Singapore morning news for July 23

Singapore morning news for July 23
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Singapore morning newsSingapore employees seek 17% pay raise when switching jobs: report
JOB seekers in Singapore are looking to get a 17 per cent bump in pay when they switch jobs, after averaging across industries and levels, said a report by RGF International Recruitment.
— The Business Times

Tag-team tack keeps Singapore businesses sustainable, fighting fit
AS companies recognise the need to innovate and transform their businesses to remain sustainable and competitive, partnerships between traditional enterprises and innovative tech startups are proving key in achieving these goals.
— The Business Times

Singaporean film-maker hypothesises how China can easily take over Singapore by 2050
Renowned local film-maker Martyn See took to his Facebook on Sunday (21 July) to explain how China can effortlessly take over Singapore from 2040 to 2050, without any interference from any military.
— The Online Citizen

Officer said he was instructed to push NSF, says witness
A Singapore Civil Defence Force officer who was jailed for pushing a man into a fire station pump well owned up right away when the station commander asked how the full-time national serviceman had fallen into the well, but said he had been instructed to do so by another officer.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Entrepreneur Awards launched for Indian community
To recognise outstanding Indian entrepreneurs and inspire Indian Singaporeans to become entrepreneurs, the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) officially announced the launch of its Entrepreneur Awards 2019 yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pirates attack South Korean cargo ship in South China Sea
Pirates attacked a South Korean-flagged cargo ship in the South China Sea on Monday (Jul 22) morning, assaulting the crew and making off with thousands of dollars in cash, South Korea authorities said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More manpower support for growing aviation sector
WITH its good growth momentum even as some other sectors show weakening, aviation is an important hedge in Singapore’s diversified economy, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo.
— The Business Times

Boy, 9, hurt by e-scooter while alighting from bus
A nine-year-old boy was getting off a bus in Jurong East when an e-scooter knocked into him.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Aim is for a drug-free society, not a drug-tolerant one: CNB
Drug consumption is an offence that can result in jail time and a fine, but most users here who have tested positive will be committed to treatment at a Drug Rehabilitation Centre (DRC) for their habit instead of having to face a charge in court.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Girl, 3, hit by student who failed to slow down
A student riding his e-scooter hit a three-year-old girl who fell and hit her head when he failed to slow down near a crowded bus stop.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Jail the starting point for false declarations on work pass applications
Jail terms should be the starting point in sentencing individuals who make false declarations to the authorities in connection with work pass applications, the High Court ruled yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PMD left to charge in flat bursts into flames
A personal mobility device (PMD) left to charge in an Ang Mo Kio flat yesterday exploded in the afternoon, according to an eyewitness, before a fire destroyed the flat and damaged two neighbouring units.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Build bridges for connectivity of ideas, tech and trade: Chan Chun Sing
The world has made tremendous progress by being connected, and the challenge facing the younger generation is to decide whether to build further bridges or erect walls that will stall development, Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Motorised PMDs far riskier than manual ones: Study
Higher speeds which these devices attain doubled the risk of users getting hospitalised.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Changi Airport Group reshapes work with digital push
Workplaces have long been rigid spaces where staff sit at fixed desks for fixed hours, doing the same role for what could feel like a lifetime – but that concept is quickly going out the window at Changi Airport Group (CAG).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

GE corporate clients can soon consult docs via video
Great Eastern (GE) and Singapore-based start-up Doctor Anywhere have joined forces to launch health and wellness services for the insurer’s corporate customers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SCDF ragging death: Trial starts for man accused of asking officer to push NSF Kok Yuen Chin into well
A man accused of instigating a Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) colleague to push a full-time national serviceman into a well had been eating cake before the incident and did not hear the victim’s protests.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Teo Soh Lung: Violence and peaceful protests in Singapore
Watching television yesterday about the protests in Hong Kong and the violence that erupted late in the night, I cannot help reflecting on Singapore’s history.
— The Online Citizen

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— The Motley Fool

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— The Motley Fool

Orchard Road, Jewel set for inaugural Festival of Speed in September during Singapore Grand Prix
As part of the Grand Prix Season Singapore 2019, part of Orchard Road and Jewel will play host to the inaugural Legion of Racers (LOR) Festival of Speed from 13 to 22 September.
— The Online Citizen

Enterprise Singapore supports access to Vietnam tech ecosystem with GIA expansion
Enterprise Singapore, Singapore’s government-owned enterprise development agency, is expanding the Global Innovation Alliance (GIA) to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to facilitate collaborations between the two.
— e27

Singapore’s event discovery platform for families BYKidO secures pre-seed funding
BYKidO, a Singapore-based event discovery platform for families, has closed a pre-seed funding round of SGD 220,000 (US$162,000) from private investors.
— e27

Emas applies for judicial management after failed rescue deals
AILING offshore services provider Emas Offshore has applied to be placed under judicial management, five months after a rescue plan for the company was called off.
— The Business Times

Ferrier Hodgson joins Baker Tilly to extend global reach
FERRIER Hodgson – the financial advisory and restructuring firm involved in landmark cases such as Singapore Flyer, Borders Singapore, and now Hyflux – is joining the Baker Tilly International network and rebranding.
— The Business Times

PSC defends scholar’s choice of Buddhist studies at Oxford
The Public Service Commission (PSC) has defended a scholarship recipient’s choice to pursue Buddhist studies, saying that having a deep understanding of religions practised in Singapore is relevant to making sound policies.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ex-SMRT chief: Expect, prepare for crises
Amid the massive train disruption that affected more than 250,000 commuters on July 7, 2015, then-SMRT chief executive Desmond Kuek had to make a call: should he shut down the North-South and East-West lines?
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Elections Dept calls tender for infocomm tech services
The Elections Department (ELD) yesterday called a tender for the provision of closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera and other information and communications technology (ICT) services to support election operations.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ex-lecturer on the run for 17 years found guilty of molesting five boys
A former National University of Singapore (NUS) senior psychology lecturer fled to Malaysia after molesting five teenage boys at a school camp and was on the run for 17 years before he was sent back here in December 2016.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MBS to kick off annual charity festival in August
From Aug 2 to 4, members of the public will help to raise funds for over 80 charities in Singapore when they visit selected attractions at Marina Bay Sands.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

UOB donates $500,000 to ST School Pocket Money Fund
United Overseas Bank (UOB) donated $500,000 to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New reskilling initiatives to help PMETs in air transport sector
White-collar workers in the air transport sector who are affected by economic restructuring can seek to upgrade their skills under a new scheme.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Joining hands to celebrate diversity
Pupils of Westwood Primary School celebrating Racial Harmony Day at school yesterday. Racial Harmony Day, which falls on July 21, was launched by the Ministry of Education in 1997 as part of the National Education programme.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Raising leverage limit will hit Reits’ low-risk image: Analyst
If the proposal to raise the leverage limit of real estate investment trusts (Reits) above 45 per cent is accepted, debt markets can no longer take a broad-brush approach and assume trusts are low risk, said OCBC credit analyst Seow Zhi Qi.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Agencies need better coordination to reach out to those in need, says Indranee Rajah
There is a need for better coordination among agencies so that people who need help can access programmes for them more easily, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Indranee Rajah on Monday (Jul 22).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

ST Engineering, Surbana Jurong to team up on smart cities with A*Star
TEMASEK-OWNED Surbana Jurong and mainboard-listed ST Engineering are tying up with government researchers to develop smart cities solutions, in twin deals disclosed on Monday.
— The Business Times

Khush Chopra: Race and religion are divisive fault lines in Singapore courtesy of the PAP government
While I cannot agree more with the Prime Minister who said that Singapore must treasure its racial and religious harmony in a Facebook post on Sunday (July 21), it is the Prime Minister’s People’s Action Party (PAP) government who are guilty of making race and religion divisive fault lines in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

3 Charts to Reveal the State of the Oil and Gas Industry Right Now
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— The Motley Fool

3 Reasons This Glove Maker Could be a Great Investment
Here are three reasons why this Singapore-listed glove maker could be a great investment.
— The Motley Fool

Online users voice support for Joseph Schooling following his failure to qualify at semi-finals at Fina World Championships
Singapore’s Olympic champion Joseph Schooling did not make the cut to qualify for the semi-finals of the men’s 50 butterfly at the Fina World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea on Sunday (21 July).
— The Online Citizen


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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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