Singapore morning news for August 6

Singapore morning news for August 6

Singapore morning news

Over 9,000 dengue cases reported so far this year, largest cluster in Chai Chee
Singapore is in peak dengue season, with 9,135 cases reported as of Aug 2 – about five times more than the total number of dengue cases reported in the same period last year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

STI plunges 2% amid risk aversion, US-China trade escalation
Singapore stocks opened the week on the back foot on Monday (Aug 5), with the Straits Times Index (STI) plummeting by as much as 2 per cent in morning trade.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore tourism receipts in Q1 fell 4.8% amid global economic uncertainty
SPENDING by visitors to Singapore fell 4.8 per cent to S$6.5 billion in the first quarter of 2019 from the same period last year, although international arrivals ticked up by 1 per cent to 4.7 million.
— The Business Times

Proposal to raise cut-off age for law protecting juveniles
August 06, 2019 5:00 AMunder the age of 16 who are exposed to abuse, neglect or risk may be extended to cover those under 18.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PMD safety certification deadline moved forward to July 2020; all e-scooters to go through mandatory inspection
The deadline for personal mobility devices (PMD) to comply with the UL2272 safety certification has been brought forward by six months to July 2020, Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min announced in Parliament on Monday (Aug 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Changes to fire safety law passed; MPs call for warning systems in all homes
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) will be able to compel building owners to install critical fire safety upgrades after Parliament passed amendments to the Fire Safety Act on Monday (Aug 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MPs suggest banning PMDs on footpaths, having compulsory licensing and insurance for riders
From bringing forward the safety certification deadline for personal mobility devices (PMDs) to trialling pedestrian-only zones, several measures were announced in Parliament on Monday (Aug 5) to improve safety for riders and the public.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MOH says there are ‘early indications’ that war against diabetes is producing results
There are early indications that efforts in Singapore’s war against diabetes are producing some results, Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor said in Parliament on Monday (Aug 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Broader insurance coverage, higher compensation among proposed changes to work injury law
Having more workers covered by mandatory insurance and allowing those suffering from work injuries to receive more compensation sooner were among the proposed key changes to the Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA), tabled by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Parliament on Monday (Aug 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

First woman receives prestigious Singapore Police Force Scholarship
When Ms Shermaine Ang approached a few female police officers at a career chat session at Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) last year, she first asked them if it was difficult to work in a male-dominated environment.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Honestbee received 38 demands seeking payment of more than $6m; faces 11 legal proceedings
Another day, another demand for payment from a disgruntled creditor – such is life at struggling grocery start-up Honestbee it seems.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Free training programme by Google, UOB to help SMEs transform digitally, expand overseas
As many as 400 leaders in SMEs will get to go through a free new training programme from Google and UOB by the end of next year to transform digitally and expand overseas, in a move to help them seize opportunities in the digital economy.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

192 arrested in CNB 11-day islandwide ops
192 people were arrested in 11-days islandwide operations conducted by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB).
— The Online Citizen

Genting Singapore Ltd’s Latest Earnings: Primed for IR Expansion and Japan Opportunity
Genting Singapore Ltd (SGX: G13), one of two operators of Singapore’s integrated resorts, reports a decent quarterly result along with exciting plans for the future.
— The Motley Fool

OCBC Bank launches Singapore’s first Financial Wellness Index
The study indicates women are more likely to be behind on their investments, among other insights
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Government spending on foreign students’ scholarships, tuition grants fell 50% over 10 years
Government spending on scholarships and tuition grants for international students fell by about 50 per cent over the past 10 years, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung in Parliament on Monday (Aug 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Strengthened support for abused and neglected children proposed in amendments to Children and Young Persons Act
Support for abused and neglected children will be strengthened and the rehabilitation and reintegration of youth offenders improved under amendments proposed for the Children and Young Persons Act (CYPA) which was tabled for first reading in parliament on Monday (Aug 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MAS proposes new requirements to curb market abuse in consultation paper
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is seeking to impose new requirements on financial institutions (FIs) in Singapore to improve controls and facilitate investigations in market abuse cases.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s rail reliability continued to improve in first half of 2019
The best performer remains SBS Transit’s North East Line, which clocked 4.14 million train-km between delays – double what it managed in the first three months.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Link retirement and re-employment ages to dynamic measure of life-expectancy: IPS researchers
The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) recommends that retirement ages be tied to a dynamic life expectancy measure.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore advertising code of practice to be updated with race guidelines by 2019 after ‘brownface’ hoo-ha
There will soon be a new advertising guideline for marketers to follow when it comes to “potential sensitivities” involving race and ethnicity in Singapore.
— Mothership

SMEs need to contribute more to Singapore economy: Chan Chun Sing
SMALL and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore need to pull their weight in raising their contribution to the Singapore economy, by being much more productive and efficient.
— The Business Times

President’s image among those used by scammers
Scammers using fake news sites did not just target Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, but had also tried to use President Halimah Yacob to entice potential victims to part with their money.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore, Chinese armies carry out urban raid in joint exercise
Working together as part of a fictional peacekeeping task force, troops from Singapore and China launched an assault on a building in a counter-terrorist urban raid to take out enemy forces yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Hyflux clarifies deadline to sign deal with Utico is Aug 26
Hyflux has clarified that it has until Aug 26, instead of Aug 16, to ink a definitive agreement with United Arab Emirates utility firm Utico.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Scheme for street performers set to be improved
The National Arts Council (NAC) will work with buskers and venue owners to improve a scheme for the growing community of such performers here, said Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Baey Yam Keng yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

82-year-old driving 22,000km to show Singapore spirit
Retiree See Lew Hang has been exercising regularly, including taking short walks in the mornings. The 82-year-old former businessman wants to be fit for what he described as the National Day trip of a lifetime.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore home delivery for duty-free beauty products available 30 days before flight
At The Shilla Duty Free Store in Changi Airport, various beauty brands such as Urban Decay, NARS, YSL, Sulwhasoo, SK-II and more are going for up to 54 per cent off their usual retail prices.
— Mothership

SDP to increase engagement with young Singaporeans, reiterate call for an opposition coalition: Party chief Chee Soon Juan
A unified opposition under the banner of one coalition will instil greater confidence and trust within Singaporeans when making their choice at the ballot box in the next general election, said SDP chief Chee Soon Juan.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore abstained from voting for global pact on workplace harassment due to ‘concerns about overreach’: Josephine Teo
While Singapore agrees with the intent of a new global treaty against violence and harassment in the workplace, it abstained from voting during a United Nations agency’s annual conference in June due to “concerns about overreach”, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo on Monday (Aug 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MCCY will not seek to recover S$13 million in waivers of contractual provisions
There was no fraud involved in the waivers given by the National Gallery of Singapore (NGS), the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth said.
— Mothership

Chinese clan federation scholarship sees record number of applicants
Sixteen students applied for the Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations (SFCCA) scholarship this year, the highest number since the scholarship started in 2011.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Research reveals significant shift in life goals and ambitions among Singaporean white collar workers
Traditionally, Singaporeans’ life goals and ambitions were typified by the ‘5Cs’ – Cash, Credit Card, Country Club, Condominium and Car.
— The Online Citizen

Man found guilty of molesting Scoot stewardess on board flight to Singapore
The stewardess told the plane captain about what happened and asked him to alert the airport police.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Tan Cheng Bock calls on Singaporeans to support his party to bring an evolution of change for the betterment of the country
During the official launch of the Progressive Singapore Party (PSP) last Saturday (3 Aug) at Swissotel Merchant Court Hotel, Dr Tan Cheng Bock, founding Secretary-General of PSP, calls for Singaporeans – young and old – to come forward and join him “in making a difference to Singapore”.
— The Online Citizen

ComfortDelGro moves into heavy vehicle leasing
ComfortDelGro’s car rental and leasing arm is expanding into the heavy vehicle segment, starting with five trucks.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Which Singapore Bank Has the Cheapest Shares Right Now?
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (SGX: O39) seems to be the cheapest Singapore bank right now in terms of the price-to-book ratio.
— The Motley Fool

Vallianz to review policy on interested person transactions after SGX query on non-disclosures
Catalist-listed Vallianz Holdings said on Monday (Aug 5) that it would take measures to comprehensively review its interested person transactions (IPT) policy in its response to queries from the Singapore Exchange (SGX).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

History puts its colourful stamp on Singapore
Britain introduced Singapore’s first postage stamp in 1854 with a royal theme that was to continue for decades.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Try Guys performing live at Star Vista in S’pore on Sept. 28, 2019
Touted as YouTube’s most popular adventurous collective, The Try Guys, are in Singapore to perform on Sept. 28, 2019.
— Mothership

Sparking joy and fearing shame: The irony of Singapore’s National Day parade
American writer Mark Twain once wrote, “Dance like no one is watching, sing like no one is listening, love like you’ve never been hurt and live like it’s Heaven on Earth.”
— The Online Citizen

More than 1,500 participants run towards a more gracious and inclusive Singapore
Over 1,500 participants took part in the Singapore Kindness Run which was held for the third year at the National Stadium last Saturday (3 Aug).
— The Online Citizen

Teenager charged with robbing Sengkang 7-Eleven store of cigarettes, burger
A teenager was charged on Monday (Aug 5) with armed robbery at a 7-Eleven store in Sengkang.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Will Hong Kong people buy Singapore homes?
Some readers ask me whether there will be more Hong Kong people buying Singapore homes, and whether this will raise local property prices and sales volumes.
— The Online Citizen

An Unreserved Apology by William Wan, General Secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement
Dear Readers of The Pride, It is with deep sincerity that I unreservedly apologise for the two articles contributed by Edwin Yeo published in The Pride, which is owned by the Singapore Kindness Movement.
— The Pride


Feature photo Lee Hsien Loong

This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo acknowledges Singapore national day, August 9.


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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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