Singapore morning news for December 18

Singapore morning news for December 18

Singapore morning news

Singapore’s November exports fall 5.9% in 9th straight month of decline
Singapore’s trade numbers continued a downward streak in November as its exports declined for the ninth straight month, according to official data released on Tuesday (Dec 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore rises in gender equality ranking as Philippines slips
Singapore made significant progress in this year’s gender equality ranking, surging 13 spots due to improvements in economic participation and opportunity, as well as educational attainment.
— Nikkei Asian Review

MOE to raise bursaries for part-time undergraduate & diploma students in financial need from 2020
Come 2020, around 2,100 eligible Singaporeans enrolled in Ministry of Education (MOE)-subsidised part-time undergraduate and diploma courses will be able to get higher bursaries to offset their fees.
— Mothership

Sustainable noodles: Singapore start-up creating comfort food with ‘future fit crops’
Singapore food science start-up NamZ is redesigning comfort foods such as instant noodles by using what it terms ‘future fit crops’ to boost sustainability while simultaneously improving consumer health.
— Food Navigator-Asia

Plans to triple Singapore’s cycling network may be sped up ‘a couple of years’: Lam Pin Min
Plans to triple Singapore’s cycling path network by 2030 could be expedited by a couple of years following the e-scooter footpath ban last month.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Emergency exercise at JB CIQ Complex on Wednesday night: ICA
Travellers should plan their journey if they are intending to use the Woodlands Checkpoint on Wednesday (Dec 18) from 10pm to 12am, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in an advisory.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Markings being drawn on footpaths to remind e-scooter users of footpath ban: LTA
All nine cycling towns will progressively have markings reminding e-scooter users not to ride their devices on footpaths, as part of the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) efforts to step up enforcement of an e-scooter footpath ban.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Will the UK really turn into ‘Singapore-on-Thames’ after Brexit?
The idea that London might have a post-Brexit future as a kind of deregulated “Singapore-on-Thames” is one of the more curious notions to have emerged in the three and a half years since the UK’s citizens voted narrowly to leave the EU in the fateful June 2016 referendum.
— The Guardian

No further risk of tuberculosis spreading to Bukit Batok PCF Sparkletots pre-school: MOH
There is no further risk of tuberculosis spreading in a Bukit Batok pre-school after a patient was treated for the infectious disease, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Tuesday (Dec 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Mahathir says Malaysia on board for KL-Singapore HSR project, but mulling slower train speeds
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday (Dec 17) that Malaysia is on board for the postponed Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project, but the speed of the trains might be adjusted to cut costs.

Singapore government challenges Washington Post article on POFMA in a letter, denies “suppressing anything”
The Singapore government, via its Ambassador to the United States Ashor Kumar Mirpuri, has challenged the Washington Post on its article about Singapore’s anti-fake news law which the paper said amounted to “censorship” and had a “chilling effect” on freedom of expression.
— The Online Citizen

Pound slumps against Singapore dollar on renewed hard Brexit fears
The pound slumped following reports UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to change the law to guarantee the Brexit phase isn’t extended beyond the end of next year, increasing the threat of a no-deal divorce.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

A look back at 2019: More child abuse cases probed amid growing awareness
The Ministry of Social and Family Development’s (MSF) Child Protective Service investigated a record 1,163 cases last year – a 30 per cent jump from 894 cases in 2017 and the highest number in the past decade.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Recovery on track for Singapore’s hoteliers
AT this point, it’s anyone’s guess how 2020 will pan out, but things look more promising for Singapore’s hospitality counters than they have in recent years as the hotel sector emerges from a downcycle.
— The Business Times

S’pore shares fail to join Asian rally
Local shares yesterday failed to join the regional rally sparked by Wall Street’s surge after a United States-China interim trade deal was confirmed last Friday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New Hyflux investor floats offer for debts
A NEW investor has come calling on beleaguered water cleaning company Hyflux, making an offer disclosed on Tuesday night to buy over some of its creditors’ debts.
— The Business Times

A look back at 2019: Landmark study highlights issues of homeless people
Once a hidden problem, the state of homelessness has been making the headlines. Last month, the first nationwide study of homelessness in Singapore found about 1,000 people sleeping on the streets.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

7,000 homes in South West district to get dishwashing liquid, reusable bags as part of Festive Cheers
About 7,000 less well-off homes in the South West district will be given free household items such as dish-washing liquids and airtight storage containers, in a move to promote sustainability and reduce food wastage.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Temasek Executive Director, Lee Theng Kiat appointed as Chairman-designate of Singtel Board
The Singtel board has appointed Mr Lee Theng Kiat to the board as non-Executive Director and Chairman-designate with effect from 15 January 2020.
— The Online Citizen

Minister Lawrence Wong: We will consider all feedback and ideas to fix expiring HDB 99-year leases
In a blog post yesterday (16 Dec), National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said that 2019 has been a busy year for his ministry.
— The Online Citizen

Teacher gets jail and caning for molesting 7 boys in his CCA
A teacher who molested seven boys enrolled in the co-curricular activity (CCA) he was in charge of over more than two years was on Tuesday (Dec 17) sentenced to two years and two months’ jail and three strokes of the cane.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Target Media wins HDB tender to install digital display screens in lifts, lobbies next year
A tender to install, operate and manage 6,000 digital displays screens in lifts and lobbies in Housing Board blocks has been won by Target Media Culcreative (TMCC).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

ST Causes Week 2019: Lending a hand to workers with injuries
In the decade he spent helping migrant workers to access affordable healthcare, Mr Eric Lee was often struck by how they lacked proper rehabilitation for work-related injuries.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore-Nanjing project spurs closer work on tech solutions
A collaboration between Singapore and China to build a fourth-generation city has brought the two countries closer together to work on areas like artificial intelligence, said Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) president Roland Ng yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Tycoon son blames govt policy on property glut and wants ABSD extension for developers
Last Wed (11 Dec), City Developments CEO Sherman Kwek who is the son of property tycoon Kwek Leng Beng told Bloomberg in a report that the present property glut is an effect of government policy that imposes a levy on firms that do not complete construction and sell all units within five years of acquiring land.
— The Online Citizen

MPs not at the helm of organising River Hongbao next year
For the first time in more than a decade, the organising committee for next year’s River Hongbao (RHB), Singapore’s Chinese New Year staple gala, is not being helmed by Members of Parliament.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fashion tech startup Zilingo acquires software company nCinga Innovations for US$15.5M in cash, stock deal
Singapore-headquartered fashion technology platform Zilingo announces that it has acquired Sri Lanka-based software company nCinga Innovations in a direction of strengthening its position as a digital supply chain enabler.
— e27

Dog dies after it was allegedly thrown out of car window at Lorong Halus, AVS investigating
A car dashboard camera in Singapore recently captured footage of a dog allegedly being thrown out of a car.
— Mothership

Man fined $2k for firing 6cm-long nail into colleague’s chest in workplace incident
While handling a pneumatic nail gun, a 23-year-old man failed to observe proper safety procedures by leaving his finger on the trigger.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Tokyu Hands S’pore has adorable animal-shaped glasses but costs S$55.20 each
On Dec. 9, Tokyu Hands Singapore announced that they have brought in the adorable GOODGLAS glasses.
— Mothership

Woman attempted suicide multiple times in bid to give family her CPF monies and insurance payout
“I am very depressed and suicidal due to my illness and also due to financial stress.
— The Online Citizen

GrabHitch driver jailed for molesting female passengers
A GrabHitch driver who molested two women he picked up in the same day was sentenced to a year and 10 months’ jail on Tuesday (Dec 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Elderly man on PMA charging at SMRT personnel was selling items at Bugis MRT station, police called
SMRT said it would not tolerate physical or verbal abuse against its staff.
— Mothership

Lorry driver caught in Pasir Ris viral video convicted of causing hurt to cyclist by rash act
Teo Seng Tiong was also found guilty of failing to report the accident to the police within 24 hours.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Cute food: We Bare Bears pop-up cafe coming to Singapore in January
Expect 26 menu items inspired by the animated series (Forever Bros Truffle Carbonara Pasta, anyone?) at the Kumoya cafe pop-up.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Driver molested two women within an hour of each other during carpooling rides
A man who was jailed eight months for molestation in 2015 was back at it again, molesting two different women last year within an hour of each other while giving them rides as part of a carpooling service.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore artist channels ‘creepy-cute’ with baby heads in sushi rolls
At first glance the works of Singaporean artist Qixuan Lim have a familiar, edible appearance.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Mum of four who attends night classes welcomes extra help
Madam Tan Ling Ling is a mother of four, a school administrative officer by day and a student by night.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man cooks hot dinner for stray doggos in S’pore so they can stay warm in rainy weather
A man in Singapore has taken the initiative to cook a hot dinner for some stray dogs so that they can stay warm in the rainy weather.
— Mothership

Repeat offender spat at doctor, nurse, lay on hospital floor and refused to leave
A repeat offender who has been in and out of jail since the 1970s was sentenced to jail again on Tuesday (Dec 17), this time for his behaviour towards staff at a hospital and home for the destitute.
— 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.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



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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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