Singapore morning news for September 27

Singapore morning news for September 27

Singapore morning news

Singapore is the world’s second most digitally competitive country, after the US
Singapore has retained its position as the world’s second most digitally competitive country, after the United States, in the latest edition of the IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking.
— The Straits Times

Coffee product sold online contains banned weight-loss drug: HSA
A coffee product sold online and marketed as being able to help consumers achieve weight loss in just one week has been found to contain a prescriptive drug banned in Singapore since 2010 because of an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Number of dengue cases rises past 12,000 even with closure of 229 clusters in past month
Almost 230 dengue clusters were closed in the last month alone, although the total number of cases of dengue has risen from a month ago.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Indonesia forest fires have ‘major impact’ on climate, 360m tonnes of CO2 released since August: Masagos
Forest and land fires burning in Indonesia have released 360 million tonnes of carbon dioxide since August, said Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli on Thursday (Sep 26).
— CNA

Singapore may have to use past reserves to support infrastructure to counter climate change: President Halimah
In a Facebook post on Thursday (Sept 26), President Halimah Yacob wrote that Singapore cannot talk of a future if it does not deal with the issue of climate change decisively.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore tops list of 105 cities most ready for AI disruption, new index shows
The index scored cities on 31 metrics across four broad categories: vision, activation ability, asset base and growth trajectory.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore manufacturing output down 8% in August
Singapore’s manufacturing output fell 8 per cent year-on-year in August on the back of sharp falls in electronics and precision engineering output, as the sector continued to reel from trade tensions between China and the United States.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Economists expect MAS to ease Sing$ appreciation in October
As Singapore continues to see sluggish trade and growth data, with core inflation at a three-year low, economists are looking to the central bank to ease monetary policy in its upcoming review and provide some support to the economy.
— The Straits Times

10 East-West Line MRT stations to close early between October and December
Seven MRT stations on the East-West Line (EWL) will close early on selected days between October and December to facilitate maintenance works and power supply system renewal, SMRT said on Thursday (Sep 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

4 in 10 well-off Singaporeans on track financially to retire: Poll
Some 43 per cent of affluent Singaporeans looking to retire feel they are on track financially to achieve their desired retirement lifestyle, according to a survey commissioned by Standard Chartered.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

No more need for spies and moles: Be vigilant about foreign interference in age of social media, warns S. Jayakumar
Singaporeans need to be vigilant about foreign interference as it could endanger national sovereignty, said former minister S. Jayakumar on Wednesday (Sept 25) at a session of The Straits Times Book Club at the National Library.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Over 26,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes seized by Singapore Customs; evaded taxes amounted to $2.4m
More than 26,000 cartons and 840 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized by the Singapore Customs on Sept 18 and 19.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore factory output tumbles 8% in August, reigniting fears of technical recession
It was bogged down by electronics production, which saw its biggest monthly slump since 2012.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

QR codes at SingHealth polyclinics give easy access to health education materials
Patients at SingHealth polyclinics who want to educate themselves about their health no longer need to hang on to old health information leaflets.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

E-scooter in fatal collision with elderly cyclist in Bedok was a non-compliant device: LTA
The e-scooter involved in the accident that killed an elderly cyclist in Bedok was a non-compliant personal mobility device (PMD), said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Thursday (Sep 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Chin Swee Road death: MSF reviewing how social support network can be strengthened
The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) is reviewing how its network of agencies and community organisations can be strengthened, it said on Thursday (Sep 26), after the death of a two-year-old girl in a Chin Swee Road flat escaped notice for five years.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

CNA digital journalist, TV programme bag wins for Mediacorp at SIAS awards
Mediacorp won two awards at the SIAS 20th Investors’ Choice Awards on Thursday (Sep 26) – both in the Financial Journalist category.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Lawrence Wong cites concerns over social media contributing to suicide in the young
Close to 800,000 people around the world die due to suicide every year, and the numbers are rising, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More haze relief as air quality expected to enter good range for first time since hitting unhealthy levels
NEA said that the likelihood of haze affecting Singapore is low, noting that thundery showers are forecast over Singapore and in parts of Sumatra for the next few days.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Businessman, ex-lawyer and debt collector accused of illegal moneylending activities
Three people – a businessman, a former lawyer and a debt collector – were charged in court on Thursday (Sept 26) after they were allegedly involved in an illegal moneylending business from 2012 to 2014.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Jail for mother and son after he faked her death to claim $3.7m from insurance
An automotive consultant, who was facing financial woes, hatched an elaborate plan to buy insurance policies for his mother and then fake her death to obtain payouts and Central Provident Fund (CPF) withdrawals, totalling several million dollars.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New Naratif co-founder Kirsten Han responds to Shanmugam’s remarks on foreign interference
Co-founder and editor-in-chief of New Naratif Kirsten Han has said that the media platform accepts foreign grant money but does not let contributors influence its editorial decisions.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Small states must work together to advance common interests, amplify influence: PM Lee
Small states must work together to advance common interests and amplify their influence in the world, said Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday (Sep 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More women going for first breast cancer screening, but few go for second mammogram
More women over the age of 50 in Singapore are going for their first breast cancer screening, but most still do not get a second check-up done two years later.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Grab says Uber acquisition not in breach of competition laws as Malaysia watchdog steps up probe
Singapore-based Grab Holdings on Thursday (Sept 26) said that it has fully cooperated with the Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) in their request for information, and is not aware of any breach of competition laws since its acquisition of Uber last March.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Changi Airport’s Hong Kong traffic falls 14% in August
Changi Airport said on Thursday (Sep 26) its passenger traffic for Hong Kong declined 14 per cent year-on-year last month even as most regions registered growth.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MAS likely to slow pace of Singdollar appreciation: analysts
MARKET watchers are expecting the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to ease its monetary policy stance for its review in mid-October, with the central bank likely to slow down the pace of the Singapore dollar gain against a basket of currencies.
— The Business Times

Singapore can lead the change in rewriting the hydrocarbon narrative
FEW would dispute Singapore’s leading role in the Asian and global oil and gas (O&G) industry. Of course, that is a good thing – but it also means that the country’s O&G sector, like the industry itself globally, must contend with shifting fundamentals and an increasingly hostile narrative.
— The Business Times

LGBT activist files new court challenge against gay-sex law
An activist for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, who is a retired general practitioner, has filed a new court challenge against Section 377A of the Penal Code, a law that criminalises sex between men, arguing that it is unconstitutional.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Tech can be used by govts to exert control, say experts
Technology has brought greater convenience, but governments can also use it to exert political control over many aspects of people’s lives, experts said yesterday at a conference on foreign interference tactics and countermeasures.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Family in Chin Swee Road murder case is known to community agencies: MSF
The Ministry of Social and Family Development said there were various interactions between the family and various agencies and community organisations over the years, without elaborating.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Industrial building with hidden storey: Illegal floor demolished, unit up for sale
The company which built an illegal storey inside its penthouse unit at The Alexcier in Alexandra Road has demolished the floor and put the unit up for sale.
— The Straits Times

SBS Transit staff member rescues boy hanging from MRT escalator in nick of time
In a flash, Mr Mohamed Ferdaus Mohamed Yusoff bolted up a moving escalator in an MRT station to grab hold of a little boy hanging off its side.
— The Straits Times

2 primary schools, Singtel get President’s Award for Environment for their green efforts
Old habits die hard when it comes to adopting environmentally friendly practices, so some schools are making sure they plant the seeds of green living in the younger generation.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SBS Transit staff member rescues boy hanging from MRT escalator in nick of time
In a flash, Mr Mohamed Ferdaus Mohamed Yusoff bolted up a moving escalator in an MRT station to grab hold of a little boy hanging off its side.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Li Shengwu has ‘taken advice’ from top UK lawyer David Pannick for contempt of court case
Mr Li Shengwu, the nephew of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, said on Wednesday (Sep 25) that British lawyer David Pannick has been advising his legal team for a contempt of court case.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Advocacy group Sias outlines plans to better serve investors
Investors need sound information and guidance to navigate their way in a constantly changing world, and it is a task that the Securities Investors Association Singapore (Sias) hopes to fulfil.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Why Greta Thunberg’s speech sounds offensive to S’poreans, explained by S’pore Cambridge law undergrad
A Cambridge law undergraduate from Singapore, Arjun Dhar, has taken to Facebook to explain why a speech by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg at the United Nations climate summit sounds offensive to Singaporeans.
— Mothership

Ikea Singapore revenue dips to $341m for fiscal year; South-east Asia turnover up 20%
Swedish home furnishing retailer Ikea saw turnover of $341 million in Singapore for fiscal 2019 ended Aug 31.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Keppel Corp to issue $200m notes due 2026
Keppel Corporation will issue $200m worth of notes due 2026 as part of its US$5b multicurrency medium term note programme, an SGX filing revealed.
— Singapore Business Review

Go the distance at annual walk to earn rice for the needy
An annual walk to benefit underprivileged families kicked off yesterday, aiming to chalk up 65,000km through community and corporate partner participants.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

The need to move faster on burning issue of PMD safety
Flats razed by fires caused by personal mobility devices (PMDs) have brought the issue of the safety of e-scooters uncomfortably close to home.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Social worker took $52k from nursing-home seniors
A former medical social worker, who siphoned off more than $47,000 from the bank accounts of two elderly nursing home residents, has admitted to misappropriating another $4,200 from seven more senior citizens.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Joanne Peh’s ‘nude’ sex scene is 1 minute long with 8 fade-to-black transitions
So, if you haven’t heard: Joanne Peh shot her first nude scene for her English period drama, The Last Madame.
— Mothership

Former male nurse sentenced to jail, caning for molesting patient in hospital
A male nurse was sentenced on Thursday (Sept 26) to 10 months’ jail and three strokes of the cane for molesting a hospital patient under his care.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man charged with drugging woman at polyclinic to steal from her
A man was charged on Thursday (Sep 26) with drugging a woman at a polyclinic to steal from her.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

NUS undergrad molester avoids jail because he has good grades & ‘potential to excel in life’
A student from the National University of Singapore (NUS) who repeatedly molested a woman at Serangoon MRT station in September 2018 was on Wednesday (Sep. 25) sentenced to probation.
— Mothership

Man who committed armed robbery at Shell petrol station gets 11½ years’ jail
A convicted robber, who absconded from court during a break in his hearing, was sentenced on Thursday (Sept 26) to 11 1/2 years’ jail.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘Once they are gone, it will really be a pity’: Orchard Rd ice-cream carts could end with their owners
Attending to his customers, Mr Chieng Puay Chui and his ice-cream cart have been a familiar sight along Orchard Road for about three decades.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

ESR Reit preferential offering opens for subscription at $0.510 apiece
ESR Reit (real estate investment trust) opened its preferential offering of about 98.1 million new units for subscription on Thursday (Sept 26) at 9am with an issue price of $0.510 per unit.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore shares inch higher at Thursday’s open; STI up 0.2% to 3,132.60
Singapore shares pushed slightly higher on Thursday (Sept 26), with the Straits Times Index advancing 0.2 per cent, or 6.78 points to 3,132.60 as at 9.03am.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Some travel agencies not sailing into the sunset
At online travel agency Klook’s travel festival next weekend, there will be nary a package deal, travel agent or holiday brochure in sight.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

 

 

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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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