Singapore morning news for December 16

Singapore morning news for December 16

Singapore morning news

MFA issues travel notice for northeast India due to violent protests
Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Saturday (Dec 14) issued a travel notice for northeast India, advising Singaporeans travelling there to exercise vigilance and caution.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

73 PMD-related fires from Jan to Sept, figure is highest in 5 years
There were 74 fires involving these devices for the whole of last year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore aims to put 12% of students through work-study pathway by 2030
Singapore is aiming for 12 per cent of every student cohort to undergo the work-study pathway by 2030.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MOH Group Director: No Singaporean will be denied medical care if they can’t pay
A member of the public Tan Keong Boon wrote to ST Forum on Tue (10 Dec) asking why Merdeka Generation member cannot enjoy subsidy when referred by a private general practitioner (GP) to a specialist at a government hospital (‘Healthcare cost: Help those who have lost co-pay option’).
— The Online Citizen

Unemployment rate inched up to 2.3% despite growth of total employment
While employment rates increased, the unemployment and long-term unemployment rates continue to inch up, revealed the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on 12 December.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore working with other countries on interim solutions for WTO appeals impasse: MTI
Singapore is working with other countries to explore viable interim solutions that “preserve or replicate” the functions of the now-halted appeals court at the World Trade Organisation (WTO), said the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Friday (Dec 13).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

UN climate conference offered countries better understanding despite lack of overall consensus: Masagos
The recently concluded United Nations climate summit in Madrid did not result in an overall consensus, but “we must not lose hope”, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli said on Sunday (Dec 15).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Brad Bowyer: Can the govt answer citizens’ questions without having to revert to POFMA
Singapore demographic data states that as of end 2018, we had 3,994,382 local residents. Of which 3,471,936 were classified as citizens and 522,347 or just over 13% as permanent residents.
— The Online Citizen

How Liu Thai-Ker, S’pore’s first master planner, disagreed with & changed LKY’s mind on issues
We Built This City: He also doubles down on his projection that Singapore should plan for a population of 10 million.
— Mothership

MOM concerned over ‘stagnating’ safety score in construction
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Friday said it is concerned about what it describes as the stagnating workplace safety performance of the construction industry, after 14 workers died on the job, the same number as last year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Secondary 1 posting results to be released next Friday
The Secondary 1 posting results will be released next Friday (Dec 20) at 9am, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SDP complies with POFMA order but will apply to cancel correction directions
The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has complied with Correction Directions (CDs) issued under online falsehoods legislation but it also said it will be applying to cancel the directions.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SDP complies with correction directions initiated by MOM under fake news law
The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) complied on Sunday (Dec 15) with correction orders mandated by the Government on three online posts which dealt with the issue of local employment of professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Let’s give S’pore’s SEA Games 2019 athletes their due credit
The 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines came to a close on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019.
— Mothership

Modest private home price growth expected in Singapore
SINGAPORE’S private housing market is poised for modest price growth next year, amid a resilient leasing market.
— The Business Times

Leverage limit announcement for Reits won’t come so soon: MAS
SINGAPORE real estate investment trusts (S-Reits) and listing aspirants are seeking clarity on any amendment to leverage limits, so as to either better plan their capital structure or formalise their listing plans for 2020.
— The Business Times

SDP plans to challenge POFMA Correction Directions against its posts on PMET unemployment
The SDP said multiple reports said the same thing.
— Mothership

S’pore figure skater Chloe Ing has 2 part-time jobs to pay for training, but shares Olympic dream with her twin sister
For Ing, her twin sister Chantelle is one of her greatest inspirations.
— Mothership

Whole of S’pore raining since Sunday (Dec. 15) morning, temperature drops to 24°C
At least Christmas is going to be cool this year.
— Mothership

Group who set off by car from S’pore on Aug. 25, 2019 finally arrives in UK 115 days later
A Singaporean on the team was the only one to have made the trip before.
— Mothership

SingPost new CEO says US entities made “significant progress” but went backrupt after 1 year
It was reported that early this month, SingPost managed to sell off the assets of its two US e-commerce subsidiaries Jagged Peak and TradeGlobal, which were undergoing bankruptcy proceeding in the US.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore can learn from Germany’s dual education system: President Halimah
President Halimah Yacob said on Friday (Dec 13) that Singapore can learn from Germany’s dual education system, which combines vocational training in school with apprenticeships in a company for up to three years.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SIA Engineering inks 10-year contract with France’s Safran Aircraft Engines
SIA Engineering Company on Friday said it has signed a 10-year agreement to provide engine maintenance services to Safran Aircraft Engines (SAE), a French manufacturer of aircraft and rocket engines.
— The Business Times

Singapore-based airlines cut flights to HK, offer lower fares
SINGAPORE-BASED airlines plying the Singapore-Hong Kong route have cut flight frequencies in response to weaker passenger demand, as a direct result of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.
— The Business Times

Getting food donations right: Preventing wastage not a piece of cake
Non-profit group tries to ensure they match needs, finds other uses for unsuitable items
— The Straits Times

Ready to listen about mental health: Stigma prevents struggling individuals from seeking help
The widely publicised deaths of young Korean celebrities in the past two months have put the spotlight on suicide and mental health and the stigma surrounding these issues.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Following in granddad and dad’s footsteps
Military life is in the DNA of this three-generation family. From the time he was a toddler riding on his grandfather Winston Choo’s shoulders at the army open house, Second-Lieutenant (2LT) Daniel Choo, 19, knew he wanted to be an officer.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Elderly man in Toa Payoh filmed pushing tall stack of cardboard in rain, says will earn S$3.10 from it
He thanked the volunteers who helped him push his trolley over the short distance they spoke with him.
— Mothership

Rain does not dampen fervour of 15,000 devotees at Hindu temple consecration ceremony
Even as the rain poured early Sunday morning (Dec 15), the crowds outside the Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar in Chinatown only grew, covering the roads in a sea of bright colours with their ponchos, umbrellas and traditional wear.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Viewing party organised for astronomy enthusiasts to catch rare ‘ring of fire’ around Moon on Dec 26
A rare ring of fire will be visible on Boxing Day afternoon as the annular solar eclipse returns to Singapore skies for the first time in 20 years.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ex-Channel 8 actress Lin Liyun dies from illness at age 58
She said in a 2015 interview that to die is ‘part and parcel of life’.
— Mothership

Police investigating NTU student for making false assault report
Police are investigating a 19-year-old student from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) for making a false report over an alleged assault on campus, the authorities said on Sunday (Dec 15).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SCDF conducts more fire-safety checks as festivities ramp up
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) has been increasing its inspections of malls, discotheques and pubs amid year-end festivities.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Last 5,000 tickets to Bicentennial Experience up for grabs
The Bicentennial Experience at Fort Canning is opening up 5,000 more slots for Singaporeans and permanent residents, a last chance for all to catch the exhibition before it closes on Dec 31.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Food and beverage sector thriving despite retail slump
Food and beverage (F&B) venture 1-Group, which owns restaurants such as rooftop bar 1-Altitude and contemporary bistro Botanico, has seen a boost in the group’s earnings this year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Building equity strategy using tech analysis to time buy and sell
Research reports can be a good starting point for investors looking to understand the financials and growth potential of a listed company, sector or geographical region.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Calibre of firm’s management a required check for investments
Mr Nicolas Van Broekhoven, 38, moved to Singapore in 2013 after working for more than a decade in Europe.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Event to spread awareness about homeless cancelled after Police demanded permit to be applied
An event that was planned to spread awareness of homelessness in Singapore was cancelled after Police informed the organiser that a permit is required for the event.
— The Online Citizen

Veteran actor J A Halim dies aged 71
Veteran local actor J A Halim died early on Friday (Dec 13) morning in Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MND currently reviewing AHTC reply on not needing WP MPs’ recusal from TC’s financial affairs
The Ministry of National Development (MND) on Fri (13 Dec) evening said that it has received a reply from the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) regarding its rationale behind not requiring the recusal of two Workers’ Party (WP) Members of Parliament from its financial affairs.
— The Online Citizen

Time for MND to take back all municipal functions from town councils
Many Singaporeans were enraged by the blunder of the Bukit Batok Town Council that exacerbated the fire incident that led to the untimely death of Madam Goh.
— The Online Citizen

Pound jumps against Singdollar; further strength likely but not at same pace
AS EXPECTED, sterling rallied strongly against the Singapore dollar as it did with the greenback following the huge Conservative victory in the UK general election on Thursday.
— The Business Times

Fake ‘Chinese officials’ cheat victims of S$10.8 million in last 4 months
The police said on Friday (Dec 13) that they have received 242 reports of China officials impersonation scams between August and November this year, with at least S$10.8 million lost to scammers.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singaporean paralympian Theresa Goh featured in tweet by Apple CEO Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook featured Singaporean athlete Theresa Goh in a tweet yesterday (12 December), describing the paralympian as ” a force inside and outside the pool”.
— The Online Citizen

Woman filmed shouting at Starbucks staff in Yishun, gets even angrier after staffer says ‘bye’ to her
A woman was captured on camera gesturing rudely and shouting at a service staffer at a Starbucks outlet in Yishun.
— Mothership

Commentary: Small changes, big differences for a left-behind security guard and a hospital cleaner
Thoughtful employment practices can boost the social mobility of low-wage workers, says MWS’ Cindy Ng.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Alien language? Shoutcasters like Daryl Lim are the voices of e-sports tournaments
The spotlight may be on the gamers gunning for million-dollar prizes, but the little-known shoutcaster is the one tasked with fuelling viewership.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Gaming used as platform to warn of dangers of addiction
As a teenager, Mr Royden Lim spent around 10 hours a day playing video games such as Halo.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

ST School Pocket Money Fund beneficiaries enjoy movie treat
More than 150 Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) beneficiaries and their families were treated to a movie screening of Jumanji: The Next Level at the Filmgarde Bugis+ cinema yesterday evening.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man seeks to evict ‘noisy’ neighbours from HDB flat below his
This is after Mr Daniel See’s neighbours failed to comply with dispute resolution tribunal’s orders.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

All is not well in embalming world
Not all embalmers are certified, and botched jobs are not uncommon, say industry insiders.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Creative Capital: The Singaporean who elevates soap to bathroom art
Coming from a single-parent family didn’t stop Saltwater Atelier’s Miya Chong, 28, a mother of three, from pursuing her passion in handcrafted bar soap.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

State Courts Building at 1 Havelock Square closes after 44 years; New State Courts Tower fully operational from 16 Dec
The iconic State Courts Building at 1 Havelock Square closed its doors on Friday (13 Dec) after 44 memorable years of operations since it was built in 1975.
— The Online Citizen

PMD rider who got kicked to the ground was wrong, but so were those who delighted in his injuries
It was a surreal scene that would not have been out of place in an action movie – first, the chase across the road.
— The Pride

Burger joint Five Guys Singapore to finally open on Dec 16 at Plaza Singapura
A hamburger will set you back S$13, large fries S$11 and S$5 for a drink. You can get up to 15 toppings for free, though.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)


Feature photo Migrant Workers’ Centre

This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on International Migrants Day, December 18.


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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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