Singapore morning news for December 11

Singapore morning news for December 11

Singapore morning news

Singapore keeps ninth spot on UN human development index
Singapore has come in ninth on the latest United Nations Human Development Index, which uses indicators such as life expectancy and education to gauge a country’s level of development.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore to update climate pledge it made under Paris Agreement: Masagos
This comes some five years after Singapore made its first climate pledge – which outlined its plans to limit its planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 – under the historic Paris Agreement.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore is 2nd in the world for most affordable food – but local diets lack good protein: EIU Report
Think food is pricey in Singapore? You might be forced to swallow your words – after the state of Qatar, the Republic has been found to have the most affordable food in the world, according to the latest Global Food Security Index.
— Business Insider

INSIGHT: Singapore—New Guidance on GST Treatment of Digital Payment Tokens
Singapore is introducing new guidance in its move to position itself as a blockchain and cryptocurrency innovation hub.
— Bloomberg Tax

Gold’s rally this year may extend into 2020
Gold’s impressive advance in 2019 – aided by trade war frictions, easier monetary policy across the world’s leading economies and sustained central-bank buying – may be set to spill into the new decade.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SNEF issues advice on bonuses for private firms
Private companies thinking of taking their cue from the civil service on year-end bonuses might want to think again, the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) advised yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Security robots trialled at MRT station in Singapore
The use of these robot guard systems is said to reduce reliance on manpower, allowing security personnel to monitor areas remotely, through the robots’ ‘eyes’.
— Intelligent Transport

Invest in environmental protection: PwC’s wish for Budget 2020
ENVIRONMENTAL protection has made a first appearance in consultancy firm PwC Singapore’s wishlist for Budget 2020, among calls for the government to enhance the Republic’s tax competitiveness while remaining inclusive.
— The Business Times

For all its benefits and engineering feats, Cross Island Line is S’pore’s most ambitious project
The Cross Island Line, at 50km long, is Singapore’s longest, fully-underground MRT line.
— Mothership

S’pore private residential property surplus may take nearly four years to clear: Regional Cushman & Wakefield head of research
Singapore’s private residential property surplus may take as long as four years to be cleared, according to the head of research for Singapore and Southeast Asia at global commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield Plc in a report by Bloomberg on Mon (9 Dec).
— The Online Citizen

PSP calls for Courts to be the one to declare news as falsehood under POFMA
On Tuesday (10 December) the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) calls for Courts of Singapore to be the authority that declares a piece of news as falsehood and impose corresponding penalties to ensure that POFMA is in line with the value of ‘independence’.
— The Online Citizen

Two books launched to commemorate 40 years of Chile-Singapore ties
When Chilean poet and Nobel prize winner Pablo Neruda visited Singapore in the 1930s, he always chose to stay at the iconic Raffles Hotel.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Table tennis: Double joy for Singapore as Lin Ye, Koen Pang take singles golds
Singapore took gold in the men’s and women’s table tennis singles events at the SEA Games on Tuesday (Dec 10).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Controversy over ‘brownface’ ad shows need to err on side of caution: Grace Fu
The brownface advertisement controversy earlier this year, which had a Chinese actor-deejay painting his face brown to depict an Indian man, shows a need to err on the side of caution to avoid causing anger and ill-will to others, said Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Maybank Kim Eng cuts 5 per cent of Singapore staff amid stiffer competition
Maybank Kim Eng has laid off 5 per cent of its local workforce as the brokerage sector faces stiffer competition brought about by financial technology.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man posed as HDB-approved contractor to cheat elderly into paying for ‘required works’
A man posed as a contractor approved by the Housing & Development Board (HDB) and targeted elderly victims into signing contracts for renovations with him.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

LTA awards $210m contract for 2 MRT stations to Chinese firm debarred by World Bank
It was reported in the media today (10 Dec) that LTA has awarded a $210 million contract to build two stations on the Jurong Region Line (JRL) to China Railway 11 Bureau Group (‘Chinese firm wins $210m contract for 2 MRT stations’).
— The Online Citizen

Carpark next to ICA Building to close in 2020, new Integrated Services Centre to replace it
Announced in May, the centre will make use of technology to shorten the process of picking up documents.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Will O&M sector’s long winter end in 2020?
SINGAPORE’s sizeable offshore and marine (O&M) sector may not have lived up to the much-hyped recovery that many investors had expected this year following a prolonged slowdown since the oil slump in 2014 but its two major players – Keppel Corp and Sembcorp Marine – did pull their weight in unexpected ways.
— The Business Times

Chase for yields sends S-Reits on a bull ride this year
IT has been such a good year for Singapore real estate investment trusts (S-Reits) that some are wondering if their upside will last much longer.
— The Business Times

Semakau Landfill marks 20th anniversary
The world’s first offshore landfill is hailed a success, but challenges lie ahead as it is fast filling up.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Condo resale prices dip in November
Resale prices for non-landed private homes dipped slightly last month after two straight months of increase.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SEA Games thrills and spills: 7 stories that surprised Singapore
From planning around a typhoon to managing logistical hiccups and fielding teams for new sporting events, the Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines has not been lacking in drama or excitement.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Errant PMD rider gets probation on 18th birthday
Instead of a cake and candles on his birthday yesterday, an 18-year-old received six months’ probation for crashing into a pedestrian while riding his e-scooter.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Work attachments for Singapore ITE students in Germany among agreements signed by both countries
Students from Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education (ITE) could soon have work attachment opportunities in Germany.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

E-sports: Thomas Kopankiewicz clinches silver for Singapore in Starcraft II
Thomas Kopankiewicz clinched a silver medal for Singapore in e-sports on Tuesday (Dec 10) after losing to the Philippines’ Caviar Acampado in the Starcraft II finals at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Singapore stock watch: A company’s shares sink 25% before recovering bulk of its losses
The following companies saw new developments that may affect trading of their shares on Tuesday (Dec 10)
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore woman arrested for allegedly going on S$5,700 shopping spree using credit card she ‘found’
A 32-year-old woman was arrested on Tuesday (Dec. 10), for her suspected involvement in a series of unauthorised transactions using a credit card she picked up.
— Mothership

Tropical beach Christmas decorations on buses and trains just the ticket for festive season
Christmas decorations will be brightening up trains and buses over the next few weeks.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Neuron Mobility raises US$18.5M to accelerate its e-scooter sharing service in Australia, New Zealand
Singapore-headquartered shared e-scooter startup Neuron Mobility has raised US$18.5 million in a new funding round led by California-based cross-border fund GSR Ventures and Australian VC firm Square Peg Capital.
— e27

Generation Grit: Survivor of shaken baby syndrome thrives as entrepreneur
Mr Tan Ruming survived abuse as a baby, and endured a lonely childhood but he found his passion and success in entrepreneurship.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

The importance of a mobile-first approach to enterprise app development
Mobile devices have become an integral part of our lives. Not only do we use them for social interactions and leisure, but we’ve also begun taking advantage of them in the workplace.
— e27

‘I like to prove people wrong’: SEA Games debutant Darren Chua sets sights higher after 5-gold haul
You only won an Asian Games relay medal because of teammates like Joseph Schooling.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MND calls upon AHTC to supply information on reasons behind not requiring recusal of WP MPs on financial matters
The Ministry of National Development (MND) on Thu (5 Dec) has requested the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) to provide information on the town council (TC)’s reasons for not requiring the recusal of two of its town councillors, Workers’ Party (WP) Members of Parliament (MPs) Sylvia Lim and Low Thia Khiang, following the recent High Court judgement in Oct.
— The Online Citizen

(Exclusive) Online invoice exchange platform Incomlend close to securing Series A funding from global investors
The Singapore startup offers a marketplace where suppliers can sell their invoices online directly to individuals or companies willing to purchase them
— e27

Deadline to register for shares in new Noble extended to March 19
Investors still holding on to shares of the formerly Singapore Exchange-listed Noble Group, or Old Noble, are getting a three-month extension till March 19, 2020, to register with the appointed trustee to receive their shares in the new unlisted entity Noble Group Holdings (Noble Holdings).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Bridal studio’s sudden closure leaves couples in the lurch
Couples who signed wedding packages with bridal studio Beautiful Love Wedding have been left in the lurch after the studio suddenly closed down on Monday (Dec 9).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Duct-taped durian for $160,000 anyone? Singapore organisations parody banana wall art
If a banana duct-taped to a wall can sell for US$120,000 (S$163,000), how much could a durian, a defibrillator, or even a traffic cone taped in a similar way fetch?
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Woman dies from injuries suffered in fire at Bukit Batok after over one month of intensive treatment
The woman who was injured during the Bukit Batok fire on 1 Nov, has passed on at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) on Monday.
— The Online Citizen

White Rabbit milk drink available at 7-Eleven S’pore for S$2 from Dec. 16, 2019
The popular White Rabbit candy comes in many forms, including milk.
— Mothership

For the past eight years, this elderly man has voluntarily fixed public basketball court nets for free
Quite often in Singapore, basketball enthusiasts looking to play a game on their neighbourhood hard courts will find a ring without proper netting, either due to wear and tear or a lack of maintenance.
— The Pride

Woman arrested, suspected of spending more than S$5,700 using missing credit card
A woman who is believed to have used another person’s credit card to buy more than S$5,700 worth of items was arrested on Tuesday (Dec 10).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Youth in S’pore throws phone out of condominium window as forfeit for losing TikTok challenge
Two boys in Singapore apparently decided to challenge one another to tossing a pencil outside of a window and catching it.
— Mothership

Grab driver filched phone left behind by passenger, rated himself 5 stars
When a passenger left her phone behind in his vehicle, a Grab driver took it and gave himself a five-star rating, before throwing the device away as he felt it would be a waste of time to return it.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

3 people taken to SGH after fire breaks out at Bedok terraced house
Three people were taken to hospital after a fire broke out at a Bedok terrace house on Sunday (Dec 8).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

DJ Lim Peifen refutes woman’s claim of double standard at Jewel Changi, says no “preferential treatment” given to her son
Local DJ Lim Peifen of Y.E.S. 93.3 took to her Facebook page on Monday (9 December) to dismiss a netizen’s claim who stated that her son received preferential treatment at Jewel Changi Airport’s (JCA) snow walk attraction.
— The Online Citizen

PMD rider who caused collision with pedestrian sentenced to probation and community service
Skye Lee was riding his non-compliant personal mobility device along a footpath at about 20kmh, which was above the speed limit of 15kmh prescribed under the law at that time.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Netizens highlight book containing vulgarities chosen by a school is actually a good read
The Ministry of Education (MOE) said on Monday (9 December) that a novel containing profanities was selected by a school for its reading programme due to its “literacy merit”.
— The Online Citizen

Two men arrested after fight breaks out near A&W outlet at Jewel Changi Airport
Two men were arrested by the police for being involved in a fight that broke out near an A&W outlet at Jewel Changi Airport on Sunday morning (8 Dec)
— The Online Citizen


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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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