Singapore morning news for May 21

Singapore morning news for May 21

Singapore morning news

Secondary school dropout becomes first ITE graduate to be accepted by NUS medical school
Twenty three year old Nicholas Chan has become the first Institute of Technical Education (ITE) graduate to be accepted into the competitive medical programme at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. A secondary school dropout, Nicholas had to take an …
— The Independent

Singaporeans must learn to work alongside robots
AS a leading digital hub, Singapore has embraced faster than most the idea that automation increases efficiency, results in fewer mistakes and a more optimised workforce, and helps the country achieve its Smart Nation goals. Despite this, there is still some resistance among those whose jobs could …
— The Business Times

S’poreans arriving in Britain can use e-gates at 15 airports
Singaporeans visiting Britain are now eligible to use automated ePassport gates (e-gates) at 15 airports across the country.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Lazada customer who ordered two IKEA trolleys is scammed and sent a rosary instead
Another Lazada customer has taken to social media to share his frustrations with the Alibaba-owned shopping platform, after he was scammed and sent a rosary instead of the two IKEA Roskog trolleys he had ordered. On Wednesday (May 8), Facebook user Hafizul Syakir Juraimi revealed that in early …
— The Independent

Swine fever sending pork prices higher
by Isabel MALSANG In a cruel irony in the Chinese Year of the Pig, outbreaks of African Swine Fever are forcing huge culls that could send pork prices to levels never seen before. According to the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization, pork prices “have begun to soar”, rising by …
— The Independent

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New Lippo Karawaci CEO to improve management, governance
NEWLY appointed CEO of Lippo Karawaci John Riady has, in a sense, been brought in to clean house, after news last year of an investigation into an alleged bribery linked to the conglomerate’s US$21 billion Meikarta development project, which the company has continued to deny involvement in.
— The Business Times

The Big Read: With mid-year exams scrapped, students rediscover joy of learning — yet old habits die hard
Some parents say the removal of mid-year exams has no bearing on their children’s learning at home. Others, however, say it makes a difference — they can space out the revision and set aside more time for family activities.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Money FM symposium to discuss challenges to jobs
MONEY FM 89.3 will be organising a symposium on June 1, to discuss the pressing issues faced by the manpower sector in Singapore.
— The Business Times

Indonesian unicorn teams up with Singapore logistics startup
INDONESIAN unicorn Bukalapak is partnering Singapore startup Janio for cross-border logistics as it prepares to go global. The e-commerce player is also in talks with Singapore’s Economic Development Board to potentially open an office in the country, co-founder Fajrin Rasyid told The Business …
— The Business Times

SGX firms report insipid Q1 earnings; nearly one in three posts losses
CORPORATE earnings for the first quarter were hit, to some extent, by provisions and trade war impact.
— The Business Times

Fewer patients used Chas subsidies in past 2 years
The amount given out under the Community Health Assist Scheme fell from a peak of $169 million in 2016 to $152 million last year, with 55,000 fewer people using it.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Protecting Singapore’s vulnerable: People with disabilities ‘more at risk’
Several months ago, a man became acquainted with a few special-needs adults from the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Dynamic pricing the way forward for F&B?
From prix fixe to market price and happy-hour promotions, pricing strategies in the food and beverage (F&B) industry have long sought to maximise revenue by filling seats and enticing customers to loosen their purse strings.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Protecting Singapore’s vulnerable: Abuse of maids on the rise despite stiff penalties
There were 28 cases of maid abuse cases charged last year, the highest since 2014. This is an increase from 10 cases in 2016 and 20 cases in 2017.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

BMW driver with speeding offences caught on cam swapping license plates
On May 18, the Facebook page SG Road Vigilante (SGRV) featured photos of a man who looked like he was changing the license plates on his gold-coloured BMW at a Malaysian Petron petrol station, possibly for wanting to avoid being identified for road traffic offences in Malaysia. In the …
— The Independent

S’poreans still addicted to buying bottled water from M’sia sold at 1,000 times S’pore tap water price
Funny thing is, water bottled in Malaysia uses water treated in Singapore.
— Mothership

Singaporean warns public to be careful after receiving fake RM20 note in Johor Bahru
Singapore – On May 12, Singaporean Armanizam Dolah received a fake RM20 note during his visit to Johor Bahru and only found out about it after trying to use the money in another shop.
— The Independent

DPM Heng Swee Keat tells Swiss newspaper there’s no nepotism in Temasek and GIC
Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat was interviewed by Swiss newspaper, Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), last Fri (17 May). During the interview, Heng who is also the finance minister, was asked many pointed questions by the Swiss newspaper.
— The Online Citizen

First batch of flats in Tengah’s Garden District to be launched for sale in May
SINGAPORE: The first housing project in Tengah’s Garden District will be launched for sale in the Build-to-Order (BTO) exercise this month, said the Housing and Development Board (HDB) on Monday (May 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Duty Free Singapore to discipline staff after customer says sought-after whisky was sold by staff to colleagues
Duty Free Singapore (DFS) will be taking appropriate disciplinary action along with a full and thorough investigation after it found improper behaviour on the part of a few employees and contractors working for DFS in the sale of a product.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Marine Parade roundabout to get three new safety measures months after fatal accident
The Land Transport Authority said it had taken into consideration feedback from Mountbatten SMC MP Lim Biow Chuan and residents.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

DENR, Singapore partner formally seal PHL Eagle conservation deal
The government made history in its bid to prevent extinction of the Philippine Eagle while helping enhance diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Singapore through conservation of the country’s endemic but critically endangered national bird.
— Philippine News Agency

China’s CNPC breaks into Myanmar fuel retailing with Singapore brand
China National Petroleum Corp is planning to open dozens of petrol stations in Myanmar, the first major foreign investor to enter the fast-growing Southeast Asian fuel market, as the state giant expands its retail oil business, company officials said.
— Reuters

Taekwondo: SNOC appoints interim committee to manage selection of athletes
An interim committee has been appointed to manage the selection of taekwondo athletes, following the suspension of Singapore Taekwondo Federation’s (STF) membership by World Taekwondo (WT) and the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC).

What you get for S$1m: A HDB flat with view of Sentosa fireworks, Singapore Flyer and city skyline
Skyscraper flats, towering above the ground at 40 storeys and higher, have been available on the resale market for over a decade, but in recent years it has become increasingly common for buyers to fork out seven-figure sums for them.
— Today Online

NZ negotiates with Chile and Singapore on Digital Economy Partnership
New Zealand will join Chile and Singapore in talks to establish new trade rules and best practice for the digital era.
— OpenGov

Singapore tackles low legaltech take up amongst law firms
The Law Society of Singapore launches initiative to encourage local legal firms to adopt new technology with only 12 per cent adopting technology solutions.
— The Global Legal Post

Bukalapak launches BukaGlobal, marks international expansion
BukaGlobal launches in Singapore, plans to connect the global market with over four million Indonesian sellers Indonesian unicorn e-commerce Bukalapak announces BukaGlobal, a feature that seeks to connect the global market with more than four million Indonesian sellers.
— e27

NUS graduate: Couples should work as a team and be less calculative
Is it a must for men to pay for their girlfriends or wives when they’re on a date? Although this is not an obligation for many, women will usually not reject a gentlemen’s show of generosity.
— The Independent

S’poreans are selling their Huawei P30 Pro phones on Carousell following Google blacklisting
Tech giant Google recently suspended business services with China’s telecommunications company Huawei.
— Mothership

Best companies to work for in Singapore 2019: Best for salary
A good employer can change your life. Whether they offer amazing salaries, impressive benefits, a good work-life balance or a gorgeous working environment, we spend half our lives at work so it’s worth finding a role we’re happy in.
— Yahoo Finance

Fully cashless public transport system may not be implemented by 2020
The change to a fully cashless public transport system may not kick in by 2020.
— Asia One

ST Podcast: Saving for key life goals in your early 20s
In this podcast series every Monday, The Straits Times and The Business Times break down actionable financial tips.
— Straits Times (video)

Shanmugam defends video with Michelle Chong’s Ah Lian in response to ST commentary
The video was apparently viewed by more than one million people.
— Mothership

Canberra MRT station to open on Nov 2
The new Canberra MRT station on the North-South Line will open on Nov 2, Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan announced on Monday (May 20) during a visit to the site.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Nearly as many men as women want flexi-work: Survey
Men have become as keen as women on calling for more flexible work options, according to a new survey.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore-bound Scoot flight diverted to Chennai after smoke alert triggered
A Scoot flight bound for Singapore was diverted to Chennai International Airport on Monday (May 20) after a cargo smoke warning was triggered.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More safety measures at Marine Parade roundabout after fatal accident
Several measures will be put in place to reduce vehicular speed and improve pedestrian safety at the roundabout in Marine Parade where a fatal accident took place in March.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Portrait Mode: A look at the Vesak Day rituals at S’pore’s largest Buddhist monastery
This week, we document how Buddhists commemorate Vesak Day at the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, the largest monastery in Singapore.
— Mothership

Daily Briefing: Which Singapore bank pays the most?; Singapore dollar set to weaken further
DBS is by far the most generous paymaster (on a company-wide basis), according to the banks’ financial results.
— Singapore Business Review

Taekwondo: SNOC appoints interim committee to manage selection of athletes
An interim committee has been appointed to manage the selection of taekwondo athletes, following the suspension of Singapore Taekwondo Federation’s (STF) membership by World Taekwondo (WT) and the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Sage Northcutt face fractured after 29-second loss in S’pore ONE Championship debut, had 9-hour surgery
He was hyped by ONE Championship as one of the star signings.
— Mothership

S’pore lady held lavish underwater-themed wedding, dons wedding dress with 6,000 Swarovski crystals
Channel 5 (not Singapore’s one) is a British Television Network.
— Mothership


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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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