What's News: June 14, 2018



Job market improves

Retrenchments plunged to a five-year low in the first three months of this year as the job situation continues to look up, statistics from the Manpower Ministry's labour market report showed. For the first time in two years, there were more job vacancies than jobless people.


Worries over end of war games

South Korea's presidential office has hinted that halting joint military drills with the US may be necessary to advance the efforts for the denuclearisation of North Korea. However, concerns have grown over the US commitment to the country's security after President Donald Trump made an announcement that the war games would be stopped.


May seeks compromise on Bill

British Prime Minister Theresa May is scrambling to find a compromise on an amendment to a key Brexit Bill to avoid a damaging defeat in Parliament. Pro-European MPs have demanded to have a say on the final Brexit deal, but euro-sceptic members of Mrs May's party have warned that the rebels were seeking a parliamentary vote in order to prevent Britain from leaving the European Union.


Malaysia's top judges resign

Malaysia's top two judges are resigning, the latest senior public servants to leave their posts since the former government lost power. Chief Justice Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal president Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin are set to step down on July 31.


Boosting student diversity

Should schools broaden their admission criteria to increase student diversity? For example, should top schools consider giving priority or setting aside places for students from poorer homes? Education correspondent Amelia Teng examines the issues.


Struck off accountancy body

Former City Harvest Church leaders Serina Wee and John Lam were removed as Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants members, the national accountancy body said. Wee and Lam were part of a group of six who had misappropriated $24 million from the church.


New surgical technique

The KK Women's and Children's Hospital has come up with a surgical technique for suitable breast cancer patients which produces a less visible scar around the areolas. The minimal scar mastectomy has been performed three times since March last year with no complications.


ESG opens centre in Kenya

Enterprise Singapore (ESG) opened a centre in Kenya yesterday to help local companies enter the region and boost trade and investment between both markets. The centre in Nairobi will serve as a regional hub for East Africa and complements ESG's outlets in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Accra, Ghana.


Russia aims to win hearts

Hosts Russia may be the lowest-ranked team in the 32-nation World Cup at No. 70, but they are determined to win visitors' hearts, with around 15,000 volunteers operating across the 11 host cities. This tournament is expected to cost US$12 billion (S$16 billion), but a McKinsey study has estimated that it could channel about US$15 billion into Russia's gross domestic product.


Female power in Incredibles 2

In animated film Incredibles 2, about a family of superheroes trying to live incognito, the mother, Elastigirl, takes centre stage. It is a gender role reversal that seems apt, given the fresh push for female empowerment. But writer and director Brad Bird did not set out to make a film for the #MeToo era.


More than a handshake

An expert decodes the body language of United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Trump-Kim Singapore summit. str.sg/oY9G


Ramen craze

Five places to visit in Singapore for great ramen. str.sg/oYpn

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