Singapore morning news for July 18

Singapore morning news for July 18

Singapore morning newsAuditor-General report: Overpayment of grass-cutting fees; lax procurement controls uncovered at MINDEF
Instances of overpayment for services and weaknesses in the management of IT accounts have been found at the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), the Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) said.
— Channel News Asia

Singapore drone swarm descends on England’s great northern exhibition (video)
Those attending the opening ceremony of this year’s ‘Great Exhibition of the North’ in Newcastle and Gateshead, England were treated to a dazzling display of firework waterfalls, dancing water spouts, and the first large-scale drone (drone swarm) performance in the United Kingdom (UK).
— AEC News Today

More Asean engagement could make Singapore the world’s richest country: DBS
Investing in regional integration could help Singapore become the world’s richest country by 2030, according to a new economics and strategy paper from DBS.
— Business Times

E-scooterist given short detention order for knocking into pedestrian
A polytechnic student was given a two-week detention order yesterday after knocking into a pedestrian while riding an e-scooter, causing her to suffer severe brain injuries.
— The Newpaper

What would the government do for Singaporeans who can’t meet CPF Minimum Sum?
Last week (10 Jul), in response to an MP’s question, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo revealed that 53% of the CPF members who were 55 years of age in 2016 were able to meet the Minimum Sum.
— The Online Citizen

The Big Read: Property cooling measures — examining the case for a ‘sledgehammer’
Uncertainty arising from the latest cooling measures announced early this month has raised concerns with developers, homeowners, and property investors.
— Channel News Asia

Durians so cheap they are given away free
Amid falling prices caused by an oversupply from Malaysia, some in Singapore have been enjoying the king of fruits for free.
— The Newpaper

Dual-class shares a useful addition to SGX’s listing strategy
Hong Kong may have snared a mega IPO with Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi under its dual-class structure, but Singapore’s focus is broader and aiming for a range of companies
— The Straits Times

Education Minister reiterate importance of “meritocracy” and defend PSLE in light of NMPs calling for it to be scrapped
In response to a Parliamentary motion filed by five Nominated MPs on “Education for our Future”, Minister of Education Mr Ong Ye Kung emphasised that assisting students of underprivileged socioeconomic backgrounds should not come at the expense of principles such as meritocracy that have long become the cornerstone of the Singapore education system.
— The Online Citizen

Time for Singapore and Malaysia to discard old stereotypes
KL’s moves since May 9 polls raise hopes that the country will become a more just society based on rule of law.
— The Straits Times

ST Engineering Aerospace bagged contracts worth $510m in Q2
ST Engineering’s Aerospace sector secured new contracts worth about $510m in the second quarter of 2018 for services ranging from heavy maintenance to engine wash and aircraft interior reconfiguration.
— Singapore Business Review

Penal Code review may include new offences, stiffer sentences to protect vulnerable groups, says Law Minister
New offences and stricter punishments may be included as a part of an ongoing review of the Penal Code, said Minister of Law, K. Shanmugam.
— The Online Citizen

Schools innovate to engage pupils
For some pupils of Evergreen Primary School, the kampung game of marbles in sand was less of a surprise than seeing the sand.
— The Newpaper

Singapore’s shipyard firms go head-to-head with Chinese rivals in revived O&M market
The world’s global offshore & marine (O&M) market is back in action, but it’s not without challenges. After two consecutive years of declining offshore projects in 2014-2016, there were 97 projects sanctioned globally in 2017 amounting to capex of US$91b. This represented an increase of 54% YoY in capex terms.
— Singapore Business Review

Art teacher found guilty of molesting 13-year-old male student
Art teacher found guilty of molesting 13-year-old male student
— Today Online

Singapore’s shipyard firms go head-to-head with Chinese rivals in revived O&M market
However, so far in 2018, projects have reached Financial Investment Decision (FID) only have a combined capex of US$26b. “We blame this on keen competition, political risks and leaner cost structure among the operators,” said CGS-CIMB analyst Lim Siew Khee.
— Singapore Business Review

Warm and dry weather to persist for rest of July, says the weatherman
Feeling the heat since the start of July? Then expect the warm and dry weather conditions to persist for the second half of the month, said the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS).
— Today Online

Road-rage Ferrari driver admits to blocking traffic on Orchard Road
A 73-year-old Ferrari driver previously convicted of road rage pleaded guilty on Monday (July 16) to blocking two lanes of Orchard Road with her car one day during the evening peak period in 2016.
— Today Online

Netflix shares tank after big miss on subscriber growth
Netflix Inc added fewer subscribers than expected in both its international and domestic markets in the second quarter.
— Channel News Asia

Despite repeated claims of engagement with citizens, actions of PAP leadership show that they do not care for the well-being of people
It was reported on Sunday (15 Jun) that Cabinet Ministers will increase their visits to the heartlands to hear people’s views on various issues. This initiative built on Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat’s vision in May, where he said that the Government will be starting a series of discussions to engage different segments of society.
— The Online Citizen

Women’s fertility may be related to heart disease risk factors
Young women with unhealthy levels of fats in their blood may have higher odds of having just one child, or no children at all, a recent study suggests.
— Channel News Asia

SMRT retains job for SAF Scholar COL (NS) Alvin Kek after returning from prison
It was reported in the media last month (Jun 2018) that SMRT Trains chief operations officer COL (NS) Alvin Kek Yoke Boon had been sentenced to two weeks’ jail and a fine of $4,000 for drink driving, some two months after he was arrested at Woodlands Checkpoint.
— The Online Citizen

IBM seeks US$167 million from Groupon in dispute over early internet patents
International Business Machines Corp on Monday asked a U.S. jury to award it US$167 million in a lawsuit accusing e-commerce marketplace operator Groupon Inc of using patented technology without authorization.
— Channel News Asia

Tesla shares fall after CEO Musk abuses British diver
Shares of Tesla Inc fell 3.5 percent on Monday after Chief Executive Elon Musk directed abuse on Twitter at one of the British cave divers involved in the rescue of 12 Thai children last week.
— Channel News Asia

Singapore June private home sales fall 20.2 percent on year
Sales of private homes by developers in Singapore fell 20.2 percent in June from a year earlier, government data showed on Monday.
— Reuters

Mixed views on Ben Davis’ non-deferment for NS
Teenage footballer Ben Davis, who became the first Singaporean to sign a professional contract with an English Premier League club after inking a deal with Fulham FC last month, will have to return to Singapore in December to enlist for national service (NS).
— The Newpaper

Fall in Clarke Quay public order offences
The number of public order incidents in Clarke Quay plummeted in the three years after liquor licensing hours in the area were curtailed, though numbers have crept back up again in the last year.
— The Newpaper

Commentary: Singapore, don’t let this World Cup lesson go to waste
The Croatian adventure – and that of all the other underdogs in Russia – can help us learn and change something about our sporting culture, Channel NewsAsia’s Justin Ong reckons.
— Channel News Asia

Koufu Founder Once Sold Fruits At Sungei Rd – Now A Food Court Tycoon Earning $216.7M Revenue In 2017
It aims to raise net proceeds of $70.5 million through the sale of 51.2 million new shares, 21 million new cornerstone shares and 45.8 million shares currently owned by Koufu founder Pang Lim and wife Ng Hoon Tien.
— Vulcan Post

Hidden rubbish made beach look clean
Stepping on the white, seemingly pristine, sands of Pasir Ris beach on June 30, one would not expect the Trash Hero clean-up volunteers to come away with 76kg of rubbish.
— The Newpaper

Things that might be making your eczema worse without you realising
Eczema is a condition that unfortunately has no cure. Instead, it has to be managed with the right skincare and lifestyle habits.
— The Newpaper

 

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