Singapore morning news for November 5

Singapore morning news for  November 5

Singapore morning news

Singapore factory slump extends for 6th straight month despite slight uptick in key gauge
Manufacturing sentiment remained in negative territory for a sixth consecutive month in October, as the uncertain global trade environment continues to cast a shadow over factory activity in Singapore and the region.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Cottage Delight All Butter Lemon Curd products recalled after incorrect egg and milk labelling
The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has ordered a recall for Cottage Delight All Butter Lemon Curd products after an alert that the products display inaccurate egg and milk allergen labels.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

ASEAN Plus Three nations need to improve region’s ability to respond to any recession or financial crisis: PM Lee
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members and three regional partners – China, South Korea and Japan – need to “deepen” their cooperation and improve the region’s ability to respond to any recession or financial crisis, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday (Nov 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Multilateral trading system must be updated to ‘reflect current realities’: PM Lee
The global trading system must be updated to “reflect current realities” so that it can continue to work well, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday (Nov 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore to ban e-scooter from footpaths
Singapore’s Land Transportation Authority (LTA) announced that it will ban e-scooters from footpaths in the country starting from November 5, Channel News Asia reported.
— e27

15 nations complete ‘text-based’ negotiations for RCEP, signing expected in 2020
Fifteen out of 16 nations have concluded “text-based” negotiations for what could be the world’s largest trade deal, with formal signing now expected in 2020, said a joint statement by leaders issued on Monday (Nov 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore businesses far less upbeat compared with rest of Asean: survey
ASEAN businesses may be among the most bullish in the world, but Singapore companies are far less confident about their growth prospects in the coming year, striking a worrying note for Singapore’s outlook as it struggles to get out of its slump amid a global economic slowdown.
— The Business Times

JB-Singapore RTS Link to go ahead but further suspended to April 2020: Khaw
The suspension of the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project has been extended to Apr 30, 2020, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Monday (Nov 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Tougher penalties for drone offences, compulsory registration to be implemented
Operators of unmanned aircraft (UA) face heavier penalties for offences, after amendments to the Air Navigation Bill were passed in Parliament on Monday (Nov 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

E-scooter disposal incentive extended to Dec 31, more disposal points added
Owners of non-compliant e-scooters can continue to dispose of their devices and collect the $100 incentive until the end of the year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SBS Transit lawsuit: Court to determine if public transport operators can require ‘permanent overtime’
The question of whether public transport operators are entitled to require their employees to work beyond the maximum of 44 hours a week as laid out in the Employment Act has been put forth to the Industrial Arbitration Court (IAC).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Grabfood warns customers over longer wait, possible cancellation when ban on e-scooters on footpaths kicks in
Customers should be prepared for longer waits and even having their orders cancelled when a ban on the use of electric scooters on public footpaths kicks in on Tuesday (Nov 5), said food delivery provider Grabfood.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

2% of unused CPF money left unclaimed over last 5 years
Over the last five years, about 98 per cent of unused Central Provident Fund (CPF) money belonging to people who died was distributed by the CPF Board or the Public Trustee’s Office.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singaporeans not worried about AI, automation taking over their jobs: Survey
Singapore-based employees are not too concerned that automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) will take over their jobs anytime soon, according to a survey.
— e27

Retirement Sum Scheme payout duration to be reduced to age 90 from 95: Josephine Teo
There will be no change to when payouts begin, or any of the CPF withdrawal rules.
— Mothership

State Courts launch 2 guide books on defamation and tribunals
Two books that aim to better inform law practitioners on defamation cases and how tribunals should be conducted were launched by the State Courts on Monday (Nov 4).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pop-up brothels: MPs question fairness of burden on homeowners to exercise ‘reasonable diligence’
Members of Parliament have voiced concerns over homeowners having to make sure – at the point of signing their lease agreements – that their tenants will not use their homes for vice activities.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Changi Airport to operate using Runway 1 and Runway 3 from October 2020
Changi Airport will operate using Runway 1 and Runway 3 from October next year in order to facilitate works for the airport’s fifth terminal and the Changi East Industrial Zone.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New dental research centre to deal with Singapore’s teething problems
A new dental research institute has been set up to tackle Singapore’s teething issues.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PMD footpath ban: S’poreans say ‘Finally’, share stories of incidents with errant riders
Many see it as a positive step toward making footpaths safe again for pedestrians.
— Mothership

Trump invites ASEAN leaders to ‘special summit’ in US after skipping Bangkok meet
US President Donald Trump has invited ASEAN leaders to a special summit in the United States next year, after skipping the ongoing meet in Bangkok.
— CNA

OCBC to enter digital banking fray with Keppel, Vertex-backed Validus
SINGAPORE’S second-largest bank OCBC is understood to be in firm talks with Keppel Corporation, peer-to-peer lender Validus Capital, and venture-capital fund Vertex Ventures to form a digital-bank consortium.
— The Business Times

Politics in S’pore should be for S’poreans: Shanmugam
Whether in business, academia or politics, Singaporeans do and must interact with foreigners to understand what is going on and have deep relationships, Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam said yesterday in Parliament.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Mothercare still thriving in Singapore despite UK woes
Baby product retailer Mothercare said its 11 stores here are thriving, despite the group’s announcement yesterday that it is putting its loss-making British business into administration.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man fined for bringing more than S$250,000 into Singapore without reporting
A 42-year-old man was fined S$6,000 on Monday (Nov 4) for failing to report the movement of more than S$254,000 in cash when entering Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Bar foreigners from some jobs to prevent foreign influence? Look from ‘broader perspective’: Shanmugam
Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said the Government has to look at the issue of employing foreigners in jobs susceptible to foreign influence from a broader perspective.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

3 on trial over graft charges involving embassy worker and bond guarantees for maids
An Indonesian Embassy labour attache allegedly tasked a Singaporean freelance translator to look for insurance firms or agents willing to give them a share of the premiums linked to performance bond guarantees for Indonesian maids.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Plastic bag charge trial extended for one year to 25 FairPrice stores
Shoppers will be charged for plastic bags at 25 NTUC FairPrice-owned outlets for a year, an extension of an earlier month-long trial, the retailer said on Monday (Nov 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New scheme to help some freelancers with their MediSave contributions amid changes to CPF law
Freelancers who provide their services to the Government and public sector agencies will have a portion of their fees paid to their MediSave accounts under a new pilot scheme, after Parliament passed amendments to the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Bill on Monday (Nov 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Public start choosing their favourite design for Founders’ Memorial
Members of the public have started voting for their favourite design for the Founders’ Memorial at the Level 2 atrium of IMM in Jurong East.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

1 dead after crane collapses at construction site of new TTSH rehab facility
A 28-year-old Indian worker was killed and a Bangladeshi worker injured after a crane collapsed on Monday (Nov 4) at the construction site of a new rehab facility under Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Nissan agent Tan Chong puts up Toa Payoh showroom for sale at $13.5 million
Nissan agent Tan Chong Motor is putting up another showroom for sale six months after it said it was closing its Bukit Timah flagship outlet.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Doctor fined $25,000 for illegally copying confidential information of 7,654 patients
A doctor has been fined $25,000, censured and ordered to pay the cost of the disciplinary hearing against him for illegally copying the confidential information of 7,654 patients.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Insurance agent on trial for bribing Indonesian embassy official over maid bonds
An insurance agent stood trial on Monday (Nov 4) for giving about S$103,000 worth of bribes in a scheme involving an Indonesian embassy official in return for accreditation to sell lucrative bonds for maids.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

World’s No. 1 Swiss hospitality management school to open its first international campus outside Switzerland in Singapore
At a steady state, Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne – dubbed the Harvard for hospitality management education – will take in 160 students a year here.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Manulife US Reit posts 2% fall in Q3 DPU on enlarged unit base
Manulife US Reit on Monday (Nov 4) posted a 2 per cent fall in its third-quarter distribution per unit to 1.48 US cents for the three months ended Sept 30, from 1.51 US cents a year ago.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Mother jailed for forcefully throwing daughter down on the floor, killing her
A woman was sentenced to seven years’ jail on Monday (Nov 4) after she threw one of her children down to the ground, fracturing her skull and killing her.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Doctor allegedly assaulted girlfriend after she refused to have sex, causing facial fractures
A doctor allegedly flew into a rage and assaulted his then-girlfriend, causing multiple facial fractures, after she expressed her reluctance to have sex with him, a district court heard on Monday (Nov 4).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Publishing list of S’poreans & entities potentially subject to foreign influence is ‘absurd’: Shanmugam
He added that there was no specific criteria to determine whether somebody is a victim of foreign interference.
— Mothership

Polytechnic student gets probation for upskirt videos, tries to get gag order on his name
A polytechnic student who took an upskirt video of a woman at an MRT station claims he went on his knees to beg the victim not to report the incident, and later thanked the man who spotted him for catching him in the act.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Police investigating mother’s claim that 3-year-old son was abused at Bedok pre-school, says ECDA
The woman said her son would often come home with new marks on his body.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man fined for flying drone near airbase without permit in a first ruling of its kind
A man was fined S$2,000 on Monday (Nov 4) for flying a drone near an airbase without a permit in the first sentencing for such an offence.
— 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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