Singapore morning news for July 30

Singapore morning news for July 30
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Singapore morning newsFour more dengue deaths, taking toll to nine this year
Four more people, including a 46-year-old man, have died of dengue, bringing the total deaths this year to nine as of July 20.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Consumer watchdog discussing action against Huawei
You cannot in good conscience run an ad with such limited stock that it’s sold out even before your shop opens. It’s either poorly planned or a misrepresentation of what you’re trying to do, said Consumers Association of Singapore president Lim Biow Chuan.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

ERP rates up $1 at three places from next Monday
From next Monday, the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) rates at three locations will go up by $1, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore to host over 50 countries at signing of namesake treaty
REPRESENTATIVES from more than 50 countries, including the US and China, will gather in Singapore on Aug 7 for the signing of an international treaty on mediation, adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and named after Singapore in December 2018.
— The Business Times

2,600 firms adopt good employment standards in workplace
Nearly 2,600 firms with a combined workforce of about 660,000 have adopted at least one of a set of standards to promote good employment practices in the last two years.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

EU’s move to strip market access likely to have little impact on Singapore
Credit rating agencies in Singapore are not expected to have their business affected by the European Commission’s decision to strip five countries of some market access rights, the Singapore authorities said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Sephora online users in Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand hit by data breach
Personal details of Sephora’s online customers in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand have been leaked, the international beauty retailer said on Monday (Jul 29).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Suicides in Singapore up 10% last year, record high among boys
The number of suicides in Singapore rose 10 per cent last year, with suicides among boys aged 10 to 19 at a record high, the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) said on Monday (Jul 29).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘You don’t know our pain’: Helping the homeless find their way home
Since May 2018, government officers have been walking the streets in Toa Payoh and Kreta Ayer with community groups to reach out to the homeless. CNA was recently given an exclusive invite to one of their night walks.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: These PSLE changes won’t fix our national obsession with academic achievement
Is the education system evolving fast enough? NIE’s Jason Tan dissects the concerns over the new PSLE scoring model.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore must ‘step up’ to global rivalry for talent: Chan Chun Sing
SINGAPORE must do more to attract global talent, in the face of other markets’ moves such as fast-track visa schemes, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said on Monday at the annual A*Star scholarship awards ceremony.
— The Business Times

Adversarial political system not good for Singapore: Heng
Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat believes a more adversarial political system will not be good for Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore will develop local workforce as it welcomes foreign talent: Chan
Singapore will continue to develop the skills of its local workforce and maximise the potential of the best in the country while, at the same time, welcoming talent from overseas to work alongside Singaporeans in globally competitive teams.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Scoot set to add capacity with 16 Airbus 321neo jets
Scoot customers can look forward to brand new planes that will also help the Singapore Airlines (SIA) budget arm to reverse a downturn that has hit its bottom line.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Sham marriage: Chinese national, S’pore man jailed
A female Chinese national and a Singaporean man have been sentenced to jail for their involvement in a sham marriage, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a statement yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New Honestbee chief takes over to restructure business
Grocery and delivery start-up Honestbee has announced the appointment of its new chief executive, nearly three months after former CEO and co-founder Joel Sng stepped down.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Opportunities for S’pore firms in Liaoning: Masagos
There are opportunities for Singapore businesses in Liaoning as the area undergoes economic revitalisation, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli said while on a visit to the north-eastern Chinese province.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘Starter kit’ to help firms train staff for jobs of tomorrow
Companies that have set up training committees under a labour movement initiative will soon receive more help in curating training for workers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

DBS profit in Q2 leaps 17% to $1.6b, beating estimates
Robust business activity helped DBS Group Holdings lift earnings in the second quarter, it reported yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Police seize S$1.74 million in illegal remote gambling bust
Around S$1.74 million of cash was seized during an illegal remote gambling bust, said the Singapore Police Force (SPF) on Monday (Jul 29).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

51-yr-old Singaporean fined $17,300 for failing to issue written receipts for monies received from foreign worker
A 51-year-old employment agency licensee, Gulab Singh of IBS Consulting Services, was convicted of overcharging employment agency (EA) fees, failing to issue written itemised receipts and receiving monies from a foreign worker as a financial guarantee for the worker’s employment on 25 July 2019.
— The Online Citizen

New permanent campus for Pathlight school to support students with Special Educational Needs
Pathlight School will operate a second permanent campus in Tampines from January 2023 as part of the Ministry of Education’s continuing efforts to support students with Special Educational Needs (SEN).
— The Online Citizen

The case for alternative lending
The benefits for those putting up the money to lend In the last decade, we have witnessed rapid growth in the alternative lending space, with the creation of new business models opening up the range of alternative lending products available.
— e27

SLA deputy chairman reappointed, 2 new board members added
SINGAPORE’S Ministry of Law on Monday said it has reappointed Yeoh Oon Jin as the deputy chairman of the Singapore Land Authority’s (SLA) board along with six other members.
— The Business Times

RedDoorz bags US$45M as its competitor OYO is fast expanding in Southeast Asia
RedDoorz, a leading hotel management and booking platforms in Southeast Asia, announced today it has bagged US$45 million in Series B round of funding, led by Chinese VC firm Qiming Venture Partners.
— e27

Confusion over definition of fire-safe PMDs as LTA reconsiders ban deadline
Several PMD owners CNA spoke to were unaware that the device has to be tested as a complete system to be UL2272-certified.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

ComfortDelGro’s self-driving shuttle at NUS to start taking passengers
AN AUTONOMOUS shuttle service which transport giant ComfortDelGro has been testing at the National University of Singapore campus since May will start taking passengers on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

M+S confirms S$1.58 billion Duo sale to Allianz-Gaw team-up
THE national joint venture between Malaysia and Singapore is divesting part of a signature mixed-use project in the Republic’s Ophir-Rochor precinct, as reported by The Business Times in May.
— The Business Times

ONE Championship makes entry into Esports arena
AFTER years of running mixed martial arts (MMA) events, Heliconia Capital-backed ONE Championship is now into the lucrative Esports space with its first planned events for the 2019-2020 season, helmed by new ONE Esports chief executive Carlos Alimurung.
— The Business Times

Regulator raps Delong chairman, advisers over buyout debacle
LAW firm Shook Lin & Bok and financial adviser PrimePartners Corporate Finance have been censured by the Securities Industry Council (SIC) for their roles in a short-lived privatisation attempt by Delong Holdings.
— The Business Times

Is this the house that Jack Ma is building in Singapore?
THE fraternity of Alibaba cofounders continues to grow its presence in Singapore’s high-end residential sector.
— The Business Times

Paring down debt pile top of mind for honestbee’s new CEO
A CONSORTIUM of white knights and strategic partners is what honestbee’s newly-minted chief executive Ong Lay Ann believes will turn the embattled grocery delivery startup around.
— The Business Times

First phase of Jurong Port Tank Terminals opens
A new oil storage facility has opened at Jurong, boosting Singapore’s status as a key port for the supply of clean fuel for the maritime industry.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Subsidised Gojek rides to medical appointments for needy residents
Low-income families and senior citizens in Bedok and Jurong East will be able to get subsidised private-hire car rides to medical appointments under a new scheme.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Contractor loses appeal in case of building facade recladding
The Court of Three Judges has thrown out an appeal against a judgment last year that found Centennial Tower’s owner was justified in recladding the entire facade of the 35-storey building after two stone panels fell from it.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Measures ready to help firms, workers in downturn: Heng
Singapore has a package of measures ready to help businesses and workers should the world economy take a nosedive.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

$1.74m seized, 36 nabbed in raids on remote gambling
About $1.74 million in cash was seized and 36 people were arrested during a police operation against unlawful remote gambling activities.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ex-NUS lecturer gets 3 years, 7 months’ jail for molesting teen boys
Former National University of Singapore (NUS) lecturer Chan Cheng, who was on the run for 17 years after molesting five teenage boys at a school camp, was yesterday sentenced to three years and seven months’ jail.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man in three road rage incidents pleads guilty
On three separate occasions, Muhammad Fuad Kamroden assaulted or used criminal force on other drivers after getting into a dispute with them.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ex-lawyer faces three lawsuits on top of criminal charges
A former lawyer of a global law firm, who has been accused of criminal intimidation, is now facing at least three lawsuits with claims totalling about US$7.38 million (S$10.12 million).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

4 Mandai research projects awarded $600,000 funding
Four local environmental research projects have been awarded a total of $600,000 to study conditions in the Mandai precinct.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Asian branch of insolvency federation to be launched here
The first overseas office of an international insolvency federation will be launched here in the coming week, in the lead-up to a signing ceremony and conference for a United Nations treaty on mediation.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Most parents here don’t spare rod on kids at home: Study
However, they are divided on whether schools should be allowed to use such disciplinary methods.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

North East CDC aims to get residents ready for digital disruption
The North East Community Development Council (CDC) has launched an initiative to better prepare residents for digital disruption and changes to the economy.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

CapitaLand clinches 95% retail take-up for Chongqing project
CapitaLand has leased 95 per cent of the retail component at Raffles City Chongqing ahead of the mega-mall’s opening in September, it said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Company Briefs: Sheng Siong
Supermarket group Sheng Siong posted a 7.4 per cent year-on-year increase in net profit to $18.42 million for the second quarter ended June 30.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

4 biggest S-Reits post average Q2 DPU of 2.07 cents
The four largest Singapore-listed real estate investment trusts (S-Reits) with office assets had a mixed second quarter.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ex-NUS lecturer who fled Singapore after molesting 9 boys at school camp gets jail
A former lecturer with the National University of Singapore (NUS) was on Monday (Jul 29) sentenced to three years and seven months’ jail for molesting nine boys during a school camp in 1999.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Malaysian man admits to staying illegally in Singapore since 1995
A Malaysian man who illegally stayed in Singapore since 1995 pleaded guilty on Monday (Jul 29) to entering the country without a valid pass.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

With billions in reserve, why are university fees in Singapore still on the rise?
Spotlighting the 10 wealthiest charities in Singapore by donations and business subsidiaries, it was revealed in a Sunday Times article that the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) have billions of dollars in reserves.
— The Online Citizen

PVP chief Lim Tean challenges DPM Heng Swee Keat to one-on-one live debate on CPF, unemployment among S’poreans and other economic issues
Lawyer and People’s Voice Party (PVP)’s founding chief Lim Tean has challenged Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat to a live debate on matters concerning the current state of Singapore’s economy, which the former has branded “abysmal”.
— The Online Citizen


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This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on  World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, July 30.


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John Le Fevre

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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