Singapore morning news for December 30

Singapore morning news for December 30

Singapore morning newsSriracha hot sauce recalled over fears of ‘exploding’ bottles: SFA
The Singapore Food Agency said on Friday (Dec 27) it has issued a recall for Huy Fong Sriracha Hot Chilli Sauce over fears some bottles could explode when opened.
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

PTC approved 7 per cent hike in bus and train fares, to start today
Starting from today, commuters will be paying for a seven per cent increase in bus and train fares that was earlier approved by the Public Transport Council (PTC).
— The Online Citizen

Cars from M’sia cannot provide transport services from Johor to S’pore unless they have public service vehicle licence
LTA is warning that it will carry out strong enforcement action against errant drivers of such vehicles.
— Mothership

Pay more for video streaming, cloud services from Jan 1
From Wednesday, you will have to pay more for the monthly or yearly subscription to your favourite video streaming apps or cloud storage services.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Higher MediShield Life claim limits from Jan 1, 2020
Patients admitted to hospitals for surgical procedures from January next year will be able to claim more from MediShield Life, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Friday (Dec 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore industrial land supply cut again for first half of 2020
THE government has once again trimmed industrial land supply for the first half of 2020 under its Industrial Government Land Sales (IGLS) programme.
— The Business Times

Investors focusing on S’pore flash Q4, full-year GDP data
As 2019 comes to a close, market activity is likely to remain tepid with traders still making their return from their holiday break.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Penal Code changes to protect vulnerable victims, minors to kick in on Jan 1, 2020
Criminals who prey on vulnerable victims and young people will face harsher punishments as amendments to the Penal Code kick in on Jan 1, 2020.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Govt bans property company owned by ex-PRC soldier from selling its condo units
It was reported in the media today (29 Dec) that a Chinese developer, Kingsford Huray, has been banned from selling condo units by Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).
— The Online Citizen

Experts warn of terror threat as piracy cases rise
As the number of recorded piracy incidents in the Singapore Strait rises, so has the level of concern among security experts of a potential terror threat.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Manpower: No spike in layoffs, as firms remain cautious
There were fears that job losses would surge among locals amid the economic slowdown this year but firms largely played it safe by retaining staff and hiring cautiously.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Election Budget = goodies galore? Don’t hold your breath
WITH Singapore’s next General Election expected just round the corner, Budget 2020 has been widely tagged as an “Election Budget”.
— The Business Times

Number of highly indebted borrowers falls by 40%
Their outstanding debt was also reduced – from $6.7 billion to $4.2 billion, said the MAS.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’poreans, you all are officially working too hard at 45 hours a week
And that makes Singapore the second hardest-working city in the world.
— Mothership

Easier registration with SingPass Mobile app
Visitors to Republic Plaza and patients at Punggol Polyclinic can now use their SingPass Mobile app to register in place of manually filling up a form with their personal details.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Five more hawker centres do away with dine-in disposables
MFive more hawker centres have done away with disposables for dine-in meals, the National Environment Agency said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Driver, 64, arrested after crash kills two at Lucky Plaza
Early celebrations ahead of the new year were cut short tragically yesterday when a car crashed through a pavement railing and plunged several metres, before landing on the exit lane of the Lucky Plaza carpark, killing two women and injuring four others.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Keppel Bay Tower to be Singapore’s first commercial building fully powered by renewable energy
Come Jan 1, Keppel Bay Tower will become the first commercial development in Singapore to use renewable energy to power all its operations, including the offices of tenants in the building, Keppel Corp said on Sunday (Dec 29).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

From drunks falling into the river to terrorist threats: How police keep the New Year’s Eve countdown safe
“What makes this event unique is at the snap of a finger, the situation changes,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police Gregory Tan, who is responsible for the safety and security of 500,000 people expected at the event.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: The brewing discontent with trade and one step to restoring faith in globalisation
For trade-dependent Singapore, global disenchantment with trade and globalisation is something that needs fixing. Reforms to global taxation rules may be one thing that needs attention.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore Zoo welcomes baby white rhino
The Singapore Zoo received an early Christmas gift in the form of a Southern white rhinoceros calf that was born on Thursday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

500 drones all set for New Year’s Eve aerial acrobatics
MFor the first time, revellers ushering in the new year will be able to see 500 drones fly in tandem at The Float @ Marina Bay on New Year’s Eve for the second annual Star Island Singapore Countdown Edition, which will also feature fireworks, music and live performances.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Delivery riders seem to be getting into more accidents, ST poll finds
With Singaporeans’ growing appetite for the convenience of food delivered to their doorsteps, the deliveryman who brings them their grub has been getting into more accidents.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Too early to tell if global economy is heading for recovery in 2020
Fund manager Pilar Gomez-Bravo thinks adopting a broadly diversified and flexible approach is still the best strategy to generate returns in the current low-yield environment.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Potential buyer eyes some Hyflux debt at minimum 85% discount
Some of Hyflux’s creditors may be able to get up to 15 per cent back on their investments in the embattled water treatment firm.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Release of CPF complainant’s details necessary to ‘provide correct and relevant facts’: Government
Specific personal information was made public about a Central Provident Fund Board (CPF Board) complainant to provide the public with correct and relevant facts, the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office said on Friday (Dec 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Blossom Seeds charity raises more than $300,000 to renovate centre in Sembawang
Madam Mary Rajeswari Singaram will be able to enjoy better facilities at an elderly care facility she frequents, with more than $300,000 raised at a charity event on Sunday (Dec 29).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

AEM acquires French test solutions provider for $11.3m
Mainboard-listed AEM Holdings is acquiring French semiconductor test solutions provider Mu-TEST for 7.5 million euros (S$11.3 million), it announced on Dec 28.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Religion may be a lifeline for some low-income seniors
Seniors in rental flats who are not religious have a higher risk of visiting the emergency room than those who are religious, a local study has found.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

All abuzz over orb ‘floating’ off MBS
The mysterious orb-like structure sitting in the waters off Marina Bay Sands adds vibrancy to area, say observers, with some believing it may be new Apple store.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fire breaks out in Tagore Drive
A fire broke out at a four-storey industrial building at 8 Tagore Drive in the early hours yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pilot scheme to deal with drink drivers raises concern
The scheme by the Attorney-General’s Chambers to inform accused persons of the prosecution’s sentencing position before their cases go to court has raised eyebrows among lawyers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Production lines mark the new frontier for Singapore innovation
MULTINATIONAL fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) giants are no strangers to high-tech factories, with their factory sites here no exception.
— The Business Times

Same-Sex kiss scene cut from Star Wars in Singapore screenings
Disney removed a kiss scene between two female minor characters in “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” screenings in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

I was an office lady from Bangkok before I became a Thai disco singer in S’pore. Here’s my story.
Hard At Work is a collection of different accounts from sixty people about their life and work in Singapore.
— Mothership

Merlion & ArtScience Museum will be lit up from Dec. 29 – 31, 2019 as part of countdown festivities
From Dec. 29 to 31, 2019, the facades of the Merlion and ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay will have light projections cast onto them.
— Mothership

72-year-old man pulls wheelchair-bound wife out of burning car after accident along Eng Neo Avenue
The car erupted in flames after a motorcycle apparently hit a curb, caught fire and skidded under the vehicle.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

This 6 min 44 sec S’pore in 2019 recap video features almost every insane thing
A succinct video summarising almost every insane thing that happened in Singapore in 2019 has been put up on social media — two days before the year and decade is up.
— Mothership

Old Chang Kee selling mala chicken puff & mala crispy chicken from Jan. 2 till March 2020
Old Chang Kee is launching a series of mala-themed food items from Jan. 2, 2020 as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations.
— Mothership

Creative Capital: Singapore’s first professional mermaid not only performs but also teaches
Cara Neo is a mermaid, teacher and owner of two companies. She also started the Singapore Mermaid School which, she says, is the first in the world to offer a progressive syllabus integrating theory and physical learning.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More than S$10,316 raised to honour Muslim youth who protected church-goers from bomb blast in 2000
A 25-year-old Indonesian who sacrificed his life to protect church-goers from a bomb blast in 2000, has raised more than Rp 106 million (S$10,316), The Jakarta Post reports.
— Mothership

Boy taken to hospital after accident with PMD near Marina Bay Sands, teen rider arrested
A six-year-old boy was taken to hospital after an accident with a personal mobility device (PMD) on Sunday (Dec 29).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Woman alleged to have cheated 73 friends of $800k
A woman who allegedly cheated about 70 friends and acquaintances of more than $800,000 is under police investigation.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Woman who lost lawsuit over NUS degree faces $178k legal costs
A former master’s degree candidate who sued and lost her lawsuit against the National University of Singapore (NUS) last year has to pay its insurers about $178,000 in legal costs.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Rousing farewell for Bukit Timah minimart owners after 20 years
Toh Yi resident Koo Cheng Puay has visited the Lim De Li minimart at 5.45pm sharp every day for the past 10 years, to pick up a newspaper and chat with the store owner, but the curtain has just come down on that beloved routine.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

62-year-old with $3k monthly income servicing $100k credit card debt
Madam Siti (not her real name) learnt four years ago that loyalty does not always pay.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Hugs and heartaches: Ageing parents stay strong despite challenges raising children with autism
“Mummy, daddy not old!” Duane Goh repeated this to himself over and over again as he bawled.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Residents evacuated after fire at Trellis Towers in Toa Payoh, no one injured
A fire broke out at a Toa Payoh condominium on Saturday (Dec 28) but no injuries were reported.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Teenager charged for allegedly molesting elderly women in their 70s, within four hours
A 17-year-old teenager was brought to the State Courts on Tuesday (24 December) for allegedly molesting three women using force, including two in their 70s, within a span of just four hours.
— 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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