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Singapore may have only two weather—rain or shine, sometimes both at the same time—but if we look on the bright side, it really means that we have access to the beach almost all year round. With efforts to clean up our waterway, the beaches and the immediate ocean around us, it also means that being at the beach and staring into the horizon with a drink in hand, is now more pleasant than ever.
We know it's getting really warm and instead of still sweating it out at home, why not head to the beach and get some vitamin D? Bikinis, swimsuit and swimming trunks are in order!
Australia's Ariarne Titmus drew first blood in her Olympic showdown with American Katie Ledecky on Monday after her brilliantly timed swim secured a famous victory in the 400m freestyle at the Tokyo Games. The rivalry between the pair caught fire at the 2019 World Championships when Titmus stunned an unwell Ledecky to win the 400 freestyle title. Ledecky, a five-times Olympic gold medal winner, grabbed an early lead and held it until the 350m mark when the 20-year-old Titmus edged ahead and never looked back.
Ryanair on Monday nudged up its forecast for full-year traffic on strong summer bookings but said fares remained well below pre-pandemic levels as it reported an after-tax loss of 273 million euros ($321.5 million) for the three months to the end of June. The Irish airline, Europe's largest low-cost carrier, said it expected to fly between 90 and 100 million passengers in its financial year to end-March 2022, up from an earlier forecast of 80-100 million. Ryanair flew 27.5 million passengers in the year to March 2021, down from a pre-COVID-19 peak of 149 million the previous year.
Serbia notched a thumping victory over host nation Japan on Monday to remain undefeated in the Olympic men's 3x3 basketball tournament. The top-seeded Serbian squad, led by Dusan Domovic Bulut, improved to 5-0 in the round-robin stage of the sport's Olympic debut. Japan slid to 1-4 after several narrow losses in the tournament, now in its third day at the Aomi Urban Sports Park in Tokyo.
Despite officials carrying posters asking fans not to gather along the race course, many turned out for a chance to watch international athletes ride past."I got a day off at my company and came here to see if I'm able to have a glimpse of the competition somewhere," said Hisashi Onitsuka."We're outdoors so it won't get overcrowded. I think the risk of getting infected is extremely low, almost equal to zero," said Masao Kitada.The race started early on Monday to make the most out of the morning's relatively cool temperatures.The women's race takes place on Tuesday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday his country’s navy can launch an “unpreventable strike” if needed.His warning comes just weeks after a British warship sailed through waters off Crimea, angering Moscow.Putin addressed the crowd at a navy parade in St Petersburg on Sunday, "The Russian Navy has everything they need for the guaranteed defence of the motherland and our national interests. We are capable of detecting any underwater, above-water, or airborne enemy and, if required, carry out an unpreventable strike against it."Putin’s speech follows an incident in the Black Sea in June.Russia said it fired warning shots and had dropped bombs in the path of a British warship to chase it out of the Crimea peninsula.Britain rejected Russia’s account of the incident.Instead, the UK said Russia fired during a pre-announced “gunnery exercise” and no bombs had been dropped.Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, and the Kremlin says the warship entered its territorial waters, but Britain and most of the world say the waters belong to Ukraine.
Japanese teenager Momiji Nishiya won the gold medal in the women's street skateboarding competition on Monday, adding to the host nation's gold haul at the event. Rayssa Leal of Brazil won silver and Funa Nakayama of Japan clinched the bronze. All three medalists are in their teens, with Nishiya and Leal both 13.
Without her contact lenses, Margaret MacNeil could not see who won gold in the women's 100m butterfly on Monday but the Canadian said she had a good feeling about it when she heard her name being called after a tight finish at the Tokyo pool. The 21-year old gasped in shock as she squinted at the timing board, which showed her in top spot with a time of 55.59, ahead of favourites Zhang Yufei of China (55.64) and Australia's Emma McKeon (55.72). Both Zhang and McKeon had faster times than MacNeil going into the final, with the Canadian racing from the seventh lane.
Asian shares were mixed on Monday after stocks rallied to records on Wall Street, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing above the 35,000 level for the first time. Tokyo advanced after a 4-day weekend as the Olympic Games began, a year late. Benchmarks fell in Hong Kong and Shanghai but rose in Sydney.
It was the start of a steamy Friday two Augusts ago when Jason Whisler settled in for a working breakfast at the Coffee Ranch restaurant in the Texas Panhandle city of Borger. Borger's computer system had been hacked. Across Texas, similar scenes played out in nearly two dozen communities hit by a cyberattack officials ultimately tied to a Russia-based criminal syndicate.
Japan's Naomi Osaka sent out an ominous message to competitors at the Tokyo Games on Monday, sweeping past 50th-ranked Viktorija Golubic 6-3 6-2 to book a place in the third round. Winning Olympic gold on home soil would be the icing on the cake though Osaka said she was determined not to look too far ahead. Osaka had not played a match since withdrawing after the first round at the French Open in May, amid controversy over her decision to skip mandatory press conferences during the tournament in a bid to protect her mental health.
New Zealand rugby backrower Shannon Frizell will appear in court on Tuesday to face two charges of assault. Police laid the charges against the 27-year-old Frizell over an alleged assault on a woman in a Dunedin bar in May. Frizell will appear in the District Court at Dunedin to answer charges of assaulting a female and common assault. The 15-test All Blacks player has not commented on the charges.