What's News: June 21, 2018

The Government hopes that Singapore will be cheque-free by 2025.
The Government hopes that Singapore will be cheque-free by 2025. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER


Push for a cheque-free S'pore

Singaporeans are adopting online payments with such gusto that the Government hopes that the country will be cheque-free by 2025. The latest step in the move to e-payments came yesterday with the announcement that the PayNow transfer service will be expanded to include businesses.


Keppel Club slashes fees

Keppel Club will cut members' monthly subscription fees to a nominal $1 for 12 months from July 1. The club, whose lease expires in December 2021, will also slash membership transfer fees by 25 per cent. Its lease will not be extended as the authorities have redevelopment plans for the Telok Blangah site.

People marking the anniversary of last year's terror attack on London's Westminster Bridge.
People marking the anniversary of last year's terror attack on London's Westminster Bridge. PHOTO: REUTERS


Terror attacks rise in Europe

Islamist attacks on European targets more than doubled last year, European police agency Europol said yesterday in an annual report. The extremists who carried out attacks were mainly home-grown, with Europeans who went off to fight on behalf of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group not returning to Europe in large numbers, Europol said.


Worries over Indonesian polls

Whether race and religion will play a dominant role when Indonesians go to the polls next Wednesday to elect local leaders has emerged as a major concern. Much is at stake for political parties, as these will be the last local elections before the race for the presidency officially kicks off in September.


Vital to solve Rakhine conflict

A stable, developed Rakhine is in the best interests of Myanmar's National League for Democracy government, if not out of human rights concerns, then certainly out of a political one, says researcher Hnin Wint Nyunt Hman.


Shortchanged by job title

Some bosses inflate employees' job titles to avoid paying them overtime. Labour MP Patrick Tay said that about 30,000 workers are classified as PMEs - an acronym for professionals, managers and executives - but they earn less than $2,500 a month.


HDB flat sold at record price

A cool $1.1 million - that is the record-setting price that a five-room Housing Board resale flat in Queenstown was sold for this month. The 38th-floor unit is the second flat to be sold above $1 million in less than a year, despite falling HDB resale prices.


Noble's new plan gets support

Noble Group yesterday said it has won support from its shareholder Goldilocks Investment for its financial restructuring, with the commodities firm electing to raise the amount of equity that shareholders would hold in the newly restructured firm to 20 per cent, from the 15 per cent proposed previously. The news sent Noble shares soaring 63 per cent.


Argentina must up their game

Argentina will need to lift their game a notch or two when they meet Croatia in a Group D match. The dual World Cup champions struggled through the qualifying stages and kicked off the tournament with a 1-1 draw against Iceland, in which Lionel Messi failed to convert a penalty. Argentina and Croatia last met in 2014 in a friendly the South Americans won 2-1.



Collette shines in horror flick

Actress Toni Collette (above) has been lauded for her turn in the horror film Hereditary, which tells the story of an American family battling malevolent forces. She says what makes it particularly frightening is the way in which the audience is drawn into the story.


Hello, I need a cab now

Find out why these taxi drivers still prefer to take bookings via a radiophone operator. http://str.sg/callcab


Fresh shot at life

From childhood cancer survivor to national archer - Miss Keller Chai shares her story in our Generation Grit series. http://str.sg/kellerchai

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 21, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe