Singapore morning news for September 20

Singapore morning news for September 20

Singapore morning news

HSA stops supply of 8 medicines used to treat heartburn due to cancer-causing impurity found
Eight brands of ranitidine medicines – used to treat patients with conditions like heartburn and gastric ulcers – were removed from Singapore shelves for containing a cancer-causing agent.
— The Straits Times

16 million N95 masks available in national stockpile as haze covers Singapore
The Government has a national stockpile of 16 million N95 masks that can be released to the market when required, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday (Sep 19).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Investments in robots hit record $22.7b last year; Singapore, South Korea lead in robot density
Robot shipments are expected to jump 39 per cent from 2018 to 2022 from a record annual sales level of US$16.5 billion (S$22.7 billion) last year, according to the World Robotics report.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Spread of fake news not just a threat to media, but hurts society and business too: Media leaders
The rise of fake news is an existential moment for journalism, and there needs to be a combined global effort to combat it.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

CPF Board will improve how it conveys messages after criticisms on Tsk ad
Are senior citizens portrayed in a bad light in a recent Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board advertisement that shows them making their disapproval known with tsk tsk sounds?
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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95 SAF personnel honoured for contributions to disaster relief, fighting Islamic State
Ninety-five Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) personnel received Overseas Service Medals on Thursday (Sep 19) for their contributions to disaster relief operations in Palu, Indonesia as well as counter-Islamic State efforts in the Middle East.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Gender quotas key to reducing leadership gap in Asia Pacific, say corporate leaders
Policymakers across the region should adopt quotas on corporate boards to reduce the gender gap in leadership positions, according to female speakers at a forum on Thursday (Sept 19).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Bahrain accelerates setup process for Singapore startups
The Bahrain Economic Development Board launched a fast-track setup process for Singaporean businesses and startups that will help them access the broader Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region markets through Bahrain.
— Singapore Business Review

Singapore and Panama sign agreement to strengthen maritime relations
Vessels registered with Singapore or Panama will now benefit from faster checks and clearances when calling at the other country’s ports, after the two nations signed an agreement to strengthen maritime relations on Thursday (Sept 19).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore to enter 7th day of unhealthy air quality, firms with outdoor workers take haze precautions
Even as the Republic looks set to enter a seventh day of unhealthy air quality on Friday (Sept 20) in some parts of the country, several companies with employees working outdoors are taking measures to protect staff.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Committee recommends online platform for couples planning divorce, ways to make process less painful
Couples considering divorce may soon take more formal steps before deciding if they want to go ahead and split up officially.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore Airlines extends Formula 1 Grand Prix title sponsorship until 2021
Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced on Thursday (Sep 19) a two-year extension of its title sponsorship of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

27 more overhead bridges in areas such as Toa Payoh, Bendemeer to get lifts
Pedestrians will be spared the climb at some overhead bridges in areas such as Toa Payoh and Bendemeer from 2022.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Students to take PSLE, national exams in enclosed spaces; air purifiers will be used if haze worsens: MOE
The PSLE listening comprehension exams start on Friday, and the written examinations begin next Thursday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SingPost’s US e-commerce units seek bankruptcy protection
Singapore Post said its two struggling US e-commerce units, Jagged Peak and TradeGlobal, have filed voluntary petitions for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as a six-month process to find buyers for the businesses failed.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MAS chief Ravi Menon to head BIS Asian Consultative Council
Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) managing director Ravi Menon has been appointed chairman of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Asian Consultative Council (ACC).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Government working on new pricing model for HDB flats in Greater Southern Waterfront: Lawrence Wong
The Government is working out a new pricing model for future public housing in the Greater Southern Waterfront, in order to mitigate the so-called “lottery effect” of obtaining a subsidised flat in a prime area, said Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong on Thursday (Sep 19).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Tough work tracking down high-rise litterbugs
When tracking down the culprits behind high-rise littering, sometimes all that National Environment Agency (NEA) officers have to go on is a photograph of rubbish on the ground.
— The Straits Times

Motor racing: Lewis Hamilton not pushing panic button as he chases Singapore GP hat-trick
Alarm bells are not going off even if reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton is in a mini-slump, with the race driver his usual cool self during a press conference at the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix on Thursday night (Sept 19).
— The Straits Times

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Temasek’s Vertex closes record $420m South-east Asian fund
Vertex Venture Holdings, a unit of Singapore’s Temasek Holdings, has closed its fourth South-east Asia and India fund at a record US$305 million (S$420 million).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Metal screw found in packet of Garrett popcorn? It could be an isolated incident, says SFA
A recent incident in which a metal screw was found in a packet of Garrett popcorn bought at Raffles City could be an isolated case, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said on Wednesday (Sept 18).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

192,000 needy families get $5.8m in transport vouchers
Some 192,000 households have received about $5.8 million in vouchers in the 2018 Public Transport Voucher Exercise, part of an annual exercise to help needy families cope with transport expenses.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Circuit Road murder trial: Accused said he spent money on nurse but got nothing
A man who strangled a 28-year-old nurse in a jealous rage and tried to have sex with her corpse told police after his arrest that he spent money on her for years but ended up with nothing, the High Court heard on Thursday (Sept 19).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

1,500 cabbies now able to handle digital payments, apps to improve productivity after undergoing training
About 1,500 taxi drivers from ComfortDelGro have been trained in digital skills, as part of nationwide efforts to help workers hop on Singapore’s digital transformation journey.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

31 workers at Mandai crematorium, funeral companies warned over red packet practice
The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) on Thursday (Sep 19) said that it issued warnings to 17 workers at the Mandai crematorium found to have been receiving red packets from employees of funeral services companies in return for giving the latter preferential treatment.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Family Court judges may get more power to act to protect child in acrimonious divorces, among wide-ranging recommendations
Family Court Judges are likely to get more power to act in divorce disputes to prevent conflicts from dragging on and inflicting more hurt to the children involved.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Researchers from Singapore and MIT unveil new microscope that can study cells better
It is the first microscope that can capture the nuclear membrane fluctuations of live cells in real time.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Healthy and wealthy: SGInnovate makes a strategic investment in HealthBeacon
Singapore government-backed SGInnovate makes forays into Medtech Singapore’s SGInnovate along with Manatt has led a strategic investment in Dublin and Boston-based HealthBeacon as part of completing the Series A fundraising announced in January.
— e27

Singapore’s Carro drives to Malaysia with a US$30M investment into car bidding platform myTukar
Through its e-commerce channel, myTukar allows private sellers to schedule a vehicle inspection with a sales service agent Carro, a wholesale automotive marketplace headquartered in Singapore, has invested US$30 million in Malaysia-based car bidding platform myTukar.
— e27

Samko Timber unit to buy majority stake in Indonesian firm for up to $28.5m
Mainboard-listed Samko Timber’s unit PT Sempurna Graha Abadi (SGA) will buy a 51 per cent stake in PT Sumber Graha Maluku (SGM), and will pay up to US$20.7 million (S$28.5 million) to SGM’s parent company PT Barito Wanabinar Indonesia (BWI).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

First 3 stations on Thomson-East Coast Line to open by end-January
Six years after construction began, the first stretch of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) will open by end of January next year.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S’pore Idol winner Taufik Batisah is a property agent
The 37-year-old joined his elder brother as an agent.
— Mothership

Driver of taxi which ploughed into pedestrians at Alexandra Road junction had ruptured liver tumour: Coroner
The driver of an SMRT taxi which ploughed into pedestrians at the junction of Alexandra Road in March had a ruptured liver tumour, causing him to lose consciousness at the time of the accident, a coroner’s inquiry found on Wednesday (Sep 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Festival aiming to combat mental health stigma happening at Timbre+ on Sept. 28, 2019
The festival will feature workshops on making your own essential oils, pottery, mindfulness and yoga, as well as an escape room.
— Mothership

Advisable for investors to have options in times of uncertainty: GIC chief executive
These uncertain times mean investors should ensure they have a range of options, including keeping some cash as dry powder for more immediate needs, said GIC chief executive Lim Chow Kiat on Thursday (Sept 19).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

4 taken to hospital after 3-vehicle accident in Havelock Road
Four people were taken to hospital after a three-vehicle accident at the junction of Havelock Road and Saiboo Street on Wednesday (Sept 18) morning.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Worker dies after steel plate falls on him at Hougang worksite
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is investigating after a steel plate fell on a worker at a Hougang worksite, killing him.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Doctor rapped over patient’s death after knee surgery
The way a doctor treated a patient who died following total knee replacement goes beyond mere human error, said a coroner at the conclusion of a seven-day hearing.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)



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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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