1. SINGAPORE TO BEGIN PUBLIC TRIAL OF DRIVERLESS BUSES
Singapore will next week begin a public trial of driverless buses that can be booked with an app, part of ambitions to roll out autonomous vehicles across the city-state.
According to ST Engineering, four driver-less mini-buses will follow a 5.7 kilometer route on the resort island of Sentosa from Aug 26th to Nov 15th for the public trial.
Visitors can use an app on their phones to book the shuttles, which will pick them up and take them to selected destinations.
While those without mobile phones can book the shuttles from kiosks along the route, with the free service operating on weekdays for four hours.
2. DOMINICAN’S LARGEST DRUG TRAFFICKING GANG DISMANTLED AFTER RAIDS
The Dominican Republic’s top prosecutor said on Tuesday that the Caribbean nation’s largest drug-trafficking gang has been dismantled, a group that allegedly used two former professional baseball players to launder assets.
Former Major League Baseball pitcher Octavio Dotel was arrested earlier on Tuesday, while Luis Castillo, also a former player, was named by authorities as being part of the gang.
According to Dominican Attorney General Jean Alain Rodriguez, more than 40 raids were carried out across the country in connection with the case.
Rodriguez announced that the case marks the largest anti-narcotics operation in the recent history of the Dominican Republic.
3. WIFE OF EX-PRESIDENT OF HONDURAS CONVICTED IN CORRUPTION CASE
A Honduran court convicted the wife of former President Porfirio Lobo on graft charges, including siphoning funds from programs designed to help poor children.
Rosa Elena Bonilla was found guilty of diverting some 18.3 million Honduran lempiras in public funds plus international donations that were originally earmarked for social programs.
The funds were then used to pay for personal medical bills, building projects, her children’s private school tuition and jewelry.
According to court spokesman Carlos Silva, the conviction carries a sentence of between 58 years and 87 years, which will be set next week.