Singapore morning news for December 26

Singapore morning news for December 26

Singapore morning news

GIC said to snap up Taiwan shopping mall in $450m deal
Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC has reportedly struck a deal to make a $450-million acquisition for Taiwan’s Taimall Shopping Center in Taoyuan City.
— Deal Street Asia

Axiom Asia collects $1.4b for fifth fund of funds: Report
Singapore-based Axiom Asia Private Capital has gathered $1.4 billion for its fifth Asia-focused fund of funds, a vehicle that started raising late last year with a target to mop up over $1 billion.
– Deal Street Asia

Judge rejects CPF Board’s bid to recover $417k in alleged arrears
Decision comes after Jurong Country Club was fined $3.6k over CPF non-payments for gym instructor
— The Straits Times

Interactive special: A serial convict’s road to redemption
Serving his fifth jail term in 12 years, the future had never seemed so bleak and hopeless to Imran – until something happened that made him vow to turn his life around for good. Click here to explore our interactive special on Imran’s journey.
— Channel NewsAsia

Should You Buy StarHub Ltd Shares in 2019?
StarHub Ltd (SGX: CC3) has seen its share price falling dramatically, but does it pay to be a contrarian now?
— Motley Fool sg

Woodlands Santa is walking in a winter wonderland with neighbours
It’s a White Christmas for Woodlands residents, as the neighbourhood’s Santa Claus has added yet another touch of magic to his neighbourhood.
— The Straits Times

Cat hanging out on 2nd storey HDB clothes rack because flat windows no mesh
Curiosity will get the better of these cats. Eventually.
— Mothership

‘Tis the season of good cheer…
The holidays are upon us and, traditionally, the season would be one of good cheer for retailers as people load up on festive food and gifts. These days, however, shoppers’ dollars and goodwill have spread to scores of online stores. These stores are ready to express ship just about anything and everything — from groceries and furniture to electronics, clothes and luxury handbags — at a moment’s notice.
— The Edge

Sick Leave without Medical Certificate through the eyes of the workforce
Singapore – More companies are implementing an honour-based sick leave system that allows employees to take sick leaves without providing a medical certificate.
— The Independent sg

‘Other places don’t have this’: Santa Claus of Marsiling returns with bigger, more elaborate display
Fans of Marsiling carpenter Tan Koon Tat’s festive displays suggested that he build a house this Christmas – and he obliged, turning a snow-covered log cabin into reality.
— Channel News Asia

Thousands attend four-day Sikh festival to celebrate founder’s 550th birth anniversary and renew commitment to religious harmony
Over the past four days, thousands of Sikhs from Singapore and around the region were at the Singapore Expo for the largest gathering of the Sikh community in South-east Asia that featured speeches, devotional music and a heritage exhibition.
— The Straits Times

Mosque launches new brolly-sharing campaign
Congregants heading to Masjid Yusof Ishak will no longer have to worry about getting wet on rainy days, thanks to a new free shared umbrella campaign.
— Asia One

Why You Should Not Write Off Raffles Medical Group Ltd In 2019
Raffles Medical Group Ltd (SGX: BSL) is still in the pink of health.
— Motley Fool

Bicycles in S’pore are obliged to give way to faster traffic
Bicycles can also ride two max side-by-side.
— Mothership

Singapore’s ‘quail man’ could lose decades-old farm amid industry shake-up
It is one of the oldest surviving farms in Singapore and the bigger of two quail egg producers here. But in three years’ time, Mr William Ho may lose the decades-old business started by his father, pioneering poultry farmer Ho Seng Choon, who died in August at the age of 95.
— Today Singapore

Singapore Police Force creates amazing Christmas/ New Year MV with actual officers, wins more praise from netizens
Feel-good video.
— Mothership

Private rental market may be held up by en bloc sellers, lower supply
THE outlook for the private residential leasing market looks promising in 2019, with rent and occupancy rates likely to improve as supply eases and demand continues to be supported by displaced owners.
— The Business Times

Yahoo Poll: Can drivers and cyclists ever get along?
A video of a Singapore cyclist being run off by a lorry driver after the cyclist went viral recently. It reignited longstanding tensions between drivers and cyclists.
— Yahoo News

Whiff of extinction blows in bull market that outlived them all
It’s been a house of cards, a gift to the one-per cent, an experiment in monetary policy taken way too far.
— The Business Times

Commentary: The festive season brings loneliness, sorrow and anxiety for some
The holidays can trigger anxiety, depressive disorders and OCD, says one IMH expert who highlights how to cope with these feelings.
— Channel NewsAsia


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With a decade of experience as an editor and journalist, Roy has edited mastheads across Australia and Southeast Asia, from the remote island communities of the Torres Strait to Cambodia’s only award-winning newspaper, The Phnom Penh Post.

A a professional photographer since the days of film, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photomedia and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.

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