What's News: June 25, 2016

The Singapore Flyer shrouded by haze on Sept 25, 2015.
The Singapore Flyer shrouded by haze on Sept 25, 2015. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN


Britain faces tricky exit

Britain is faced with negotiating a tricky exit from the European Union and picking a new leader after a referendum on its continued membership of the EU produced a stunning Leave verdict. Asian markets that had ended Thursday's trading comforted by predictions of a Remain vote reacted badly to the result with stocks, sterling and euro hammered.


TRS co-founder pleads guilty

The co-founder of The Real Singapore yesterday admitted to playing an instrumental role in starting and running the socio-political website as he pleaded guilty to six counts of sedition.



98 dead after tornado in China

Chinese villagers scrabbled through the rubble of their homes after hurricane-force winds and a tornado left at least 98 dead and hundreds more injured in eastern China on Thursday. The National Meteorological Centre of China, where deadly tornadoes are rare, said it could not issue warnings as it lacked the monitoring and forecasting technology.


Cutting micro-parties to size

Australia's "micro-parties", or small political parties which generally focus on a single issue, have been decried by critics for causing gridlocks. But new rules aim to prevent them from winning seats by swapping their unused votes with other parties.


Haze Act follows global norms

Singapore's transboundary haze pollution law is consistent with international law principles that permit a country's laws to have extra-territorial jurisdiction in some cases, say S. Jayakumar and Tommy Koh in the By Invitation column this week.


Restaurant chain fined $530k

A Chinese restaurant chain which used around $640,000 worth of gas without paying a cent for it - and even tampered with the gas meters at some of its outlets - was fined $530,000 by a district court yesterday.


SIA denies Virgin stake reports

Singapore Airlines has stated that it has not considered taking a majority stake in Virgin Australia, contrary to reports that it was trying to secure a 51 per cent stake in the carrier. A research firm said earlier this week that SIA had missed the chance after Virgin's tie-up with Chinese conglomerate HNA Group.


S'pore manufacturing up 0.9%

Singapore's manufacturing output climbed 0.9 per cent last month compared with the same period a year ago, thanks to sturdy growth within the biomedical cluster. Excluding this cluster, May's output would have shrunk 2.3 per cent.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic, who won this year's French Open, is making a bid for a calendar Grand Slam. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Federer seeded to meet Djokovic in Wimbledon semis

Defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic is tipped to meet seven-time winner Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the grass-court tournament, as he continues his bid for a calendar Grand Slam. Local hope Andy Murray is lined up for a last-four clash against Stan Wawrinka.

The chain's new flagship restaurant will still carry its no-frills burgers and fries. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM


McDonald's goes gourmet

McDonald's new flagship restaurant at East Coast Park is unlike the fast food chain's other outlets. When it opens on July 2, it will offer diners gourmet food options alongside its no-frills burgers and fries, and act as a testbed for new products.


Fiat fails to find favour

Fiat agent TTS Eurocars has joined a growing list of brands which have failed to take root in Singapore. The agent has had the franchise for 11 years, but is now selling parallel-imported cars. Up to end-May, 22 new Fiats have been registered since 2013.

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