Singapore morning news for August 9

Singapore morning news for August 9
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Singapore morning newsTen years on, F1 success still paying dividends for Singapore
If hosting a Formula One race is said to announce a country’s arrival on the world stage, then none have done so as emphatically as the Singapore Grand Prix.
— Reuters

‘Salaries is not our starting point in looking for ministers’: Goh Chok Tong responds to criticism of comments on pay
Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong has responded to what he described as the “heated reactions” to his comments on how to attract people to serve as ministers and the role salaries play in getting people to serve in Government.
— Channel NewsAsia

Singapore public hospitals cave under pressure of overcrowding
Although globally hailed as one of the world’s most efficient healthcare systems, public hospitals in Singapore also face high congestion levels adding to the growing evidence suggesting that the medical infrastructure in the Lion City is failing to keep up pace with booming medical demand, according to research firm ValuePenguin.
— Singapore Business Review

Bold creative planning can re-imagine the country, says PM Lee in National Day Message
The work of building Singapore is not done, and bold, creative planning will allow the heartland to be remade, communities to be rejuvenated and the country to be re-imagined, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday (Aug 8).
— The Straits Times

Can Singapore crack down on corporate malpractice before another scandal erupts?
Against the stain of corporate scandals tarnishing Singapore’s squeaky clean reputation to the global stage, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has approved amendments to the Code of Corporate Governance in an effort to ensure board independence and rein in corporate wrongdoing.
— Singapore Business Review

Charity launches spoof Singapore ivory store
A wildlife charity set up a fake online ivory shop in Singapore, attracting widespread condemnation, in a stunt to underline local laws which it says continue to facilitate illicit ivory trade globally.
— Bangkok Post

Latest property-cooling measures may present buying opportunities: CapitaLand CEO
Singapore’s latest round of property curbs are probably enough to cool the market, and may present buying opportunities, the head of the Republic’s biggest developer said.
— TodayOnline

GetActive! Singapore programme draws 800,000
More Singaporeans have heeded the call of the GetActive! Singapore programme this year with over 800,000 people taking part over 11 days, up from 680,000 last year.
— The New Paper

Singapore’s largest indoor farm to give food firms and national food security a boost
Land-scarce Singapore will receive a timely boon with the republic’s largest indoor farm boosting local produce and giving food firms greater locally-sourced options.
— Food Navigator-Asia

Click2View gets first public sector client – the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Singapore-based content marketing agency Click2View has picked up its first public sector client, after winning a multi-agency pitch for the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy account.
— Mumbrella Asia

Singapore minister rallies ASEAN behind fight vs fake news
Singapore on Tuesday asserted the need for Southeast Asian states to address the proliferation of fake news, citing its damaging- even at times deadly- consequences.
— ABS-CBN News

Tapering Singapore office supply gives landlords room to increase rents
Singapore’s office market is in the early stages of a recovery as tapering office supply and strong pre-commitment levels have caused the office vacancy rate to decline, offering landlords higher bargaining power to increase rents.
— TodayOnline

COE premiums for cars go up in latest bidding exercise
Certificate of Entitlement (COE) prices closed mixed in the latest bidding exercise on Wednesday (Aug 8), with premiums for cars inching up again.
— Channel NewsAsia

Estonia’s cyber lessons for Singapore
The small country is a digital powerhouse, being a world leader in government e-initiatives. And it takes a tough and also unique approach to cyber security, with citizens heavily involved.
— The Straits Times

Senior Minister of MEWR says no to plastic bag charge
The issue of plastic pollution in Singapore continues as questions are raised in Parliament for the Senior Minister of State for Environment and Water Resources (MEWR), Dr Amy Khor.

Former Robuchon chef Vianney Massot to helm Bacchanalia, aims for two Michelin-stars
One-starred Michelin restaurant Bacchanalia will have a new chef at the helm from September and has set its sights on achieving a two-star rating under French chef Vianney Massot from the now-defunct L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon.
— TodayOnline

Singaporean-created Sharkdog series a Nickelodeon first
While playing with her dog during Discovery Channel’s Shark Week television programming, Singaporean storyboard artist Jacinth Tan came up with the quirky idea that would lead to her first big break.
— The New Paper

A time for reflection: This is my country, this is my heritage
National Day is an occasion when the country remembers its past and celebrates its achievements.
— The Straits Times


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

She previously covered police rounds for Philippine Daily Inquirer as a trainee before becoming editorial staff at Gospel Komiks under the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA-MG), Santa Mesa, Manila where she wrote lifestyle and trending fashion and styles articles.

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