Singapore morning news for September 10

Singapore morning news for September 10

Singapore morning news15,000 more pre-school places at PCF centres in the next 5 years: PM Lee
Speaking at the PAP Community Foundation’s (PCF) annual Family Day at Gardens by the Bay on Sunday (9 Sep), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong – who was Guest of Honour – noted that in the last three years, PCF Sparkletots has created close to 10,000 places across its childcare and infant care centres.
— Channel NewsAsia

Goodbye Merlion, hello Merli! SBT injects new life into old friend (video)
The Merlion has been a marketing symbol of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) since 1966, the lion-headed fish recognised internationally as representing Singapore. At 52 though, the Merlion is starting to show its age. Enter Merli.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Marital rape, voyeurism to become offences in ‘sweeping’ changes proposed for Singapore’s penal code
The abolishment of marital immunity for rape and the introduction of voyeurism as an offence form part of what Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam described as “sweeping” changes to Singapore’s penal code proposed by a review committee in its 500-page report.
— Channel NewsAsia

How supermarkets fight food waste in Singapore
This number is expected to increase with Singapore’s growing population and economic activity.
— The New Paper

Thousands back petition to maintain Singapore’s gay sex ban
An online petition calling for Singapore’s ban on gay sex to be maintained has picked up nearly 58,000 signatures since it was started on Saturday (8 September) afternoon.
— Yahoo News

AVA recalls tainted bottled water from Malaysia over bacteria fears
A brand of bottled drinking water imported from Malaysia has been recalled after a bacteria was found during a routine sampling of the product, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said on Saturday (Sep 8).
— Channel NewsAsia

Enhanced protection proposed for the vulnerable
They were abused over a long period of time by those they trusted, only to finally die by their hands.
— The New Paper

Keyhole spine surgery saved 79-year-old’s back – and sanity
When a severe degenerative spinal condition kept Mdm Tan Beow Kheng in constant pain for more than two years, the 79-year-old housewife entertained thoughts of suicide.
— TodayOnline

Infosys and Temasek Announce Joint Venture in Singapore
Infosys (NYSE: INFY), a global leader in consulting, technology and next-generation services, today announced the formation of a joint venture with Temasek, the global investment company headquartered in Singapore.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Chicken rice and salted egg yolk chips: Singapore food brands go down a treat in Hong Kong
A shopper chatting in a supermarket about which brand of salted egg yolk chips to buy received some straight-to-the point advice: “Only buy the one that says made in Singapore.”
— The Straits Times

Singapore retailer adopts big data to holistically disrupt retail game
Singapore-based retail chain Toy or Game (TOG) is disrupting the way hobby/collectible stores manage their businesses and engage their shoppers.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

HDB resale market to stabilise with more clarity on older flats
At the National Day Rally, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong outlined the Government’s approach to resolve issues regarding the dwindling leases of housing Board flats.
— The Straits Times

Singapore placed 28th in retirement security
The research found that the larger portion of healthcare expenditure in Singapore is not covered by insurance.
— Singapore Business Review

Fifth Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum to be held in Singapore (12-13 Sept)
The 5th edition of SIGEF, the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum, is set up in Singapore on 12-13 September, to coincide with the city state’s ASEAN 2018 Chairmanship and held for the first time in Southeast Asia.
— TOC

Horyou’s Fifth Edition of SIGEF is in Singapore
The 5th edition of SIGEF, the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum, is set up in Singapore on 12-13 September, to coincide with the ASEAN 2018 Chairmanship.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

30,000 SUSS alumni to get S$500 lifelong credit to go back to school
Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) alumni who enrol for new undergraduate, graduate or modular courses with the university will each get S$500 worth of learning credits from Saturday (Sept 8).
— TodayOnline

Public housing initiatives a hot topic when Parliament sits on Monday
The much-debated topic of Housing and Development Board (HDB) lease expiry, as well as the new Voluntary Early Redevelopment Scheme (Vers) and Home Improvement Programme 2 (HIP 2) are among the hot-button issues that will take centre stage when Parliament sits on Monday (Sept 10).
— TodayOnline

Private-hire drivers may claim tax deduction, larger relief for cabbies: MOF
Taxi drivers are set to receive greater tax relief while private-hire car drivers will be entitled to claim tax deductions for expenses, after the Ministry of Finance (MOF) accepted public feedback on proposed amendments to the Income Tax Act.
— Channel NewsAsia

The rise and demise of Mount Vernon Columbarium
Come Sept 30, the curtains will fall on the Mount Vernon Columbarium, after an almost 60-year run which has seen the 7.1-hectare site become an intimate part of many Singaporeans’ lives.
— TodayOnline

Ascendas-Singbridge expands into US with 33 office acquisitions
Ascendas-Singbridge acquired a portfolio of 33 high-quality office properties in its first foray into the US market, an announcement revealed.
— Singapore Business Review

When teacher’s punishment crosses the line
She would lose her temper and raise her voice in class.
— The Straits Times

Facebook data centre to support ‘hundreds of jobs’ in Singapore
Facebook expects its data centre in Singapore to “support hundreds of jobs” as it forms parts of its presence in the city and across Asia.
— Singapore Business Review

Dairy Farm to replace Starhub in STI
Dairy Farm International will join the Strait Times Index (STI) by 24 September and is set to replace StarHub, the Singapore Exchange (SGX) revealed. Upon inclusion, the pan-Asian retailer will join four other STI constituents that are quoted and traded in US dollars.
— Singapore Business Review

Full-time Police National Serviceman dies from gunshot wound to his head
A full-time Police National Serviceman died on Sunday (Sep 9), six days after he was found with a gunshot wound to his head at the Protective Security Command in Ulu Pandan.
— Channel NewsAsia

Visa-free, visa on arrival travel for Indians to 59 countries
Singapore takes the second place along with Germany with visa-free travel to 188 destinations.
—Khaleej Times

Decision on Section 377A ‘a matter for Parliament’: Shanmugam
Any decision on Section 377A of Singapore’s Penal Code is “a matter for Parliament”, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam on Saturday (Sep 8) at a Ministry of Home Affairs event.
— Channel NewsAsia

End of 40-year feud over shortcut a relief for Grange Heights condo residents
It might be only an 883 sq m strip of land unnoticed by many, but with a $63 million claim at stake, the land could be the most contentious piece of real estate in Singapore.
— The Straits Times

Making fashion sustainable: Small business interview series with Swapaholic
In Singapore, Swapaholic gives environmentally-minded fashion enthusiasts the opportunity to trade their used clothes for credits that can be used to purchase trendy attire.
— TOC

M&As seal the endgame for Singapore’s graduating startups
Singapore businesses that have achieved enough scale to graduate from the startup scene have been steady maintaining the trend towards M&As as their main exit route instead of going public like their counterparts in US and China as acquisitions continue to be the main growth engine of startup exits in Southeast Asia.
— Singapore Business Review

 

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