Singapore morning news for March 14

Singapore morning news for March 14

Singapore morning news

Singapore 2019 growth trimmed to 2.5% by forecasters; easing of US-China tensions seen as upside risk: MAS survey
The Singapore economy is expected to expand by 1.9% y-o-y in 1Q19, according to the March survey of professional forecasters by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).
— The Edge Singapore

Singapore, US regulators agree on mutual recognition of derivatives trading venues
SINGAPORE regulators and their US counterparts have agreed to mutually recognise certain derivatives trading venues in either market, hewing to reforms undertaken by the Group of 20 (G-20) bloc.
— The Business Times

Singapore is best in Asia for quality of living, personal safety: Survey
Singapore continues to offer the best quality of life in Asia, an annual survey by consulting firm Mercer has found, but worldwide, it is still ranked at 25th. It also ranks highest for personal safety.
— Today Online

Singapore has been ‘clear and consistent’ that Malaysia has lost right to review the price of water: MFA
Singapore has been clear and consistent in its position that Malaysia has lost the right to review the price of water under the 1962 Water Agreement, said Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Wednesday (Mar 13).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore bans Boeing 737 Max
Singapore’s aviation regulator banned the use of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in the country’s airspace following a deadly Ethiopia plane crash at the weekend.
— The Star Online

New S$20 million lab to develop less toxic e-waste recycling methods
A S$20-million research centre which aims to develop greener ways of recycling electrical and electronic waste (e-waste) was launched on Wednesday (Mar 13) by the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore to set up legal co-working space in 2020
The Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) will establish a co-working space called CLICKS @ State Courts in Singapore’s lower-tier courts early next year.
— Legal Business Online

Firms urged to tap AI to solve problems, not for the sake of it
Technology like artificial intelligence (AI) should not be used for the sake of it, but rather in tandem with creative and innovative thinking when solving problems.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

High Court strikes out Leong Sze Hian’s counterclaim against PM Lee’s suit, citing “no reasonable cause of action”
The Singapore High Court has struck out veteran blogger Leong Sze Hian’s counterclaim against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s defamation suit, citing Mr Leong’s failure to disclose a “reasonable cause of action” in his counterclaim.
— The Online Citizen

TCM practitioner suspended, fined after patient forced to have leg amputated from knee down
A traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner was suspended for three years and fined S$5,000 after he administered various treatment that led to a patient having to amputate his leg from the knee down.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

6,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes hidden in claw machines seized in Tuas
The Immigration and Checkpoints (ICA) authority said on Wednesday (Mar 13) it has seized 6,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes that had been hidden in game machines in a warehouse along Tuas Avenue 3.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Front Line Defenders strongly condemns PM Lee’s legal suit against blogger Leong Sze Hian
In regards to the defamation suit made against veteran blogger and human rights defender Leong Sze Hian by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Front Line Defenders (FLD) took a stand and said that it strongly condemns the action.
— The Online Citizen

By the numbers: Singapore’s first mathematics-themed arts festival opens this week
If you think combining arts and maths doesn’t quite add up, Singapore’s first mathematics-themed arts festival aims to prove it can be a winning equation.
— CNA Life Style

S’pore-based US firms confident about Asean growth potential
South-east Asian markets continue to remain important to United States businesses, as a poll of 210 business executives in the region showed an increasing percentage expecting profits to increase, compared with two years ago.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Are we overusing acronyms in Singapore?
As a journalist covering Parliament in the past fortnight, I found myself entangled in an alphabet soup of acronyms that would befuddle even the savviest observer.
— Today Online

Gardens by the Bay murder trial: Accused denies affair with victim
The laundry shop manager accused of murdering his lover and burning her body told a psychiatrist after his arrest that he did not have an extramarital affair with her.
— Asia One

Technology must be used in tandem with innovative thinking to solve problems: Li Hongyi
Technology like artificial intelligence (AI) should not be used for the sake of it but rather in tandem with creative and innovative thinking when solving problems.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Underrated Places to Visit in Singapore
Singapore is a beautiful island city-state that has a lot of significance in the modern world.
— Prague Post

Understanding The Latest Changes To The Singapore Employment Act
With significant changes coming into effect on 1 April 2019, companies in Singapore need to act now to update their HR policies, processes and procedures.
— Mondaq

Game machines with 6,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes seized from warehouse
Ten game machines containing a total of 6,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes have been seized, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a release on Wednesday (March 13).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

In brief: Mobike applies for formal Singapore exit, may transfer ops to ‘existing licensees’
“We can confirm that Mobike has submitted a proposal to Singapore LTA [Land Transport Authority] for a managed and orderly withdrawal from the market,” said a spokesman for Mobike owner Meituan Dianping.
— Tech In Asia

Singapore shoots up supercomputing rung with Aspire 1
A supercomputer from Singapore will soon jump almost 400 places to join the ranks of the world’s 20 most powerful machines.
— Tech Goondu

Stick with quality as headwinds persist, says RHB
RHB Research says investors should stick with quality stocks on the Singapore market amid slowing economic growth and an uncertain external environment.
— The Edge Singapore

Closer community partnerships needed to meet growing demand for disability support services: Heng Swee Keat
Singapore’s growing elderly population means there will be more demand for support services for people at risk of age-related visual impairment, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Wednesday (March 13).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Deliveroo just unveiled its first Food Market in Singapore – here’s what ordering at the ‘futuristic’ dining space is like
Who says an online food delivery company can only deliver food?
— Business Insider

School principal says parents’ mindsets have to shift along with streaming policy changes
Streaming, as it is currently known in schools, may be on the way out but some parents still need to be persuaded that their children do not need to pick up every subject at the highest possible level.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore battles fake news
In India, something as simple as a WhatsApp message can be as deadly as a live bullet.
— The Asean Post

Singapore eases up on school testing to foster creativity
A place known for its high standards of education, Singapore is now shifting to a more relaxed style at the primary and secondary levels, hoping to nurture people who can flexibly adapt themselves to a changing economy.
— Asia Nikkei Review (paywall)

Motorists likely to face delays at Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints over March school holidays: ICA
Those planning a trip to Malaysia during the upcoming March school holidays should be prepared to face heavy traffic at the land checkpoints from Friday (March 15) to March 24.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Co-Working Reaches Next Level Luxury
The Great Room’s co-working space in Singapore’s Centennial Tower doesn’t look like your average office.
— Bloomberg

Singapore has the highest quality of living in Asia: Mercer
Singapore has been ranked the city with the highest quality of living in Asia, according to Mercer’s 21st annual Quality of Living survey.
— The Edge Singapore

Singapore: Springboard to Asia, enabling tech startups to grow
AWAK, a Singapore-based startup, has developed a new system that could revolutionise dialysis, and offer patients hope for a far greater quality of life.
— Reuters

Clementi Primary School holds water-rationing exercise to mark Singapore World Water Day
To encourage his brother to conserve water, 12-year-old Karthikeyan Sachin has a simple but effective plan – he will turn off the heater.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

WATCH: A documentary on how Singapore’s thirst for land mass impacted the lives of people in Cambodia
American magazine The Atlantic just published a big feature about how Singapore’s quest to expand its landmass has lead to the decimation of mangrove forests in Cambodia.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

ST photojournalist Kevin Lim wins Journalist of the Year award
His iconic photos taken at last year’s historic Trump-Kim summit have been featured in top news publications around the world such as Time magazine, and even on a stamp by Singapore Post.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore tops quality of living ranking and personal safety for Asia: Mercer poll
SINGAPORE has come out tops as the country with the highest quality of living in Asia-Pacific, with the highest rank in personal safety.
— The Business Times

High Court strikes out Leong Sze Hian’s counterclaim against PM Lee’s suit due to his failure to disclose a “reasonable cause of action”
The High Court has struck out blogger Leong Sze Hian’s counterclaim against Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, due to Mr Leong’s failure to disclose a “reasonable cause of action” in his counterclaim.
— The Independent

Don’t be distracted by government grants and schemes: Koh Poh Koon to SMEs looking to go digital
Businesses looking to digitalise their operations should ask why they are doing so before looking for funding options, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Koh Poh Koon has said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MFA: Malaysia lost the right to review the price of water under the 1962 Water Agreement
Singapore has been clear and consistent that its position is that Malaysia has lost the right to review the price of water under the 1962 Water Agreement (62WA).
— The Online Citizen

Singapore-bound Littoral Combat Ships to Reinforce US Assets in Asia-Pacific Region
In a move to better secure the landscape where China has been fast tracking its ventures at disputed territories, the United States will be sending two Littoral combat ships to Singapore sometime in 2019.
— The Independent

Private sector economists again lower Singapore’s 2019 growth forecast: MAS survey
PRIVATE-sector economists have lowered Singapore’s economic growth forecast for 2019 once again, easing slightly from an earlier prediction of 2.6 per cent in December.
— The Business Times

Singapore expected to be among top 10 listing destinations in 2030: PwC
Apart from their own exchanges, more issuers would consider listing on the Singapore Exchange (SGX) in 2030 on the back of increasing focus on the Southeast Asian market, according to a new PwC report, Capital Markets in 2030.
— The Edge Singapore

US to restrict foreign student participation in ‘sensitive’ research projects
Amidst increasing tensions from recent international security issues in relation to China, US conservatives now aim to pass a law that restricts and monitors foreign student participation in “sensitive” university research projects.
— The Independent

MFA: S’pore totally okay with M’sia bringing water price issue for 3rd party arbitration
Malaysia has lost right to review water prices, MFA said.
— Mothership

Mediation centre set to help firms avoid expensive and time-consuming court battles
The Singapore Construction Mediation Centre (SCMC), which focuses in the construction industry to help firms avoid expensive and time-consuming court battles, has been launched on Tuesday (12 March) by the Singapore Contractors Association (SCAL).
— The Online Citizen

MFA issues condolences to bereaved families of Ethiopian Airlines crash
Singapore–On Tuesday, March 12, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement expressing condolences to the families of the passengers and crew of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302, which crashed last Sunday, March 10. “We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic crash of …
— The Independent

 

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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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