Singapore morning news for July 24

Singapore morning news for July 24

Singapore morning newsInternet access delinked at National Healthcare Group and National University Health System
Two public healthcare groups, National Healthcare Group (NHG) and National University Health System (NUHS), have followed SingHealth’s lead in delinking staff’s Internet access in the wake of the nation’s most serious cyber attack.
— The Straits Times

Commentary: We now live in a ‘science fiction world’. We need to boost STEM education
We are in midst of exponential change that seems to spring right out of a science fiction movie.
— Channel NewsAsia (extremely annoying popups)

Does CPF scheme fulfil its original mission of ensuring retirement adequacy for Singaporeans?
The recent discussions about the Central Provident Fund (CPF) scheme has called into question the role of the CPF Board. This problem is more endemic than it seems because all Singaporeans and Permanent Residents are required by law to have an account.
— The Online Citizen

28 people caught for vaping since new laws kicked in in February: HSA
The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has caught 28 people for using vaporisers in the four months since laws making such devices illegal kicked in in February this year.
–Channel NewsAsia (extremely annoying popups)

Singaporeans’ stolen SingHealth data exposed to identity and tax fraud
About 1.5 million patients that visited SingHealth’s specialist outpatient clinics and polyclinics from 1 May 2015 to 4 July 2018 have had their non-medical personal particulars illegally accessed and copied. Information on the outpatient dispensed medicines of about 160,000 of these patients was also withdrawn.
— Singapore Business Review

Singapore VC firm Amasia joins edtech startup Skillshare’s US$28M Series C round
The round comprises US$20 million in equity funding (which was led by existing investor Union Square Ventures), and a US$8 million in venture debt. German VC firm Burda Principal Investments and other existing investors, including Singapore-based Amasia and Spero Ventures, also joined.
— Yahoo News

oBike to hold meeting with creditors and users to give update on liquidation
The liquidators of oBike on Monday (Jul 23) announced that it will be holding a meeting with its creditors, including users who previously paid a deposit, to give an update on the company’s liquidation.
— Channel NewsAsia (extremely annoying popups)

Singapore listed in world’s top cities for women entrepreneur: Report
Singapore has been named in the top ten list of cities for women entrepreneurs, according to a new report by tech giant Dell and IHS Markit.
— Yahoo News

Wholegrain options? Plenty of work ahead for HPB to get hawkers on board
Officers from the Health Promotion Board (HPB) have been walking the ground for months to encourage hawkers to offer wholegrain options. But there is reluctance – and hawkers say it’s largely due to customers’ demands.
— Channel NewsAsia (extremely annoying popups)

IBM laying off staff while MOM says it won’t comment on “speculative restructuring exercises of any company”
IBM staff and subcontractors told TODAY that at least 200 people were being laid off. In fact, they revealed that few rounds of retrenchments have been carried out in the past few months.
— The Online Citizen

Three more schools blacklist company
The New Paper reported yesterday that the National University of Singapore (NUS) had blacklisted the company and removed it from its internship and job portals after complaints from four female students.
— The Newpaper

Grab postpones certain changes to rewards policy after customers express unhappiness
Four days after announcing changes to its rewards scheme, sparking an online furore, ride-hailing firm Grab has postponed one of them, which makes members across all tiers of membership pay the same number of points for ride rewards.
— The Straits Times

Mexico says South Korea seeking associate membership of Pacific Alliance
Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Canada were last year admitted as associate members by the alliance, which comprises Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru.
— Reuters

NUS makes police report, blacklists tech firm following complaint
A local tech firm has been barred from accessing the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) internship portal following complaints by four female students.
— TodayOnline (extremely annoying popups)

Former NLB manager charged with receiving almost $600,000 in bribes
A former National Library Board (NLB) manager was taken to court on Monday (July 23) after he allegedly received nearly $600,000 in bribes from a company director.
— The Straits Times

SGX eyes listing of MOG firms in early development stage
The Singapore Exchange (SGX) will allow mineral, oil, and gas (MOG) companies at an earlier stage of development to join the listing starting 23 August after amending the Mainboard and Catalist Listing Rules for MOG firms, an announcement revealed.
— Singapore Business Review

Singapore hotels the clear winners that emerged from Trump-Kim summit
The meeting last month between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has proven an unequivocal success — for Singapore’s hoteliers, that is.
— TodayOnline (extremely annoying popups)

Apple customers report fraudulent iTunes transactions of up to S$7,000; Apple looking into matter
Apple is looking into customers’ reports of fraudulent purchases made on their iTunes accounts, some up to thousands of dollars. The extent of the problem is unclear, but customers of most major banks here appear to have been hit.
— TodayOnline (extremely annoying popups)


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