Singapore morning news for August 9

Singapore morning news for August 9

Singapore morning news

Singapore retail sales fall 8.9% in June
Retail sales in Singapore dropped 8.9 per cent in June 2019 compared to a year ago, according to figures released by the Department of Statistics (Singstat) on Thursday (Aug 8).
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

Singapore will take economic slowdown in its stride: PM Lee
SINGAPORE will take the upcoming slowdown in its stride, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in his annual National Day Message on Thursday night.
— The Business Times

S$197,000 of heroin seized in island-wide drug bust, 7 men arrested
2,778g of heroin is enough to feed the addiction of about 1,323 abusers for a week.
— Mothership

Government initiatives such as Resilience Package unlikely to provide significant boost to Singapore’s economic growth: Credit Suisse
Government initiatives with a focus on social spending and infrastructure projects may not have “a strong impact” on Singapore’s economic growth unless global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth exhibits “sustained recovery” from the effect of the Sino-US trade war, according to Swiss multinational investment bank Credit Suisse AG.
— The Online Citizen

Trust and diversity: Why Singapore food firms should register for Geographical Indication protection
Food and beverage companies in Singapore are being encouraged to register products with particular geographic-related characteristics with the recently-launched Singapore Geographical Indications (GI) Registry to protect their interests and boost consumer trust.
— Food Navigator-Asia

Jail, cane for NSF for offences including molesting ex-girlfriend
A full-time national serviceman (NSF), who wanted to rekindle his relationship with his former girlfriend, threatened to upload her nude images and videos if she did not give in to his demands.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singtel’s Q1 earnings hit 16-year low on Airtel losses, higher costs
Singtel’s net profit has hit a 16-year low amid industry and economic headwinds, according to results released before the market opened on Thursday (Aug 8).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Government will continue to ‘invest heavily’ in Singaporeans: PM Lee in National Day message
Pre-school and tertiary education will be made more affordable, and there are plans to raise the retirement and re-employment ages, says Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

Singtel resolves landlines issues after disruptions affected NETS, credit card machines
Singtel on Thursday (Aug 8) said it has resolved disruptions to its landlines, after several business owners reported having problems with their NETS or credit card payment machines.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singaporeans must put national interests first amid external influences: Ng Eng Hen
Singaporeans must put their own national interests first, amid attempts by external forces to influence countries in the region, including Singapore, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Thursday (Aug 8).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

UOL Q2 profit rises 48.1% on higher fair-value gains
Higher fair-value gains on its investment properties gave a lift to earnings for UOL Group (UOL) in its second quarter ended June 30, outweighing lower revenue recognition from its development projects and higher finance expenses.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Higher fares, rising ridership push SBS Transit Q2 profit 24.5% higher to $24.2m
Bus and rail operator SBS Transit posted a 24.5 per cent rise in net earnings to $24.2 million for the second quarter ended June 30 on the back of higher fares and rising ridership.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore-start-up makes durians traceable digital assets
DiMuto, a supply chain technology company, will work with Thailand’s biggest fresh durian exporter, Queen Frozen Fruit, over the upcoming durian season by tagging, tracking and tracing around 4 million durians from Thailand to China, Japan and other parts of Asia.
— Fresh Plaza

Gojek introduces new partnerships and benefits for users in the spirit of National Day
To celebrate the nation’s 54th birthday and the long weekend, GoJek Singapore has launched a series of initiatives to spread the holiday cheer to its driver-partners and customers.
— The Online Citizen

Tan Kin Lian mocks Goh Chok Tong for not being at Raffles Institution’s gathering, says he “lost his way”
Ex-presidential candidate and former CEO of NTUC Income Tan Kin Lian took to his Facebook today (8 August) to mock Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong for not attending the Raffles Institution’s gathering.
— The Online Citizen

Deadline for PMD safety certification to be brought forward by 6 months, says LTA
Following a series of fire incidents involving personal mobility devices (PMDs) that occurred in Singapore, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) is all set to bring forward the UL2272 safety certification for all PMD vehicles by six months.
— The Online Citizen

The link between durian and climate change: IPCC report says how we use land affects planet
The growing appetite for delicacies is also contributing to climate change, with forests in places like Malaysia being cleared to make way for Musang King durian plantations.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore’s China Embassy condemns ‘violence & lawlessness’ in Hong Kong
They said the actions of the radical protesters are intolerable by any civilised society.
— Mothership

ISEC Healthcare Q2 profit tumbles 48% on absence of doctor, fewer patient visits
A spike in expenses arising from the absence of a resident doctor at a Sembawang clinic contributed to the slump in net profit for ISEC Healthcare’s second quarter ended June 30.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Cromwell E-Reit posts flat DPU of 1.02 euro cents for Q2
Cromwell European Real Estate Investment Trust (Cromwell E-Reit) on Thursday (Aug 8) morning posted a distribution per unit (DPU) of 1.02 euro cents for its second quarter ended June 30, the same as a year ago.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Innisfree cosmetics releases S$14 camo cream for S’pore’s “super soldiers”
Putting on camo is one of the more groan-inducing parts of outfield for most soldiers.
— Mothership

Ex-senior StanChart executive fined for $500k blackmail threat
A former senior executive at Standard Chartered was fined $10,000 on Thursday (Aug 8) after he emailed a colleague anonymously and threatened to publish sensitive information about the bank on social media unless he was given $500,000.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NDP 2019: What does #myhomeSG mean to you?
Beyond Singapore’s tourist spots and man-made attractions is a rich heritage waiting to be seen in a new light.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Remaking Singapore: After Jewel, 5 other big projects set to raise the game
In his National Day message on Thursday (Aug 8), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke of Jewel Changi Airport as just one of the many things we are doing to remake our city.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

22 people, including two Singaporeans, arrested for immigration-related offences
Officers from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) arrested 22 people from Monday (Aug 5) to Wednesday at various locations for immigration-related offences.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Mediacorp partners beIN SPORTS to bring football and rugby action to Toggle
Sports fans in Singapore will soon be able to catch major international football action like Champions League matches, as well as the Rugby World Cup on Mediacorp’s Toggle.
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

Police investigating China flag hung at Choa Chu Kang HDB block
Police are investigating after the Chua Chu Kang Town Council (CCKTC) lodged a police report about a Chinese national flag displayed at a Housing Board block.
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

NDP returns to the Padang: 5 things you need to know
The recreational field near City Hall has witnessed many key events in Singapore’s history, including its first National Day Parade in 1966.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

In video, Exabytes founder Kee Siak Chan shares insights on building a global team from 0 to 300 plus
Listening is very important for good leadership The Millennials interview with Chan, founder of Exabytes, zeroes in on his experience of managing a regional tech company with over 300 employees.
— e27

Marathoner Soh Rui Yong commences legal battle against SNOC and Singapore Athletics over recent conflicts
In the most recent development of the conflict between Singaporean long distance runner Soh Rui Yong and national sports authorities, it appears Mr Soh has sent letters to the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) and Singapore Athletics (SA).
— The Online Citizen

PIONEER magazine goes completely digital starting next month
After 50 years, PIONEER, a magazine published by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), just released its final print copy this month.
— The Online Citizen

AEM Holdings Q2 profit soars 65.4% on sales growth
Equipment manufacturer AEM Holdings posted a 65.4 per cent spike in net profit to $15.7 million for the second quarter ended June 30, from $9.5 million a year ago.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Yangzijiang calls for trading halt after shares tumble 20% on heavy volume
Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (YZJ) has requested an immediate trading halt on Thursday (Aug 8) morning pending the release of an announcement, shortly after the Singapore Exchange (SGX) flagged unusual price movements in the company’s shares.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

3 Healthcare Stocks That Provided Double-Digit Year-to-Date Returns
The healthcare industry is resilient to economic swings and is considered a stable pillar of growth for investors.
— The Motley Fool

Court of Appeal upholds acquittal of man accused of raping lover’s daughter
The Court of Appeal on Thursday (Aug 8) upheld the acquittal of a 59-year-old man who was accused of raping his lover’s teenage daughter, saying that troubling aspects of his accuser’s account had raised reasonable doubt as to whether he had committed the offences.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

3 from ST’s Generation Grit series share their stories of overcoming hardship
After he became paralysed in a freak diving accident during his first year of university, Mr Wong Zi Heng, then 21, never wallowed in self-pity.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ramli Sarip’s emotional NDP rendition of Majulah Singapura stirs souls and debate
Everyone knows the familiar strains of Majulah Singapura when the National Anthem is played during the National Day Parade (NDP).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

47-yr-old Singaporean and 42-yr-old Chinese national jailed for entering into Marriage of Convenience
A 47-year-old male Singaporean, Mow Cheang Chong (Mow), and a 42-year-old female Chinese national, Wang Xiaoyan (Wang), were each sentenced to six months’ imprisonment on 18 July 2019 for offences under the Immigration Act.
— The Online Citizen

Singaporean director Anthony Chen’s latest film to premiere at Toronto festival
Wet Season, the follow-up from the award-winning Ilo Ilo filmmaker, is the only Asian entry in the festival’s Platform Competition.
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)


Feature photo Lee Hsien Loong

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


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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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