What's News: Jun 9, 2018



Trump may arrive here earlier

United States President Donald Trump may land in Singapore earlier than expected tomorrow. He has indicated that he may make an early exit from the Group of Seven meeting in Canada and travel to his much-awaited summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. 


Changi Airport offers aid plan

Airlines at Changi Airport will get a one-year aid package when higher passenger fees, as well as aircraft landing and parking charges, kick in on July 1. The short-term reprieve is a bid by the aviation authorities to maintain the airport's competitiveness even as charges are increased to help fund expansion and development projects. 


KL relooks killer's sentence

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has indicated that the death sentence handed down to a former police commando convicted of the murder of a Mongolian woman may be commuted to a jail term so that he can return to the country for a fresh trial. Sirul Azhar Umar (above) was part of an elite unit guarding VVIPs, including then Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak, at the time of the murder.


Australia revises Bill

Australia has softened proposed foreign interference laws to secure parliamentary support for legislation that threatens to further strain ties with China. A Bill is likely to be tabled in Parliament soon and adopted by the end of the month, with the opposition Labor Party indicating it will support the law. 


Salute to Asean-Japan ties

Asean and Japan are neighbours and partners: Both parties share many common goals and interests, in keeping with the "heart-to-heart" relationship established more than 40 years ago, says Professor Tommy Koh. 


Man faces organised crime rap

The first of six people charged under the new Organised Crime Act pleaded guilty to being a member of a locally linked illegal remote gambling syndicate which netted $26.64 million in bets from one of the websites it ran. The man also admitted to two other offences.


Stress in migrant workers

Eight out of 10 migrant workers under stress in Singapore are from Bangladesh, burdened by relatively higher agent fees and more mouths to feed back home, according to a study. Often, they also think they cannot afford to see a doctor or buy prescription drugs.


OCBC loan tied to green push

OCBC Bank and Wilmar International have inked a deal that pegs the interest rate of the giant agri-business group's existing US$200 million (S$267.2 million) revolving credit facility to its sustainability performance. This is one of the largest loans by a Singapore bank that involves collaborating with the borrower on achieving sustainability targets. 


England shows depth of talent

England manager Gareth Southgate admitted that he had some "serious decisions" to make over his starting line-up for their World Cup Group G opener against Tunisia on June 18, after a 2-0 friendly victory over Costa Rica on Thursday in Leeds. Marcus Rashford's spectacular first-half goal and midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek's display caught the eye as England extended their unbeaten run to 10 games, dating back nearly a year. 


Purr-fect home for cat lover

Pilot Ernest Khong put in cat-friendly features and a loft to make his micro-apartment in Dairy Farm Heights a homey spot for himself and his two felines.

What it should have been

In yesterday’s report, “Koreans living in Singapore weigh in on summit”, the quote “Many times… the North let the South relax, then attacked suddenly. It is one of their battle strategies” should have been attributed to Madam Kim, 49, who is a housewife, and not to a real estate agent.
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Heroes Among Us

Meet Mr Tan Ming Kai, who discovered 30 new insect species in Singapore. http://str.sg/oYUu


Dim sum treats

Love your dim sum? Here are seven places to go for well-priced treats. http://str.sg/ofFq

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 09, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe