Singapore Morning News For November 30

Singapore Morning News For November 30

Singapore morning newsCharges Cast Spotlight on Singapore’s Strict Rules on Public Gatherings
Prosecutors in Singapore have charged an activist with holding unauthorized public assemblies, which human rights groups have criticized as an excessive restriction on free speech.
The New York Times 

A declining threat? On the trail of the Zika virus a year after hundreds of cases in Singapore
In a quiet neighbourhood in eastern Singapore, a 47-year-old woman was developing a rash, fever and conjunctivitis. Had the symptoms developed separately, her General Practitioner would have barely batted an eyelid.
Channel NewsAsia 

More support for media freelancers with launch of tripartite standard
A tripartite standard which aims to encourage fair and progressive workplaces that better support media freelancers was officially launched on Wednesday (Nov 29).
Channel NewsAsia (video)

Grab hitches top Visa honcho to lead e-payments drive
GRAB has snagged a top corporate executive from payments giant Visa to steer the ride-hailing company’s payments business, in a move that shows its resolve to stay ahead in the business, The Business Times has learnt.
The Business Times 

SGInnovate to invest in 20 startups as part of deep-tech strategy for 2018
SGINNOVATE will invest millions of dollars in at least 20 deep-tech startups founded in Singapore and target 15,000 participants to attend more than 150 deep-tech events in 2018, the Singapore government-owned innovation platform said on Wednesday.
The Business Times

Compulsory checks on building facades could kick in by mid-2018
The authorities are currently training a pool of experts in facade inspection, as part of preparation for the new rules expected next year.
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Channel NewsAsia (video)

Singapore, Indonesia hold first multi-agency anti-terror exercise
Singapore and Indonesia are making greater efforts to tackle common threats, such as Islamic State fighters returning to the region, with their first multi-agency anti-terrorism exercise.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

It’s time to pick up the pieces and rebuild Singapore’s O&M sector
A MULTI-YEAR downturn has taken a toll on job numbers in Singapore’s offshore and marine (O&M) sector.
The Business Times 

Singapore, Brunei Conclude Military Exercise
This month, Singapore and Brunei carried out another iteration of one of their annual military exercises. The drills, which came amid a series of other interactions as well, highlighted the ongoing defense ties between the two fellow Southeast Asian states.
The Diplomat 

MOH investigating clinic that allegedly caused 14-month-old boy to overdose on cough medicine
The Ministry of Health is investigating YSL Bedok Clinic and Surgery, following media reports that the clinic had apparently inappropriately dispensed cough medicine to a child.
Today Online 

Low-income and owning a car. Why?
This low-income family did not renovate their Bedok flat when they moved in. Neither do they go on holidays. But there is one sacrifice the Hans are unwilling to make: Give up their car for public transport.
Channel NewsAsia 

Wages in S’pore forecast to rise 3.9% in 2018: Survey
Workers here can expect a marginally higher salary increase next year compared with the one they got this year, according to a new survey which illustrates the cautious mood in the job market.
Today Online 

30,000 orders delayed by Ezbuy’s woes with China e-commerce site
An estimated 30,000 orders placed with Ezbuy were disrupted due to its ongoing problems with a China e-commerce site, but the e-shopping service provider popular among consumers here pledged on Wednesday (Nov 29) that it was “working towards fulfilling all orders that have been affected” by next week.
Today Online 

Police warn of fake Apple emails designed to capture your credit card details
The police have received at least 20 reports of victims being cheated into providing their personal information and credit card details on phishing websites after responding to emails that were purportedly sent by Apple or iTunes.
Channel NewsAsia

Tow tug fire damages plane at Singapore Airport
A tow tug has caught fired while pulling a Singapore Airlines jet at Singapore Changi Airport.
Video shows damage to the outside of the plane as it was being towed early on Wednesday morning.
Stuff

Japan’s Donki to launch second outlet in Singapore, first store set for Dec 1 opening
Japanese discount store Don Quijote, known as Don Don Donki, is set to open a second outlet in Tanjong Pagar mid-June next year.
Channel NewsAsia 

Man who sprinkled white flour at Woodleigh MRT station gets maximum fine
The man who sprinkled white flour around Woodleigh MRT station and caused it to be shut down for several hours in April in a security scare, was fined the maximum penalty of S$1,000 for public nuisance on Wednesday (Nov 29).
Channel NewsAsia

New scheme to allow social workers to handle mentally-incapacitated elderly clients’ finances
Seniors who have the financial means but not the mental capacity to arrange for the care they need will get help soon, under a pilot allowing social workers to manage part of their finances.
Today Online 

OBS’ mission to help youth be more rugged ‘more relevant’ today: PM Lee
Describing how children are more sheltered and have fewer chances to “rough it out” these days, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that they can learn to be more tenacious and resourceful by going for outdoor adventures with the Outward Bound Singapore (OBS).
Today Online 

Employers urged to meet new standards when hiring media freelancers
Voluntary guidelines to protect freelancers in the media industry were launched on Wednesday (Nov 29), paving the way for companies to offer such workers written contracts, timely payment and insurance coverage.
Today Online 

Singapore condemns Pyongyang’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile test
Singapore “strongly opposes and condemns” North Korea’s reported test of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday (Nov 29), said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement.
The Straits Times (paywall)

 

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