Singapore Morning News For October 18

Singapore Morning News For October 18

Singapore morning newsSurvey: Singapore households throw away S$200m of food and beverage a year
Singapore households trash about S$200 million worth of food and beverage each year, the equivalent of S$170 per home a year.

Singapore exports fall 1.1% after 4 months of growth
Shipments of locally produced goods declined in September after four months of expansion, as exports of electronic products came in short.
Channel NewsAsia 

NTU beats NUS in university ranking – again
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) affirmed its rise over the National University of Singapore (NUS) in another university ranking by London-based education consultancy Quacquarelli Symonds ee
The New Paper 

Singapore Holds Terror Drills in Changi Airport
In the early hours of October 17, Singapore staged the first-ever large scale counterterrorism drills at Changi International Airport. The interagency exercise, which was observed by top officials, is yet another sign of the city-state’s determination to boost its readiness amid the rising terror threat in the wider region.
The Diplomat 

Singapore Relies On Fiji To Speed Up COP23 Work
Fiji’s Presidency of COP23 is not only important to our Pacific neighbours, but also to Singapore.

Internet cable between Perth and Singapore back online
The SEA-ME-WE3 subsea internet cable connecting Perth to Singapore has finally been repaired after suffering multiple cuts since late August.
IT News 

Singapore’s Free Trade Agreement with Turkey Comes into Force
The much-awaited Turkey-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (TRSFTA) went into effect on October 1, this year. The agreement paves the way for freer movement of goods and services, and further investment opportunities between the two countries.
Asean Briefing 

Living it up? It’ll cost more now in Singapore
SINGAPORE has dropped a notch in Julius Baer’s Lifestyle Index in 2017. But at third place, it remains one of the costliest places in Asia for luxurious living.
The Business Times 

S’pore FTA in Africa a question of ‘when’, not ‘if’
OF the 10 countries that attended the recent BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China – five BRICS members and five guest countries – three were from Africa, namely South Africa, Egypt, and Kenya.
The Business Times 

Genco Shipping & Trading Limited Establishes Singapore Presence
Genco Shipping & Trading Limited announced today the opening of a new office in Singapore and the appointment of Ivo Kempenaer as Vice President and Commercial Director, Head of Major Bulks.
Hellenic Shipping News 

Singapore’s Temasek leads $502m round in Magic Leap
Magic Leap Inc., the richly funded startup developing an augmented-reality device, has added more cash to its arsenal, though it has yet to release a product.

SGX-backed unit to pick 10% in capital raising platform CapBridge
Singapore Exchange-backed Asian Gateway Investments will acquire a 10 per cent stake in online capital raising platform CapBridge Platform which has also raised a $2.96 million (SGD4 million) in new money from early stage investors including US-based Timothy Draper.

Singapore exports slump in September
A surge in Singapore exports proved short-lived as a plunge in electronics orders put the brakes on goods flows in the trade-reliant country.
Bangkok Post 

Wi-fi security flaws expose millions here to cyber attacks
Millions of public, home and office wi-fi networks in Singapore are vulnerable to attacks by hackers targeting valuable data, after multiple security flaws were exposed by researchers, the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCERT) warned on Tuesday (Oct 17).
Today Online 

Getting to the nub of homelessness
In March this year, we were part of a group of social workers and volunteers who conducted a street survey at night to enumerate and interview people sleeping on the streets.
Today Online

Man develops ‘moon face’, purple stretch marks after taking illegal pills from masseur
The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has warned the public against consuming illegal pills provided by a home-based masseur, after one of his customers had to be hospitalised and was found with purple stretch marks and a “moon face” appearance.
Today Online 

55 from suspected organised crime group arrested; almost S$600,000 seized
The Police and Singapore Customs have seized almost S$600,000 in cash from a suspected organised criminal group, in a first joint operation between the two agencies since the Organised Crime Act was passed in 2015.
Today Online 

Govt mulling years-long shutdown to overhaul Bt Panjang LRT: Khaw
An extensive shutdown for major upgrading work is among the options the Government is evaluating for the beleaguered Bukit Panjang Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, Transport— Today OnlineMinister Khaw Boon Wan has said.
Today Online 

Paying the price for failing to check ID: How tobacco retailers are caught selling to underage buyers
Madam Sally Ng had just stepped out for a late lunch at about 3.30pm a few months ago when she got a harried phone call from an employee at her minimart in Serangoon.
Channel NewsAsia

Commentary: Timely to review our opt-out organ donation policy
Channel NewsAsia recently ran the story of Madam Tan Sock Lian, a mother who offered four of her son’s organs for donation when he died of a brain haemorrhage at 27.
Channel NewsAsia

MOE to raise school fees for PRs, international students for next 3 years
The Ministry of Education (MOE) on Tuesday (Oct 17) said it will be raising the school fees for Permanent Residents (PRs) and international students in Government and Government-aided schools annually from 2018 to 2020.
Channel NewsAsia 

Google to go hard on hardware expansion in Asia Pacific: Executive
Consumers waiting to get their hands on the full range of Google-branded hardware in Singapore might be heartened to know that this is in the search giant’s list of things to do.
Channel NewsAsia 


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