Singapore morning news for April 10

Singapore morning news for April 10

Singapore morning newsSingapore unveils innovation lab for self-sailing ships
SELF-SAILING ships are set to join drones and self-driving cars in Singapore’s future transport landscape.
— The Business Times

Bill on online falsehoods a significant step to tackle serious issue: PM Lee
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has described the proposed law to fight online falsehoods as a significant step to tackle a serious problem that confronts many countries.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Scientists in Singapore have developed a stick-on wrap that can make walls bomb-resistant
A ready-to-stick wrap is not something you’d expect to help buildings and infrastructure withstand extreme loads and bomb blasts.
— Business Insider

Singapore and Malaysia working on agreement to suspend Johor-Singapore rail project for six months
Singapore and Malaysia are working on an agreement to suspend the Rapid Transit System (RTS) project linking Johor Baru and the Republic for six months at Malaysia’s request, Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said on Monday (April 8).
— Today Online

Singapore, Malaysia affirm commitment to cooperative and forward-looking bilateral relationship
The prime ministers of Singapore and Malaysia affirmed their commitment to a cooperative and forward-looking bilateral relationship during the ninth leaders’ retreat between both countries, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday (Apr 9).
— CNA (very annoying popups)

Mahathir’s many expressions when PM Lee talked about S’pore’s water price stance
PM Lee reiterated the sanctity of international agreements signed.
— Mothership

SMEs among 80 firms that have pledged to end workplace HIV discrimination
Eighty companies here have pledged to end workplace discrimination against individuals with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
— Today Online

Malaysia, Singapore Vow to Reach Friendly End to Water Spat
The leaders of neighboring Singapore and Malaysia agreed Tuesday to amicably resolve a long-running dispute over water that has stoked tensions for decades.
— Bloomberg

Are things finally looking up for the CPO sector?
OCBC Investment Research continues to rate the soft commodities sector “neutral” despite the renewal of interest in the sector and higher forecast of the year’s price to close.
— The Edge Singapore

What’s needed to beat maritime manpower crunch
The maritime sector has struggled to attract and retain talent for many years, and addressing this will require collaboration among stakeholders and retraining of experienced staff, said Senior Minister of State for Transport Janil Puthucheary yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s ‘30 by 30’ food production target: Is it feasible?
The recent announcements in Parliament to raise Singapore’s food self-production level from the current 10 per cent to 30 per cent of total food needs by 2030, the “30 by 30” strategy, have raised some pertinent questions on capacity, investment and exportability.
— Today Online

Eleven known cases of super fungus Candida auris infections in Singapore since 2012: MOH
There were 11 isolated cases of Candida auris infections at public hospitals here since 2012 but no outbreak was reported, a Ministry of Health (MOH) spokesman said on Tuesday (April 9) in response to queries.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Airspace talks with Malaysia to factor in safety and efficiency of civil aviation, says PM Lee
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday (Apr 9) that talks with Malaysia over the management of airspace in southern Johor have to be carried out with a view to safety and efficiency of civil aviation.
— CNA (very annoying popups)

Singapore Lab Works On Autonomous Vessels
The new Maritime Innovation Lab (MIL) of Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) is working on the development of autonomous ships that may be put to sea in the near future.
— Invest Vine

Mediacorp, iflix to bring made-in-Singapore content to Asia audiences
Mediacorp on Tuesday (Apr 9) announced a strategic partnership with iflix, Southeast Asia’s leading entertainment service.
— CNA Lifestyle

Positioning Singapore’s maritime sector for the future
READERS will not need this column to inform them that this is a very busy time in Singapore. We are halfway through this nine-day week and a huge range of topics have been debated.
— The Business Times

Singapore’s EZ-Link, Malaysia’s Touch ‘n Go to introduce cross-border Combi Card
EZ-Link and Malaysia’s biggest multi-application e-purse Touch ‘n Go on Tuesday announced the progress of a joint collaboration to develop a dual-currency Combi Card.
— The Business Times

DPM Teo Chee Hean to make six-day visit to China
Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean is set to make a six-day visit to China from Wednesday (Apr 10), where he will co-chair a leadership forum in Yan’an and attend activities marking the 25th anniversary of the Suzhou Industrial Park.
— CNA (very annoying popups)

S’pore’s draft laws to curb fake news a ‘significant step’: PM Lee
Many countries grapple with fake news and online falsehoods, and Singapore’s proposed laws to tackle the problem will work for the country, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday (April 9).
— Today Online

S’pore’s role as launch pad into region ‘not automatic’: Chee
Singapore needs to build on its already strong trading links to ensure that it remains an attractive trans-shipment point for global business, said Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Chee Hong Tat.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

THE MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE PLACES IN SINGAPORE
Singapore is an island of wonders, where the old and ultra-modern stand side by side.
— News Week

Bull escapes from Lim Chu Kang dairy farm
A bull is literally on the run after escaping from a dairy farm in Lim Chu Kang on Tuesday (April 9).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

HC Surgical posts fivefold increase in 3Q earnings to $4.5 mil led by one-off fair value gain
Medical services provider HC Surgical Specialists saw its earnings surge five-fold to $4.5 million for the 3Q19 ended February, from $0.9 million a year ago.
— The Edge Singapore

With no Tan Cheng Bock-led alliance in sight, opposition parties turn to plan Bs
Inspired by last year’s shock victory of the Pakatan Harapan alliance in the Malaysian General Election (GE), hopes were briefly raised among the opposition circles on this side of the Causeway that several parties could band together, led by former presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock.
— Today Online

MPA invests $7.2m in projects on autonomous shipping
Singapore is banking on autonomous shipping, with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) investing $7.2 million in five projects on such vessels.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore PM defends ‘fake news’ law after storm of criticism
Singapore’s leader insisted Tuesday his government’s proposed fake news laws were a “step forward” in fighting online falsehoods after they sparked criticism from press freedom groups and tech giants.
— The Independent

CGH cancer case: Medical council clears specialist
The Singapore Medical Council (SMC) has said there was no professional misconduct on the part of a specialist whom the Court of Appeal found to be in breach of his duty of care to a patient.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Malaysia, Singapore vow to reach friendly end to water spat
The leaders of neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia agreed Tuesday to amicably resolve a long-running dispute over water that has stoked tensions for decades.
— The Edge Singapore

HDB rejects owner’s appeal to keep koi tank outside flat
A Housing Board flat owner who had converted the doorstep of his property into a fish tank for his koi carp has failed in his appeal to keep the unusual structure.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fire at Woodlands flat caused by PMD left charging; teenager and firefighter suffer burns
A teenager suffered burn injuries to his back and shoulder after a raging fire broke out in his Woodlands flat on Tuesday (April 9), caused by a Personal Mobility Device (PMD) which was left to charge in the bedroom.
— Today Online

UOB prices US$600m 3.75% notes due 2029
United Overseas Bank (UOB) has priced the issue of its US$600 million subordinated notes due 2029 and callable in 2024 under its US$15 billion global medium term note programme.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Why ‘bigger is better’ could apply to the proposed OUE merger
Enlarged scale was among the main reasons for the proposed merger of OUE Commercial REIT (OUE C-REIT) and OUE Hospitality Trust (OUE HT), The Edge Singapore understands from attending an April 8 media briefing with the respective REITs managers and their investment bankers.
— The Edge Singapore

Netizens react to Lee Hsien Yang’s post with supportive messages on Facebook
Singapore–When Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s highly popular brother, Lee Hsien Yang, posts on social media, netizens tend to sit up and take notice.
— The Independent

No Malaysian vessels anchored in Singapore’s waters as of midnight on April 9: MFA
As of midnight on Tuesday (April 9), no Malaysian Government vessels were found to be anchored in Singapore’s waters, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).
— Today Online

Relief for Singapore couple whose passports weren’t stamped at JB checkpoint
What do you do when your passport is not stamped at immigration?
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

GPS-based instrument approach procedures to replace ILS for Seletar Airport via joint effort between Singapore and Malaysia
An instrument approach based on the Global Positioning System (GPS) is in the wings for Seletar Airport as the civil aviation authorities of Singapore and Malaysia collaborate to develop the new system in replacement of the controversial Instrument Landing System (ILS).
— The Online Citizen

11 cases of Candida auris reported at Singapore public hospitals since 2012
Eleven cases of Candida auris infections at public hospitals have been reported between 2012 and 2019, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (Apr 9).
— CNA (very annoying popups)

1962 Water Agreement sacrosanct, changing it a very high hurdle: PM Lee
The 1962 Water Agreement is a fundamental founding document for Singapore and Malaysia, and both countries have to abide by it, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore, Malaysia to begin talks on delimiting maritime boundaries in a month: PM Lee
Singapore and Malaysia will begin negotiations on delimiting their maritime boundaries within a month, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday (April 9), a day after the two countries mutually suspended their overlapping port limits.
— Today Online

First air taxi trials to take place over the southern part of Singapore in 2019
Air taxis will soon be hovering over Singapore’s skies as trials are set to get underway in 2019.
— CNA (very annoying popups)

Collaboration and retraining of staff key to tackling manpower crunch in maritime sector: Janil Puthucheary
The maritime sector has struggled to attract and retain talent for many years, and addressing it will require collaboration among stakeholders and retraining of experienced staff, said Senior Minister of State for Transport Janil Puthucheary on Tuesday (April 9).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Keppel to develop its first autonomous vessel for operations in Singapore
KEPPEL Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Singmarine, will develop an autonomous tug that will be operated by Keppel Smit Towage.
— The Business Times

Lim Tean says Singapore will have authoritarian “democracy” with the “Fake News” Bill, urges public to oppose it
Following an article that TOC published on Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) conducting a public outreach programme to “educate” people on fake news, lawyer and People’s Voice Party Chief, Lim Tean took to his Facebook to comment on this event.
— The Online Citizen

SPH growth on track despite lower Q2 profit
Media giant Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) reported positive momentum across all its business segments – media, property, digital and aged care – even as it turned in a smaller profit for the second quarter.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

 

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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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