What's News: July 05, 2017

People displaced from the fighting in Raqqa sheltering at Karama village last Saturday.
People displaced from the fighting in Raqqa sheltering at Karama village last Saturday.PHOTO: REUTERS


Oxley Road sitting wraps up

Parliament wrapped up two days of debate on abuse of power over 38, Oxley Road, with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong saying the allegations that prompted the sitting had been answered. No MPs had produced additional charges or substantiated the claims made by his siblings, PM Lee noted. 


'S'pore militant' killed in Marawi

A body believed to be that of the first Singaporean militant killed in clashes in Marawi, in the southern Philippines, has been recovered, security officials said yesterday. The Philippine military declined to say how the man's nationality had been ascertained. 


Raqqa win may be short-lived

The final neighbourhoods of Raqqa, the Syrian city held by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group as the capital of its "caliphate", will likely fall into the hands of a pro-Western coalition of forces in a matter of days. But that victory is unlikely to make the Middle East a safer place, for the danger remains that new and even more virulent terrorist organisations will emerge from the remnants of ISIS. 


Putin, Xi meet to boost ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met yesterday against a backdrop of mounting tensions over North Korea and ahead of a G-20 summit. The meeting in Moscow was meant to focus on bolstering trade ties between the two partners. 


Adapt or fade away

The story of Fujifilm versus Kodak holds a deeper lesson for all businesses - change or die, writes Economic Affairs contributor Robert Yap. The president of the Singapore National Employers Federation says Singapore is at a Fujifilm moment.


Misuse of farm land

Eight farms have been penalised in the last four years for repeatedly misusing land. The misuses, which come amid the Government's push for farms to be more productive, concern various unauthorised activities, such as subletting space for non-farming uses.


Fire safety for old buildings

Following the deadly tower fire in London last month, the authorities here are reviewing legislative amendments to require buildings constructed before 1974, and which have not had any upgrading works, to perform fire-safety upgrades to meet current fire-safety rules.


Share buybacks going strong

Share buybacks on the Singapore bourse reached their highest level last month since September last year. Companies repurchased about 13.4 million of their outstanding shares through open-market transactions for close to $51.5 million. 


Ex-Blue Terry wants top job

Former Chelsea stalwart John Terry is clearly not done as a player, working out hard during his vacation in Portugal before signing a one-year deal with Aston Villa, with another year's option. But he is clear, even as Antonio Conte is in talks to extend his Blues contract, that his former boss' job is the one that he is coveting when he finally hangs up his boots.


Jay-Z's album boosts Tidal

Jay-Z's Tidal streaming service has enjoyed a surge of interest after the rap mogul released his latest album exclusively on the platform. Tidal, which he acquired in 2015, trails far behind streaming leader Spotify and Apple Music.

But it has seen a jump in downloads coinciding with the release of Jay-Z's 4:44 album last Friday.

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Ready for business

Former minister of state Teo Ser Luck talks about stepping back into the world of business. str.sg/serluck


Fare game

ComfortDelGro is asking its cabbies to help crack down on illegal practices of private-hire car operators. str.sg/cabhire

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