What's News: June 18, 2016

Students at a self-study area in NUS.
Students at a self-study area in NUS. PHOTO: ST FILE


Continuing education at NUS

The National University of Singapore has launched the new School for Continuing and Lifelong Education, a $12 million initiative to help working adults stay relevant in a changing economy. The centre will offer bite-size certificate courses, which can be "stacked up" towards degrees in some cases.


AMK TB patient shares story

One of the six residents of an Ang Mo Kio block diagnosed with tuberculosis is 25-year-old former waiter Effendy Rahmat, who was first diagnosed with a latent form of the disease. He developed a multi-drug resistant strain of the disease last October after stopping his medication.

A march in Hong Kong yesterday against the detention of booksellers.
A march in Hong Kong yesterday against the detention of booksellers. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY


HK bookseller refutes claim

The Hong Kong booksellers saga took another twist yesterday, with Mr Lee Bo refuting his associate's claim that he was taken to mainland China against his will. Mr Lee also said in a Facebook post that he did not hand over any list of customers to the Chinese authorities.


Aussie PM 'loses to opposition rival' in Facebook debate

Mr Turnbull (left) and Mr Shorten after last night's leaders' debate, which was live-streamed via Facebook Live.
Mr Turnbull (left) and Mr Shorten after last night's leaders' debate, which was live-streamed via Facebook Live. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

Australia's opposition leader Bill Shorten surprisingly beat Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the country's first "Facebook debate" last night, according to audience and pundits. But the debate is unlikely to shift a substantial number of voters, opinion polls show.


Give more help for autism care

Caring for an autistic child is often exhausting and relentless, and can be dangerous if the child is violent and can’t control his moods. Some parents are pushed to the edge – and end up killing their child. Both parties deserve better support, says psychiatrist Chong Siow Ann.


Big summit on environment

The largest environment event here this year will bring together 20,000 people from 100 cities to share ideas and best practices. CleanEnviro Summit is a platform for wide-ranging discussions on subjects ranging from reducing waste to manpower needs.


Sleep disorder's heart link

Heart patients with obstructive sleep apnoea are far more likely to die of heart disease than those who do not have it. The condition is under-diagnosed and does not raise enough of a red flag for cardiologists, researchers say.


Flap over crowdfunding plan

Another crowdfunding scheme marketed by financial advisory firm Noble Consulting Group has failed to return promised payouts to investors. Nine investors said they put in more than $1 million in security services firm Glen Iris, but did not receive returns supposed to be as high as 24 per cent a year.


Cavs can make NBA history

The Cleveland Cavaliers' 115-101 win against the record-breaking Golden State Warriors yesterday levelled the National Basketball Association Finals at 3-3. If the Cavaliers win the seventh and final game of the series, they will become the first team in NBA history to rebound from a 1-3 series deficit in the Finals and still win the coveted Larry O'Brien trophy.



Fixing renovation blues

A young couple had wanted an open-plan layout for their 990 sq ft condominium apartment in Tanjong Pagar. But after it was done, they found it did not work. So they turned to an interior-designer friend for help. The result - more defined living zones, more storage and curated furniture.


High-performance Jaguar

The new Jaguar F-Type SVR is a high-performance car, similar to BMW's M and Mercedes' AMG models. It boasts a massively strengthened rear suspension, revised stability and traction control systems that allow for a more extreme driving experience, and a top speed of 320kmh.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2016, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe