Singapore morning news for August 28

Singapore morning news for August 28

Singapore morning news

MOM warns of fake employment pass application website
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has warned members of the public of yet another fake website that is pretending to be the ministry and duping users into providing their personal information.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Better factory data but economists divided on whether Singapore will dodge technical recession
Economists continued to have mixed views about the possibility of a technical recession here, even as the manufacturing sector performed far better than expected last month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore top choice for Hong Kong real estate investors in first half of 2019: Report
Lured by Singapore’s stable political environment and relatively strong office rentals, Hong Kong investors pumped a total of US$1.4 billion (S$1.94 billion) into the Republic’s real estate in the first half of 2019.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore services sector revenue grows at slower 2.8% pace in Q2
Growth in revenue for Singapore’s services sector cooled further in the second quarter of this year, according to data released by the Department of Statistics on Tuesday (Aug 27).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Quicker immigration clearance for eligible Japanese and South Korean travellers to Singapore
Starting from tomorrow (28 August), eligible Japan and South Korea passport holders will be able to pass through immigration faster when they arrive in Singapore, said the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) in a statement released today (Tuesday).
— The Online Citizen

Govt to propose changes to Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act in Parliament next week: PM Lee
The Government will propose changes to the Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act next week in an effort to tackle the spread of extremist views and other material that may undermine religious harmony in Singapore, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
— The Online Citizen

Gas giant Linde to quadruple production capacity for hydrogen, synthetic gas at $1.9b Jurong Island complex
A new US$1.4 billion (S$1.9 billion) complex on Jurong Island by industrial gases and engineering group Linde is set to quadruple its capacity here to produce and supply hydrogen and synthesis gas.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Technology can displace lawyers, warns Chief Justice as he urges profession to adapt to new reality
Technology is already beginning to displace lawyers from some areas of practice, said Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon on Tuesday (Aug 27) as he urged the legal profession to reskill to adapt to this new reality.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Drone users welcome recommendations for device rules, but suggest lower registration cost
A compulsory registration regime that make drones traceable and a minimum registration age of 16 would improve safety, drone users said on Tuesday (Aug 27).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NTUC Chief Ng: Senior workers told me they welcome opportunity to work longer for active ageing
At the recent National Day Rally on Aug 18, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the retirement age will go up from 62 to 65 and re-employment age from 67 to 70 by 2030.
— The Online Citizen

Man caught with 11,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes evaded over $1m in duty and taxes
In its second largest haul of contraband cigarettes uncovered within a month, officers from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) seized about 11,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes at Woodlands Checkpoint on Friday (Aug 23).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore is right to frame climate change as a national-security issue
TO TREAT climate change as an issue of national security may seem drastic – but it may be the right approach.
— The Business Times

Turkmenistan president’s first state visit to Singapore a ‘historic milestone’: Halimah Yacob
The state visit of Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedow to Singapore has opened a new chapter in relations, said President Halimah Yacob on Tuesday (Aug 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore inks three pacts with Turkmenistan during state visit of its leader
Turkmenistan may have development experiences and a social make-up that are different from Singapore’s, but there are areas where they can cooperate, said President Halimah Yacob on Tuesday (Aug 27), citing tourism, business and capacity building.
— The Straits Times

Decathlon to replace Metro as Centrepoint’s anchor tenant
Sporting goods giant Decathlon will replace Metro as The Centrepoint’s new anchor tenant, following news of the department store’s impending departure next month.
— The Straits Times

RSAF flexes with woman Military Expert 1 engineer to highlight vocation
Adding to the mystifying or demystifying process, another woman personnel serving in the Republic of Singapore Air Force has been thrust into the spotlight.
— Mothership

No win, no pay for certain cases: Law Ministry seeks feedback on proposed conditional fee agreements
The Law Ministry (MinLaw) is seeking public feedback on the proposed Conditional Fee Agreements, an additional payment option where a lawyer is paid only when the claim is successful.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

6 travel agents suspended for failing to submit financial statements: STB
Six travel agents have been suspended for failing to submit their audited statements of accounts on time, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said on Tuesday (Aug 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore needs to lift farm production, cut waste, as global protein shortage looms:  Study
As a result of climate change and rising population, the world is set to face a 56 per cent shortfall in food nutrition by 2050.
— Today Online

Singapore must be consistent, coherent in policymaking to attract long-term investments: Chan Chun Sing
Singapore must be consistent and coherent in its policymaking if the country is to provide a stable, secure and pro-business environment to attract long-term investments, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing on Tuesday (Aug 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

No increase to ‘adequate’ bursaries for undergraduates in top income tier: Indranee
Bursaries for undergraduates in the highest income tier will not be topped up as the current bursaries are adequate, said Second Minister for Education Indranee Rajah on Monday (Aug 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Aussie jailed for stealing $10,000 worth of items from Changi Airport shops
An Australian man was jailed for 12 days on Monday (Aug 26) for stealing more than $10,000 worth of items from shops at Changi Airport.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

DFS to close its tobacco and liquor stores at Changi Airport
The DFS Group has decided not to retain its duty-free liquor and tobacco concession at Changi Airport when its lease expires in June next year, the company announced on Monday (Aug 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

17 arrested for selling, possessing chewing tobacco in Little India
Seventeen people have been arrested for selling and possessing chewing tobacco in Little India, said the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) on Tuesday (Aug 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Sygnum, SEBA Crypto clinch Swiss banking licences
SWITZERLAND and Singapore-focused tokenisation startup Sygnum has clinched one of two conditional banking and securities dealers’ licences in Switzerland, the first time that the European country’s Financial Market Supervisory Authority (Finma) has given the go-ahead to pure-play blockchain service providers.
— The Business Times

Create flexible workplaces with synergy for all ages
How can workplaces become inclusive and elderly friendly? What will progressive workplaces look like in 2030? Round-table panellists give their views.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Shopee extends lead over Lazada as region’s top e-commerce site
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)

Singapore sees exports to Turkmenistan grow fivefold from 2016
Singapore exports to the Central Asian country of Turkmenistan have grown fivefold from 2016, and Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Koh Poh Koon said yesterday that there is potential to increase trade flows further.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Collapsing Jewel Changi Airport ceiling caught on video? It was taken in Shanghai mall
A video of a ceiling collapsing in a mall that has been making the rounds online was not taken in Jewel Changi Airport as alleged by some netizens.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Former vice-principal found guilty of sexually violating student from when he was 14
A former primary school vice-principal who sexually groomed a student for years from when he was 14, eventually taking him into his own home, was found guilty on Tuesday (Aug 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man, 34, allegedly steals safe from VivoCity restaurant with about S$17,000 cash inside
A 34-year-old man has been arrested for his alleged involvement in housebreaking and stealing a safe from a restaurant in VivoCity.
— Mothership

People’s Voice Party members, S’porean activist Tan Wah Piow meet M’sian MP and Bersih organiser Maria Chin Abdullah in KL
People’s Voice Party (PVP) chief Lim Tean, alongside PVP’s “Shadow Cabinet” members Leong Sze Hian and Nassir Ismail, paid what he has dubbed a “courtesy visit” to Malaysian Member of Parliament (MP) Maria Chin Abdullah yesterday afternoon (26 Aug) in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur.
— The Online Citizen

Keppel bags environmental award, inclusion in sustainability index
Keppel Corporation has been recognised for its sustainable business practices with an environmental award, along with an inclusion in a sustainability index.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Overhaul in food supply chain needed to tackle food waste: Study
The study suggested that surplus food on the shelves could be donated or sold at a discount at food banks, and food that may otherwise end up in the bin could be reintroduced as useful by-products.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ipos sets up new company to help firms commercialise their intellectual property
The company brings together more than 100 experts to help advise businesses in areas such as IP strategy and management, patent search and analysis, as well as IP education and training.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

WhiteCoat partners Grab for faster medication delivery service
Digital healthcare provider WhiteCoat has partnered Grab to bolster its medication delivery services via GrabExpress – the ride-hailing firm’s courier and parcel delivery service.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

CEO’s buyout offer for Delong ‘not fair but reasonable’: IFA
The $7-per-share revived cash offer for steelmaker Delong Holdings is not fair but reasonable, the appointed independent financial adviser (IFA), PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance (PwCCF), said on Tuesday morning (Aug 27).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New IPOS entity to help Singapore firms take their intangible assets global
THE Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has launched IPOS International – a new entity that will support the growth of businesses through the commercialisation of their intangible assets (IA) and intellectual property (IP), both in Singapore and globally.
— The Business Times

UAE’s Utico says signs deal to rescue Singapore’s Hyflux
United Arab Emirates-based utility Utico FZC said on Tuesday (Aug 27) it had agreed to a restructuring deal with Singapore’s indebted water treatment firm Hyflux, giving it 88 per cent of the company.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Start thinking about reskilling early
A key component of the recommendations by the Tripartite Workgroup on Older Workers includes preparing mature workers for longer careers or a change in jobs.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man suspected of ‘unlawful killing’ after domestic helper wife found dead: State Coroner
The decomposed body of a domestic helper was found in a Tampines Road forested area on Sept 6 last year – three days after her employers made a missing person report.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Food delivery rider who smashed car mirror in road rage incident gets fine
A part-time food delivery rider who punched and smashed the side mirror of a car in a road rage incident was fined S$1,500 on Tuesday (Aug 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Banana dolphins, watermelon pizza fruit snacks help pre-school kids to eat healthy
By carving a banana into a dolphin in a few simple steps, the fruit can both look fun and be a tasty snack.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Elaborate mooncake packaging difficult to recycle and damaging to the environment, experts say
Every Mid-Autumn Festival, many in Singapore buy and gift mooncakes to celebrate the occasion. Most of them come enclosed in fancy boxes, with colourful and lacquered packaging.
— Channel NewsAsia (very 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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