Singapore morning news for July 26

Singapore morning news for July 26
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Singapore morning newsMiles-based blockchain digital wallet launches in Singapore
Following a successful proof-of-concept exercise completed by Singapore Airlines (SIA), KPMG Digital Village and Microsoft in February 2018, the world’s first blockchain-based airline loyalty digital wallet has been launched in Singapore.

Total lunar eclipse on July 28: Here’s all you need to know
Astronomy enthusiasts will have the chance to catch the longest total lunar eclipse of the century in Singapore on Saturday (July 28). Starting at 3.30am, the eclipse will last 1hr 43min.
— The Straits Times

MAS warns stolen SingHealth data could be used in bank fraud
Financial institutions are discouraged from relying on the stolen information for customer verification.
— Singapore Business Review

Dismissive attitude towards data security makes firms here vulnerable to cyber attacks, senior official warns
Companies and organisations here tend to neglect the importance of securing their internal data, making them vulnerable to online attacks, said a senior cyber security official days after news emerged of an unprecedented breach at SingHealth.
— TodayOnline

How machine learning helps Singapore swat dengue
Dr Ng Lee Ching, Director of the National Environment Agency’s Environmental Health Institute in Singapore, on how the country is predicting clusters.
— GovInsider

Chart of the Day: Singapore and Malaysia face slumping bilateral trade
Malaysia is Singapore’s second largest export destination, even though its share has trended lower from a high of close to 20% in 1994 to 10.6% in 2017. Meanwhile, Singapore is amongst Malaysia’s top overseas shipment locations, accounting for 14.3% of total exports in 2017, despite declining from 23.3% in 1991.
— Singapore Business Review

Triathlete’s death: Court heard ratio of lifeguards to participants complied with international guidelines
In an inquiry into the death of Briton Stephen Begley, the coroner’s court heard on Wednesday (July 25) that there was one lifeguard for every 50 participants in the water during the swim leg of the Singapore International Triathlon on Sept 10 last year.
— The Straits Times

How this hospital is fighting hackers with AI
Farrer Park Hospital in Singapore has technology woven into “every facet of treatment and patient experience”, according to Dr Timothy Low, who sits on its board of directors.
— GovInsider

More companies urged to apply for Data Protection Trustmark certification
Companies that want a third party to assess their data protection measures may join eight organisations that have already signed up for the pilot phase of a new certification scheme by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC).
— TodayOnline

Crown Group’s Indonesian business eyes Singapore listing
In an interview with Singapore Business Review, he said, “Singapore is an ideal place to list the Indonesia business due to its easy access to capital sources for both its development investment projects and end-buyers’ home purchases.”
— Singapore Business Review

After Singapore’s healthcare hack: Next steps for officials
As Singapore announced that its healthcare system has been hacked, GovInsider reached out to a leading security figure to see what the government can do next.
— GovInsider

Gardens by the Bay to raise workers’ retirement age to 65 from 2019
From January next year, Gardens by the Bay will voluntarily raise the retirement age of its workers from the mandatory age of 62 to 65, making it the latest organisation to make such a move.
— TodayOnline

Ofo customers complain of unauthorised charges made to their bank accounts or credit cards
Bike-sharing firm ofo said on Wednesday (July 25) that it is in touch with affected customers following complaints about errant charges found in their bank accounts.
— The Straits Times

Ozil looks forward to friendlies, avoids retirement talk
Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil avoided any talk of the controversy surrounding his retirement from international football as the German midfielder opted to focus on the club’s pre-season friendly tournament in Singapore on Wednesday (July 25).
— TodayOnline

Singaporean surgeon dreams of better smiles for children
In fast-paced Singapore, there are those in need – and those who go out of their way to meet these needs. This is part of a series on noteworthy causes The Straits Times is spotlighting.
— The Straits Times

Women’s prison facility offers special rehabilitation programmes to inmates
Nora (not her real name), was convicted of drug use charges three years ago, when her son was a year old.
— 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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