What's News: June 06, 2017

Rescue teams waiting at a police checkpoint after gun battles broke a ceasefire in Marawi, the Philippines, yesterday.
Rescue teams waiting at a police checkpoint after gun battles broke a ceasefire in Marawi, the Philippines, yesterday.PHOTO: REUTERS


UK to get tough on terror: May

British Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to get tough on terrorism after three men mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge using a van and then embarked on a stabbing spree. The rampage left seven people dead and over 40 injured before police arrived on the scene and gunned down the assailants.


S'pore to boost security ties

When Singapore takes over as chair of the Asean Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) next year, it will initiate an Asean-China maritime exercise, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said yesterday. It will also expand the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea to all ADMM-Plus countries, he said at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue.


Truce bid in Marawi fails

The Philippine authorities' attempts to broker a ceasefire with ISIS-linked militants in the war-torn southern city of Marawi in order to rescue up to 2,000 civilians trapped in areas held by the Islamists have ended in a hail of gunfire and explosions.


Rising costs a key issue for BN

The cost of living has become a key concern among Malaysian voters ahead of a general election due in 15 months and the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition is acting to rein in prices. Government enforcers have unleashed raids and imposed fines on traders overcharging for various items during the Ramadan fasting month as complaints over rising costs grew louder.


Don't burn bridges with US

European leaders' disavowal of the US may be popular now, but it is not good for Europe's long-term strategic interests, says Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Easing dental patients' wait

In a bid to clear its huge backlog of patients waiting for treatment, the National Dental Centre has extended its clinic hours for certain treatments by an hour thrice a week. Some of its subsidised patients have to wait for up to a year or more to get specialist dental care.


Formula milk firms here ethical

Formula milk companies here have rarely violated the code of ethics on the sale of their infant products for children under six months. The Sale of Infant Foods Ethics Committee Singapore said that among recent violations, most involved "third parties" and not milk companies.


Top 5 most active ETFs sizzle

The five most active exchange traded funds (ETFs) here last month have racked up sizzling total returns of 11.5 per cent on average so far this year, an SGX My Gateway report shows.

Investors pumped far more cash into the five ETFs than in May last year.


Frisbee on the rise

The sport of frisbee, or flying discs, has lofty aims.

Sport Singapore is helping non-profit entity Ultimate Players Association (Singapore) to work towards becoming a national sport association (NSA), as well as developing a coaching framework and high-performance targets.

Being an NSA will also allow the sport to seek funding from SportSG.

Up to 100 whiskies are available for tasting in-store.
Up to 100 whiskies are available for tasting in-store. PHOTO: DFS


Whisky showcase at airport

During the six-week Whiskey Festival, which runs from May 27 to July 1, those passing through Changi Airport will be able to sample and purchase limited-edition bottlings exclusive to tax-free retailer DFS.


Helping to lift others

Former flight steward who struggled to get back on his feet after horrific road accident is now offering support to trauma patients.



Paradise on earth

Coron island in the Philippines offers a crystal-clear sea, hilltop vistas, bustling nightlife and fascinating dive sites. http://str.sg/4L7t

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 05, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe