What's News: Jun 6, 2018


Govt services to go digital

Singaporeans can access every single government service online and will also be able to complete between 90 per cent and 95 per cent of transactions with the Government digitally by 2023, as Singapore's Smart Nation push picks up momentum. About 20,000 public servants will be trained in data science by 2023.


Council to examine AI ethics

The new Advisory Council on the Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data will work with the Infocomm Media Development Authority on the ethical and legal development as well as thedeployment of AI. Possible issues include whether a company should be responsible if its chatbot spews racist or offensive messages.

A worker in Uganda cleaning plastic bags to be sold for recycling. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


UN seeks curbs on plastic use

A United Nations report released to mark World Environment Day yesterday says that less than a tenth of all plastic ever made has been recycled, with five trillion plastic bags used worldwide each year. The report said that governments should consider banning or taxing single-use bags or food containers to stem a tide of pollution.


Apple boosts online privacy

Tech giant Apple has unveiled new operating systems for iPhones and computers with features that thwart secret trackers used by companies like Facebook to monitor people's online activities. The news comes amid a growing focus on privacy after a data scandal at Facebook and new European Union rules for online services.


South China Sea discord

At the Shangri-La Dialogue, heated discussion over words revealed rifts in views between China and other countries over its build-up in disputed areas, says Opinion editor (global affairs) Audrey Quek.


Man jailed over underage sex

A bogus medium duped two underage girls to have sex with him by saying they were being followed by spirits that would harm them and their loved ones if they did not have sex with him. Alva Quek Sui Hong, now 20, was jailed for five years and nine months yesterday.


Shophouse heritage

Eight Jalan Besar pre-war buildings, in an area of mainly Art Deco-style buildings, recently achieved conservation status. Their conservation will complete a cluster of heritage buildings in Serangoon Road, Race Course Road and Tessensohn Road.


Uptick in business sentiment

The index compiled by the Singapore Commercial Credit Bureau shows that sentiment in the business community here is at its most buoyant in three years, as conditions across the board turn favourable.The service and manufacturing sectors are the most optimistic about the upcoming third quarter.



Pinning hopes on Harry Kane

If England hope to end 52 years of World Cup anguish, they will need captain Harry Kane's (above) proven aptitude for goals in Russia. Former England internationals - defender Gary Neville, striker Teddy Sheringham and midfielder Nicky Butt - said that the 24-year-old Tottenham star is the best striker in the world, and he may just be the man to fire England to their first World Cup triumph since 1966.


Shakespeare's Globe in S'pore

Shakespeare's Globe is returning to Singapore in September with three of the Bard's plays: comedies Twelfth Night, The Merchant Of Venice and The Taming Of The Shrew. The shows, to be staged at the School of the Arts Concert Hall from Sept 18 to 22, are part of the British company's world tour.


Heroes Among Us

Meet Mr Tan Ming Kai, who discovered 30 new insect species in Singapore. http://str.sg/oYUu


Enduring mystery

This grave on a hillock in Thomson is almost 160 years old, but no one knows for sure who lies in it. http://str.sg/oYof

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 06, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe