Singapore morning news for August 30

Singapore morning news for August 30

Singapore morning news

US-China trade war could have some positive spillover effects for region: Experts
There can be positive spillover effects for the region from US-China trade tensions, said leaders and experts at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs’ 12th Asean and Asia Forum on Thursday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore retains position as second safest city in the world behind Tokyo – Safe Cities Index 2019
Singapore retains its position as the second safest city in the world, according to the Safe Cities Index 2019 report by the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU).
— The Online Citizen

MAS opens applications for 5 new digital bank licences
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on Thursday (Aug 29) began accepting applications for up to five new digital bank licences from non-bank players.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SP Group warns against e-mail impersonation scam asking for personal details
Electricity provider SP Group on Thursday (Aug 29) warned consumers against scammers impersonating it to gain personal information.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Choa Chu Kang Waterworks’ S$162m upgrade to help Singapore tackle climate change challenge
Choa Chu Kang Waterworks (CCKWW) has completed a S$162 million upgrade that will help it tackle challenges in processing raw water as a result of “the negative impacts of climate change”.
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

SAF to conduct military & live-firing exercises from Sept. 2-9, 2019
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will conduct military and live-firing exercises from Sept. 2 to 9, 2019.
— Mothership

Police 999 emergency line restored after brief disruption
The Singapore Police Force (SPF) experienced problems receiving calls made to its 999 police emergency line and 1800-255-0000 hotline on Thursday (Aug 29).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Casino patrons could receive alerts on how much time and money they have spent to encourage responsible gambling
This would be part of efforts to encourage responsible gambling, said Manpower Minister and Second Minister for Home Affairs Josephine Teo on Thursday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Japan takes a leaf out of Singapore’s playbook on casino regulation
The experience Singapore underwent to establish its Integrated Resorts (IRs) has helped Japan in planning for its upcoming casinos.
— The Straits Times

Important for Singapore, Malaysia leaders to develop trust to achieve win-win outcomes: Balakrishnan
Leaders from Singapore and Malaysia need to develop personal ties to achieve win-win outcomes and forge a positive relationship between both countries, Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan said on Thursday (Aug 29).

Govt won’t interfere in people’s lives, but S’poreans should have children early: Josephine Teo on parenthood
Teo, who oversees population matters, was laying out new policy initiatives for Singaporeans to start conceiving during a joint ministerial media conference on Aug. 28, 2019.
— Mothership

Getting pregnant through IVF now safer for older women, doctors say
Getting pregnant through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatments is now safer for older women because of better management of possible age-related complications for mothers and their babies, say doctors.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Alleged differences within Hyflux board causing holdup in signing rescue deal: Utico
Alleged differences within the Hyflux board over advisors’ fees, board representation and management oversight were cited by potential white knight Utico as reasons why the restructuring deal has not been signed by the embattled water treatment firm.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NUS sets up Victim Care Unit to help victims of sexual misconduct
The National University of Singapore (NUS) has set up a Victim Care Unit (VCU) for students who are victims of sexual misconduct.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Six new accreditation programmes to ensure businesses meet standards
Six new accreditation programmes have been developed in the past year to ensure businesses in growth sectors meet quality standards.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore investors put $7.9b in offshore commercial property in first half of 2019: CBRE
Investors from Singapore spent an eye-catching US$5.7 billion (S$7.9 billion) in offshore commercial real estate investments in the first half this year, ranking it as the second-largest source of Asian outbound capital just after South Korea, a latest report by real estate agency CBRE shows.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More training and mental wellness services for 14,000 NUHS staff; NTUC Health also boosting training efforts
Taking care of the infirm can be draining but the 14,000 healthcare workers in the National University Health System (NUHS) can now look forward to mental wellness services to help them cope on the job.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Mindset change needed on how society views exams: Ong Ye Kung
Examination grades should be not be the sole means of defining a person – and societal mindsets need to shift to reflect this, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung on Friday (Aug 23).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New community programme launched to prevent or delay dementia in stroke patients
A programme which aims to prevent or delay the onset of dementia in stroke patients has been extended to the community after it improved patients’ memory and ability to perform daily activities.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s palm-oil plays endure a sullen month
THE agri-plays on the Singapore bourse have lost some sheen this eventful month, with the chief culprits being operational headwinds – weak commodity prices and Indonesia’s dry spell – and less so the recent move by the European Union (EU) to hit Indonesia, the world’s top palm oil producer, with biodiesel levies.
— The Business Times

Dowry’s S$1.5b – but suitors are queueing at virtual bank altar
Fintechs, large corporates busy courting each other ahead of criteria for Singapore digital banking licence this week.
— The Business Times

Singapore is planning to build a green oasis in Dubai
Singapore has announced details of its pavilion for Dubai’s Expo 2020.

Woman arrested for suspected unauthorised credit card transactions
A 54-year-old woman was arrested on Thursday (Aug 29) on suspicion of using a lost credit card belonging to another person to purchase cosmetic products.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Forever 21 prepares for potential bankruptcy
As their cash dwindles, the company has been negotiating with possible lenders, but none have come through so far.
— Mothership

Singapore’s richest man in 2019 is ex-mainland Chinese Zhang Yong – hotpot king
According to the latest Forbes Singapore Rich List (2019), Singapore’s richest person is a former mainland Chinese Zhang Yong with a net worth of US$13.8 billion.
— The Online Citizen

PM Lee promised a more open and inclusive society 15 years ago, where are we now?
When Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was sworn in as Singapore’s third Prime Minister in 2004, he said that this was a generational change for Singapore, “a shift to the post-independence generation in post-Cold War world”
— The Online Citizen

Despite differences in home country, WP MPs keep “broadly united front” with PAP overseas, says MP Pritam Singh
While representing Singapore overseas, Workers’ Party (WP) chief Pritam Singh revealed that his party maintains a “broadly united front” with MPs from the ruling party, People’s Action Party (PAP).
— The Online Citizen

PEC clinches $130m in new contracts; Q4 profit slides 50% to $3.5m
Mainboard-listed PEC has secured $130 million worth of new contracts with existing clients, it said on Thursday (Aug 29).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Native to Singapore, critically endangered ray prized for fins to get better protection
The name might be unfamiliar but many diners would recognise the delicacy served to them at restaurants as shark head.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Sign up for this year’s Mediacorp Subaru car challenge at a roadshow on Aug 31
Now in its 18th edition, the Last Palm Standing competition is set to take place on Nov 2 at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Accused in Orchard Towers murder case jumps bail, fails to show up in court
An accused person related to the Orchard Towers murder jumped bail and failed to turn up in court on Thursday (Aug 29).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Go-karting along Orchard Road, carnival at Clarke Quay as F1 festivities extend across the island
The F1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix will take place from Sept 20 to 22, while the parties and other activities will begin on Sept 13.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New laws needed to regulate ‘novel’ gambling products such as loot boxes in video games: Josephine Teo
The Second Minister for Home Affairs also shares how remote gambling has taken off in Singapore, three years after the Government allowed two operators to offer such services.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

StanChart names Dwaipayan Sadhu new Singapore head of retail banking
Standard Chartered Bank has appointed Dwaipayan Sadhu as its head of retail banking in Singapore, effective Sept 1, 2019.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

RBC Wealth Management hires Andrew White as director of private banking for Singapore office
RBC Wealth Management has appointed Andrew White as director, private banking, for its Singapore office.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

URA launches tender of site in Jalan Bunga Rampai
A residential site at Jalan Bunga Rampai, off Bartley Road, has been launched for sale by public tender under the confirmed list of the second half of the 2019 Government Land Sales (GLS) Programme, the Urban Redevelopment Authority announced on Thursday (Aug 29).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pacific Star sinks into red with $22m full-year loss
Catalist-listed Pacific Star Development on Thursday posted a net loss of $22 million for the 12 months ended June 30, on poor market sentiment in the Iskandar, Malaysia, property market.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man arrested for misusing boarding pass to send off his wife at Changi Airport
A man was arrested on Sunday (Aug 25) for misusing his boarding pass at the transit area of Changi Airport, police said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

A crypto firm hopes to get a Singapore banking licence
Cryptocurrency-related financial services are hard to find in Singapore, as digital assets are a market traditional lenders have tended to avoid.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Old Chang Kee to permanently sell S$1.20 potato chips that taste like curry puff
Old Chang Kee, foremost curry puff-making behemoth and authority on all things fried, has been very innovative in recent years putting things in hot oil and turning them into money.
— Mothership

Man scolds bollard in Punggol after it allegedly hurt woman causing golf ball-size swelling on ankle
In the somewhat contextless video uploaded onto Facebook on Aug. 18, 2019, the angry man behind the camera can be heard berating a bollard in Hokkien.
— Mothership

Elderly man in S’pore accumulates piles of donated soy sauce & instant noodles as he doesn’t cook
They emphasised the necessity of asking what kind of food or donations beneficiaries require, as sometimes, most of the donated items of groceries and other non-perishables go to waste.
— Mothership

Woman who pried open MRT doors allegedly chasing after her autistic sister
A video uploaded on Aug. 28 showed a woman prying open the train doors at Little India MRT station as she appeared to have wanted to get onto the train badly.
— Mothership

Man jailed after attacking victim with scissors in hawker centre over debt
A man who attacked an older man in a hawker centre over a debt was jailed for a year on Thursday (Aug 29).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

4 people injured in 7-vehicle chain collision on BKE
Four people were injured after a seven-vehicle chain collision on the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) on Wednesday (Aug 28).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Metro leaving The Centrepoint: 5 things to know about the mall
After five years as The Centrepoint’s anchor tenant, department store Metro will close its flagship store at the mall next month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore director makes world’s first film to feature eight Indian languages
Shilpa Krishnan Shukla’s [email protected], which tells a series of stories all happening at 8pm, will also boast the debut of 18 first-time Singapore-based actors.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Sick during WorldSkills, she perseveres to clinch gold
Ms Regina Chia was 15 minutes away from her turn to showcase her skill on the second day of the WorldSkills Competition for young people when she started to feel dizzy and nauseous.
— 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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