Singapore morning news for April 16

Singapore morning news for April 16

Singapore morning news

New private home sales surge as developers rush to roll out projects
A WAVE of new launches after the Chinese New Year lull boosted developers’ sales in March, with 1,054 private homes having been sold. This was up from the 455 units moved in February and 47 per cent higher than in March last year.
— The Business Times

Compass One is first mall to donate unsold cooked food to Food Bank
At the end of a day, many unsold food items such as those from cooked food stalls would be dumped into the trash. This is done according to protocol or for hygiene purposes, even if the food is still suitable for consumption.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

3 everyday heroes receive Public Spiritedness Awards
A sound technician was on his way to go prawning with a friend one night – but ended up catching more than prawns.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NTU team invents handy device to measure water quality
Marrying biology with engineering, scientists at a local university have drawn inspiration from a process naturally occurring in the human body to come up with a handheld device that measures water quality.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Scientists from A*Star develop new satellite tech
Local scientists have developed new technology that will allow satellites to transmit data to earth more quickly, efficiently and with fewer interruptions.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Trade exhibition on healthy, natural, halal food
The Sands Expo and Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands will host the inaugural Superfood Asia trade exhibition, which will focus on healthy, natural and halal food, from April 24 to 26.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Waiting in line for a jab
From early morning, long queues formed outside government and City Council clinics for smallpox vaccinations on April 18, 1959, including this one outside the health centre in Outram Road. The police were present to help maintain order.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Contactless system to clear immigration being tested at Tuas
The use of passports or fingerprints to clear immigration could become a thing of the past for Singaporean travellers, with a trial under way at the Tuas Checkpoint that uses iris and facial images.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Private home sales pick up on back of new launches
Private home sales are on the rebound after the festive lull, as developers in Singapore sold 1,054 units last month, up from the 455 units they moved in February.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New private home sales jump 47% in March as developers roll out multiple projects
Sales of new private homes in Singapore surged 47.2 per cent year-on-year in March as developers rolled out multiple projects following the seasonally slow Chinese New Year festive period, leaving buyers spoilt for choice.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

ICA have begun trials on new iris and facial scan system for immigration clearance at Tuas Checkpoint
A new trial for contactless immigration clearance has begun at the Tuas Checkpoint, said the Immigration Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on 15 April. This new system can identify travellers via iris and facial scans, forgoing the need for them to present their passports and scan their thumbprints at …
— The Online Citizen

Regulator taking light touch on fast-moving telco sector
CONSOLIDATION is inevitable in the fast-moving telecom sector, says Aileen Chia, director-general of telecoms and post at the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).
— The Business Times

Sing-dollar perps flying off the shelf as prices surge
NEW bond issues in particular perpetuals have flown off the shelf as yield-hungry private bank clients swarm back into the local bond market.
— The Business Times

Former tutor in high-tech exam cheating jailed
A tutor took part in an elaborate plot in which answers to O-level exam papers were remotely fed to candidates via carefully concealed communication devices.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PM to receive World Statesman Award from interfaith foundation
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be awarded the 2019 World Statesman Award by the Appeal of Conscience Foundation in New York on Sept 23, the interfaith organisation said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Smoother rides on all highways by end-2020
Motorists can look forward to smoother rides on all major expressways once a major resurfacing project is completed.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Scheme to help foreign workers settle in will include more sectors
Newly arrived drafting engineer Aditya Dadhwal was keen to knuckle down to his new job here after coming over from India last week, but he had one important step to complete first.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

CIMB offers insurance coverage for pet dogs and cats
The Singapore branch of CIMB Bank has unveiled insurance coverage to protect domestic dogs and cats against accidents and illnesses, underwritten by Sompo Insurance Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

IREIT Global Is Trading Close to Its 52-Week Low. Is It Time to Buy?
Let’s compare IREIT Global’s (SGX: CEDU) current valuation to the market to see if it looks cheap now.
— The Motley Fool

Former mosque chairman who siphoned S$371,000 is a hero who spent money on needy: Defence
A former mosque chairman convicted of siphoning S$371,000 from donations over seven years is a hero to everyone who needs help, claimed his defence lawyer on Monday (Apr 15).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

3 Things I Learnt From Fortune Real Estate Investment Trust’s Annual Report
Fortune Real Estate Investment Trust (SGX: F25U) has doubled ins DPU in the past eight years. Here’s three things to know about the company in 2018.
— The Motley Fool

Leong Sze Hian’s appeal against striking out of counterclaim against PM Lee’s alleged abuse of judicial process to be heard in Sep
Financial advisor and veteran blogger Leong Sze Hian’s appeal against the High Court’s decision to strike out his counterclaim against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s alleged abuse of judicial process will be heard later this year in September. In a Facebook post on Mon (15 Apr), …
— The Online Citizen

Updated registers of electors open for inspection; nearly 2.6m Singaporeans eligible to vote
The registers of electors have been updated and nearly 2.6 million Singaporeans are eligible to vote in the next General Election, the Elections Department (ELD) said on Monday (Apr 15).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Former CNA Chief Editor now MPA Chief wants to change perception of marine industry
Last Oct, it was announced that Ms Quah Ley Hoon, 42, would assume the position of Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in Jan this year. According to her LinkedIn information, she was working as a Director at the Ministry of Finance from 2010 to 2013 before going …
— The Online Citizen

Mindef Singapore to ensure safety of F-35 Joint Strike fighter jets prior to acquisition, in the aftermath of Japanese crash
In the aftermath of the Japanese F-3A fighter jet crash last Tue (9 Apr), Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (Mindef) assured that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighters will be “safe to operate” prior to obtaining them. Responding to TODAY’s queries regarding whether the crash on Tuesday.
— The Online Citizen

Why firms with an ethical rudder will become leaders
COMPANIES are finding it harder to gain the trust and loyalty of customers at a time when they actually know more about them than ever before. Why is that? Largely because customers don’t feel the companies have earned their trust.
— The Business Times

No-sale licence issued to Normanton Park project
KINGSFORD Huray Development has been hit with a no-sale licence for its project at the former Normanton Park site, prohibiting it from selling units before the Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP) is obtained.
— The Business Times

Many still on the phone, even when crossing the road
There is a time for everything but, for Singaporeans, using the phone is a non-stop pastime, be it crossing the road or during public spats. The Straits Times examines the pros and cons of the phone fixation.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

4 injured in car crash at Marina Bay Financial Centre, driver arrested
Four people were injured yesterday evening after a car crashed into a metal bollard on a pavement at the Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Dentist admits to $389k Medisave scam
A dentist took part in a bogus claims scam that reaped $388,700 from the Medisave accounts of 13 patients.The fraud, which involved duping the Central Provident Fund Board into dispensing the funds, left most of the patients with no money in their accounts, a district court …
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

ComfortDelGro stock rallies on hopes of bus, rail growth
Transport giant ComfortDelGro Corp is rallying on the stock market, with bullish sentiment driving its share price on an almost continuous trek northwards since the year started.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singaporean charged over allegedly helping fund ISIS propaganda
A man who allegedly provided money to support the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) propaganda efforts yesterday became the first Singaporean to be charged under the Terrorism (Suppression of Financing) Act.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Over 2.59 million S’poreans are eligible to vote: Elections Department
In 2017, just over 2.5 million eligible voters were registered.
— Mothership

K Shanmugam says POFMA only a problem for those spreading misleading news, but what about pro-PAP fake accounts?
In an interview with Channel News Asia, Law & Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said that based on meetings he’s had and various feedback, the people ‘by and large’ understand the proposed anti-fake news legislation and while there are concerns, it is restricted to a smaller group.
— The Online Citizen

How Should Investors Assess Deviations From Expectations?
Understanding how expectations are set is a first step, while analysing the overall business environment is the next.
— The Motley Fool

New books to guide charities in adapting to changing needs
Two sets of books meant to help charities adapt to the changing needs of the community and build up their capabilities were launched by the National University of Singapore yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Workers stranded on tilting gondola rescued by SCDF
Two workers cleaning the side of a Housing Board block had to be rescued by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) yesterday when their gondola tilted to one side – leaving them dangling six storeys above the ground.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

President confers Distinguished Service Order on Malaysia’s top cop
President Halimah Yacob conferred the Distinguished Service Order on Malaysia’s national police chief yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SIA, Garuda expand code-sharing to include S’pore-Jakarta flights
Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Garuda Indonesia customers can now book flights on both airlines when travelling between Singapore and Jakarta, with an expanded code-share agreement between the two carriers, SIA said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S. Iswaran highlights importance of strong connections between religious and ethnic groups
The country’s Minister for Communications and Information emphasised the role of religious and community leaders to keep ties between ethnic and faith groups strong.
— The Independent

 

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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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