Singapore morning news for June 11

Singapore morning news for June 11

Singapore morning news

Q3 hiring in Singapore ‘stable but weaker than elsewhere in Asia-Pac’
HIRING prospects in Singapore for Q3 2019 are expected to be stable but bleaker than in other parts of the Asia-Pacific, says the latest Manpower Group employment outlook survey.
— The Business Times

Inflation rate of S’pore worker health insurance in 2018: 10%
THE inflation rate of employee medical insurance claims in Singapore, at 10 per cent in 2018, is projected to rise another 0.1 percentage point this year, a study by Mercer Marsh Benefits has predicted.
— The Business Times

Q3 business outlook ticks up after falls in 3 straight quarters
A BUOYANT services sector helped to offset trade-war uncertainties – and to support improved business sentiment, says the latest Business Optimism Index by the Singapore Commercial Credit Bureau (SCCB).
— The Business Times

MFA says Singapore did not support the Khmer Rogue but LKY’s book reveals that it provided US$55 million in aid to the Cambodian resistance movement against Vietnam
PM Lee Hsein Loong generated some bad press recently when he posted an excerpt of his controversial condolence letter on the passing of former Thailand Prime Minister and Privy Council President General Prem Tinsulanonda in which he touched Vietnam’s intervention in Cambodia in the late 70s, describing as an ‘invasion’.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore 2018 healthcare cost inflation hits 10%, 10 times the economic inflation rate: Mercer report
SINGAPORE’S medical trend rate – which measures medical cost inflation – was 10 per cent in 2018, 10 times the Singapore economy’s estimated 2018 inflation rate of 1 per cent, according to Mercer Marsh Benefits’ 2019 Medical Trends Around the World report.
— The Business Times

Blogger sued by PM appeals against ruling dismissing countersuit
Blogger Leong Sze Hian, who is being sued by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for defamation, is appealing against the High Court’s decision in March to dismiss his counterclaim.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PUB fines 38 companies including BreadTalk for illegal waste disposal into public sewers
38 companies including renowned bakery and food manufacturing firm BreadTalk were slapped with hefty fines for disposing regulated chemicals over allowable limits into public sewers over the period of Jun last year and May this year.
— The Online Citizen

Business sentiment edges up for first time after falling 3 quarters
Business sentiment among Singapore firms edged up slightly for the first time after three consecutive quarters of decline, according to the latest Business Optimism Index by the Singapore Commercial Credit Bureau (SCCB).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MARUAH calls on the Government to do more for senior citizens in Singapore
MARUAH, a human-rights NGO, asks the Government to provide more for older people in Singapore, including those who are 55 and above.
— The Online Citizen

Sex offences: NUS approves stiffer penalties
A proposed list of harsher penalties for offenders and kinder responses to victims of sexual misconduct has been accepted by the National University of Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commanders of fire station contest charges
Live also difficult, die also difficult. These were some of the last words uttered to full-time national serviceman (NSF) Kok Yuen Chin before he died.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SCDF ragging trial: NSF Kok Yuen Chin told group he could not swim while at ledge of well he drowned in
A 22-year-old full-time national serviceman who drowned after a ragging incident at a fire station had been asked while seated at the pump well if he could swim, and answered that he could not.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Court sets aside SIA’s default win against US firm over sale of plane
National carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA), which had obtained a default judgment against a United States-based firm that failed to pay for a US$6.5 million (S$8.9 million) second-hand Boeing 777-212 plane, will have to make its case in court again.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Small company Providend is big on flexi-work arrangements
Finance executive Moon Shary considered resigning two years ago or working part-time so she could help her daughter prepare for the Primary School Leaving Examination, but the option of flexible work enabled her to carry on with her career.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Authorities investigating after security officer at 1-Altitude bar falls into manhole and dies
The authorities are investigating after a part-time security officer for 1-Altitude rooftop bar fell into a construction manhole and died early on Sunday (Jun 9) morning.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

M’sia govt official says Melaka Hospital is not haunted “unlike old Changi hospital in Singapore”
Melaka state official Mr Low Chee Leong has said that the pre-war Melaka Hospital is not haunted “unlike the old Changi Hospital in Singapore.” Melaka Hospital was opened on 12 Feb 1934 and saw patients from Muar, Johor and Tampin in Negri Sembilan. The British-era hospital also …
— The Independent

Transport council wins award for inclusive efforts
Singapore’s efforts to make its public transport system more inclusive have been recognised by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), an international transit advocacy organisation.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Teacher jailed over sex acts with student
A secondary school teacher became romantically involved with her 15-year-old student and told him to perform sexual acts on her.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SDP population policy: Hire Singaporeans first, retrench Singaporeans last
The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) is looking to make alterations on the immigration policy, stating that the country is allowing “too many foreign workers into Singapore to displace local PMETs (professionals, managers, executives, and technicians).”
— The Online Citizen

MOM survey shows foreign workers satisfied with working conditions in the country
A report commissioned by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and released on June 9, Sunday, shows that the country’s foreign workers are generally satisfied with working conditions in Singapore.
— The Independent

APAC Realty invests in proptech startup
APAC Realty, which operates the ERA brokerage brand here and across the Asia-Pacific, has invested S$1 million in proptech startup Dots Connected via a three-year convertible note that comes with no interest.
— The Business Times

S’porean woman jailed 11 months for sham marriage scam
A Singaporean woman was jailed for 11 months for arranging a marriage of convenience, said the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Moves by NUS to enhance support for victims, address issue on sexual misconduct welcomed
Victims of sexual misconduct cases at the National University of Singapore (NUS) will be kept up to date on disciplinary proceedings.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Confinement nanny’s overfeeding landed baby in ICU, says ex-actor Joshua Ang
Former Channel 8 actor Joshua Ang and his wife nearly lost their newborn son last August, after the week-old infant was allegedly overfed by their confinement nanny.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Restaurant manager jailed for misappropriating $200k
The manager of a Japanese restaurant misappropriated more than $200,000 from his employer’s bank account, causing the eatery to close down.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Traffic cop, paramedic, six others injured in accidents at same site on PIE
A Traffic Police officer and a paramedic attending to accidents were injured on Sunday after another car skidded while they were at the scene.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Drug abuser assaults man who engaged fiancee for sex but refused to pay
A drug abuser assaulted a man who had engaged his fiancee for sexual services but failed to pay her $150 as promised.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Cabby in viral video removed carpark barrier arm as it was faulty
A taxi driver in a widely shared video removed the gantry barrier at a Housing Board carpark in Jurong East last Friday because it had malfunctioned.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Sim Lim Square to go online amid collective sale
Sim Lim Square is moving with the times with its soon-to-be-launched e-commerce platform for mall tenants.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Jose Raymond questions the lack of information given to residents of Potong Pasir over construction of a new nursing home in the area
On Monday (10 June), Jose Raymond of Singapore People’s Party took to his Facebook to seek answer on why the residents of Potong Pasir were not given adequate information or consulted regarding the construction of a new nursing home in the vicinity. The politician was referring to the building of …
— The Online Citizen

The challenges of Singapore’s industrial water demand
WORLD Environment Day has been celebrated every year on 5 June since 1974. Its objectives are to encourage environmental awareness and promote action for environmental protection.
— Asian Correspondent

Can CapitaLand Commercial Trust Grow Its Distributions in the Future?
CapitaLand Commercial Trust (SGX: C61U) looks likely to reward unitholders with higher distribution for the next two years at least.
— The Motley Fool

Adrift at sea for 80 hours clinging on to a life buoy
Forty hours after Singaporean John Low’s boat sank and he found himself drifting aimlessly on a ring buoy from Malaysian waters to the South China Sea, he decided to strip himself of his clothes.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

East Asian Institute gets new leadership
The East Asian Institute (EAI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has new leadership after both stalwart chairman Wang Gungwu and director Zheng Yongnian stepped down recently.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Nearly 130 PMDs seized in May for flouting rules
Nearly 130 personal mobility devices (PMDs) were seized by the authorities last month in an ongoing drive to deter errant users.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Is denying air-conditioning to subsidised wards a form of classicism?
A member of the public raised her concern over the lack of air-conditioning in subsidised wards in a letter published by the Straits Times on 3 June. The letter written by Lily Ong noted that patients in Class C wards are left to the mercy of the sweltering heat that is blanketing Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

Bosses, staff agree on need for work-life harmony: Poll
Employers and employees have become more aligned in their views on the need for work-life harmony.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Overwhelming demand for $20 commemorative note
New $20 notes issued to commemorate Singapore’s 200 years of history were all snapped up at some bank branches yesterday, the first day the note was available for exchange.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

WP-held Aljunied Town Council praised for waiving overdue interest in 15 mins instead of 5 working days
A Singaporean has praised the town council of Aljunied GRC, a ward held by the Workers’ Party (WP), for speedily waiving his father’s overdue interest in a matter of minutes instead of taking the standard five working days. Aljunied GRC and the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) is …
— The Independent

Alleged drunk and uncooperative man gets tasered by Singapore police at Everton Park
A dramatic video capturing an allegedly drunk man getting tasered by the Singapore police has been circulating across social media. The footage of the incident was uploaded on Facebook page on Sunday night (9 June). According to the caption of the post, the incident took place at Everton …
— The Online Citizen

Manhattan Fish Market apologises to customer who was denied a Mother’s Day promotion because her family is ‘incomplete’
Manhattan Fish Market (MFM) found themselves in a bit of a pickle recently when one of their staff made an offensive and exclusionary comment to a customer, saying that their family isn’t complete because the father isn’t around.
— 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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