Singapore morning news for July 24

Singapore morning news for July 24

Singapore morning newsVideo shows SCDF officers arguing over instruction to push victim
Video footage of an exchange between two Singapore Civil Defence Force officers taken on the night Corporal Kok Yuen Chin fell into a fire station pump well showed the officers arguing over whether one had told the other to push the full-time national serviceman into the well.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Record 8.8 tonnes of ivory worth $17.6m seized
A record 8.8 tonnes of elephant ivory were seized from three containers on Sunday night, in what is believed to be one of the largest hauls seen worldwide in recent years.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s core inflation hits two-year low in June
A fall in inflation last month – by one measure to levels not seen for more than two years – has heightened expectations that policy changes loom for the Singdollar in October.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commentary: The lower immunity behind the current dengue outbreak
But should we worry about the current dengue outbreak? NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health’s Alex R Cook gives some perspective to the outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Services ‘not strong enough’ to mitigate Singapore economy’s slowdown
WITH manufacturing caught in the doldrums, Singapore’s services sector may seem like a lifeline for optimists hoping for economic growth.
— The Business Times

Singapore CBD Grade A office rents hit 10-year high: Colliers
GRADE A office rents in Singapore’s central business district (CBD) rose for the eighth straight quarter, hitting a 10-year high at S$9.93 per square foot per month (psf pm) in the second quarter.
— The Business Times

Inaccuracies in annual US trafficking in persons report: Singapore
An inter-agency task force chaired by the Home Affairs and Manpower ministries has refuted claims made in the annual Trafficking In Persons (TIP) report, released last month by the US State Department, on the trafficking situation here.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Measles on the rise, with 17 cases last week: MOH
A total of 17 measles cases at two locations were confirmed in the past week alone, as the number of people stricken with the highly contagious disease continues to rise.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fitch revises Sing$ average forecast
Fitch Solutions Macro Research yesterday said it has revised its average forecast for the Singapore dollar this year to $1.365 per US dollar (from $1.35), and to $1.35 to the greenback next year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Good corporate governance remains important in slow economy: Heng Swee Keat
Good corporate governance is especially important in an adverse economic environment, said Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat during the Singapore Corporate Awards on Tuesday evening (Jul 23).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Executing mentally impaired M’sian death row prisoner contravenes international law and even S’pore’s laws: Lawyers For Liberty
Singapore’s decision to execute a mentally impaired Malaysian death row prisoner breaches the standards of international law and even the Republic’s own laws, said Malaysian lawyer N. Surendran in a joint press conference with Singaporean international human rights lawyer M Ravi at the Lawyers For Liberty office in Petaling Jaya on Tue (23 Jul).
— The Online Citizen

Singdollar forecasted to average S$1.365 against USD in 2019: Fitch
FITCH Solutions Macro Research on Tuesday said it has revised its average forecast for the Singapore dollar this year to S$1.365 per US dollar from S$1.35, and S$1.35 per US dollar in 2020.
— The Business Times

FT calls in law firm to review its reporting on Wirecard of alleged accounting fraud at Singapore office
The Financial Times has hired a law firm to review its investigations into German payments company Wirecard, which has sued the newspaper over a series of reports alleging accounting irregularities.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Government, firms must work more closely together: Heng
THE Singapore government and the corporate sector must work more closely together, especially against a backdrop of slowing global and domestic growth, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat told an audience of 800 business leaders at the Singapore Corporate Awards 2019 on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

JLC law firm seeks S$32.1m from two companies and their owner
JLC Advisors, the law firm at the heart of Allied Technologies’ missing S$33 million funds saga, is seeking to recover from a businessman and his two companies about S$32.1 million, which JLC claims its managing partner Jeffrey Ong Su Aun has wrongfully paid out to.
— The Business Times

HDB working on building cooler flats with more smart solutions
As temperatures rise, the Housing Board is seeking to turn out cooler homes with integrated smart systems that reduce the need for residents to turn on the air-conditioner.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

E-scooter rider fined $4,500 for punching elderly pedestrian
An e-scooter rider almost rode into an elderly man who was walking towards him – but, instead of apologising, he followed him to his block, hurled vulgarities and punched him in the face.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

$70m to be pumped into R&D to devise urban solutions
In the face of existential threats such as climate change and rising sea levels, the Government will invest nearly $70 million over the next two years to tackle urban challenges and devise solutions.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Former school headmaster faces five drug charges
The former headmaster of Dulwich College Shanghai was taken to court yesterday to face five drug-related charges, including consumption of methamphetamine, or Ice.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

7 in 10 NTU students secure jobs before graduation: Survey
Despite concerns about a bleak labour market amid economic uncertainties, about seven in 10 Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students this year secured jobs before graduation, a preliminary survey of more than 5,000 graduates showed.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Co-living firm raises $55m to boost growth in Asia
Singapore-based co-living company Hmlet has raised US$40 million (S$54.6 million) in a Series B financing round that will fund its continued expansion across the region, it said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pulau Bukom cafeteria manager jailed for embezzling S$39,000 over 3 months
A manager at a cafeteria on Pulau Bukom was jailed for 10 months on Tuesday (Jul 23) for embezzling S$39,000 over three months.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

UnionBank is the first bank to use blockchain-based remittance from Singapore to Philippines
Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) recently became the first Philippine bank to successfully pilot blockchain-based remittance from Singapore to the Philippines.
— The Online Citizen

Manpower Minister says 60,000 job vacancies available and nearly half meant for PMETs, netizens claim it’s far from reality
Manpower Minister Josephine Teo said on Monday (22 July) that there are about 60,000 job vacancies available in the market, and nearly half of them are catered for PMETs (professionals, managers, executives and technicians).
— The Online Citizen

Co-living firm Hmlet raises S$40m; opens 150-room Tg Pagar facility
SINGAPORE-BASED co-living company Hmlet has raised US$40 million in a Series B round, which will allow it to continue growing across gateway cities in Asia, it said in a media statement on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

Trax raises US$100m to expand in China, globally
TRAX, a GIC-backed startup providing computer vision and in-store analytics for the retail industry, has joined Singapore’s unicorn stable after closing a US$100 million investment to expand its footprint in China and globally.
— The Business Times

Winners set pace for corporate governance excellence
THE Singapore Corporate Awards (SCA) 2019 on Tuesday honoured 38 companies and six individuals for leading the way in corporate governance and shareholder communication.
— The Business Times

PMDs on fire: LTA reviewing end-2020 deadline for device safety compliance
Conforming with the UL2272 standard – a certification system that evaluates PMDs on the safety of their electrical systems – would significantly improve safety against fire and electrical hazards, said LTA.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Cabbies v drunk passengers: The struggle is real
He was driving in the wee hours when a young man flagged his taxi at Clarke Quay, cabby Alan T. said, recalling an unpleasant encounter a few years ago. The passenger, who looked in his 20s, reeked of alcohol. His speech was slurred and his eyes bloodshot.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Burn victim of e-scooter fire back on device
Food delivery rider Ridwan Ithnin suffered burns to 45 per cent of his body and had to be rescued from the window ledge of his 10th-floor Yishun flat by a neighbour after his e-scooter exploded in his room in late 2017.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Three hospitals ban charging of PMDs, except in specified areas
Three hospitals in Singapore have banned patients, visitors and staff from charging personal mobility devices (PMDs) and motorised wheelchairs on their premises for fear of fires – except in certain closely monitored areas that are equipped with fire extinguishers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Not end of the road for flagging down a cab
Street hails continue to be a viable option for commuters, even amid the rise of ride-hailing apps. But the new ERP system will make cruising for passengers expensive.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Suspected World War II bomb found in Geylang
A suspected World War II bomb was found by a construction worker in a Geylang street near Aljunied MRT station yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘Gunmen’ attack students on campus in anti-terror exercise
A group of Republic Polytechnic (RP) students were dancing and clapping to the beat at a campus concert before their cheers turned into bloodcurdling screams when four gunmen stormed into the venue and fired at them.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

LTA to review end-2020 PMD safety deadline
In the light of recent fire incidents, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) is reviewing whether to bring forward its end-2020 deadline that will ban all personal mobility devices (PMDs) without a certification from public paths.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Corporate chiefs lauded for leading way in governance
Leading lights in promoting corporate governance and shareholder communication were honoured at the Singapore Corporate Awards 2019 last night.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Tech start-up Trax gets $136m funding
Tech firm Trax has become the second start-up based here to achieve unicorn status – a valuation that exceeds US$1 billion (S$1.36 billion).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

CapitaLand Mall Trust sees 3.9% rise in Q2 DPU
Better numbers on revenue and net property income have helped CapitaLand Mall Trust (CMT) lift its second-quarter distribution per unit (DPU).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore tycoon Oei Hong Leong wins ‘war of titans’ over Canada property
Singapore tycoon Oei Hong Leong scored a major legal victory last week in the so-called war of the titans with one of Canada’s biggest developers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Row of 4 burnt shophouses in Geylang selling at $14m
Four adjoining conservation shophouses in Geylang that caught fire earlier this year are on the market with a guide price of $14 million.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Workers’ Party Youth Wing elects new Exco members for 2019 to 2021
The Workers’ Party (WP) Youth Wing conducted its annual conference where it elected its new Exco members for the new term from 2019 to 2021.
— The Online Citizen

End of the road for small pre-schools in churches?
Faith-based pre-schools have been around for decades, but many are shutting their doors in the face of difficulties and dwindling enrolment.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

STI rebounds on hopes of monetary easing
Local shares bounced back from Monday’s fall after declining inflation here last month strengthened expectations of monetary easing.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

 

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Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage 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.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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