What's News: June 04, 2016


S'pore a good friend: Carter

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter says the US has no better friend than Singapore in the region. Speaking at the launch of the Shangri-La Dialogue alongside Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, he noted Singapore's contribution to the fight against terrorism. Earlier, both men flew on a US Navy P-8 Poseidon over the Malacca Strait.


Noble chairman to step down

Noble Group's share price plunged 13.3 per cent yesterday after its chairman Richard Elman pledged to step down from its board in the next 12 months. The embattled commodity trader is also raising US$500 million (S$688 million) in a rights issue as it seeks ways to repay its massive debts.

The universe has been found to be expanding 5 per cent to 9 per cent faster than predicted.
The universe has been found to be expanding 5 per cent to 9 per cent faster than predicted. PHOTO: REUTERS


New light on universe growth

The universe is expanding more rapidly than previously believed, according to two space agencies - a discovery that could test Albert Einstein's theory of relativity. The rate of expansion does not match predictions based on measurements of the remnant radiation left over from the Big Bang explosion.


Paris on alert as flood waters rise

Valuable artworks evacuated from the basement of the Louvre museum in Paris yesterday following days of heavy rain.
Valuable artworks evacuated from the basement of the Louvre museum in Paris yesterday following days of heavy rain. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The Seine river rose to its highest level in three decades in Paris yesterday as the death toll from torrential rainfall across Europe rose to 14. While the river's swelling has so far had little impact on Paris, other than the closure of the famous Louvre and Musee d'Orsay museums, the devastation has been more pronounced in central France and southern Germany.


Abe should head to Nanjing

Whether Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe should go to Pearl Harbor to make amends is a bit irrelevant. Where he should go, and urgently, is Nanjing which next year marks the 80th anniversary of the massacre, writes Jean-Pierre Lehmann.


Golf club membership fees dip

Golf club membership prices have mostly fallen two years after the Government announced it was taking back the land or not renewing the land lease for several clubs. But observers say prices are expected to rise again in future, given the lower number of such clubs here.


Transport options for Mandai

Plans to build a nature precinct in the Mandai area by 2023 would require better transport options to the area, said experts and visitors. The area, where attractions like the Singapore Zoo are located, is now served by only a few bus services.


Offer to delist Otto Marine

Heavily battered oil and marine stocks may be ripe pickings for investors looking to buy them up for a song.

Mainboard-listed Otto Marine received an offer to be delisted on Tuesday and this could start a wave of privatisation deals in the sector, said analysts.


Warriors' reserves shine

Stephen Curry had only 11 points and Klay Thompson a mere nine. But the Golden State Warriors' bench, led by Shaun Livingston, came to their rescue late in the game for a 104-89 hammering of the Cleveland Cavaliers as the National Basketball Association Finals tipped off.

The Warriors' roaring start, after they came from 1-3 down to beat Oklahoma City in the West Finals, showed depth and teamwork.



Shangri-La's new orchid pod

A 7m-tall greenhouse (photo) filled with orchids has sprouted on the grounds of Shangri-La Hotel. The Orchid is an open-air wooden pavilion where hotel guests and those attending events or dining at the hotel can sit and admire about 300 potted orchids.


Prince overdosed on opiate

Prince died from an accidental overdose of self-administered fentanyl, a type of synthetic opiate, officials in Minnesota said on Thursday. The singer appears to have developed a dependency on medications to treat his debilitating hip pain during his career.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Subscribe