What's News: July 12, 2016

US golfer Brittany Lang (above) captured her first Major title after downing Swede Anna Nordqvist in a three-hole play-off.
US golfer Brittany Lang (above) captured her first Major title after downing Swede Anna Nordqvist in a three-hole play-off.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Zubir Said


More funds for lift upkeep

Town councils will need to set aside more funds to ensure they have enough to provide for the regular upkeep of lifts in blocks under their charge. This comes as the Building and Construction Authority steps up the requirements for lift maintenance after a spate of accidents, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said in Parliament yesterday.


Brexit uncertainty 'to linger'

It is too early to say how events will unfold in the wake of Britain's vote to exit the European Union, but uncertainty will weigh on world markets for the next few years at least, said Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.


US police seek new tactics

Police departments across the United States are seeking new tactics for a more difficult era of racial tension, mass shootings and global terrorism. Nearly half of the country's 30 biggest cities have ordered officers to pair up for safety reasons, but that could strain the already understaffed police forces.


Lang wins play-off at US Women's Open

American golfer Brittany Lang won her first Major title after downing Anna Nordqvist in a three-hole play-off at the US Women's Open - the Swede's challenge faltering after a two-shot penalty at the second extra hole. Lydia Ko failed in her bid to be the youngest to win three Majors. 


7,000ha of mangroves dead

About 7,000ha of mangroves in Australia's remote north died in just one month, the first time such an event has been recorded, said researchers. Climate change is the likely cause of the death of the mangroves, which play an essential role in the region's ecosystem. 


Life after S. China Sea ruling

South-east Asian states should focus on building ties with China, after the Permanent Court of Arbitration tribunal's ruling is out today. This means upholding the ruling, while resisting the temptation to beat China around the head with it, says Professor Evelyn Goh. 


Aussie expat in offensive rant

Another foreigner has become the target of online attacks - and lost his job - for making offensive comments about Singaporeans. Australian Sonny Truyen made the remarks over the weekend in a public Facebook group. 


Coroner on canal accident

A woman and her daughter who died after their car plunged into a canal earlier this year seemed to have tried to escape from the car, said State Coroner Marvin Bay yesterday. Madam Yep Lay Choo and Ms Kimberly Poon were found to be free of their seatbelts, which had originally been fastened. 


Contract workers in demand

High-level jobs like legal counsel at international banks and senior information technology managers were once almost invariably permanent roles, but cost-conscious firms are increasingly taking on contract workers instead. Contract workers here formed 11.3 per cent of the resident workforce last year, or over 200,000 workers.


Musical tribute to local films

The Singapore Wind Symphony's concert on Sunday, Listening To The Movies, pays tribute to Singapore's film industry. The programme includes the works of the late Zubir Said (photo) and songs from Singapore films such as Jack Neo's I Not Stupid (2002) and Royston Tan's 12 Lotus (2008).


Cliff Richard to sue BBC, cops

Veteran British singer Cliff Richard confirmed on Sunday that he will sue the BBC and the police after a raid on his home was broadcast live on TV in August 2014. Richard, 75, was told last month that he will face no charges over allegations of sexual abuse dating back decades, because of a lack of evidence.

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