Singapore morning news for June 25

Singapore morning news for June 25

Singapore morning news

Headline inflation edges up, core inflation holds steady in May
HIGHER private road transport, retail and food inflation bumped Singapore’s headline inflation higher in May, outstripping economists’ estimates of 0.6 per cent and rising from 0.8 per cent in April, according to consumer price index (CPI) figures released by the Department of Statistics on Monday.
— The Business Times

Engineer pleads guilty to not checking PIE viaduct plans
Permanent structures used in the construction of a Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) viaduct near Upper Changi were so inadequate that they could have collapsed under the weight of a full traffic load and caused an unimaginable number of casualties.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Efforts to fight dengue boosted amid epidemic
Efforts have been stepped up to stop the transmission of dengue amid the current epidemic. Around Woodlands Avenue 6, 360 people have been infected in two dengue clusters which are now the largest here.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Charity donations via Giving.sg top $150m mark
Giving.sg, the online giving platform run by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC), has hit the $150 million mark in donations since it was started in 2010.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Air quality in S’pore unaffected by Johor incident: NEA
The air quality in Singapore has remained good and has not been affected by what has been described as an air pollution incident which resulted in the closure of schools in the Taman Mawar area of Pasir Gudang in Johor.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Alibaba Cloud becomes First Public Cloud Provider to Secure OSPAR Validation from the Association of Banks in Singapore
Alibaba Cloud, the data intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, announced on June 20 that it has become the first public cloud provider in the industry to attain the Outsourced Service Providers Audit Report (OSPAR) validation by the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) in February 2019.
— AEC News Today / PR Newswire (media release)

Stiffer fines for parking offences from next month
Motorists who flout the law and commit parking offences will face stiffer fines from next month, following a review by the Housing Board and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore must build on strength in materials research to seize new opportunities: DPM Heng
Singapore is strong in materials research, but the country must continue to build and strengthen global partnerships in order to seize new opportunities, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Monday (Jun 24).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Public critical over GOV.SG’s “Merdeka 5 For Life” video that lays out benefits of Merdeka Generation Package
In the beginning of this year, during the 2019 Budget speech, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced the Merdeka Generation Package which aimed at helping those born in the 1950s with their medical bills.
— The Online Citizen

Jail for man who used forged payslips to get $165k in bank loans
A man who posed as an engineer and produced forged payslips to unlawfully obtain $165,000 in loans from two different banks was dealt with in court seven years after the plan was hatched.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

The Big Read: As temperatures and urbanisation increase, fight against dengue will only get tougher
When 28-year-old Amanda Poh was bitten by mosquitoes earlier this month while having after-work drinks at a bar, dengue fever was the “furthest thing from her mind”.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Sembcorp-SembMarine debt deal raises some questions
SEMBCORP Industries’ (SCI) S$2 billion on-lending to its subsidiary Sembcorp Marine (SMM) is essentially a lifeline thrown to the struggling shipbuilder, which only in recent quarters returned to the black.
— The Business Times

Illegal drones, bad weather cause flight delays at Changi
Unauthorised drones caused flight delays and disruptions at Changi Airport last night, just days after a previous incident saw 37 flights delayed.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Certified appliances for efficient water use for firms
Businesses will soon be able to buy certified commercial dishwashers and washer extractors that are water efficient, helping them to save up to 44 per cent of water.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore can work with Japan on ageing issues, smart cities: PM Lee Hsien Loong
Tackling the challenges of an ageing population and developing smart cities are two areas in which Singapore can work with Japan, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

RSS Independence named SAF’s best maritime security unit
When Singapore’s first home-built littoral mission vessel sailed out from ST Engineering Marine’s shipyard to the nearby Tuas Naval Base on May 26, 2016, it was a nervous moment for its crew.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Boy’s foot trapped in escalator at Jewel
A boy was taken to hospital yesterday after getting his foot stuck in an escalator at Jewel Changi Airport.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Club Street heritage shophouse on the market again for $23m
Bought back in 2006 for $2.8 million, a corner conservation shophouse in Club Street has been relaunched for sale by tender at an indicative price of $23 million.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SGX rejects cement group ICG’s bid to buy Namibian firm
The Singapore Exchange (SGX) has rejected International Cement Group’s (ICG) US$104.4 million (S$141.4 million) proposed purchase of a company in Namibia and ordered it to commission pre-deal anti-money laundering due diligence on the source of funds for any future major transactions or very substantial …
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Sim Lim Square extends en bloc tender deadline as prospective bidders consider future hotel
Tech hub Sim Lim Square has extended the closing date for its collective sale tender by one month to give prospective bidders more time to explore the possibility of converting the commercial site into a hotel, the property’s marketing agent SLP International told CNA on Monday (Jun 24) …
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MOE investigators ‘harassed’ me: Teacher accused of taking students’ money breaks down on stand
A teacher accused of pocketing S$40,000 from students broke down in court on Monday (Jun 24) as she described how she was humiliated and escorted by police officers in handcuffs in front of teachers and students.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

LessWalk project by S’porean delivers first batch of bicycles to Myanmar students
NTU graduate Mike Than Tun Win, through his initiative called LessWalk, has successfully delivered the first batch of bicycles to Myanmar in hopes of making education more accessible to students. On March 1, 2019, Mike shared his idea on Facebook which consisted of purchasing bicycles that bike-sharing companies …
— The Independent

“Shift from healthcare to health”: DPM Heng Swee Keat
Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) held a charity walk on Sunday (June 23) to raise money for its community fund. The heritage walk was a success, raising S$1 million for beneficiaries of the TTSH community fund. The community fund is used to help less-than-fortunate patients pay for their medical expenses, support …
— The Independent

PM Lee and Cambodia’s Hun Sen agree ‘not to scratch old wounds’ regarding the former’s Vietnamese military ‘invasion’ comments
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen have agreed to cease revisiting past issues in the spirit of preserving diplomatic relations between the two nations at this year’s Asean Summit, which took place in Bangkok last weekend.
— The Online Citizen

Woman making her own S$50 notes and using them for small payments in Hougang, Tampines, arrested
On June 23 (Sunday), a woman was arrested for using fake S$50 notes as payment to retail and convenience stores in Hougang and Tampines housing estates. At about 9 am on Sunday, the police arrested a 30-year-old woman along Hougang Avenue 2 for possessing and using counterfeit bills. According to the police, the …
— The Independent

Razer partners Visa to integrate prepaid payment option into Razer Pay app
Gamer lifestyle brand Razer announced a partnership with international digital payment firm Visa on Monday (Jun 24) to offer integrated virtual prepaid payment option through a mini-app.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

These 2 Singapore Shares Have Produced Strong Earnings Growth
AEM Holdings Ltd (SGX: AWX) and China Sunsine Chemical Holdings Ltd (SGX: CH8) have had strong historical business growth. So, are they worth buying for investors?
— The Motley Fool

High Court dismisses Hour Glass co-founder’s appeal against bankruptcy
JANNIE Chan Siew Lee’s appeal against her bankruptcy order was dismissed by the High Court on Monday.
— The Business Times

Circles.Life enters first overseas market
TELCO startup Circles.Life must launch in new markets at the right pace, despite ambitious global plans, co-founder Abhishek Gupta has said.
— The Business Times

Fewer illegal massage parlours detected last year
In Lavender Street is a row of shophouses that, up to early last year, used to house more than 10 massage parlours, each stationed no more than two storefronts apart.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Materials science experts in town to share ideas
Imagine the day when nano-sized diamond needles, each a thousand times thinner than human hair, can be used to produce new telecommunication devices that transmit data in bigger volumes and at faster speeds.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More time for StarHub TV users to go on fibre
StarHub pay-TV cable customers will now have more time to make the switch to fibre, with the telco extending the life of its cable network by three months.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Union Gas to monitor impact of disruption after fire at LPG facility
Major liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) company Union Gas Holdings said yesterday that it would be assessing and monitoring the impact of disruption to its supply of LPG cylinders.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Hour Glass co-founder loses bankruptcy appeal
Jannie Chan Siew Lee, co-founder of mainboard-listed luxury timepieces retailer The Hour Glass, had her appeal against a bankruptcy order dismissed by the High Court yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Sim Lim Tower office floor up for sale at $15m
A freehold strata office floor at Sim Lim Tower in Jalan Besar has been put up for sale by tender with an asking price of $15 million, marketing agent Edmund Tie and Company (ET&Co) said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Allied Tech gets another time extension for AGM, Q1 results
Catalist-listed Allied Technologies has received another time extension from the Singapore Exchange (SGX) to hold its annual general meeting (AGM), release its financial statements for the first quarter ended March 31, and issue its sustainability report for fiscal 2018.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NEA fines 900 homes for unintentionally breeding aedes mosquitoes
The National Environment Agency has fined around 900 households for “breeding mosquitoes” due to failure to clean up stagnant water and unintentionally leaving water containers uncovered.
— The Independent

3 Best Singapore Blue-Chip Stocks to Consider for Your Portfolio
Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX: S68), Venture Corporation Ltd (SGX: V03), and SATS Ltd (SGX: S58) are three blue chips that offer opportunities for your investment portfolio.
— The Motley Fool

Revved up over Singapore’s bicentennial
When Mr S. Balachandran and his two friends, who call themselves the 2019 Centennial Riders, decided to ride their motorbikes from Singapore to India, they were told that it was impossible.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Sailing solo in an industry dominated by men
When Ms Wan Fei Fei first went to sea after joining shipping giant AP Moller as an assistant engineer in 2002, she was the only woman on the ship – though it was something she was used to.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Public gets to decide how PUB’s Hari Raya film ends
Viewers of national water agency PUB’s Hari Raya short film, which many have described as touching, can make the two protagonists, orphaned brothers Din and Zul, reunite, if they so wish.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

YuuZoo clarifies that YuuZooNow is not its subsidiary
Mainboard-listed YuuZoo Networks Group Corporation (YuuZoo) said in a regulatory filing yesterday that it has set up a new corporate support centre in Bangkok to take over the functions previously provided from Singapore by YuuZooNow, which closed its Singapore office in March.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore youths afraid to be kind: Survey
Youths in Singapore are aware of their roles in creating a more gracious society, but a fear of being embarrassed is holding them back from being kind.
— 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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