What's News: August 08, 2015

Jubilee weekend celebrations at Botanic Gardens with performances by Shabir (pictured), Corrinne May, John Molina, Olivia Ong, Rui En, and Taufik Batisah, among others, at the Symphony Stage on 07 Aug 2015.
Jubilee weekend celebrations at Botanic Gardens with performances by Shabir (pictured), Corrinne May, John Molina, Olivia Ong, Rui En, and Taufik Batisah, among others, at the Symphony Stage on 07 Aug 2015. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN


S'poreans embrace Jubilee

The Jubilee weekend got off to a rousing start yesterday as Singaporeans took advantage of the special day off to mark the nation's 50th year of independence. They thronged heartland centres, visited landmarks such as the Botanic Gardens and enjoyed picnics at Marina Bay and Sentosa. A Sing50 concert at the National Stadium was a highlight.


Veteran MPs to step down

Three long-serving MPs are stepping down to make way for new blood. The two making way in Tampines GRC are Mr Mah Bow Tan, who has been an MP since 1988, and Ms Irene Ng, who has been an MP since 2001. The other is Mr Hawazi Daipi, 61, an MP for Sembawang GRC.

Your Aug 9 A bulldozer crushing boxes of cheese outside the Russian city of Belgorod. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSEmorning-to-night guide


Russia destroys Western food

Russia has begun a drive to destroy Western food smuggled into the country in violation of a year-old embargo, sparking outrage. Around 319 tonnes of food, including fruit and vegetables, were crushed or incinerated. The embargo was in response to sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis.

Madam Noraini Umar, 51, who quit nursing in 2007 for family reasons, rejoined the National University Hospital last year. ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG


Hospitals wooing ex-nurses back

Hospitals are looking to get former nurses to return to the profession, as they are valued for their experience. Two hospitals have started "refresher courses" to help these former nurses.


Thai Constitution criticised

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva is not optimistic about the new Thai Constitution drafted by a committee picked by the military. He said that, going by earlier drafts, the focus of the Constitutional Drafting Committee appeared to be to weaken political parties.


Putting S'pore above self

Self-serving tendencies are part of human nature but it is important to cultivate attitudes that help us put nation above self, says By Invitation columnist David Chan. He suggests the "Home" way to do this: Be humble, objective, magnanimous and empathetic.


$5k for alleged film download

Three local Internet users who allegedly downloaded the film, Dallas Buyers Club, illegally have received letters demanding that they pay $5,000 to the Hollywood studio that produced it.


Endearing Crocodile brand

Crocodile International started selling singlets almost 60 years ago and has grown into a major international brand. The label - named after a "tough animal with a long lifespan", according to its founder Tan Hian Tsin - is one of Singapore's most endearing brands that have become part of the fabric of daily life here.


F1's Button and wife gassed

Former Formula One champion Jenson Button and his wife Jessica Michibata were gassed at a rented holiday villa in France by thieves who escaped with items worth more than £300,000 (S$645,000).

French police believe the criminals pumped anaesthetic gas via air-conditioning vents into the property in St Tropez.


It's a girl for Joanne Peh

Channel 8 stars Joanne Peh and Qi Yuwu (above) welcomed their first child, a daughter, two days ahead of Singapore's Golden Jubilee.

Peh, 32, gave birth to the girl naturally around noon yesterday at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, said Shin Min Daily News.


End of the road for Defender

The iconic Land Rover Defender is finally bowing out after an unbroken 67-year production run. The Land Rover factory in Solihull, United Kingdom, will stop making the four-wheel-drive utility vehicle at the end of this year because it does not meet stricter safety and emission rules. Its replacement has not been announced.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 08, 2015, with the headline 'What's News: August 08, 2015'. Subscribe