What's News: August 25, 2016

Rubble is seen after an earthquake in Bagan, Myanmar on Aug 24.
Rubble is seen after an earthquake in Bagan, Myanmar on Aug 24. PHOTO: REUTERS


Quakes hit Italy, Myanmar

A powerful pre-dawn earthquake devastated mountain villages in central Italy yesterday, leaving at least 73 people dead. It was followed hours later by a 6.8-magnitude quake that struck central Myanmar, killing at least one person and damaging around 60 pagodas in the ancient city of Bagan.



More bombings in Thailand

Thailand yesterday said there was no link between two bombings overnight that killed one person in the southern town of Pattani and a wave of deadly attacks on tourist spots earlier this month. Analysts said militants in the south were sending a message with the Pattani attacks.


N. Korea aims missile at Japan

North Korea yesterday fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile that flew 500km towards Japan, the latest in a series of provocative missile tests conducted in recent months. The projectile breached Japan's air defence identification zone.


Huge leak of submarine data

French defence contractor DCNS has been hit by a massive leak of secret data on its submarines that is likely to alarm its clients - India, Malaysia and Chile. The breadth of detail creates a major strategic problem for the countries.


Relook approach to sport

Singapore may have struck Olympic gold but is far from being a sporting nation, writes sports editor Marc Lim. If Joseph Schooling's win is to mean more than a week of euphoria, the country's approach to sport and sportsmen needs to change now, he says.


Workplace death rate may rise

Singapore's workplace fatality rate could rise this year, Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say warned yesterday.

Forty-eight lives have already been lost this year, and the rate could hit 2.2 deaths per 100,000 workers. Last year, the rate was 1.9.


Man's jail term cut but...

A man who abetted a drug trafficker while in Malaysia had his jail term cut from seven years to four years and six months on appeal. But the Chief Justice said the man should have been sentenced to more years in jail than the seven-year term.


Move to boost fintech funding

Singapore's fintech scene needs a stronger pipeline of talent, mentorship and funding to catch up with ecosystems like New York, said Monetary Authority of Singapore managing director Ravi Menon. He said it will review requirements placed on venture capitalists and boost the funding pool.


Big win for ACS (I) cricketers

Defending a total of 92-8 in 20 overs, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) defeated Raffles Institution by 15 runs in the schools national C Division final yesterday. The victory gave ACS (I) a clean sweep of this year's schools national cricket titles.

Train To Busan has made $3.1 million in Singapore - the highest-grossing South Korean movie here to date. PHOTO: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES


S. Korean zombie thriller breaks box-office record

Train To Busan is the highest-grossing Korean movie in Singapore to date. The zombie thriller, which is still showing in cinemas, has made $3.1 million - more than triple the earnings of the next best-performing Korean film here, 200 Pounds Beauty (2006), which had made $980,000.



Lawrence is top-paid actress

Jennifer Lawrence was named the world's highest-paid actress for the second year running in a list released by Forbes magazine. She made US$46 million (S$62 million) this year. China's Fan Bingbing made the list for the second consecutive year, taking fifth position (US$17 million), while India's Deepika Padukone debuts at No. 10 (US$10 million).

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 25, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe