Singapore morning news for April 15

Singapore morning news for April 15

Singapore morning newsSingapore Q1 GDP growth hits decade low
SINGAPORE’S economy is growing at the slowest clip since the global financial crisis, according to flash data for the first three months of the year.
— The Business Times

Massive cost overrun in infrastructure projects in Singapore in recent years
The media reported on Thu (‘Final stage of Circle Line to cost $4.85b’, 11 Apr) that the final stretch of Circle Line which would add three more stations linking Marina Bay to HarbourFront is expected to cost $4.85 billion. But in 2015, it was projected that it should cost only $3.7 …
— The Online Citizen

Singapore urged to tap AI to sustain growth
Singapore needs to tap artificial intelligence (AI) to sustain economic growth, Smart Nation and Digital Government Office deputy secretary Tan Kok Yam said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

$163.5m upgrading works to better fight tunnel fires
Works are under way to equip two underground roads here with the latest fire-fighting system, and the $163.5 million project is slated to be completed by 2022.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

116 cameras for Changi’s ‘smart digital tower’ trial
There are 116 cameras along the two runways at Changi Airport, as Singapore prepares for a trial later this year – the first of its kind that could change the way major airports handle flights.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Masagos: Circular economy approach key in going green
Singapore generated 7.7 million tonnes of waste last year, equivalent to the weight of 530,000 double-decker buses.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MAS maintains monetary policy, cuts core inflation forecast to 1 – 2%
THE Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is holding steady on monetary policy but downgrading its forecast range for core inflation to between 1 and 2 per cent, it announced at its latest half-yearly monetary policy review on Friday.
— The Business Times

Growing drug scourge of new psychoactive substances
Bartender Mabel used to mix more than just drinks. After her 9am to 10pm shift at a bar in a large hotel, then waitressing from 11pm to 3am, she would go home to shoot up cocktails of drugs that she concocted herself.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Reduce speed limits for healthier streets, motor vehicles travel too fast on the streets of Singapore says British expert
Motor vehicles travel too fast on the streets of Singapore, said a British expert as she called for speed limits on all non-expressways to be slowed to 30kmh.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

WhatsApp message on recruitment for ‘general election project’ is fake: Elections Department
The Elections Department (ELD) on Friday (Apr 12) warned of a fake message circulating on WhatsApp that offers people temporary work for an upcoming general election project.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘Big decision for country’: Indonesians in Singapore turn up in droves to vote in elections
The neighbourhood was quiet as my ride turned into Chatsworth Road, but it was the proverbial calm before the storm.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Fear, doubt & uncertainty: 4 reasons why “getting help” for sexual assault is not as easy as it sounds
It’s not as easy as it sounds.
— Mothership

STB chief seeks quality tourists over quantity
Hordes of tourists? No thanks, says the Singapore Tourism Board’s (STB) new chief executive Keith Tan.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore and India conduct bilateral armour exercise
The Singapore Army and the Indian Army have conducted a joint armour exercise that ended on Saturday (April 13).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore’s alleged use of too much Cambodian sand to reclaim land highlighted again in recent documentary
Thanks to a short 16-minute film put up online recently, the little red dot has come under the spotlight again.
— Mothership

WhiteCoat clinches AIA group healthcare deal
DIGITAL healthcare start-up WhiteCoat has inked a partnership with AIA to become the insurer’s exclusive telehealth provider for its corporate client base of 1.2 million employees and their dependants.
— The Business Times

STB targeting baby boomers and millennials
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) will target retired baby boomers from countries such as Japan and Australia, and younger millennials from key countries such as China and Indonesia, as part of a strategy to address a slide in spending by visitors.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Be discerning on funds’ income payouts
INVESTING with a view to generating income is a key building block for long-term portfolios.
— The Business Times

Rainwater to be harvested at two new housing estates
Two upcoming housing estates will help conserve water by harvesting rainwater for non-potable uses like washing common areas.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

UOL wins full control of Marina Mandarin hotel
The Marina Mandarin Singapore and parts of the Marina Square complex are changing hands for $675.3 million in a deal announced last Friday involving firms linked to tycoon Wee Cho Yaw.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Delivery driver sentenced to death for trafficking heroin
A freelance delivery driver has been sentenced to death for trafficking heroin, which he claimed his friend had told him were contraband cigarettes.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MPA pumps in S$650,000 for startups to develop innovative maritime solutions
THE Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is investing S$650,000 in seed funding for tech startups to develop innovative solutions to address key maritime challenges in Singapore, MPA and NUS Enterprise announced on Friday. NUS Enterprise is the entrepreneurial arm of the National …
— The Business Times

Addressing people’s aspirations central to role of governments: DPM Teo Chee Hean
Addressing people’s aspirations for better lives is central to the role of governments, said Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram down for users globally including Singapore
Facebook and its related apps Instagram and WhatsApp went down on Sunday evening (April 14), with several users taking to other social media to say they were experiencing difficulties.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘They are all winners in our eyes’: How being judged in SYF alongside mainstream schools helped Pathlight students build confidence
This year’s Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation was opened up to all special education schools for the first time – and they were held to the same standards as their mainstream peers.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New night event to kick off on Orchard Road next month
Visitors to Orchard Road will soon be able to grab a bite from a food truck and catch a street performance under the stars.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Water leak at Changi Airport’s Jewel due to ‘sprinkler issue’
Water leaks at Changi Airport’s Jewel and Terminal 1 on Saturday afternoon (Apr 13) were caused by a sprinkler issue, a spokesperson said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Maid arrested after parents identified her flinging 5-year-old son to the ground in viral Facebook video
She did not explain or apologise for her actions.
— Mothership

The reality of voters voting out governments is not as straightforward as what some put it to be
In a state media interview with Channel News Asia (CNA), Minister of Home Affairs and Law, K. Shanmugam was quoted as attempting to assuage public fears about the abuse of power by claiming that his government is accountable because Singaporeans have the power to vote them out in an …
— The Online Citizen

Gardens by the Bay launches more public spaces, free entry for Pioneer and Merdeka generations once a month from June
Bayfront Plaza was launched on Sunday as part of efforts to expand the Gardens’ non-ticketed spaces and line-up of events and programmes for locals.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore not origin of meth seized in Australia
A shipment of 585kg of methylamphetamine, or Ice, which the Australian authorities found concealed in fridges, did not originate from Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

IBM to shut down Tampines manufacturing plant, retrench remaining staff members
The remaining staff members at IBM’s manufacturing plant in Tampines will soon be facing its final retrenchment exercise as the company seeks to move its manufacturing processes to the United States, where IBM was first established. Responding to TODAY’s queries, the US global …
— The Online Citizen

Academics Against Disinformation: Singapore’s proposed online falsehoods law may deter scholarship and set precedents harmful to global academia
Academics based in various universities have issued a joint statement to express their concerns over the proposed online falsehoods law on how it will have unintended detrimental consequences for scholars and research in Singapore, compromising its efforts to develop itself into an …
— The Online Citizen

16 weeks’ jail for site supervisor who coerced worker to take blame for fatal workplace accident
A site supervisor for construction company ZAP Piling was sentenced to a total of 16 week’ imprisonment for offences related to a fatal workplace incident on Jun 9, 2016, a press release from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said on Saturday (Apr 13).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Why A Passive Income Is Not Just For Retirees
Generating a second income could be useful for investors whatever their age.
— The Motley Fool

Shuttle buses from Jewel Changi Airport to Bedok, Sengkang & Tampines MRT stations available till April 21
Helping you get out easier.
— Mothership

The egg freezing dilemma of women in Singapore
Only women with medical grounds are allowed to freeze their eggs, even as the fertility rate drops to a record low. Talking Point looks at some of the social and moral issues.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Why Singaporean women are going to Johor to make babies
Just 10 minutes into the state capital lies a cluster of fertility clinics. What’s pushing women to cross the Causeway to seek treatment there? Talking Point investigates.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

George Yeo: Retiring from overseas career. Returning to politics?
THE grape-wines and gossip mills have been running overtime ever since George Yeo shared on Facebook on Friday that he’s coming home, having finally decided to put family first over career. The former Singapore Foreign Minister, going on 65, feels it’s ripe time to call it a day as the chairman …
— The Independent

Commentary: Where are all the electric vehicle charging points?
Accessible infrastructure and incentives for drivers can push more to choose electric vehicles, says Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore’s Sanjay C Kuttan.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

App to feed the hungry launched
Singapore’s first food bank fed 1,000 people in need yesterday at its inaugural community engagement event.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Experts welcome laws to give faster relief to victims of falsehoods
Fake news has made some companies lose business, jeopardised relationships and even put some in harm’s way.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Young residents urged to join as citizen patrol volunteers
Only one-fifth of citizen patrol volunteers are under the age of 40, and more young people are needed as the scheme rebrands and adapts to better serve the community.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Before Jewel: Remembering Changi Airport Terminal 1’s debut 38 years ago
When it opened in 1981, one in 10 Singaporeans went to check out its gardens, iconic water feature and food offerings. Some things never change.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Exhibition traces Arabs’ vital role in early Singapore history
When Singapore was established as a trading port in 1819, the British were keen to attract Arab traders to these shores.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Business lost, safety threatened because of fake news
Ms May Liu’s halal-certified yong tau foo stall at Westgate mall was open for just six months when it was rocked by fake news alleging that it sold a pork dish.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

 

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