Singapore morning news for August 27

Singapore morning news for August 27

Singapore morning newsHaze returns to S’pore end-August 2019
The National Environment Agency (NEA) said this was caused by a brief shift in the direction of the prevailing winds that blew from the southwest on Sunday.
— Mothership

Singapore may avoid recession after production beats forecasts
Singapore’s manufacturing output fell for a third straight month in July but the performance was much better than expected, indicating the city-state may avoid falling into a recession following a torrid second quarter.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Singapore Faces Rising Tide of Bad Debt With Record Bonds Maturing
Singapore firms are likely to see more soured debt as the trade-reliant economy takes a hit from U.S.-China tensions.
— Yahoo News

Changes to 30-year-old religious harmony law to be introduced in Parliament next week: PM Lee Hsien Loong
Changes to a law that safeguards religious harmony in Singapore will be introduced in Parliament next week, in a move to pave the way for the Government to deal with new threats in a comprehensive and timely manner.
— The Straits Times

Singapore’s manufacturing output fell 0.4% in July, narrower than economists’ forecast
Singapore’s manufacturing output decreased 0.4 per cent in July as compared to the previous year, amid slower economic growth in the second quarter of the year, data from the Economic Development Board (EDB) showed on Monday (Aug 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore and Chinese firms ink 13 digital technology deals in Chongqing
Singapore and Chinese companies on Monday (Aug 26) inked 13 deals to cooperate on using digital technologies in education, manufacturing and telecommunications at the annual Smart China Expo in the southwestern city of Chongqing.
— The Straits Times

Personal data protection guidelines: Who can and cannot collect NRIC numbers?
From Sunday (Sept 1), organisations will be legally barred from collecting, using or disclosing NRIC numbers or making copies of the identity card, under new and stricter rules enforced by Singapore’s privacy watchdog, the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC).
— The Straits Times

Singapore Airlines bans recalled models of Apple MacBook Pro unless verified safe
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has issued a warning that travellers should refrain from bringing some older models of Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro with them as they travel.
— The Online Citizen

Second mastermind of SkillsFuture Credits ruse gets 15 months’ jail
The second mastermind behind a ruse that saw the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) cheated of a total of $51,000 was sentenced on Monday (Aug 26) to 15 months’ jail.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Grab set to invest ‘several hundred million dollars’ in Vietnam
Singapore-based ride-hailing firm Grab is set to invest several hundred million dollars in Vietnam where the company sees its next major growth market, just weeks after it unveiled a US$2 billion plan in Indonesia.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Meritocracy a “lie” used to justify “gross inequality” in Singapore, says PVP chief Lim Tean
The concept of meritocracy, in which the ruling class is selected by merit or ability instead of sheer wealth or status by birth, has been used by the Singapore elite to justify the “gross inequality” that exists in the Republic, said People’s Voice Party (PVP) founding chief Lim Tean in a Facebook video posted on Sun (25 Aug).
— The Online Citizen

Gold gets driven toward US$1,600 as oldest safe haven shows its mettle
Gold took a big stride toward US$1,600 an ounce as the US-China trade war worsened, hurting the outlook for global growth and boosting demand for the traditional haven as risk assets suffered.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Over 1,800 workplace injuries from slips, trips and falls in first half of the year
Minister of State for Manpower and National Development Zaqy Mohamad said almost half of such injuries in the hospitality and entertainment industry had occurred in the kitchen.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commentary: Seniors do well at their jobs yet ageist myths and negative stereotypes persist
To move beyond retirement and re-employment will require bold changes from companies and supervisors, says SUSS’ Helen Ko.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

OCBC targets annual card billings of $1b in 3 years for new travel credit card
OCBC Bank on Sunday (Aug 25) launched a new travel credit card called the OCBC 90°N Card, projected to achieve $1 billion in annual card billings within three years.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Shopee extends lead over Lazada to be region’s top online shopping platform: iPrice
E-commerce player Shopee has extended its lead over rival Lazada as the top internet shopping platform in the region, a report has found.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Developmental paediatrician raises some keen questions about the educational policies on bilingualism
Bilingualism will allow Singaporeans to access valuable economic opportunities around the region, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung at the 8th Mother Tongue Languages Symposium on Saturday (24 August).
— The Online Citizen

GrabFood launches Hawker Picks service, offering dishes from popular stalls
GrabFood users can now have food delivered from popular hawker stalls – like Arcade Fish Soup in the Central Business District and A Noodle Story at Amoy Street Food Centre – by placing a single order through the app.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore exports to Turkmenistan saw fivefold rise from 2016, with potential for trade flows to increase
Singapore firms are already exploring cooperation with the Central Asian country of Turkmenistan in the chemical and private education sectors, and there is potential to increase trade flows further, said Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Koh Poh Koon on Monday (Aug 26).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NUS & NTU students take modules teaching them no consent = no sexy time
Not sure if this works in a conservative society with emotionally-stunted young adults.
— Mothership

All-in-one transit apps could be next transport disruptor: Janil Puthucheary
PMSINGAPORE – All-in-one transit apps could be the next disruptor in the land transport sector after the emergence of ride-hailing services, said Senior Minister of State for Transport Janil Puthucheary on Monday (Aug 26).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore Prison Service’s claim regarding M’sian death row prisoner Pannir Selvam’s letters “blatantly false”, an attempt to “shut down” campaign to save Pannir: Lawyer N Surendran
The Singapore Prison Service (SPS)’s statement on 31-year-old Malaysian death row prisoner Pannir Selvam Pranthaman’s letters last Fri (23 Aug) was “blatantly false”, said his Malaysian instructing solicitor N Surendran.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore share index extends slide, resumes Monday afternoon down 1.67%
Singapore stocks continued to fall on Monday afternoon (Aug 26) on mounting trade fears, with the Straits Times Index down 1.67 per cent or 51.9 points to 3,058.45 as at 1.02pm, tracking deep losses in other Asian markets.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

JR East’s S’pore co-working space
Japan railway giant East Japan Railway Company (JR East) has opened a co-working space here to help Japanese and Singapore firms forge connections and exchange technology and ideas.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Former SIA pilot who shared photo of dead maid on WhatsApp convicted of OSA offences
A former Singapore Airlines (SIA) pilot was found guilty on Monday (Aug 26) of forwarding a photo of a dead maid which he had received from his paramedic girlfriend.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Charging PMD causes fire in Sembawang flat
A fire broke out in a Sembawang flat on Monday morning (Aug 26), in an incident that was likely caused by a personal mobility device (PMD).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singaporean man admits to giving bribe for Malaysian driving licence, other traffic offences
A Singaporean man admitted on Monday (Aug 26) that he had given a bribe to obtain a driving licence in Malaysia, driven vehicles with fake Malaysian licence plates in Singapore and incurred parking fines, as well as a string of other related offences.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Stalls at new hawker centres to pay lower rents under NEA’s staggered rent scheme
Stallholders at new hawker centres will pay lower rentals in the first two years, under a staggered rent scheme announced by the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Monday (Aug 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man in landmark maid abuse case gets more jail time after prosecution appeals
A man in a landmark maid abuse case received more jail time on Monday (Aug 26) after a High Court judge granted the prosecution’s appeals.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Netizens urge parents to better monitor their kids at public place after a toddle dies in a freak accident at Jewel Changi Airport
On Friday (23 August), an 18-month-old toddler succumb to her injuries in the hospital after a standing mirror fell on her inside fashion store Urban Revivo at Jewel Changi Airport.
— The Online Citizen

Good class bungalow in Bukit Panjang up for auction with $9m asking price
A good class bungalow (GCB) at 7 Chestnut Crescent will be put for sale via auction by its owner next month with an asking price of $9 million, real estate firm Colliers International said on Monday morning (Aug 26).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man flees after leaving unconscious baby at SGH; police manhunt ongoing
The police have arrested a 28-year-old woman, the baby’s mother, for suspected child abuse and drug-related offences.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Alita Resources’ lenders extend standstill again over A$40m loan default
The lenders of lithium miner Alita Resources have further extended the standstill period for a secured A$40 million loan (S$37.4 million) until 7pm on Aug 29.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Cityneon snags investment from EDB’s investment arm, to open creative office in Singapore
CItyneon Holdings has snagged a strategic investment from EDBI, the investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board, the company announced on Monday morning (Aug 26) without disclosing the amount.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

World Championship comes to an end for Singapore’s Yeo Jia Min following defeat by Thailand’s former World No.1
Yeo Jia Min’s exciting run at the Badminton World Championships (BWC) was brought to an abrupt end on Friday (23) August when Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon beat the shuttler in two straight sets, 21-17, 21-11 in under an hour.
— The Online Citizen

For Singapore firms, home is the right place to list
THE Singapore Exchange (SGX) remains a compelling listing destination for companies with Asean business operations, as well as for setting up of real estate investment trusts (Reits) and business trusts.
— The Business Times

Discounted groceries for 500 Tampines families
An initiative launched by Tampines GRC will see about 500 low-and middle-income families receive discounted groceries for the next year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Home in focus: Weaving together tales of dementia
At Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, a community sensory mat sewing project called Handmade Heartmade has produced Singapore’s largest collection of 700 handmade sensory mats.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Team off to rousing start for overland drive to London
Briton Nathan George grew up listening to his grandfather’s stories about driving from London to Singapore with his friends in 1955, so it was an easy decision to join an expedition that recreates the original jaunt, albeit in reverse.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Community Chest raises $6.5m at charity dinner
The Community Chest raised more than $6.5 million at its Bicentennial charity dinner in support of more than 80 social service agencies.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Sea safety team to hire more investigators
A small team charged with improving safety in the maritime sector wants to boost its headcount.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pregnant maid who assaulted employer when told to wait to go home jailed four months
A newly-arrived maid who found out she was pregnant a month after she started work, assaulted her employer when she was told to wait to go home until her replacement could be found.
— 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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