Singapore morning news for July 5

Singapore morning news for July 5

Singapore morning newsSingapore’s dengue cases hit a new high at 499 cases in a week, five times more reported cases than same period in 2018
The nation is currently affected with a dengue outbreak. In fact, the seriousness of the issue can be seen when 499 people were diagnosed with dengue fever last week, the highest weekly number in more than four years since 2015.
— The Online Citizen

Six months in jail for engineer linked to PIE viaduct collapse case
An engineer who failed to go through the detailed plans and design calculations for permanent corbels, or support structures, for the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) viaduct near Upper Changi was sentenced to six months in jail yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fewer HDB resale flats sold in June; prices up 0.1%
Fewer Housing Board resale flats were sold last month compared with May, while prices inched up slightly.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

DBS: Interest in Singapore Savings Bonds waning
Interest in Singapore Savings Bonds (SSBs) has waned in recent months, likely due to competition from banks offering higher rates for fixed deposits, DBS Group Research said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Two former managers of private school convicted for offences under Private Education act
Two former managers of private education institution Kings International Business School (KIBS) have been convicted of offences under the Private Education (PE) act, said SkillsFuture Singapore in a press release on Thursday (Jul 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Audio/video recordings inside taxis soon to be legalised in Singapore; Crime busting or invasion of privacy?
No more secrets? Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has issued the latest directive announcing that audio recording and inward-facing recording devices inside taxis and private-hire cars will soon be legal in Singapore.
— The Independent

These tech companies are eyeing for Singapore’s digital banking license
On Friday, June 28, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Chairman Tharman Shanmugaratnam announced that the government is set to issue up to five digital banking licenses to provide an opportunity for non-bank finance industry players to enter the banking scene, which is currently dominated by traditional banking institutions.
— e27

Tharman on ‘early shortlists’ for IMF top job amid Lagarde’s departure: NYT
SINGAPORE: Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam is among candidates shortlisted to succeed Christine Lagarde as International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief, the New York Times (NYT) reported on Wednesday (Jul 3).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore loses top spot to Switzerland as best place for expats: HSBC
SWITZERLAND is now the best place in the world for expats to live and work.
— The Business Times

Singapore’s EDBI invests in US-based satellite imaging firm
PLANET, a US-based satellite imaging company that operates the world’s largest fleet of earth observation satellites, has bagged an undisclosed Series D investment from EDBI, the investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board.
— The Business Times

Fixed deposits beat out Singapore Savings Bonds
RETAIL investors’ interest in Singapore Savings Bonds (SSBs) has waned in recent months, likely due to competition from banks offering higher rates for fixed deposits, DBS Group Research said on Thursday.
— The Business Times

Trade, political tensions ‘remain uncertainties in H2’
HEIGHTENED trade and geopolitical tensions have dimmed the near-term outlook for the global economy, despite an increasingly accommodative stance from central banks (including the US Federal Reserve) and little signs of financial imbalances, BlackRock has said.
— The Business Times

More jail time for former managers of private school
Two former managers of a private school that was ordered to shut down in 2015 were slapped with a second jail sentence yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Unions to keep up the pace of efforts to help workers: Ng Chee Meng
Fifty years after the labour movement changed its course and took on a more collaborative approach to working with the Government and employers, labour chief Ng Chee Meng yesterday pledged that unions will keep up the pace in their efforts to improve the lot of workers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Seven charged with murder of man, 31, at Orchard Towers
Seven people were charged yesterday with the murder of a 31-year-old man, who died fol-lowing a brawl at Orchard Towers on Tuesday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Panel mooted to promote caring transport culture
Efforts to promote a caring commuter culture will get a national push. The Public Transport Council (PTC) has recommended a new committee to make the public transport system a more caring, welcoming and inclusive one.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Construction work begins for second phase of Tuas port
Construction work on the second phase of the Tuas mega port began yesterday with the installation of the first concrete structure for the wharf.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Virtual reality as physiotherapy for dementia patients
The use of virtual reality (VR) as part of therapy for those with dementia will be rolled out by the end of this month at the Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Airlines to launch S$50 million upgrade of its Changi Airport Terminal 3 lounges
Singapore Airlines (SIA) customers can look forward to bigger spaces, upgraded facilities and more food selections when they visit SIA lounges at Changi Airport Terminal 3 from 2021.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Fire breaks out in Tampines flat as PMD battery was being charged: SCDF
Fire ravaged the living room of a Tampines flat on Wednesday (Jul 3), where a personal mobility device (PMD) battery was being charged, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

261 people arrested, 9,000 pills seized in week-long police blitz
A week-long operation by the police along with six other government agencies ended on Monday (Jul 1) with 261 people arrested and thousands of pills seized.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Why does a private clinic charge less for consultation than the unsubsidised cost of the same at a public polyclinic?
Healthcare is a major point of concern for Singaporeans. It’s a universal issue that is constantly debated on by both citizens and politicians alike. In fact, much has been said about how splendid healthcare is in Singapore and how citizens and PRs enjoy affordable healthcare here.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore’s strong corp governance and tax support big draws for foreign Reits
WHEN Frasers Logistics & Industrial Trust was mulling a listing venue, Australia was a possible choice given the real estate investment trust has more than 65 per cent of its assets Down Under.
— The Business Times

S-Reits seek faster approval turnaround for related-party deals
SINGAPORE may want to consider shortening the time a real estate investment trust (Reit) needs to gain unitholders’ nod for related party transactions and rethink the practice of quarterly reporting for the sector.
— The Business Times

Court orders US$620,900 to be returned to ex-jockey
About a year before he retired in 2012, top jockey Saimee Jumaat was advised by two financial advisers to place US$620,900 in a foreign exchange trading service run by a company called SMLG.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ex-banker jailed for cheating clients of $14m
In an attempt to pay back his former clients, a private banker forged signatures and documents to siphon US$10 million (S$13.6 million) from his clients’ Barclays bank accounts.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Perse School from Britain to open here soon
A famous independent British school which has sent several students to top universities in Britain will join the ranks of international schools here catering largely to the expatriate community.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man who caused death of waitress in row gets life term, caning
A 28-year-old man who flung his friend over a parapet in a multi-storey carpark during a row over a mobile phone was yesterday sentenced to life imprisonment and 12 strokes of the cane for murder.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

FDA list of dog food not the only link to heart disease: Vets
Do not panic just yet if you are feeding your dog kibble from one of the 16 brands named as having a potential link with canine heart disease.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Dormitory operator and director charged
The director of a dormitory operator appeared in court yesterday after checks on four of the company’s facilities revealed that they were filthy and unacceptable, with problems such as faulty toilet bowls and cockroaches in the rooms.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Company Briefs: Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines will be investing more than $50 million in a major revamp of its SilverKris and KrisFlyer Gold Lounges at Changi Airport Terminal 3, the national carrier said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Hiap Seng Engineering says it can continue as going concern
Mainboard-listed Hiap Seng Engineering responded to Singapore Exchange (SGX) queries on its financial results yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Importer fined $7,500 for illegal import of fresh vegetables
Gold Horse Enterprise Pte Ltd was fined $7,500 by the Court on Wednesday (3 July) for importing fresh vegetables that did not conform with requirements in the import permit.
— The Online Citizen

Fires raze home, bus in east and west of Singapore
A fire left little but burnt rubble in the living room of a two-storey maisonette flat in Tampines Street 11.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pilot scheme to check on caregivers’ emotional well-being
Madam Janet Ong, a 78-year-old housewife, spent five years caring for her husband after he was stricken by dementia.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NUS Political Science Society pushes cancellation of international event to its former business director’s fault
Political Science Society (PSSOC) of National University of Singapore (NUS) has issued a statement on the canned Asia-Pacific Model United Nations Conference 2019 (AMUNC), saying that it is not the organiser of the event but will nevertheless assist participants to process the refunds.
— The Online Citizen

Suspect arrested after man’s fingertip cut off in assault: Police
A 50-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday (Jul 2) after he allegedly cut off the tip of another man’s right middle finger, police said in a news release.
— 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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