What's News: Jun 29, 2018

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Prime Minister Malcolm TurnbullPHOTO: REUTERS


More water from desalination

The $217 million Tuas Desalination Plant can produce up to 30 million gallons of drinking water a day, which can meet the daily needs of around 200,000 households. With the opening of the plant, 30 per cent of Singapore's water needs can now be met by desalination, up from 25 per cent.


Umno's accounts frozen

Malaysia's graft busters have frozen several bank accounts of the country's largest political party Umno, said its vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. The news came as the media reported that a luxury apartment linked to financier Low Taek Jho, the alleged mastermind behind the scandal involving state fund 1MDB, had been raided.


Australia says no to meddling

Australian lawmakers overwhelmingly passed Bills to crack down on foreign interference, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (above) saying they are needed to stop reported meddling by China and other nations in the government, media and universities. The legislation was passed with 39 votes in favour and 12 against.


Changes to US Supreme Court

The retirement on July 31 of US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has stunned liberals - and conservatives are salivating at the prospect of a decisively conservative Supreme Court bench for decades to come. And it has raised the stakes even higher in mid-term congressional elections in November.


Legal nub of oBike deposits

What exactly is the legal nature of the deposits placed with oBike and other bike-sharing firms? Clearer regulation can help protect such funds in future, says NUS law faculty Sheridan Fellow Jeremiah Lau.


Call for more data on soil works

Nature groups and experts want more data on how animals have been affected by soil investigation works at the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. This is in response to LTA's findings that its measures to reduce the impact on the environment were encouraging.


Property buyers face queries

Home buyers can expect to be asked a string of questions by property agents because of a recent push by the Council for Estate Agencies to get them to inform the authorities of suspected money laundering activities. The council came up with a checklist of queries.


Hot contest for EC sites

The scarcity of land parcels released to build executive condominiums could see developers turning their attention to the plots at Canberra Link and Anchorvale Crescent under the Government Land Sales programme, consultants say.


Germany to blame for defeat

Defending champions Germany crashed out of the World Cup on Wednesday, and they have only themselves to blame, says ST's David Lee. Coach Joachim Low must be held accountable for failing to stick to his young guns, who had proven themselves worthy after winning the Confederations Cup last year. The unity, fighting spirit and cutting edge that characterised their winning campaign in 2014 were also lacking.


Taking stock of time

Ms Brillyn Toh, managing partner of used goods dealer Hock Siong & Co, has a penchant for calculator watches like her Casio. Time has special resonance for her line of work, she says , as signs of wear and tear in used objects suggest that memories are inextricably linked to time.

What it should have been

In Monday's report, "What's up iDoc? Giving a virtual consult at a pharmacy", it was stated that iDoc is under the Ministry of Health's (MOH) regulatory sandbox scheme.

MOH has clarified that iDoc has applied to join the scheme, but is not part of it yet.

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Goodbye, Rochor Centre

Demolition work has started for the iconic development, which will make way for the upcoming North-South Corridor. http://str.sg/oM3q


Race for Golden Boot

Star strikers with the same traits and strong supporting casts are piling on the goals in the World Cup. http://str.sg/ogFs

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe