Singapore morning news for August 15

Singapore morning news for August 15
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Singapore morning newsEscalating US-China dispute will weigh on Singapore retail, industrial property markets: Colliers
Threats from frayed US-China trade relations and a gloomy economic outlook could stifle any recovery for Singapore’s retail and industrial property markets in the near term, according to two research reports released by Colliers International on Wednesday (Aug 14).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Electronic arrival card trial extended to more visitors to Singapore
More visitors to Singapore will be able to submit electronic arrival cards as the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) launches the beta version of its SG Arrival Card e-service on Wednesday (Aug 14).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

E-concierge platform makes finding a job easier for low-income single parents and the disabled
A stroke two years ago affected the left side of Mr Loo Poh Thye’s body and he underwent two years of rehabilitation.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Most Singapore employers keen to hire overseas returnees: Survey
Eight in 10 of employers in Singapore are eager to employ an overseas returnee in the coming year, citing cross-cultural awareness as the top benefit, a survey by recruitment firm Hays found.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Missing Singaporean kayakers: Woman’s body found off Terengganu
A woman’s body was found in waters off Kemaman, Terengganu, on Wednesday (Aug 14), Chinese portal reported, as the search continued for two Singaporeans who went missing while kayaking.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More nabbed in Singapore for drug trafficking
More people have been caught for drug trafficking in Singapore, with figures showing an 11 per cent increase in the last four years.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Can hydrogen be Singapore’s fuel for the future? | Video
Singapore wants to expand the use of hydrogen fuel as a cleaner energy source to reduce emissions and combat climate change, but experts say challenges lie in storing the fuel.

MAS issues prohibition orders against three traders after being convicted for insider trading
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued Prohibition Orders (“POs”) against three traders who were earlier convicted of insider trading.
— The Online Citizen

MAS chief economist rules out off-cycle Singdollar tweaks
SINGAPORE’S central bank will not make an unscheduled change to monetary policy, despite a fresh economic downgrade, chief economist Edward Robinson told reporters on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

Singapore well-positioned to meet global demand for semiconductors: DPM Heng
Singapore is well-positioned to meet the global demand for semiconductors, but it has to keep itself relevant as a semiconductor hub, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Wednesday (Aug 14).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

2-way S’pore to Hong Kong airfares at S$168
Airfares from Singapore to Hong Kong and back are quite affordable for now.
— Mothership

A ‘grand and dignified’ NDP that shows Singapore’s inclusivity: Halimah
This year’s National Day Parade was a grand and dignified one that brought together people from all walks of life in a show of Singapore’s inclusivity, said President Halimah Yacob on Wednesday (Aug 14).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More support to help NSFs transit to work or studies after National Service
National servicemen (NSFs) will get more support and resources to help them prepare for employment or further studies when they complete their National Service (NS).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Shipping magnate Frank Tsao dies, aged 94
Shipping magnate Tan Sri Frank Tsao, who founded the International Maritime Carriers (IMC) Group, died in Singapore on Monday (Aug 12) at age 94.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Changi Airport to start trial of aerobridge simulator using virtual reality
Changi Airport plans to introduce a new simulator in September (2019) that will better train its workers on operating an aerobridge.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Merlion, Changi Airport Control Tower and Botanic Gardens emerge as top heritage sites in IPS survey
The Merlion, Changi Airport’s Control Tower and the Botanic Gardens have topped a list of 53 buildings, sites and structures in a study on Singapore’s built heritage.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More support to help NSFs prepare for work and studies after national service
National Servicemen (NSFs) who are about to complete their service are now getting more targeted help in their search for career and educational opportunities.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Enterprise Singapore, XNode to launch China-Singapore Innovation Launchpad
Enterprise Singapore and XNode, an international entrepreneurial community that connects Chinese and overseas entrepreneurs, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) since May 24 that will see the launch of China-Singapore Innovation Launchpad in Shanghai.
— e27

CapitaLand staff to get $500 and 1 day of leave to upgrade digital skills over next 2 years
Real estate developer CapitaLand’s more than 2,600 employees in Singapore will get more help to improve their digital skills over the next two years.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore ups the ante in chips industry’s future
SINGAPORE will still be a hotspot for the semiconductor industry, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat has said – in spite of a chipmaking decline that saw the economy grind to a halt in the second quarter.
— The Business Times

First Resources Q2 profit slides 52.8% on weaker palm oil prices
Weaker palm oil prices took a toll on First Resources’ second-quarter earnings, as the palm oil producer on Wednesday posted a 52.8 per cent drop in net profit to US$17 million for the three months ended June 30, down from US$35.9 million for the year-ago period.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Impounded shared bikes to be refurbished and donated to needy students in Myanmar
Almost 6,000 shared bikes that were once indiscriminately parked or abandoned around Singapore will have new owners – needy students in Myanmar.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man suspected of robbing jewellery shop in Ang Mo Kio of items worth $100,000
Police are searching for a suspect who robbed a jewellery shop in Ang Mo Kio of about $100,000 worth of items on Wednesday (Aug 14).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Jail and caning for trio who were in group that sexually assaulted teen in hotel room
Three men, who were part of a group of five that took turns to sexually assault a drunk teenage girl in a hotel room in 2014, were sentenced to jail and caning on Wednesday (Aug 14).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Second mastermind of ruse that caused WDA to lose $51,000 admits to offences
A second mastermind behind a ruse that cheated theSingapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA)of $51,000 in total, pleaded guilty to his offences on Wednesday (Aug 14).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

FoodPanda deliveryman gets jail, caning for slashing colleague
A FoodPanda delivery rider who got into a fight with a colleague, slashing him and striking him with a motorcycle helmet, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years’ jail and six strokes of the cane on Wednesday (Aug 14).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man who sexually abused friend’s two young daughters jailed for 23 years
A 59-year-old jobless man was sentenced to 23 years’ jail on Wednesday (Aug 14) for sexually abusing two young daughters of a friend who had taken him in.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Company fined over incident that injured 3 workers, with 2 of them suffering severe burns
A landscaping firm, linked to a 2016 explosion that left two of its employees with severe burn injuries, was fined $220,000 on Wednesday (Aug 14) for failing to take adequate safety measures.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NETS E-Pay ad featuring Dennis Chew did not breach Internet Code of Practice: IMDA
The E-Pay advertisement featuring Dennis Chew did not breach the Internet Code of Practice, the Info-Communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) said on Wednesday (Aug 14), following an assessment.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

HSBC Singapore names senior real estate lawyer and its global digital head as new directors
HSBC Bank (Singapore) has appointed two new directors to its board, Penny Goh and Josh Bottomley, the lender announced on Wednesday (Aug 14).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Condo resale prices dip again in July but sales surge: SRX
Resale prices of condominiums and apartments in Singapore dipped again in July for the second consecutive month, while volume of sales surged by almost one-third, according to monthly figures from real estate portal SRX Property released on Wednesday (Aug 14).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Row of 6 shophouses in Kampong Bahru up for sale with $39.6m guide price
A row of six adjoining conservation shophouses along Kampong Bahru Road has been launched for sale at a guide price of $39.6 million, or about S$6.6 million each, marketing agents JLL and Tuscany Realty said in a press statement on Wednesday (Aug 14).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Eagle Hospitality Trust’s maiden DPU beats forecast
Eagle Hospitality Trust (EHT) has posted distributable income (DI) of US$5.65 million, slightly higher than the US$5.58 million projection by 1.2 per cent in its maiden results.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore shares rise at Wednesday’s open after Wall Street rally; STI up 0.81% to 3,172.23
Singapore shares opened stronger on Wednesday (Aug 14) at the tail end of the corporate earnings season, following a positive lead from Wall Street amid China tariff delays.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

BreadTalk group CEO Henry Chu resigns due to health reasons
BreadTalk group chief executive Henry Chu has resigned for personal and health reasons, it was announced on Wednesday (Aug 15).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Construction looks to turn corner with slower 4.6% Q2 decline
THE tide may be turning for the ailing construction sector, which has been a persistent drag on growth, a government economist has said.
— The Business Times

Nora Quoirin: A timeline of events
The body of Irish teenager Nora Quoirin was found on Tuesday (Aug 13), 10 days after she went missing from the resort where her family was staying while on holiday in Malaysia.

Singaporean couple shares their journey into urban farming
27-year-old Justine Ong-Farmer and her 31-year-old husband Scott Farmer both had well-paying jobs in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

Recalcitrant offender back behind bars after assaulting sex worker, robbing another woman
A cleaner who assaulted a sex worker and robbed another woman at knifepoint just months after he was released from prison was sentenced to nine years’ preventive detention with 12 strokes of the cane on Wednesday (Aug 14).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Preetipls and Subhas Nair given conditional warning for ‘offensive’ rap video: Police
YouTube star Preeti Nair and her brother, rapper Subhas Nair, have been given conditional warnings for a controversial rap video they produced, the police said in a news release on Wednesday (Aug 14).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Ticketing details for Lee Seung-gi’s Vagabond Voyage fan-meeting in Singapore announced
He’ll be promoting his new spy action thriller, which will air on Netflix and and Korean TV channel SBS in September.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)


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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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