Singapore morning news for February 26

Singapore morning news for February 26

Singapore morning news

More new drug abusers arrested in 2018, most under 30: CNB
More first-time drug abusers were arrested last year compared to 2017, with the majority arrested under 30 years old, said the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) in a press release on Monday (Feb 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

The Big Read: As more cyberattacks loom, Singapore has a weak ‘first line of defence’
Collaboration between governments, educational institutions, professional bodies and enterprises is needed, but companies and individuals can also take action to protect data and develop cyberawareness.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Cheep thrills: Over 700 animals born at Wildlife Reserves Singapore parks last year
More than 700 animals from across 131 species were born at the four parks under the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) last year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SMU, NTU offer more options, places for computer studies
More undergraduates will be able to take up computing-related programmes at Singapore Management University (SMU) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) from August this year, when the new academic year begins.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Firms that do not change will hit ‘dead end’: Heng Swee Keat
COMPANIES must persist in transforming their business operations through technology, and upgrading workers at the same time, to cope with changes, said Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat on Monday.
— The Business Times

Singapore is the fifth preferred destination for Chinese property investment in 2018
The city saw US$650m in acquisitions across four deals in 2018.
— Singapore Business Review

Dr Balakrishnan appointed Singapore’s Acting Transport Minister
Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan (pic) has been appointed as the Acting Transport Minister in Singapore-Malaysia Bilateral Negotiations, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.
— The Star Online

Centurion and Sunseap ink 20-year solar power agreement
Centurion Corporation and Sunseap Group have signed a 20-year solar power purchase agreement for a workers dormitory in Singapore.
— The Edge Singapore

In pursuit of Services 4.0 – a Singapore perspective
THE services sector remains the bulk of global gross domestic product (GDP), and in the last 20 years, also represents an increasing share of Asean GDP.
— The Business Times

Singapore government agency for building and construction industry launches accelerator
The Built Environment Accelerate to Market Program (BE-AMP) has set aside S$6 million (US$4.4 million) to support the development and commercialization of “innovative solutions” through Enterprise Singapore’s Gov-PACT initiative.
— Tech In Asia

Singapore ranked top city in Asia-Pacific for millennials to relocate
Singapore is listed as the top destination in Asia-Pacific for millennials to relocate for career opportunities, according to ValueChampion’s Top 5 Millennial–Friendly Cities in Asia-Pacific, published on Feb 5.
— The Edge Markets

New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show Inspired by Singapore
Singapore was not only the location for the hit film “Crazy Rich Asians,” but it has taken centerstage at this year’s New York Botanical Garden’s orchid show.
— Forbes

Nearly 70% of electronics e-commerce scams in 2018 involved sale of mobile phones: Police
Almost seven in 10 online scams that involved buying electronics in 2018 were over the sale of mobile phones, the police said on Monday (Feb 25).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SAF officer develops “Soldier App” to motivate soldiers’ in NS
On February 22, JC Choy, an Infantry Officer at Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) unveiled an app designed to improve soldiers ‘experience and ownership in NS’ (National Service) on his Facebook page.
— The Independent

Jose Raymond: Government can do more to support caregivers of the elderly
Jose Raymond of the Singapore People’s Party took to Facebook to suggest ways for the government to provide better support to Singaporeans in taking care of their elders.
— The Online Citizen

Burning smell in eastern part of Singapore likely caused by fire in southern Johor: NEA
A burning smell reported in parts of Singapore recently is likely due to a fire in southern Johor, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Parliament to debate Budget 2019 on Tuesday
Parliament will convene on Tuesday (Feb 26) to debate the Budget 2019 statement delivered by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat last week.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Former MOF civil servant turned journalist praises Minister Heng’s collaborative approach in building Singapore’s economy
Taking a look at Heng Swee Keat’s tenure as Finance Minister, Channel NewsAisa says his annual budgets have shifted to allow the business community more leverage for positioning the economy for the future which reflects the minister’s own collaborative approach in leading Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

‘Take the difficult road today’, Heng Swee Keat urges firms
Singapore needs to double down on restructuring as its labour force growth tapers or companies will find it even harder in the future, says the Finance Minister.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Doctor cleared of raping patient but convicted of sexual assault for inserting fingers into victim
Wee Teong Boo, 68, was cleared of raping a patient in 2015 after the High Court accepted evidence that he was suffering from erectile dysfunction at the time.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Former NMP gets trashed for suggestion to extend retirement age to make CPF savings last longer
When it comes to the Central Provident Fund (CPF), it’s an issue that will definitely spark debates given its sensitivity.
— The Online Citizen

Companies should work more closely with NTUC to upgrade workers: Heng Swee Keat
Removing the worn coating from the engine fan case of an aircraft used to take around two days when done by hand but, since last December, a robot has taken over the task at ST Engineering Aerospace – and it can complete the job in about a day.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore cuts 2019 headline inflation forecast as January reading eases to 0.4%
SINGAPORE consumer price growth cooled in the first month of 2019, as a slower increase in electricity and gas costs outweighed the price hike in services, according to official data released on Monday.
— The Business Times

Facial recognition technology to monitor Changi Prison inmates
Changi Prison Complex is adapting facial recognition technology through a project that will help its officers analyse and respond to inmates’ behaviours more effectively.
— The Independent

Singapore plans data portability requirement as part of PDPA update
A discussion paper on data portability explaining how this supports business innovation, drives competition and gives consumers greater control over their data was announced by Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran at the Mobile World Congress.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Huge wild boar found dead on the road along Lorong Halus
A massive wild boar was found dead along Lorong Halus, yesterday afternoon. A commuter who was driving along the road took photos of the huge carcass that was left lying next to a row of road barriers.
— The Independent

Liquid buffet is a thing and this is how you game the system
Like all buffets, you want to consume your money’s worth, and more. But you can’t if you get shit-faced too quickly.
— Mothership

Singapore’s core inflation eases to 1.7% in January
Singapore’s core inflation eased to 1.7 per cent year-on-year in January from 1.9 per cent the previous month, according to the latest figures released on Monday (Feb 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Two tobacco retailers have licences revoked for selling cigarettes to underage customers
Two tobacco retailers in Woodlands and Toa Payoh had their licences revoked for selling cigarettes to underage customers, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) said on Monday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Khaw Boon Wan fractures arm; Foreign Affairs minister takes over bilateral talks in the interim period
Singapore’s Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan was injured last week and is presently confined in the hospital. He is on extended medical leave, and in the meantime, Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan will be overseeing some of his duties.
— The Independent

Geylang hotel staff gets attacked after he refused to let two men check in with an unconscious woman
The Chinese daily has reported that a receptionist of a hotel along Lorong 4 Geylang was attacked by a regular customer when the employee refused to allow the man check in with another man and a seemingly drunk and unconscious woman into the hotel.
— The Independent

Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board to get new CEO from April 1
The Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) will be headed by a new chief executive from April 1.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

#SDPNOW: SDP “happy to work with other parties” for “a freer and more democratic Singapore”
The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has expressed its willingness to join its efforts with those of other opposition parties in Singapore to achieve a common goal, namely “a freer and more democratic Singapore”.
— The Online Citizen

Virtual reality, secret spies and more at Singapore International Festival Of Arts 2019
This year’s edition, which kicks off in May, will feature productions by international artists such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, while other works will employ VR headsets or put the spotlight on the Malayan Emergency.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Khaw Boon Wan breaks arm in fall; Vivian Balakrishnan to act as Transport Minister
The Straits Times understands that Mr Khaw will go for minor surgery this week. Dr Balakrishnan has been appointed Acting Minister for Transport and will take part in the Singapore-Malaysia bilateral negotiations.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Analysts shave UOB forecasts on operating challenges & limited upside, but remain positive at ‘buy’
Jefferies and OCBC Investment Research are maintaining their “buy” calls on United Overseas Bank (UOB) with a target price and fair value of $30 and $28.30, respectively, even after the bank’s recently reported set of 4Q and FY18 financials came in slightly below both research houses’ expectations.
— The Edge Singapore

Hotspot in Johor could bring ‘slightly hazy’ conditions to Singapore: NEA
A hotspot in southern Johor could bring slightly hazy conditions to Singapore if the winds change, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Monday (Feb 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Customer finds maggots in quail egg; FairPrice working with supplier to investigate matter
A father of two encountered an unpleasant surprise when he opened a packet of quail eggs bought from an NTUCFairPrice outlet in Ang Mo Kio on Sunday (Feb 24).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Best World shares slide over 20% after weekend announcement of independent review
Shares in Best World International have plunged as much as 58 cents, or 21.4%, to $2.13 upon opening this morning on news that the group would be conducting an independent review on its business and accounting practices.
— The Edge Singapore

From The Straits Times archives: 4 steps to help a person who is choking
A regular meal can quickly take a turn for the worse if the food in your mouth ends up in your airway.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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