Singapore morning news for November 18

Singapore morning news for  November 18

Singapore morning news

Singaporeans advised to defer travel to Bolivia due to ‘volatile and unpredictable’ political situation
Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Friday (Nov 15) issued a travel advisory for Bolivia, citing reports of widespread protests in major cities following the resignation of the Bolivian president.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Highway Code to include guidelines on emergency vehicles, PMDs and pedestrian use of mobile phones
Amendments to the Highway Code, which include guidelines on the use of personal mobility devices (PMDs), giving way to emergency vehicles and pedestrians’ usage of mobile communication devices, will take effect from Dec 1, police announced on Friday (Nov 15).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SAF to carry out on-site disposal of WWII bomb along Jiak Kim Street
An on-site controlled disposal of a World War II bomb found in a construction site along Jiak Kim Street will be carried out next week, police said in an advisory on Saturday (Nov 16).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s density and transport links make it vulnerable to new flu virus strains, say experts
The threat of another influenza pandemic is on the minds of experts here, who point out that Singapore’s high population density and extensive trade and transport links make it vulnerable to new flu virus strains.
— The Straits Times

Ms Teo hints CPF Minimum Sum may be raised again; CPF payouts not enough for basic standard of living
Speaking at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 90th anniversary gala dinner held at Carlton Hotel yesterday (15 Nov), Manpower Minister Josephine Teo hinted that CPF Minimum Sum may be raised again.
— The Online Citizen

S$211 million in CPF money left unclaimed over the last six years; will more CPF members die before spending their hard-earned monies?
A total of S$211 million has been left unclaimed with the Insolvency and Public Trustee’s Office (IPTO) over the last six years, largely made up of Central Provident Fund (CPF) money.
— The Online Citizen

Wider range of healthier food choices, more programmes to fight diabetes since 2016: MOH
As of 2018, one in two stalls in hawker centres and coffee shops have at least one healthier option on their menu.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Living Well: Each of the 1,000 homeless people on Singapore’s streets has a story to tell
Many were shocked by the recent finding that there are 1,000 homeless people sleeping on the streets in Singapore.
— The Straits Times

Namira Catering’s licence suspended after cockroaches, rodents sighted during inspection
The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said on Friday (Nov 15) that it has suspended the licence of Namira Catering with immediate effect for multiple hygiene lapses.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Cruise ship docks in Singapore after hundreds of passengers and crew members fall ill
A cruise ship on the way to Vietnam from Thailand docked in Singapore this week after 229 of its passengers and crew members fell ill, according to a joint statement issued on Friday (Nov 15).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Privacy, data security concerns as facial recognition becomes more common
Used for everything from unlocking smartphones to boarding flights, the use of facial recognition technology is becoming increasingly ubiquitous.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Regulators to beef up policing of corporate and governance breaches
REGULATORS and enforcement agencies are nudging towards closer collaboration in the patrolling and investigation of the Singapore capital markets, a move that could lead to speedier prosecution and improved regulatory efficiency in the future.
— The Business Times

Free vaccines for 2,500 nursing home residents
Over 2,500 residents of non-private nursing homes in the west of Singapore will receive free vaccinations against pneumococcal disease, under the Immunisation Support for Nursing Homes (ISNH) Pilot Project launched in September.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Rising number of tech grads in Singapore set to plug gap in sector
The number of local university graduates from technology-related courses is set to grow by two-thirds by 2022, amid a hunger for such talent as Singapore embarks on its Smart Nation journey.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NTU-led team discovers key to pre-diabetes insulin production
A team of researchers, which includes scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), has discovered that a type of immune cell can be harnessed through targeted treatment to help prevent Type 2 pre-diabetic patients from turning fully diabetic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Police defend anti-molestation posters after Aware criticism
The Singapore Police Force has defended a series of crime prevention posters that have been criticised for being insensitive to outrage of modesty victims.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Primary 6 pupils graduate from CDAC mentorship programme
Though Primary 6 pupils will receive their Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results only on Thursday, a batch of 12-year-olds had their own graduation ceremony on Saturday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

AWARE misunderstood purpose of outrage of modesty crime prevention posters: Police
Police on Saturday (Nov 16) issued a statement in response to comments by AWARE about its crime prevention posters, saying the women’s rights group had misunderstood the purpose of the campaign.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New poll highlights concern over gig workers’ prospects
Food delivery riders and ride-hailing drivers in Singapore tend to be young and low-income, a survey found.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Food delivery riders opt in to trade their e-scooters for LTA-approved devices
Food delivery riders began trading in their e-scooters on Friday (Nov 15), setting in motion a S$7 million e-scooter Trade-in Grant (eTG) scheme that was announced a week ago.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Bukit Batok MP Murali Pillai claims accountability for lapses in fire safety, two JCTC staff to be disciplined for locking hose reel cabinets
Following the issuance of two Fire Hazard Abatement Notices by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) to the Jurong-Clementi Town Council (JCTC) last Fri, Bukit Batok SMC Member of Parliament (MP) Murali Pillai has claimed accountability for lapses in fire safety at the affected block.
— The Online Citizen

Cooler, rainy days expected for rest of November: Met Service
Expect more rainy days and cooler weather for the rest of November, said the Meteorological Service Singapore on Friday (Nov 15).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Involving diabetic patients in clinical process helps them make better lifestyle choices: NUHS study
Treating diabetes is not as simple as advising a patient to cut down on sugar intake.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Hong Kong protests: Some Singapore firms shelving plans, looking to downsize operations
When Acquired Time’s co-founder Roy Tong was looking at markets to grow his year-old luxury watch subscription business, Hong Kong came to mind first.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NTU aims to admit 50% of its students using broader criteria
Five years ago, about 90 per cent of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) undergraduates were admitted based solely on their A-level or polytechnic grades, with the rest needing interviews, portfolios and aptitude tests to supplement their grades to secure a place.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Is Singapore serious about going car-lite?
Getting out of a taxi in Beijing the other day, I was almost run over by an e-scooter.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PM Lee Hsien Loong on 4-day visit to Mexico
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will arrive in Mexico today for a four-day visit at the invitation of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Garlic from China, but it’s a ‘Product of Singapore’
A pack of peeled garlic is labelled Product of Singapore, as is a carton of milk.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New private home launches taking off as resales slow
While new private home sales appear to be on the rebound, underpinned by higher prices of new launches and resilient demand amid an uncertain economic climate, the outlook may not be as good for resale condos.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

RCEP provides an opportunity to shape the region: SM Teo Chee Hean
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement is not just an arithmetical game about benefits that countries can get, but an opportunity to shape the norms and attitudes of a large region in the world, Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S$6 million lost to phone scammers impersonating technical support staff and police
Victims have lost at least S$6 million so far this year to phone scammers claiming to be technical support staff, said the Singapore Police Force in a news release on Friday (Nov 15).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

October private home sales down 27% from previous month
Sales of private homes by developers in Singapore fell 27 per cent in October from the previous month, official data released on Friday (Nov 15) showed.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Married couple who ran Boat Quay nightclubs found guilty in Singapore’s first labour trafficking conviction
A married couple, who ran two entertainment clubs in Boat Quay, was found guilty on Friday (Nov 15) of illegally harbouring three Bangladeshi women in the first convictions of labour trafficking in Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

4 arrested after S$140,000 in cash, jewellery robbed from Little India building
Four men have been arrested after about S$140,000 in cash and jewellery were robbed from a commercial building in Little India.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore fines UBS $8 mn for deceptive trades
Singapore has fined Swiss banking giant UBS Sg$11.2 million ($8 million) after investigations showed its advisors deceived clients about prices for bonds and other financial products.
— The Online Citizen

Bukit Batok fire: Town Council investigating contractor’s claim that fire hose reel was working, says MP Murali
The Jurong-Clementi Town Council is investigating claims by the contractor responsible for maintaining the fire hose reels at Block 210A Bukit Batok Street 21 that they were in working condition, after firefighters were unable to use them during a blaze at a flat earlier this month.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

The case of e-wallets: which e-payment apps do Singaporeans use the most?
The study pictures the developments of e-wallets or e-payment apps via vital app metrics such as Monthly Active Users (MAU) and total downloads in the past 8 quarters.
— e27

Hong Kong DBS branch vandalised with graffiti containing vulgarities against PM Lee and PAP, graffiti removed upon discovery
A DBS Bank branch in Hong Kong was vandalised with vulgarities aimed at Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his family and the People’s Action Party (PAP).
— The Online Citizen

S’porean director with 2 Golden Horse Awards once told he’d be ‘so poor’ for pursuing filmmaking
And he just got nominated for six more Golden Horse Awards.
— Mothership

President Halimah Yacob officially opens this year’s Orchard Road’s Christmas light-up
The festivities will run all the way till Jan 1 with Santas, food trucks, rides and three Christmas villages.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Home care start-up matches caregivers with seniors who need help
As a child, Ms Gillian Tee could not stand visiting nursing homes as they reminded her of the experience of her elderly nanny, who suffered from bone and breast cancer.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Young Singaporeans who lived abroad rejoin local schools with ease
Two years ago, Iffah Irdina Kamshari started her secondary school education at Riverside Secondary but unlike other 12-year-olds, she never sat the Primary School Leaving Examination.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Why you should invest with a good margin of safety
As the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 index trade at all-time highs, it is opportune to examine whether our portfolio would cushion us with an acceptable margin of safety in the event of severe market stress.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘Not enough for coffee’: Karung guni men, cardboard collectors hit hard as scrap prices and volume fall
In the sweltering heat, karung guni (rag and bone) man Goh Joi Kim hauled a variety of junk off his lorry and into a metal cage.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Temasek Foundation partners US-based startup for outdoor cooling solution
SINGAPOREANS’ days of avoiding outdoor dining for fear of sweating into one’s meal might soon be over.
— The Business Times

Domestic helper shares touching perspective on earning elderly employer’s trust
Should domestic helpers in Singapore be paid more than $600 a month? A recent survey by global market research firm YouGov found local respondents divided on this, and the topic has also invited a flood of comments online.
— The Pride

CPF rejects application of 56-year old heart patient to withdraw from his CPF account, saying he is ‘not physically incapacitated’
Mr Sim Kay Chuan, a 56-year-old Singaporean who suffered from heart problems in 2015 had an operation two years ago, leaving his heart’s left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) at 37% performance.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore-based mobile Wi-Fi startup Yogofi is now owned by DHI Telecom, bringing B2C travel agency network to US
Yogofi, a virtual SIM platforms provider based in Singapore, reportedly has been acquired by DHI Telecom (DHI), Houston-based advanced technical solutions provider, as reported by BusinessWire.
— e27

Mother gets detention order for attacking teenage daughter
A woman who was upset over her husband’s extra-marital affair slit her own arm and hit her teenage daughter’s head with a chopper.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘Parrot Man’ Zeng Guoyuan found dead at foot of Geylang Bahru block
The eccentric Parrot Man who became a familiar face during election season was found dead at the foot of his Geylang Bahru block on Saturday night.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Yanlord’s stake in UE crosses 50% mark, offer turns unconditional
The takeover offer of Chinese real estate player Yanlord Land Group for all ordinary shares of United Engineers (UE) has turned unconditional, with the offeror’s stake in UE crossing the 50 per cent threshold.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Elderly PMA user, 73, hit by taxi while trying to cross road at Choa Chu Kang
On Nov. 16, an elderly PMA user collided with a taxi at Choa Chu Kang.
— Mothership

Son’s words spur parents to foster more kids
When housewife Lourdes Thomas Audrey and her husband took in their first foster child 15 years ago, the pain of separation after six months was enough to make them think of never doing it again.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

It Changed My Life: How Jackson Aw built a multimillion-dollar toy empire with $20,000 loan
Mr Jackson Aw looks at his cargo pants and says ruefully: I guess I have grown up.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Father accused of scalding son to death has low intellect, was in boys’ home
The background of a father accused of killing his five-year-old son was revealed in court on Friday (Nov 15), with a picture painted of a child with an absent mother and who stayed in a boys’ home.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man charged with murdering 9-month-old baby in Yishun car park
A man was charged on Friday (Nov 15) with murdering a nine-month-old baby in a car park earlier this month.
— 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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