Singapore morning news for August 3

Singapore morning news for August 3
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Manufacturing PMI down 0.2 ppt to 52.3 points in June
Singapore’s manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) saw a slower expansion at 52.3 in July from 52.5 in June amidst slower growth in new orders, new exports, factory output, and lower inventory level, the Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management (SIPMM) revealed.
— Singapore Business Review

Singapore Govt may start using drones to deliver medicine and for security
Singapore Civil Defence Force and fellow consortium member Garuda Robotics are in talks to use drones in the force’s operations, in particular, to deliver “critical life-saving supplies” and respond to security incidents across the city-state.
— OpenGov

Fee hikes to launch Changi Airport into top of Asia’s tax podium by 2023
In a response to Singapore Business Review, Jetstar Asia also indicated that customers will inevitably see fares increase.
— Singapore Business Review

Singapore SMEs beat APAC counterparts in export earnings
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore that are engaged in exporting are the highest earners amongst their Asia Pacific counterparts in 2017, a study commissioned by FedEx revealed.
— Singapore Business Review

Trump received letter from North Korea’s Kim on August 1: White House
U.S. President Donald Trump received a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the two continue to discuss Pyongyang’s commitment at a recent Singapore summit to rid itself of nuclear weapons, but no second meeting is currently planned, the White House said on Thursday.
— Reuters

Sports fraternity clamping down on sexual misconduct
Mr Troy Engle, 56, director of CoachSG, which is under Sport Singapore (SportSG), said the sporting community and stakeholders met this year to pledge a commitment to stamp out sexual misconduct.
— The New Paper

Scoot to increase airfares by 5% from Sept; others not following suit for now
Planning a year-end getaway with the family? Expect to pay between S$5 and S$30 more for airfares on low-cost airline Scoot, which will introduce a 5 per cent fare hike from September 1.
— TodayOnline

SAF Sportsmen Scheme a boon to aspiring champions
When former 400m hurdles youth record holder Timothee Yap enlisted in the army in 2013, he thought he could take it easy and get more time for his training.
— The New Paper

Man with nearly 100 tarantulas fined $12,800
A 34-year-old man was fined $12,800 on Wednesday for illegally importing and keeping tarantulas in his home.
— The New Paper

Durian giveaway on couple’s 2nd wedding anniversary
For their second wedding anniversary yesterday, Mr Melvin Ha and wife Ms Wei Zhixin had an unusual celebration.
— The New Paper

Singapore’s JustCo explores hotels for co-working spaces
Singaporean co-working space operator JustCo will open co-working spaces this year in hotels in the city-state, the company’s first in Southeast Asia, before expanding to Bangkok in 2019 at hotels owned by liquor tycoon Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi.
— Bangkok Post

U.S. Congresswoman calls on Vietnam to release American held during visit
Pompeo is scheduled to meet on Friday in Singapore with foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which includes Vietnam.
— Reuters

Pimp who robbed man, tried to start petrol station fire gets jail, caning
A 26-year-old man who committed multiple offences including robbery, trying to set a petrol station on fire and living on a prostitute’s earnings was given jail, caning and a fine on Thursday (Aug 2).

Asean must stay the course and press on with economic integration and innovation: PM Lee
As the rules-based multilateral trading system comes under pressure, Asean has to stay the course and press on with economic integration, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Thursday (Aug 2).
— The Straits Times

Singapore’s sleep-deprived millennials snooze longer on weekends; habit a worrying sign
More than eight in 10 Singaporeans spend their weekends sleeping in, to repay the sleep debt they have accumulated over the week, a survey by market research firm Wakefield Research found.
— TodayOnline

Manager grabbed ‘bomb’ and threw it out of store
A man walked into a ValueMax pawnshop near Boon Lay MRT station last Saturday and demanded money, claiming that he had a gun and a bomb.
— The New Paper

Taste of home inspires MasterChef Australian champion Sashikumar Cheliah
Sashikumar Cheliah, winner of the 10th season of MasterChef Australia, started cooking more because he missed Singapore food
— The Straits Times

Ex-SBS Transit bus driver jailed, handed driving ban for colliding into cyclist and wife
A former SBS Transit bus driver who drove into a cyclist and his wife and left them with debilitating brain injuries was on Thursday (Aug 2) jailed for six weeks and disqualified from driving all classes of vehicles for three years.
— TodayOnline

oBike Singapore allegedly transferred $10 million collected from users here to Hong Kong operations, says liquidator
oBike Singapore had allegedly transferred about $10 million collected from users here to its Hong Kong operations, the company’s liquidators revealed on Thursday (Aug 2).
— The Straits Times

SDP’s ‘Don’t anyhow say things’ video goes viral, raise questions about promises made by PM Lee during GE2015
Leader of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), Dr Chee Soon Juan posted a video on his Facebook page just 2 hours ago and it’s starting to garner a lot of attention on social media.

Commentary: Is having ‘no specific target’ tantamount to ‘no vision’ for Singapore sports?
Realistic targets can have the effect of inspiring initiatives that propel us towards excellence but there’s also a case to be made for not announcing these, says Channel NewsAsia’s Bharati Jagdish.

How Singapore’s NUS is digitising the study of pathology
A team of pathology students, non-academic staff and IT specialists work tirelessly to digitise the 5,000 specimens currently in physical form at the NUS Department of Pathology. The digitised pots can be found on a website called ‘Pathweb’.
— OpenGov

Dr William Tan presented with Commonwealth Points of Light Award from Queen Elizabeth II
Singapore’s well-known para-athlete, medical doctor and charity fundraiser, Dr William Tan, was presented with the Commonwealth Points of Light Award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II today for his long history of charitable achievements.

Grab raises additional S$1.36 billion to finance ride-hailing battle
Grab has secured new investment of US$1 billion (S$1.36 billion) from a clutch of financial firms, as Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing startup expands its geographic reach and moves into services like food delivery and payments.
— TodayOnline

SMRT should not be a semi-retirement organisation to reward faithful and loyal military officials
Singapore is not the only country in the world to have a mass rapid transport system.

Singapore Institute of Technology teams lauded for innovative eldercare designs
One SIT team clinched the award in the ‘Best Smart Care Technology – Product’ this year for their innovative Smart Walker for Gait Rehabilitation with Local Positioning System.
— OpenGov


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Maria Mirasol Rasonable graduated with a Bachelors Degree in journalism from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Santa Mesa, Manila, Philippines.

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