What's News: June 24, 2017


Concern over manufacturing

Manufacturing output expanded for the 10th straight month in May, though the 5 per cent growth rate fell short of economists' forecasts.

Economists warn that momentum in the sector - which makes up a fifth of the economy and has contributed strongly to growth this year - could be slowing.


SUTD-MIT key tie-up ends

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) will not be renewing its education agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The partnership that began in 2010 is drawing to a close, after seeing two cohorts of SUTD students graduate with stellar job prospects. But SUTD will continue partnering the renowned MIT in research.

Some Indonesians are taking private jets to fly home for Hari Raya Puasa.
Some Indonesians are taking private jets to fly home for Hari Raya Puasa. PHOTO: COURTESY OF CEOJETSET


Hari Raya homecoming

Millions of Muslims in Indonesia and Malaysia are on the move, returning home for Hari Raya Puasa tomorrow. Most will travel overland by rail and road, and others by sea or air. A privileged few in Indonesia, however, will be doing so in style - in exclusive private jets.


London fire started in fridge

A fire that killed at least 79 people in a west London tower block started in a fridge freezer, and the outside cladding engulfed by the blaze has since been shown to fail all safety tests, police said. They were also considering manslaughter charges over the June 14 disaster.


HK faces cloudy future

Social fault lines and loss of its economic edge are examples of Hong Kong's malaise as it prepares to mark 20 years since its return to China. Economist Friedrich Wu asks if the Special Administrative Region is really celebrating decline.


Working out at workplaces

What do the healthiest workplaces look like? Think mass workouts, low-calorie meal options and regular health screenings. These "healthy workplace ecosystems" are part of a tie-up between the Health Promotion Board and private-sector landlords.


Medical fees: Deadline looms

With the July 1 deadline looming, the Singapore Medical Council has said fee structures presented by most third-party administrators (TPA) still do not meet its requirements. TPAs are supposed to stop charging a portion of what the doctor bills a patient.


Inflation hits 1.4% in May

The consumer price index - the main measure of inflation - rose 1.4 per cent last month from a year ago, its highest level in almost three years. Economists attributed this largely to the timing of subsidies rather than higher consumer demand, adding that inflation could pick up in the coming months.


Track and field oversight panel

The Singapore National Olympic Council and Sport Singapore have said that a major Games preparation committee will take charge of track and field matters leading up to the SEA Games. In the light of recent conflict within Singapore Athletics, the committee will "insulate and safeguard athletes' interests".

Transformers: The Last Knight star Isabela Moner, 15, at the London premiere. PHOTO: PARAMOUNT PICTURES


More than pretty faces

Women in the Transformers movies have often been portrayed as sex objects. But in the fifth and latest film, The Last Knight, the women are now stronger and smarter. Leading lady Laura Haddock plays a brilliant Oxford University professor, while a teenage heroine played by rising star Isabela Moner kicks butt better than the boys.


E3 debut

Skull & Bones is the first blockbuster game developed locally to be announced at E3, the world's biggest gaming expo. Watch how the game was created at http://str.sg/4Eqk


Foodie haunts

Singapore Michelin Guide's Bib Gourmand list this year features 38 restaurants and hawker stalls.

Here is something to whet your appetite. Visit http://str.sg/4EQA

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2017, with the headline 'What's News'. Print Edition | Subscribe