Singapore morning news for January 31

Singapore morning news for January 31

Singapore morning newsSIA to fuel in-house innovations with launch of KrisLab
IMMERSIVE in-flight entertainment headsets, an augmented reality colouring mobile application and a mobile service that notifies travellers abroad about nearby events and deals – these are some of the innovations brewing over at Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) newly-launched innovation lab, KrisLab.
— The Business Times

Small firms keen to expand abroad while large firms post record-breaking profits, studies show
Business is on a high for firms across the corporate landscape with smaller companies keen to expand overseas while the big players are reaping ever higher profits.
— Straits Times

HDB sold repurchased land to private developers for profit and didn’t redevelop it as HDBs for future Singaporean generations
Over the last few years I have written several articles on the HDB issue, the last ones being on 10th and 11th December 2018 but as this hot topic arose again while I was at Hong Lim and on my threads recently, I want to take you back to them.
— The Online Citizen

Eyeing promising players to boost growth
Singapore is on a mission to court technology mavens to drive foreign investment and create higher-quality jobs, as it strives to be a digital hub in the region.
— Straits Times

Sports Hub announces that its CEO has resigned but neglects to mention that its CFO and COO have also quit
In a media statement this past Monday, Sports Hub announced the resignation of its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Oon Jin Teik. Mr Oon’s departure from the organisation has been described as a “shock resignation” by the national broadsheet.
— The Independent

Upgrade SkillsFuture to facilitate cutting-edge digital courses
IN the upcoming Budget 2019, there could be enhancements to the SkillsFuture initiative, given Singapore’s need to train and reskill workers to stay relevant in the future, according to a report by UOB.
— The Business Times

New app for commuters with special needs being tested
A new mobile app that aims to make it easier for commuters with special needs to take public buses is on trial till end-June.
— Straits Times

PAP advocacy group proposes equal CPF contribution rates for all age groups
RAISING Central Provident Fund (CPF) contribution rates for older workers above the age of 55, up to the same level as those for their younger peers, is one of several recommendations that a People’s Action Party (PAP) advocacy group has submitted to the government.
— The Business Times

Suspicions about leak emerged as early as in 2012
Suspicions that contents of the HIV Registry had been leaked emerged as early as in 2012, when American fraudster Mikhy Farrera Brochez blew the whistle on his Singaporean doctor-boyfriend Ler Teck Siang to the Ministry of Health (MOH).
— Straits Times

$615.9 million contract awarded for North-South Corridor
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded a contract worth $615.9 million for the construction of the North-South Corridor, a 21.5km expressway which will connect towns in the north to the city centre.
— Straits Times

Increased interest in joining start-ups among jobseekers: CareerBuilder Singapore’s Employer of Choice Survey 2018
As the competition heats up between organisations to attract and retain talent in the tight labour market, companies who have consistently invested providing attractive employee packages as well as a strong work culture remain Employers of Choice.
— The Online Citizen

Free health checks and health screening for older workers at 15 hawker centres
Older workers at 15 hawker centres, including hawkers, cleaners and shopkeepers, will enjoy free health checks and health coaching at their workplaces as part of an expanded new programme announced by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) on Wednesday (Jan 30).
— Straits Times

WP politician Gerald Giam blasts MOH over “most disturbing and sickening” HIV Registry data theft
As public uproar over the HIV Registry data leak rages on, many Singaporeans are asking why the Ministry of Health (MOH) did not inform the public that confidential information from the HIV registry was leaked, years ago.
— The Independent

How to fund rising fiscal spending?
AS FINANCE Minister Heng Swee Keat prepares to present this year’s Budget on Feb 18, all eyes are now turning to how he plans to pay for it.
— The Business Times

“What do parents know about a teacher’s KPI?” asks former teacher
A former teacher named Chegu Thamrin took his Facebook account on 23 January to lash out to parents who are only bothered about their own child’s progress without knowing that teachers have their own Key Performance Indicator (KPI) to fulfill.
— The Online Citizen

Elections Department to move from iconic Prinsep Street building
The Elections Department (ELD) will be moving from its iconic Prinsep Street building, the scene of many an election drama, to Novena Rise.
— Straits Times

SICCI seeks to have SEZ for Singapore SMEs and MSMEs in Gujarat
Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) proposed Gujarat government to set up Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for Singapore SMEs and MSMEs.
— The Economic Times

Affordable, quality healthcare the key concern for Singaporeans, pre-Budget survey finds
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will deliver the Budget Statement in Parliament on Feb 18.
— Straits Times

Plans to spruce up Orchard Road announced
PLANS aimed at strengthening Orchard Road’s position as a lifestyle location with more green spaces were announced on Wednesday by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and National Parks Board (NParks).
— The Business Times

Activist Sangeetha Thanapal receives stern warning from authorities after calling Singapore ‘a terribly racist country’
Vocal activist Sangeetha Thanapal has been given a stern warning by the police over a Facebook post that they say promotes feelings of ill will and hostility between the races. Ms Thanapal, originally from Singapore, now lives in Melbourne where she works as a researcher.
— The Online Citizen

Aedes mosquito population down 80 per cent in Nee Soon East cluster after release of sterile male mozzies
The population of dengue-carrying mosquitoes in Nee Soon East and Tampines West has been cut by at least half after the release of sterile male mosquitoes, which produces eggs that cannot hatch.
— Straits Times

ESM Goh speaks covertly about illegally parked bicycles and bilateral relations
Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has been rather crafty in his Facebook posts as of late, always seeming to end each post with a double entendre. In his most recent quip on social media, the minister made use of an analogy with improperly parked bicycles to illustrate a point about bilateral relations.
— The Independent sg

Major revamp of Orchard Road announced with new developments, different offerings in sub-precincts
Travelling from one end of Orchard Road to the other will eventually be a very different experience, as plans are afoot to transform the 2.4km stretch into a more lively street with different offerings in each of the four sub-precincts.
— Straits Times

Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin calls for support for unwittingly exposed HIV patients
For the second time in less than a year, Singapore has been shocked by a serious data breach concerning medical information.
— The Independent sg

LTA trials new app for commuters with special needs
A new mobile app that aims to make it easier for commuters with special needs to take public buses is on trial till end June.
— Straits Times

NUS launches building with net-zero energy consumption
The National University of Singapore (NUS) on Wednesday (Jan 30) unveiled a new building at the School of Design and Environment that has net-zero energy consumption.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Affordable, quality healthcare a key concern: Reach survey
One main concern among Singaporeans is getting access to affordable, quality healthcare, a pre-Budget survey has found.
— Straits Times

Thinking of a last minute CNY trip? Here are the cheapest dates to fly
Whether you are looking to be reunited with your family abroad or wish to celebrate in a new destination this Lunar New Year, we found the cheapest and most expensive days to fly to help you save on your travels.
— The Online Citizen

Four hotels fined more than $1.5 million in total for sharing commercially sensitive information
The four hotels are: Capri by Fraser Changi City Singapore, Village Hotel Changi, Village Hotel Katong, and Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel. These hotels are between a five- and 15-minute drive from Changi Airport.
— Straits Times

10 Things Investors Should Know About Keppel Corporation Limited’s Latest Earnings
We take look at 10 key points from Keppel Corporation Limited (SGX: BN4)’s latest result presentation.
— The Motley Fool

Singapore remains most liveable city for Asian expats
Singapore is the most liveable city for Asian expats for the 14th year in a row, according to a new survey.
— Straits Times

Scoot flight to Singapore turns back to Bangkok due to unclaimed bag
A Scoot flight bound for Singapore was forced to turn back to Bangkok an hour into its journey on Wednesday (Jan 30) due to an unaccompanied cabin bag that was unclaimed.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Develop human capital to engage staff
Bosses should make the effort to engage employees to talk about their career plans, amid worries about how technology is disrupting businesses and changing jobs.
— Straits Times

PUB, NEA trial method of using waste water sludge and food waste to generate more energy
A new method of using both waste water sludge and food waste to generate biogas will be implemented at Tuas Nexus plant when it opens in 2025.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Upcoming Budget to pay special attention to helping the disadvantaged
The upcoming Budget will cover social programmes that focus on the elderly, healthcare and education as well as pay special attention to helping the disadvantaged and underprivileged this year, said Second Minister for Finance and Education Indranee Rajah on Wednesday (Jan 30).
— Straits Times

Commuters want more inclusive public transport system, better bus journeys: Feedback sessions
Commuters in Singapore are generally prepared to accept slower journeys to allow time for the less mobile to board and alight from public buses and trains.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore can still do well amid global headwinds: DPM Tharman
Singapore can still do well amid global headwinds, by educating its young, developing deeper skills in helping those who lose their jobs, and strengthening the innovative capabilities of our enterprises, said Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SK Jewellery reviewing crypto plans as Bizkey deal expires
SK Jewellery Group said on Tuesday that it is “evaluating its plans” to integrate the acceptance of crypto currencies at its outlets, following the expiration of its memorandum of understanding (MOU) with blockchain-based point-of-sales (POS) systems provider Bizkey on Jan 27.
— The Business Times

Grab to get new S$181 million headquarters in Singapore
Ride-hailing startup Grab will build a new headquarters in Singapore, the company said in a joint-statement with Ascendas Reit on Wednesday (Jan 30).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Parliamentary Sec Amrin Amin meets death penalty escapee who now has his own company
On January 28, Senior Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs Amrin Amin met a certain Jabez Koh when he visited Industrial & Services Cooperative Society’s (ISCOS) newly renovated space iCosy Hub.
— The Independent

Bleak earnings, trade tensions weigh on STI
Disappointing corporate earnings and renewed trade tensions left investors on edge from the word go yesterday.
— Straits Times

Book on ‘unheard cases’ of Pedra Branca challenge launched
Three legal and diplomatic stalwarts have published a book documenting the case Singapore prepared against Malaysia over the sovereignty of Pedra Branca.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Honestbee, FairPrice to temporarily end partnership
Full-time freelance personal shopper Desiree Kuah was in for a rude shock on Wednesday (Jan 30) when she showed up at the NTUC FairPrice store in the Central Business District to start her four-hour shift for honestbee.
— Straits Times

 

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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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