronic tablets by Samsung Asia and received Accenture Singapore's help with strategic data assessment, app development and digital marketing. PHOTO: ST FILE

Donations to Singapore's arts and cultural scene totalled $51.6 million last year, dropping for the second year running. There were more than 80 new donors although the total number of donors remains unchanged.


Malaysia suspends construction of East Coast Railway Link

When completed, the 688km East Coast Rail Link will connect the South China Sea in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia with strategic shipping routes in the west. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

The project owner of Malaysia's US$20 billion (S$27.4 billion) East Coast Railway Link has told its main Chinese contractor to suspend work, both companies said on Wednesday, raising uncertainty about the future of part of China's Belt and Road plan.


Two people in Britain poisoned with Novichok nerve agent near where Russian spy was struck down

Police at a home in Muggleton Road, Amesbury, where emergency services found a man and woman unconscious. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Two British citizens were critically ill in hospital on Wednesday after they were poisoned with the Novichok nerve agent which struck down a former Russian agent and his daughter in March, Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer said.


Ant-Man And The Wasp: Small wonders make big leap

Ant-Man And The Wasp is “a little bit of a palate cleanser”, says star Paul Rudd. PHOTO: THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY

Stars Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly tell The Straits Times what sets the new superhero movie apart from the rest.