Singapore Morning News For September 13

Singapore Morning News For September 13

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Singtel to close copper-based ADSL networks
Singtel has revealed plans to progressively shut down its copper-based ADSL networks as part of a push to accelerate fiber based service adoption to business and residential customers.
Telecom Asia

Who is Halimah Yacob, soon to be Singapore’s first female President?
Madam Halimah Yacob is set to become Singapore’s first female President after she submits her nomination papers on Wednesday (Sep 13).
Channel NewsAsia 

Singapore to focus on e-commerce, digital economy when it takes over Asean chair
SINGAPORE will focus on e-commerce and the digital economy as well as improve trade facilitation in the region when it takes over the Asean chairmanship in 2018. Among other things, the Republic is looking to achieve a single window for Customs clearance.
The Business Times

Email offering tax refunds a scam: Iras
The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (Iras) has warned the public against clicking on a scam email that promises tax refunds and is made to look like it came from the tax authority.
Today Online 

SIAS, Rajah & Tann seek MAS action on insurance for Singapore bonds
AMID unprecedented local bond defaults as offshore and marine-services firms convulse, Singapore’s watchdog for minority shareholders and a leading law firm are proposing an insurance scheme to help bond investors.
The Business Times 

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Commentary: Singapore-Indonesia relations at 50, delicate yet interdependent
On Thursday (Sep 7), Singapore and Indonesia celebrated 50 years of bilateral ties.
Channel NewsAsia 

Singapore, Nordic countries outrank US in achieving UN health goals
Are nations around the globe on track to meet health-related sustainable development goals for the year 2030? A new analysis finds outstanding achievements — but a great deal of work still needed — before the goals can be reached

Singapore crowns president without vote
The city-state’s Elections Department said only one of five nominees had qualified while the others failed to meet strict criteria like holding public positions or managing a firm with at least 500 million Singapore dollars (US$370 million) in equity.
Asean Economist 

New Nets app to allow payment by mobile phone
This will involve syncing your ATM card with the new Nets app NetsPay – that will be launched by mid-October – the payments provider announced yesterday.
The New Paper 

A Lowball Singapore Takeover
If he were alive today, the rubber and pineapple king of 1930s Singapore would surely be asking whether the custodians of his empire just sold another chunk of it too cheaply.

Singapore still no closer to unified payment system: Analysts
For all the convenience it could bring consumers, Nets’ unveiling of a wide variety of new digital payment modes is unlikely to bring Singapore a step closer to a unified payment system, analysts said yesterday, amid early signs that the landscape will remain fragmented.
Today Online 

Singapore VC Golden Equator launches incubator to help Korean healthtech startups grow in SEA
Singapore VC Golden Equator has launched a healthtech-focussed incubator in a joint venture with Korean regulatory and clinical research provider C&R Healthcare Global (C&R).
The Independent Singapore 

Singapore’s Start-up Ecosystem – Part III: The Role of Venture Capital Funds
In the first and second parts of this three-part series on Singapore’s start-up ecosystem, we discussed how the city-state has emerged as a preferred base for international entrepreneurs and the opportunities it offered young overseas talent. In this concluding part, we look at the role of venture capital (VC) funds in nurturing entrepreneurship and innovation in Singapore.
Asean Briefing 

Singapore Set to Sign Free Trade Agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union by Year-End
Singapore is set to sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), a free trade bloc that includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Krygyzstan, and Russia. Commenting on the incoming trade deal, which is expected to be signed by the end of this year, Singapore’s deputy prime minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam reiterated his country’s interest in economic and trade cooperation with Russia, noting that the two states have not been using the existing potential in full.
Asean Briefing 

Mental illness can shorten lifespan by 20 years
Mr Matthew Gan’s late mother spent a large part of her life grappling with schizophrenia, a severe mental disorder which caused her to experience hallucinations and delusions.
Today Online 

Alpha sells 22 units at Draycott Eight
IN WHAT is believed to be the first bulk transaction of residential units in a development following a tightening of stamp duty rules in March, American alternative investment manager Angelo Gordon has bought a stack of 22 units in the Draycott Eight condo for over S$100 million.
The Business Times 

Singapore: Sugar Ventures-backed Dropfoods to launch $9m digital token offer
Dropfoods, which claims to be the largest smart vending machine operator in Vietnam, has launched an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) – open only to accredited investors – to raise $9 million with the issuance of its own Dropcoin tokens.

Over 1,000 supporters of Halimah expected at nomination centre today
Well over 1,000 unionists, residents and other supporters are expected at the nomination centre where Madam Halimah Yacob will submit her paperwork for the presidential election after 11am.
The New Paper 

Green buildings filter out more pollutants
Green buildings are not just a boon to the environment, they keep people healthier too.
The New Paper

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