Singapore morning news for August 7

Singapore morning news for August 7

Singapore morning news

New missile system to be showcased at NDP
Singapore’s skies will soon be defended by a surface-to-air missile system that will be much more effective and require 90 per cent less manpower.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More than 9 in 10 in Singapore concerned by climate change; most agree to use of taxes to fight impact: Mediacorp survey
More than 9 in 10 Singaporeans and Permanent Residents (PR) said they are concerned by climate change and will do their part to minimise its impact, findings from a Mediacorp survey showed on Wednesday (Aug 7).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘We aim to transform car ownership through our 360-degree approach’: Carro Founder Aaron Tan
The response to the subscription service in Singapore has been overwhelming, with over 3,000 people signing up to it since launch in March, he says The introduction of a subscription model early this year is probably the biggest breakthrough yet in Singapore-based automotive marketplace Carro’s journey.
— e27

About 30% of Singapore’s recyclable waste exported overseas in 2018: Masagos
About 30 per cent of Singapore’s recyclable waste was exported to other countries last year, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli on Tuesday (Aug 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Public fumes after Singapore opted out of voting for global treaty on workplace harassment
Although Singapore supports the intent of a new global pact against violence and harassment in the workplace, it abstained from voting for it during a United Nations agency’s annual conference in June due to “concerns about overreach”, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo.
— The Online Citizen

Team Singapore to send its largest contingent to 2019 WorldSkills Competition in Kazan
Singapore will be fielding a team of 32 youths – the largest contingent yet – from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), the five polytechnics and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) at the upcoming WorldSkills Competition (WSC) in Russia later this month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore, Malaysia among exporters most at risk from US-China trade war: Fitch Solutions
Asian export-reliant economies such as Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam and Malaysia will be the hardest hit by waning demand for Chinese-made products and supply chain disruptions amid escalating US-China trade tensions, Fitch Solutions Macro Research said on Tuesday (Aug 6).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NTUC FairPrice opens largest hypermart and pharmacy in bid to rival online grocers
NTUC FairPrice on Tuesday (Aug 6) launched its largest supermarket and pharmacy yet, featuring new retail concepts like a food preparation service and in-store vegetable harvesting, in a bid to compete with online grocers.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

10 biggest healthcare stocks on SGX average 5.7% return to date this year
Out of 19 healthcare providers listed on the Singapore Exchange (SGX) with a combined market capitalisation of about $23 billion, the 10 largest providers contributed over $20 billion and averaged a total return of 5.7 per cent over the first seven months of 2019.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

2 M’sian women try to smuggle man out of S’pore by hiding him in car boot, get caught
According to a press release by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), two Malaysian women attempted to smuggle a man out of Singapore by hiding him in their car boot.
— Mothership

One-fifth of fresh food lost and wasted before they reach consumers: Study
Close to one-fifth of imported and locally farmed fresh produce here is lost along the food supply chain every year, amounting to a loss of $2.54 billion, a study conducted by the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) and consultancy firm Deloitte Singapore has found.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SingSaver’s parent CompareAsiaGroup raises $27.6m in financing round led by Experian
CompareAsiaGroup, parent company of financial comparison site SingSaver, has raised US$20 million in its first close of Series B1 investment led by information services company Experian.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MPs reiterate call for plastic bag surcharge; MEWR says focus is on reducing excessive use of all disposables
Members of Parliament (MPs) reiterated the call for plastic bag charges in Parliament on Tuesday (Aug 6), but Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor stressed the need for a wider approach beyond “singling out” single-use plastics.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore shares slump on Tuesday; STI sinks 1.41% to 3,149.61
Singapore shares continued Monday’s bank-led slide on Tuesday (Aug 5), with the Straits Times Index diving 44.90 points or 1.41 per cent to 3,149.61 as at 9.03am following big slumps in the US and Europe markets last night.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Private-hire car operators to be licensed from next year as Parliament passes new regulatory framework
All ride-hail and street-hail service providers with a fleet size of more than 800 vehicles will have to be licensed from June 2020, after Parliament passed the Point-to-Point (P2P) Passenger Transport Industry Bill on Tuesday (Aug 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New mandatory rules from next year for financial industry to combat cyber threats: MAS
Financial institutions must comply with a new set of requirements by next year to raise the cyber security standards and strengthen cyber resilience of the sector, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said on Tuesday (Aug 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singaporean e-sports player granted 4-month NS deferment for Overwatch World Cup tournament
Local e-sports player Figo Chua has been granted deferment from National Service, and will be representing Singapore at the Overwatch World Cup tournament in America in October.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SGX, NSE aim to trade Nifty products via Gift City by end-2020
SINGAPORE Exchange (SGX) and the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) have received the nod from their respective regulators for a new trading model which will see India’s Nifty futures contracts on SGX executed in International Financial Services Centre (IFSC), Gift City, Gujarat, instead.
— The Business Times

Private-hire car operators to be licensed from next June
Parliament gave the nod yesterday to a new law that will give the authorities powers to regulate private-hire vehicle operators. They will come under a licensing regime from next June.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Taxi driver whose actions left teen dead, 3 seriously injured, had committed string of traffic offences
The taxi driver whose actions led to a crash that killed teenager Kathy Ong and seriously injured three of her NUS friends had committed a series of serious traffic offences previously.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Three sent to hospital after fire caused by PMD breaks out in Choa Chu Kang flat
Three people were sent to hospital for smoke inhalation after a fire involving a personal mobility device (PMD) broke out in a Chua Chu Kang flat.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

No plans to lower voting age to 18, says Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing — in spite of developments across the Causeway
The Government is not looking to lower the voting age to 18, as the current age of majority remains the appropriate age for Singaporeans to make decisions and engage in “activities that involve significant personal responsibility”, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing.
— The Online Citizen

Robots will play increasing role but not replace Home Team officers: Senior MHA official
Robots could be stationed in protected areas to deter potential perpetrators or sent in to deal with dangerous situations like bomb threats but they will not replace Home Team officers, said a Home Affairs Ministry official.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Vivian Balakrishnan: No reported injuries among the 15,000 S’poreans in Hong Kong
No Singaporeans have been directly affected or injured by the Hong Kong protests since early June 2019, said Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.
— Mothership

New science and tech agency for Home Team due this December after passing of Bill
The Home Team Science and Technology Agency (HTX) will bring together about 1,300 officers from various Home Team departments, says Second Minister for Home Affairs Josephine Teo.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SMRT’s rail and bus workers to get digital skills training
SMRT’s workers will soon be able to benefit from a new programme to train them in digital skills.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Nearly 120 companies prosecuted for illegal waste discharge since 2014: Amy Khor
A total of 119 companies have been prosecuted for illegally discharging trade effluent, or liquid waste, into sewers since 2014, said Senior Minister of State for Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor in Parliament on Tuesday (Aug 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Shell exploring solar panels to power Singapore refinery site
Royal Dutch Shell is considering to install solar panels to power its Bukom refining site in Singapore, a company spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday (Aug 5).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Manhattan Resources narrows Q2 loss to $895,000
Manhattan Resources has narrowed its second quarter net loss to $895,000, from $1.8 million a year ago, on the back of cost cuts after it disposed its vessels last year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

DocDoc completes US$13M funding round, plans to further develop platform
Singapore-based healthtech startup DocDoc Pte. Ltd. announced that it has closed a funding round of US$13 million led by Adamas Finance Asia Limited (ADAM), a London-listed investment company.
— e27

Sasseur Reit Q2 DPU up 1.3% from China outlet malls
Sasseur Reit on Tuesday posted a distribution per unit (DPU) of 1.608 cents for its second quarter ended June 30, 1.3 per cent higher than the DPU of 1.587 cents for March 28 to June 30, 2018.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Latest scam uses SBS Transit’s name to snare victims
An online scam targetting public transport users has surfaced, and operator SBS Transit has put up a warning to alert commuters.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ex-director of chiropractic firm jailed 8 months over role to cheat insurance company
A director of a chiropractic firm provided false reports on 12 patients’ conditions and worked with two financial advisers to try to dupe the pair’s company into paying out more than $17,000 in fraudulent claims.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Sheng Siong Group’s 2019 Second-Quarter Earnings: Higher Dividend
Sheng Siong Group Ltd (SGX: OV8) posted a strong set of results for the latest quarter, including a higher dividend.
— The Motley Fool

NDP 2019: Heartlands fireworks display no easy job
National Day is set to go off with a bigger bang than usual with five fireworks displays planned for heartland sites in addition to the main event at the Padang.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

3 Singapore Blue Chips to Enjoy a Secure Retirement
DBS Group Holdings Ltd (SGX: D05), SATS Ltd (SGX: S58) and Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX: S68) are three companies to consider for your retirement portfolio.
— The Motley Fool

Addvalue’s inter-satellite data relay system to be used in Capella Space, Inmarsat tie-up
Mainboard-listed Addvalue Technologies has tied up with Capella Space over the use of Addvalue’s inter-satellite data relay system (IDRS) via Inmarsat’s global L-Band satellite communications network.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Alleged dognapper in S’pore denies taking away man’s pet chow chow
A frankly bizarre story that happened in Singapore about how one man’s dog was allegedly taken by another man before it died a year later has a new development.
— Mothership

Man tasered at Everton Park gets jail, cane for robbery, vandalism and assaulting police
A man who was tasered by police at Everton Park in a stand-off that went viral was on Tuesday (Aug 6) sentenced to three years and seven months’ jail, as well as 15 strokes of the cane for a variety of offences ranging from robbery to punching a policeman.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Rag-and-bone man who went on ‘revenge attack’ in Lorong 23 Geylang on trial for murder
A confrontation between two men at a Geylang coffee shop escalated into a fight that ended with rag-and-bone man Toh Sia Guan running away from the scene and losing a slipper in his retreat.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)


Feature photo Lee Hsien Loong

This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo acknowledges Singapore national day, August 9.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).


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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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