What's News: August 11, 2016

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at a weekly cabinet meeting at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand on August 9.
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at a weekly cabinet meeting at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand on August 9. PHOTO: EPA


Biometric info in terror fight

Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia yesterday agreed that the systematic exchange of biometric information, including fingerprints, of known fighters and terror convicts, is crucial in combating terrorism.

Singapore Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam met his counterparts from both countries separately in Bali yesterday, and agreed that regularly sharing experiences in countering extremism was also key.



MRT refurbishment on hold

Old MRT trains due for refurbishment may be replaced instead.

With the Government set to assume ownership of rail assets from SMRT, it is looking at the cost effectiveness and rail reliability of buying new trains instead of overhauling old ones.


Students take lead in learning

Facebook and Summit Public Schools, a non-profit charter school network, are expanding a new way of learning by introducing a platform that puts students in charge of selecting their projects and setting their pace. Nearly 120 schools will introduce the free learning system this autumn.


Thai polls by end-2017: Prayut

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has asked Thais to set aside their differences and promised an election by the end of next year if conditions remained "stable and peaceful". Yesterday, the Election Commission said the draft Constitution won 61.35 per cent approval in a referendum.


Rethinking sports telecasts

The uncertainty that has loomed over live telecasts of major sports events looks set to stay. Chua Siang Yee looks at what corporate Singapore and the Government can do to address escalating costs and challenges from technology.


Jail for gangster's driver

The driver who helped a gangster flee to Malaysia after a murder 10 years ago was yesterday sentenced to 20 months in jail. Ho Yueh Keong was often hired by Tan Chor Jin to drive him to and from Singapore. Tan was hanged in 2009 for the shooting of a nightclub boss.


Tenant sublet flat for vice

A Chinese tenant who sublet his rented condo unit in Woodlands to three sex workers was yesterday jailed for three months and fined $12,000.

Dong Bin, 26, had carried this out at the behest of a compatriot to whom he owed money.


Share buybacks fall

Corporate share buybacks have fallen as companies look to preserve their cash stash.

Companies here bought back $615 million of their own shares in the first seven months of the year, down markedly from $717 million in the first seven months of 2015.


Schooling's butterfly target

Joseph Schooling is quietly confident that not making the final of the 100m freestyle swim yesterday has actually put him in good stead for his main focus - the 100m butterfly. "I think I'm off to a good start," he said, even though Michael Phelps, Chad le Clos and Laszlo Cseh loom large.


Keeping Fresh over the years

In 1991, Mr Lev Glazman and Ms Alina Roytberg started Fresh with a small beauty boutique in Boston, selling a single product. Today, Fresh has 710 stores and counters in 11 countries - and the couple behind it retain the passion they had when they launched the business 25 years ago. And they are taking the challenge of keeping things new and energetic in their stride.

In his online rant, Johnson lashed out at some male actors in Fast 8, but he did not name names or say what was riling him. PHOTO: UIP


Actor slams Fast & Furious male co-stars

Fast 8 star Dwayne Johnson posted an online rant on Monday, criticising some male actors on the shoot of the eighth instalment of the Fast & Furious franchise. He did not name names or say what was riling him, and actors Vin Diesel, Jason Statham and Scott Eastwood have not responded.

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