What's News: July 10, 2018

Houses damaged by a landslide in Hiroshima.
Houses damaged by a landslide in Hiroshima.PHOTO: REUTERS


S'pore has spent $250m on HSR

Singapore has spent more than $250 million on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project, and is likely to expend another $40 million by year-end, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan, as the Government reiterated that upholding international law and respecting the sanctity of international agreements is a basic tenet of its foreign policy.


Screen for Life sees results

There has been a rise in the number of follow-up consultations after people were screened for chronic diseases under the Screen for Life programme. With the subsidies extended to more Singaporeans since last September, about three-quarters of those flagged have reported going to see a doctor after getting screened.


Jakarta counters trade war

Indonesia is preparing countermeasures that will mitigate the anticipated uncertainties caused by the trade war between US and China, which has affected investors' confidence at home and put pressure on the local currency, the rupiah.


Death toll in Japan tops 120

The death toll from days of torrential rain and landslides in western Japan topped 120 yesterday, with scores still missing. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called off an eight-day overseas trip that was to begin tomorrow to oversee the recovery response for Japan's worst flood disaster since 1983.


S'pore-Malaysia ties in focus

Malaysia's sudden questioning of the high-speed rail, stock-trading link and water agreements lies in domestic concerns in Malaysia and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's own history with Singapore, say Tan Tai Loon Adrian and David Han.


Small Claims Tribunals change

With the passing of the Small Claims Tribunals (Amendment) Bill, the size of the claims before the tribunals has been doubled to $20,000, and can be raised to a further $30,000 if the parties agree.

These changes are among the first to the law in 20 years. 


Viaduct contract terminated

Or Kim Peow Contractors will not complete the viaduct in Changi which collapsed last July, killing one worker. The Land Transport Authority said it will call for a replacement tender later this month. 


Xiaomi makes weak HK debut

Xiaomi Corp's shares fell as much as 6 per cent in their Hong Kong debut yesterday on concerns over the Chinese smartphone maker's valuation.

The stock ended down 1.2 per cent at HK$16.80. 


Spain name new coach

Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has been appointed the new boss of Spain's national football team, the Spanish Football Federation announced yesterday. The 48-year-old replaces Julen Lopetegui, who was fired on the eve of the World Cup after his surprise announcement that he had signed to take over at Real Madrid. Fernando Hierro, who stood in as coach and led Spain to the last 16, said on Sunday he would not continue in his role beyond the tournament. 


B-boy dance-theatre show

B-boy Dominic Nah and his friends have adapted his personal story into a dance-theatre show titled Dead Was The Body Till I Taught It How To Move. It uses Nah's street-dance skills to bring out his complicated relationship with his late father. 

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Let's drink to that

National water agency PUB and home-grown brewery Brewerkz mark the 10th anniversary of Singapore International Water Week with ale brewed from Newater. http://str.sg/newbrew


Dancers on their toes

An inside look at how the Singapore Ballet Academy, Singapore's oldest ballet school, trains its students in classical ballet. http://str.sg/danceroyalty

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