Singapore morning news for November 12

Singapore morning news for  November 12

Singapore morning news

Singapore to invest US$2 billion in green funds to drive climate action
Several new initiatives were unveiled as part of the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s green action plan.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SFA advises public to practise good food hygiene habits during festive season
With the festive season around the corner, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) advised consumers on Monday (Nov 11) to be vigilant and practise good food hygiene, as more people eat out, order catered food and buy ready-to-eat meals.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pay healthcare bills in Singapore by scanning universal QR code
Visitors to all public polyclinics, hospitals and specialist centres will be able to scan a QR code to pay their bills by the end of next year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Vehicle population grows for first time since 2013
Despite a zero-growth cap on the vehicle quota system, new government figures show that the vehicle population in the Republic grew by 1.4 per cent in the first nine months of the year to 970,344.
— The Straits Times

Reduced ERP rates at selected gantries during December school holidays
Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) rates will be reduced at selected gantries during the upcoming December school holidays, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced on Monday (Nov 11).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Govt to announce support package to mitigate effects of impending GST hike at next Budget: DPM Heng
The Government will reveal a Goods and Services Tax (GST) support package at the next Budget, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Sun (Nov 10).
— The Online Citizen

Alliance Healthcare: Clinic being probed by MOM ‘not material’ to group
Alliance Healthcare said on Monday (Nov 11) that the clinic under investigation by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) regarding a locum doctor is not material to the group and continues to operate as usual.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore considering extending fintech funding beyond 2020: MAS chief Ravi Menon
Singapore’s central bank is poised to extend funding for financial-technology initiatives because the five-year round ending in March has yielded positive results, its top official said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Demand for e-bikes expected to increase, but retailers taking it slow
A new grant for food delivery riders is expected to generate more demand for power-assisted bicycles (PABs) – otherwise known as e-bikes – though retailers are taking it slow when it comes to bringing in more of such devices.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Netizens reject Minister Chan Chun Sing’s claim that CECA does not snatch job opportunities meant for Singaporeans
On Saturday (9 November), Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said that the Singapore-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) does not grant Indian nationals unconditional access into Singapore or immigration privileges.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore shares drop 0.7% on Monday after HK unrest, doubts over US-China trade deal
THE Straits Times Index (STI) could not shrug off those concerns despite better-than-expected earnings from DBS Group Holdings and ST Engineering to end the day at 3,240.65, down 23.65 points or 0.7 per cent.
— The Business Times

Parliamentary motion on recusal of WP MPs should serve as “solemn reminder” to set “higher bar” for S’pore’s leadership: DPM Heng
The Parliamentary motion on “should be a solemn reminder” for Singapore’s leadership to “even higher bar for ourselves”, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Sun (10 Nov).
— The Online Citizen

Technology, workplace redesign help firms clinch NTUC safety awards
Workers at national water agency PUB regularly inspect about 90,000 manholes islandwide.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

No significant risk of sub judice with Yale-NUS talk on India’s Section 377 law despite Singapore hearings: Shanmugam
There is no significant risk of sub judice with a talk here on India’s repeal of Section 377 law, which criminalises consensual sex between people of the same sex, Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam said on Monday (Nov 11).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PM Lee says SGs believe PAP will improve their lives; Mustn’t allow disconnect between masses and elite to take root
At the People’s Action Party (PAP) convention held yesterday (10 Nov), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said PAP must not allow the disconnect between the masses and the elite seen in other countries to take root in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

SMS messages sent to eligible NSmen for redeemable credits are legitimate: Mindef
Recent SMS text messages with a go.gov.sg link sent to national servicemen (NSmen) regarding redeemable credits for service-linked rewards are legitimate, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) clarified on Monday (Nov 11).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Taxi firms speed up switch to electrified cabs
Nearly one in four taxis is now electrified, with operators having their largely diesel cabs replaced with either petrol-electric hybrids or full-electric models.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Workers’ Party leaders, town councillors have filed appeal in AHTC case: Sylvia Lim
Lawyers for the Workers’ Party (WP) leaders have filed a notice to appeal in the case of misuse of funds by Aljunied Hougang Town Council (AHTC), Ms Sylvia Lim confirmed on Monday (Nov 11).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MAS, IMDA to pilot real trades on cross-border SME digital platform
BUSINESS sans Borders (BSB), a cross-border digital trade platform experiment for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), will be ramped up in the first half of next year, having completed its proof-of-concept (POC) stage, said the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA).
— The Business Times

IRAS recovers S$75m in corporate taxes, penalties in first nine months
SINGAPORE’S tax authority recovered S$75 million in corporate taxes and penalties for the first nine months of 2019, an excess of nearly S$8 million compared with the same period in the previous year.
— The Business Times

The Presidential Standard
The Presidential Standard is the official flag and symbol of the President. Originally the Standard of the Yang di-Pertuan Negara, it became the Presidential Standard following the change in Singapore’s status from a State to a Republic on Aug 9, 1965.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’porean couple create card game for ‘light-hearted’ participation in trade war
The United States-China trade war might have the global economy on edge, but it also got a young Singaporean couple thinking about how to make the issue easier to understand and more relatable to the man in the street.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

60 new electric buses to be quieter, greener and user-friendly
Commuters will get to experience quieter bus rides early next year as a batch of 60 electric buses begin operations.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PSP conducted its second walkabout on Saturday, opted to use public transportation around island to greet the public
On Saturday afternoon (9 November), the newest political party in the country, Progress Singapore Party (PSP), conducted its second island-wide walkabout.
— The Online Citizen

Air-conditioned underpass near 2 Bukit Timah schools opening at Stevens MRT station on Nov 23
A new air-conditioned pedestrian underpass is set to open on Nov 23 at Stevens MRT station on the Downtown Line.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Plastic bag charge ‘not a small step for Singapore’: NTUC CEO
Rolling out a per-transaction plastic bag charge to 25 outlets islandwide “really is not a small step for Singapore”, said NTUC CEO Seah Kian Peng on Monday (Nov 11).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New feature on WeChat, MeetSG, launched in Singapore to meet needs of business travellers from China
Business travellers from China will now be able to check on key events and conferences in Singapore with a new feature within the WeChat applicationcalled MeetSG, which was launched on Sunday (Nov 10).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

“Are we ready for a non-Chinese PM? Why not? I am ready” – WP’s Yee Jenn Jong slams PM Lee for remark on minority presidency
What Singaporeans are really unhappy about is that they were deprived of the opportunity to exercise their democratic rights to elect a president, said former NCMP Yee Jenn Jong of the Worker’s Party.
— The Online Citizen

E-scooter rider charged with causing death of cyclist in Bedok
An electric scooter rider involved in a fatal collision with a cyclist in Bedok was charged on Monday (Nov 11) with causing the death of the 65-year-old woman.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s local M&A deal value poised to hit 3-year high in 2019
Despite the slowing economy, domestic deal-making activity in Singapore has managed to buck the regional downtrend in 2019, with US$13.2b of merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions across 161 deals expected for the year as a whole, according to Baker McKenzie’s Global Transactions Forecast 2020.
— Singapore Business Review

Ghanaian man jailed for attempting to bribe Certis Cisco officer at Changi Airport
A 31-year-old Ghanaian man was sentenced to two weeks’ jail on Monday (Nov 11) for attempting to bribe a Certis Cisco officer at Changi Airport.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Yongnam’s losses narrow in Q3 on higher civil engineering revenue
STEEL fabricator Yongnam Holdings posted a net loss of S$11.1 million in the third quarter, narrowing 19 per cent from a net loss of S$13.8 million in the same period a year earlier.
— The Business Times

KSH Q2 net profit more than triples to S$6m
KSH Holdings’ Q2 net profit more than tripled to S$6 million on a surge in revenue from its construction business, the construction, property development and property management group said on Monday.
— The Business Times

Lawyer on trial for molesting Drew & Napier colleague, taking photos of her
A former lawyer from top law firm Drew & Napier turned up in court on Monday (Nov 11) to contest charges of molesting a colleague and taking intimate photos of her.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Jail for S’porean man, 66, who swapped 286 luggage tags because he was tired of extra work
Tay Boon Keh felt aggrieved and ill-treated by his employers.
— Mothership

Singapore Medical Group posts flat profit of S$3.14m for Q3
Singapore Medical Group’s net profit stayed flat for the third quarter ended Sept 30, the healthcare provider reported on Monday.
— The Business Times

Dennis Tan quits as OCBC’s head of consumer financial services, Sunny Quek taking over
DENNIS Tan who oversees OCBC Bank’s consumer financial services Singapore is leaving the bank.
— The Business Times

NetLink to support TPG Telecom 5G trial at Singapore Science Park
NetLink NBN Trust will support TPG Telecom’s 5G trial network across Singapore Science Park 1 and 2, the national broadband operator said in a bourse filing on Monday (Nov 11).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Kindergarten kids in North East district heading to P1 next year receive new school bags and stationery
The weekend may be over, but Kindergarten 2 pupil Mike Liu was excited on the first day of the school week on Monday (Nov 11).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s DBS Q3 profit beats view on wealth fees, cautions on outlook
DBS Group Holdings, Southeast Asia’s biggest lender, reported that higher wealth management fees drove a forecast-beating 15 per cent rise in third-quarter profit, but cautioned growth will slow next year due to the impact of lower interest rates.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Infant dies after head allegedly slammed against car floor; mother’s boyfriend charged
A 27-year-old man who allegedly slammed an infant’s head against the floorboard of a van has been charged with voluntarily causing grievous hurt to the nine-month-old.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singaporean Sikhs pay homage to Guru Nanak, the founder of their religion, on his 550th birthday
At least 5,000 Singaporean Sikhs paid homage to the founder of their religion, Guru Nanak, over the weekend on the occasion of his 550th birthday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’porean man who climbed onto HDB parapet & filmed woman showering jailed 9 weeks
He has been caught peeping on women three times, since 2017.
— Mothership

Sentence for woman who punched maid’s eyes reduced on appeal; worker’s blindness not directly linked to offence
A High Court judge found that the offence Suzanna Bong Sim Swan was charged with was not directly related to the maid going blind.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man admits having sex with 15-year-old stepdaughter in multistorey carpark
He picked up his 15-year-old stepdaughter from school and drove the girl to a multistorey carpark, where he had sex with her.
— Straits Times (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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