Singapore morning news for August 23

Singapore morning news for August 23

Singapore morning news

New training academy launched to help workers in environmental services pick up new skills
From robot cleaners to kitchen sinks that turn food waste into fertiliser, the environmental services industry has been evolving to tackle challenges like manpower constraints.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

When climate change hits home in Singapore
PM Lee’s speech – with its stark warning about flooding – could mark a turning point when climate change becomes part of the national consciousness.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore will no longer rank children based on exams
Symptoms include “depression, [a feeling of] helplessness, fear, anger, irritability, and a lack of motivation,” Anoushka Beh, a child psychologist in Singapore, told The World’s host, Marco Werman.
— PRI

City Harvest Church founder Kong Hee released from jail: Key facts about the multimillion-dollar case
A five-judge Court of Appeal on Feb 1, 2018, dismissed a bid by prosecutors to reinstate the original convictions for City Harvest Church (CHC) founder Kong Hee and five others convicted of misusing millions of dollars in church funds – ending a marathon case involving the misuse of millions of dollars of CHC funds.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Spotlight on ‘lottery effect’ of flats slated for Keppel Club site
The prospect of public and private apartments being built on the prime land now hosting the Keppel Club and its 18-hole golf course is prompting questions of how to mitigate the “lottery effect” of what are likely to be prized assets.
— The Straits Times

Singapore’s government will give every citizen a free Fitbit, with a catch
In an effort to encourage a healthier lifestyle, Singapore’s government has partnered with Fitbit to offer its citizens free fitness trackers.
— Digital Trends

Military court upholds 2-week detention for ex-SAF master sergeant who kept 50 blank rounds
A military court on Thursday (Aug 22) dismissed an appeal to extend the detention of a former Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) regular, after he kept and concealed 50 blank rounds following an exercise in 2017.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Bonds, reserves could be used to fund climate battle
The issuance of government bonds to fund the $100 billion it could take to fight rising sea levels over the next century is one option that Singapore is mulling over, according to a Bloomberg report.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Former company director charged with cheating 29 people of more than $3 million
A former director of a corporate training services company was taken to court on Thursday (Aug 22) after he allegedly cheated 29 people of more than $3 million.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Mistress sued for $2m: Businessman lover wanted to use loan agreement to divorce wife
A 33-year-old property agent being sued by her former lover for the return of $2 million said in court on Thursday (Aug 22) that she had signed a loan agreement only because the businessman wanted to use it to divorce his wife.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Lower tuition fees at polys, universities for needy students from next year as higher bursaries kick in
At the university level, the most needy students will pay only $2,000 a year, compared with the $4,000 they currently pay.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pacific Radiance in ‘advanced discussions’ for US$180m debt funding, to acquire Allianz Marine and Logistics Services
Offshore marine services firm Pacific Radiance on Thursday (Aug 22) said it is in advanced discussions for at least US$180 million of debt funding.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Rail industry needs quicker manpower boost amid rapid MRT expansion: Janil Puthucheary
The Government needs to move decisively to accelerate the rail industry’s transformation, said Senior Minister of State for Transport Dr Janil Puthucheary on Thursday (Aug 22), citing the unprecedented pace in which the MRT network is expanding.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Vision of ‘productive longevity’ behind recommendations for older workers: Josephine Teo
A vision of productive longevity lies behind the recommendations made by the Tripartite Workgroup on Older Workers, said Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo on Thursday (Aug 22).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore to host first Asian edition of world’s largest gaming trade show | Video
Singapore will host the first Asian edition of Gamescom – the world’s largest gaming trade show – in October 2020.
— CNA

Trust within Hong Kong society broken, says Ng Eng Hen
The volunteers serving with the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) represent the trust within Singapore society, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Small firms give tips on being family friendly
Feedback from staff at 3E Accounting that they were unable to use up their medical claims entitlements prompted the bosses to add more options that can be accessed.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Theft of cargo from barges in Singapore Strait soars to five-year high
The year is not over but the number of theft of cargo from barges towed by tug boats along the Singapore Straits have already hit a five-year high .
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘Sport has a way of uniting people’: ESM Goh hopes for more sporting success stories
Mr Goh was speaking at the Chiam See Tong Sports Fund gala dinner which raised S$160,000 to help support athletes in need.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Universities use the donations they receive to supplement bursaries for needy students: Ong Ye Kung
Media reports recently touched on the sizeable amounts in university endowment funds, and some have asked whether universities should still be competing with charities for the donations pie.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SPH donates $426,000 to Community Chest to mark 35th anniversary
Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) kicked off its 35th birthday celebrations with a cake and cheque for $426,000 at an anniversary concert on Thursday afternoon (Aug 22).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singtel Dash app wants to take the place of your physical wallets
It wants you to leave home with only your phone.
— Mothership

More than 1,000 packets of contraband cigarettes found in car tyres at Woodlands Checkpoint
A total of 1,127 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes have been found hidden in the tyres of two cars at Woodlands Checkpoint, said the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on Thursday (Aug 22).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Despite being absurd, there are still members of public agreeing that PM Lee’s high salary is justifiable, even claim he is underpaid
On Wednesday (21 August), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s wife Ho Ching shared and article on her Facebook page titled “Why is the salary of Singapore’s Prime Minister so high?” by Seedly.
— The Online Citizen

Kidney specialist charged in court for filing incorrect tax returns
Kidney specialist Lye Wai Choong has been charged in court for filing incorrect tax returns, including three counts of understating the income of the Centre for Kidney Diseases, where he is a director.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

55,000 tertiary students to get enhanced bursaries, some up to 95%: MOE
About 55,000 undergraduate and diploma students will stand to benefit from the Government’s enhanced bursary scheme, which will be rolled out to students from the next academic year onwards.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

UOB expands to northern Vietnam with opening of first Hanoi branch
United Overseas Bank (UOB) continues to deepen its presence in Vietnam with the opening of its Hanoi branch on Thursday (Aug 22) – the bank’s first beyond Ho Chi Minh City.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Changi Airport Group warns public over ‘Be A Changi Millionaire’ scam calls received via Viber
On Wednesday (21 August), Changi Airport Group (CAG) released a statement alerting public of scam calls that has been going around where the caller asks individuals for their bank account numbers to claim a prize in the ‘Be A Changi Millionaire’ promotion.
— The Online Citizen

Noble to rebuild LNG, core energy business: Sources
Noble Group Holdings plans to rebuild its liquefied natural gas (LNG) and core energy businesses and develop rare earths as it seeks new life as a niche, Asia-focused commodity trader, sources aware of the matter said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Survey: Firms expecting falling revenues, rising business costs
More Singapore businesses are expecting a drop in their revenue and profit margin as the economy slows, with trade tensions being a top concern among them.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Fighting Championship is back for its eight knockout event with two WBC titles on the line
The Singapore Fighting Championship (SFC) team is back yet again for round eight of its smashing multi-discipline event, “SFC 8: Renegades of Fight”, with two World Boxing Council (WBC) Titles on the line.
— The Online Citizen

All ITE graduates will be able to upgrade beyond Nitec qualification by 2030
Graduates from the Institute of Technical Education will have more opportunities to upgrade themselves in future, with wider pathways being opened up for them.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Guide to help the accountancy sector go digital launched
Within a year of local accountancy firm Nexia TS launching in 2017 a cloud-based accounting platform that lets clients upload documents digitally, the firm found that it helped raise productivity and reduce mistakes.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Soilbuild Reit launches preferential offering to raise $101.8m for Australia office property buy
Soilbuild Business Space Reit (Soilbuild Reit) has launched a fully underwritten non-renounceable preferential offering to raise about $101.8 million to fund an Australia property acquisition.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Creative Technology swings to Q4 net loss of $3.9m on market uncertainty
Creative Technology recorded a net loss attributable to equity holders of US$2.8 million (S$3.9 million) for the fourth quarter ended June 30, compared with a net profit of US$25.6 million in the year-ago period, it said in a results release after market close on Wednesday (Aug 21).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Young private-hire drivers not in favour of minimum age limit
While there have been calls to impose a minimum age limit for private-hire car drivers, younger drivers interviewed hope there will not be any such restrictions.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore’s Yeo Jia Min wins again to reach badminton World Championships final 8 quarter-finals
Singapore woman badminton player Yeo Jia Min has advanced to the women’s singles quarter-finals of the Badminton World Championships after another victory.
— Mothership

Doctor on trial for molesting woman calls allegations ‘outrageous’
A doctor accused of molesting a patient took the stand for the defence on Thursday (Aug 22) and called the allegations outrageous and ridiculous.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Temasek Shophouse and NUS Business School’s Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy officially launched
On Wednesday (21 Aug), Temasek Shophouse and NUS Business School’s Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy (ACSEP) have come together to launch ‘For Love Shines: An Ode to 200 Years of Philanthropy in Singapore’, a Singapore Bicentennial exhibition.
— The Online Citizen

Woman who kept $50k in love scam sentenced to 18 months’ mandatory treatment order
The part-time English teacher had been found to be suffering from a major depressive disorder when she committed the offence.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Elderly man missing after boarding cruise ship sailing to Penang
The retired electrician boarded Genting Dream on Aug 4. It was only when the passengers were disembarking in Singapore on Aug 7 that the crew discovered he was no longer on board.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

 

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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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