What's News: June 18, 2018

The Aquarius, carrying 630 migrants, entering the Valencia port yesterday.
The Aquarius, carrying 630 migrants, entering the Valencia port yesterday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


Trump defends halting drills

United States President Donald Trump yesterday said he had requested holding back the joint US-South Korea military exercises during talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last week because the drills "set a bad light during a good faith negotiation". In a series of tweets, he added that the drills were "expensive".


$1.3m Orchard Road study

A $1.3 million study is under way to come up with ways to breathe new life into Orchard Road, and leading the charge is an Australian urban planning consultancy. Work began in April and the proposals by Cistri in the six-month study will lay the blueprint for the shopping district for the next 15 to 20 years.


Migrants step ashore in Spain

The 630 migrants whose rescue sparked a major migration row in Europe arrived in the Spanish port of Valencia yesterday after a turbulent week that saw Italy and Malta turn them away. The plight of the Aquarius has again highlighted the failure of European Union member states to work together to deal with the influx of migrants.


Ikea breaks from DIY model

Swedish brand Ikea has set up its first in-house assembly team ahead of launching its first store in India next month, in a break from its signature "Do-It-Yourself" business model. The furniture giant's move is obvious for a country whose growing rich and middle class has become used to a "Do-It-For-Me" culture, thanks to an abundance of manpower.


Marginalisation of Europe

The Trump-Kim summit underscores the extent to which Europe is just a sideshow to the United States, says Europe correspondent Jonathan Eyal.


Couple killed in Johor crash

A Singapore permanent resident and his wife were killed near Tangkak in Johor when their car collided with another car at about 2.15pm last Friday.

According to Malaysia media reports, the couple's eight-year-old son and six-year-old daughter were injured.


New device in dengue fight

Local start-up Orinno Technology has created a device that cuts the time taken to count 4,000 mosquito larvae from two hours to three minutes. The device is being used in an ongoing local field study in the fight against dengue.


Rich and socially conscious

There is a growing trend where the next generation of high-net-worth individuals actively contribute to the social enterprise and philanthropic scene in Asia, say some of the younger participants at the recent Asian Venture Philanthropy Network Conference in Singapore. Their parents' or grandparents' philanthropy usually involved just cash donations.



Duo meet Fandi and sons

It was a Hari Raya Aidilfitri to remember for local football icon Fandi Ahmad and his sons Irfan and Ikhsan, as they met top football agent Jorge Mendes and Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo on Saturday afternoon. The Portuguese duo were in Singapore for a holiday.


Comedy inspired by family

American stand-up comedian Jo Koy brings his Break The Mold Tour to Singapore on June 30. Thanks to his Netflix special Jo Koy: Live From Seattle, his live shows have surged in popularity globally. Audiences are drawn to his stories about growing up in a household run by a strict Filipino mother.


New eats in Bangkok

Five buzzy new restaurants to check out the next time you are in the Thai capital. http://str.sg/ogke


Ballet 101

Join Singapore Dance Theatre artistic director Janek Schergen, as well as dancers Kwok Min Yi and Timothy Ng, for a quick crash course on ballet. http://str.sg/ogcD

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2018, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe