Singapore morning news for April 8

Singapore morning news for April 8

Singapore morning newsFake news laws: Proposed appeal process ‘the most cost-effective way’, says law ministry
The process by which individuals can appeal against government directions against falsehoods, under proposed new laws against fake news, is “the most cost-effective way”, the Ministry of Law (MinLaw) said on Saturday (April 6).
— Today Online

Singapore is betting on its integrated resorts – but will the $9 bil ‘IR 2.0’ plan be enough?
With its dramatic architecture of three curved hotel towers, topped with the world’s biggest cantilever, Marina Bay Sands (MBS) has become an iconic representation of Singapore.
— The Edge Singapore

Singapore says it has received no communication or information from Malaysia related to development of a ship-to-ship transfer hub in the Straits of Johor
The Government of Singapore stated that it has not received any communication or information from Malaysia related to the development of a ship-to-ship transfer hub in the Straits of Johor by KA Petra Sdn Bhd and Hutchison Port Holdings Ltd.
— The Online Citizen

Keep it hot with these romantic staycation destinations in Singapore
Everyone knows that it’s the little things that keep a romance alive and burning.
— The Independent

Tech firm makes third attempt to launch first Singaporean into space
After two failed attempts including an 11th hour cancellation last year, technology firm IN.Genius is hoping to be third time lucky as it attempts to send the first Singaporean into the edge of space this month.
— Today Online

Singapore wants integrated Asean
Asean can be a neutral place for economies beyond this region to do business with each other, said Singaporean Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Singapore: a fake news law which is actually very bad news
It’s been on the cards in Singapore for some time, but when the People’s Action Party (PAP) government tabled the “Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill” in Parliament on 1 April 2019 – funnily enough, a day on which it’s traditional to spread “fake news” as a prank – observers were shocked by the powers that it hands over to government.
— Lowy Institute

Singapore, Malaysia end airspace dispute
Singapore and Malaysia reached an agreement to end their months-long airspace dispute, the transport ministers of the two neighbouring countries said in a joint statement on Saturday.
— Khmer Times

National Archives of Singapore building reopens after 18-month revamp
The National Archives of Singapore (NAS) building officially reopened on Sunday (Apr 7) after 18 months of upgrading works.
— CNA (very annoying popups)

Raising the stakes
Nine years ago this month, Sheldon Adelson, the ageing chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, cut a yellow ribbon at precisely 3.18pm to symbolise the opening of the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) integrated resort (IR).
— The Edge Singapore

Being financially literate can help you save more, retire better
Even though Singapore millennials are more financially literate than most of their peers in Asia, many are still concerned about their finances and feel they don’t know enough about managing their money.
— Today Online

US stocks seen rallying higher on trade hopes, strong jobs data
THE momentum is now officially with the bulls. US stocks rose last week as two of the biggest diplomatic messes in recent history moved closer to détente and US jobs data was neither too hot nor too cold.
— The Business Times

More people in Singapore seek help for gambling problems
Last year, 967 people were counselled – the highest number since 2014 when 1,035 people were counselled, according to data from the National Council on Problem Gambling.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

A walk on the wild side: Singapore’s upcoming nature attractions
Singapore may be known as a thriving modern city, but it is also home to a diverse, rich ecosystem.
— CNA (very annoying popups)

POFMA, the insecticide spray that will poison us all
Has there been any doubt that the Singapore government will produce something like the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA)? Of course not.
— The Independent

Right timing: STI upclimb supported by momentum and moving averages
The Straits TImes Index managed to break above its 50-day average decisively at 3,223. in the meantime, the 100- and 200-day moving averages are poised for a positive cross.
— The Edge Singapore

Singapore aiming to come out tops for workplace safety and health
Singapore has set itself the goal of becoming one of the top countries with the safest and healthiest workplaces by 2028.
— Today Online

How Singapore’s laws are evolving in the war against fake news
Tackling falsehoods has become a high priority for the Ministry of Law.
— The Edge Singapore

Finance: Banking on rising demand for services
Singapore banks that have set up branches in Chongqing have seen rising demand for their services and they expect activity to increase.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Don’t be afraid to get a second medical opinion — it can be helpful
If Ms Agnes Fong had followed the advice of the first doctor she visited after recovering from a medical condition in September last year, she could now be living with only half of her colon.
— Today Online

Why is Singapore still using the “same old” approach in the appointment of review committee members?
As l read Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s announcement on his appointment of key members for the Review Committee, I find it very troubling.
— The Online Citizen

It’s all work, all play in Singapore if urban plan gets go ahead
Living where you work and play may not seem like the ideal balance in terms of escaping the grind, but it’s a key plank of Singapore’s vision for its central business district.
— The Edge Singapore

More influencers tapped to promote government schemes
Such marketing efforts are primarily aimed at shifting perception or raising awareness of a policy, rather than pushing individuals to take concrete action, said an NTU lecturer.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore withdraws ILS at Seletar Airport, M’sia suspends Restricted Area over Pasir Gudang
Singapore has withdrawn the Instrument Landing System (ILS) procedures for Seletar Airport, while Malaysia will indefinitely suspend its permanent Restricted Area over Pasir Gudang.
— Today Online

Diversified, growing economy gave govt negotiating muscle in IR talks: Chan Chun Sing
IN THE negotiations leading up to the S$9 billion investment committed by Singapore’s two integrated resorts (IRs), the country’s position was strengthened by its lack of over-reliance on that sector, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing told the media on Friday.
— The Business Times

Singapore withdraws ILS, Firefly to resume flights to the Republic via Seletar Airport
Following the extension of the suspension of Singapore’s Instrument Landing System (ILS) procedures for Seletar Airport and Malaysia’s permanent Restricted Area (RA) over Pasir Gudang, the Republic has agreed to completely withdraw the ILS while Malaysia’s suspension.
— The Online Citizen

NUS law students to provide pro bono service to arts sector
Law students from the National University of Singapore (NUS) will soon have more opportunities to put their legal education into practice while serving the community.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

How to shop for a sustainable wardrobe in Singapore
The idea of building an eco-friendly wardrobe from scratch might seem daunting – not being able to go back to your favourite brands, having less choices, and probably spending more than you would normally.
— Asia One

WP will not call for repeal of 377A or participate in ‘culture war’: Pritam Singh
The Workers’ Party (WP) would not call for a repeal of Section 377A, the law that criminalises sex between men, as there is “no consensus” over it within the party’s leadership, said its chief Pritam Singh.
— Today Online

Power cut in 21 homes after truck hits electricity box
A cement mixer truck hit an electricity overground box in the Serangoon Gardens area on Saturday afternoon, disrupting power supply to 21 households.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

In rich Singapore, why must migrant workers go hungry?
Whenever Mominul Hassan calls his wife and two children back home in Bangladesh, he makes it a point to disable the video call function on his phone so that they will not be able to see him.

Ensuring workers stay safe for their families back home
The men in helmets were lined in neat rows, all of them gulping water from their 1.5-litre PET bottles after a series of morning exercises.
— Today Online

Waiting list for childcare centres shrinks by almost half
The number of children on the waiting list for childcare centres has almost halved in just two years – from 13,800 in 2017 to about 8,000 now, said the Early Childhood Development Agency.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Maritime Week 2019 to focus on innovation, talent
Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) 2019 kicked off here Sunday afternoon to discuss leveraging innovation and talent to keep pace with the fast-developing world.
— Xinhua

More than 2,000 dengue cases reported in first quarter of 2019
The first quarter of this year saw a three-fold increase in the number of dengue cases compared to the same period in 2018, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a media release on Sunday (April 7).
— Today Online

Toxic Hyflux on brink as Singapore weighs asset seizure
Pressure is mounting on the Singapore government to seize a troubled desalination plant owned by debt-laden Hyflux after a bailout deal with an Indonesian consortium led by Salim Group collapsed Thursday.
— Asian Nikkei Review (paywall)

Investment talks with MBS, RWS were on Singapore’s terms due to economy’s strength: Chan Chun Sing
Negotiations with the integrated resorts to commit about S$9 billion of non-gaming investments took more than two years, but the Singapore Government was able to iron out a deal based on its own terms, Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said.
— Today Online

Innovation among key issues at Singapore Maritime Week
Industry leaders attending this year’s Singapore Maritime Week will do so at a time when digital disruption and the challenges of globalisation are shaking up the sector.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

3 Takeaways From EC World Real Estate Investment Trust’s 2018 Annual Report
EC World Real Estate Investment Trust (SGX: BWCU) annual report provided useful insights on key developments in 2018. Here are three key takeaways for investors.
— The Motley Fool

A taste of home: The expat Singaporeans cooking up a storm to feed foreigners with authentic dishes
Step aside, Singapore Noodles. Some overseas Singaporeans are on a mission to introduce authentic local cuisine to their host countries.
— CNA (very annoying popups)

6 new hotels in Singapore for a staycation
Catering to the lifestyle needs of experiential travellers, Capri by Fraser at China Square, which is opening in May, is the second such property in Singapore
— Asia One


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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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