What's News: August 23, 2016

Ben-Hur, which cost US$100 million to make, arrived to a dismal US$11.4 million in domestic ticket sales.
Ben-Hur, which cost US$100 million to make, arrived to a dismal US$11.4 million in domestic ticket sales.PHOTO: UIP


PM Lee on medical leave

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has been given a week's medical leave, after he had a dizzy spell last Sunday and had to temporarily stop delivering his National Day Rally speech. Mr Lee said that doctors had said he was all right after a thorough check-up, but advised him to rest. 


Beat the polyclinic queues

At Marine Parade Polyclinic, patients who need to pick up refills of their medication can make use of a 24/7 service called Prescription in a Locker Box (Pilbox), which was rolled out in May. The service will be extended to Bedok and Punggol polyclinics next year. 



UK prison units for extremists

The most dangerous Islamist extremists being held in British prisons (photo) will be removed from contact with other detainees and confined to separate high-security units to prevent them spreading their ideology. While the new units will be sealed off from the main prison, extremists will not be isolated from each other. 


Disastrous start for Ben-Hur

Hollywood studio Paramount Pictures misfired again at the weekend: Ben-Hur, which cost about US$100 million (S$135 million) to make, arrived to a disastrous US$11.4 million in domestic ticket sales. This year, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and Zoolander 2 also failed to find audiences for Paramount. 


S'pore boat captain detained

Another Singaporean boat captain, his crew and nine passengers have been detained for trespassing in Indonesian waters. Captain Ricky Tan Poh Hui was piloting the Malaysia-flagged Seven Seas Conqueress allegedly in waters near Bintan on Sunday when he was stopped by the Indonesian navy. 


Obama's nuclear pledge

US President Barack Obama looks set to make a "no first use" pledge on nuclear weapons, in effect promising America will not start a nuclear war. But such a gesture would weaken America's standing in Asia.


Jail for checkpoint offender

A driver was so anxious not to be caught with 40kg of "Ramly" beef patties in his car that he sped off from an inspection pit at Tuas Checkpoint. Mohamed Dawood R.M. Abdul Sukkur, 48, who had no licence to import the food, was jailed for nine months yesterday. 


Energy sector talent pipeline

A scheme that allows polytechnic graduates to work in the energy and chemicals sector while studying for an advanced diploma at the same time was launched yesterday. Already, 26 people have signed up for the programme.


Shake-up in office rentals

Office building owners should start paying attention to Singapore's burgeoning start-up scene and the growing popularity of co-working. As flagging economic growth weighs on mid- and large-sized companies, smaller tenants are increasingly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the rental market, analysts say.



Lee to retire after world event

Three-time silver medallist Lee Chong Wei (photo) has come to terms with the fact that his Olympic dream is over and will retire after next year's badminton world championships, in which he is also a three-time losing finalist. China's coach Li Yongbo praised him, saying he might have been world champion if he were a Chinese player.


Famed Indian writer in town

Prolific Indian writer B. Jeyamohan, who has more than 50 books in Tamil under his belt and is also the screenwriter behind the upcoming movie Enthiran 2.0, is in Singapore for the first NAC-NIE Tamil Creative Writing Residency.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 23, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe