What's News: June 06, 2016

Research assistants Lionel Ng (left) and Daisuke Taira are part of the team tending the coral nurseries.
Research assistants Lionel Ng (left) and Daisuke Taira are part of the team tending the coral nurseries. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI


China's veiled attack on US

China said it does not "make or fear trouble" in a veiled attack on US involvement in the South China Sea disputes at the Shangri-La Dialogue yesterday. Beijing and Asean are capable of solving the territorial row, it said, warning that certain unrelated countries get involved only for their selfish gains.


Transplanting corals

A project funded by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, to save corals affected by a port development in Tuas, has seen about 800 coral fragments being moved to the reefs off Kusu Island and the seawalls on Lazarus Island since 2013. About 80 per cent of the transplanted corals have survived, which is within expectations.


Malaysia by-elections hot up

The campaign for Malaysia's hotly anticipated twin by-elections kicked off yesterday with five candidates entering the fray against incumbent Umno, reflecting the fragmented opposition vying against the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.


US turnaround on Modi

Indian leader Narendra Modi will have a complete turnaround of his relationship with the US when he addresses a joint session of the US Congress this week. A few years ago, Washington had barred his entry over his inability to stop the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat.


What's at stake in Brexit vote

The real dangers of Britain leaving the European Union - Brexit- lie in a return to a Europe where national rivalries fester and authoritarian populists thrive, says Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal. And this will not make life better for ordinary Brits.


Jobs and therapy at farm

Onesimus Garden, a vegetable farm in Choa Chu Kang, has helped more than 20 young people with special needs since it was set up in 2014. The farm provides not just jobs to these youth but also therapy for those who have problems reining in their anger, for instance.


No-shows mar heritage walks

Heritage walks have become more popular in recent years, but some organisers say they are seeing more no-shows. Some do not inform organisers in advance, or only at short notice, leading to a waste of resources and depriving others of a chance to go on the walk.


Worst over for Asian markets?

Market watchers believe the worst may now be over for Asian markets, which have been struggling to stay afloat amid a weak economic outlook and low oil prices.

Still, analysts say the rest of this year could prove volatile as many risk events are still at hand.



Hassan keeps goalie spot

Having excelled in the 1-0 win over Myanmar, Hassan Sunny (photo) keeps his place in the Lions goal for the AYA Bank Cup final against Vietnam tonight. Untimely injuries and stiff competition have in the past curtailed his chances, so he wants to make sure he gets a good run in the team.


World of comics on screen

Comic book writer Robert Kirkman, who has turned his comics into popular TV shows like The Walking Dead, believes that the adaptation of comics for the screen is a win for mainstream audiences and comics geeks. In his new TV project Outcast, based on his comic of the same title, he hopes to resuscitate the exorcism genre by offering a twist.

A rehearsal for visual artist Speak Cryptic's show segment, part of the Club Malam event next month.
A rehearsal for visual artist Speak Cryptic's show segment, part of the Club Malam event next month. PHOTO: TIFFANY GOH FOR THE STRAITS TIMES


Arts party inspired by old Malay dance clubs

Malay dance clubs of the 1940s and 1950s, which have faded away here, have been reimagined as Club Malam, a contemporary, immersive arts party to be held for three nights next month at the old Kallang Airport.

Part of the pre-Singapore International Festival of the Arts programme, the event will feature artists from Singapore, Indonesia and Germany.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 06, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe