What's News: Jun 5, 2018



Military reshuffle in N. Korea

North Korea has replaced three of its top military officers with loyalists to leader Kim Jong Un, just days before he is scheduled to have denuclearisation talks with the United States in Singapore. The surprise reshuffle, reported by South Korean media, is deemed as a move to suppress any possible military dissent and secure the regime in Mr Kim's absence.


A-G issue alarms Bar Council

Malaysia's Bar Council has expressed alarm over the deadlock in the appointment of a new attorney-general after Mr Mohamed Apandi Ali was put on garden leave by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Malaysia's King is against the appointment of a non-Malay, but the council said the King is constitutionally bound to accept Mr Tommy Thomas.


PM warns of US-China frictions

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has warned that trade frictions between the United States and China can easily deteriorate into a wider mistrust. PM Lee also said that while China was thinking strategically, he was not sure if the US was thinking strategically about its relationship with China or its role in the wider world.


Facebook deals raise concerns

Facebook struck deals that gave phone and device-makers such as Apple, Samsung and Microsoft access to users' personal data. This has raised concerns about the company's privacy protections in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.


Good design is good business

From a portable ultrasound scanner to Bluetooth-enabled toothbrushes, the field of design thinking, coupled with technological capabilities, holds promise for Singapore, says Dr Beh Swan Gin, chairman of Singapore's Economic Development Board.


Early help for vulnerable kids

An early intervention scheme has helped almost 300 young children from vulnerable families. A study found that the 283 children in the Temasek Foundation Cares Kids Integrated Development Service 0-3 were found to have improved language and cognitive abilities.


Court rules for foreign worker

The High Court has ruled that a Bangladeshi site supervisor is entitled to get pay rates for rest days he worked, as set out in the Employment Act. The decision overturns the findings of a labour official and will give the worker a bigger overtime payment.


Bond boost for retirement

The first retail private equity bond to be issued in Singapore can help supplement Singaporeans' retirement income, said Temasek Holdings' chief executive Ho Ching. The bond is being issued by a Temasek unit. Ms Ho was speaking at a Stewardship Asia forum yesterday.


Thai golfer wins US Open

World No. 5 Ariya Jutanugarn survived a back-nine meltdown to become the first Thai player to win the US Women's Open on Sunday.

The 22-year-old let slip a seven-shot lead with nine holes remaining before parring the fourth play-off hole for her second career Major title. She finished with a one-over-par 73 and a 72-hole total of 11-under 277.


Odette named top restaurant

French fine-dining restaurant Odette at the National Gallery Singapore was named Restaurant Of The Year at the annual G Restaurant Awards. The two-Michelin-starred establishment is helmed by French chef Julien Royer.

A total of 48 awards were given out at the awards ceremony last night.


Defect detectives

More Singaporeans are signing up for defect inspection services once they collect the keys to their new homes. str.sg/oYkX


New home for dogs

Dogs from animal welfare group SOSD moved from their shelter in Pasir Ris Farmway to a new home in Sungei Tengah. str.sg/oYZ8

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