Singapore morning news for July 29

Singapore morning news for July 29

Singapore morning newsSingapore June factory output down 6.9%, less than expected
SINGAPORE’S industrial output fell 6.9 per cent in June, deepening from May’s 2 per cent fall and marking the fourth straight month of year-on-year decline, according to preliminary estimates from the Singapore Economic Development Board on Friday.
— The Business Times

Private home prices up 1.5% in Q2; 2019 could end in positive territory
PRIVATE home prices rose 1.5 per cent quarter-on-quarter in Q2 in the first increase since last July’s cooling measures, and analysts suggest that private residential prices for 2019 could grow slightly year-on-year on the back of new launches.
— The Business Times

Jobless rate for Singaporeans inches up to 3.3% in Q2: MOM
The unemployment rate for Singaporeans continued its upward trend in the second quarter of 2019, according to preliminary figures released by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in its Labour Market Report on Friday (Jul 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Recall of Tesco bottled fruit drinks which may have spoiled
A recall has been issued for four flavours of Tesco Finest Fruit Presse after some of the bottled drinks were found to have spoiled due to fermentation.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man fined, ordered to compensate foreign workers for overcharging agency fees
A 51-year-old Singaporean man was on Thursday (Jul 25) fined S$17,300 for overcharging employment agency fees and other offences.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Siblings invent walking stick holder to give away to seniors
When Seng Ian Hao was nine years old and his sister Ing Le was seven, they witnessed a fall at a hawker centre that changed the course of their young lives.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Lee Hsien Yang says he ‘wholeheartedly’ supports principles, values of new Progress Singapore Party
The younger brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday (Jul 28) said he “wholeheartedly” supports the principles and values of the new Progress Singapore Party (PSP).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New PSLE scoring system are part of ‘significant reform’ to education system: Ong Ye Kung
On its own, upcoming changes to the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) scoring system will not be effective in cutting the over-reliance on grades and preparing Singapore’s youth to meet the manpower needs of a changing modern economy, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung on Sunday (July 28).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More S’pore residents to pay less for healthcare
By October, more people here will qualify for healthcare subsidies, and many of those who are already entitled to pay less will get additional help to offset their medical expenses.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Rich nations like Singapore should not use ‘developing country’ status to gain WTO special treatment: Trump
United States President Donald Trump on Friday (Jul 26) threatened to withdraw recognition of the special developing country status of relatively rich countries – including Singapore and China – at the World Trade Organization unless changes are made to the body’s rules.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore does not take advantage of WTO special provisions for developing nations in negotiating agreements: MTI
Singapore does not take advantage of the flexibilities provided by special provisions at the World Trade Organization (WTO) when negotiating agreements, said the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Saturday (Jul 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: Singapore’s climate change fight must be clear about these facts
More needs to be done to reduce carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050 for effective adaptation, say Bertrand Seah, Tim Min Jie, Sarah Ichioka and Wong Pei Chi.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Myanmar citizens deported from Singapore over alleged insurgent ties remanded in custody
Six Myanmar nationals deported from Singapore over alleged links to an ethnic minority insurgent group were remanded in custody in Yangon on Friday, a court spokesman said, as relatives of the accused said they were being held incommunicado.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

54 fires involving PMDs and power-assisted bicycles reported in first half of 2019
The number of reported fires involving power-assisted bicycles (PAB) and personal mobility devices (PMDs) has more than doubled in the first half of 2019, compared to the same period last year.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

600 sign up to get S’poreans e-ready
Every day, Madam Pearlie Ow, 69, uses the MyTransport.sg mobile application to check for bus arrival timings. She also reads the e-books she downloaded on her phone via the National Library Board mobile app.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Foundations for the future: Things are finally looking up for the built environment sector
For the first time in three years, things are finally looking up for the built environment sector.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore Traffic Police measure height of child passengers to see if they need booster seats
Children required to use booster seats or approved adjustable seat belts if they are below 1.35m.
— Mothership

You have the right to remain silent … Or do you? Lawyer M Ravi explains how silence may backfire during police interrogations in Singapore
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you …”
— The Online Citizen

Vaccination and smoking cessation subsidies among task force’s recommendations for healthier Singapore
A multi-agency task force charged with driving efforts to promote healthy living in Singapore on Sunday (Jul 28) proposed that vaccination subsidies be given to Singaporean adults and Permanent Residents to protect themselves against vaccine-preventable diseases.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Economist Donald Low explains 2 myths the S’pore govt has been repeating about inequality
Soft truths to keep Singapore from stalling.
— Mothership

At least 133 e-commerce scams related to concert or event tickets reported from January to May
At least 133 people have fallen victim to e-commerce scams involving the sale of concert and event tickets in the first five months of the year, the police said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Could more be done to reduce plastic packaging waste in Singapore’s supermarkets?
A stroll around most supermarkets reveals how important plastic seems to be in the sale of fresh food.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Tan Tock Seng Hospital steps up community care plans to help seniors stay out of hospitals
Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) celebrated its 175th anniversary yesterday by announcing a range of initiatives aimed at helping seniors stay out of hospital and get help closer to home.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore, China hold 10-day bilateral army exercise
The Singapore Armed Forces and China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) are conducting a 10-day bilateral army exercise.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Government details two key job moves to help workers progress
Vital to create good jobs and transform them; job-matching efforts bearing fruit, says Manpower Minister Josephine Teo.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Anger, frustration as long queues form across Singapore for S$54 Huawei phone
People turned up in droves at Huawei stores across Singapore on Friday (Jul 26) to buy a phone at a promotional price of S$54, but left angry and frustrated when they were turned away after limited stocks ran out.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Pathlight School to open new campus for 500 primary level students in 2023
Pathlight School, an autism-focused institution, will open its second permanent campus in 2023, announced Second Minister for Education Indranee Rajah on Friday (Jul 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Four special education schools to add basic digital skills to curriculum
More than 700 students from four special education schools will learn how to make e-payments, use emails and online chats by next year, as basic digital skills are incorporated into their academic curriculum.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

PSP would welcome Lee Hsien Yang as long as he sticks to party’s terms: Tan Cheng Bock
The Progress Singapore Party (PSP) would welcome Mr Lee Hsien Yang, should the brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong decide to join its ranks, its Secretary General Tan Cheng Bock said on Friday (Jul 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SPH’s shares drop to a 25-year low, becomes worst performer on MSCI Singapore
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. is now deemed as the worst performer on the MSCI Singapore Index as its shares stand at a quarter-century low, following its attempt to diversify into real estate did not provide positive results forcing the company to offset sinking earnings from its media business.
— The Online Citizen

Blogger Roy Ngerng calls PM Lee a “hypocrite” after the latter said that everyone should walk in the shoes of public officers
Taiwanese-based Singaporean activist and blogger Roy Ngerng Yi Ling took to his Facebook on Thursday (25 July) and called Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong a “hypocrite”.
— The Online Citizen

External factors cast long shadow over industrial property rentals
THE Singapore industrial property market continued to be stable in Q2, based on the latest data from industrial land and infrastructure agency JTC Corp, but analysts are cautious about the outlook, citing external headwinds.
— The Business Times

The Big Read: Dangers lurk in youth’s chase for social media ‘likes’
Youth counselling centres and clinics said that they are seeing more cases of youths struggling with self-esteem issues due to their exposure to social media.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

46% of Punggol EC sold at launch despite big price tag
Piermont Grand executive condominium (EC) – the first and likely only EC launch this year – sold 375 units of a total of 820 apartments at an average price of $1,080 per sq ft (psf) over the launch weekend.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

5% of S’poreans don’t believe Earth is warming at all
How many flat Earthers in Singapore?
— Mothership

600 sign up as Smart Nation Ambassadors to help Singaporeans, including seniors, get digitally ready
Every day, Madam Pearlie Ow, 69, uses the MyTransport.sg mobile application to check for bus arrival timings. She also reads the e-books she downloaded on her National Library Board (NLB) mobile application.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Piermont Grand EC sells 375 of its 820 units over launch weekend
The 99-year leasehold development overlooks My [email protected] and is a three-minute walk to Sumang and Nibong LRT stations.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Government appoints Honorary Consuls-General in Athens and Papua New Guinea’s Port Moresby
The Government of the Republic of Singapore has appointed Mr Fabian Clement Kin Chung Chow as the nation’s Honorary Consul-General in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, with jurisdiction throughout Papua New Guinea.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PMD fire at Boon Lay void deck put out by residents; second blaze in block in two weeks
The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it responded to the fire at about 12.05pm on Saturday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More Hongkongers considering moving to S’pore amid ongoing political crisis
The figures are set to rise as the 2047 deadline looms closer.
— Mothership

Pre-school Tamil enrichment programme strikes the right note with Indian kids
A new initiative to get more Indian children acquainted with their mother tongue at an early age is making rapid progress.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

60 staff evacuated after fire breaks out at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Orchard
The fire on Sunday morning was confined to an office on the first floor of Block C.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commentary: Be concerned about unhealthy mindsets about dating and marriage, not fewer babies
Inconsistent messaging about dating, practical constraints and overconfidence may have been the reasons behind delayed childbearing, says the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy’s Tan Poh Lin.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New U-turn to cut Newton Circus traffic
A new U-turn designed to reduce traffic going into Newton Circus will open today.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Army unveils new recovery vehicle with enhanced features
The Singapore Army unveiled a new recovery truck yesterday with enhanced safety and efficiency features.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Chas revises eligibility criteria for subsidies
Mr Koh Kian Beng, 56, will enjoy more relief from his medical bills because of the revised income eligibility criteria for the various healthcare subsidy schemes announced by the Health Ministry yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Why school’s ‘in’ at work: More embracing programme combining job and study
Bosses, trainees and even parents are warming to the idea of on-the-job experience and study instead of the traditional diploma-to-degree path.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Mediacorp apologises after ad stirs debate about depictions of race
Broadcaster Mediacorp, through its celebrity management wing, has apologised for an advertisement that shows an ethnic Chinese actor portraying characters such as a woman in a tudung and a man with visibly darker skin.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man arrested in connection with missing ICC football tickets
A 36-year-old man was arrested on Friday (Jul 26) in connection with the non-delivery of International Champions Cup (ICC) football tickets, police told CNA on Saturday.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Chart of the Week: Mapletree REITs Enjoying Stellar 2019
Earnings season is in full swing and three Mapletree REITs all delivered higher DPUs. But how have their unit prices performed so far in 2019?
— The Motley Fool

The Pines club members sue Peter Kwee for damages
SOME 103 members of The Pines club have made good on their word. On Friday, they sued Exklusiv Resorts Pte Ltd, the owner of the now defunct The Pines club, and its director, motoring tycoon Peter Kwee, for alleged deceit, negligence, misstatement and breach of contract.
— The Business Times

Jail, fine for ex-cop who had sex with prostitute tenants without disclosing HIV-positive status
A former police officer had sex with prostitutes he was renting out a condominium unit to without telling them that he had tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man who called lift passenger ‘smelly’ in racist remarks gets jail, fine
A man who subjected a lift passenger to racist remarks and stepped on the foot of a woman who held the lift door open for him was on Friday (Jul 26) sentenced to four weeks’ jail and a S$1,000 fine.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore to install ASEAN Highway Network signs at 3 major roads: LTA
Drivers will soon see new road signs in Singapore as part of the ASEAN Highway Network, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in a news release on Friday (Jul 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

CASE issues warning on 5 beauty businesses that use pressure sales tactics
The Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) on Friday (Jul 26) warned consumers about companies in the beauty industry that use aggressive pressure sales tactics on customers.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Former jockey jailed for having paid sex with 13-year-old boy he met on Grindr
A former professional jockey was sentenced to one-and-a-half years’ jail on Friday (Jul 26) for paying a 13-year-old boy for sex.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

NSL OilChem Waste Management opens S$40m industrial wastewater treatment plant
On Thursday (25 July), NSL OilChem Waste Management Pte Ltd officially launched the opening of a brand new industrial wastewater treatment plant in Tuas, designed to treat a wide spectrum of industrial wastewater from industries such as petrochemicals, pharmaceutical, and automotive.
— The Online Citizen

Cycle & Carriage Singapore enters car-leasing business, partners Gojek
AUTOMOTIVE group Cycle & Carriage Singapore on Thursday announced its entry into the car-leasing business through the formation of a new unit wholly owned by parent company Jardine Cycle & Carriage (Jardine C&C).
— The Business Times

2 Singaporean magicians to perform in North Korea next April
North Koreans have quite a sense of humour, it seems – especially when it comes to magic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Private operator Charis Montessori steps in at 2 church pre-schools
A private pre-school operator has recently taken over two church-based pre-schools in a bid to keep them running.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Nutrition class and vegetable tour served up to help families eat healthier
Butcher Muhammad Mohamed Hussain and his family of five attended a nutrition class and went on a tour of hydroponic vegetables at Kok Fah Technology Farm on Sunday (July 28) to learn how to eat healthier.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

China Taiping FunRun to raise $60,000 for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund
China Taiping Insurance Singapore aims to raise $60,000 for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) through a fundraising run for children from low-income families.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Istana launches series of medallions, featuring oriental pied hornbill and barn owl, to mark 150th anniversary
The public can get their hands on a series of four souvenir medallions celebrating the Istana’s rich diversity of flora and fauna from Sunday (July 28).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Heng: Many residents support our policies and say we have improved their lives
At a community walkabout in Bedok yesterday (27 Jul), Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat told the media yesterday that the People’s Action Party (PAP) takes governance and governing Singapore very seriously, and has worked hard to improve the lives of Singaporeans.
— The Online Citizen

 

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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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