Singapore morning news for May 2

Singapore morning news for May 2

Singapore morning news

Singapore deputy PM nods to future leadership role in speech to workers
Singapore’s newly-appointed deputy prime minister hinted at a future leadership role in a speech on Wednesday in which he echoed a pledge made by previous prime ministers to support the city-state’s labor movement.
— The Guardian

Hope of more desirable Singapore lies in our awakened conciousness
Singapore has been plagued by a series of unprecedented domestic problems these past years and without step-up accountability and transparency, the situation has become divisive, fracturing us as a nation.

Work trends change, but a strong labour movement still crucial
A STRONG labour movement remains crucial to Singapore – even as the future of work looks very different, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in his May Day Message for this year.
— The Business Times

Lay offs in 2018 would have been ‘much worse’ without emphasis on training and upgrading: PM Lee
With the retrenchment rate last year dropping to the lowest in more than a decade, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday (April 30) that the situation would have been “much worse” had the Government not “strongly emphasised training, upgrading and redeploying staff”.
— Today Online

Honolulu looks to Singapore to solve its housing shortage
There’s an old joke in Hawaii that state bird should be the crane — as in, the construction crane.
— KCNX

Close ties between PAP, NTUC will continue into 4G leadership: DPM Heng Swee Keat
Speaking for the first time as Deputy Prime Minister during the May Day Rally, Mr Heng says that the 4G leadership has witnessed how the close working relationship between the People’s Action Party and the unions has benefitted Singaporeans.
— CNA  (very annoying popups)

MOH: Chas patients can appeal if they exceed 24 claims for common illnesses a year
The Ministry of Health (MOH) stated on Tuesday (30 April) that the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) patients may appeal to the ministry if they need to make more than 24 claims a year for common illnesses such as flu and fever.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore leaders extend congratulations to Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito
President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have extended their congratulations to Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito on his ascension to the throne, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday (May 1).
— CNA  (very annoying popups)

Wikipedia lists President Halimah Yacob among prominent Indians in Singapore
Some Singaporeans online have pointed out that Wikipedia has featured current President Halimah Yacob in a list of prominent Indians in Singapore.
— The Independent

Cleaning company stepping up training for digital era
As a worker in a cleaning company, Mr Nicholas Teo hopes his firm’s investments in new equipment and its retraining of staff can help make cleaning less labour-intensive, as well as improve job prospects in the industry.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Tripartite model has helped S’pore weather crises: Heng Swee Keat
Singapore might not have weathered its early crises or industrialised so rapidly were it not for the close relationship between the People’s Action Party (PAP) and the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NMPs propose amendments to draft online falsehoods laws
Three Nominated Members of Parliament (NMPs) have proposed amendments to the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill first tabled in the House on Apr 1.
— CNA  (very annoying popups)

Facebook Dating with ‘Secret Crush’ function now open to Singapore users
Singles in Singapore who are Facebook users may now find love through a new feature on the social media network.
— Today Online

Five new psychoactive drugs listed as controlled
Five new psychoactive substances were reclassified as Class A controlled drugs from yesterday, the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) has said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Second-hand shopping in Singapore: Top thrift and vintage stores to dress like a 90s fashion icon
Thrifting clothes is a growing popular as it is both environmentally friendly and affordable as compared to fast fashion options.
— Asia One

NUS sexual misconduct committee pledges ‘transparent, consultative process’
A National University of Singapore (NUS) review committee on sexual misconduct on Wednesday (May 1) said it was committed to a transparent and consultative process, as it announced that two more student representatives will join its ranks.
— CNA  (very annoying popups)

Police confirm Equanimity is in Singapore
The police have confirmed that Equanimity, the superyacht linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, is no longer at the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) Region Three Base (Mawilla 3) jetty at Bukit Malut here.
— The Star Online

Customer complaints about restaurant advertisements up 33 per cent in 2018
A customer who was misled by a fast-food joint’s advertisement and was charged extra money was among the 18 customer complaints that the Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore (Asas) received last year which were related to restaurant advertisements.
— Today Online

National service forces: How does Singapore compare to South Korea and Taiwan?
All male Singaporean citizens and second-generation permanent residents must serve in the Singapore Armed Forces for at least 24 months.
— Asia One

More funding for unionised firms that commit to training, raising worker salaries
Eligible companies will receive an additional 10 per cent of support from the labour movement if they apply for the Enterprise Development Grant, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said during his May Day Rally speech on Wednesday (May 1).
— CNA  (very annoying popups)

YouTube allegedly alerts users that “Mediacorp is funded in whole or in part by the Singapore Government”
Reddit user Lee-tmy has claimed that YouTube alerted him that “Mediacorp is funded in whole or in part by the Singapore Government” as he watched a video posted by Channel NewsAsia on the Google-owned video platform.
— The Independent

Samsonite’s Changi Airport outlet will be its Jewel in the crown
GLOBAL travel luggage company Samsonite has picked Changi Airport’s Jewel mall to launch its first ultra-premium store, the highlight of a planned four-store expansion in Singapore.
— The Business Times

NUS panel to share proposals with students by mid-May
The committee that was set up to review the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) disciplinary and support frameworks says it expects to come up with recommendations and put them before students for consultation by the middle of this month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singaporean households find recycling regularly convenient but can’t differentiate between waste, ‘recyclable’ and ‘reusable’
In a joint statement by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Monday (29 April), two separate surveys conducted by the authorities reported that about 6 in 10 Singaporean households recycle regularly.
— The Online Citizen

2 Singapore REITS That Have Delivered Growth Recently
This article looks at 2 REITs that have delivered good performance in the latest quarterly result.
— The Motley Fool

DPM pledges 4G leaders’ commitment to unions
In his first speech as Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Heng Swee Keat yesterday underlined that the close and symbiotic relationship between the labour movement and the People’s Action Party (PAP) will continue with his generation of leaders, and beyond.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s Jewel: The Best Airport Shopping Mall In The World?
When Singapore’s latest architectural attraction opened last month, it caused quite a buzz.
— Forbes

Singapore manufacturers, services firms less upbeat about next 6 months
MANUFACTURING and services firms in Singapore have become less optimistic about business prospects in the next six months, although both sectors expressed overall slight positive sentiment, two surveys released on Tuesday have found.
— The Business Times

Singaporeans more anxious about needing to learn new skill sets rather than losing employment due to workplace automation
A new report shows that workers in Singapore are more concerned about changes in their jobs rather than losing their jobs because of automation.
— The Independent

DPM Heng Swee Keat & Minister Ng Chee Meng bromance on open display at 2019 May Day Rally
Not just because they call each other ‘brother’.
— Mothership

Dementia-friendly app for seniors to jolt memories with museum-provided content coming to Singapore in 2020
Ms Carol Rogers meticulously pasted Post-It notes on photographs as reminders of important dates such as birthdays for her dementia-stricken mother who was moved into a care facility in 2011.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore Dream ends in rude awakening for home buyers
FOR Ashok, a delivery man in his 40s, the Singapore dream – work hard to own a private property – came true in 2011.
— The Business Times

CapitaLand’s 1Q earnings decrease 7.4% to $296 mil on lower contributions from Singapore & China markets
CapitaLand reported earnings of $295.6 million for the 1Q ended March, down 7.4% from 1Q18 earnings of $319.1 million due to lower operating profit after tax and minority interests (PATMI) and lower the write-back of impairments.
— The Edge Singapore

‘Change has finally come’: Monica Baey on NUS handling of sexual misconduct cases
National University of Singapore (NUS) student Monica Baey on Wednesday (May 1) took to social media to address critics and to speak out against the online harassment of a fellow student who had filmed her in the shower at a university hostel.
— CNA  (very annoying popups)

NUS panel to share proposals with students by mid-May
The committee that was set up to review the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) disciplinary and support frameworks says it expects to come up with recommendations and put them before students for consultation by the middle of this month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

CDL Hospitality Trusts: DPU Drops in Latest Earnings
CDL Hospitality Trust (SGX: J85) reported a drop in its DPU for the latest quarter. Here’s why.
— The Motley Fool

Workers’ Party addresses challenges for S’pore PMETs & older workers in Labour Day message
The Workers’ Party speaking on Labour Day.
— Mothership

Forthcoming sale of Queensway Shopping Centre strongly opposed by shop owners
The Queensway Shopping Centre, one of Singapore’s first multi-purpose shopping complexes listed by the National Heritage Board as part of the Queenstown Heritage Trail, is up for sale but several shop owners have banded together to strongly oppose the sale of this 45-year-old complex. Sitting on …
— The Independent

ST and CNA report that lawyer Kwa not involved in LKY’s last will but Yahoo & social media publish Ms Lee’s posting saying otherwise
Two years ago, when Kwa Kim Li, who is the managing partner of the Lee & Lee law firm as well as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s cousin, told Straits Times (ST) that she didn’t prepare the last will of the late Lee Kuan Yew, ST was quick to publish a news report informing the public about it.
— The Online Citizen

Unionists welcome assurance on workers’ interests
For union leaders, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat’s first May Day Rally speech sent a clear signal that ties forged decades ago between the ruling party and the labour movement are set to stay strong into the next generation.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Oxley confirms S$1.025b sale of Chevron House
PROPERTY developer Oxley Holdings announced on Tuesday that it had signed a deal to sell Chevron House for up to S$1.025 billion, just 16 months after acquiring the prime office building in Raffles Place for S$660 million.
— The Business Times

Japfa reports 53% lower 1Q earnings of $10.6 mil on higher cost of sales
Japfa, the low-cost producer of protein staples including poultry, beef, dairy, reported 1Q19 earnings of US$7.8 million ($10.6 million), 53.2% lower compared to US$16.7 million a year ago.
— The Edge Singapore

 

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This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo acknowledges International Jazz Day, 30 April

 

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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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