Top stories from The Straits Times on Wednesday, July 4

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Wednesday, July 4.

Older Singaporeans will get incentives to join CareShield Life

The subsidies will help older Singaporeans offset premiums that could exceed $1,000 a year for 10 years, before subsidies. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Older Singaporeans will be offered incentives ranging from $500 to $2,500 to join CareShield Life, which provides far better cover than ElderShield, which most people over age 40 are on.


'If you hear this message, action has been taken against me': Malaysia's Najib says in video after arrest

Mr Najib arrives to give a statement to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission in Putrajaya, May 24, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

A two-minute pre-recorded video narrated by Datuk Seri Najib Razak emerged on the social media accounts of the former Malaysian prime minister on Tuesday, claiming his innocence hours after his arrest.



Head coach hails strength and resilience of boys trapped in Thai cave

Thai rescue workers carrying oxygen tanks for the rescue operation at Tham Luang cave. The rescue team is also said to be bringing supplies and food into the cave. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

For more than a week, head coach Nopparat Kantawong stood vigil outside the Tham Luang cave for news of his young football players who were trapped inside the flooded cavern.


Polytechnics to consider work experience of adult applicants for full-time diplomas

Polytechnics will ramp up the use of interviews and other methods of assessment to evaluate work experience and performance, in addition to past academic grades. PHOTO: ST FILE


From next year, polytechnics will take into account the job experience of working adults who apply for full-time diploma courses.


Discount for cashless payments at more than 1,000 hawker stalls as part of e-payment drive

A customer pays for her lunch at the Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre using the QR code payment system on Feb 13, 2018. PHOTO: ST FILE


Customers can enjoy a discount for their cashless payments at more than 1,000 hawker stalls every Wednesday in a promotion by payment services group Nets.


England beat Colombia on penalties to reach last eight: World Cup results and fixtures at a glance

Harry Kane of England scoring a penalty during the FIFA World Cup 2018 round of 16 football match between Colombia and England in Moscow, Russia, on July 4, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE


England finally ended their penalties curse when they beat Colombia 4-3 in a shootout. They will meet Sweden, who beat Switzerland 1-0, in a quarter final match. 


Generation Grit: Making the most of the miracle of being alive

Mr Lee Wee Yong can walk for short distances with the help of a walking frame but uses a wheelchair when he goes out. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO


Two months shy of his 21st birthday, Lee Wee Yong almost died from a stroke.


Accountant faces life imprisonment for allegedly pocketing more than $40m

Ewe Pang Kooi allegedly spent the money on gambling and repaying gambling debts. ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

A certified public accountant who allegedly pocketed more than $40 million from 21 companies he was liquidating and another one for which he was managing its finances went on trial in the High Court on Tuesday.


Taking an oBike home is illegal - even if company has shut down, say lawyers

Users could face criminal charges if a police report is filed against him or her for taking an oBike home. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

The wheels may have come off for bicycle-sharing operator oBike, which has shut down its operations in Singapore. However, lawyers have warned anybody thinking of taking one of its 70,000 two-wheelers left scattered around the island that doing so would be illegal.


Smartphones: Banish the borders

Mr Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple, speaks about the iPhone X during a launch event in Cupertino, California, in September last year. PHOTO: REUTERS

There is a war on smartphone bezels. These borders, which surround the smartphone display, are beating a retreat on the latest handsets as smartphone makers strive to create an all-screen device.