Singapore morning news for February 25

Singapore morning news for February 25

Singapore morning newsThe majority of Singaporeans won’t even have S$60,000 in their CPF, says activist Ngerng Yi Ling
Singaporean activist Roy Ngerng Yi Ling analysed the CPF pay-outs and shared his observations via a Facebook post in his profile on Thursday (Feb 21).
— The Independent

Foreign worker quota cuts hit sectors beyond F&B, retail
THE list of businesses that will be hit hard by the upcoming foreign worker quota cuts for the services sector is a long one – covering hotels and entertainment to logistics firms.
— The Business Times

MOH takes legal action in US against Brochez
The Ministry of Health (MOH) is taking legal action in the United States courts against American Mikhy Farrera Brochez to reacquire the stolen HIV Registry data in his possession.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commentary: The Singapore Budget and Heng Swee Keat’s shift away from Big Government
Under Heng Swee Keat, Singapore’s annual Budgets have shifted to give the business community more skin in the game of positioning the economy for the future, reflecting his collaborative approach in leading Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

He’s toast: Singapore foils man’s attempt to smuggle contraband cigarettes in bread loaf
A 38-year-old motorcyclist who tried to smuggle contraband cigarettes into Singapore using a hollowed-out loaf of bread was caught at Woodlands Checkpoint last Saturday (Feb 16).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Meet the Republic of Singapore Navy’s new poison shrimp. They even call it ‘Invincible’
With the launch of RSS Invincible in Kiel, Singapore is the latest Asia-Pacific country to introduce new-generation submarines, riding on a persistent trend observed amongst regional navies in acquiring undersea capabilities.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

E-commerce boom reshaping delivery landscape
Missed deliveries, lost packages and delayed shipments are the bane of every online shopper.
— The New Paper

What’s behind diesel tax increase?
The diesel tax increase from 10 cents per litre to 20 cents might be a way to correct an older policy on light passenger-use diesel vehicles that cause pollution in a dense city, said Singapore University of Social Sciences economist Walter Theseira at a roundtable last week to discuss the Budget statement.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

6 questions answered about why Singapore could be your go-study abroad destination
Singapore has consistently maintained its position among the top 15 cities in the world for students, according to QS Top Universities.
— India Today

SDP and JTC trade words over cancellation of the political party’s campaign launch venue
The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) and JTC Corporation have posted on Facebook their versions of events which led to the last-minute cancellation of the venue booking for the political party’s election campaign launch on Saturday (Feb 23).
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

“Our stories” launched at Queenstown museum as surrounding HDB buildings will soon be demolished
On 23rd February, Singapore’s first ground-up community museum was launched at Commonwealth Drive, Queenstown area.
— The Independent

Singapore’s farming revival: ‘Tech is the only way to go’
Singapore’s agriculture sector is no longer what it once was.
— Today Online

Foreign worker quota cuts: Uphill task for F&B and retail sectors
He may be the owner of his halal eatery, but such is the service sector manpower crunch that on weekends, Mr Feroz Mak has to roll up his sleeves and be cook and cleaner due to a lack of staff.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Charity “Shocked” Over Hit and Run
The biker wanted by the Cambodian authorities for questioning over a fatal hit-and-run accident was part of a Singapore charity convoy that visited the country, The New Paper has learnt.
— Cambodia News English

International human rights organisations petition Singapore Govt to drop convictions and charges against local activists
Several international human rights organisations have petitioned the Singapore Government to quash convictions and drop charges against local activists, in a joint statement.
— The Independent

SMEs need more help to kick-start digital journey
SMALL and medium enterprises (SMEs) need more help to get past the initial hurdle of embarking on digital transformation, said panellists at the KPMG Insights from the Inside: Singapore Budget 2019 discussion on Friday morning.
— The Business Times

NHB to update World War II historic site markers to include 4 official languages, Japanese
The National Heritage Board (NHB) will refresh the design of its World War II markers to include the four official languages and Japanese, the board said in a Facebook post on Friday (Feb 22).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

NTU Students lead campaign to improve urinary health in local community
Private Matters is Singapore’s first health communications campaign on Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) that aims to raise awareness of the severity of UTI and its consequences, as well as encourage adoption of simple lifestyle behaviours to reduce the risk of contracting UTI.
— The Online Citizen

Lower entry costs for budding microbrewers
From May 1, start-ups in the brewing industry will have something to raise their glasses to.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Post-Budget forum homes in on healthcare costs
THE escalating cost of healthcare was one of the key concerns raised at a post-Budget 2019 forum on Thursday, with members of the panel and on the floor asking how this cost could be tamed.
— The Business Times

To keep HDB lifts working, they risk their safety time and again
These lift technicians are exposed to occupational hazards like falls and electric shocks to ensure that residents have smooth and safe rides, as On The Red Dot discovers.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

40 residents evacuated after fire engulfs Bendemeer Road HDB flat
About 40 residents of a Housing Board block in Bendemeer Road were evacuated, after a fire broke out in a 10th storey unit on Saturday morning (Feb 23).
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Online property auctions: a new norm for transactions?
THE e-commerce market in Singapore is growing fast. According to Statista Portal, Singapore’s e-commerce revenue will total US$3.74 billion by end-2018, and with an expected annual growth rate of 10.1 per cent, is likely to result in a market volume of US$5.5 billion by 2022. To date, electronics and media form the largest share of the e-commerce pie.
— The Business Times

Fires involving e-scooters, e-bikes spike by 50% in 2018
The number of fires involving electric bicycles, electric scooters and other personal mobility devices (PMDs) spiked by more than 50 per cent in 2018, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Lapse in notification for MHA tender project and the question of why was ST Marine awarded 55% higher than estimated budget
In July 2017, the Ministry of Home Affair (MHA) put out a tender for a shipbuilding project for the Police Coast Guard (PCG). The tender called for a firm order of the construction of 12 patrol boats with the option to supply and deliver a further five boats.
— The Online Citizen

More reports of animal cruelty in 2018, but majority turned out to be non-cruelty cases
The increase could be attributed to greater awareness of animal welfare, as well as an increased willingness to report and provide information for investigation, said AVA.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore has a better Bali on its doorstep, developer says
Singapore’s second-largest developer has a suggestion for the government: re-position the billionaire enclave of Sentosa as a tourism mecca like Bali.
— The Edge Singapore

Commentary: Merdeka Generation Package can afford to go further to help our poor elderly
One challenge in healthcare financing is that older, low-wage workers have insufficient funds in their Medisave accounts, which they could have used to purchase health insurance for themselves, says KPMG’s Gan Kwee Lian.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

The ‘high school’ food nostalgia restaurant rekindling memories
Soun Sovann was a student at Bak Touk High School in Phnom Penh during the 1990s, a public school in which classrooms were filled with 50 to 70 students sitting in several rows of long tables learning shoulder to shoulder.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

New SAF safety chief aims to make flagging lapses second nature
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has appointed its first safety chief, and he wants to make it second nature for soldiers to flag safety lapses without fear of reprisal to make training safer.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Greater weight to be given to safety compliance when assessing SAF unit commanders
Safety compliance will be given added weight in the performance assessment of Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) unit commanders, as part of a move to improve the safety culture.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

93.3% of students passed in 2018 A-Level examinations with at least 3H2 and pass in GP or KI
93.3 percent students who sat for the 2018 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level (GCE A-Level) examinations passed their exams with at least 3 H2 passes, with a pass in General Paper (GP) or Knowledge and Inquiry (KI).
— The Online Citizen

10 Quick Things Investors Should Know About Wilmar International Limited’s Latest Earnings
Here are our takeaways from Wilmar International Limited’s (SGX: F34) latest result.
— The Motley Fool

Report identifies key trends for sovereign wealth funds to watch
Shifting demographics, the rise of technology and increasing focus on sustainability are key trends that sovereign wealth funds should incorporate in their investment frameworks, according to a new report.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore to maintain a neutral stand in United States and China conflict, says Chan Chun Sing
Singapore is doing its best to remain objective between the United States and China amidst the rising tension between these two global economies.
— The Independent

Teenage girl arrested for attacking another student with dangerous weapon outside ITE College West
A 17-year-old girl was arrested and another girl taken to hospital after an assault outside the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College West on Thursday (Feb 21).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Prospective parents turning to online forums to aid adoption efforts
Desperate to give a baby up for adoption or anxious to adopt, some people are turning to online parenting forums to find what they are looking for.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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