Singapore morning news for July 31

Singapore morning news for July 31

Singapore morning newsRates softening, but firms not biting
THE widely-expected quarter-point cut in US Federal Reserve interest rates – which is likely to come at the Fed’s end-July meeting – should filter into the Singapore capital market as well, watchers believe.
— The Business Times

Workplace fatalities fall to lowest since 2006
Seventeen workers died from workplace accidents in the first half of this year, the fewest since 2006, when the National Workplace Safety and Health numbers were first made available to the public.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New pilot scheme to help high-growth tech firms bring in EP talent
UNDER a new pilot, qualifying technology firms will have the Employment Pass applications of core team members facilitated, to help them get the talent needed to set up new teams here, the Economic Development Board (EDB) and Enterprise Singapore (ESG) said on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

Sharp drop in proportion of marriages involving under-21s
Significantly fewer youth under the age of 21 are getting hitched.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SkillsFuture portal to better tailor offerings for users
While many Singaporeans may be familiar with the SkillsFuture national movement, knowing which course or skill to pick up can be difficult.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PAP group calls for more affordable pre-schools
A call to make pre-schools more affordable has topped a list of proposals made yesterday by the Women’s Wing of the People’s Action Party.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man wins appeal against hanging, gets life term instead
A brothel operator, originally sentenced to death for murdering a pimp who worked for him, avoided the hangman’s noose yesterday after the Court of Appeal allowed his appeal and sentenced him to life imprisonment instead.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

UK sterling takes pounding amid no-deal Brexit fears
The British sterling took a pounding yesterday as it sank to a two-year low, extending its tumble against the Singapore currency.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Marriage and divorce rates down in 2018
The number of marriages and divorces decreased last year, according to figures released by the Singapore Department of Statistics (Singstat) on Tuesday (Jul 30).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Durian season to peak in August with the ‘best and cheapest’ Mao Shan Wang
It’s not over – a bumper haul from Malaysia is set to arrive over National Day weekend. Watch CNA Lifestyle’s video for tips on how to tell the good stink from the bad.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Wing Tai chairman, wife, sell Nassim GCB site for record S$230m
A GOOD CLASS BUNGALOW on a sprawling freehold site in the Nassim area has been sold for a record S$230 million.
— The Business Times

Early detection and treatment key in dengue fight: Expert
The 46-year-old man who died from dengue had likely sought treatment late and was already very ill when he did so, said the executive director of Singapore’s National Centre for Infectious Diseases.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Contractor fined $10,000 over PIE viaduct collapse
Construction company Or Kim Peow Contractors (OKP) was fined $10,000 yesterday for carrying out unauthorised strengthening works on the permanent corbels – which are support structures – of the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) viaduct that collapsed in July 2017.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

University’s top law grad an ‘accidental law student’
Mr Aaron Yoong is graduating top of his law class of about 150 students at the Singapore Management University (SMU).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Huawei ad under probe for potential breach of guidelines
Three organisations are now investigating whether technology giant Huawei breached consumer protection laws and advertising guidelines in its promotion of a smartphone deal that led to chaotic scenes at stores across the island last Friday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New training scheme to prepare lawyers for China market
Lawyers keen on working with Chinese businesses and law firms can soon tap a new training programme here to learn about the Chinese culture, legal system and business environment.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Police officer fined for crude remarks about subordinate
A police officer who was a deputy team leader at one of the land divisions in the Singapore Police Force (SPF) was fined yesterday for making multiple crude remarks about his female subordinate.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Former club employee jailed for embezzling $278,000
After getting into trouble with the police, a former account and administrative assistant with Hougang United Football Club embezzled nearly $300,000 in cash from the club’s safes.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Brewing unhappiness at Prudential even before defection, defence says
There was brewing unhappiness with Mr Philip Seah, former chief executive of Prudential Assurance Company Singapore, just months into his appointment with the life insurer and shortly before 244 agents and agency leaders defected from it, the High Court heard yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Phoenix Rd units sold for $42.6m in second collective sale attempt
A row of apartments and shops in Phoenix Road near Bukit Panjang has been sold en bloc for $42.6 million in the property’s second collective sale attempt.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Deliveroo Singapore’s revenue up 69% to $44.5m last year
Deliveroo Singapore said yesterday that its revenue rose 69 per cent to $44.5 million last year, from $26.4 million in 2017.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘Two wrongs don’t make a right’: Ministers, religious leaders on rap video and ‘brownface’ ad
An advertisement that used brownface was insensitive and inappropriate, but a rap video that was made in response only made things worse, ministers and religious leaders said on Tuesday (Jul 30).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Police investigating Preetipls’ video on controversial E-Pay ad for offensive content
The police said on Tuesday (Jul 30) they are investigating an online video posted by local Internet star Preetipls for offensive content.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Remove IVF age limit, reduce pre-school costs for young families: PAP Women’s Wing
Women above the age of 45 should be allowed to undergo in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment in Singapore, said the People’s Action Party (PAP) Women’s Wing in a position paper on Tuesday (Jul 30).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

10 complaints made over Huawei’s S$54 phone promotion, says advertising body
Ten complaints have been lodged against Huawei over its smartphone promotion that led to long queues and chaotic scenes at its stores last week.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Aircraft lessor BOC Aviation expects delayed delivery of up to 30 jets
Aircraft lessor BOC Aviation said on Tuesday (Jul 30) it expected up to 30 Boeing and Airbus jets that had been scheduled to arrive this year could be delayed, primarily due to the Boeing 737 MAX grounding.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

NParks’ claim that HDB are ‘landlords’ directly contradicts statement by Minister of National Development – who is telling the truth?
In this fresh chicken debacle where chicken rearer Eric Woo was cited by HDB for rearing chicken in his HDB flat. HDB officers told the 48-year old that keeping chickens in HDB flats was not allowed.
— The Online Citizen

Knife-wielding man arrested after causing scare
A man suspected of being involved in a theft case wielded a knife and disrupted a group of kindergarten children’s rehearsal for a performance for their pre-school’s National Day celebrations.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Looking for a hawker stall? Find it on Google Maps by early 2020
July 31, 2019 5:00 AMIt will be easier for hawker centre patrons to look for their favourite stall online by next year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

TTSH nurses lauded for mittens that help patients
Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) patients with dementia and delirium are given a hand in staying safe – wearing special pairs of mittens designed by nurses there.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Racial, religious harmony improving in Singapore: Study
More Singaporeans now have close friends of another race compared with five years ago, and are also more trusting of those from different races or religions.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Loud events at void decks, burning of religious items could lead to tensions among neighbours: survey
Neighbourhoods are a potential setting for tensions to arise, and they can be over issues like the burning of incense and loud events at void decks.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)


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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.

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