10 must-reads for today

10 must-reads for today

1 Lakers on verge of title

Miami Heat will have to stop rivals Los Angeles Lakers from clinching the lead after three quarters if they are to have any chance of clawing back from a 3-1 deficit in the National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals tomorrow. Led by LeBron James, the Lakers are one win away from a 17th NBA crown after a 102-96 Game 4 win on Tuesday.

2 Many jobs still available

Singapore has found jobs and training spots for 33,100 locals through various government initiatives since May. It had also managed to create 117,500 such opportunities for local job seekers by end-August, surpassing the National Jobs Council’s target. But a number of unfilled vacancies still remain.

3 Expert weighs in on libel suit

An expert witness yesterday told the High Court that a Facebook post sharing an article with “shocking” allegations about Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong would have spread more quickly than articles correcting the fake news. He estimated that blogger Leong Sze Hian’s post would have appeared on the Facebook news feeds of 11,749 users.

4 Targeted curbs suggested

Experts say targeted and localised shutdowns are a more effective way of tackling surging coronavirus cases in Malaysia, after the country set a record high of 691 new daily cases on Tuesday. Most of these were linked to clusters in Sabah and Kedah, making a repeat of the March nationwide lockdown unnecessary, they said.

5 China hits back at US

China has urged the United States to abandon its “Cold War” mentality, accusing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of maliciously creating political confrontation and smearing Beijing. Mr Pompeo had on Tuesday called for deeper cooperation with Australia, India and Japan to counter China’s growing regional influence.

6 Learning to join the dots

Universities are pushing for interdisciplinary curricula to better equip their students for a future of increasingly complex challenges. A key skill is the ability to spot connections in apparently unrelated fields, says education correspondent Amelia Teng.

7 From village to thriving town

A decade ago, Punggol was known mainly for its lalang fields and a lone tree atop a small hill. Even further back, Punggol was a rural village called Kampung Punggol. But today’s Punggol is a far cry from these beginnings.

8 Get info on seawater quality

Those looking to go for a dip at the beach can now check if the quality of seawater is safe first. The National Environment Agency now provides weekly assessments of the quality of seawater at nine beaches in Singapore, along with an advisory, based on the levels of enterococcus bacteria measured in the water.

9 Loh cousins to part ways

Novena Global Healthcare Group co-founders Terence Loh and Nelson Loh have agreed to legally separate all their business interests as the scandal dogging them and their web of companies intensified. The latest twist involves the Singapore police opening an investigation into their Cayman Islands holding company.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF AMANDA TAN

10 S’porean in BBC programme

Dr Amanda Tan (above), a Singaporean researcher, is featured in an episode of BBC documentary Primates. The assistant professor of primatology is shown observing a group of long-tailed macaques, which comb the beach on Thailand’s Koram Island for shellfish and are able to use tools to get at the flesh inside.

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Mahathir interview

Former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad talks to The Straits Times about his regrets and his erstwhile ally Muhyiddin Yassin. The elder statesman also talks about whether he might stand in the next general election. str.sg/blurb621

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Stepping up to fight pandemic

Ms Gillian Tee gave up a high-flying Silicon Valley career to found a home and nursing care start-up in Singapore. When the pandemic struck, she and her team at Homage built a small army to help fight Covid-19. str.sg/blurb622