Singapore morning news for December 17

Singapore morning news for December 17

Singapore morning news

S’pore ranks fifth for IPO launches by foreign firms
Singapore’s stock market ranked fifth globally among destinations chosen by foreign companies to launch initial public offerings (IPOs) this year, noted a new report.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Modest economic recovery expected for Singapore in 2020
THE coming year is expected to bring a modest economic recovery for Singapore, with trade tensions between the United States and China posing the main risk, say economists.
— The Business Times

World’s biggest hedge fund returns found in Singapore
Chong Chin Eai’s Vanda Global Fund Ltd is the world’s best-performing hedge fund this year, gaining more than 300 per cent.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More in Singapore aware of climate change, and willing to bear costs and inconvenience to safeguard planet: Survey
More people said they were practising environmentally friendly actions at home, such as saving water, reducing food wastage and tracking food expiration.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Thai bourse aims to surpass Singapore’s capitalisation by 2023
THE market capitalisation of the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) reached US$564 billion this year, clinching its rank as the second-biggest bourse in South-east Asia after only the Singapore Exchange (at US$689 billion) which it aims to surpass by 2023, if SET president Pakorn Peetathawatchai hits his target.
— The Business Times

Singapore targets opposition party with misinformation law
Singapore has ordered an opposition party to correct online posts under a controversial law against misinformation, the first time the legislation has been used against a rival party, ahead of elections expected within months.
— The Online Citizen

Approved: More than 90% of applications from food delivery riders for trade-in grant
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has approved more than 90 per cent of applications from food delivery riders wishing to trade in their e-scooters.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New private home sales rebound in November amid supply glut: URA data
Sales of new private homes picked up in November despite the drop in units launched for sale during the year-end holiday period, according to data released by the Urban Redevelopment Authority on Monday (Dec 16).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

No rising trend of local PMET retrenchment: MOM rebuts SDP
There has been no rising trend of retrenchment for local professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs), the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said on Sunday night (Dec 15) in response to Facebook posts by the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore Airlines to launch non-stop flights to Brussels
Flying to Brussels is about to become more convenient with the introduction of a new Singapore Airlines non-stop route to the Belgian capital from Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

First global body for e-sports headquartered in Singapore, preparations for 2020 Games underway
The world’s first global governing body for e-sports was launched on Monday (Dec 16) to develop the credibility, legitimacy and prestige of the sport.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

IT and finance firms upbeat about prospects in the first half of 2020: survey
Economic uncertainty has not dented the confidence of Singapore’s business leaders about prospects for the new year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Govt to consider all ideas on managing leases: Minister
The Government will consider all alternative suggestions and ways to manage the expiring leases of Housing Board flats, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said in a blog post yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

2 years on, people still stealing umbrellas from this umbrella-sharing project in S’pore
Looks like people in Singapore can’t learn to be gracious.
— Mothership

Expect a wet, cool Christmas, temperatures in Singapore may dip to 23 deg C in later half of December
The daily temperature is forecast to range between 24 and 33 deg C on most days.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

At a glance: Removal of mid-year exams
Mid-year examinations at some levels were scrapped this year, as part of a big push across the education system to move away from an over-emphasis on academic results.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commentary: Why aren’t more Singapore businesses transforming? Mindsets aren’t the key obstacle
SBF CEO Ho Meng Kit says digital transformation today really boils down to two things – talent and understanding technology.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Temasek International chairman Lee Theng Kiat tipped to also helm Singtel board
The chairman of Temasek International has been tipped to take over Singtel’s board next year, as veteran chairman Simon Israel plans to retire at the annual general meeting in July 2020.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Govt calls out Washington Post for ‘perpetuating false allegations’ over Pofma article
The Government has called out The Washington Post for perpetuating false allegations after the American newspaper ran only parts of a letter from Singapore’s ambassador to the United States.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Work set to start on North-South Corridor viaduct between Sungei Seletar and Admiralty Road West
Work on the North-South Corridor (NSC) viaduct between Sungei Seletar and Admiralty Road West is set to begin in the first quarter of 2020 after the final three civil contracts were awarded by the Land Transport Authority (LTA).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

LTA awards final batch of North-South Corridor contracts worth $954.1m
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded the final batch of three contracts -worth a combined $954.1 million – for the upcoming North-South Corridor (NSC).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Letting the courts decide on matters concerning deliberate falsehoods “in line with existing practices” before POFMA: PSP responds to MCI
Leaving the matter of determining the question of deliberate falsehoods to the courts is “logical and in line with the existing practice” even prior to the enactment of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA), said the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) on Mon (16 Dec).
— The Online Citizen

Perdaus expands its Choa Chu Kang childcare centre to include infantcare
Muslim voluntary welfare organisation Perdaus has expanded its existing childcare centre in Choa Chu Kang to meet rising demand from residents.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

HDB to launch up to 3,000 more BTO flats in 2020
New flats will be available in Sembawang and Toa Payoh next February and in May, new flats will be launched in Choa Chu Kang, Tengah, Pasir Ris and Tampines.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Signalling fault causes morning rush hour disruption on North-South Line
Part of the North-South Line was disrupted during the morning rush hour on Monday (Dec 16) due to a signalling fault.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Jetstar to cut capacity in January as pilot dispute drags on
Budget airline Jetstar said on Monday (Dec 16) it would cut domestic capacity by around 10 per cent in January due to industrial action by pilots and was considering the sale of three Boeing 787-8 jets serving loss-making international routes.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

A multi-disciplinary approach to product development requires collaboration
Accelerating development in decentralized platforms will require a paradigm shift, which requires developers to collaborate and learn through a multidisciplinary approach.
— e27

Scoot employee recorded multiple obscene videos of men in mall toilets
An airline cabin crew member recorded multiple obscene videos of men in public toilets, with many of his subjects shown relieving themselves.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singtel names Lee Theng Kiat as its next chairman
Singtel has named Temasek International chairman Lee Theng Kiat as its non-executive director and chairman-designate, the telco said in a news release on Monday (Dec 16).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Online corporate service platform Sleek secures US$5M seed round, focussing on Hong Kong market
Singapore-based online corporate services provider Sleek just announced that it has snagged US$5 million in an extended seed round, expecting to use the funds to accelerate its development in Hong Kong.
— e27

Looking beyond the ‘Ok boomer’ hype, senior bank customers in S’pore just need some help
A 60-year-old POSB Bank staff helps peers in his demographic sign up for tech stuff.
— Mothership

Police investigating NTU student for reportedly supplying false information on alleged assault
The Singapore Police Force is currently investigating a 19-year-old Nanyang Technological University (NTU) student for supplying false information regarding an alleged assault.
— The Online Citizen

iTask reveals list of top ten quirky freelance jobs only found in Singapore during festive season
Earlier today (16 Dec), Singapore-based technology start-up that connects people who needs tasks done and those who can get tasks done iTask released a list of top 10 quirky freelance jobs only found in Singapore during the festive season.
— The Online Citizen

OrangeTee Holdings rebrands as OT Group, names Wilson Ang as executive director
Singapore real estate agency and advisory group OrangeTee Holdings has changed its name to OT Group (OTG), it announced in a press statement on Monday (DEC 16).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

CapitaLand Commercial Trust issues 10b yen maiden green bond
Capitaland Commercial Trust (CCT) on Monday (Dec 16) issued 10 billion yen ($123.7 million) in eight-year unsecured bonds, bearing a fixed coupon of 0.729 per cent per annum.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Former employee struggles to seek recourse in alleged wrongful dismissal case, not covered by changes in Employment Act
A former employee of one of Singapore’s top private healthcare providers who had recently filed a civil suit against her former employer for allegedly subjecting her to wrongful dismissal over nine months ago is facing challenges in her process of seeking legal recourse, as the changes in the Employment Act — which took effect in Apr this year — may not cover her case.
— The Online Citizen

Lawyer Lim Tean directed to correct Facebook posts under online falsehoods law
Singaporean lawyer Lim Tean has been directed to correct two Facebook posts related to the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) spending on local and foreign students, the authorities said on Monday (Dec 16).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Collective sale tender of The Arcade in Collyer Quay given more time
The deadline for the collective sale tender of The Arcade in Collyer Quay has been extended after feedback from developers that they require more time to assess the site, marketing agent Colliers International announced on Monday (Dec 16).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore stock watch: Company gets several more weeks to avoid a delisting
The following companies saw new developments that may affect trading of their shares on Monday (Dec 16)
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Jumbo opens first Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh, Xinyao Hainanese Chicken Rice outlets in China
Jumbo Group announced on Sunday the opening of its first Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh and Xinyao Hainanese Chicken Rice outlets in Shanghai.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

An ultra-rare solar eclipse is happening in Singapore on Boxing Day – here’s where to see the 1-min ‘ring of fire’
A ring of fire will appear in Singapore’s sky on Dec 26 – and excited astronomy fans here are already making plans to catch the “once in a lifetime” phenomenon next week.
— Business Insider

Tuberculosis case at Bukit Batok pre-school; screening ongoing
Selected children and staff of a Bukit Batok pre-school are being screened for tuberculosis (TB), after a person at the school was diagnosed with the infectious disease.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Motorcyclist gets 2 weeks’ jail for injuring elderly woman on pedestrian path
Feeling the need to relieve himself, a 29-year-old man took a shortcut home and rode his motorcycle on a pedestrian pavement.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’porean boy, 5, gets left alone at M’sian gas station after parents forgot about him & drove off
On Saturday (Dec. 14), a five-year-old Singaporean boy was left stranded at Machap, Johor after his parents drove off without him.
— Mothership

Elderly man on personal mobility aid charges at Bugis MRT station personnel
There was no context to the video but the elderly man fell out of his PMA.
— Mothership

Sim Lim Square retail mall makes second run for collective sale
Sim Lim Square retail mall is up for collective sale under a second tender, following the discovery of an extra 27 per cent built-up space.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S’pore man, 44, repeatedly molested 9-year-old daughter while wife was overseas
His wife wrote a letter to the court pleading for leniency.
— Mothership

Motorcyclist dies in accident on Seletar Expressway
A motorcyclist died after an accident involving two cars and a trailer on Monday morning (Dec 16).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Resign or I’ll release sex clip of your wife and you, threatened jealous colleague
Jealous that a colleague had received a promotion, a man demanded his colleague resign or have a sex clip of the victim and his wife released online.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

ITE student who stabbed schoolmate during overhead bridge fight gets probation
A former Institute of Technical Education (ITE) student was sentenced to 21 months’ probation on Monday (Dec 16) for slashing a schoolmate and stabbing her on an overhead bridge near their school.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Jail, fine for woman who assaulted own father, 81, when he tried to stop her from attacking maid
Bibianna Lim Poh Suan was so incensed that she kicked her father in the stomach and bit his left forearm.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)


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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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