Singapore morning news for November 6

Singapore morning news for  November 6

Singapore morning news

Singapore’s net business formation lower than usual in 2019 so far
In the first nine months of 2019, net formation of business entities has been about a quarter lower than the average in recent years, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Chee Hong Tat said in response to a parliamentary question on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

Concealed facts, untruths: PAP spells out its reasons why WP MPs should be recused from AHTC financial affairs
People’s Action Party (PAP) ministers listed a range of reasons why Mr Low Thia Khiang and Ms Sylvia Lim should recuse themselves from financial matters relating to Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC), debating a motion on the issue in Parliament on Tuesday (Nov 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singtel fined $25,000 and Ninja Van $90,000 for data breaches
Singtel risked exposing up to 330,000 subscribers’ billing information while Ninja Van left up to 1.26 million individuals’ data in full view of the public.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore to Implement Mandatory Unmanned Aircraft Registration
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) will implement mandatory registration for unmanned aircraft (UA) from 2 January 2020.
— Travel News Asia

Khush Chopra: Singapore’s strong stance against favouring foreigners and CECA
Will employment pass requirements be tightened or made more flexible? by Khush Chopra Mr Saktiandi Supaat, a People’s Action Party Member of Parliament asked for eligibility criteria for employment pass (EP) holders be tightened in Parliament yesterday.
— The Online Citizen

Advanced meters among new initiatives to help households manage electricity usage
Three new initiatives were announced on Tuesday (Nov 5) as part of efforts to help households use electricity more efficiently.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

16% of eligible Singaporeans maxed out Flexi-MediSave limit in 2018: Edwin Tong
Around 136,000 – or 16 per cent – of eligible Singaporeans maxed out their Flexi-MediSave limit of S$200 in 2018, said Senior Minister of State for Health Edwin Tong on Tuesday (Nov 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MAS, Bank Indonesia extend US$10b bilateral financial arrangement for another year
The Monetary Authority of Singapore and Bank Indonesia on Tuesday (Nov 5) announced the extension of a US$10 billion (S$13.59 billion) bilateral financial arrangement for another year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

LTA dishes out warnings to over 100 PMD users on the first day of footpath ban
On the day that a footpath ban on personal mobility devices (PMD) kicked in, Land Transport Authority (LTA) officers were out in force handing out warnings.
— Mothership

Singapore states PMD ban is same as France and Japan, but fails to mention PMD are allowed on streets for the two countries
The ban of electric scooters on footpaths kicked in today (5 November) in Singapore, and those found guilty of the crime can be fined up to S$2,000 and jail time of up to three months once the ban is strictly enforced from 2020.
— The Online Citizen

Six-month suspension for JB-Singapore RTS Link is to ensure relevant agreements can be amended: Loke
The third suspension period for the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project is not to review whether it should proceed, but to ensure that the relevant agreements can be amended and signed, said Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke on Tuesday (Nov 5).

Cities could be an ally in climate change fight: Experts
Cities are often the setting for dystopian futures involving environmental degradation.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MOH may relook Medisave cap for seniors’ outpatient use
The Ministry of Health (MOH) may look into whether it can raise the amount of Medisave money that older people are allowed to use for outpatient treatments.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Nium drops plans to bid for S’pore digital bank licence
Remittance start-up Nium – which recently rebranded from Instarem – has withdrawn from the contest for a Singapore digital wholesale banking licence, doubling down on its global business-to-business payments instead.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SPP elects Steve Chia, Jose Raymond to top posts
The Singapore People’s Party (SPP) has elected Mr Steve Chia as secretary-general and Mr Jose Raymond as chairman, it announced in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Nov 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S’porean reported missing while diving off Pulau Sangiang in Indonesia
A Singaporean has been reported missing while diving off Pulau Sangiang in Indonesia’s Banten province last Sunday, Nov. 3.
— Mothership

Off-duty cops spring into action after fire breaks out at Century Square mall
Three men, including two off-duty police officers, helped to put out a fire that led to thousands being evacuated at Century Square mall on Tuesday afternoon (Nov 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s High Court to get new division to handle rise in appeal cases
Singapore’s High Court is set to get a new division, as part of a move to refine the justice system and increase the efficiency of the courts.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SIA Q2 net profit up 68% on better results from associates, joint ventures; Scoot’s operating loss widened
Singapore Airlines (SIA) on Tuesday (Nov 5) posted a 68 per cent jump in net profit for the second quarter to S$94 million from S$56 million a year ago, owing to improvement in share of results from associates and joint ventures (JVs) which was partially offset by higher net finance charges.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore govt dealing with backlog of applicants since BTO market was opened to singles: Lawrence Wong
He said the fundamental solution to the issue is to build more flats.
— Mothership

Meet the 10 cybersecurity startups graduating from ICE71 Accelerate programme
Singapore-based Innovation Cybersecurity Ecosystem at BLOCK71 (ICE71) Accelerate programme has unveiled the ten cyber-security startups that have graduated from its third cohort.
— e27

Industry associations launch helpline for abused security officers to seek recourse
Private security officers at the receiving end of abuse can now seek help through a one-stop email helpline launched by the Security Industry Council (SIC).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Slightly hazy conditions on Tuesday morning due to accumulation of mist: Weatherman
Slightly hazy conditions were observed on Tuesday morning (Nov 5) but they were not due to smoke from fires.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More smart meters, customised energy-saving tips and incentives for going green for consumers
Households have long been urged to go green, and soon more homes in Singapore will have the tools to teach them how to do so on the energy front.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Higher education schools have autonomy to invite LGBTQ speakers, performers on campus: Indranee Rajah
Institutes of higher learning (IHL) in Singapore have the autonomy to manage their own campus activities, including inviting speakers or performers who may identify with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) causes.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

De Beers cuts wholesale diamond prices by 5% as industry crisis deepens
The move is aimed at helping improve profits for the middlemen of the diamond industry, and the price cut is unlikely to trickle down to consumers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Technical glitch at Bicentennial Experience fixed, full exhibition reopens to public on Tuesday
The problem affected the alignment of moving screens, which meant that visitors were not able to experience multimedia projections.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Dyson’s U-turn on electric car plant not due to lack of capabilities in Singapore: Chee Hong Tat
A lack of commercial feasibility, rather than a lack of capabilities in Singapore, contributed to Dyson’s decision to scrap its automotive division and project to build electric vehicles here, said Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Chee Hong Tat on Tuesday (Nov 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Qatar Airways chief accuses Jewel Changi Airport of copycat design: 5 other times he made controversial comments
Qatar Airways chief Akbar Al Baker has not been shy to publicly put down his competitors since he assumed the post in 1997.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Some cots, strollers and baby carriers sold online are unsafe: Enterprise Singapore
Enterprise Singapore tested 16 baby products sold online and found 11 of them unsafe.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

GIC joint venture acquires A-grade office building in Sydney
Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC, has entered into a joint venture (JV) partnership with Australia-listed property group, Charter Hall, to acquire an A-grade office building in Sydney for an undisclosed sum.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

OCBC quarterly profit drops, but wealth management fees grow
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp (OCBC), Singapore’s second-biggest listed bank, said on Tuesday (Nov 5) its quarterly profit fell 6 per cent, hurt by a one-off charge for its Indonesian unit that overshadowed growth for its wealth management and lending businesses.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

4,000 evacuated after fire breaks out at Century Square mall foodcourt in Tampines
About 4,000 people were evacuated from Century Square mall in Tampines after a fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon (Nov 5).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Woman pushes PMA on footpath while limping
Personal mobility devices are banned from footpaths in Singapore with immediate effect starting on Nov. 5, 2019 — and this has resulted in at least one sad scene.
— Mothership

StarHub Q3 earnings rise 1.7%, but expectations for full-year service revenue cut
Mainboard-listed telco StarHub saw its third-quarter bottom line hold steady, as minority interests absorbed a slip in profits, according to results released on Tuesday (Nov 5).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

5 BreadTalk stores to charge S$0.10 for each carrier bag in 3-month trial starting Nov. 15, 2019
No more small single-use plastic bags for each bread.
— Mothership

Singaporean who grew up in Hong Kong gets jail for defaulting on NS for almost 5 years
A Singaporean man who spent most of his life in Hong Kong was sentenced to nine weeks’ jail on Thursday (Nov 5) for defaulting on his National Service (NS) obligations for almost five years.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore e-wallet operator YouTrip expands to Thailand
Singapore-based YouTrip has expanded to Thailand through a partnership with Thai bank Kasikornbank.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Keppel’s M1 joins IMDA scheme for new businesses, amid SME market push
Keppel-owned M1 has become the third telco in a government scheme providing digital solutions to small businesses, as it joined the Start Digital initiative on Tuesday (Nov 5).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More people with disabilities participating in sport, but more progress can be made: Sim Ann
More people with disabilities (PWD) are participating in sport, with the Government exploring how a related master plan can make more progress, Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth Sim Ann told Parliament on Tuesday (Nov 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More than 450 people nabbed for possession after vaporisers were made illegal
From February last year, when the possession of vaporisers became illegal, to Sep 30 this year, 465 people were caught for the offence.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MAS unveils 2020 Year of the Rat Chinese Almanac coins
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has unveiled the 2020 Year of the Rat Almanac coins on Tuesday (Nov 5).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Doctor accused of assaulting ex-girlfriend when refused sex claims he cannot remember what happened
A doctor on trial for brutally assaulting his girlfriend after she refused sex took the stand in his own defence on Tuesday (Nov 5) and claimed that he could not remember what happened.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man accused of rape in ‘threesome’ plan was worried his hairy legs would give game away
A jobless young man, who was invited by a man he met online to take part in a threesome with the latter’s girlfriend without her knowledge and consent, was concerned about whether his hairy legs could give the game away, the High Court heard on Tuesday (Nov 5).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man apologises after video of him hitting a dog and burning its fur posted online
A man who allegedly filmed himself hitting a dog and burning its fur has turned himself in to the police, after a video of his actions made the rounds online, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) said on Tuesday (Nov 5).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Probation for teens who ran red light on e-scooters and caused an accident
Two teens who ran a red light while riding their e-scooters on the road, resulting in a collision with another user, were sentenced to probation on Tuesday (Nov 5).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man gets jail for setting fire that sparked Toa Payoh block evacuation, cost S$33,000 in repairs
A man was sentenced to three years’ jail on Tuesday (Nov 5) for setting a fire at a void deck that spread, prompting an evacuation.
— 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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