What's News: September 08, 2017

The USS John S. McCain suffered damage to its hull after a collision with a tanker off Singapore on Aug 22.
The USS John S. McCain suffered damage to its hull after a collision with a tanker off Singapore on Aug 22.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


50 years of bilateral relations

Singapore and Indonesia are neighbours by geography but partners by choice, and the breath and depth of cooperation between them reflects an enduring and maturing partnership, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday, as the two countries marked 50 years of bilateral relations.


Data stolen in cyber attack

The personal data of about 5,400 past and present customers of AXA Insurance in Singapore has been stolen in a cyber attack on its health portal. The French life insurer said customers’ e-mail addresses, mobile numbers and dates of birth were exposed. No other personal data was leaked, it added.


Concern over US Navy ships

More than a third of warfare training certifications for the US Navy's Japan-based destroyers and cruisers expired in June, CNN reported, citing a testimony from the Government Accountability Office. The revelation came in the wake of several accidents, where US naval ships collided with civilian ships. 


6m Chinese on the move soon

Some six million Chinese nationals are estimated to be travelling overseas during the upcoming Golden Week holiday from Oct 1, with some new favourite destinations including Croatia, Brazil and Kenya, a travel agency said. 


Japan arms industry wakes up

Japan's arms exports industry could be finally stirring to life, says associate editor Ravi Velloor. With Asia emerging as the top weapons-importing region, there is no reason why the market should be left to American, European and Israeli vendors.


Business-savvy charities

Pathlight School, run by the Autism Resource Centre, and Bizlink, which offers employment help for people with disabilities, are among a number of charities which have become business savvy and seen sales of their merchandise increase significantly. 


NKF needs more mega centres

The National Kidney Foundation said that even after its first mega dialysis centre in Corporation Road opens in April, it will need more such centres to meet demand. The new centre can treat 600 patients, more than the 80 to 160 capacity at its 32 current centres. 


$16m lifeline for Nam Cheong

Troubled shipbuilder Nam Cheong's executive chairman, Malaysian tycoon Tiong Su Kouk, has agreed to inject RM50 million (S$16 million) into the group as part of a financial restructuring plan under a court-supervised scheme of arrangement.

Nam Cheong has racked up US$424 million (S$571 million) in debts owed to banks and bond holders. 


Del Potro stuns Federer

The long-awaited first US Open meeting between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer failed to transpire as 24th seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina (above) ended the Swiss' unbeaten run this year in the Grand Slams. He upset third seed Federer 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4 in a riveting match at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. 


Holmes, Foxx reveal romance

Actress Katie Holmes has gone public with her stealthy romance with Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, five years after her divorce from Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise. Rumours have hovered around Holmes and Foxx since they were seen dancing together at a benefit in 2013 in the Hamptons.

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Wheelchair deliveries

In the new video series OurSTories, we meet Kamas Mohd, a para-athlete who makes food deliveries in his wheelchair. str.sg/wheeldeliver


Changing food scene

A new Pasir Ris hawker centre will have both traditional and hipster food. Check out other special eating joints. str.sg/foodjoints

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 08, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe