What's News: July 7, 2018


The trade war begins

The trade war between the world's two largest economies has begun as the United States' punitive tariffs on US$34 billion (S$46 billion) worth of Chinese goods kicked in and China retaliated with equivalent measures. US President Donald Trump signalled he was digging in for a long fight.


Workfare scheme under review

There are now fewer low-income workers who qualify for the Workfare Income Supplement scheme, which tops up the salaries of Singaporean employees who earn less than $2,000 a month.

Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad said a review of the scheme is under way.

The Katsura River in Kyoto was flooded yesterday after heavy rainfall.
The Katsura River in Kyoto was flooded yesterday after heavy rainfall. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Japan hit by 'historic' rainfall

Hundreds of thousands of people across a wide swathe of western and central Japan were evacuated from their homes yesterday as torrential rain flooded rivers and set off landslides, killing at least four people. The Japan Meteorological Agency issued its strongest possible warning about the "historic" rainfall, and said more was set to batter already saturated areas through tomorrow.


Syrian rebels lay down arms

South Syrian rebels said they had agreed yesterday to lay down arms in a Russian-brokered deal that appeared to surrender Deraa province to the government. State media also reported the government has recovered the crucial Nassib border crossing with Jordan, held by rebels for three years. 


Governing as a team

For Singapore to continue to thrive, it has to embrace change. The fourth-generation leadership may want to look at a new mode of governing as a team and ways to position Singapore as the capital of Asia, says Parag Khanna. 


AI boost for health sector

A facial recognition tool that prioritises high-risk patients was among several Artificial Intelligence (AI) devices on show yesterday at Singapore's first public healthcare AI expo, which was encouraging the development of tools to tackle challenges in healthcare.


Jail for woman in bribe scandal

A Singaporean woman hired as a lead contract specialist for the United States Navy has been sentenced to 33 months in jail for her role in the largest bribery and fraud conspiracy in the history of the US Navy. The scandal involved some US$35 million (S$48 million).


Hyflux must find buyer by Oct

Maybank, Hyflux's largest secured lender, has agreed to give the water project developer until Oct 15 to find a buyer and ink a binding purchase agreement for the Tuaspring integrated water and power plant.


Kane can't win alone

As Argentina, Portugal and Egypt have proven, one-man shows do not produce happy endings, while Brazil, France and Belgium have benefited from having a group of players sharing the responsibility. So, England have been warned.

The Three Lions will not beat Sweden, much less win the World Cup, unless the three musketeers - Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard - supporting Harry Kane can wake up from their collective slumber in time for today's quarter-final. 



The Sam Willows' 'joyful mess'

Home-grown band The Sam Willows sings about coming of age in its new album I Know, But Where. The pop quartet describes the 11-track album, which tackles responsibilities and adult life, as "a bit of a joyful mess".


Big tiny superheroes

Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly talk to The Straits Times about their latest movie, Ant-Man And The Wasp. str.sg/oMjN


Hangout with ST

Let's talk about the Thai cave rescue, illegal wildlife trade in the region and the issue about automation replacing jobs. str.sg/hangout19

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 07, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe