What's News: June 12, 2018



Trump upbeat about summit

United States President Donald Trump seemed upbeat ahead of his meeting today with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he tweeted yesterday: "Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air." The White House said last night that Mr Trump would leave Singapore this evening, suggesting that things were moving quickly and the talks could be wrapped up in a day. 


Hard work for smooth summit

About 5,000 officers from the Ministry of Home Affairs are working overtime to ensure that the summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is safe and well-run. They are joined by thousands from other ministries, including Foreign Affairs, Defence, Communications and Information, and Transport. 


Trump blasts allies, Trudeau

United States President Donald Trump fired off a volley of tweets yesterday, venting anger on Nato allies, the European Union and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the wake of a divisive G-7 meeting at the weekend. Fair trade is now to be called fool trade if it is not reciprocal, said Mr Trump. 


Spain to take in migrant ship

Spain has offered to take in a rescue ship that is drifting in the Mediterranean Sea with 629 migrants stranded on board after Italy and Malta refused to let it dock. The Aquarius, operated by non-governmental organisations, picked up the migrants from inflatable boats and rafts off the coast of Libya at the weekend. 


Revisionist hopes run high

From the United States to North Korea, South Korea, Japan and China, each stakeholder in the Trump-Kim summit has revisionist hopes to alter the regional order. 


Bikes in dispute may be sold

Despite ongoing talks, bike-sharing operator ofo said a freight forwarding company it is in a commercial dispute with is apparently planning to sell off a warehouse's worth of new ofo bicycles which had been shipped over from China. 


Moves to help inmates' kids

There are now several initiatives to help the children of prison inmates. One of them involves staff and volunteers of the Singapore After-Care Association being stationed at the State Courts to support family members with referral services. 


New group set up to fight crime

A new information-sharing group called the CERES (CEntral banks, REgulators and Supervisory entities) is being launched for central banks, regulators and supervisors. The global platform's aim is to help various parties combat cyber and physical crime, as well as build a more resilient financial sector.


Brazil raring to go in Russia

Four years on from Brazil's 7-1 humiliation at home by Germany in the World Cup semi-finals, they are stronger and raring to go in Russia.

What's more, in warm-up games, the Selecao are looking unlike the Brazil of the last two tournaments, returning to their offensive roots instead of relying on set pieces or counter-attacks, and not being overly reliant on Neymar. 


Leading role for Hartono

Singer-songwriter Nathan Hartono will be making his leading-man debut in the Singapore film When Ghost Meets Zombie. In the Chinese-language comedy, he plays a character who turns into a zombie then falls in love with the ghost of a mischievous girl.

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Helping hand

A visit to Kenya redirected tax specialist Gabriel Teo Kian Chong's efforts to volunteer work. http://str.sg/oYXB


Slice of the 70s

Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant in Keppel Road could be on the URA's conservation radar. http://str.sg/ofCG

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 12, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe