Singapore morning news for May 31

Singapore morning news for May 31

Singapore morning news

Stakeholders share ideas for a zero-waste S’pore
Stakeholders joined forces yesterday to devise ways to boost low recycling rates, which are failing to keep up with the rising amounts of waste produced here.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man fined for not declaring more than S$1 million in cash when crossing Singapore border
A man was fined S$18,000 on Thursday (May 30) for failing to report the movement of large amounts of cash when entering and leaving Singapore on separate occasions, police said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Ending coal financing, and jump-starting sustainability
ALL major Singapore banks recently announced that they will stop financing new coal-fired power plants. This is significant in aligning Singapore as a financial hub with the position of many Western financial institutions. But it opens up more questions about next steps and how sustainability can …
— The Business Times

Singapore leaps three places to rank second in global cities outlook list
SINGAPORE has vaulted past cities like San Francisco and Paris to come in second place on the Global Cities Outlook list for 2019.
— The Business Times

Jail for director over scheme in which investors lost $700k
A Singaporean director of two companies ran a fly-by-night operation in which 29 people invested more than $1 million to buy properties in the United States.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’porean who helps needy in Vietnam seeking financial aid after accident
A Singaporean man, who has been helping orphans and the needy in Vietnam for the past eight years, is now seeking help to pay his hospital bills.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

50kg e-scooter among 19 personal mobility devices impounded by LTA
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has impounded 19 personal mobility devices (PMDs) in its latest enforcement operations.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Shangri-La Dialogue: Motorists advised to avoid roads around event hotel
There will be road blocks and tighter security checks at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore and its surrounding areas from today to Sunday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore property cycle has stabilised, says Lawrence Wong
Singapore’s property cooling measures have achieved what they were meant to do, said Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong, but most analysts do not expect them to be lifted in the near future.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Demand for food factories expected to stay healthy
With the rising popularity of food delivery services and e-commerce, demand for food factories in Singapore is expected to stay healthy, even though this will likely lag behind supply in 2019-2020, said Ms Tricia Song, head of research for Singapore at Colliers International.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Austrade names latest cohort of Landing Pad startups in Singapore
For this cohort, Landing Pad partnered the government-backed Australian Cyber Security Growth Network (AustCyber) Landing Pad, a startup programme by The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), has named the eight startups that are set to participate in its latest cohort in …
— e27

Doctor in HIV data leak case stands trial over alleged sale of illegal drug injections
The doctor at the centre of the HIV data leak in Singapore allegedly sold illegal drug injections to customers while criminal proceedings were ongoing over charges of abetting his partner to cheat government agencies.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SDP chief Chee Soon Juan criticises PAP ministers’ high salaries in contrast with elderly Singaporeans not having enough to live off, slams PAP MP Lee Bee Wah’s “Ah Kong” analogy
The secretary-general of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Chee Soon Juan has released a video criticising the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) ministers’ high salaries in light of findings by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) at the National University of …
— The Online Citizen

MOM: Total wage continued to grow as the economy and labour market improved in 2018
More employees received wage increases and total wage continued to grow at a faster pace than in 2017, even after accounting for inflation as the economy and labour market improved in 2018, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced on Wednesday (29 May). The ministry also stated that …
— The Online Citizen

Singaporeans reveal that the Government has failed its duties to look after seniors in the country, says Lim Tean
On Sunday (26 May), the People’s Voice Party (PVP) visited the Choa Chu Kang GRC and Pioneer SMC in order to get in touch with voters in the area while distributing bread to them, as part of their “Bread for All” program. While speaking at the Keat Hong market in Choa Chu Kang GRC, party …
— The Online Citizen

EV Growth raises US$200M first fund, exceeding initial target
Singapore-based venture capital firm EV Growth closes its first fund at US$200 million, US$50 million more than its original target Singapore headquartered venture capital firm, EV Growth, announced that it has hit the final close of its first fund at US$200 million, exceeding the firm’s initial …
— e27

NWC urges employers to target training amid looming slowdown
WITH an economic slowdown looming, the National Wages Council (NWC) has extended its focus to training, calling all employers to provide workers structured training to increase productivity in support of wage growth.
— The Business Times

As unicorns emerge, angels gather for the hunt
THE emergence of South-east Asian unicorns has fuelled a wave of angel investing clubs in Singapore that cater to wealthy individuals hoping to capture their own magical startup.
— The Business Times

Six Capital’s ex-boss Patrick Teng sets up virtual currency firm
HIS self-described fintech company is being liquidated, but Six Capital Investments boss Patrick Teng Chee Wai has already moved on and now fronts a new company called Clover Gold, which sells virtual currency online.
— The Business Times

Bicentennial Experience launched at Fort Canning
Once a hill reserved for royalty and avoided by locals, Fort Canning Park is now the site of the centrepiece of Singapore’s bicentennial experience. Yesterday, President Halimah Yacob launched the showcase – From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ler Teck Siang, doctor in HIV data leak, accused of helping abusers inject drugs
The Singaporean doctor involved in the HIV Registry data leak scandal allegedly used his medical skills to inject drug abusers, the court heard yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Chinese Defence Minister calls on Lee Hsien Loong at Istana
China’s Defence Minister Wei Fenghe called on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana yesterday as part of his introductory visit to Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore, Denmark can learn from each other on eldercare: Danish envoy
Denmark and Singapore can draw lessons from each other’s approaches to eldercare as both countries face similar challenges associated with ageing populations, Denmark’s ambassador to Singapore said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Gojek rolls out driver rewards, hits 10m rides here
Ride-hailing start-up Gojek has launched a driver rewards programme and announced that it has serviced 10 million trips in its first six months of operations in Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MOM disputes domestic helper’s claim that her that her employer provided uncomfortable sleeping area
The Ministry of Manpower has disputed a foreign domestic helper’s claim that her employer provided her with an uncomfortable sleeping area, after photos of the sleeping area the helper shared on social media went viral. Earlier this week, a helper from the Philippines claimed that she was …
— The Independent

Leong Sze Hian says Raffles Institution alumni supports him in his legal battle against PM Lee
Blogger Leong Sze Hian has revealed that his former Raffles Institution (RI) teacher recently told him that his fellow RI alumni are supporting him in his legal fight against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Interestingly, RI is the school PM Lee’s father, Singapore’s founding Prime …
— The Independent

WP politician echoes Dr Tan Cheng Bock’s sentiment that fear is the politics of the PAP
Workers’ Party (WP) member Yee Jenn Jong has echoed veteran politician Dr Tan Cheng Bock’s sentiment that fear is the politics of the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), a day after a recent speech by Dr Tan making the same assertion went viral online. Yesterday (29 May), a …
— The Independent

Thomas Ong is not S’porean actor who donated S$100K a year to phoney Cambodian NGO
He says he does not even have S$100,000 in his bank account.
— Mothership

Sustainable and healthy food startup Boxgreen raises funding
The Singapore-based startup is on a mission to bring nutritious snacks and cold press juices to more offices and homes Boxgreen, a Singapore food startup aiming for supply-chain sustainability, has secured an undisclosed round of funding from Octava Impact Investment, Angel Central Syndicate, and …
— e27

Let down by the system: A woman shares the story of her arduous battle with the courts to regain what was unlawfully taken from her
Lim Kai Xin, who used to run a store in a HDB shop, has been fighting for over 10 years to right a wrong that was done to her. Back in 2007, Ms Lim’s shop neighbour told her that a few individuals had apparently broken into her store at Blk 283 in Bukit Batok and …
— The Online Citizen

500 Startups, IIX, Expara Ventures invest in fintech social enterprise Salutat
The company said it will use the seed round to improve low-income micro-entrepreneurs lending, especially to women Salutat, a Singapore-based startup, announced that it has closed seed round from 500 Startups, Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), and Expara Ventures. Salutat’s mission is to help …
— e27

Gaw Capital, Allianz in talks to buy Duo office, retail space for over S$1.5b
A GAW Capital Partners-led consortium that is expected to include Allianz Real Estate is negotiating to buy the office and retail space at the Duo project in the Bugis area.
— The Business Times

Braddell View owners hoping for second bid at selling en bloc
Braddell View may have failed in its bid to go en bloc, but a number of home owners are shrugging it off and remain hopeful that developers will eventually bite.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

$460k raised for efforts to boost family ties
Focus on the Family Singapore, a charity that promotes the strengthening of family bonds, raised a total of $460,000 at its annual partnership dinner yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Tiong Seng Contractors clinches top BCA award
Local builder Tiong Seng Contractors, the company behind projects such as Sentosa Integrated Resorts and St Regis Hotel, was one of the biggest winners at the Building Construction Authority (BCA) awards ceremony.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New push to boost business at wet market in Jurong
A sign change, weekend massage services and an extension of a shuttle bus service are among efforts by the management of Jurong West Hawker Centre to increase footfall and improve the business of its stallholders.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Online wine platform shuts down abruptly
An online wine subscription platform here has shut down abruptly, leaving customers in the lurch with unfulfilled subscription plans amounting to thousands of dollars.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

National Wages Council recommends structured training to spur productivity
The National Wages Council (NWC) has urged employers to offer their staff structured training, saying this would encourage productivity growth to support and sustain wage hikes.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

UOB chief banks on Asean focus amid trade war
United Overseas Bank (UOB) is betting South-east Asia will shield it from the escalating trade war between the United States and China, distancing itself from the approach of its two main rivals that have expanded their focus to Hong Kong and the mainland.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Swiber creditors approve restructuring proposal
Debt-laden offshore and marine group Swiber Holdings and its subsidiary Swiber Offshore Construction (SOC) have received key approval from creditors for a proposed restructuring that involves an investment of up to US$200 million (S$276 million) from New York-listed Seaspan Corp.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

URA launches tender of Bernam Street site in CBD
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) yesterday put a Bernam Street residential-with-commercial land parcel up for sale by tender, with about 75 more dwelling units, or 30 per cent higher than previously estimated under the first half 2019 Government Land Sales (GLS) programme.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

8 new MOE kindergartens to open in 2022
Eight new Ministry of Education (MOE) kindergartens will open in 2022, MOE announced on Thursday (May 30).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Online book about Singapore’s 700-year history to supplement secondary school curriculum
A new online interactive history book will be introduced to supplement the current curriculum in secondary schools, President Halimah Yacob announced at the launch of the Bicentennial Experience on Thursday (May 30).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Homeowner plagued with mould problem in new BTO gets hit with S$600 water bill despite shifting out
A homeowner who made headlines last month, after finding hundreds of mould spots all over the walls of her new BTO at Tampines Greenridge less than a month after she got the keys, is back in the news after she was hit with a hefty S$600 water bill despite shifting out during renovations. In …
— The Independent

Police issue warning as scammers now enter WhatsApp chat groups with stolen verification codes
The country’s police force issued a crime advisory as scammers have devised a new system for taking over WhatsApp accounts through a ruse used in group chats. This new variation of scamming, the Police said on their website and Facebook account on Wednesday, May 29, has been reported …
— The Independent

Woman jailed for stealing copies of newspapers from doorsteps
A woman who stole copies of The Straits Times and The New Paper from doorsteps of Housing Board flats was sentenced to jail for four weeks and 10 days on Wednesday (May 29).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MOE to open eight more kindergartens
Parents will have more quality kindergartens at affordable rates to choose from, as an additional eight Ministry of Education (MOE) kindergartens are opening across the island in 2022.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Get lost in world of fun at Jewel’s new park
Getting lost is no laughing matter, but it can be fun in the two new mazes at Jewel Changi Airport.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Woman gets probation for group attack on teenager over ‘flirting’
An arts school student who ganged up with four other women to attack a teenage girl accused of flirting with their friend’s boyfriend has been dealt with.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

First look at Jewel Changi Airport’s Canopy Park, Sky Nets, slides and mazes
Jewel Changi Airport’s much-awaited play attractions on its top-floor Canopy Park, as well as its partially glass-bottomed bridge open to the public on Jun 10.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Young wife slashed mother-in-law with chopper when confronted over suspected affair
23-year-old Nurul Natasha Sazali was sentenced to an eight-month jail term, last Friday (24 May), after she punched her mother-in-law in the face and slashed her with a chopper. The court heard that Nurul, who lived in western Singapore with her 25-year-old husband and his 68-year-old mother, …
— The Independent




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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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