Singapore morning news for November 14

Singapore morning news for  November 14

Singapore morning news

S’poreans reminded to check passport stamped correctly when going to M’sia
Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) issued a travel reminder on Wednesday, Nov. 13, ahead of the upcoming school holidays.
— Mothership

Singapore maps out route to becoming AI powerhouse
AN INAUGURAL roadmap that lays out Singapore’s plan to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to transform the economy was unveiled on Wednesday, in the country’s most ambitious push yet to become a global AI powerhouse.
— The Business Times

LTA warns against turning e-scooters into mobility aids
It said vendors who modify e-scooters by adding a third wheel and reducing the maximum speed can end up making the devices unsafe.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MAS to reboot e-KYC project
THE Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will have a second go at its failed electronic know-your customer (e-KYC) project, said MAS managing director Ravi Menon on Wednesday.
— The Business Times

Industrial Arbitration Court rules SBS Transit’s collective agreements did not breach Employment Act
Clauses in several collective agreements between bus operator, SBS Transit and the National Transport Workers’ Union (NTWU) do not breach the Employment Act, according to a ruling by the Industrial Arbitration Court (IAC).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Air quality at unhealthy levels in parts of Singapore; Hazy skies due to ‘accumulation of particulate matter’, says NEA
The hazy conditions present in Singapore since early Wednesday morning was due to an “accumulation of particulate matter”, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said, as air quality edged into the “unhealthy” range in the eastern part of the country at about 11am, before readings in the south rose in the evening.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore firms both winners and losers in yuan’s downtrend
THE US-Sino trade war and the fallout on the Chinese yuan are both benefiting and hurting Singapore companies – depending on what’s their currency of costing and sales vis-a-vis their reporting currency.
— The Business Times

One-stop mental health hub opens in Punggol
Teenagers and senior citizens facing mental health issues can now find help at a one-stop centre.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ferry services between Singapore and Kukup to be launched if PH wins Tanjung Piai by-election: Muhyiddin
Plans are under way to launch ferry services between Singapore and the town of Kukup on the southwestern tip of Johor if Pakatan Harapan wins the Tanjung Piai by-election, Malaysia’s Minister of Home Affairs Muhyiddin Yassin said on Wednesday (Nov 13).

PM Lee addresses PAP politicians as “elites”, warns against allowing discord to take place with “the masses” in S’pore
At the PAP65 Awards and Convention at the Singapore Expo last Sun (10 Nov), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addressed some 2,500 People’s Action Party (PAP) activists as being among the “elite” in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

The Straits Times remains most-read title, with reach across platforms, media study finds
The Straits Times continues to be Singapore’s most-read news publication with more than 1.2 million readers, consuming its content across all its print, online, and mobile and other platforms.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

WP chief Pritam Singh believes PMDs will make a comeback in S’pore
He brought up two different sides to the issue.
— Mothership

Singapore nominates IPOS chief to head World Intellectual Property Organisation
The chief executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), Daren Tang, has been put up for the position of director general of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), an agency under the United Nations which promotes the protection of intellectual property.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New framework aims to boost Singapore’s competitiveness in energy and chemicals manufacturing
Companies in the process construction and maintenance industry that provide services to energy and chemicals plants will soon be able to attain recognition if they meet certain productivity benchmarks.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Chan Chun Sing: First order of business to give PAP strong mandate for international community to see
In an interview with CNA on Monday (11 Nov), Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said that it’s critical for Singapore to send a “positive signal” to the world in the next GE.
— The Online Citizen

Section 377A was intended to stop British civil servants visiting male prostitutes: Lawyers
Section 377A of the Penal Code was originally intended to curtail the spread of male prostitution, not consensual private sexual acts between men, lawyers arguing for the law to be repealed said.
— The Straits Times

Fresh faces of the PAP emphasise need for rebuilding trust of the public
Noting that the residents of Aljunied GRC are aware of the situation on the ground and are capable of making their own decisions, People’s Action Party (PAP) Paya Lebar branch chair Alex Yeo said that PAP activists on the ground will just “concentrate and continuing to serve them”.
— The Online Citizen

Lam Pin Min calls out ‘irresponsible and abhorrent’ actions of opposition party member at PMD rider dialogue
Member of Parliament Lam Pin Min has accused a member of an opposition party of stoking emotions during a dialogue session where he met with personal mobility riders (PMD) riders.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Economic growth and environmental protection not mutually exclusive: Chan Chun Sing
Pursuing economic growth and protecting the environment need not be mutually exclusive activities, according to Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Critical for Singapore to send ‘positive signal’ to the world in next general election: Chan Chun Sing
A strong, stable coherent political system is needed to inspire confidence in the economy, said Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing on Monday (Nov 11).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

GrabFood delivery riders using PMDs can apply for a $1000 trade-in grant with Grab after purchasing an alternative device
Senior Minister of State for Transport Dr Lam Pin Min announced in Parliament last week (4 November) that personal mobility devices (PMDs) will be banned from footpaths starting 5th November.
— The Online Citizen

DPM Heng Swee Keat lauds seven Singapore Youth Award recipients, encourages youths to continue shaping the future via SG Youth Action Plan
The nation’s highest accolade for youth, the Singapore Youth Award (SYA), was presented to seven individuals at the SYA 2019 Presentation Ceremony held at the Istana by Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore can be “easily torn apart” if society is not cohesive, people vote for political system that can’t fix the difference and move forward: Chan Chun Sing
On Monday (11 November), the Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said that a “strong, stable coherent political system” is required to stimulate confidence in the economy.
— The Online Citizen

Government’s main priority is to return safety to pedestrians on footpaths: Lam Pin Min
The Government’s main priority is to return safety to pedestrians on footpaths, said Dr Lam Pin Min on Tuesday (Nov 12).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MAS, financial sector to develop framework for responsible use of AI
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will be working with financial industry partners on an initiative known as Veritas – a framework for financial institutions to promote the responsible adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

All immigration checkpoints to have fingerprint and face scans by 2025 as part of Singapore’s AI push
Border security is one of five key national AI projects announced on Wednesday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

E-scooter pillion rider hurt in collision with car; rider pleads guilty to causing hurt by rash act
A 19-year-old rode in the middle of a road while ferrying a friend on his e-scooter, but failed to keep a proper look out and collided into a car that was attempting an illegal U-turn.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Dentist accused of forgery and making false claims of around $30,000 from Medisave
The dentist suspended and fined for letting a therapist fit braces on a patient is now contesting allegations that he forged documents and falsely claimed about $30,000 from Medisave.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Parents voice disappointment over PMD footpath ban as they use the device to send their kids to school
After Senior Minister of State for Transport Dr Lam Pin Min announced an overnight ban of electric scooters on all footpaths in Singapore last Monday (4 November), it resulted in instant disappointment, especially among those who use the device as their livelihood tool like food delivery workers.
— The Online Citizen

The Arcade up again for collective sale with lower $780m asking price
Owners of The Arcade in Collyer Quay are making a second stab at a collective sale with an asking price of $780 million, 10 per cent lower than the $868 million price tag attempted in 2014.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Taxman flexes new powers of arrest to nab 10 people over suspected illegal GST refund claims
For the first time, the taxman exercised its new powers of arrest to nab 10 people for their suspected involvement as key members of a criminal syndicate, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (Iras) said on Wednesday (Nov 13).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Zoo to open animatronic installation from Nov 16 to educate public on conservation issues
Visitors to the Singapore Zoo will not only be able to get up close to the elephants, they may also bump into a prehistoric mammoth.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Condo rents slip in October as demand shrinks; HDB rents inch up: SRX
Rents for non-landed private homes slipped in October from the previous month, while those for HDB flats edged up, although they were both higher than a year ago.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore vet suspends nurses for mocking deaf cat & playing with castrated dog testicles
The staff uploaded these incidents on their Instagram Stories.
— Mothership

5-year-old died from scald injury; cage could have caused some injuries: Forensic pathologist
The doctor who had examined the cage said it was possible for someone who was confined inside to get scratched by the metallic bars while moving about.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

GrabFood rider vlogs himself delivering bubble tea in Tampines by walking & pushing PMD
His delivery time was about half an hour.
— Mothership

Muay thai instructor in court for allegedly sexually assaulting woman after free trial class
A muay thai instructor is accused of sexually assaulting a woman whom he was massaging after she attended a trial class at the gym he co-founded.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Prosecutor seeks probation for pizza delivery rider who sped into pedestrian on footpath
The prosecution has sought probation instead of a fine, following the guilty plea of an 18-year-old part-time pizza delivery rider to one charge of a negligent act endangering the personal safety of others on Tue (12 Nov).
— The Online Citizen


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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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