Singapore morning news for July 18

Singapore morning news for July 18

Singapore morning newsSmart City Kitchens files competition complaint against GrabFood, Deliveroo
SMART City Kitchens (SCK), a shared kitchen operator, has filed a formal complaint against food delivery players Deliveroo and GrabFood with the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) for alleged anti-competitive actions, the company said on Wednesday.
— The Business Times

Cleaning robots to be available island-wide by March 2020
MADE-in-Singapore robots that clean up public spaces – and sing and rap while at it – will be available island-wide by March next year.
— The Business Times

Singapore prepares for rising seas; people urged to join effort
Singapore is fortifying its defences against climate change, with $400 million being pumped into upgrading and maintaining its drains over the next two years and $10 million more channelled to studying sea level rise.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Prosthetics can sense touch with ‘electronic skin’ invention
Users of prosthetic limbs could soon be able to feel sensation on them, thanks to an electronic skin (e-skin) invented by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore ranks 11th globally as cyber threat source, Kaspersky detects over two million incidents in second quarter of 2019
According to the latest data from Kaspersky Security Network (KSN), more than two million incidents originating from servers located in Singapore have been detected within the second quarter of 2019, which places Singapore at 11th globally as cyber threat source from a country.
— The Online Citizen

Dengue cases in Singapore records a new 5-year high with 665 cases last week
Just in the beginning of the month, the Environment Agency (NEA) said that 499 people were diagnosed with dengue fever at the end of June, the highest weekly number in more than four years since 2015.
— The Online Citizen

JTC, NTU to start advanced manufacturing training programme for undergrads
SINGAPORE plans to maintain manufacturing at 20 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) but the changing nature of the industry requires a more skilled and talented workforce.
— The Business Times

Children may face ballot for P1 places in 6 schools
Children applying to six popular schools may need to go through balloting in the third of seven phases – Phase 2A2 – in the annual Primary 1 registration exercise.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Competition watchdog looking into plea to help level playing field
A shared kitchen operator has appealed to the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) to help level the playing field after being shut out by a second food delivery operator just weeks after starting business.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Report flags how China conducts influence operations in Singapore
Beijing is using cultural, clan and business bodies in Singapore in a bid to impose a Chinese identity, a United States-based scholar said this week.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

WeWork leasing 21-storey tower in CBD
CapitaLand Commercial Trust (CCT) will lease out 21 Collyer Quay – a 21-storey building in Singapore’s financial district currently occupied by HSBC – to United States co-working giant WeWork.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More SMEs paid debts on time in Q2
More small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – especially those in the building trade – paid their debts on time in the second quarter.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

JTC partners NTU to launch advanced manufacturing training
SINGAPORE plans to maintain manufacturing at 20 per cent of its GDP but the changing nature of the industry requires a more skilled and talented workforce.
— The Business Times

Singapore’s data protection framework gets a boost with new appointment, initiative
The Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) of Singapore has announced the launch of its new Data Protection Officer  Competency Framework and Training Roadmap, which is designed to help Data Protection Officers’ (DPO) perform their jobs more effectively.
— e27

National Climate Change Secretariat seeks public feedback on Singapore’s long-term low carbon emissions strategy
The National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) has launched an online public consultation exercise from 16 July 2019 to 30 August 2019 to seek feedback from the public regarding its long-term low carbon emissions strategy for Singapore beyond 2030.
— The Online Citizen

Transit plan for retiring servicemen
Retiring Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) servicemen could soon find it easier to transit into a second career in the supply chain and logistics industry, under a new initiative by Workforce Singapore (WSG).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New training course to help smaller charities
Smaller charities are set to benefit from a new agreement to help them meet standards on governance and fund raising, among other capabilities.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ousted Uber chief’s ‘ghost kitchen’ foray hits a snag
Ousted Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick has re-entered the Singapore market and is going up against rivals old and new, this time in the ghost kitchen space.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Citizens’ workgroup to be formed to help improve recycling culture
The Government will convene a citizens’ workgroup as part of its efforts to tackle climate change and environmental issues.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Many more from ITE can shine in academic, professional fields: Ong
Highlighting recent media reports on an Institute of Technical Education (ITE) graduate who was admitted to medical school and another who became a lawyer, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said he was confident that many more such students will do well on academic and professional tracks.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COE price falls for small cars, soars for big ones
Certificate of entitlement (COE) prices ended mixed in a tender marked by new car launches and an unexpectedly bigger supply in the main car category.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Bumpy road ahead for electronics exports after falling in June to lowest level since 1997
Electronics exports last month fell to their lowest level since 1997 – the earliest point for which such data is available – and the sector’s challenges are unlikely to abate soon.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

9 polytechnic graduates receive PSC scholarship this year
Nine polytechnic graduates received the Public Service Commission (PSC) Scholarship this year, the highest so far in the history of the award.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Repeat offender jailed, fined S$10 million for dealing with duty-unpaid cigarettes
A 53-year-old man was on Wednesday (Jul 17) sentenced to three-and-a-half years’ jail and fined S$10.4 million for coordinating the delivery of duty-unpaid cigarettes.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Vietnam’s VinaCapital acquires operations of Singapore’s robo-advisor Smartly
Vietnam-based investment company VinaCapital today announced that it has acquired the business operations of Smartly, a Singapore-based robo-advisory investment platform.
— e27

Government gives more importance to ministers’ data compared to citizens
After a series of data breach cases recorded in Singapore in the past year, the entire public service will now be required to follow a common framework to protect citizens’ personal data, starting with 13 new measures.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore Banks vs. US Banks: Which Are Cheaper Now?
Are Singapore’s Big Three local banks (DBS, UOB, and OCBC) cheap now when compared to their US counterparts?
— The Motley Fool

2 Solid Reasons for Income Investors to Consider CapitaLand Retail China Trust
Income investors looking for long-term investment ideas should consider CapitaLand Retail China Trust (SGX: AU8U). Click here to find out why.
— The Motley Fool

Opportunities aplenty for Asean members in building Smart Cities
CHARLES Dickens described the social conditions at the dawn of the first Industrial Revolution in A Tale of Two Cities as both the best and worst of times.
— The Business Times

SAF, US soldiers defuse improvised explosive devices in joint exercise
July 18, 2019 5:00 AMSoldiers from the 5th Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment, and the United States Army combed through a forested area before fighting through an urban training area, with infantry carrier vehicles moving in to help with capturing the objective.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man pleads guilty to hiring hitman to kill ex-lover’s boyfriend
Consumed by jealousy, a risk management executive went on the Dark Web to hire a hitman to murder his former lover’s boyfriend in a staged car accident.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Cabby admits to negligent driving and causing NUS student’s death
A taxi driver made a discretionary right turn at a signalised Clementi Road junction despite knowing that a car was hurtling towards him from the opposite direction. The consequences were fatal.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Perks for bringing F&B containers at 3 SPH malls
Bring your own containers and enjoy discounts the next time you buy drinks and meals at The Clementi Mall, The Rail Mall or The Seletar Mall.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PMDs: Give pedestrians right of way on paths
PMDs were allowed onto footpaths from the end of 2016. Since this policy, there have been 228 reported accidents involving PMDs in 2017 and last year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man had sex with boss’ stepchild, 11
A 36-year-old father of six was given a job by his neighbour but ended up having sex with his employer’s underage stepdaughter in the delivery van that was assigned to him for work.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Questions in the air after drone disruptions
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore needs to beef up its capabilities to detect and disable malicious drones, so that errant operators are nabbed and severely dealt with.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

JTC, NTU tie up to grow talent in advanced manufacturing
Singapore works to become a successful advanced manufacturing hub, it will need to develop its workers for the field, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Chee Hong Tat said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore shares flat, in line with regional markets
Local investors took Singapore’s dismal export figures in their stride yesterday while the market itself barely moved the needle.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Maxi-Cash to issue new $50m 6.35% 3-year notes at par
Maxi-Cash Financial Services expects to issue new $50 million 6.35 per cent three-year notes on July 22 at par.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Community sheds with litter-picking tools for beach clean-ups set up in Singapore parks
Sheds with shared, reusable litter-picking tools dubbed CleanPods have been set up at three parks in Singapore, the Public Hygiene Council (PHC) and National Parks Board (NParks) said on Wednesday (Jul 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore to spend S$400 million upgrading, maintaining drains over two years
As part of efforts to boost flood resilience, Singapore will spend an additional S$400 million to upgrade and maintain drains over the next two years, announced Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli on Wednesday (Jul 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Tiong Bahru hawker stall invites Singaporeans to chope “bad day meals” to feed the needy
When husband-and-wife duo Zulkifli Abdul Halim and Shah Hida Anuar opened their eatery, Satin Satay, in November last year, business was booming.
— The Pride

Digitised cross-border trade platform dltledgers raises Pre-Series A funding
Singapore-based blockchain startup dltledgers announced the completion of its Pre-Series A funding round by VC firm Walden International, Yahoo! Finance reported.
— e27

1500s Singapore at the heart of economic hub of region
It is durian season, and these days, there are many ways to satisfy your craving for the king of fruits – including having it delivered to your doorstep.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New heritage walk with a tale of a heroic Javanese princess
At dusk each day, 69-year-old retiree Zainal Angus lights his oil lamp at the hut where he tends the tomb of Radin Mas Ayu – a Javanese princess who, according to folklore, was knifed in the heart while trying to shield her father during a family feud.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commuters to undergo screening at HarbourFront MRT during security exercise
Commuters taking the North East Line and Circle Line to and from HarbourFront MRT station will have to go through security screening on Aug 2.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Teen who kicked and shattered Orchard MRT screen door, costing LTA S$3,000, gets probation
A young man who kicked a screen door at a train platform, shattering it, was sentenced to nine months’ probation on Wednesday (Jul 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man arrested for armed robbery after stealing cash from woman along Newton Road
A 43-year-old man was arrested for his suspected involvement in a case of armed robbery with hurt, after a female victim reported being robbed along Newton Road, the police said in a news release on Wednesday (Jul 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

 

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This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo acknowledges World Youth Skills Day, July 15.

 

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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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