Singapore morning news for May 27

Singapore morning news for May 27
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Singapore morning newsSingapore manufacturers not hit by Huawei ban but brace for tech war
SINGAPORE manufacturers that produce parts for the tech sector said that they are not directly hit by the recent developments surrounding Huawei, even as they feel the heat with the trade war shaping up to become a tech war.
— The Business Times

More body scanners at Changi Airport
Fourteen body scanners have been installed across the four terminals at Changi Airport, as part of moves to boost security amid increasing threat levels.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Temasek Poly links up with HDB to boost active ageing activities
Over the next three years, Temasek Polytechnic students studying gerontology will organise activities to help promote active ageing lifestyles for the elderly from the comfort of the seniors’ own neighbourhoods.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New stations, line extensions planned for Singapore’s rail network
Accessibility to the rail network is set to be further improved with the extension of some lines and the development of new stations.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

40 species potentially new to Singapore discovered in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve survey
More than 40 species potentially new to Singapore have been discovered during a comprehensive survey of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, according to a National Parks Board (NParks) media release on Saturday (May 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SGX taps more volumes on bouncy rubber prices
THE Singapore Exchange’s Sicom rubber futures – the global price benchmark for physical rubber – could see volumes jump over 10 per cent this year owing to heightened volatility in natural rubber prices, said the exchange’s commodities head William Chin.
— The Business Times

Millionaire entrepreneur’s $250k gift of gratitude to SMU
At the age of 33, Mr Alvin Poh became a millionaire many times over when he and his business partner sold their Web hosting company, Vodien Internet Solutions, for $30 million to an Australian technology firm.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

StanChart becomes largest foreign bank subsidiary here
The move by Standard Chartered Bank to consolidate its various businesses into one entity has made it the largest foreign bank subsidiary here.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Heng Swee Keat makes first official trip to China as DPM, speaks about US-China trade tensions
Heng said that the China-US relationship is the most important bilateral relationship in the world.
— Mothership

LTA to boost length of cycling path network to 1,000km by 2040
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) plans to increase the country’s cycling path network by a third to 1,000km by 2040, according to the Land Transport Master Plan 2040 (LTMP 2040) released on Saturday (May 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Ho Ching’s dual role as PM’s wife and CEO of Temasek should trump her desire for privacy if that is the reason for not divulging her earnings
The nagging question of Ho Ching’s salary as CEO of Temasek Holdings does not appear to be one that is about to disappear into the sunset. Indeed, it appears to be one that is raised periodically by opposition politicians, media outlets and the like.
— The Online Citizen

Missing lawyer resigns from directorships
WHILE JLC Advisors’ managing partner Jeffrey Ong Su Aun remains incommunicado, the 42-year-old lawyer at the centre of the Allied Technologies’ missing S$33 million escrow fund saga has been actively contacting companies to tender his resignation as their independent director.
— The Business Times

Short rental cycles resulting in ‘hit-and-run’ business practices, says IndoChine boss
MICHAEL Ma, founder of the IndoChine group of hotels, eateries and clubs, has been vocal about his dismay at the decision made by Gardens by the Bay not to renew the IndoChine Supertree lease.
— The Business Times

Illegal job brokering on the rise here, says migrant worker group
TWC2 said more foreign workers are turning to unlicensed agents here. MOM said it has ramped up enforcement since 2016.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore must have strong ruling party with clear majority: Goh Chok Tong
Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong hopes to see this 20 years from now, so that the Government can continue to plan for the long term.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Services on North-South, Circle lines affected by power faults
Services were affected at Raffles Place MRT yesterday after a power fault occurred a few minutes before a fire was reported to have broken out at the station.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Utico offers Hyflux’s small investors ‘part cash redemption’ as part of ‘win-win’ deal
United Arab Emirates utility company Utico on Sunday (May 26) said it is offering investors of Hyflux’s perpetual securities and preference shares a deal with “part cash redemption”, as it repeated its call for a “win-win” resolution.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Creative Technology has Declined by 34% in 2019. Is it Cheap Now?
Singapore’s home-grown technology giant Creative Technology Ltd (SGX: C76) recently launched a brand new product. Is it time to buy now?
— The Motley Fool

Residents transform HDB spaces in bid to liven up the neighbourhood
Apartment blocks by the Housing and Development Board (HDB) often share community gardens, but 49-year-old Leon Yeo and his team of neighbours sought to have something different for their Woodlands neighbourhood.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

3 women arrested for selling counterfeit goods worth S$28,000 in City Plaza
On May 22 (Wednesday), three women, aged between 26 and 47, were arrested for allegedly selling replica items of luxury brands during a police raid at City Plaza.
— The Independent

The Singaporean who conquered Everest after braving a traffic jam 8,000m in the sky
SINGAPORE: As the sun rose above the horizon and illuminated a narrow, exposed ridge jutting 8,000m into the sky, Jeremy Tong finally understood just how many climbers were trying to conquer the tallest mountain in the world.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore business body pushing for fair rent terms from private landlords
THE Singapore Business Federation (SBF) is in the midst of a last big push to get private landlords to support and adopt the tenets outlined by the Fair Tenancy Framework even as they look to introduce more best practices.
— The Business Times

Teen under probe for allegedly setting fire to sofa at lift lobby
A teenager is being investigated by the police for allegedly setting fire to a sofa at the lift lobby of a Housing Board block in Pasir Ris.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Buyers flock to car showrooms after plunge in COE premiums
The plunge in certificate of entitlement (COE) prices at the tender last Thursday lured prospective buyers to car showrooms over the weekend.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

LTA probes case of Singapore driver changing car licence plate in Malaysia
The driver was caught speeding on a Malaysian highway after switching the plates. But the $49 summons was issued to another vehicle the new plate’s number was registered to.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Universities see rise in millennial alumni donors
A new generation of millennial donors are stepping forward to give to the Singapore universities they attended, funding bursaries and scholarships among other philanthropic initiatives.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore and Guangdong discuss new areas of cooperation in culture, education
Singapore and the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have discussed new areas of cooperation – including in culture, education and tourism.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Woman arrested for allegedly pocketing mobile phone sets worth S$300,000
A 38-year-old woman was arrested on Saturday (May 25) after she allegedly pocketed more than 400 sets of mobile phones worth about S$300,000.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo acknowledges World No Tobacco Day, May 31.


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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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