Singapore morning news for October 8

Singapore morning news for October 8
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Singapore morning newsHow hackers got away with SingHealth’s crown jewels
An inquiry in the past two weeks into the SingHealth cyber attack has uncovered new details about the data breach and also identified weaknesses and lapses in the public healthcare group and its IT vendor. Based on testimonies of witnesses, Senior Tech Correspondent Irene Tham and Hariz Baharudin piece together an account of how Singapore’s biggest cyber attack unfolded.
– Straits Times

2 Straits Times editors redeployed from newsroom for allegedly having affair with same subordinate staff
Two editors from The Straits Times have been redeployed from their roles after they were found to have had improper relations with a junior staff.
– Mothership

Supermarkets ramp up strategies to counter store shutdown
Fairprice launched a tie up programme with Grab and SCORE for exclusive store promotions whilst Sheng Siong continues its push in new housing estates to capture the newly weds and young families.
– Simgapore Business Review

Mandai Mangrove & Mudflat to be conserved as Nature Park, will open in 2022
It was announced on Oct. 7 morning’s event that Mandai Mangrove and Mudflat will be conserved as a Nature Park to be opened in mid 2022.
– Mothership

Employers will not be allowed to safekeep foreign domestic workers’ salaries from next year
Employers found guilty of keeping money belonging to their maids can face a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine and 12 months’ jail.
– Straits Times

MAS warns of fraudulent emails impersonating regulator
The Monetary Authority of Singapore is warning the public of fraudulent emails purportedly sent from email accounts with subject titles like “Fund Transmittal” and “Singapore Compliance Information”.
– The Edge

Clan federation urged to attract more youth
The Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations (SFCCA), the umbrella body of Chinese clan associations here, needs to continue reinventing itself and attract more youth to keep up with the times, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.
– Straits Times

Market expects MAS tightening, but economists divided
THE strengthening Singapore dollar suggests that the market expects further monetary tightening, yet economists are divided over whether the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will do so in its upcoming half-yearly policy review, with inflation in the upper half of the official forecast range but growth slowing amid global risks.
– Business Times

Singtel inks gaming deal at e-sports tournament
Some of the world’s top gamers battled it out over the past three days in Singtel’s inaugural e-sports competition, which saw the telco take strides towards becoming a major regional player in the gaming space.
– Straits Times

Will Starhub snatch back its glory days amidst transformation plan?
At a time when tech companies are booming and hiring like crazy, Singapore’s embattled telco Starhub just laid off 300 employees as part of its transformational plan.
— Singapore Business Review

Foreign borrowers in Singapore are mostly maids
Foreign domestic workers make up the bulk of foreigners in Singapore who take loans from licensed and unlicensed moneylenders, voluntary welfare organisations said yesterday although they could not provide exact figures.
—  Straits Times

Punggol residents to get integrated town hub in 2021
Punggol residents can look forward to new amenities, such as a hawker centre and regional library, coming under one roof when the Punggol Town Hub opens in 2021.
– Straits Times

Indonesia-based company GO-JEK plans to hire 200 engineers in Bengaluru
In September it was reported that GO-JEK is in talks to raise at least $2 Bn to fuel its SEA expansion and a few days back its also announced its plans to enter the Singapore market.
— People Matters

SIA, Air New Zealand alliance gets nod for 5 more years
SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) and Air New Zealand’s joint venture alliance has received renewed approval from the New Zealand Ministry of Transport, the final step in enabling the two flag carriers to extend their alliance for a further five years until March 2024.
– Business Times

Why strata malls are struggling to survive
It is late afternoon on a weekday and the Novena Regency strata-titled mall looks more like a ghost town than a consumer hub.
– Straits Times

Centre reports rise in child abuse cases within family
Child abuse in families is on the rise in Singapore, said Big Love Child Protection Specialist Centre, and proposed changes to the law to mete out tougher penalties to abusers are just one way to tackle the growing number of cases.
– Straits Times

Stamford Land and minority shareholder reach ‘amicable settlement’ over defamation lawsuit
Stamford Land Corporation and minority shareholder Mano Sabnani — who was earlier sued by the company and five of its directors —have reached an “amicable settlement”, with Mr Sabnani apologising and agreeing to retract his comments.
— TodayOnline

New programme to spur digitalisation in local firms
The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) yesterday launched a programme to spur transformation and innovation in local enterprises.
– Straits Times

Maybank gets nod for CFS business in Singapore
Maybank clinched the approval from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to locally incorporate its Community Financial Services (CFS) business in the city-state. MAS has issued a full banking licence with Qualifying Full Bank privileges to Maybank Singapore Limited (MSL).
— Singapore Business Review

744 Prius hybrid cars in S’pore part of recall
Toyota Motor Corp is recalling 744 Prius hybrid cars in Singapore, as part of its global recall of 2.4 million vehicles over a system issue that can lead to stalling.
– Straits Times

Rising oil prices, inflation to cut 2019 growth to 6%
DBS Bank of Singapore said it expects a slower 6-percent gross domestic product growth for the Philippine in 2019 in case oil prices climb to $100 a barrel and inflation rate hits 5.9 percent.
— Manila Standard

Works start to renew power supply for two oldest MRT lines
Commuters are likely to continue facing shorter MRT operating hours in the run-up to weekends over the coming year as works to renew the North-South, East-West Lines’ (NSEWL) power supply start this month.
– Straits Times

Singtel launches ultra-fast broadband for gamers
Singtel has launched a new ultra-fast fiber broadband service targeted at gamers, which comes bundled with a dedicated gaming Wi-Fi modem.
— Telecomasia

Jail for trading firm’s boss who gave $212k in bribes for contracts
The boss of a local metal trading company who offered bribes to secure contracts now faces time behind bars.
– Straits Times

Mind the blockchain knowledge gap
In recent years, new technologies have disrupted the finance sector’s status quo and created a wealth of opportunities worldwide.
– Straits Times

Khaw said public hospitals do not engage in overseas marketing but their foreign agencies do
In a ST report today (7 Oct), the Health Ministry (MOH) said that only a small proportion of public hospitals’ patients are foreigners brought in via contracted overseas agents.

Deforestation and wildlife trade combined may cause 50 to 90 SEA bird species to go extinct by 2100: Study
The combined impact of deforestation and illegal wildlife trade on tropical biodiversity is severely underestimated, and could lead to the extinction of some South-east Asian bird species by the end of this century, a study has found.
— TodayOnline

What will policing look like in 2025?
Assistant Commissioner Alvin Moh, Director of Planning and Organisation Department of the Singapore Police Force, on the evolving skills that police officers need.
— GovInsider

More seniors in Singapore seek long-term financial aid
Increasing numbers of seniors who cannot work due to old age or illness and who lack family support are behind the steady rise in the number of families seeking long-term financial aid.
— The New Paper

“Elections may be free, but not necessarily fair”: Singaporean historian Dr Thum Ping Tjin cautions against being overly reliant on elections as the sole legitimate tool for political change
Singaporean historian and Managing Director of Southeast Asian journalism and research platform New Naratif, Dr Thum Ping Tjin, has cautioned against being “overly reliant” on elections as the ultimate mechanism for political change.

President’s Challenge 2019 to focus on mental health issues
The President’s Challenge, an annual community outreach and fund-raising campaign, will centre on helping those with mental health issues next year, while continuing its support for a broad range of social causes, President Halimah Yacob said yesterday.
— The New Paper

Fallen from grace, Grab could learn ‘the hard way’ if it does not change its ways: Report
The fall from grace of “digital darling” Grab serves as a cautionary tale for digital disruptors, after its Uber takeover left riders and drivers up in arms over price hikes and lower incentives.
— TodayOnline

NTUC’s $1.50 meals only for Singaporeans who are on ComCare, earning $650 or below per month
NTUC responded on ST Forum page yesterday (6 Oct), with regard to the recent controversy on its impending acquisition of Kopitiam Group. Ms Shona Tan, the Chief Brand & Communications Officer of NTUC Enterprise Cooperative, wrote on behalf of NTUC.

New S$6 million jetty for Lim Chu Kang fish farmers by 2020
SINGAPORE: The rustic jetty located at the end of Lim Chu Kang Road is one of the last remaining wooden jetties in Singapore, but its days may be numbered.
A new S$6 million jetty for fish farmers is set to be built just a few hundred metres west by September 2020.
– Channel News Asia

Mirriad Advertising (LON:MIRI) Receives Buy Rating from Numis Securities
The company offers embedded advertising into video. It serves customers in the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Singapore, India, Brazil, Italy, Germany, and internationally.
— Fair Field Current

Commencement of NSEWL power supply renewal works
In a press release on Friday (5 October), the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SMRT shared that the works to renew and enhance the North-South and East-West Lines’ (NSEWL) power supply system is expected to be completed in the early 2020s.

Singapore, Indonesia working to build intelligence-sharing platform
Singapore is working closely with Indonesia to get more support to build a regional counter-terrorism intelligence-sharing network during an Asean meeting later this month, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen revealed yesterday.
— The New Paper

3 men given stern warnings for flying unmanned aircraft in restricted, special event areas
In a press release, authorities said they first arrested a 25-year-old man after being informed on Aug 7 that one such aircraft had crashed into a building along North Bridge Road, a location classified as a restricted area.
– Channel News Asia

British national behind 2005 National Day Parade bomb hoax charged
Thirteen years after he allegedly told the authorities that three suicide bombings would take place at the National Day Parade (NDP), a British national was charged in court on Friday (Oct 5) for his purported actions.
— TodayOnline

In pictures: MRT trains and buses dressed up for Deepavali
SINGAPORE: It’s still a month to go before Deepavali but some trains and buses are already dressed up for the Hindu festival of lights.
– Channel News Asia

British national charged over 2005 NDP terror attack hoax
A British national has been charged over a 2005 hoax regarding a terror attack on Singapore’s 40th National Day Parade.
– Straits Times

The 5G Frontier
DRIVERLESS cars, drones and virtual reality. These are just some of the headline-grabbing technologies that could be part of our lives once fifth-generation, or 5G, mobile networks roll out, telcos say.
– Business Times

Spying on maids with CCTV – where do we draw the line?
As more employers embrace the use of surveillance cameras to monitor their household and maids, the programme Talking Point discusses if this technology is invading their privacy instead.
– Channel News Asia

Prolonged trade war poses risk to global economy: Chun Sing
Export-dependent Singapore has a strong warning for the rest of the world: The damage from a prolonged trade war will be severe.
– Straits Times

WP MPs acted in good faith, duties within what were set in Town Councils Act: Lawyer
Countering the argument that the three Workers’ Party (WP) Members of Parliament (MPs) had breached their fiduciary duties, or responsibilities entrusted to them in managing the finances and assets of their town council, their lawyer said that they “had acted in good faith” all along and that their actions did not contravene the Town Councils Act.
— TodayOnline

SIMTech launching new digital transformation and innovation programme
A*STAR’s Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) is launching a new digital transformation and innovation (DTI) programme to train key personnel of local enterprises to be champions for digitalisation in order to speed up the transformation of business models.
– Business Times

Foreign borrowers in Singapore are mostly maids
Foreign domestic workers make up the bulk of foreigners in Singapore who take loans from licensed and unlicensed moneylenders, voluntary welfare organisations said yesterday although they could not provide exact figures.
—  Straits Times

Italians among fastest-growing EU nationals in Singapore
The bilateral relations between Italy and Singapore are strong and long-lasting. Italy was among the first countries to recognise the independence of Singapore in 1965. These ties have been growing over time and are now flourishing.
— Business 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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