What's News: July 22, 2016

Covert police officers wearing black jackets and riding black motorcycles have been patrolling the streets since last month.
Covert police officers wearing black jackets and riding black motorcycles have been patrolling the streets since last month.ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
Simon Pegg


1MDB probe: 3 banks rebuked

Three major banks here have been rebuked by the Monetary Authority of Singapore over serious lapses of anti-money laundering controls, as the 1MDB scandal deepens. The rare reprimand - ahead of "firm regulatory action" - follows a move by the US Justice Department to recover over US$1 billion (S$1.35 billion) in assets linked to the global probe of the Malaysian state fund. 


'Pervasive' failures at AHTC

Auditors of the Workers' Party-run Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) have found "pervasive" control failures in its accounts and work processes over the past five years. KPMG said AHTC's control environment lacked communication and enforcement of integrity and ethical values.


MH370 hunt in wrong place?

With nothing found so far in the sea search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the search team has raised the possibility that it has been scouring the wrong place for two years. Dutch company Fugro, which is leading the hunt, said the plane could have glided down into the sea instead of dived - meaning someone was at the controls. 


Men in black target traffic offenders

The Traffic Police have employed a new team of "stealth bike" riders to clamp down on road offenders - primarily errant motorcyclists. Dressed in black jackets - with their white uniforms underneath - the officers have been giving reckless drivers a shock when they reveal their identities. 


Party rival snubs Trump

US Senator Ted Cruz, a rival in the primaries, was booed after refusing to back Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the party's convention on Wednesday, in another fractious incident at the event. The snub is another blow to attempts to unify the party. 


Great powers and rule of law

Professor Tommy Koh debunks the notion that international court rulings are only for small states because the strong do as they will. A rules-based world order is in the interest of all countries, he argues. 


Identity stolen by brother

A man has been jailed again for stealing his younger brother's identity, this time for resetting his sibling's SingPass password twice. He had also applied to make duplicates of driving licences in the younger man's name. 


Test of high-end market

Developer CapitaLand is testing the strength of the high-end market segment with Victoria Park Villas in Coronation Road, which goes on special preview from today. The 99-year leasehold project consists of 106 semi-detached houses and three bungalows, with prices starting from $4.3 million. 


Tissot expands sporting ties

When Swiss watchmaker Tissot started building chronographs to time sporting events in 1883, it began a relationship that would one day see it time major events such as the Tour de France. Today, its iconic Swiss cross adorns the sports it partners. But the company is not resting on its laurels, with major partnerships inked recently. 


Immersed in Star Trek world

Being a big fan of Star Trek since he was a child gave co-writer and actor Simon Pegg a leg-up in understanding the complex mythology of the 50-year-old franchise, but it also meant that he got rather worked up over certain details, including director Justin Lin's suggestion that the iconic vessel, the USS Enterprise, be blown up in the new movie, Star Trek Beyond. 


HK tycoon dating TVB starlet

Karmen Kwok, a 23-year-old TVB starlet, has been identified in the media as Hong Kong tycoon Richard Li's latest girlfriend. She and Mr Li, 49, were snapped together in Tokyo on Valentine's Day wearing masks. Mr Li broke up with actress Isabella Leong in 2011 after she bore him three sons. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 22, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe