What's News: June 29, 2017


S'pore spared cyber attack

Singapore's Cyber Security Agency and GovTech said none of the island's 11 critical information infrastructure sectors was affected by NotPetya, the latest ransomware attack. Many other organisations have also been spared after patching their systems following last month's WannaCry ransomware scare.


Maid in Bedok murders caught

An Indonesian maid who was on the run after her elderly employers were found bound and dead in their Bedok Reservoir flat has been caught. Khasanah, 41, was arrested on Tuesday night when police in Indonesia's Jambi province raided her hotel room. In her possession were money and valuables, including jewellery.

A Saudi vehicle being checked at the Qatari side of the Abu Samrah border crossing with Saudi Arabia last Friday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Qatar crisis may escalate

Gulf Arab states are considering fresh sanctions against Qatar and could ask their trading partners to choose between working with them or Doha, the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Russia, Mr Omar Ghobash, has said in an interview with The Guardian newspaper.


China launches new warship

China's military yesterday launched what it calls the most advanced and largest warship in Asia, the latest addition to the country's rapidly expanding navy. The 10,000-tonne warship is expected to enter service next year.


Pay hike coming your way?

With growth slowing, what is the outlook for wages in the months ahead? Analysts expect wages to stay stagnant or rise marginally. But prospects for low-wage workers, and those in growth sectors like finance and infocomm, are brighter, says Joanna Seow.


Bus stroller restraint system

SBS Transit is taking a step towards making it safer for commuters to take strollers on board public buses without having to fold them. A stroller restraint system is on trial from today on service 69. The system utilises a slot and a belt to hold a stroller in place.


Winning shoppers' loyalty

Department stores have a competitive edge over online-only stores. Customers who shopped via the stores' online channels reported higher levels of customer loyalty than shoppers of e-commerce sites, according to a nationwide survey held earlier this year.


Buyout offer for Croesus

American private equity firm Blackstone has made a cash offer to privatise Croesus Retail Trust at $1.17 per unit in an all-or-nothing deal.

This means Blackstone needs more than 50 per cent of voting unit holders representing at least 75 per cent in value of the total voting units to agree to the buyout for it to go through.


No smoking gun in Fifa report

Fifa on Tuesday released the Garcia report, which outlined corruption but offered no smoking gun in bids to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments. The report, under wraps since being completed by Fifa's then ethics investigator Michael Garcia in 2014, makes no suggestion that Russia or Qatar should lose their rights to stage the event.



Young entrepreneur with style

Ms Savina Chai (above) is not your average 23-year-old. The young entrepreneur with a bold sense of style founded Singapore womenswear label Eight Slate when she was just 21. Her look can be tailored-sleek one moment and street-grunge the next.


Weighty issues

How many Singaporean five-year-olds are overweight? We have crunched data from the Health Promotion Board on Singaporeans and obesity at str.sg/fatfacts


Love thy neighbour

How often do neighbours say "hi" to one another? Find out more from a graciousness survey at http://str.sg/4Ejk

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe