Singapore morning news for August 21

Singapore morning news for August 21

Singapore morning news

Singapore beats expectations to attract $8.1b investment commitments in first half of 2019
Strong economic headwinds and the US-China trade tensions have not stopped Singapore from attracting an unexpectedly large amount of investment commitments.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

ST Engineering to launch trial of driverless buses booked with an app
Singapore will next week begin a public trial of driverless buses that can be booked with an app, part of ambitions to roll out autonomous vehicles across the city-state.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore is the 3rd most-surveilled city outside of China, says report
Singapore is the 11th most-surveilled city in the world, according to UK comparison website Comparitech, and 3rd most-surveilled outside of China.
— The Online Citizen

MHA to complete review of retirement age for uniformed officers in ‘next several months’
A review into the retirement age for uniformed officers will be completed “in the next several months”, the Ministry of Home Affairs told its officers on Monday (Aug 19).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Government aware of cost pressures from upcoming CPF contribution rate hike: Chan Chun Sing
The Government is aware of business cost pressures posed by an upcoming hike in Central Provident Fund (CPF) contribution rates for older workers, as well as a rise in retirement and re-employment ages, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing on Tuesday (Aug 20).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Medical companies merged to form Asia’s first firm focusing on healthcare solutions for Asian women
Two companies have merged to create Asia’s first tech-based firm to offer healthcare solutions tailored to Asian women.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Survey finds 87% of non-smokers in S’pore bothered by secondhand smoke
Conducted by Smoking Cabin SG, the company behind these contraptions that filter out secondhand smoke, the study surveyed 958 respondents, both smokers and non-smokers.
— Mothership

M’sia, S’pore reach “some sort of understanding” on suspended JB-S’pore RTS project: Anthony Loke
Malaysia and Singapore have reached “some sort of understanding” on the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS).
— The Online Citizen

Fire breaks out at Singapore General Hospital after scanner overheats; 70 people evacuated
Seventy people, including patients and staff, were evacuated after a fire broke out at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) on Monday afternoon (Aug 19).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore logistics start-up that helps brands sell online expanding to Vietnam and Malaysia
When consumers buy the popular Irvins salted egg snacks online the entire shopping experience is being managed by a local logistics start-up that is making the most of the e-commerce boom.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SCDF unveils ‘world’s most powerful marine firefighting vessel’
Three new marine firefighting vessels – including the world’s most powerful in terms of water output – were commissioned by the Singapore Civil Defence Force on Tuesday (Aug 20).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore country head at DBS joins Nets board
Singapore electronic payment network Nets has appointed DBS Singapore country head Shee Tse Koon to its board of directors, effective Aug 13.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Bank of Singapore hires head of bespoke investments for Greater China and North Asia
Bank of Singapore (BOS), the private banking arm of OCBC Bank, has appointed Mr Kelvin Teo as head of bespoke investments for Greater China and North Asia, amid the rise of ultra high net worth (UHNW) clients in the region.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s top universities halt student exchange programmes to Hong Kong; netizens agree with the move
After the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) issued a travel advisory to all Singaporeans to defer any non-essential travel to Hong Kong last week, three major universities in the country have now decided to stop the student exchange programmes with their Hong Kong counterparts.
— The Online Citizen

PS Group chairman, MD offer $0.118 a share to delist company
Two of PS Group’s directors have made a voluntary conditional cash offer of $0.118 a share for the Catalist-listed fastener supplier to take it private, the company said in a bourse filing on Tuesday (Aug 20).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New guide offers Singapore maritime firms a framework for sustainability reporting
THE MARITIME and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), along with its partners, have launched the first sector-specific guide that will provide both listed and non-listed maritime companies with a practical framework, including best practices, for creating a maritime sustainability report.
— The Business Times

New $38m hub to spearhead diagnostics research
Researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) are working to find a way to predict heart attacks long before any symptoms manifest.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Start-up RedDoorz raises $97m, eyes new tech hub in Vietnam
Hospitality start-up RedDoorz has raised US$70 million (S$97 million) in its ongoing Series C funding round, the company announced yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fintech sector expected to hire more: Survey
Hiring is expected to pick up among fintech companies in Singapore as the sector’s prospects continue to look bright amid the global economic uncertainty.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore dividend payout in Q2 down 11.6%: Report
The slowing world economy is starting to take its toll on dividend payouts, a report stated yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ardmore Medical Group puts IPO plans on hold
Ardmore Medical Group has put its initial public offering (IPO) plans on hold in view of ongoing developments to its business and the current market conditions and geopolitical climate, it said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Furniture label Commune to launch AR app that lets customers preview furniture in homes
Homeowners shopping for furniture often find it difficult to picture what a piece in the store will actually look like in their homes.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’porean man scammed 62 people of more than S$500,000 using Facebook & lies
He claims that he has an investment opportunity whereby you can double your investment in four months while guaranteeing the capital invested.
— Mothership

NTU scientists grow ‘mini kidneys’ in lab to test drugs
A team of researchers at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have found a way to grow mini kidneys in the laboratory.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Surbana Jurong to work with union to boost digital skills of staff as construction goes high-tech
As the construction industry moves to embrace technology, infrastructure consultancy Surbana Jurong will work with a union to help its employees boost their digital skills.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man fined for not declaring currencies worth S$376,000 when entering Singapore
A 49-year-old man was fined S$8,000 on Tuesday (Aug 20) for bringing cash worth about S$376,000 into Singapore without making a declaration.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

On-demand autonomous shuttle buses to be available on Sentosa from Aug 26
For safety reasons, the vehicles will each have a safety driver who is trained to take over in case of emergencies.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

No plans to extend pilot Medisave contribution scheme to private sector for now: Josephine Teo
Manpower Minister Josephine Teo encouraged 4,000 realtors to make voluntary contributions to their CPF, if they can afford it.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Doctor claims trial after patient accuses him of touching her breast
A woman who visited a doctor believing she had a normal sickness like flu or a fever ended up having her breast touched by him, a court heard on Tuesday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Keppel Logistics unit UrbanFox expands to Vietnam, Malaysia
Omnichannel logistics and channel management solutions firm UrbanFox is expanding to Vietnam and Malaysia with support from Enterprise Singapore, it said on Tuesday (Aug 20).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Memtech to delist from SGX on Aug 22
Mainboard-listed Memtech International will be delisted from the Singapore Exchange (SGX) as of Aug 22 at 9am, the electronics components manufacturer said on Tuesday (Aug 20) in a regulatory filing.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore VC fund manager tops global consistency rankings
Two Singaporean firms, East Ventures and Vickers Venture Partners, joined the list of the top consistent venture capital (VC) fund managers in the world by capital market and data analytics firm Preqin.
— Singapore Business Review

Alita Resources sold lithium concentrate below floor price amid challenging conditions
Alita Resources said it had on Monday (Aug 19) completed a shipment to buyer Jiangxi Bao Jiang Lithium Industrial Limited for around 10,500 dry metric tonnes (dmt) of lithium concentrate at a price below the previously announced floor of US$680 per dmt.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Value Investing: A Cheap and Undervalued Gem in Singapore?
This small cap with a little debt, high return on equity, and solid revenue growth looks cheap.
— The Motley Fool

Shell rolling out electric vehicle charging points
Shell has become the first fuel retailer here to offer electric vehicle charging points at its stations.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Greater Southern Waterfront plans offer opportunities for developers
Moves to rejuvenate the Greater Southern Waterfront area offer major opportunities for developers, DBS Group Research said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Court orders father to fund 60% of poly grad son’s overseas studies
Both parents have a duty to maintain their son, the judge said, ruling that the mother should bear the remaining 40 per cent of the required sum based on income proportion.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Killer litter suspected of causing death of 74-year-old man
A 74-year-old has died from injuries he suffered after being hit by a glass bottle his family believes was thrown down from a 35-storey condominium flat in Spottiswoode Park.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Jail for e-scooter rider who injured security officer after his device knocked into victim
Unhappy with a condominium security officer for causing him to almost lose his balance, an e-scooter rider rode his device at the maximum speed of 24kmh to confront the man.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Housewife communicates better with autistic son thanks to sharing sessions at early intervention centre
Struggling to communicate with her young son who has autism, housewife Shariza Sahari, 42, was thankful to find help at the Awwa Early Intervention Centre at Fernvale.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man jailed after wearing socks on hands to steal housemate’s cash
A man who broke into a housemate’s room and stole cash while wearing socks on his hands was caught red-handed on closed-circuit television and jailed for four weeks on Tuesday (Aug 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Maid jailed for throwing five-year-old boy onto ground in Punggol while carrying him
A maid smacked her employer’s five-year-old son in a field in Punggol and deliberately threw him onto the ground twice when he struggled as she tried to carry him.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

A deep-dive into how Circles.Life can become Singapore’s unicorn
Circles.Life has captured a 5 per cent market share and is positioned to generate US$100m in annualised revenue by the end of 2019.
— e27

Man, 31, allegedly raped at least 5 teen girls
A 31-year-old Chinese national allegedly raped and sexually assaulted at least five teenage girls aged 14 to 19 years old between last September and June this year – nearly one offence each month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Couple looking forward to pre-school subsidy boost
Sending their three-year-old son Joern to a childcare centre costs Mr Jason Low and his wife Julia Koh about $500 monthly, about 20 per cent of their total expenditure.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Gardens by the Bay murder trial: Man who strangled lover in car gets life imprisonment
Laundry shop manager Leslie Khoo Kwee Hock – who strangled his lover in his car on a quiet road near Gardens by the Bay, and then burned her body – was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)


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This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on World Humanitarian Day, August 19.


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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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