Singapore morning news for August 19

Singapore morning news for August 19

Singapore morning news

NDR 2019: Climate change one of the ‘gravest challenges facing mankind’, impact on S’pore to worsen, says PM Lee
Climate change is one of the gravest challenges the human race faces and Singapore is already feeling its impact – which is likely to worsen over the next few decades, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday (Aug 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Retirement and re-employment ages, CPF rates to go up: PM Lee
THE retirement and re-employment ages will be raised, as will Central Provident Fund (CPF) contribution rates, to enable older Singaporeans to continue working and be more financially independent, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day Rally speech, adding that no changes are being made to CPF withdrawal policies and ages.
— The Business Times

18 typhoid fever cases in 3 weeks
The authorities are investigating after 18 people were hospitalised for typhoid fever in about three weeks.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NDR 2019: Reduced university and polytechnic fees for lower-income students from next academic year
New and existing lower-income students will pay reduced university and polytechnic school fees from the next academic year with the Ministry of Education (MOE) set to increase Government bursaries.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

NDR 2019: More pre-school subsidies as Singapore set to spend more on early childhood education
Singapore’s annual spending of about S$1 billion on early childhood education will “more than double” over the next few years, as the Government looks to make pre-schools more affordable for parents here, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday (Aug 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Slowdown hits key Singapore sectors: Battening down the hatches amid turbulence
Is the worst yet to come? Insight looks at what is happening in Singapore’s economic-growth engines.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NDR 2019: Singapore will be ‘principled’ in approach to China-US trade dispute; ready to help workers
The Government will respond with appropriate interventions if the economic situation gets much worse, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day Rally speech in Mandarin.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

NDR 2019: Singapore Malays ‘distinct’ from others in region with inclusive religious practice, emphasis on education, PM Lee says
Singapore Malays are distinct from their regional counterparts with a “unique identity” in the way the community practises Islam and emphasises education, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in his National Day Rally Malay speech on Sunday (Aug 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

US-China tensions will affect S’pore, but slowdown not hitting jobs yet: PM Lee
GROWING tensions between the United States and China have an impact on both Singapore’s foreign relations and economic growth, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in his Chinese speech during Sunday night’s National Day Rally.
— The Business Times

NUS asked to explain fee increases despite having huge reserves; it replies it didn’t increase this year
On Thursday (15 Aug), a member of the public Ivan Goh Sian Lung wrote to ST Forum complaining that despite having billions of dollars in its reserves, NUS continues to increase its tuition fees putting pressure on Singaporeans.
— The Online Citizen

Commentary: Singapore’s ivory trade ban tackles elephant in room but work ahead a mammoth task
Singapore’s ivory ban is a win for conservation but we must double down on wider conservation efforts, says WWF-Singapore’s Kim Stengert.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s exports down 11.2% in July
Singapore’s non-oil domestic exports (NODX) fell by 11.2 per cent in July, according to data released by trade agency Enterprise Singapore on Friday (Aug 16).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Judge sets aside conviction of Malaysian man who stayed illegally in Singapore for 23 years
A Malaysian man set to be sentenced for illegally staying in Singapore since 1995 had his conviction set aside by a judge on Friday (Aug 16) over a technicality with the charge.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

First dry spell in Singapore in more than 5 years: Met Service
Singapore is experiencing its first dry spell in more than 5 years, according to a Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) advisory on Friday (Aug 16).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Workers have to stay skilful and healthy as companies raise retirement and re-employment ages, says NTUC Secretary-General Ng Chee Meng
Over 50 companies have raised their retirement and re-employment ages for workers beyond the statutory requirements, says NTUC Secretary-General Ng Chee Meng in an interview with CNA938 on Thursday (15 August).
— The Online Citizen

NDR 2019: It could cost S$100 billion or more to protect Singapore against rising sea levels, PM Lee says
Tackling the “50 to 100-year problem” of rising sea levels could cost Singapore around S$100 billion or more, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday (Aug 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

NDR 2019: Bicentennial Experience to stay open for an extra 3 months in response to many requests
The Bicentennial Experience, which is the centerpiece of events commemorating Singapore’s history and evolution, will remain open for an additional three months, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced in his National Day Rally speech on Sunday (Aug 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More than $1 million raised at gala fund-raiser to support Dover Park Hospice patients
More than $1 million was raised at the Dover Park Hospice (DPH) Sunflower Gala Ball on Saturday (Aug 17) night in support of terminally ill patients.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Famous halal prawn noodle stall Deanna’s Kitchen to open 4th outlet in Woodlands
Finally, prawn mee in the north.
— Mothership

2034 World Cup a ‘realistic’ goal for Singapore football, says FAS VP Edwin Tong: Report
Qualification for the FIFA World Cup in 2034 would be a realistic goal for Singapore, Football Association of Singapore (FAS) Vice-President Edwin Tong said in an interview with the Straits Times published on Sunday (Aug 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

His double life as a construction worker and a ‘famous poet’ in Singapore – and the price he paid
Basking in fame after his book was published, Mohd Mukul Hossine was increasingly unhappy with life as a migrant worker.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Rule change allows car buyers to access bigger loans
A little-known rule change made two years ago has allowed car buyers to be exempted from car loan curbs if they wish.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Bank analyst wins car in SPH draw
Bank analyst Chia Li Ying does not know how to drive a car. But she may very well have to learn after she won a Nissan Sylphy 1.6 litre sedan as part of the Singapore Press Holdings Love Life & Win Grand Live Draw held yesterday at Suntec City Mall.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NParks to review, tighten standards in pet industry
Standards in the pet sector will be reviewed and tightened by the National Parks Board (NParks) to protect animal health and welfare.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Possible new path for older juveniles
If you are 16 years or older when you break the law, chances are, you could be sent to prison. That is why social workers are cheering a proposed change to the law that would give more leeway to how older juvenile offenders are dealt with.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Raffles Girls’ School alumni bid Adieu to Anderson Road campus
More than 5,000 Raffles Girls’ School (RGS) alumnae, ranging from recent graduates to those who attended the school in the 1940s, headed back to their alma mater for one last hurrah yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Asia-Pacific Reits offer sweet spot for investors
The US Federal Reserve recently cut its interest rate for the first time in over a decade. This was to keep the economy expanding against the backdrop of weak global growth and rising trade protectionism.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Rocky road ahead, but market is not without opportunities
Global uncertainties, including the trade war, will continue to cast a shadow for the rest of this year, putting pressure on stock markets that were upbeat in the first half of the year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore sets up first myopia centre in Bedok
The Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) on Friday (Aug 16) launched a new centre to tackle myopia.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Hotels of the future
BEATING the rest of the services sector, the accommodation and food services industry here notched productivity gains of 2 per cent last year.
— The Business Times

Bank of Singapore, Hong Kong Monetary Authority issue alert on fraudulent websites
Four fraudulent websites using a picture of the Bank of Singapore’s CEO Bahren Shaari have no connection to the bank, authorities warned on Friday (Aug 16).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

ELD debunks “fake news” regarding next GE taking place in Sep
The Election Department (ELD) has rejected rumours surrounding when the next General Election (GE) will be held.
— The Online Citizen

Singaporeans advised to defer travel to Hong Kong, those in Hong Kong advised to stay vigilant
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has issued a travel advisory to all Singaporeans to defer any non-essential travel to Hong Kong in light of protests that have roiled the city which shows no signs of slowing down.
— The Online Citizen

Does Singapore Airlines Ltd Have a Strong Business Model?
While Singapore Airlines Ltd (SGX: C6L) is one of the premier airlines in the world today, investors should ask themselves if it has a strong business model that can withstand crises.
— The Motley Fool

As firms adapt to new guidelines, employees must reskill earlier to work longer
IT’S a known fact that Singaporeans are living much longer these days, with the country’s life expectancy at birth currently the longest in the world at 84.8 years – even greater than that of Japan.
— The Business Times

Retirement age, CPF rates for older workers to be raised: PM
FROM helping older workers stay employed to tackling climate change, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addressed major issues for Singapore’s future in Sunday night’s National Day Rally – while noting that the current economic slowdown does not warrant stimulus measures, for now.
— The Business Times

Defending and developing Singapore’s coasts
SINGAPORE is studying various options for defending its coast against rising sea levels, from polders to a reclaimed chain of islands, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day Rally speech.
— The Business Times

Strata Titles Board states its stand on condo spat over awning
A condominium unit owner who was unhappy that her neighbour had installed a fixed awning has failed to have it removed.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Maids celebrate birthdays at Singapore bicentennial party
August 19, 2019 5:00 AMIndonesian domestic worker Siti Mur Wati Bawel celebrated her birthday together with Singapore’s bicentennial year yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NDR 2019: New attractions, housing and office spaces to be developed in Greater Southern Waterfront
New attractions are being planned for Pulau Brani, similar to Universal Studios Singapore on Sentosa, announced Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday (Aug 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Mersing kayaking incident: ‘We had to keep paddling, or risk drifting away’
It was supposed to be a routine expedition off Mersing, one that some of the members of the kayaking group had gone on before.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Unmanned stores one way to beat retail manpower crunch
SINGAPORE retailers must evolve and adopt technology solutions to compete effectively in a difficult economic environment; and unmanned store concepts are one way in which some local enterprises are doing just that, said Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing on Friday.
— The Business Times

Hyflux to ‘engage exclusively’ with Utico from now until Aug 26
Embattled water treatment firm Hyflux on Friday (Aug 16) announced its intention to engage exclusively with United Arab Emirates suitor Utico until an Aug 26 deadline.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Probation for serial taxi fare cheat who also stole cabbies’ CashCards
SINGAPORE: A 19-year-old serial taxi fare cheat who also stole NETS CashCards from two cabbies was sentenced to 21 months’ probation on Thursday (Aug 15).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Suspect arrested for posting lewd photos on Instagram
A 34-year-old man was arrested on Friday (Aug 16) for posting lewd photos on Instagram.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Thai restaurant investigated for making misleading discount claims
A Thai restaurant was investigated last year after it failed to state an end date to its discount period on promotional materials published on its website, social media page, menu and in-store posters, Singapore’s competition watchdog said Friday (Aug 16).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

AGC says camera installed outside toilet of police station; Stolen tap costs more than almost all of IKEA’s
It was reported yesterday (15 Aug) that a man who stole a tap from a toilet at the Woodlands police station was jailed for three months by the court.
— The Online Citizen

3 men, aged 17 to 55, arrested after fighting at Redhill Close
If you want to fight, fight professionally and get paid.
— Mothership


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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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