Singapore Morning News For July 13

Singapore Morning News For July 13

Singapore morning newsSingapore retail sales up 0.1% in May
Retail sales in Singapore edged up marginally in May, with growth constrained partly by lower motor vehicle sales, according to Thursday’s (July 12) Department of Statistics release.
— The Straits Times

Chart of the Day: Expected turnover rate in Singapore is the highest in Asia
This chart from Workday and IDC shows that 46% of Singapore employees intend to leave their companies in the next 12 months. Singapore currently has the highest turnover rate amongst Asia Pacific countries.
— Singapore Business Review

Singapore and Malaysia’s relationship goes beyond the personalities of the Lees and Mahathir
Relations between Singapore and Malaysia have been tetchy of late. With the drama of the “are we or are we not going ahead with the High Speed Rail (HSR) project” to the “we will not sell you water tit for tat”, there’s been plenty to keep journalists and civil servants busy.
— The Online Citizen

Fast Asia Open: China trade data, Singapore GDP
Donald Trump has begun his first official visit to the UK with an undiplomatic barrage against his host Theresa May, saying that her Brexit blueprint “will probably kill” any bilateral trade deal — the prospect of which had been a major factor in her decision to invite him in the first place.
— Financial Times

MPs call for integration of special-needs and mainstream students
Choking back tears, Nominated Member of Parliament (MP) Chia Yong Yong on Wednesday (July 11) related how there were times she felt like a burden and nuisance to her teachers and classmates due to her physical disability.
— Today Online

Grab’s venture into grocery delivery market can change Singapore’s retail scene
Some analysts see traditional grocers building a strategic alliance with Grab whilst some see an eventual tail-wagging-dog syndrome, whereby the partner eventually gets absorbed by Grab .
— Singapore Business Review

Amid rise of identity politics, S’poreans need to beware foreign manipulation: Bilahari Kausikan
Singaporeans must recognise that the global resurgence of identity politics affects them, and which identity they choose to emphasise when dealing with each other and the world is of vital importance, former permanent secretary of foreign affairs Bilahari Kausikan warned on Thursday (July 12) at a conference organised by OCBC.
–Today Online

Medically trained S’porean couple jump in to save Japanese man who collapsed on SQ flight
A holiday is supposed to be a time where you’re supposed to relax and just forget about work.
— Mothership

Singapore Airlines will fly non-stop to Los Angeles and increase frequency of direct San Franciso flights
Singapore Airlines (SIA) is set to fly direct between Singapore and Los Angeles using the carrier’s new Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range) aircraft from this November.
— Business Insider

S’pore man with kidney problems loses S$8,000 in a week betting on every single World Cup match
A private-hire car driver, we’ll call him Tom, lost more than S$8,000 betting on World Cup matches.
— Mothership

Scoot investigating baggage touting syndicate at Changi Airport
Budget airline Scoot is investigating claims that a baggage-touting syndicate is operating at Changi Airport.
— The Newspaper

Singapore’s Chin Han and Tan Pin Pin joining Oscars body
Two Singaporeans, actor Ng Chin Han and film-maker Tan Pin Pin have been invited to join the body that oversees the Academy Awards.
— The Straits Times

Amid rise of identity politics, S’poreans need to beware foreign manipulation: Bilahari Kausikan
Singaporeans must recognise that the global resurgence of identity politics affects them, and which identity they choose to emphasise when dealing with each other and the world is of vital importance, former permanent secretary of foreign affairs Bilahari Kausikan warned on Thursday (July 12) at a conference organised by OCBC.
–Today Online

Kuik Shiao-Yin shares struggles of S’pore teachers, talks PSLE & reaching out to low-SES children
Outgoing Nominated Member of Parliament Kuik Shiao-Yin is known for her compelling speeches about various topics in Singapore, especially concerning youth.
— Mothership

Video of couple attacking two men goes viral
A video showing a couple beating up two men in a one-room first-storey flat in a Spooner Road block has gone viral.
— The Newspaper

Dr. Koh Poh Koon warns Parliament about dangers of wages outstripping productivity. What about Ministers?
Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday (11 Jul), Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Dr. Koh Poh Koon said that the growth in wages of resident workers have outstripped productivity growth. In turn, this could have a negative effect on the economy.
— The Online Citizen

Agency owner given maximum S$5,000 fine for bringing in underage maid
The sole proprietor of an employment agency was fined the maximum of S$5,000 on Thursday (July 12), after she admitted to bringing in a 13-year-old girl from Myanmar to work as a foreign domestic worker in July 2017.
— Today Online

SPH’s Q3 net profit jumps 64.3%
Media and property group Singapore Press Holdings posted a 64.3 per cent increase in its third-quarter net profit, bolstering its nine-month bottom line by 15.6 per cent.
— The Straits Times

MPs call for integration of special-needs and mainstream students
Choking back tears, Nominated Member of Parliament (MP) Chia Yong Yong on Wednesday (July 11) related how there were times she felt like a burden and nuisance to her teachers and classmates due to her physical disability.
— Today Online

Tourism event tax could be extended to Airbnb-style rentals in future
The amendments to the Cess Act — which were passed in Parliament earlier this week — could see persons who offer “travel or other event-related goods and services” being subjected to an additional business tax, if they benefit from key tourism events such as the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix.
— Today Online

Overcoming great odds, they now aim high
Born blind, Mr Steven Tanus, 24, is the first visually impaired student to attain a Bachelor of Music degree at the National University of Singapore (NUS).
— The Newspaper

Moon vows to increase trade with Singapore, Southeast Asia
South Korea’s president has pledged to increase trade with Singapore as part of a strategy to raise its economic influence in the region.
— Associated Press

Man jailed 10 years for fatally stabbing wife more than 30 times
When his young daughters told him that his wife, who had applied for a divorce and a personal protection order against him, returned home late the previous night after a possible date, Mohamad Jonit Adnan flew into a jealous rage.
— Today Online

Singapore and South Korea to cooperate for peace and stability in the region
By hosting the historic summit between the United States and North Korea last month, the people of Singapore have contributed immensely towards ushering in a new era of peace on the Korean Peninsula, said South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday (July 12).
— The Straits Times

Singapore’s Rich Turn Wary of Bonds Sold by Smaller Firms
Singapore’s smaller companies will likely have to pay more to roll over borrowings in the local bond market ahead of unprecedented maturities, as the wealthy investors who constitute a key buyer base get cold feet.
— Bloomberg

 

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