Singapore Morning News For December 25

Singapore Morning News For December 25

Singapore morning news2017: A year of missteps and mismanagement for Lee Hsien Loong
2017 was a horrible year for Singapore’s government — and for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in particular, which began with an open and vocal stoush with China.
AEC News Today 

Keppel pledges to protect dividends from ‘one-off’ Brazil bribery fine
Singapore’s Keppel Corp Ltd said the impact of a mammoth fine borne by its offshore unit will be a ‘one-off’ in this year’s earnings and will not impact dividends, as analysts predicted a share-price slump when markets reopen on Tuesday (Dec 26).
Channel NewsAsia 

Singapore’s tourism industry set to finish 2017 on strong note
WITH the festive period under way, Singapore’s tourism industry looks poised to finish the year strong, bolstered by growing arrivals from China.
The Business Times 

Looking Ahead to 2018: A year of reckoning for S’pore’s cashless ambitions
After several stop-start attempts, 2018 looks set to be year when Singapore takes a giant stride towards becoming a cashless society, with major nationwide initiatives in the pipeline next year.
Today Online 

How much environmental damage does Christmas cause?
Food wastage and increased burning of fossil fuels – these are some of the hidden costs of Christmas Singaporeans do not see as they celebrate. Can more be done to reduce the carbon footprint amid all the festivities and celebrations?
Channel NewsAsia (video)

Singapore GST could go up 2 percentage points in 2018
THE Goods and Services Tax (GST) is likely to be raised by two percentage points in Budget 2018 as Singapore’s spending needs continue to grow, according to Development Bank of Singapore (DBS) senior economist Irvin Seah.
The Nation 

NGO disputes report on exploitation of maids, plans to relook survey data
A non-governmental organisation (NGO) helping migrant workers has said a study published last month, which found six in 10 foreign domestic helpers here to have been exploited, was published without its consent.
Today Online 

More Singaporeans travelling over two long festive weekends
More Singaporeans are making use of the two long festive weekends to take an extended holiday overseas compared with last year, say travel industry players.
The New Paper 

Getting Singapore’s rail network back on track in 2018
From Phase 3 of the Downtown Line to the Tuas West Extension, new sections of rail lines opened this year to bring more convenience to commuters. But 2017 may be remembered by Singaporeans for two major rail incidents instead.
Channel NewsAsia 

Rehoming dogs is still main challenge
Although regulations and attitudes have shifted to be more welcoming towards stray dog adoption, the rehoming of stray dogs is still a challenge for many animal welfare groups (AWGs) in Singapore.
The New Paper 

2018: From disappearing “independent” PAP MP to the IMDA
Feverish work going on as we approach Budget Day in March. “One per cent, 2 per cent or 3 per cent? Start with 2 per cent, give very generous subsidies, get through election and then add another 1 per cent later? Or? How? How?”
The Independent Singapore

Jetstar flight from Singapore turns back due to passengers’ argument over phone
A Jetstar plane bound for Australia was delayed in Singapore and police were called in after three passengers were involved in a heated argument over a phone.
Channel NewsAsia

Supreme Court appoints news senior judges
Justice Chao Hick Tin will be appointed senior judge of the Supreme Court, among other changes to the Bench announced yesterday.
The New Paper 

MBS’s staff and star power drive Sands for Singapore outreach
SHOPPERS bustling in and out of stores with bags in hand, diners enjoying a meal in the restuarants, comfortable chatter in the air. These are some of the daily sights at Marina Bay Sands.
The Business Times 

Singapore Airlines launches chatbot for customer queries
Singapore Airlines (SIA)launched a beta chatbot, as it expands digital servicing channels for customers. The bot, named ‘Kris’, will initially be available on the SIA global Facebook page, and will later be made available on
Manila Bulletin 

Meet the cabby who doesn’t just pick up passengers
It is eight in the morning on Sunday and cabby Simon Ng has just ended his graveyard shift. He is not heading for Woodlands where he stays for a much needed rest. Instead, the 57-year-old is making his way to Willing Hearts’ soup kitchen in Eunos.
Channel NewsAsia 


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