Singapore morning news for August 2

Singapore morning news for August 2

Singapore morning newsAbuse by couple left maid, 39, disfigured and traumatised
Ms Khanifah, a mother of two from Indramayu, West Java, thinks people are disgusted when they see her. The 39-year-old has a deformed left ear, and permanent and prominent scars on her forehead, back of her head and across her shoulders.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

STB chief aims to grow, anchor Mice events for the long haul
THE government wants to bring in the world’s top conferences and exhibitions to Singapore, but it’s not just a numbers game.
— The Business Times

Viaduct collapse trial: Cracks found one month before fatal PIE incident
Structural cracks were found on an uncompleted viaduct near Upper Changi Road about a month before it collapsed, killing one worker and injuring 10 others.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Two in three S’pore bank customers keen to try digital banks: Survey
Younger customers are leading the charge into digital banks but other age groups are pretty keen as well, according to a new survey.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Most Norwegian salmon in Singapore safe to consume, say industry players after batch recall
The majority of Norwegian salmon in Singapore is safe to consume, industry players said on Thursday (Aug 1) following a contamination scare.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Network issues recorded the highest number of complaints reported by consumers in Malaysia for the first half of 2019
On Wednesday (31 July), the Communications and Multimedia Consumer Forum of Malaysia (CFM), at its 18th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Cyberjaya, announced the total number of complaints reported by consumers for the first half of this year (H1 2019) which amounted to 4,635 complaints.
— The Online Citizen

S$12 million fund to help vulnerable persons gain access to sporting programmes
Vulnerable youths, seniors and persons with disabilities (PWDs) may get stronger support as well as access to sporting programmes with the help of a new S$12 million fund by SportCares, the philanthropic arm of Sport Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Gaming doing well, but IRs coming into their own as truly integrated resorts
THE recent commitment by Singapore’s two integrated resorts (IRs) – Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) – to expand their footprint is a big plus for the country’s efforts to bring in quality tourism.
— The Business Times

Newcomers up the ante in governance index for trusts
THE third edition of the Governance Index for Trusts (GIFT) assesses the governance and business risk of 46 real estate investment trusts (Reits) and business trusts (BTs) listed on the Singapore Exchange (SGX).
— The Business Times

81 awarded first S’pore Digital Scholarship
Mr Nishok is a passionate film-maker whose goal is to direct his first feature by the age of 35, while Ms Farren Tang is a cyber-security analytics engineer at Singtel who is going back to school to sharpen her computing expertise.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Recycling bins to be given to 18,000 HDB residents
Some 18,000 residents in new Housing Board precincts will receive vouchers this month to redeem free recycling bins at Ikea.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

E-scooter firm faces 56 more charges over illegal service
Local e-scooter sharing start-up Neuron Mobility has been slapped with 56 additional charges over the provision of the devices in public places without a licence or exemption.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NDP 2019 declared special event with enhanced security
This year’s National Day Parade (NDP) has been declared an enhanced security special event under the Public Order Act, the police said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S&P cuts Singtel’s outlook to ‘negative’
Singtel’s outlook was cut to negative by credit agency Standard & Poor’s – a week before the telco is slated to release its first-quarter results.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Company Briefs : Standard Chartered
Standard Chartered PLC exceeded forecasts with a 3 per cent increase in its first-half profit, but flagged trade tensions and a monetary policy easing cycle as potential risks for the London-headquartered lender, said Reuters.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Nassim Road mansion sold for record S$230 million by Wing Tai chairman
A mansion sitting on a sprawling plot of land in Singapore has been sold for a record S$230 million, the latest in a string of eye-catching property deals in the country.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore scientists discover new cancer drug that could be alternative to chemotherapy
Singapore scientists have discovered a new antibody drug that could potentially be used as an alternative for chemotherapy in treating cancer.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

PAP Women’s Wing position paper debunks PAP MP Darryl David’s view that cost is not a factor when deciding to have children
Just recently, six MPs from the People’s Action Party (PAP) Women’s Wing released a position paper which revealed that 58% of respondents in a survey said that the cost of raising children is a main concern when deciding to have another child.
— The Online Citizen

Investors Turned $100k into $375k by Investing in This Blue-Chip Stock
Investors made a lot of money by investing in DBS Group Holdings Ltd’s (SGX: D05) stock over the past 10 years. Here’s why.
— The Motley Fool

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Affirma Capital eyes Singapore buyout opportunities
AFFIRMA CAPITAL, the newly- spun-off former private equity business of Standard Chartered Bank, is eyeing buyout opportunities in Singapore, and has its sights on founder-owned, medium-sized enterprises and family businesses.
— The Business Times

Reits, trusts improve governance, but some lapses draw regulator’s ire
The annual Governance Index for Trusts (GIFT), out Thursday evening, showed that real estate investment trusts (Reits) and business trusts listed in Singapore have continued to improve their combined governance and business risk score since the first edition of GIFT in 2017.
— The Business Times

Students tour nerve centre of power system
A handful of tertiary students had the rare opportunity to tour the inside of the Power System Control Centre of the Energy Market Authority (EMA) yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Need to step up efforts against hate speech: Minister
Thoughtless remarks and careless words that go viral instantaneously can easily undo racial harmony and disrupt the multicultural society in Singapore, Second Minister for Home Affairs Josephine Teo said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ex-minister Lim Chee Onn takes over as SMU chancellor
Former minister Lim Chee Onn has been appointed the chancellor of Singapore Management University (SMU).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Vivian Balakrishnan meets top diplomats from Britain, Norway, India and EU
Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan held bilateral meetings yesterday with his counterparts from Britain, Norway and India, as well as outgoing European Union diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Kovan Road murders: Ex-cop fails in bid to escape the gallows
A former policeman who was sentenced to death in 2015 for a crime that came to be known as the Kovan double murder has failed in his clemency petition to the President.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New research centre to focus on Singapore’s pre-modern history
The Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre (NSC), set up in 2010 to research pre-modern maritime trade between South Asia and South-east Asia, has shut down – cutting off yet another link to India’s Nalanda University.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Great Eastern’s Q2 profit falls 29% on non-operating losses
Great Eastern Holdings’ second-quarter net profit dipped on the back of non-operating losses.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Team Singapore to field its biggest contingent ever for the SEA Games
Team Singapore will send its biggest-ever contingent to the SEA Games this year, with 585 athletes from 49 sports, the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) announced Thursday (Aug 1).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Sephora data breach: 3.7m customer records up for sale on Dark Web, says cybersecurity firm
Singapore-headquartered cybersecurity company Group-IB says it discovered two databases with customer data on underground forums “likely to be related” to Sephora.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Former site manager fined S$30,000 for corruption
A 47-year-old former site manager has been fined S$30,000 for corruption, said the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) on Thursday (Aug 1).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

PUB to carry out fogging, checks as midges multiply near Pandan Reservoir
National water agency PUB will carry out inspections and fogging near Pandan Reservoir to control the rising midge population, it said on Thursday (Aug 1).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man jailed for stealing birds from travel agency in Yishun
A man was jailed for three weeks on Thursday (Aug 1) for stealing two birds worth S$800 from a travel agency.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Online commenters agree with MP Pritam Singh’s call for an overhaul of PA grassroots organisations
On Monday (29 July), Workers’ Party MP Pritam Singh took to his Facebook to mention that the ethos of community service in Singapore through the People’s Association (PA) requires a revamp after the politician highlighted a recent conversation between a grassroots organisation called Simply Eunos and a resident.
— The Online Citizen

Mediacorp to capture National Day Parade 2019 in 4K resolution
Mediacorp will deliver the live telecast of Singapore’s 54th National Day Parade (NDP 2019) on Aug 9 in glorious 4K resolution on its over-the-top (OTT) platform Toggle, marking the first live content delivery in Ultra High Definition (UHD) in Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Two years later: First look inside a brand new Raffles Hotel Singapore
Singapore’s Grand Old Dame officially reopened its doors on August 1 after an extensive restoration that began in 2017. Watch the video for a quick tour of the new place.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)


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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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