Singapore morning news for July 19

Singapore morning news for July 19

Singapore morning newsMalaysia hires Singapore law firm to recover seized 1MDB assets here
Singapore law firm Tan Rajah & Cheah has been appointed to recover assets seized by the Singapore authorities following investigations into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.
— Straits Times

MAS strengthens vigilance against money laundering and terrorism financing
The Monetary Authority of Singapore will beef up its efforts to help raise vigilance in anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (CFC), MAS assistant managing director of banking and insurance group Ho Hern Shin said.
— Singapore Business Review

Delhi looks to Singapore for inspiration to tackle water crisis
India’s capital city will emulate the “Singapore model” of water treatment in its bid to augment supplies by 50 per cent in the next five years.
— Straits Times

10 stations on western section of NSEWL to close earlier, open later in Aug and Sept: SMRT
Take note if you live in the western parts of Singapore, or commute regularly via MRT on the stretches from Dover to Pioneer on the East-West Line (EWL), and from Bukit Gombak to Jurong East on the North-South Line (NSL).
— Today Online

Stepping out of the university-ranking race: Are global rankings that relevant for Singapore?
When a local university here rises to the top tiers of ranking tables, it is often headline news that generates interest from educationists, parents and prospective students.
— Straits Times

Should Dual Citizenship be permitted given that majority of Singaporeans would like to have overseas experience?
According to a recent survey on a thousand Singaporeans, it would appear that the majority of Singaporeans would like to have an opportunity to live for a period of time overseas.
— The Online Citizen

Traffic Police to use BMWs for expressway patrol by early next year
After photos of a BMW 3 Series patrol car with Singapore Police Force (SPF) livery went viral on social media, the police confirmed on Wednesday (July 18) that the German marque will replace older models of expressway patrol cars by next year.
— Today Online

Singapore allows dynamic site blocking in landmark court ruling
Copyright holders have scored a landmark victory in Singapore with an unprecedented court order allowing any Web address linked to blocked piracy websites to be blocked too.
— Straits Times

Grab to set up artificial intelligence lab with Singapore university
Southeast Asia’s Grab is jointly investing S$6 million ($4.4 million) with the National University of Singapore to launch an artificial intelligence (AI) laboratory to help improve the efficiency and utilization of vehicles on its platform.
— Reuters

Why can’t I recycle my old TV or fridge in Singapore?
E-waste sector still new and poorly structured, but things could change with new legislation
— Straits Times

Has tight oversight weighed down Singapore’s dealmaking activity?
Despite a relatively lax competition regime that operates on a voluntary merger notification basis, Singapore companies seeking further expansion via mergers and acquisitions held back on striking deals to fuel their growth ambitions in the past year.
— Singapore Business Review

SIA to add 4th daily flight to Tokyo to meet greater demand
To meet the growing demand between Singapore and Japan, Singapore Airlines (SIA) will be adding a fourth daily service to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport starting from Dec. 28, 2018.
— Mothership

Is Singapore’s welfare system failing its poor?
Kirsten Han is organising “democracy classrooms” in Singapore in her personal capacity. This surely is a courageous and principled decision, given the Singapore government’s proscription of New Narratif’s workshop arm and its bizarre declaration that such activities, especially when funded by George Soros, are “political in nature” and “contrary to Singapore’s national interests”.
— The Online Citizen

Govt launches new digital plan to help smaller security agencies transform
The security industry may still be far from having a technology-enabled future, but a newly-launched digital plan will show smaller security agencies the different technology they could adopt to stay competitive, said Second Minister for Home Affairs Josephine Teo.
— Today Online

Singapore logistics firms urged to automate, adopt new technology
For Singapore to become a key player in the global supply chain, logistics firms here need to adopt new technologies and improve productivity, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing on Wednesday (Jul 18).
— Channel News Asia

Ben Davis did not intend to return for NS, says Mindef
The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) issued a statement yesterday explaining why it had rejected footballer Benjamin Davis’ request for deferment from National Service (NS), saying the 17-year-old had no intention of returning to Singapore to perform his NS duties.
— The Newpaper

SIA crowned as world’s best airline in 2018
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has emerged as the world’s number one in the 2018 Skytrax World Airline Awards after a 10-year title drought, an announcement revealed.
— Singapore Business Review

Grandfather awarded for tech skills
He is a grandfather of seven but that did not stop the 70-year-old security officer from picking up new digital skills.
— The Newpaper

Auditor-General flags lapses in contract management, IT controls and financial processes
The Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) has flagged lapses in contract management, weaknesses in information technology controls, laxity in financial controls, and gaps in the management of research and development (R&D) grants in its annual audit of the public sector.
— Today Online

S’poreans once criticised ‘We Are S’pore’ NDP song as ‘uninspired’. Now it’s a classic.
The 2018 NDP song is a remake of We Are Singapore — because writing a brand new one is overrated.
— Mothership

Traffic Police to use BMW cars for patrol duties from next year
The Traffic Police will be rolling out a new fleet of BMW cars to replace the old vehicles.
— The Newpaper

US start-up enters Singapore’s food-on-demand market with S$1 hawker, S$6.99 restaurant meals
A food subscription start-up from the United States offering S$1 hawker fare and restaurant meals from S$6.99 is hoping to shake up Singapore’s crowded food-on-demand market.
— Singapore Business Review

S’pore Michelin Bib Gourmand award winners now up to 50, but S’poreans don’t seem to care anymore
Since 2016, Michelin has awarded the Bib Gourmand to various eateries in Singapore, including hawker stalls.
— Mothership

25 months’ jail for employer who beat maid with metal poles and hanger in multiple assaults
Unhappy with her domestic helper over how she performed household chores, Chan Mya Aye assaulted her fellow Myanmar national with metal poles and an improvised metal hanger, causing her to suffer a fractured rib, among other injuries.
— Today Online


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Maria Mirasol Rasonable graduated with a Bachelors Degree in journalism from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Santa Mesa, Manila, Philippines.

She previously covered police rounds for Philippine Daily Inquirer as a trainee before becoming editorial staff at Gospel Komiks under the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA-MG), Santa Mesa, Manila where she wrote lifestyle and trending fashion and styles articles.

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