Singapore morning news for December 4

Singapore morning news for December 4

Singapore morning news

Salaries seen rising 3.7% next year with employers turning to other incentives to retain staff: Mercer
The overall salary increase projected for 2020 is 3.7 per cent, up slightly from 3.6 per cent in 2019, said the firm in its annual Singapore Total Remuneration Survey.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore factory activity improves in November but falls shy of expansion threshold
Singapore’s factory activity shrank for the seventh straight month in November but recorded a slower rate of contraction compared with the previous month.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore business confidence improves slightly for first quarter of next year
Local business sentiments are showing signs of a recovery after being weighed down for most of the year by an uncertain global economic outlook amid a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Cleaners to undergo compulsory workplace safety training from 2022
Cleaners will have to undergo a mandatory Workplace Safety & Health course from 2022 to make sure they are aware of and take precautionary measures against occupational risks such as slips and falls.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Pisa: No. 2 in academics is OK but Singapore should aim to top student well-being
Singapore educators deserve to be congratulated for how well they continue to prepare their young charges for an increasingly complex, ambiguous and volatile world, going by the results of the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) test released today (Dec 3).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Chess grandmaster Gong Qianyun delivers S’pore’s 900th gold medal in SEA Games history
Chess grandmaster Gong Qianyun delivered Singapore’s 900th gold medal in its Southeast Asian (SEA) Games history on Dec. 3, 2019.
— Mothership

Fraud website using fake comments from SM Tharman to solicit Bitcoin investments: MAS
A fraudulent website has been soliciting Bitcoin investments by using fabricated comments attributed to a senior minister, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) warned in an advisory on Tuesday (Dec 3).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MOH accepts proposed ‘informed consent’ guidelines on what doctors need to tell patients for treatments
Serious concerns for doctors, including how they treat patients and how complaints against them are dealt with, could be allayed with changes suggested by a work group tasked with identifying and correcting problems facing the medical profession.
— The Straits Times

Businesses should diversify foreign workforce, invest in local workers: Chan Chun Sing
Businesses should diversify their foreign workforce and avoid being reliant on manpower from any one place, just as Singapore avoids depending on a single source of revenue or resources, Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said on Tuesday (Dec 3).
— The Straits Times

To keep hope in Singapore ‘alive and strong’, Govt has to engage people, understand their concerns, says Ong Ye Kung
For future generations of Singaporeans to remain hopeful about the country, the Government has to always engage the people and understand their concerns, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Airlines jet undergoing repairs after ‘suspected tail strike’ in Myanmar: SIA
A Singapore Airlines jet that suffered a suspected tail strike on landing in Yangon on Nov 25 is undergoing repairs, the national carrier has confirmed.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

37,000 healthcare workers in NHG, SingHealth to receive support from 2 new company training committees
More than 37,000 healthcare workers who are at risk of losing their jobs received a boost on Tuesday (Dec 3), as two new training committees were set up to help them reskill amid changes in the industry.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Investigations open after SIA cargo plane engine pod hits ground at Sydney Airport
An investigation has been launched by Australian authorities after a Singapore Airlines (SIA) cargo plane’s engine pod struck the ground while landing at Sydney Airport.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Cheyenne Goh wins speed skating gold at SEA Games
Cheyenne Goh made it four golds in a day for Singapore on Tuesday (Dec 3), after she won the women’s 500m short track speed skating event at the 30th SEA Games.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Companies go ‘speed dating’ in race for Singapore digital bank licences: Sources
About three dozen firms including ride-hailer Grab, Standard Chartered and Singapore Telecommunications are in talks to form consortiums that can meet tough entry norms to bid for Singapore’s digital bank licences, sources said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Budget 2020 to ‘transform, support and sustain’, says Indranee Rajah
HELPING businesses to innovate, go regional and build capabilities is a priority for the government even as it helps workers to upskill and reskill to seize new opportunities, Second Minister for Finance Indranee Rajah said on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

67 charities recognised for good disclosure practices, 20 more than in 2018
A total of 67 charities were recognised for being well managed and having good disclosure practices at the Charity Transparency and Governance Awards 2019 on Tuesday (Dec 03) – the largest number since the awards were introduced in 2016.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Trust between patients, doctors and disciplinary system in danger of erosion: Work group
Trust between patients, doctors and the professional disciplinary system is essential for Singapore’s healthcare system to function effectively.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Thinking out of the box: Polar Water’s packaging gets an environmental upgrade
Would you pay more for packaging if you knew it was environmentally friendly?
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Today’s top tech news: Sino Hua An acquires Touchpoint, Softbank troubles don’t seem to be receding
Sino Hua-an to acquire tech company Touchpoint Group- Press release Hua An Group acquired a technology company TouchPoint Group at a signing ceremony today.
— e27

Fencing: Amita Berthier wins individual foil gold, retains SEA Games title
It was teammate versus teammate, roommate versus roommate in the women’s individual foil finals on Tuesday (Dec 3) as Amita Berthier beat Maxine Wong to win gold.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s 15-year-olds rank second globally in reading, maths and science: Study
Fifteen-year-old students in Singapore ranked second globally in reading, mathematics and science, after China, according to a 2018 international benchmarking study co-ordinated by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MOH accepts proposed ‘informed consent’ guidelines on what doctors need to tell patients for treatments
Recommendations include dealing with complaints made against doctors within 18 months.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Frivolous complaints to Singapore Medical Council should come with costs, workgroup recommends
Anyone lodging a frivolous or vexatious complaint to the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) may be ordered to pay for costs “reasonably incurred” in the proceedings.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Fresh recording of Singapore national anthem makes debut
A new recording of the national anthem was played for the first time in public on the steps of the National Gallery Singapore, 60 years from the date of its unveiling.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Increased maintenance works improving reliability of Bukit Panjang LRT: Khaw Boon Wan
Increased maintenance efforts on the Bukit Panjang LRT (BPLRT) are bearing fruit, with reliability on the line doubling over the last four years.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Expect 600 Thai vendors when Bangkok’s Chatuchak market comes to Singapore
The Singapore version will be located at The Grandstand on Turf Club Road and will take place from Feb 4 to May 3, with 30 to 50 Thai vendors coming in every week on rotation.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

PSLE issue betrays fact that Singapore is getting ‘effete’ says retired diplomat Bilahari Kausikan; Ho Ching questions MOE’s decision
Commenting on the ongoing saga, academic and retired diplomat Bilahari Kausikan said that the entire issue of the Ministry of Education (MOE) withholding a student’s PSLE certificate because of unpaid school fees “betrays the fact that we are [Singapore is] getting effete”.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore-Indonesia ties need to be ‘continuously strengthened in every aspect’: Vice President Ma’ruf Amin
Singapore-Indonesia ties need to be continuously strengthened in every aspect, including politics, the economy and security, said Indonesian Vice President Ma’ruf Amin.
— CNA

Govt should provide HDB flat owners with affordable 99-year lease renewal after 50 years: Nonpartisan experts publish proposals on housing policy
The Government should provide Housing Development Board (HDB) flat owners with an affordable one-time top up of the 99-year lease after 50 years, according to three industry experts and academicians from ground-up imitative, Future Of Singapore .
— The Online Citizen

Changi Airport Group committing S$10m to upskill staff for digital transformation
CHANGI Airport Group (CAG) is committing S$10 million over two years to upskill its 2,000 employees in a bid to better prepare them for new jobs and tasks created by the company’s digital transformation.
— The Business Times

Kredivo raises US$90M to expand its lending biz in Indonesia; to roll out low-interest education, healthcare, Shariah loans
Singapore-headquartered fintech company FinAccel, which enables Indonesian consumers to buy online and pay later under the brand Kredivo, has closed its US$90 million Series C equity funding.
— e27

Wife of ex-SSC president ordered to sell co-owned house to pay his debts of $3.2m
The wife of former Singapore Swimming Club (SSC) president Freddie Koh, a bankrupt, has been ordered by the High Court to sell their house to pay his creditors.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Lawyer among 10 people charged over alleged roles in $11.4m housing loan cashback scam
Mohammed Lutfi Hussin, 53, is accused of having falsely certified the correctness of an instrument – a mortgage – for a house in Saraca Terrace near Yio Chu Kang Road on April 22, 2014.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Authorities arrest suspected trafficker, seize drugs and knife
A 38-year-old suspected drug trafficker was arrested early on Tuesday (Dec 3) with about S$43,000 worth of drugs on him.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Temperature drops to 21.4 deg C on Monday, lower than initial forecast by weatherman
But this was still higher than the lowest temperature so far this year – 20.8 deg C on May 5 in the eastern part of the country.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SIA passenger complains of “inhumane torture” over 16-hour flight delay
A passenger on Singapore Airlines (SIA) flying from Singapore to Delhi took to Facebook on Sunday (1 December) to slam the airline for its “pathetic preparedness and service” after the flight was delayed for 16 hours.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore-based app-lending start-up scores $683m valuation
Singapore-based FinAccel Pte, which extends credit to online shoppers in Indonesia under the Kredivo brand, has raised US$90 million of expansion capital in a fundraising round valuing the company at almost US$500 million (S$683 million).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’porean, 18, repeatedly molests sister, 12, & asks for hand job in exchange for BTS merchandise
In court, the teenager asked the judge if he could go on a holiday to Bali.
— Mothership

Asked to stop shaking leg in cinema, S’pore man gets angry & repeatedly punches older man in face
He was sentenced to a day’s jail and a S$3,000 fine.
— Mothership

Teen told 12-year-old sister to perform sexual act, promising to give her K-pop group merchandise in return
An 18-year-old youth was at home with his younger sister in April this year when he repeatedly asked her to sexually stimulate him, promising to buy her merchandise of Korean pop group BTS in return.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’porean man, 38, arrested with S$43,000 worth of drugs in Bukit Batok
Two men have been arrested for drug-related offences in a Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) operation on Dec. 3, 2019.
— Mothership

Singaporean man arrested with $43,000 worth of drugs, could face death penalty
A 38-year-old Singaporean man was arrested on Tuesday (Dec 3) after drugs worth about $43,000 were found on him, including 385g of Ice which could see the death penalty imposed.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Jail for man who fought at Family Justice Courts, punched ex-girlfriend’s dad
A man behaved in a variety of aggressive ways, threatening a child protection officer, fighting at the Family Justice Courts and threatening to hang a pig’s head at his ex-girlfriend’s home.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Teenage girl forces love rival to kowtow, leaves another with broken nose in separate attacks
Bearing a grudge against a girl for dating her ex-boyfriend, a teenager forced the victim to kowtow and punched her on the lips.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Netizens sceptical over government’s request for feedback on upcoming budget
“The Government obviously cannot do everything alone and you’re only as good as the feedback you get, so that you can address things specifically and make sure that you meet needs,” said Second Minister for Education and Finance Ms Indranee Rajah.
— The Online Citizen

Sasa shutters, there were others: 5 popular names that left Singapore malls
Cosmetics retailer Sasa will no longer be a familiar sight in neighbourhood malls as it announced on Monday (Dec 2) the closure of all 22 stores in Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very 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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