What's News: July 21, 2015

Irishman Paul Dunne, 22, is the first amateur to lead golf's oldest Major at the 54-hole stage in 88 years.
Irishman Paul Dunne, 22, is the first amateur to lead golf's oldest Major at the 54-hole stage in 88 years.PHOTO: REUTERS
Rocket Man Elton John, 68 (above), is still firing on all cylinders five decades after his debut.
Rocket Man Elton John, 68 (above), is still firing on all cylinders five decades after his debut.


Britain's anti-extremism plan

Prime Minister David Cameron has set out a five-year strategy to tackle extremism in Britain, vowing to take on those responsible for radicalising young British Muslims and demanding that Internet companies do more to help.

Worried parents will be able to apply to cancel their children's passports to prevent travel.

Access to website blocked

The Malaysian authorities have blocked access to the Sarawak Report over the website's claims of abuse of public funds surrounding 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

But the move might be futile, given the various workarounds to circumvent the "Domain Name System" restriction, and the widespread use of social media.


General not averse to top post

Myanmar's army chief, General Min Aung Hlaing, has not ruled out becoming president if asked to take the top post ahead of the country's November elections. The polls will be the first in a quarter of a century to be contested by Ms Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, which is expected to make huge gains.

E-waste recycling - at a cost

E-waste recycling is a booming business in China, with about 70 per cent of global e-waste making its way there. But, ironically, the green practice is polluting rivers and threatening the health of workers who strip apart electronic devices with little protective gear.


Unlikely pair trying to make their mark

Just the second Monday finish in British Open golf history saw an unlikely pair trying to make their mark for contrasting reasons. Unheralded Irishman Paul Dunne was tied for the third-round lead with two others and aiming to be the first amateur winner since 1927, while young sensation Jordan Spieth, the American world No. 2, was a shot behind, gunning to be only the second man to win the year's first three Majors.


Gen Y and ISIS' virtual war

Many radical movements target the young and marginalised. It is time to ask the Y Generation for their views on how to win the virtual war waged in cyberspace by groups like ISIS. It seems extraordinary that they have rarely been consulted, writes Farish A. Noor.


Going for sustainable seafood

Sustainable seafood is catching on in Singapore, with 10 suppliers getting the stamp of approval from a global body for seafood caught responsibly. Two hotels here have also been certified to serve sustainable seafood in their restaurants.

New gates at Pasir Ris One

The developers of Pasir Ris One have promised to deal with problems caused by the narrow corridors in the premium public housing project. Some residents of facing units had earlier complained that they could not open their door gates at the same time.


Bidding for Indian city project

At least two Singaporean township developers are likely to bid to help build a new capital city for the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The project is substantial, covering 17 sq km in the centre of the new capital of Amaravati being built on the Krishna River.


Rocket Man to land here

Rocket Man Elton John, 68, is still firing on all cylinders five decades after his debut. He is touring this year at a rate that would fell younger men - he has engagements throughout the United States and in Spain, Brazil, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. His stops in this region include two nights in Singapore on Dec 1 and 2 at the Star Theatre.

Girl power saves Trainwreck

Trainwreck again demonstrated the power of female ticket buyers at the weekend box office in the United States. While Marvel's Ant-Man was easily the No. 1 movie in the US and Canada, taking in about US$58 million (S$79 million), Trainwreck bested initial projections of a US$20 million debut by reaping US$30.2 million in ticket takings. The story of a commitment-phobic woman cost US$35 million to make. Universal said 66 per cent of Trainwreck ticket buyers were female.

What it should have been

Last Thursday's report, "President appoints Buddhist leader to minority rights panel", identified the Singapore Buddhist Federation vice-president, the Venerable Sik Kwang Sheng, as the federation's president. We are sorry for the error.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 21, 2015, with the headline '(No headline) - 5WOSTRATEGY21'. Print Edition | Subscribe