What's News: June 26, 2018



End of the road for oBike

It is the end of the road for bike-sharing company oBike, which will be shuttering its operations in Singapore. The company said it anticipated difficulties in meeting the licensing requirement of the Land Transport Authority for the bike-sharing sector. 


Frozen walls for tunnel works

Ice walls are being used for the first time to stabilise the earth before conducting MRT tunnel excavation works. The ground-freezing process is being done about 40m underground for construction work on the Thomson-East Coast Line's Marina Bay station. 


Erdogan wins Turkey polls

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won sweeping new executive powers after his victory in landmark elections that also saw his Islamist-rooted party and its nationalist allies secure a majority in Parliament. His main rival, Mr Muharrem Ince of the Republican People's Party, warned yesterday of a one-man rule. 


US curbs Chinese investment

The Treasury Department is planning to heighten scrutiny of Chinese investments in sensitive United States industries under an emergency law. The White House would also use the legal measure to declare China's investment in certain US companies a threat to economic and national security. 


End of US global power?

The Trump-Kim Singapore summit might well mark the beginning of the end. History will look back on it as one of the events that ushered in the end of US global power in the region, writes Hugh White. 


Top cause of deaths at work

Vehicular incident was the No. 1 cause of workplace deaths last year, with 14 people losing their lives. The Workplace Safety and Health Council has launched the Drive Safe, Work Safe campaign to raise awareness about good vehicular safety practices.


Local texts for JC literature

For the Chinese language and literature A-level examinations at the end of this year, students will be tested on the works of the late local playwright Kuo Pao Kun. This marks a trend in recent years of local works being used in literature curriculums in schools here. 


S'pore inflation up in May

Singapore's headline inflation rose last month, with the consumer price index up 0.4 per cent, picking up the pace from April's 0.1 per cent rise, the Department of Statistics said yesterday. Core inflation rose 1.5 per cent, faster than April's 1.3 per cent rise. 


Messi desperate to win Cup

Argentina superstar Lionel Messi, who turned 31 on Sunday, has revealed his obsession with lifting football's World Cup, insisting he will not retire until he gets his hands on the trophy. The stuttering South Americans must beat Nigeria today to stand any chance of advancing to the knockout phase in Russia. They also need to better Iceland's result against Croatia or else Messi might just find himself 35 years old and gunning for a trip to Qatar come 2022. 


Novel links migration and time

Singaporean writer Thea Lim links time travel and immigration in her upcoming debut novel An Ocean Of Minutes, set in a dystopian world where migrants are treated badly.

"When you leave a place, it often feels like you lose time," she says. 

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Money talks

The Money Hacks hosts and their guest tackle misconceptions about home loans and mortgages in Singapore. http://str.sg/ogyc


ChildAid auditions

Singer-songwriter Dick Lee is back as the creative force behind this year's ChildAid. Auditions start next month. http://str.sg/ogaL

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 26, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe