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Cook Islands netball team make finals in Singapore

Last night's win was the fifth consecutive win for the team, who have made a return to international netball after a two-year hiatus.

The Cook Islands will now play Swaziland in tonight's final, who they beat 54-44 earlier in the week.

 

Photo: Netball Singapore Cook Islands beating Swaziland who they will now play in Final. 

Government yet to pay US$190m loan

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasury Charles Abel today presented to Parliament a copy of the Loan Facility Agreement.

The loan was executed on July 29, 2016 with an amount of US$500 million to finance the Budget deficit.

Deputy PM Abel clarified that under the Loans and Assistance (International Agencies) Act, Section 2 (7) the Minister must present to Parliament a copy of the loan agreement after the execution of the loan agreement.

Abel added that from the US$500m credit facility, the State has already drawdown US$310 in two separate tranches.

Wozniacki wins WTA crown

Victory for the Dane, who lost in the 2010 WTA final and twice in the US Open final, ends years of near misses on the biggest stage and caps a memorable 2017, where she reached eight finals and added a second title to the Pan Pacific crown which she won in September.

While Wozniacki put an end to her season of falling agonisingly short, it was another high profile runners-up finish for Williams, who had become the oldest woman to reach the final in the tournament's history, after beating Caroline Garcia in Saturday's semi-final.

Williams & Wozniacki into WTA final

Wozniacki has enjoyed a fine season having reached seven finals but she has the chance to claim the biggest title of her career after a 7-6 6-3 victory over Karolina Pliskova on Saturday in the opening semi-final.

The Dane lost in the final of this even in Doha in 2010 and has also suffered defeat in two US Open finals but she continued her week in Singapore with a dominant display to end Pliskova's season and year-end no 1 dream.

Singapore to freeze car numbers

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) cited the scarcity of land and public transport upgrades as reasons for the cap.

The country already has strict policies aimed at limiting the number of cars on its roads.

However, Singapore counted more than 600,000 private and rental cars last year.

That number includes cars used by ride-hailing services such as Uber and Grab.

US Navy collision: Remains found in hunt for missing sailors

The discovery came when divers were sent down to search inside the USS John S McCain, now berthed at Singapore's Changi naval base.

The collision with a Liberian-flagged ship happened before dawn on Monday as the US vessel made a routine port call.

The US has since ordered a worldwide "operational pause" of its navy fleet.

It was the fourth crash involving a US Navy ship in a year, and the second in the past two months.

The collision ripped open the port side of the US vessel, flooding parts of the ship including crew compartments.

Singapore woman jailed for filming gym-goers in changing room

Heng Li Ying, 29, sold access to the footage via online forums, Channel News Asia reports.

She pleaded guilty to three counts of privacy invasion.

Her lawyer said his client was truly remorseful for her actions for making the videos, which featured women in various stages of undress.

She sold videos to at least 22 people, at a price of either 10 cents (£0.06; $0.07) or 20 cents per second of footage, the Strait Times says.

According to the news site, the gym contacted the police when they were alerted about films of their members circulating online.

 

Kim Jong-nam killing: North Korea condemns Malaysia

It does not name Kim Jong-nam, but the KCNA report appears to be state media's first reference to the death of the half-brother of North Korea's leader.

Mr Kim died after being poisoned at Kuala Lumpur airport and his body remains in a hospital mortuary.

Several North Koreans are wanted in connection with his death.

They include a senior official at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur as well as an employee of the state airline, Air Koryo.

Singapore 'fire rainbow' cloud phenomenon lights up sky

The multi-coloured glow appeared in the sky on Monday in the late afternoon, lasting for about 15 minutes, and was seen across the island.

Media reports said it was likely a fire rainbow, which occurs when sunlight refracts through ice-crystal clouds.

Others have also said it could have been cloud iridescence, which happens when water droplets or crystals scatter light.

Fazidah Mokhtar, who works in a childcare centre, told the BBC that she spotted it around 17:10 on Monday (09:10 GMT).

Air Niugini clarifies ‘in flight’ incident

In a statement today, the airline management wishes to make it clear that there was no hijacking or attempted hijacking as reported by the media.

However, it was reported that a male adult passenger on board the Singapore flight inflated a lifejacket in the aircraft, drawing attention from the crew and the passengers.

The cabin crew attended to the situation and resolved it in a controlled manner.

“At no time was the safety of the flight or its passengers and crew at risk. The passenger showed no signs of aggression,” the airline stated.