Singapore morning news for November 11

Singapore morning news for  November 11

Singapore morning news

EU-Singapore trade deal set to take effect on Nov 21, after approval from EU Council
The landmark trade deal between Singapore and the European Union (EU) is set to enter into force in less than two weeks, after getting the green light from the EU Council on Friday (Nov 8).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Govt to give details of GST support package in Budget 2020, ahead of tax hike in next term: DPM Heng
Raising the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate is an unpopular move, and the Government could have waited for the upcoming General Elections to be over before announcing it.
— The Straits Times

About 1,000 homeless people live on Singapore’s streets: Study
About 1,000 people live on the streets of Singapore, according to the first study done here to measure the scale of homelessness.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

NTUC to increase retirement and re-employment ages in 2021, sooner than national schedule
On Friday (8 November), the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) announced that it will be raising the retirement and re-employment ages for its staff to 63 and 68 respectively from January 2021, more than a year ahead of the national schedule.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore’s wealthy grew their riches by 10.5% from last year
AMID mounting geopolitical tensions and sluggish growth, Singapore’s richest are getting richer, generating their wealth from feeding the robust demand for goods and services of Asia’s growing middle class.
— The Business Times

Free Trade Agreements have created more jobs for Singaporeans: Chan Chun Sing
Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing has come out in defence of Singapore’s free trade agreements (FTAs), saying these have helped more Singaporeans get employed in higher-skilled jobs.
— The Straits Times

S$7 million in grants to help food delivery riders trade in e-scooters following footpath ban
Food delivery riders affected by a footpath ban on e-scooters can get up to S$1,000 in the form of a trade-in grant funded by the Government and food delivery companies, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) announced on Friday (Nov 8).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S’pore laws grant police “arbitrary powers” to deny issuing public assembly permits: Civil rights activist Jolovan Wham
Singapore law grants upon the police force “arbitrary powers” to “deny a permit without explanation”, said civil rights activist Jolovan Wham on Thu (7 Nov).
— The Online Citizen

Batam pier collapse: 26 Singaporeans from MENDAKI injured during company retreat
Twenty-six Singaporeans, all employees of self-help group Yayasan MENDAKI, were injured after a wooden pier collapsed at Montigo Resorts on the Indonesian island of Batam, the organisation confirmed on Friday (Nov 8).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

192 scams with fake Lazada and Shopee lucky draws reported this year: Police
Police on Friday (Nov 8) said at least 192 reports of scams involving fake Lazada and Shopee lucky draws were lodged between January and September this year.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

PM Lee: S’poreans’ domestic backing important for dealing with foreign relations
The full backing of Singaporeans on foreign relation matters is important, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said during his wide ranging speech at the People’s Action Party (PAP) Convention on Nov. 10.
— Mothership

‘Good progress’ being made on RTS, Malaysia needs time to ‘review some details’: Vivian Balakrishnan
Good progress is being made on the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project, said Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, though the Malaysian government needs further time to restructure or review some details.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Maids attend workshop to boost crime prevention awareness
Foreign domestic workers (FDWs) are helping prevent crime in Singapore, with several volunteering as ambassadors and featuring in videos sharing crime prevention tips.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PM Lee: PAP must guard against split between elite & masses
The People’s Action party (PAP) must guard against the split between the elite and the masses, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at the People’s Action Party (PAP) convention on Nov.10.
— Mothership

Singapore needs leaders who can defuse bilateral issues, with full backing of the people: PM Lee
Singapore needs leaders who can negotiate skillfully to defuse bilateral issues and are confident that they have the full backing of the people, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the People’s Action Party (PAP) convention on Sunday (Nov 10).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Minister Chan Chun Sing throws smoke bomb on CECA concerns, by stating FTAs created more jobs for Singaporeans
Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said on Saturday (9 Nov) that the Singapore-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) does not grant Indian nationals unconditional access into Singapore or immigration privileges.
— The Online Citizen

Sex trafficking in Singapore: How changes to the law may protect women duped into prostitution
Human traffickers will face tougher penalties as part of the changes to the Women’s Charter, which experts see as an important development while also highlighting inherent problems in bringing offenders to justice.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Unregulated investment schemes on the rise in Singapore
Unregulated investment schemes involving online trading platforms and digital tokens are becoming increasingly common here.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Making citizen’s arrest carries risks: Lawyers
Members of the public can make a citizen’s arrest if they see a crime being committed but they must not break any laws in the process, said lawyers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Taiwan firm fails in bid to register trademark similar to Adidas’
The High Court has overturned a decision to let a Taiwanese manufacturer register its trademark in Singapore, after ruling that the mark is similar to that of sportswear giant Adidas.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Relay Majulah raises S$1.6 million for President’s Challenge
Relay Majulah, Singapore’s first-ever 2,000km relay, was completed on Sunday evening (Nov 10) with Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin running the final 10km of the relay.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Top party honours for Ong Pang Boon
Former Cabinet minister Ong Pang Boon, 90, received the People’s Action Party’s highest honour – the Distinguished Service Medal – for his contributions to Singapore and his years of service to the party.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Mega cargo ship arrives at Singapore port and sets record
MSC Isabella, on return journey to Qingdao, is biggest container vessel to ever call here.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Big companies turn a blind eye to the harmful effects of cannabis, says Minister for Manpower
Major companies are eager to get a slice of the multi-billion dollar global cannabis industry to market the drug as a lifestyle product with medical properties, said Second Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo on Thursday (7 November) at the Asia Pacific Forum Against Drugs.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore to steer maritime’s green push beyond global standards
GREEN initiative to manage ships’ sulphur emissions will be enhanced to focus on decarbonisation for the next five years.
— The Business Times

$100m package to better train rail workers
An injection of $100 million to better train rail workers here is set to ease rail operators’ cost burden as the industry strives to meet Singapore’s transport needs.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Parliament to implement facial recognition system to track MP attendance
Members of Parliament (MPs) will soon be subject to an attendance tracking system based on facial recognition technology.
— The Online Citizen

PMD footpath ban a last resort in dealing with errant riders after lack of improvement with previous measures: Senior Minister of State for Transport
The Government’s decision to ban the use of e-scooters or personal mobility devices (PMDs) on footpaths is a last resort in dealing with errant riders, following a lack of improvement with previous measures, said Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min.
— The Online Citizen

Go-Ahead investigating after bus crashes into road divider at Pasir Ris
Transport operator Go-Ahead said it was carrying out an urgent investigation after one of its buses crashed into a road divider at Pasir Ris on Sunday morning (Nov 10).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Public can make a citizen’s arrest but must not break the law while doing so: Lawyers
Members of the public can make a citizen’s arrest if they see a crime being committed but they must not break any laws in the process, said lawyers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Trundling into trouble: Singapore targets e-scooters after accidents
Singapore had embraced electric scooters in a big way, but deaths and fires linked to the two-wheelers have prompted authorities to introduce tough rules that could put a brake on their runaway success.
— The Online Citizen

PM Lee: Reserving presidency for minorities was ‘probably a political minus’ in short term
But PM Lee questioned how minorities would feel if the president was almost always Chinese.
— Mothership

Putting down roots for growth
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong planted a tree near the Countryside Playground in Yio Chu Kang yesterday, as part of the Ang Mo Kio GRC and Sengkang West SMC Tree Planting Day.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Citizens’ panel makes 17 recommendations to boost work-life harmony
Companies should specify their flexible work arrangements in their contracts and bosses should work side by side with their front-line employees in a national Frontline Day.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s Indian businesses urged to tap growth areas
Singapore’s Indian business community can help grow the Republic’s economy by venturing into India’s rapidly growing market, and into growth sectors here like agri-food, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Industry body donates $138k to ST pocket money fund to support ChildAid
More than $130,000 was donated to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) at the Singapore Plastic Industry Association’s (SPIA) gala dinner last Friday night.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

125 needy households get $200 shopping credits each
A quick tap can go a long way, as a recent initiative to encourage people to help underprivileged families has shown.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

CECA does not grant Indian nationals unconditional access, immigration privileges: Chan Chun Sing
Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said on Saturday (Nov 9) that the Singapore-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) does not grant Indian nationals unconditional access into Singapore or immigration privileges.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Jurong-Clementi Town Council gets warning from SCDF after firefighters unable to use hose reels during blaze
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) has issued a warning to Jurong-Clementi Town Council after firefighters on call to a blaze at an HDB flat in Bukit Batok last week were unable to use the fire hose reels at the location.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

How much should maids be paid? Half of Singaporeans say less than S$600 a month, new survey shows
A new survey conducted by global market research firm YouGov shows Singaporeans are divided over whether maids in the country should be paid more than S$600 a month, with opinions also split among those in the industry.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

DBS aims for moderate M&A diet to avoid indigestion
SINGAPORE’S largest bank DBS will focus on bolt-on acquisitions – deals valued at about 5 per cent of its market cap – and shy away from large buys that distract it from “the battleground of the future”.
— The Business Times

Three new special education schools to open for students with autism to meet growing demand
Three new schools for students who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will be set up over the next few years, with the first one accepting pupils in 2021, Second Minister for Education Indranee Rajah announced on Friday (Nov 8).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore probes Hong Konger over protest discussion
Police in Singapore are investigating a YouTube star from Hong Kong who allegedly organised a gathering to discuss the protests in his home city, a potential violation of tough public assembly laws.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore Democratic Party offers alternative solutions to the recent e-scooters ban on footpaths
From Tuesday (5 November) onwards, electric scooters were banned on footpaths in Singapore, and this has caused much unhappiness among PMD riders, especially those who depend on the devices for their livelihoods, like food delivery workers.
— The Online Citizen

Civic group seeks to conserve flats in Queenstown
Singapore’s oldest town is undergoing rapid development and redevelopment.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NLB’s reading programme reaches out to alumni
The National Library Board (NLB) is getting its kidsREAD alumni to come back as volunteers to read to children in its current programme.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pupils swim in ‘polluted’ pool to understand plastic problem
Given the chance, most young people would jump into pristine clean water for a swim, but last Tuesday, 80 pupils from international school Gems World Academy (Singapore) in Yishun dived into the school’s Olympic-size swimming pool, which was filled with plastic bottles.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commentary: Illicit Telegram chat groups expose a growing cyber threat
But crime stopping need not lose out to technology disruptions when law enforcement can employ tools and networks to tackle such activities, says Crime Stoppers’ Devrol Dupigny.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Threesome rape trial: Accused testifies that he believed bound, blindfolded victim consented
A man accused of raping a bound, blindfolded woman in a threesome scenario testified in court on Friday (Nov 8) that he genuinely believed the victim had given her consent.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

TikTok inspires Singapore’s next-generation leaders to act on Sustainable Development through the #Zerowaster Challenge
TikTok, the leading destination for short-form mobile video, is partnering with Global Initiatives to launch the environment-themed #zerowaster challenge in Singapore from 8-10 November 2019.
— The Online Citizen

Doorstep collection service for recyclables launched for households with postal codes starting with ’73’
No one likes lugging bags of recyclables down to the bins but that chore is about to get easier for some folks thanks to a new scheme.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man involved in 2 hit-&-run accidents at Geylang Bahru & St George’s Rd arrested
He is also suspected to be involved in drug trafficking.
— Mothership

Bus drives into road divider along Pasir Ris Drive 1, no injuries reported
A Go-Ahead bus drove over the road divider along Pasir Ris Drive 1 on Sunday morning (Nov 10).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Online shoppers all set for Singles Day frenzy
Bride-to-be Lynn Yang has been planning for this year’s Singles Day sale for the past five months.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

No home, but he turned up neatly dressed for job
Despite being homeless for a decade, none of his colleagues had any clue he had been sleeping rough at void decks, in parks and even in carparks.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Unpaid condo maintenance fees: MC can sell unit to recover sums
But management corporations must still follow certain procedures, including registering a charge with the Registrar of Titles.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Gardens by the Bay gets first Nordic theme with Poinsettia Wishes floral displays
Experience five Nordic countries with the poinsettia displays at Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

47-year-old grandmother among 94 people arrested for drug offences
A 47-year-old grandmother was among 94 people arrested this week for suspected drug offences in an islandwide operation conducted by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

TOC interviews Cheah Kit Sun, Singapore’s first Hugo and Dragon Award nominated writer
As a child, he wanted to be an astronaut, a magician, and an inventor. But a while back, he settled for being a writer; and not just any writer, but a sci-fi and fantasy author.
— The Online Citizen

4 men arrested for circulating obscene materials on Telegram
Four men have been arrested for their suspected involvement in circulating obscene materials in a Telegram chat group by the name Sam’s Lots Of CB Collection.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Retired fund manager treats 36 elderly cardboard collectors to a meal on his birthday; hopes leaders will take appropriate actions to help those in need
On 1 November (Friday), a Singaporean turned 60 but instead of having the usual lunch or dinner party with his immediate family members, he decided to do something different.
— The Online Citizen

Man blocked parking lot for handicapped, then slammed elbow on victim’s car
A man blocked a parking lot for the handicapped with his vehicle and later slammed his elbow onto the bonnet of a car that was entitled to park there.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man locked girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter with special needs in room, sexually assaulted her
Unsatisfied with how his girlfriend responded to his requests for sex, a 35-year-old man turned instead to her 13-year-old daughter.
— 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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