What's News: June 11, 2016


Hollande to keep ball rolling

The first match of Euro 2016 kicks off in strike-hit Paris today as French President Francois Hollande vowed to take drastic action to ensure the month-long tournament runs smoothly.

A garbage collectors' strike has already left piles of rubbish all over Paris. Today, Air France pilots will begin a four-day strike as some two million foreign fans fly in.


Exhibition on 50 years of NDP

An exhibition on 50 years of the National Day Parade (NDP) was launched yesterday at Kallang Wave Mall. It will travel to Bedok Public Library, Velocity in Novena and One Raffles Place before returning to Kallang Wave Mall in the run-up to National Day on Aug 9.

The LDP’s eight-page comic book features a girl whose interest in politics is sparked by her crush.


Abe out to woo young voters

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party is pulling out all stops to woo young voters for next month's Upper House election in which 18-year-olds will get to vote for the first time.

But a poll of 3,000 youngsters aged 18 and 19 found that 62 per cent either do not talk or rarely talk about politics.


Boris Johnson under fire

Rival camps in Britain's European Union membership referendum tore into each other in a TV debate. Former mayor Boris Johnson, figurehead of the campaign for Brexit, was accused of being more interested in using the referendum to further his career.


The quest for meaning

"Mortality saliency" happens when a loved one, a friend or someone we know is struck down by illness, and we realise afresh that life is fragile. We may then strive to build a life full of meaning. Psychology professor David Chan suggests how one can go about this.


Malfunctioning lift checked

The authorities have taken action after a report of a malfunctioning lift in an HDB block - three days after a similar incident left a woman injured. A Sengkang resident related how the lift shot randomly between floors after a "sudden strong jerk".


Wooing Chinese to Orchard

The Orchard Road Business Association and other retail groups are looking to Chinese tourist spending, to help prop up sluggish retail sales here. The association visits Chinese cities regularly to promote the shopping street and also uses Chinese social media to do promotions.


Crowdfunding complaints

A construction firm that claimed it was launching a crowdfunding effort has apparently not paid the investors the promised returns, in what could be one of the first cases of such financing going awry here. At least three investors reportedly put in between $50,000 and $100,000 each in the scheme, purportedly to help Soilwood finance projects.

Ho celebrating her win last June at the 2015 SEA Games. She has been unable to compete after her right lung collapsed in January.
Ho celebrating her win last June at the 2015 SEA Games. She has been unable to compete after her right lung collapsed in January. TNP FILE PHOTO


Injury woes continue for national swimmer

National swimmer Roanne Ho, who fought back from a collapsed right lung in January, will have surgery on her right shoulder next Tuesday. Apart from being unable to compete in the National Swimming Championships from June 23 to 26, she will be out of action for at least another three months. "I cried as though the world was going to end," said the athlete.


Free tours of Supreme Court

The Court of Appeal in the Supreme Court.
The Court of Appeal in the Supreme Court. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Free guided tours of the Supreme Court building are being conducted for the public in celebration of the 10th year of its opening at 1 Supreme Court Lane. From June 14 to 24, visitors can view restricted areas such as the Court of Appeal, as well as learn about the interesting design and architectural features.


Beware faulty airbags in cars

Do you know if you are driving with a faulty airbag in your car? The Straits Times contacted various car dealers to find out how many cars here are fitted with defective airbags from Japan's Takata Corp, and the number could come to 80,000. Senior correspondent Christopher Tan looks at the issue in his Motormouth column.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe