Singapore morning news for September 25

Singapore morning news for September 25
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Only 1 in 2 Singaporeans feels fulfilled in life with finances seen as biggest obstacle: AXA survey
When questioned about the struggles faced in reaching goals, money-related matters such as the increasing cost of living (51 per cent), and the inability to save enough money (35 per cent) came up as the most common concerns.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Key pact on US use of air, naval bases in Singapore renewed till 2035
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and US President Donald Trump have renewed a key defence pact which allows American forces to use Singapore’s air and naval bases, extending it by another 15 years to 2035.
— The Straits Times

Three companies with offices in Singapore fingered for involvement in haze
The haze is back. And as forest fires rage on in Indonesia, a Singapore connection has surfaced.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Accountant embezzled nearly S$4 million from company, remitting most home to the Philippines
An accountant with access to his company’s cheque books and bank accounts embezzled almost S$4 million from the firm over about four years, remitting most of the money back home to the Philippines.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore Track and Trace blockchain solution to be adopted by California citrus packer
DiMuto, a tech-based trade solutions platform that provides end-to-end supply chain visibility for global businesses, has expanded its footprint into the USA by closing a deal with major citrus packer Fancher Creek Packing.
— Fresh Plaza

Japanese tourists to Singapore on the rise after 5-year drop | Video
The number of visitors from Japan grew 4.6 per cent to 830,000 last year, says the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

PM Lee receives World Statesman Award, says Singapore’s policies in fostering harmony have served it well but challenges remain
Singapore’s policies and practices have served the country well in uniting its people and strengthening its identity over the decades, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Monday (Sep 23).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

How 5G revived a zombie company and made one man $1.2b
For most people, the transition to 5G means faster mobile data speeds, possibly up to 100 times quicker than the current standards.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Samsung says online $3 Galaxy S10 phone promotion is fake
Have you seen an article online promoting Samsung’s Galaxy S10 phones for an unbelievable price of $3? It is fake, said the tech giant.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore firms in Myanmar to get better protection under new bilateral treaty
A new treaty signed in Yangon on Tuesday (Sept 24) will allow Singapore companies in Myanmar to turn to international arbitration to seek recourse during investment disputes.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Gifted kids get their own pre-school programmes
Most Singaporeans are familiar with the Gifted Education Programme (GEP) in local schools, but there is now a growing pre-school and enrichment scene for younger children.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

How clear the air looks is not an accurate gauge of how bad the haze is, say expert and NEA
What you see is not what you get, at least when it comes to the haze as poor visibility could be due to water vapour instead of haze particles.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Tan Tock Seng programme quickens post-surgery recovery, saving patients $2,197 each
Like all other patients, Ms Michelle Tan was hoping for a quick recovery after keyhole surgery in January this year to remove her stage 3 colon cancer.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore facing ‘acute’ shortage of fintech talent with over a third switching jobs in past year: Poll
Singapore is facing an acute talent shortage in the financial technology (fintech) sector, according to a big majority of companies surveyed by recruiting firm Michael Page.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Retailer Milking Cow probed by SFA after claims of glass and bugs found in food products
Several complaints have been lodged with the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) after claims that glass and bugs were found in a local retailer’s food products meant for consumption by lactating mothers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Plenty of trouble for both ezbuy & S’pore customer after TV purchase arrives with shattered screen
On Sep. 22, Facebook page All Singapore Stuff shared the shopping experience of one ezbuy customer.
— Mothership

Man who was kidnapped when trying to abscond gets jail for cheating $600k from scam victims
A man who was kidnapped – and later released – when absconding to Malaysia while he was under police investigations here for scams was convicted in court on Tuesday (Sept 24) for cheating offences.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Straits Times photo exhibition showcases most powerful news images from around the world
More than 250 of the most powerful images captured by local and international photojournalists in the past year will be on display in October at Through The Lens (TTL), a photo exhibition organised by The Straits Times.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Allianz, Nippon in race to buy Aviva units in Singapore, Vietnam for up to US$2.5 billion: Sources
German insurer Allianz, Nippon Life and MS&AD Insurance are vying with rivals to buy the Singapore and Vietnam businesses of Britain’s Aviva in a deal likely to be worth up to US$2.5 billion, sources said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

President Halimah encourages employers to design workplaces to include people with special needs
When Sharlyne Lee, 16, graduates from St Andrew’s Autism School (SAAS) in two years, she hopes to get a job as a jewellery designer or as an employee at a food and beverage outlet.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

270 reports of errant PMD and e-bike users received in a month through LTA transport app
These reports have helped the Land Transport Authority validate hot spots on its radar and also identify new areas for enforcement, the authority said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SPH’s Lianhe Zaobao makes foray into English market with launch of online magazine
A new English-language online magazine aimed at offering insights and perspectives on China’s developments was launched on Tuesday (Sep 24) by Singapore Press Holdings’ (SPH) Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

10% less waste discarded by large shopping malls last year than five years ago
Large shopping malls in Singapore generated 10 per cent less waste last year compared to five years ago, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Tuesday (Sept 24).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SingPost unveils smart stamp, letterbox prototypes
SingPost unveiled prototypes of a new smart stamp and letterbox system that aims to cut down on lost and misdelivered mail, and improve delivery efficiency.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

US travel tech firm Sabre Corp opens Asia-Pac HQ at Paya Lebar Quarter
Travel technology company Sabre Corporation has opened a new Asia-Pacific headquarters at Paya Lebar Quarter in Singapore, it said on Tuesday (Sept 24).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Capability of firms, workers can buffer against present economic challenges: DPM Heng
Singapore is vulnerable to uncertainties in the global environment and its buffer against present headwinds are companies and workers’ capabilities, which will enable it to ride the eventual upturn, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Tuesday (Sept 24).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Grab contributed $8b to South-east Asia economy in a year
Grab said it contributed US$5.8 billion (S$8 billion) to South-east Asia’s economy in the 12 months leading up to March 2019, through driver, delivery, merchant and agent incomes and sales generated through its platform and Grab unit Kudo.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

JTC launches Tuas Bay Drive site for application
JTC on Tuesday made available a land parcel at Tuas Bay Drive for application, the fifth of six reserve list sites under the second half of the 2019 Industrial Government Land Sales (IGLS) programme.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Suspect in viral Facebook post who allegedly stole from grandma at polyclinic arrested and charged: Police
The suspect in a theft case that spread on social media after it was posted on Facebook has already been arrested and charged, the police said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

8 men arrested for unlicensed remittance activities in Little India
Eight men were arrested on Sunday (Sept 22) for allegedly carrying out remittance businesses without valid licenses in Little India.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Aesthetics doctor Georgia Lee made secret profits from minority shareholder’s investment
Instead of using $2 million that an investor had injected into her skincare companies as working capital, aesthetics doctor Georgia Lee turned the funds into loans and secretly profited by earning interest on them.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Cyclist caught in Pasir Ris viral video said lorry driver ‘intentionally swerved’ into him
A cyclist, who was caught on a viral video having an altercation with a lorry driver in Pasir Ris, told a district court on Tuesday (Sept 24) that the driver had intentionally swerved his vehicle and hit him.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

5 bus drivers sue SBS Transit in dispute over working hours and overtime pay
Five bus drivers are suing their employer SBS Transit, accusing the transport operator of underpaying them for overtime hours and for getting them to work more than 44 hours a week in breach of the Employment Act.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Sembcorp to take smart energy solutions to Vietnam in tripartite pact
A Sembcorp Industries unit has entered into a tripartite partnership with Vietnam state-owned property developer Becamex IDC Corporation (Becamex) and Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park JV Co (VSIP) to bring smart energy solutions to Vietnam.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

HSBC Private Banking makes 3 key appointments
HSBC Private Banking on Tuesday (Sept 24) announced the expanded role of Cynthia Lee as regional head of private wealth solutions (PWS) for Asia-Pacific (APAC), based in Hong Kong, as well as the appointment of Steven Weekes as head of PWS for South-east Asia, based in Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ex-medical social worker jailed 8 months for misappropriating over $50k from senior citizens
Joney Song Siang Siang, who siphoned off more than $47,000 from the bank accounts of two elderly nursing home residents, has admitted to misappropriating another $4,200 from seven more senior citizens.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Visiting monk from Nepal jailed for molesting woman in Geylang
A Nepalese monk who was visiting Singapore to renew his visa for travel molested a woman selling items in Geylang.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

CAAS, Thales set up $30m joint aviation innovation research lab
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and French aerospace firm Thales are jointly setting up a $30 million research lab in Singapore to drive innovation in new air traffic management (ATM) technologies, both companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday (Sept 24).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘One Piece’ leak from S’pore cinema causes film distributer to take credibility hit with Japanese copyright owners
Sadly, three weeks into the opening of the film, film distributor ODEX Private Limited discovered that someone had leaked recorded footage of the movie to Youtube.
— Mothership

Students draw from their own experiences to find solutions in cross-institution hackathon
Young people tapped into their own real-life issues as inspiration to win big at a cross-institution hackathon which culminated on Tuesday (Sept 24).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Gifted education is not ‘elitist’, says pre-school founder
Her pre-schools are named Growing Up Gifted (GUG), but Mrs Deanne Chong-Duffield takes a different approach to the idea of giftedness. For one thing, she is firmly against intelligence tests at a young age.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Chin Swee Road murder: Man accused of toddler’s death remanded for psychiatric observation
The man suspected of killing his two-year old daughter whose remains were found inside a metal pot at Chin Swee Road will be remanded for psychiatric observation, the court heard on Tuesday (Sept 24).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Woman rescued from lake at Xiao Guilin after British tourists sound the alarm
A 72-year-old woman was rescued on Tuesday (Sep 24) from the lake at Bukit Batok Town Park, also known as Little Guilin or Xiao Guilin, after two British tourists saw her in the water.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Gardens by the Bay murderer to appeal against conviction, life imprisonment sentence
A man sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his mistress will appeal against his conviction and sentence, a court heard on Tuesday (Sep 24).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

DBS, ST Engineering and Keppel Corp among top SGX-listed stocks in Temasek portfolio over last 3 years
The three top performing Singapore Exchange-listed (SGX) stocks in Temasek’s portfolio over the past three years were DBS, ST Engineering and Keppel Corp, said the exchange on Tuesday (Sept 24).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

2 women slashed with penknife in Ang Mo Kio robbery; 3 men arrested
Two women were slashed with a penknife during a robbery in Ang Mo Kio on Monday (Sep 23), the police said in a news release on Tuesday.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

6 adjoining Tanjong Pagar shophouses put on market for $57.8m
A row of six adjoining shophouses in Tanjong Pagar have been launched for sale, either individually or collectively, via an expression of interest exercise, joint marketing agents Colliers International and Jones Lang Lasalle Singapore (JLL) said on Tuesday (Sept 24).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Bishan Park Condo up for collective sale, with owners expecting $680m to $688m
Bishan Park Condominium in District 20 has been launched for collective sale, with the owners expecting offers of around $680 million to $688 million, marketing agent ERA Realty said on Tuesday (Sept 24).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commentary: Look up! Constantly looking down at your phone is causing you back and neck pain
But the good news is, not all neck and back pain will require intrusive treatments.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)



Feature photo Labourweek/ NTUC This Week

This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on World Maritime Day, September 26.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



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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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