Singapore morning news for November 21

Singapore morning news for  November 21

Singapore morning news

Singapore falls behind Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok in the liveability category in Global Power City Index
According to the latest Global Power City Index (GPCI) report released on Tuesday (19 November), Singapore is ranked below other Asian cities like Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok in the liveability category.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore, a potential agri-food powerhouse in Asia: report
SINGAPORE and other Asian cities namely Bangalore, Beijing, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Tokyo have the potential to become global agri-food innovation powerhouses that catalyse development, funding and collaboration across the food and agricultural sector, according to a recent report.
— The Business Times

Salary increases next year expected to be similar to this year: Two surveys
Workers in Singapore will likely see modest salary increases next year despite the economic slowdown this year, according to two survey reports published recently.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

EU-S’pore free trade pact signals shared conviction open rules-based trade is path to growth, prosperity: PM Lee
The landmark trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Singapore signals a shared conviction that open and global rules-based trade is the path to growth and prosperity, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a Facebook post on Wednesday (Nov 20).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore proposes to regulate bitcoin futures
Singapore’s central bank plans to bring bitcoin and other similar cryptocurrency futures traded on approved exchanges under its regulation in response to interest from international institutional investors, it said on Wednesday (Nov 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

LTA awards $739.5 million project to build Tengah Depot for Jurong Region Line
A depot which can maintain 100 trains and 600 buses, as well as house 450 bus captains, will be built next to Tengah New Town by 2026.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

$1.1 trillion more needed in agri-food sector by 2030 for Asia to feed itself sustainably: Report
A massive US$800 billion (S$1.09 trillion) on top of existing investment levels will be needed for Asia to feed itself sustainably over the next 10 years, a study has found.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

50% off insurance plan for single parents in S’pore
It’s not easy being a parent: they need to ensure the kids’ needs are met while juggling work and taking care of their aging parents.
— Mothership

Malaysian terrorist who plotted to bomb Singapore released, on electronic tagging device
Convicted Malaysian terrorist Yazid Sufaat, who acquired 4 tonnes of ammonium nitrate in 2000 in preparation for a foiled bombing plot in Singapore, has been freed from prison, sources told The Straits Times.
— The Straits Times

First batch of food delivery riders receive LTA’s approval to trade in e-scooters for new vehicles
About one in five GrabFood delivery riders and one in three eligible foodpanda riders have had their requests to trade in e-scooters approved by the Land Transport Authority (LTA).
— The Straits Times

HK organiser of illegal gathering about HK protests repatriated; S’porean warned for facilitating it
The Hong Kong restaurant owner who organised an illegal public gathering last month here to discuss the ongoing Hong Kong protests has been given a stern warning by the police, and was repatriated.
— The Straits Times

New institute to spearhead Singapore’s big push into food research
A new research institute will not only help Singapore grow more of its own food, but also bring new dishes to people’s tables.
— The Straits Times

Coroner recommends SCDF implement measures to deal with its servicemen’s mental health issues
The State Coroner has recommended that the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) undertake a review of its structure and protocols to better deal with mental health issues among its servicemen.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MAS mulling over regulating trade of payment token derivatives
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is seeking to allow derivatives of payment tokens such as Bitcoin and Ether to be traded on approved exchanges in Singapore, it said in a consultation paper on Wednesday (Nov 20).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Jail for former AMKTC general manager and director he took bribes from
A former general manager of Ang Mo Kio Town Council (AMKTC) was sentenced to jail on Wednesday (Nov 20) along with a company director who had bribed him for contracts.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Parliament, not the courts, should decide whether to repeal Section 377A: AGC
The question of whether or not to repeal Section 377A of the Penal Code is a deeply divisive socio-political issue that should be decided by Parliament, not the judiciary, the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Eastern Pacific Shipping, Techstars set up Global Maritime Startup Accelerator Class in Singapore, revealing nine startups selected
Known to be Singapore’s largest shipping company, Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS), has announced a partnership with early-stage investor and accelerator Techstars to launch the dedicated global maritime accelerator called the Eastern Pacific Accelerator powered by Techstars.
— e27

Deliveryman who was director of company in $39.9m SkillsFuture scam jailed
A deliveryman who was appointed the director of one of nine companies involved in a $39.9 million SkillsFuture scam was sentenced to 4 years and 4 months’ jail on Wednesday (Nov 20) for his role in the criminal syndicate.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

A message to all the 12-year-olds receiving their PSLE results
It will feel like everything you’ve done in the past six years of your life has led up to this defining moment.
— The Pride

SCDF ragging trial: Warrant officer who asked staff sergeant to push NSF into well gets 13 months’ jail
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) warrant officer who asked a colleague to push a full-time national serviceman (NSF) Kok Yuen Chin into a well was sentenced to 13 months’ jail on Wednesday (Nov 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore and India discuss plans on use of the Chandipur live-firing range in India
It is impossible to conduct live firing of missiles like the Spyder ground-based air defence system in Singapore because of the country’s limited size.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Wirecard says 2017 audit of Singapore unit not concluded due to probe
Wirecard AG said it followed all reporting obligations properly, rejecting a news report over delays to an audit of the German company’s accounts in Singapore from 2017.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

E-scooter user arrested for riding on top of walkway shelter
An electric scooter user seen riding his device on the top of the shelter of a walkway in a viral video has been arrested, the police said on Wednesday (Nov 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SIAS says it is concerned about ‘lack of finality on Utico’s offer’ for Hyflux
The Securities Investors Association Singapore (SIAS) has said it is “seriously concerned” about the “lack of finality” on Utico’s offer for home-grown water treatment firm Hyflux, with the Middle Eastern investor repeatedly introducing changes to the deal at the last minute.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

People’s Voice strongly opposes PAP’s push for 10 million population in Singapore
On Tuesday (19 November), People’s Voice founding leader Lim Tean took to his Facebook to share a video by his fellow party member who wants to know the Government’s reasoning to want the country’s population to reach 10 million.
— The Online Citizen

Chairman, chief executive of new Home Team Science and Technology Agency named
The chairman, chief executive and board members of the new Home Team Science and Technology Agency (HTX) have been named by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

“PMD ban evidences poor policy planning model” – SPP’s Jose Raymond
On Tuesday (19 November), the newly-elected chairman of Singapore People’s Party (SPP) Jose Raymond took to his Facebook to conclude that the sudden ban of personal mobility devices (PMDs) earlier this month shows that the Government failed to look at “stakeholder engagement and consensus building in policy making”.
— The Online Citizen

Chan says government shares Singaporeans’ concerns with job competition and prospects
Earlier this month (9 Nov), Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing warned people not to “stoke fears” online with regard to the Singapore-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) which was signed between both countries in 2005.
— The Online Citizen

Asia not ‘centre of the world’, needs cooperation with other regions to progress: PM Lee
Asia needs to continue to cooperate with other regions in order for it to prosper, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday (Nov 19) during his four-day official visit to Mexico.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore and Mexico sign slew of new agreements, underscore importance of CPTPP
Singapore and Mexico have signed a number of new agreements in a bid to promote greater collaboration, as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made his first official visit to Mexico.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Sections of Tampines Avenue 9 to be closed to traffic on Nov 26 and Nov 29 for bridge building
Sections of a road in Tampines will be temporarily closed to traffic later this month for the construction of two new pedestrian overhead bridges.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New A*Star food innovation institute gives single touchpoint for industry
THE upcoming Singapore Institute of Food and Biotechnology Innovation (SIFBI) will provide a single touchpoint for industry players interested in food innovation research when it opens by the second quarter of 2020.
— The Business Times

Acting coach to Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman behind Orchard Road pre-school for performing arts
Early education provider MindChamps is opening a new preschool for performing arts and is collaborating with Mr Dean Carey, the famous acting coach to stars such as Hugh Jackman, on the curriculum and training of teachers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Founder of S’pore animal shelter, who depleted S$3m savings for animals, dies from stomach cancer
Lee Siew Ying, the founder of Mettacats & Dogs Sanctuary, passed away on Nov. 17, 2019, Lianhe Zaobao reports.
— Mothership

New Creation Church buys The Star Vista for $300m to ‘protect interest of church’
Mega church New Creation has acquired The Star Vista mall for almost $300 million to protect the interest of the church, it announced on Wednesday (Nov 20).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S$15,000 fine for drunk S’porean lawyer who molested 3 women in bar
Police say that outrage of modesty cases are a key concern for them.
— Mothership

Probation not a ‘soft option’, says judge who spared jail term for NUS student convicted of outraging modesty
The judge who sentenced an NUS student to probation on a molest charge has made clear that probation should not be seen as a soft option.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COE prices end mixed, difference between big and small car premiums narrows
The COE price for cars up to 1,600cc and 130bhp finished higher at $32,000, a hike from $30,000 two weeks ago.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Tree falls on car at Scotts Road in front of Grand Hyatt hotel
Four lanes of the road were initially obstructed by the fallen tree.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

StanChart offering millennials savings account with 2% interest rate
Standard Chartered is riding on the millennial wave for savings and investments, with the launch of its first product targeted at this segment of young customers on Wednesday (Nov 20).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PIE viaduct collapse: Engineer admits he knew about design errors, structural cracks before fatal accident
Although he knew about errors in design and structural cracks in the building of a viaduct, an engineer tasked with preparing the building works and supervising them did not take necessary action.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore medical company invents non-invasive cancer screening tests; receives US$20m in funding
Local genomic medicine company Lucence announced on Wednesday (Nov 20) that it has received US$20 million (S$27.23 million) in initial funding after it invented a non-invasive test for late-stage cancer detection.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

CBRE hires new Singapore head of valuation & advisory services from Knight Frank
Property consultancy CBRE on Wednesday (Nov 20) said it has appointed Png Poh Soon as its head of valuation and advisory services for Singapore, with effect from Jan 2 next year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SP Group to spend $35m and work with union on skills training for all 3,600 staff
Energy utilities provider SP Group will spend $35 million in the next three years to upgrade the skills of all its 3,600 staff, working with a union to identify relevant programmes as the energy sector faces digitalisation and rising customer expectations.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Temasek looks to expand US investments regardless of trade war
Temasek Holdings will continue to increase its allocation of funds to the US despite escalating trade tensions, the Singapore state investor’s head of Americas John Vaske said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Condo security guard jailed for stealing cash card and Tongkat Ali bottles
A security guard who stole a cash card and eight Tongkat Ali bottles was sentenced to four weeks’ jail on Wednesday (Nov 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Watch a Cambodian circus when the Singapore Biennale kicks off this weekend
Titled Every Step In The Right Direction, this year’s festival opens across 11 venues from Friday (Nov 22) and will run until Mar 22, 2020.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)


Feature photo World Toilet Organization

This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on World Toilet Day, November 19.


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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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