Singapore morning news for June 10

Singapore morning news for June 10

Singapore morning newsSDP pushes for reform of immigration policy: Hire S’poreans first, retrench S’poreans last
The Singapore Democratic Party is pushing for changes on the immigration policy saying that the country “allows too many foreign workers into Singapore to displace local PMETs (professionals, managers, executives, and technicians).”
— The Independent

A little tiff over LGBT normalisation in Malaysia
A Malaysian conservative Muslim rights activist called out Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah for his alleged lack of concern regarding the ‘normalisation’ of LGBT in the country.
— The Independent

Singapore will not be seen as a stooge of US or China if it acts on its own interests: PM Lee
In order for Singapore to not become a stooge of any one power, it must work on the basis of what is in its own interest, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Friday (June 7) evening.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Australia, Singapore to explore new areas of collaboration
Australia and Singapore are deepening bilateral ties and exploring new areas of collaboration, such as in the digital economy, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison said on Friday (Jun 7).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

There can be sufficient job creation to offset the impact of automation
THE world of work is in a state of flux. With the advent of digital, you can now conduct work activities just as comfortably by a pool in Bali, as you would in a skyscraper in Raffles Place.
— The Business Times

Tiger beer celebrates Singapore with locally-inspired bottle designs
Tiger has designed a series of limited-edition bottles in a campaign to celebrate Singapore and its heritage.
— Mumbrella Asia

HSA warns Singapore-based Riway to stop making false health claims
There is no evidence to back the firm’s claims its health product can treat and cure cancer, said HSA.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PM Lee on leave for a week; DPM Heng to be Acting PM
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be on leave for a week starting today. While he is away, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat will be Acting Prime Minister.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

High profit, low wages fuel illegal sales of marine gas oil
Under the cover of darkness, two tugboats sail up side by side.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Hopes for region’s Internet economy: Booming online marketplaces despite trade barriers
The region’s Internet economy will grow with the right infrastructure and support in spite of rising protectionism and trade barriers, said Stripe chief business officer Billy Alvarado.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore on lookout for El Nino impact
June 09, 2019 5:00 AMThe notoriously difficult-to-predict El Nino weather pattern that clouded Singapore in a haze crisis four years ago could be back in some form this year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Honestbee turmoil has battered confidence in the brand, claims YouGov analysis
Singapore food and grocery delivery startup Honestbee has suffered a sharp slump in consumer sentiment and reputation after a turbulent period, analysis has shown.
— Mumbrella Asia

Peer support for those with mental health issues
A charity has been launched to provide peer support to people struggling with mental health issues.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

First quarterly drop in office rental index since 2017
The office rental index compiled by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) declined by 0.6 per cent in the first quarter of this year after rising for six consecutive quarters, the first quarterly drop since the second quarter of 2017.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Changi has world’s 2nd most valuable airport brand: report
SINGAPORE’S Changi International Airport has the world’s second most valuable airport brand value of US$754 million and also the world’s strongest airport brand, according to a report by consultancy Brand Finance.
— The Business Times

International collaboration needed for sustainable development: DPM Heng
OFFERING business opportunities such as new infrastructure development, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) is one example of how Singapore can partner other countries to pursue sustainable development, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat said on Friday …
— The Business Times

SGInnovate and NUS unit to boost deep tech in Singapore
SGINNOVATE and NUS research institute Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) are embarking on a joint effort to strengthen the quantum tech ecosystem in Singapore. Quantum technology is an emerging area of deep technology.
— The Business Times

SIM to offer geographic information science degree
Geographic information science may sound like a mouthful but consider that those trained in the field are involved in deciding where schools are located, and where bus routes and MRT lines run.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More foreign workers unsure of pay on arrival
More foreign workers arrived here not knowing what their terms of employment including their salary are, a situation that makes them more vulnerable to exploitation.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MPA, conservation group team up to promote marine biodiversity
The Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) and local marine conservation group Our Singapore Reefs have teamed up to promote the importance of Singapore’s marine biodiversity.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Local firm teams up with Chinese tech giants to roll out driverless vehicles
A young home-grown company has tied up with Chinese giants to supply autonomous vehicle services to world markets.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Vendor fined S$4,000 for coding error that caused disclosure of NSmen’s personal data
A vendor has been fined S$4,000 for a coding error that led to the disclosure of the personal data of more than 400 national servicemen last year.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

All in a day’s work for this taxi uncle, taking down barriers along the way
When an electronic parking barrier stopped functioning, a taxi driver took things into his own hands – literally – and manually dismantled the barrier.
— The Independent

Mobile food ordering heats up as competition intensifies
Ordering from your mobile phone when dining out is gaining popularity and competition in the sector has just intensified with Fave’s acquisition of putting them in direct competition with one of the market leaders, Waitrr.
— The Independent

High rentals killing SMEs already brought up by WP 5 years ago – Teo says he’ll monitor
It was reported earlier this week that Jun Low, the Director of JC Global Concepts, posted a message on her Facebook page, highlighting that the Government should step in to prevent retail landlords from bullying tenants, specially with regard to raising rentals during every renewal period for the tenants.
— The Online Citizen

Archer Nur Syahidah Alim claims gold in world para-championships
Archer Nur Syahidah Alim has become Singapore’s first-ever world champion archer in the sport after she won the compound women’s open competition at the 2019 World Archery Para Championships on Saturday (Jun 8).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SDP proposes ‘S’poreans First’ policy for hiring & retrenchment, S$7 per hour minimum wage
It also says ministerial and civil servant salaries and bonuses should be pegged to real income growth and lowest earners.
— Mothership

This Singapore REIT Has Grown its DPU Consistently For Over 10 Years
Want consistent income? This Singapore REIT has delivered outstanding performance and rising distributions over the last 10 years.
— The Motley Fool

RSAF rescues man who drifted at sea for 3 days
A diving instructor drifted at sea for three days last month after a bout of bad weather sank his boat.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Restaurants and malls among 1,600 premises to cut use of disposables in new NEA campaign
More than 1,600 premises, including restaurants, malls, hotels, supermarkets and schools, will take steps to encourage consumers to reduce the use of disposables such as plastic bags and takeaway containers.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Daesang brand of rice seasoning recalled due to undeclared allergens
A brand of rice seasoning from South Korea has been recalled in Singapore due to the presence of undeclared allergens such as egg, milk, wheat and oyster.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Know the purpose of Singapore startup grants before applying for them
Grants are a priviledge, not an entitlement, which is an important mindset The Singapore tech ecosystem is one of the few ecosystems that promote entrepreneurship and offers startup grants to its citizens, especially at an ideation stage.
— e27

Power unshackled: Singapore’s open electricity market
IN the early years of Germany’s liberalisation of the electricity market that empowered consumers not only to pick a provider but also the energy source – wind or gas versus the conventional coal and gas and so forth.
— The Business Times

Malaysian employee arrested for stealing more than S$250,000 of jewellery from Singapore retailer
A 29-year-old Malaysian man has been arrested three years after he allegedly stole more than S$250,000 worth of jewellery from the company he worked for in Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Flexibility, being your own boss, decent income: Why younger people are working as private hire drivers
For up to 10 hours daily for six days a week, Wendy Tan works as a private hire driver, whilst also studying part-time for her degree in tourism, events management and marketing at a private university.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: Planning to eat at your office desk again? Here’s why you should have a proper meal
There are easy ways to reach for a healthier snack when hunger pangs strike, says National University Hospital’s Ng Zi Ling Jolyn Johal.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Barriers on trial to get PMD users to dismount at Woodlands MRT
Users of personal mobility devices (PMDs) will be forced to dismount within Woodlands MRT station, as part of a trial by SMRT to improve safety for commuters.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

What ST witnessed at Riway’s presentation
Luxury cars were parked by the dozens outside an industrial building in Ang Mo Kio. On the first floor, free packed meal boxes were distributed by people in suits to their prospective customers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SICCI wants SMEs to digitalise, explore markets beyond Singapore
The chairman of the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) has his work cut out for him, but is relishing the challenge.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

14 PMDs seized during weekend sting
Fourteen personal mobility devices (PMDs) were impounded after several riders were caught flouting rules during enforcement operations over the weekend.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SMRT trials metal barriers to get PMD users to dismount within Woodlands MRT station
SMRT has put up metal barriers at Woodlands MRT station, as part of a trial to get users of personal mobility devices (PMDs) to dismount within the station’s compound.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Lim Tean got another opportunity to deride the PM, this time over Hun Sen
Chief of People’s Voice Party Lim Tean took to social media once again to rant about Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his “insensitive and totally uncalled for remarks about Vietnam’s military incursion into Cambodia in 1978”.
— The Independent

Almost Famous: Founding TNP & TODAY editor PN Balji opens up about politics, mistakes & corruption
The stories of veteran mainstream newspaper editors are ones we shouldn’t forget, and boy does Balji have some of his own.
— Mothership

2 PMD fires at Ang Mo Kio, Marine Terrace; 1 injured
Two fires that started from personal mobility devices were reported on Saturday (Jun 8), the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Nationwide push to reduce disposables, encourage reusables
More than 1,600 premises – including food and beverage establishments, hotels, schools and supermarkets – will be encouraging people to cut back on disposables such as plastic bags and takeaway containers over the next three months.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Property cycle stabilises, thanks to cooling measures
A new round of cooling measures were introduced last July to dampen demand in the property market.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

People with disabilities go digital to improve job prospects – but will employers bite?
Gan Sun Ling had dealt only with the cash register and NETS machine for most of the past three months of her internship.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

CDL launches new bid for M&C at improved 685 pence a share
MAINBOARD-listed City Developments has launched a renewed takeover bid for its London-listed subsidiary Millennium & Copthorne Hotels – this time with a higher cash offer of 685 pence per share, up from the previous 620 pence bid in December 2017 that was subsequently blocked by M&C’s minority shareholders
— The Business Times (very annoying popups)

Woman arrested for failing to stop for immigration clearance at Woodlands Checkpoint, knocking down barrier
A 24-year-old woman was arrested on Friday (Jun 7) for failing to stop for immigration clearance when entering Singapore from Woodlands Checkpoint.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

To funeral undertaker Roland Tay, helping the poor is a serious undertaking
While undertaker Roland Tay has provided casket services for high-profile murder victims like Ms Liu Hong Mei and Huang Na, and even Ah Meng the orangutan, the funeral services he undertook for ordinary folk were no less important to him.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Marine Terrace resident taken to hospital with burns after extinguishing fire caused by charging PMD battery
Two fires involving personal mobility devices (PMDs) broke out in residential units on Saturday (June 8).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘The father of Tanglin Halt’: The accidental doctor who’s hanging up his stethoscope after 55 years
Having worked in Tanglin Halt since 1964, Dr Chan has seen generations of patients go by, many of whom he still remembers fondly.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Celebrity DJ Tenashar says time spent in jail was blessing in disguise
She plans to be an anti-drug ambassador and start a music programme to discover talented inmates and give them an avenue to hone their skills.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Phasing out plastic straws helps the environment, but more needs to be done, say observers
The move by more than 270 food and beverage (F&B) outlets to eliminate plastic straws represents an important move in the right direction, but more work is needed for Singapore to tackle its output of plastic waste, industry observers told CNA.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Football: New coach Yoshida begins Singapore stint with victory over Solomon Islands
It was niggly, scrappy and very messy, but Tatsuma Yoshida began his stint as the Lions’ head coach with a win, as Singapore scored a 4-3 victory against the Solomon Islands in an international friendly on Saturday (Jun 8).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

 

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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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