Singapore morning news for August 1

Singapore morning news for August 1
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Singapore morning newsSubsidies helpful, but public education also needed to improve adult vaccination rates: Experts
Invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) kills one in every four to five senior adults who catch the disease, said Associate Professor Helen Oh, senior consultant for infectious diseases at Changi General Hospital.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Sentiment tanks, services firms less upbeat in H2: surveys
BUSINESS sentiment for the second half of 2019 sank among manufacturers and services firms in Singapore on the back of global trade tensions, according to two surveys released on Wednesday.
— The Business Times

SIA posts 21% lower Q1 net profit of S$111m
NATIONAL carrier Singapore Airlines’ net profit for the first quarter slipped 21 per cent to S$111 million on the back of higher share of losses from associated companies, net finance charges and expenditure.
— The Business Times

Robotic arm boosts precision in heart surgery
Heart specialists in Singapore now have an extra set of helping hands in the operating theatre.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Training, solution centre launched for energy, chemicals, pharma sectors
A ONE-STOP training and solution centre to support key process industries in Singapore opened on Wednesday. It was set up by Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and US-headquartered technology and engineering firm Emerson.
— The Business Times

Robust business loans save the day for bank lending in June
ROBUST business loans more than offset the decline in residential mortgages, resulting in a 0.8 per cent month-on-month increase in total bank lending for the month of June.
— The Business Times

Singapore to house Neste’s biggest renewable products plant
FINNISH energy giant Neste will be expanding its existing facility in Tuas, making Singapore the site of the firm’s largest renewable products plant.
— The Business Times

SMRT Trains’ losses soar to $155m on higher operating costs
Losses are mounting for rail operator SMRT Trains on the back of higher operating expenses.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Higher living standards across all income levels
Singaporeans are enjoying higher standards of living across all levels of income and types of housing, according to a government survey.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Household incomes, living standards have gone up
Families across all income groups are earning more than they did five years ago and, in general, their incomes are rising faster than their spending, a government survey has found.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Rising Thai baht hits Singapore businesses
The steady rise of the Thai baht is causing concern to businesses here, with a major rice importer looking to increase prices.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore manufacturers, services less upbeat about next 6 months: Surveys
Manufacturing and services firms in Singapore have become less upbeat about business prospects for the second half of 2019, although there are certain segments within these sectors that are more optimistic and are still looking to ramp up hiring, two surveys showed on Wednesday (Jul 31).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SFA recalls salmon from Norway after bacteria detected in samples
A recall has been issued for Atlantic salmon from Norway after listeria monocytogenes bacteria was detected in a sample, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said on Wednesday (Jul 31).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore authorities advise public not to share ‘offensive’ Preetipls rap video
Police and the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) on Wednesday (Jul 31) warned against sharing an “offensive” rap video targeting Chinese Singaporeans, which is under police investigation.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Huawei to offer S$100 voucher to 5,000 customers who did not get to buy S$54 promotion smartphone
Chinese tech company Huawei said that it will be giving out S$100 Huawei smartphone vouchers to those affected by the recent S$54 National Day promotion that went south.
— The Online Citizen

New training, solution centre launched for Singapore’s energy and chemicals sector
A ONE-STOP training and solution centre to support key process industries in Singapore has opened on Wednesday, set up by Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and US-headquartered technology and engineering firm Emerson.
— The Business Times

SDP chief Chee Soon Juan releases video critique of PAP policies in Cantonese, reiterates plight of elderly Singaporeans living in poverty
Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chief Chee Soon Juan has released another critique of the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP)’s current policies — this time in Cantonese.
— The Online Citizen

Buybacks no guarantee share price will rally
THIRTEEN of the top 20 Singapore listed companies in terms of share buyback value in the first half of the year have seen their share price advance, while six finished lower, with one ending unchanged.
— The Business Times

Pushing back ORD to be part of show
The opportunity to be part of the National Day Parade’s mobile column comes around only once every five years, but that was not why Lance Corporal Nabeel Majdi decided to push back his operationally ready date (ORD) by a week, from Aug 9 to Aug 16.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Charges against builder’s director dropped
The group managing director of local construction company Or Kim Peow Contractors (OKP), Mr Or Toh Wat, was given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal in court yesterday for all three of his charges in relation to the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) viaduct collapse in July 2017.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fund-raiser to focus on people with disabilities
An annual fund-raiser for the less fortunate, led by President Halimah Yacob, will focus on helping people with disabilities next year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Debunking myth of the sleepy fishing village
Among Singapore’s early landowners – whose presence predated a treaty allowing Raffles to set up a trading post here in 1819 – was Hajjah Fatimah, a Bugis trader from Melaka.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

CCTV cameras at hot spots to detect errant PMD users
Errant personal mobility device (PMD) users beware: There are more ways now for those behaving badly to get caught in the act.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Workers must be at the heart of policy-making: NTUC chief
It is crucial that workers are at the heart of policy-making even as the Government continues to partner the labour movement in its efforts to support workers, labour chief Ng Chee Meng said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ex-teacher found guilty of having sex with underage student
A former secondary school teacher, who developed a romantic relationship with his 15-year-old student and impregnated her, was found guilty of sexual penetration of a minor yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Better protection for children as changes to drug law kick in
Hooking someone up with a drug trafficker, knowing that a transaction is likely to take place, will be a criminal offence from today.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NUS and China firm tie up on AI research
A new camera system based on artificial intelligence (AI) which allows for higher quality images and facilitates deep learning processes will soon be developed in Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Airlines Q1 profit falls 20.7% on higher expenditure, fuel costs
Singapore Airlines on Wednesday (Jul 31) reported a 20.7 per cent fall in first-quarter net profit as revenue growth was offset by increased expenditure and a higher share of losses from associated companies.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Self-cleaning toilets, technology for waste collectors to be developed under NEA initiative
There may soon be self-cleaning toilet cubicles at hawker centres as part of the push to drive innovation and improve productivity.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Cellular therapy gives hope to cancer patients
Ten patients who faced almost certain death from an aggressive form of cancer have a new lease of life after undergoing experimental treatment to boost their immune systems.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SPH, Times Printers enter into strategic partnership
Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and Times Printers Pte Ltd (TPPL) have entered into a strategic partnership with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the SPH News Centre yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

CNA drops local rapper from show over controversial video
News broadcaster CNA has removed local rapper Subhas Nair from its upcoming music documentary over his appearance in a controversial rap video on racism.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

ESM’s name used by scam site: MAS
A website using Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong’s name to solicit investments in bitcoins is fraudulent, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore Press Holdings gives out 27 scholarships
Current and pressing issues such as the trade war between the United States and China, economic volatility, and the dangers of climate change may have come under the spotlight in news reports.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man to be charged for ICC ticket scams
A 25-year-old man was arrested for his suspected involvement in a series of e-commerce scams, the police said in a statement yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Woman wins case against sister to get back $428k, condo stake
An administrative officer who sued her elder sister to get back more than US$313,000 (S$428,000) that the latter had invested on her behalf, as well as her 25 per cent stake in an $800,000 Choa Chu Kang apartment, has won her case in the High Court.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Two charged in military court over actor’s death
Two soldiers who were in the cabin of a howitzer artillery gun with the late actor Aloysius Pang were charged in military court yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Hyflux applies to further extend debt moratorium
Hyflux and three of its subsidiaries have applied to the court for a further extension of a debt moratorium, the firm said in a bourse filing yesterday morning.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man arrested for stealing a bird in Tampines
A 31-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday (Jul 31) after he was suspected of stealing a bird in Tampines.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Automated services at 6 redesigned neighbourhood police posts
Six neighbourhood police posts (NPPs) which reopen on Thursday (Aug 1) as e-NPPs will provide residents with access to automated services.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Former Cabinet minister Lim Chee Onn named SMU chancellor
Singapore Management University (SMU) has appointed a new chancellor with effect from Aug 1, the school said on Wednesday (Jul 31).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

High costs of childcare and pre-schools an impediment to parenthood, according to position paper by PAP Women’s Wing MPs
A position paper by six MPS of the People’s Action Party (PAP) Women’s Wing revealed that 58% of respondents cited the cost of raising children as a main concern/factor when deciding to have another child.
— The Online Citizen

Man arrested for loan shark harassment where eggs were thrown, paint splashed
A 31-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday (Jul 30) for his suspected involvement in two cases of loan shark harassment.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s Bambu secures US$10M to grow its SaaS-based robo-advisory solutions
Bambu, a Singapore-based startup providing digital wealth technology for B2B businesses across the globe, announced today it has closed US$10 million in a Series B round of funding.
— e27

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— The Motley Fool

Look who’s leading the riders
August 01, 2019 5:00 AMWhen First Sergeant Soh Jia Yu dons her helmet on Aug 9, she will be leading 20 men in a motorcycle formation in the mobile column segment of the National Day Parade (NDP).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

ST-Statista online survey aims to find best employers here
Red-hot competition for talent around the world is forcing many businesses here to improve employee satisfaction as a way to set themselves apart from the herd.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)


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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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