Singapore Morning News For August 21

Singapore Morning News For August 21

Singapore morning news

USS John S. McCain collides with merchant ship east of Singapore
A US destroyer was involved in a collision with a merchant ship east of Singapore on Monday (Aug 21), the US Navy said in a statement.
Channel NewsAsia 

Singapore has ‘natural advantage’ to be a Smart Nation
WHILE Singapore may already have the right ingredients to become a Smart Nation, the country still lags behind other major cities in several areas when it comes to taking full advantage of technological advances.
The Business Times 

Singapore outlines plan to ‘catch up’ on becoming cashless society
Despite its advantages as a well-connected society, Singapore still lags behind other cities in some areas and will need to catch up and be better prepared for future transformation.

Seize advantages of IT to benefit all Singaporeans, PM Lee urges
Trotting out examples of young and old Singaporeans who have responded to the drive to transform Singapore into a smart nation, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong stressed that the Government is “making every effort to bring everyone along”.
Today Online 

More bollards being used at events here
Concrete bollards may be increasingly used at public events in Singapore as security is heightened after terror attacks overseas.
The New Paper

Singaporeans can use passport scanners at Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi airport
Singaporeans flying to Thailand can now use the Automated Gate (Auto Gate) at Suvarnabhumi Airport to enter the country, the Royal Thai Embassy announced on Sunday (Aug 20).
Channel NewsAsia 

Deep-tech investments require patient risk capital: Dr Lily Chan, NUS Enterprise
NUS Enterprise, led by its chief executive, Dr Lily Chan, has set its sights on growing Singapore and NUS’s footprint beyond the shores of the city-state. Chan sees a larger role for NUS Enterprise to play at a regional level.

Singapore geared up to keep its spot as major port
Work is well under way to secure Singapore’s future as a key port of call – most prominently in the form of the new Tuas mega port.
The Straits Times (paywall)

Soft drink companies urged by Singapore Govt to cut sugar content
The Government has asked soft drink producers to agree to reduce the amount of sugar in all their drinks sold in Singapore, as part of the latest efforts to tackle the threat of diabetes.
Today Online 

National Day Rally: Singapore doubles down on pre-school education, fighting diabetes and building a Smart Nation
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day Rally speech on Sunday (Aug 20) laid out plans to deal with the issues that would affect the prosperity and well-being of Singapore in the longer term.
Channel NewsAsia 

National Day Rally: New parking app to replace coupons, ease parking hassles
It’s an almost 40-year solution – using coupons to pay for parking, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day Rally speech on Sunday night (Aug 20).
Channel NewsAsia 

Start life right, stay healthy and live smart
BUILDING up the country’s pre-school sector, fighting diabetes and making Singapore a Smart Nation formed the key messages in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally speech on Sunday.
The Business Times 

Pre-school sector outlay to reach S$1.7b in 2022
THE government is going to double public spending again on the pre-school sector to S$1.7 billion a year in 2022, which is up significantly from the annual expenditure of S$360 million in 2012 and S$840 million this year.
The Business Times 

Common QR code will allow you to pay by phone
In six months’ time, Singapore will have a common QR code, allowing consumers to pay electronically anywhere just by flashing their smartphones.
Today Online 

Modern home care solutions for an elderly population
Noticing a lack of home caregiving services for the Republic’s elderly population when she returned last year after living abroad for 15 years, Ms Gillian Tee decided that technology could help plug the gap.
Today Online 

Singapore lags behind other countries in e-payment
Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say was queueing up to buy chestnuts at a street stall in Shanghai when he saw people in front of him waving their phones, taking their chestnuts and leaving without paying.
The New Paper 

NUS students develop apps to help patients
As a medical student posted to the emergency department (ED), Mr Tan Jian Wei saw how patients got unhappy or frustrated after waiting for a long time.
The New Paper 

PM Lee: Diabetes a ‘serious problem’
With a family history of diabetes, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong watches his health closely. Twice a year, he does a test for fasting blood sugar.
The New Paper 

IAI develops robot baggage loading for Singapore airport
The system will dramatically improve the passenger experience by reducing baggage loss and damages.


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