Singapore morning news for July 23

Singapore morning news for July 23
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Singapore morning newsLTA slams SMRT with $1.9m fine for fatal accident in 2016
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) intends to impose financial penalties totalling $1.9m on SMRT for the fatal accident which took place on 22 March 2016 near Pasir Ris MRT Station, and the flooding incident in the tunnels between Bishan and Braddell MRT Stations from 7 October 2017 to 8 October 2017.
— Singapore Business Review

Race Against Cancer raises more than $1.1 million for charity
The 58-year-old, who had half a lung removed during surgery last year, paused midway through her 5km run yesterday to take her cancer medication before pressing on.
— The Newpaper

1.5 million IC numbers stolen from SingHealth but cyber security chief says no worry
It was reported on Friday (20 Jul) that cyber hackers have broken into the computer systems of SingHealth and stolen the personal particulars of 1.5 million patients. The stolen data included confidential records of patients’ name, IC number, address, gender, race and date of birth.
— The Online Citizen

Longest total lunar eclipse of the century, planet Mars to captivate Singapore this Saturday
Heads up stargazers, another celestial phenomenon is about to take place at the end of this month.
— Channel News Asia

Scholars strive to give back to society
The 20-year-old Business and Accountancy student at Nanyang Technological University was browsing through BrightSparks, a website listing scholarships, after receiving her A-level results.
— The Newpaper

COMMENT: Why does Mindef value scholars over sportsmen?
Amid the furore over footballer Ben Davis and his quest to defer his National Service (NS), the irony of it all is this: if the 17-year-old had excelled in his studies rather than in sports, it would not even be an issue.
— Yahoo News

Go-Jek hopes to have ‘hundreds of employees’ in Singapore, watching anti-competition ruling on Grab
The Indonesian start-up has no firm date for its Singapore debut yet, but said it will launch a ride-hailing and logistics service here first.
— The Straits Times

4 hidden costs of condo ownership in Singapore
Property in Singapore is expensive, whether you are looking to rent, buy your first HDB or upgrade to a private property. Recently, the government has introduced measures to cool the property market, which are expected to benefit HDB properties and could make private properties more affordable
— Asia One

Heritage organisation celebrates 10 years of Queenstown walks
For 10 years, dozens of residents have been showing up in Queenstown on Sunday mornings to walk around the neighbourhood, with volunteer guides pointing out where Singapore’s second driving centre, first branch library and first polyclinic used to be.
— The Newpaper

Living with birthmarks: What are the ones you can and cannot remove
It’s all good if you’ve made peace with your birthmark. But what if the mole, brown patch or red bump on your face affects your self-confidence and how others treat you? CNA Lifestyle finds out from the experts what can be done.
— Channel News Asia

NUS bars tech firm from hiring interns
A local tech firm has been barred from accessing the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) internship portal following complaints by four female students.
— The Newpaper

Apple investigating reported fraudulent iTunes transactions in Singapore
Apple is investigating reported fraudulent iTunes purchases that have led to deductions in Singapore bank accounts.
— Yahoo News

Apple investigating reported fraudulent iTunes transactions in Singapore
Apple is investigating reported fraudulent iTunes purchases that have led to deductions in Singapore bank accounts.
— Yahoo News

Singapore’s version of gay pride marks 10th year
Singapore’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community marked the 10th year of its gathering on Saturday despite restrictions on foreign sponsorship that had threatened the annual event last year.
— Bangkok Post

New curry puffs to feature durian and jackfruit flavours
Well, Old Chang Kee has decided to titillate (or devastate, depending on your point of view) tastebuds by mixing the “king” of fruits into its traditional curry pastry.
— The Newpaper

Sembcorp Marine sank into $55.62m loss in Q2
Sembcorp Marine is still in the red after a $55.62m loss in the second quarter of 2018 and a $50.31m loss in the first half of the year. However, turnover soared 150.8% to $1.62b in Q2 and 101.3% to $2.81b in H1.
— Singapore Business Review

Here’s how to verify if the SMS you received from SingHealth is genuine
SingHealth has issued a guide on Sunday (July 22) to help their patients differentiate the official SMSes from the fake SMSes, days after news first emerged that the healthcare group had suffered an unprecedented cyberattack.
— Today Online

Singaporean director charged for supplying luxury goods to North Korea
A Singapore company director was charged on Friday (20 July) for allegedly supplying luxury items ranging from watches, perfumes to wines to North Korea in contravention of United Nations rules.
— Yahoo News

Exclusive: Using data to redesign retirement
This is the vision of a work culture that civil servant Hefen Wong is trying to build. Testing “gets you to put everyone’s assumptions on a level playing field”, she tells GovInsider. She heads up a team with diverse skills at Co-Lab – an innovation unit in Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM).
— Go Insider

ST Engineering’s electronics arm bagged contracts worth $764m in Q2
ST Engineering’s electronics arm secured $764m worth of contracts in the second quarter of 2018. According to an announcement, these were driven by Smart City solutions in mobility, satellite communications, Internet of Things (IoT), public safety & security and cybersecurity, as well as defence solutions.
— Singapore Business Review

Speaker from varsity LGBT group dropped by SJI for TED Talk
St Joseph’s Institution (SJI) barred a representative from a varsity LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) group to speak at a TED Talks event on Friday (July 20).
— Today Online

Murder on ITE campus: Suspect charged in hospital
The suspect in the death of a woman at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central campus was charged with murder at Tan Tock Seng Hospital on Saturday (July 21).
— Straits Times

Mindef, SAF working with educators to encourage more scholarship applications from less privileged backgrounds
The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) want more students from less privileged backgrounds to apply for defence scholarships. The move is meant to broaden the search for next generation leaders, as it seeks to ensure Singapore’s meritocratic system continues to function properly.
— Today Online


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