What's News: July 29, 2016

A highlight of this year's Singapore Night Festival is Invasion, a super-sized puppetry show by Dutch street theatre company Close-Act.
A highlight of this year's Singapore Night Festival is Invasion, a super-sized puppetry show by Dutch street theatre company Close-Act.PHOTO: CLOSE-ACT
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
German Chancellor Angela MerkelPHOTO: REUTERS


Jobless rate, layoffs climb

Unemployment climbed in the second quarter of the year and layoffs hit a seven-year high, as Singapore's economy comes under the strain of slow external demand. The Manpower Ministry's estimates show that the jobless rate for Singaporeans and permanent residents was 3 per cent last month, up from 2.7 per cent in March - the highest since end-2010.


Bike-sharing in more areas?

A bicycle-sharing pilot could be extended beyond the Jurong Lake District to Marina Bay-City Centre as well as Tampines and Pasir Ris. The Land Transport Authority will call a tender today to look into the feasibility of such an expansion. 


No U-turn on refugee stance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rebuffed calls to reverse her welcoming position on refugees in the wake of a series of brutal attacks in the country, saying the country will not be swayed by terrorist acts. French President Francois Hollande also voiced a conviction to stand by the country's values and principles despite recent terror strikes.


'Creatures' to light up Night Festival

The Singapore Night Festival returns this year with the theme of Inventions And Innovation. A highlight this year is Invasion, a super-sized puppetry show with prehistoric creatures and aliens battling among humans on the lawn of the National Museum of Singapore. The festival takes place on Aug 19-20 and Aug 26-27. 


Taiwan acts on tour buses

Taiwan has ordered a number of tour buses off the roads after a bus inferno that killed dozens of Chinese tourists. Questions have been raised about the mental health of the driver of the ill-fated bus, after five bottles of petrol were found to have been on board.


Asia ruled by big power play

Is Asia a community governed by law or power?

The aftermath of the July 12 decision over the South China Sea disputes confirms that big power play dominates Asian geopolitics, says Australian National University professor Hugh White. 


'No money' for gym refund

The liquidators of California Fitness, which recently closed its gym chain here, have e-mailed members to say there is no money available to refund them. Some stand to lose thousands of dollars in unused gym memberships and need to file claims with the liquidators instead.


Punggol Walk getting library

Punggol residents will have to wait four years for a public library to be built in the estate. Those living in Punggol Walk, however, will have access to a library within walking distance by October - in the form of two cargo containers filled with books.


2-year option for Hilltops

High-end developer SC Global is launching a payment scheme for Hilltops condominium in Cairnhill, under which home buyers pay an upfront amount equal to 20 per cent of the purchase price and are given a two-year option to complete the purchase of the unit at a price fixed today.


Holistic care for Olympians

The Singapore House in Rio, a three-level facility about 5km from the Olympic Games Village, will provide round-the-clock holistic care for the Republic's 25 athletes. Apart from a staff of 18, it has a gymnasium, swimming pool, two kitchens and a dining hall.

What it should have been 

In our Style News story yesterday, "Yves Rocher giveaway", we said readers could SMS their name and e-mail address to 9118-0960 before Aug 10 to receive an SMS auto-notification for redeeming a free tube of the Hydra Vegetal Mask at any of the four Yves Rocher outlets here.

The SMS number will be activated only on Aug 4 and the redemption period is from Aug 4 to Aug 10, while stocks last.

We are sorry for the error.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 29, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe