What's News: August 2, 2016

Walker celebrating with his wife Erin and son Beckett after winning the 2016 US PGA Championship on Sunday.
Walker celebrating with his wife Erin and son Beckett after winning the 2016 US PGA Championship on Sunday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


'Self-driving' vehicles on call

Fancy booking a "self-driving" vehicle? That is set to become a reality here as early as 2018, with two companies, Britain-based Delphi Automotive Systems and local start-up nuTonomy, planning to roll out autonomous vehicles in Singapore. The Land Transport Authority says autonomous on-demand services could complement existing public transport options and contribute to a car-lite Singapore. 


Swiber unable to pay coupon 

The provisional liquidator of Swiber Holdings said the offshore services group is unable to make a coupon payment due today.

The semi-annual payment is for the $150 million series 001 Trust Certificates, which carry a coupon rate of 6.5 per cent and are due to mature in August 2018. 


Governor to fix ties with LDP 

Tokyo's first female governor, Ms Yuriko Koike, who won handsomely in Sunday's election, has vowed to mend fences with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party as the city gears up its preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games. 


Tsai apologises to aborigines 

President Tsai Ing-wen became Taiwan's first leader to formally apologise to the island's indigenous people, pledging to pursue a path of reconciliation with the aborigines, who have been marginalised since the arrival of Chinese immigrants 400 years ago. 


Innovating S'pore's future 

To realise our vision for Singapore's future, we need the right mix of research, innovation and enterprise talent. Our scholarships, nurturing of technopreneurs and seeding capital for start-ups put us on the right track, says Mr Lim Chuan Poh, chairman of A*Star. 


Call to improve dorms 

The Manpower Ministry has called for improved conditions for foreign workers living in dormitories in converted factories or workplaces. This comes after the Migrant Workers' Centre found instances of unhygienic sleeping quarters, dangerous power points and poorly maintained cooking areas. 


Runner in chip scam jailed 

A beautician who exchanged a total of 30 pieces of counterfeit $1,000 chips for $30,000 at Marina Bay Sands last year has been jailed for seven months. Chinese national Tang Shiwei, 26, got $600 in return. 


Surbana Jurong buys SMEC 

Singapore-based Surbana Jurong is acquiring Australia-based infrastructure consultancy firm SMEC for $400 million. The combined entity will have nearly 10,000 employees in over 42 countries, with a total revenue of about $1.1 billion, making it the largest development consultancy group based in the Asia-Pacific. 


'Surreal' first Major for Walker

"Surreal" was the word Jimmy Walker, 37, used to describe his first Major - a one-shot victory at the US PGA Championship. The American, ranked 48th in the world before the tournament, held out defending champion Jason Day of Australia in what he said was "an incredible finish". 


Arts centre to be revamped 

Stamford Arts Centre is preparing for its next life as a space for the traditional arts.

The groups that have called the centre home - including Bhaskar's Arts Academy and The Theatre Practice - have moved out or are packing up. The revamped centre is expected to be ready by the end of next year. 


Man's lie led to attacks on Lin

Actor Edison Chen's recent online attacks on supermodel Chiling Lin were apparently based on a lie. A Beijing man said he lied about Lin's involvement in Chen's girlfriend, model Shu Pei Qin, not being cast in the reality show Hey Muse, alongside Lin. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 02, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe