What's News: June 15, 2016

Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam.
Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam. PHOTO: ST FILE


Govt 'to protect all S'poreans'

All Singaporeans will be protected by the Government against the threat of violence, regardless of their race, religion or sexual orientation, said Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam last night. But the nation's security also depends on communities and families being vigilant about signs of radicalisation, he said, before the breaking of fast at a mosque.


Markets dive on Brexit fears

Concern over Britain leaving the European Union sent markets from Tokyo to Frankfurt to London plunging yesterday, as nervous investors flocked to safe havens to park their cash before the June 23 referendum that could mark the first flight from the union that started in 1993.

The British and European Union flags at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG


Brexit camp gains traction

The latest polls show that Britain is on course to leave the European Union, prompting appeals from Conservative and Labour leaders for voters to back the "Remain" campaign. But the referendum remains too close to call, with almost 30 per cent of voters likely to make up their minds at the last minute, according to a study.


China warns US on 'One China'

China has warned the US to adhere to the "One China" policy ahead of a visit to the US by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and the Dalai Lama. Ms Tsai will transit in Miami en route to Panama and Paraguay, and stop over in Los Angeles on her way back. The Dalai Lama is expected to meet President Barack Obama.


Still keen on S'pore real estate

A muted economic outlook, falling yields and oversupply concerns have made many local investors cautious about real estate here. But mega deals are still being inked - by foreign players. This is likely a testament to Singapore's continued attractiveness to investors.


Two specialised wards at IMH

Patients with mood disorders and early psychosis will benefit from two specialised wards that were officially opened at the Institute of Mental Health yesterday.

With 60 beds in total, they offer natural light, small gardens and therapy rooms - unlike previous "barracks-style" wards.


Credit-for-sex scams up

Police are working with stores to crack down on credit-for-sex scams that have robbed men here of more than $422,000 so far this year. The police decided to go on the offensive after a spike in the number of such cheating cases.


NOL gets new CEO and CFO

Shipping firm CMA CGM will focus on turning around the loss-making Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) as it begins integrating the newly acquired Singapore firm into its fold.

The process has begun in earnest, with the French maritime giant appointing a new chief executive officer and chief financial officer to NOL yesterday.

The Cavaliers' James dunking the ball despite the efforts of Warriors' Harrison Barnes in their game on Monday. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


Cavaliers narrow Warriors' lead in NBA finals

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving masterminded the Cleveland Cavaliers' 112-97 win over defending champions Golden State Warriors on Monday. The Warriors' lead has now been cut to 3-2 in the best-of-seven National Basketball Association Finals. James and Irving combined for a record 82 points in the absence of suspended Warriors stalwart Draymond Green.


The man behind the movies

Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai shares details of his personal life with film critic John Powers in the book WKW: The Cinema Of Wong Kar Wai. "This was the one time he had ever talked about his family. People who know him and worked with him didn't know some of the stuff... in the book," says Powers.



Negative buzz for remake

Fans of the beloved 1984 original Ghostbusters movie have questioned the need for a remake but Melissa McCarthy, who stars as one of the title characters in the all-female reboot, said it is a case of a "tiny majority yelling a lot". Director Paul Feig said: "All we ask is, watch the movie and judge it based on its own merits. People will talk but the work will speak for itself."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe