Uncertainty over possible presidential hotline as China, Philippines look to new channels amid South China Sea rows

The Associated Press (AP) had earlier reported that the agreement would open a direct line of communication between the two countries’ presidential offices, citing highlights of the accord. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lin Jian did not address whether direct communication between the presidential offices would be established when asked for comment during a regular press … Read more

Oil palm plantation believed to be prime crime scene for Nur Farah Kartini’s murder, say cops

HULU SELANGOR: The oil palm plantation in Kampung Sri Keledang, Hulu Bernam, is believed to be the prime crime scene for the murder of Nur Farah Kartini Abdullah. Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Hussein Omar Khan said the 26-year-old victim and the suspect knew each other, but police are still investigating the extent of their … Read more

Singaporean actors Desmond Tan, Romeo Tan and Felicia Chin discuss competition among fellow artistes

“Although the [Seven Princesses] was something created by the media, how did you feel when you were announced as one of them?” Christopher asked Felicia. “Okay, it’s a pretty title. The good thing about it was that there was a topic of conversation no matter where we went. But the one thing I disliked was … Read more

Govt approves diesel subsidies for over 88,000 companies and 249,000 vehicles

KUALA LUMPUR: As of July 14 this year, 88,183 companies involving 249,091 public and commercial vehicles were approved to receive diesel subsidies under the Subsidised Diesel Control System 2.0, the Dewan Rakyat was told. According to the Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Ministry, in a written reply dated July 16, the subsidy was available … Read more

Temasek has S$44 billion in sustainability investments. Should you put your money in such stocks too?

Ms Tan of OCBC said companies tend to be more resilient if they are run responsibly, prepared for future challenges and are looking into emerging risks and opportunities. As more countries develop regulations, money is likely to shift to companies with strong disclosures on sustainability, she added. Investing sustainably is inevitable for businesses, industries and … Read more

Singapore oil spill beach clean-up progressing ‘faster than expected’

“Siloso Beach and East Coast Park [Area B] are now in the final phase of clean-up operations. We are calling all volunteers to come forward to help our cleaning staff to comb and remove tar balls from the beaches,” she said. As the tar balls are scattered across the affected beaches and it is a … Read more

‘Super spicy’ ghost pepper potato chips land Japan schoolkids in hospital

The potato chips concerned have the brand name “R 18+ Curry Chips”, media outlets including Asahi Shimbun and Fuji TV said. According to the manufacturer’s website, under-18s are “banned” from eating the potato chips, which are “so spicy that they might cause you pain”. A hefty amount of extremely hot pepper known as “ghost pepper” … Read more