Singapore morning news for June 3

Singapore morning news for June 3
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Singapore morning newsUS Treasury ‘monitoring list’: The Singapore puzzle
LAST week, the US Treasury placed Singapore on its so-called Monitoring List for currency practices of major trading partners, implicitly flagging the Republic as a potential currency manipulator.
— The Business Times

2 fighter jets sent to escort inbound Scoot flight from Cebu after bomb scare
Two fighter jets from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) were scrambled to escort a Scoot flight from Cebu to Singapore on Sunday (Jun 2) after a bomb scare.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Burnout likely a common problem here, Singaporeans among most stressed at work globally
When Ms Le Giang, 37, started a business selling Vietnamese street food in a kopitiam here nearly two years ago, she looked forward to being her own boss.
— The Straits Times

Shangri-La Dialogue: Ng Eng Hen warns of risk of parallel blocs
Shifting economic dependencies could lead to countries forming parallel blocs – a situation which could set them up for conflict, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen warned yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore transport has an electric future with a hybrid twist
The city state is working with Volvo Buses on a technological leap that will lead to the roll-out of driverless buses
— The Hindu

From early adopter to e-payment paradise: Singapore can lead the world
Singapore’s position at the forefront of digital financial technologies is not a recent thing, though today it’s better-placed than ever.

Singapore students contract chikungunya fever on service learning trip to Thailand
Thirteen students and a teacher from the School of the Arts (Sota) suffered high fever after being bitten by mosquitoes during an overseas service learning trip to Thailand’s Ratchaburi province, The Straits Times has learnt.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ng Eng Hen reaffirms bilateral defence relations with counterparts at Shangri-La Dialogue
Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen reaffirmed bilateral defence relations with his counterparts at the 18th Shangri-La Dialogue, Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said in a press statement on Saturday (Jun 1).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

379 dengue cases recorded last week, highest since March 2016: NEA
There were 379 dengue cases recorded last week, which is the highest weekly number since March 2016, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in an advisory on Saturday (Jun 1).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

How long can Carousell go without monetisation breakthrough?
AS it enters its eighth year, Singapore’s marquee startup, Carousell, could face pressure to show that its monetisation strategy is actually getting somewhere instead of being stuck on a merry-go-round of losses.
— The Business Times

Singapore gets rid of ranking system from report cards, says learning is not a competition
With an aim to make education free of competition, the Education Minister of Singapore Ong Ye Kung proposed the idea to stop examination ranking. Therefore, nobody should know who stood first in rank or last.
— India Today

Housing loans shrink for a third consecutive month
HOUSING loans in Singapore shrank for a third month in April, leading a continued contraction in consumer loans, preliminary data from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) showed on Friday.
— The Business Times

23 roadshows to be held to engage Merdeka Generation seniors on benefits
From June, a total of 23 community roadshows will be held to engage seniors on the benefits of the Merdeka Generation Package, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the inaugural Merdeka Generation Roadshow held at ITE College Central on Sunday (Jun 2).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SingPost to do more to improve service standards amid ‘early signs’ of improvements: Singapore chief
Following a spate of high-profile delivery lapses, national postal services provider Singapore Post (SingPost) will do more in the coming months to improve standards in its postal operations and win back the public’s trust.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s court verdict
Nigeria High Commission in Singapore came into public focus last week. Its leadership has been celebrating the verdict of that country’s Supreme Court that freed a Nigerian who had been facing death sentence for drug related offence.
— The Nation

Singapore and Hong Kong to collaborate on personal data protection
SINGAPORE and Hong Kong have strengthened their collaboration on personal data protection, and will share their knowledge on data breaches to better prepare for a digital economy.
— The Business Times

Old, frail… and a criminal: The rise in Singapore’s silver criminals
By the time he was sent to prison in 2010 for drug offences, Peter (not his real name) had already been in and out of prison at least eight times.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SingPost to do more to improve service standards amid ‘early signs’ of improvements: Singapore chief
SINGAPORE: Following a spate of high-profile delivery lapses, national postal services provider Singapore Post (SingPost) will do more in the coming months to improve standards in its postal operations and win back the public’s trust.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Police report lodged after PMD rider crashes into glass door in Toa Payoh
A police report has been filed after a woman riding a personal mobility device (PMD) crashed into a sliding glass door at Toa Payoh Bus Interchange on Saturday (Jun 1) morning, shattering it into pieces.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore Is Seeking to Become a High-Tech Center
Armed with incentives, Singapore has been increasing its efforts to get technology businesses and investors interested in the country.

Singapore must stay united, diversify economy: DPM Heng
Singapore needs to stay united and focused to tackle the challenges arising from global uncertainties, said Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Friday (May 31).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

63-year-old man dies from dengue in 4th death this year
A 63-year-old man has become the fourth person to die from dengue this year, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Friday (May 31).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

K-pop in search of hidden talents in Singapore for the Changwon K-pop World Festival
Do you have what it takes to be the next K-Pop star? The ninth edition of the Changwon K-Pop World Festival, which is the largest K-Pop competition in the world, has begun and all K-Pop enthusiasts are invited to join. Preliminary rounds are being held in their respective countries. …
— The Independent

Over 100 hotels to launch job redesign with government aid
MORE than 100 hotels pledged on Friday to embark on job redesign in the year ahead.
— The Business Times


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This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo acknowledges World Bicycle Day, June 3.


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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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