What's News: August 10, 2016

Delegates protesting against the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last month.
Delegates protesting against the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last month.PHOTO: REUTERS


S'pore's 51st birthday bash

Singapore celebrated its 51st birthday last night with a parade that signalled the kind of society it aspires to be - one where every person, including those with disabilities, is embraced. Special needs participants featured prominently in the show. 


Terror plots planned locally: KL

Malaysia said most terror plots targeting the country were hatched locally by followers of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria who did not receive instructions from overseas. The threat is contained for now, the authorities said.



Delta cancels more flights

Disruptions from a computer failure continued for a second day for Delta Air Lines, with the number of flight cancellations yesterday reaching about 250 after one of the worst system faults experienced by the US carrier. 


Winners and losers in trade and immigration

A more nuanced look at trade and immigration in Britain and the US shows that most people are pro-trade, but not always in favour of the free trade pacts their countries signed. As for immigration, polls show general support, but some segments lose out, says economics professor Linda Lim. 


China holds nuclear safety drill

China has held its first comprehensive national-level emergency drill to deal with potential nuclear accidents. It seeks to allay safety and security concerns over its nuclear power expansion programme. 


Travel agencies optimistic

Travel agencies are hoping that Singaporeans will not be deterred by global terrorism threats and economic concerns ahead of two major travel fairs this month. Popular destinations this year include Australia, New Zealand, Iceland and Finland, as well as perennial favourites Japan and South Korea. 


Blocked drain shattered glass

An investigation has found that water pressure caused by a blocked drain forced glass panels around a condo's fifth-floor swimming pool to shatter. The Building and Construction Authority has issued an advisory in an effort to prevent further incidents like the one in Balestier last month.


A peek into family businesses

Love, harmony and shared values are key to successful family-run businesses, according to two bosses who have been running enterprises here for more than a century. 


Pogba outlines his dreams

Having completed his world-record move to Manchester United for £89 million (S$156 million), Paul Pogba has immediately outlined his goals. "I want to win the league for the first time with United, because I hadn't won the league when I left. The Champions League of course. And, personally, one of my dreams is to win the Ballon d'Or," he said.



Hit and miss in music career

Singer-songwriter Lew's national service stint gave him his big break, but it has also led him to turn down two opportunities. The 20-year-old, whose name is Lewis Loh, passed on the chance to appear on two popular TV shows - Sing! China and The Voice in the United States. 


Selina Jen initiated divorce

Opening up about her divorce on a talk show, Taiwanese singer Selina Jen said she initiated the split with lawyer Richard Chang and that her mistake was in being self-centred. Jen, 34, and Chang, 43, announced in March that they were ending their five-year marriage, and finalised their divorce in April. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe