Singapore morning news for July 10

Singapore morning news for July 10

Singapore morning news

Clean water from humid air? Just add sunlight
An NUS research team has developed a gel that can, with natural sunlight, harvest clean water from humid air, including evaporation from water bodies like the reservoirs.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Checks for 4 SIA A-380s after safety agency alert
Four of Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) Airbus A-380 airplanes will have to be inspected after the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (Easa) issued an alert about cracks in a part of the wing in the early models of the aircraft type.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Solar power for six CapitaLand properties
More than 21,000 solar panels will be installed on the rooftops of six CapitaLand buildings by the year end, in a partnership with Sembcorp Industries, both groups said separately yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New course to train data scientists, analysts
A new data analytics course is being launched by OCBC Bank and Ngee Ann Polytechnic to train more data scientists and analysts here.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MRT fare formula needs to be reviewed to reflect rising operating costs: Transport Minister
A review of the Public Transport Council (PTC)’s fare formula for rail transport must reflect increased operating and maintenance costs due to macroeconomic factors such as inflation, wages and fuel costs, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan in Parliament on Mon (Jul 8).
— The Online Citizen

New jobs can be created through technology, but workers need help retraining for these positions: Chan Chun Sing
Many new jobs are available in industries that have been disrupted by technology, and the challenge is training workers so they can transit from their current jobs into these new jobs, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said on Tuesday (Jul 9).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Khush Chopra: Singaporeans apparently fear a non-PAP govt, according to a SCMP article
I certainly do not think that Singapore fears a non-People’s Action Party (PAP) Government and we are more than ready for a change in Government.
— The Online Citizen

Dyson looking to hire ‘substantially’ more electronic engineers, digital marketers in Singapore
British technology firm Dyson is looking to hire substantially more workers in Singapore, its CEO Jim Rowan said as the company continues to ramp up production and capabilities in facilities across the country.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Investment research startup Smartkarma raises funding from SGX
Singapore Exchange (SGX) announced that it has invested an undisclosed amount into local investment research startup Smartkarma, as reported by Tech In Asia.
— e27

Man fined for bringing more than S$100,000 into Singapore without declaring it
A Chinese national was fined S$5,000 on Tuesday (Jul 9) for bringing cash of more than S$100,000 into Singapore without making a declaration.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Sembcorp Marine files police report with CAD after Brazil unit scandal
Following a suspicious transaction allegedly involving the former president of its Brazilian unit, Sembcorp Marine (SembMarine) lodged a report with the Singapore Police Force’s Commercial Affairs Department (CAD).
— The Online Citizen

Temasek does not see merger of subsidiaries to sniff down deals
TEMASEK Holdings has a sprawling number of subsidiaries, including investment vehicles and funds. But even as the investment opportunities are narrowing, while yield-hungry investors continue to prowl for deals, a consolidation of Temasek units to address this competitive environment is not entirely on the cards for now.
— The Business Times

Higher wages, spiffy outfits fail to shift locals’ mindset against F&B, retail jobs
HIGHER wages, medical insurance, a robust commission structure and even new designer staff uniforms – these are some of the carrots the food and beverage (F&B) and retail sectors are offering to local workers amid cuts to the services sector’s foreign worker quotas.
— The Business Times

Dyson’s Singapore electric dream is all about personal cars
HOME appliance maker Dyson’s bid for the electric vehicle market involves a bet on personal cars, chief executive James Jim Rowan has said.
— The Business Times

Bitmain billionaire launches S’pore-based crypto start-up
Bitmain Technologies co-founder Wu Jihan has marshalled a group of the mining giant’s former employees to launch a new cryptocurrency financial services start-up, hoping to capitalise on bitcoin’s resurgence.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

STI dips as hopes for sizeable US rate cut fade
Diminished hopes for a sizeable interest rate cut in the United States continued to affect local counters, especially in the real estate investment trust (Reits) sector.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Stamford Catering’s food hygiene grade cut to ‘C’ after 52 people fall ill
Stamford Catering has had its food hygiene grade cut to C after 52 people fell ill with gastroenteritis symptoms.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singaporean man in viral post who switched license plates fined S$2,620
On May 18, a man caught on camera switching the car license plate on his gold-coloured BMW 302i while at a gas station in Johor pleaded guilty and fined S$2,620 for the offence.
— The Independent

57-year-old man arrested for his suspected involvement in at least two cases of using counterfeit S$50 notes
A 57-year-old man was arrested for his suspected involvement in at least two cases of using counterfeit S$50 notes.
— The Online Citizen

POSB says PAssion ATM cardholders give consent for their data to be passed to the PA when they agree to be enrolled
POSB has responded to an account-holder’s complaint that the bank did not seek his consent to share his details with the People’s Association (PA), when he was sent a POSB-PAssion ATM card.
— The Independent

Government to assess whether Misuse of Drugs Act requires amendments, lawyers say no
On Monday (8 July), Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affair Mr Amrin Amin said in Parliament that the government is studying the observations made by the Court of Appeal about the concept of ‘wilful blindness’ and will present its view on whether it is necessary to make legislative amendments.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore’s AI startup Taiger seals US$25M to expand to Korea, Japan, LatAm
Singapore-based Artificial Intelligence company Taiger today announced it has closed US$25 million in Series B round of funding, led by PacificBridge Asset Management, a Korean and American joint venture affiliated with TPG Capital, and MCM Investment Partners, a global merchant bank and asset management firm headquartered in Hong Kong.
— e27

SMU-MSc in Innovation programme – where innovation meets pedagogy
In a complex economic environment when disruption has become the norm and headlines are dominated by tech-billionaires, it’s no surprise that there are more startups, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists today than ever before.
— e27

Temasek’s one-year return tumbles amid softer regional markets
TEMASEK Holdings on Tuesday reported a one-year total shareholder return (TSR) of 1.49 per cent for the 12 months ended March 31, 2019, and is readying for lower returns expectations for the longer term amid weak global growth, as well as heightened competition for investments.
— The Business Times

Salvors remain busy but revenues disappoint
LAST year, specialist salvage companies, or salvors, belonging to the International Salvage Union (ISU), carried out 234 operations worldwide, nine less than in 2017. The ISU has just published its annual statistics which show a mixed picture.
— The Business Times

Duo jailed for ruse to cheat WDA
Four men masterminded a ruse to cheat the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) which lost $51,000, a district court heard.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Retiree stung to death by hornets in Hillview while hunting for rambutans and durians
A 66-year-old retiree, whose wife was killed by a falling tree 12 years ago, died last Friday after being stung by hornets.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Tutor who molested schoolgirl gets jail and caning
A private tutor repeatedly molested his 15-year-old student after classes ended and the ordeal has led the girl to resort to self harm.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man found dead at foot of HDB block, while mum found dead in flat
A 54-year-old man was found dead at the foot of a Housing Board block in Little India yesterday morning.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Citi starts service to flag outlier payments
Citi has launched a service that lets clients review and approve payments that deviate from their past patterns of activity.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

UK billionaire inventor James Dyson buys biggest penthouse in Singapore
Billionaire inventor James Dyson has acquired the biggest, highest and possibly most expensive super penthouse on the market here.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Datapulse taking 5% stake in Bay Hotel Singapore for $12.1m
Datapulse Technology is buying a 5 per cent stake in Bay Hotel Singapore for about $12.1 million, the disk producer said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

800 Super suspends trading after loss of free float
Catalist-listed 800 Super Holdings requested a trading suspension early yesterday following the loss of its free float after a privatisation offer by a controlling shareholder closed on Monday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Condo resale prices slip 0.4%, breaking four-month uptrend
Condo resale prices slipped 0.4 per cent last month from May to break a four-month run of increases, according to flash estimates yesterday. Last month’s decline followed a 0.4 per cent gain in May.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Is there a mainstream media censor on news relating to Lee Hsien Yang?
Being arguable the most prominent family in Singapore, people are generally hungry for news about the Lees.
— The Online Citizen

‘Sexual predator’ who preyed on five boys in two years gets jail, caning
A man labelled a sexual predator by the prosecution was sentenced to four years and three months’ jail, and six strokes of the cane for his sexual offences against five adolescents.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Petrol index: How many litres of petrol can an average citizen in Singapore and other countries afford?
Petrol price is dependent on various different factors such as crude oil prices on the international markets or taxes and margins established by petrol stations’ owners.
— The Online Citizen

Happy way to boost frail seniors’ well-being
A physical exercise programme which has helped frail senior citizens improve their mental well-being, memory, functional ability and strength is to be expanded across Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

 

Feature photo Possy’s Pics

This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on Asean’s endangered species, here, the smooth-coated otter (Lutrogale perspicillata)

 

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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 35 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia.

He has covered major world events including the 1991 pillage riots in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010 and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

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