Singapore morning news for August 26

Singapore morning news for August 26
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Commentary: How effectively can Singapore adapt to sea level rise?
Even as Singapore strives to adapt to rising sea levels, let’s not win that battle yet end up losing the larger war against climate change, says the Singapore Management University’s Winston Chow.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

21% more mosquito breeding habitats destroyed in 2018 through use of Gravitrap system
The National Environment Agency (NEA) on Friday (Aug 23) said that its Gravitrap system – which is designed to attract and trap female Aedes mosquitoes looking for sites to lay their eggs – enabled it to detect and destroy 21 per cent more breeding habitats in 2018 compared to the previous year.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s core inflation falls to more than 3-year low in July
Singapore’s core inflation in July eased to its slowest pace in more than three years, falling below economists’ forecasts.
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

Yangzijiang Shipbuilding bags orders for two bulk carriers
Mainboard-listed Yangzijiang Shipbuilding has secured new shipbuilding orders for two 325,000 dwt bulk carriers from a ship owner based in Asia.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore faces rising challenges between US and China
As China’s global economic clout grows, amidst worsening tensions between China and the US, Singapore faces an increasingly challenging task in striking a balance between the two superpowers.
— The Independent

Nearly 150 people arrested by police at public entertainment outlets
Nearly 150 people were arrested at public entertainment outlets during a three-day operation conducted by the Central Police Division.
— The Straits Times

Lower income group “very relieved” by PM Lee’s announcement
The Ministry of Education (MOE) released information on the latest enhancement to government education bursaries for the needy diploma and undergraduate students yesterday (23 Aug).
— The Online Citizen

Economists now expect easing of Singdollar slope in October
Singapore’s central bank pulled back its full-year inflation outlook on Friday, as July figures fell below expectations to a three-year low.
— The Business Times

PM Lee: Singaporeans can weather global uncertainties by upgrading skills
The world economy is facing challenging times, but Singaporeans will be able to weather the storm with the right tools and mindset, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at a dinner for his constituents yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Alarming lapses at Spize caused acute food poisoning outbreak that killed father of two: Coroner
Alarming lapses in food hygiene at Spize restaurant caused an acute outbreak of food poisoning that killed a father of two and landed 46 others in hospital, the state coroner said in her case findings on Friday (Aug 23).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Datapulse says hotel management agreements deemed to be on normal commercial terms and non-prejudicial
Datapulse Technology’s audit committee has deemed that the hotel management agreements entered into with Travelodge Hotels Asia (TLA) are on normal commercial terms and are not prejudicial to the interests of the company and its minority shareholders.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Epic 100-day Singapore to London overland expedition flags off
British student Nathan George grew up listening to his grandfather’s stories about driving from London to Singapore with his friends in 1955 so it was an easy decision to join an expedition that recreates the original jaunt, albeit in reverse.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Toddler who died from falling mirror cremated, family returned to Jewel Changi Airport for prayers
The incident is believed to have been captured on CCTV footage, but the video has not been released.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore healthtech startups attract US$105m in 2018
HEALTHTECH startups in Singapore attracted US$105 million across 21 deals in 2018, according to a report published by healthtech researcher Galen Growth Asia in collaboration with Singapore’s Economic Development Board.
— Business Times

Ghost kitchens and virtual restaurants a growing presence in Singapore
Feeling hungry, you tap on the food delivery app on your phone and order a grain bowl from Vios, which serves Greek food.
— The Straits Times

In a World of Negative Yields, Singapore Still Pays Interest
Singapore is offering a rare opportunity to buy positive-yielding quality bonds in a world that’s rapidly turning negative.
— Bloomberg

Singapore tourist hotspot tries out Uber-style driverless shuttles
British doctor Vickie Smith enjoys taking leisurely strolls to explore her surroundings when traveling, but has found this difficult in Singapore’s tropical conditions.
— Nikkei Asian Review

The biggest e-commerce companies in Singapore, 2019
Analysing the leading e-commerce shopping apps and websites in Singapore as of Q2 2019 The end of H1 2019 marks an important milestone for e-commerce in Singapore as we draw closer to Google & Temasek’s SG$27 billion predictions on the size of the country’s internet economy by the year 2025.
— e27

Police investigate 115 scammers after five-day operation
The police are investigating 115 people for their suspected involvement in scams after a five-day operation last week.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commentary: Seniors do well at their jobs yet ageist myths and negative stereotypes persist
To move beyond retirement and re-employment will require bold changes from companies and supervisors, says SUSS’ Helen Ko.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Age-old issue of racism resurfaces in multiracial Singapore
When Lela was 10, she overheard a Chinese woman standing in line behind her in a bank telling somebody else: Stop pushing, I can’t move forward.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Gang turf war in Singapore? It’s fake news, say police
From claims of terrorist plots in Orchard Road to eyewitness accounts of an attempt to kidnap a child in Jurong Point, social media has made it convenient for rumours to spread widely and quickly.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Universities roll out courses to educate students on sexual consent
The courses are part of tougher measures implemented by the three main universities to prevent sexual misconduct.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Bilingualism helps Singapore spread its wings: Ong Ye Kung
Asia’s growing potential is one of several reasons why Singapore needs to continue promoting the learning of mother tongues, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Turning jail into a place where inmates work for a new life
From the moment offenders walk into the Changi Prison Complex to serve time behind bars, the process of rehabilitating them for a new life outside jail starts immediately.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New mother tongue curriculum to be launched in secondary schools from 2021
In two years’ time, a revised mother tongue curriculum that aims to boost national identity will be launched in secondary schools.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

I am sorry for everything that has happened: Kong Hee tells City Harvest Church in first appearance since prison release
The founder of City Harvest Church (CHC) apologised to its members during his first appearance at the church in its Suntec premises on Saturday (Aug 24).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

115 people investigated for scams involving more than S$253,000
A total of 115 people are assisting with investigations into scams involving more than S$253,000, the police said on Saturday (Aug 24).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Demand for tech jobs in Singapore grew 20% over last year: report
THE demand for technology jobs in Singapore rose by 20 per cent in the last 12 months, according to a recent Salary Benchmark 2019 report by recruiting firm Michael Page.
— The Business Times

PSP CEC member: Redwire Times’ claim about PSP candidate unfounded and without basis
Progress Singapore Party has denied the claim by local social-political site, Redwire Times that business woman and activist, Hani Mohamed will be inducted as its candidate for the upcoming General Election.
— The Online Citizen

Lawyer M Ravi highlights the importance of lawyer’s presence during police’s interview to avoid self-incrimination
In 2016, 14-year-old Benjamin Lim fell to his death from his Yishun flat, hours after returning home from Ang Mo Kio police division for an alleged molestation incident involving an 11-year-old girl in a lift.
— The Online Citizen

Roads around Marina Centre, Padang to be closed for F1 Singapore Grand Prix
Roads around the Marine Centre area and the Padang will be closed for seven days next month for the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a news release on Friday (Aug 23).
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

Permitting racist rap video to remain online would worsen racism in Singapore, says Law Minister
If we were to allow the recent controversial rap video by Preetipls and her brother to stay online, then other videos that contain vulgarity and racially offensive content will also have to be allowed, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam on Thursday (22 August).
— The Online Citizen

Migrant workers show off their talents in cultural show
It is not often that Ms Uchie Mudjiyati, who has been working in Singapore as a domestic helper for the past 12 years, gets to show off her dancing skills.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

2 suspects held after fake $10,000 note is sold online
A man alerted the police last Tuesday after he discovered a $10,000 Orchid Series note he had bought online was a fake.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Family, friends trying to come to terms with man’s killing in Phuket resort
The Singapore-based IT consultant, who was killed in front of his wife while on holiday in Thailand, was cremated on Saturday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Early-childhood education: Shaking up pre-school scene with measures to ensure affordability and raise standards
Many parents and experts are glad the Government is paying more attention to pre-school, a sector that has until recent years been overshadowed by the globally acclaimed primary and secondary education system.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

City Harvest sees fewer followers but remains among top 10 richest charities
At its peak, it had 33,000 members but numbers fell to 16,000 last year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Businessman Chew Yu Sing banks on solid fundamentals
Former banker and businessman Chew Yu Sing has chanced his arm in any number of investments over the years, but he has learnt to stick firmly to a key principle – any product must have a strong foundation.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Institutional Investors Have Been Buying These 2 Billion-Dollar Singapore REITs
The latest and largest institutional net purchases might be a source of ideas for retail investors.
— The Motley Fool

Former Food Junction branch manager jailed for pocketing S$34,600 from Century Square outlet
A former branch manager at a food court was jailed 10 months on Friday (Aug 23) for pocketing more than S$34,600 from the company over eight months.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Back to school: Is the Singapore global schoolhouse back in business?
SWISS university Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne’s planned Singapore campus was given EduTrust certification – valid for four years – in June.
— The Business Times

110 suspects arrested in CNB raids, drugs and weapons seized
A total of 110 suspected drug offenders were arrested during a four-day islandwide operation that ended on Friday (Aug 23).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Chiam See Tong Sports Fund raises nearly S$170k in gala dinner
The Chiam See Tong Sports Fund yesterday (22 Aug) has successfully raised over S$160,000 through its Gala Dinner at the Marriott Tang Plaza in an effort to provide financial support to under-resourced Singaporean athletes.
— The Online Citizen

Yeo Jia Min makes history as first women’s singles badminton player to make it into quarter finals of World Championships
Shuttler Yeo Jia Min has become Singapore’s first women’s singles player to make it to the quarter-finals of the BWF World Championships in Basel, Switzerland as she defeated Vi Thi Trang of Vietnam on Thursday (22 August), The 20-year old won in three sets (21-15, 14-21, 21-16) in a match that lasted over an hour.
— The Online Citizen

More than 1,200 attend concert by inclusive orchestra featuring people with special needs
When his 10-year-old son Orion was diagnosed with autism seven years ago, music enthusiast Stuart Ang would not have dreamt that he could play in a concert with his son.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore guest leaves bad review on Bangkok hotel, receives email accusing her of committing crime
We’ve all heard of stories about service establishments clapping back at customers who leave terrible reviews.
— Mothership

‘Why take on the extra burden?’: Parents with disabilities tackle misconceptions about raising their own families
Gingerly walking across the glossy tiles of a gynaecology clinic, Mdm Margaret See was arriving for her first ultrasound scan.
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

On the timetable: Field trips, creative writing, speech and drama, swimming
With a wide variety of options, childcare fees here vary widely, from about $700 to more than $2,000 monthly.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Marking National Day with durian giveaway
To celebrate Singapore’s 54th birthday, a durian shop gave away hundreds of the spiky fruit to older Singaporeans yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Reviving the kampung spirit to keep SGSecure
Picture this: You are out and about when someone in your vicinity suddenly collapses.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

3 kittens found sedated, hidden under carpet in car at Woodlands Checkpoint
Three kittens were found hidden under the carpet in a Singapore-registered car at Woodlands Checkpoint this week, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority said on Friday (Aug 23).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Orchard Towers KTV lounge waitress fined for attacking colleague in locker room fight
A karaoke lounge waitress who got into a fight with a colleague in the locker room was fined S$4,500 on Friday (Aug 23).
— 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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