What's News: July 25, 2016

Fans on trial at an Ang Mo Kio bus stop. They can be activated using switches, and will be powered to run for 15 minutes at a time.
Fans on trial at an Ang Mo Kio bus stop. They can be activated using switches, and will be powered to run for 15 minutes at a time.ST PHOTO: MARCUS TAN
A memorial of candles and flowers laid outside the Munich shopping mall.
A memorial of candles and flowers laid outside the Munich shopping mall.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Chef Brent Savage


No go for unruly air travellers

Unruly airline passengers are set to face tougher sanctions here, when Singapore introduces wider powers for police and courts to deal with them. The Republic is set to tackle the growing problem within the next six to 12 months - ahead of a similar global move by the United Nations.


Warning on 'extremist' stuff

Anyone caught distributing "extremist" publications will be dealt with firmly under the law, the Home Affairs Ministry said yesterday. This followed a report in a Bangladesh newspaper that books spreading radical teachings were being distributed to Bangladeshi workers in Little India. 


Shooter 'planned for a year'

Ali Sonboly, the teenager behind a deadly shooting in a Munich shopping centre last Friday, had been planning his crime for a year, police said yesterday. The authorities found newspaper articles on police responses to other shooting rampages as well as a book on school gunmen at his home.


It's cool at bus stops

Waiting for a bus could soon be a cooler experience. The Land Transport Authority is piloting electric fans at five bus stops and studying the feasibility of installing them at others. It hopes to make life more comfortable for commuters, who can activate the fans using switches. 


Taiwan woos Muslim tourists

Taiwan is wooing Muslim travellers from South-east Asia and the Middle East to boost tourist arrivals, as mainland Chinese tourist numbers appear headed for a fall. The move is part of President Tsai Ing-wen's efforts to boost ties with Asean and India.


Defiance ahead for EU

One month after Brexit, no other country seems tempted to hold its own "exit" poll. Rather, more states are tempted to stay in the European Union but defy the EU's common decisions. Defiance is the big danger ahead, writes Europe Correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Playing 'quantum music'

Two professors are spearheading an experimental music project here - to cool atoms to a billionth of a degree above absolute zero, at which they start to vibrate at high frequencies. They even hope to stage a "quantum music" performance. 


S'pore firms eyeing Australia

A recently concluded pact between Singapore and Australia could help newly re-elected Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull deliver on some of his agenda. Several large Singapore corporates are already eyeing potential business opportunities arising from the closer bilateral ties. 


Shooting for Olympic medal

Tennis was her first love but failing to make Catholic Junior College's team was the trigger factor for Teo Shun Xie's interest in shooting, a journey which 10 years later sees her securing an Olympic spot in Rio. And amazingly, she had failed her National Police Cadet Corps marksmanship test in secondary school.


Chinese gigs pack calendar

There are at least 20 Chinese pop gigs lined up until the end of the year and they include acts such as that of Mandopop king Jay Chou, Taiwanese duo Power Station and home-grown singer Kit Chan. But discerning fans do not blindly snap up tickets. They also consider the concert's content and venue.


A taste of Aussie food scene

Some lucky diners in Singapore will get to try dishes from seafood-centric restaurant Cirrus - before it opens in Barangaroo, Sydney, in September. It is helmed by chef Brent Savage (photo), part of the new wave of chefs energising the Australian food scene. He will debut the menu tomorrow at a fully booked session at Salted & Hung restaurant in Purvis Street.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 25, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe