What's News: August 16, 2016

Loh, who has received accolades in the US and Europe, says he would like to "be able to develop guitar" in Singapore at a high level.
Loh, who has received accolades in the US and Europe, says he would like to "be able to develop guitar" in Singapore at a high level.PHOTO: FEDERICO SHEPPARD


Parliament honours Schooling

Swimmer Joseph Schooling, who made history last Saturday when he won Singapore's first Olympic gold medal, became the first sportsman to be formally congratulated by Parliament yesterday.


Telecoms sale: Consistel fined

A local firm has been fined $300,000 for signing an unauthorised agreement to sell the Sports Hub's telecommunications system to another company. The Infocomm Development Authority said Consistel had failed to seek its approval for the sale and submitted false information.



Yasukuni visit stirs emotions

The 71st anniversary of the end of World War II yesterday stirred up raw emotions in Japan and its two North-east Asian neighbours, with the visit of a group of Japanese lawmakers to pay respects at the controversial Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo (above) causing dismay in Beijing and Seoul. 


Acclaimed Singaporean guitarist to perform here

Britain-based Singaporean classical guitarist Kevin Loh, who recently won two international competitions, is back here for his summer vacation and will perform two concerts: Songs Of Travel with violinist Loh Jun Hong and pianist Abigail Sin on Sept 2, and another with the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra on Sept 25.


Modi hits out at Pakistan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took aim at supporters of "terrorism" in his Independence Day speech yesterday, ratcheting up criticism of Pakistan while avoiding direct mention of protests in Indian-ruled Kashmir. 


Schooling's lessons for S'pore

Joseph Schooling's Olympic win highlights the indomitable spirit of human nature. He achieved success as he had his eyes set on role model Michael Phelps. That spirit of wanting to emulate our idols, while striving to surpass them, is what propels human progress, writes David Chan in By Invitation. 


Charged with wife's murder

A man, 37, was charged yesterday with murdering his wife. Mohamad Jonit Adnan is accused of killing Ms Sri Idayu Ghazali, 29, in their Yishun flat last Saturday. His case will be mentioned again next Monday. 


Yang mulling over guilty plea

A former tour guide accused of tricking a rich widow out of $1.1 million told his lawyer yesterday that he was again thinking about pleading guilty.

Yang Yin, 42, who met the widow when she was on a tour of China, is nearing the end of his trial for criminal breach of trust. 


KrisEnergy may sell assets

The gloom over the oil and gas sector continues to deepen, with Singapore-listed KrisEnergy exploring selling assets and issuing new shares to ease financial stress as it warns of possible difficulties in borrowing more from banks.



Feast for Liverpool boss' eyes

If Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (photo) couldn't believe his eyes during the pulsating 4-3 win against Arsenal on Sunday, there was a good reason for it. After Adam Lallana put the Reds ahead 2-1, Klopp accidentally knocked his own glasses off his face and had to wait until he was able to replace them so he could get everything in sharp focus once more. 


Obama's summer playlist a hit

For the second year in a row, US President Barack Obama released his summer vacation music and reading lists and, within a day, his playlist was the most listened-to on Spotify, other than those organised by the global music streaming service itself. Like last year, his choices included classics by Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Miles Davis and The Beach Boys. 

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