Singapore Morning News For December 14

Singapore Morning News For December 14

Singapore morning newsSingapore defence ministry to invite 300 hackers to test its cyber defences
International and local hackers will try to locate vulnerabilities in its Internet-linked systems.
The Nation 

Singapore’s 2017 growth forecast upgraded to 3.3%: MAS survey
Singapore’s economic growth this year is expected to come in at 3.3 per cent, according to private-sector economists polled in a quarterly survey by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) released on Wednesday (Dec 13).
Channel NewsAsia 

What’s in the New Singapore-Philippines Urban Warfare Terror Training?
The interaction is an example of indigenous capacity-building initiatives underway on the counterterrorism front.
The Diplomat (paywall)

Singapore’s top Google searches feature tech and sports
That is what the search engine’s newly revealed report of top trending searches in Singapore for 2017 shows.
The New Paper 

Unemployment rate for Singaporeans drops to 3.2% in Q3
The labour market in Singapore continued to improve in the third quarter, with the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for citizens declining from 3.3 per cent in June to 3.2 per cent in September, said the Manpower Ministry (MOM) in a report released on Wednesday (Dec 13).
Channel NewsAsia (video)

HP unveils S$100m campus, home to its first advanced manufacturing centre
SINGAPORE’S advanced manufacturing sector has received a fillip with the opening of HP’s new Asia-Pacific Japan (APJ) campus at Depot Close.
The Business Times

Finstar backs DFI in $50m investment, to deploy $150m into Asian fintech
International private equity (PE) firm Finstar Financial Group (Finstar) has backed a $50 million investment in Digital Finance International (DFI), a digital lending solution developer, to help the latter expand its presence in the Asia Pacific (APAC).
DealStreetAsia 

Philippine troops honing urban warfare skills in Singapore
Singapore is helping the Philippines train its troops in urban warfare as part of its offer of counterterrorism assistance earlier this year to help Manila tackle an Islamic insurgency on the southern island of Mindanao.
Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

What should Singapore do about Operation Spectrum?
We at Illusio disagree with Jolovan Wham’s train protest, on the grounds that even activists and protesters in the liberal West know better than to stage a protest inside a train.
The Independent Singapore 

Complaints of noise from empty flat in Singapore
When he heard about a resident’s complaint over the sound of chairs being dragged from a flat above, Marine Parade GRC MP Tan Chuan-Jin thought it was a neighbourly dispute.
The Star Online 

Singapore Lifting Car Warranty Restrictions: A Game Changer for Car Owners?
On 11 Dec 2017, the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) announced that it will soon be lifting warranty restrictions that require car owners to get their cars serviced only at predesignated workshops.
The Independent Singapore 

Singapore solution to Philippine traffic woes
The time has come to limit the sale of new vehicles and stop the sale of used cars.
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Commentary: Carbon tax an opportunity to take a leap forward on sustainability and transparency
In his Budget speech in February this year, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat laid the groundwork for the implementation of a carbon tax in Singapore by 2019.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

Mobile phone scams up 120% due to phoney requests via Facebook
Phone-related scams more than doubled from January to November this year, compared to the same period last year.
Today Online 

Singapore: Laws Chill Free Speech, Assembly
The Singapore government’s use of overly broad criminal laws, oppressive regulations, and civil lawsuits severely curtails freedom of speech and assembly, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
Human Right Watch 

How Singapore’s 50-year-old land sales programme is evolving
Have you wondered how the government knows what land to use, and when? And even further back, how did Singapore’s dense and diverse landscape come into being?
Channel NewsAsia (video)

Private economists up 2017 GDP growth forecast to 3.3%
Private sector economists and analysts have raised their forecast for Singapore’s economic growth this year to 3.3 per cent, but flagged the slowdown in the Chinese economy, geopolitical uncertainty in North Korea and the Middle East, and global trade protectionism as major concerns.
Today Online 

Government opts for balanced approach to state land sales for H1 2018
THE Ministry of National Development’s (MND’s) decision to maintain state land sales for private residential development for the next half year at around the same levels as the current half’s slate is seen as a balanced approach between having, currently, a strong land demand and avoiding a potential oversupply in future.
The Business Times 

Did you bring the right passport to the checkpoint?
In the first 10 months of this year, about 600 Singaporeans turned up at the Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints either with a wrong passport, or without a passport.
Channel NewsAsia 

Hong Kong man jailed for abandoning son in Singapore
The Chinese-language daily said on Tuesday that the man, who had earlier pleaded guilty to wilfully abandoning the child, was sentenced by the Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Court.
The New Paper 

Some parents still buying formula milk in Johor Baru after fake product scare
Undeterred by the fake baby milk scare in Johor Baru, some Singapore parents plan to continue buying formula milk from Malaysia as the products are cheaper there.
Channel NewsAsia 

 

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