What's News: June 23, 2016

British Prime Minister David Cameron (left) stands next to Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron during a Vote Remain campaign in Birmingham, Britain, on June 22.
British Prime Minister David Cameron (left) stands next to Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron during a Vote Remain campaign in Birmingham, Britain, on June 22.PHOTO: EPA


Final bid to sway UK voters

Politicians made a last-ditch effort yesterday to sway undecided Britons to vote in favour of staying in or leaving the EU in a high-stakes referendum.

The rival "Leave" and "Remain" camps criss-crossed the country in their campaign buses to push their message one last time, with polls indicating that the vote could go either way.


Incentives for safety training

Construction firms are to be offered incentives to send their foreign workers for safety training. From October, they will get $350 off their monthly foreign worker levies and be allowed to keep them on for longer.



LDP likely to win election

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition looks set to hold on to power in the Upper House of Parliament in an upcoming poll, according to surveys published as campaigning kicked off yesterday. But Mr Abe needs a big win to keep his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmakers in line if he hopes to stay on for another three years once his tenure as party president expires in 2018.


N. Korea tests missiles again

North Korea yesterday test-fired two intermediate-range ballistic missiles from its east coast, drawing strong condemnation from the global community. While the first Musudan missile is understood to have failed, the second one is said to have travelled 400km.


Stadium a bad fit for NDP?

This year's National Day Parade will be held at the iconic new National Stadium in Kallang. The stadium's design, however, does not allow for aerial fly-pasts, parachutists or fireworks. The high venue cost also makes it likely that holding the NDP there will be a one-off affair.


2 Novena underpasses to go

Two underpasses linking buildings in the Novena area will be demolished to facilitate works on the North-South Corridor. Experts say pedestrians still have above-ground crossing options but some commuters are not happy.


Apple pulls S'pore firm's app

An app that claims to be able to scan the Mediterranean Sea for refugee boats has been decried as fake. I SEA, developed by digital advertising agency Grey Group Singapore's philanthropic arm, has been pulled from Apple's App Store but the firm denies it is fake and says it is still being tested.


Yuan assets part of reserves

The Monetary Authority of Singapore will include its yuan financial investments as part of its official foreign reserves starting this month. This comes after the IMF said last year that the yuan met the criterion of a freely usable currency, and would be included in the Special Drawing Rights basket from Oct 1 this year.

Messi's 32nd-minute strike was the pick of the goals as the forward led his country to their third final in as many years. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Messi weaves himself into Argentina's record books

Lionel Messi became Argentina's all-time leading scorer as they outclassed the United States 4-0 at Houston's NRG Stadium to reach the Copa America Centenario final. Messi curled in a magnificent free kick to take his tally to 55 goals and take him one clear of Gabriel Batistuta. C11


From desserts to dim sum

She is known for serving intricate desserts but pastry chef Janice Wong, 33, will be opening a dim sum and noodle restaurant at the National Museum on Aug 17. The 1,500 sq ft restaurant will also serve her repertoire of popular desserts which has been the highlight of her nine-year career.


Montreux Jazz Cafe in S'pore

The first Montreux Jazz Cafe outside Europe and the Middle East is set to open in Singapore in October. Located in Pan Pacific Orchard, the multi-concept restaurant and live-music venue will have an estimated capacity of 500 people in a 7,000 sq ft space. There will be two stages for performances.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 23, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe