Singapore morning news for October 25

Singapore morning news for October 25

Singapore morning news

Overall unemployment rate in Singapore inches up to 2.3% in Q3: MOM
The overall unemployment rate in Singapore rose slightly in the third quarter of 2019, according to preliminary figures released by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in its Labour Market Report on Thursday (Oct 24).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore keeps 2nd place for ease of doing business; China, India among most improved: World Bank
China and India made the top 10 list of governments that have done the most in the past year to improve the ease of doing business in their countries, the World Bank said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

LTA to extend autonomous vehicle trials to public roads in Bukit Timah, Clementi and Jurong
Autonomous vehicle (AVs) trials will be conducted on public roads in areas such as Bukit Timah, Clementi and Jurong as a part of the Land Transport Authority (LTA)’s bid to extend coverage of the trials to all of western Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

1.4 million Singaporeans to receive Bicentennial Bonus benefits in November
These are the Goods and Services Tax Voucher – Cash (Bicentennial Payment), Central Provident Fund Top-up, and Workfare Bicentennial Bonus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore economic slump may ease at a slow rate, says MAS chief
A recovery, albeit a slow one, is on the horizon for Singapore’s economy as the decline in trade and manufacturing this year has not spread to other sectors, said Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Managing Director Ravi Menon.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore importers fined $24,200 for illegally importing fresh vegetables and processed food
On Wednesday, nine Singapore importers were fined $23,000 for illegally importing fresh vegetables.
— Fresh Plaza

Destination Singapore: behind the rise of the world’s top shipping centre
Singapore has topped the 2019 Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development Index, which ranks cities that offer port and shipping business services, for the sixth consecutive year.
— Ship Technology

Singapore Exchange profit at 12-year high on cross-asset push
Singapore Exchange reported its biggest quarterly net profit in 12 years on Thursday (Oct 24), boosted by customers increasing the number of asset classes that they trade in.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

NUS, NTU named in top 100 in Reuters’ list of world’s most innovative universities
The National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) both climbed up the list ofthe most innovative universities in the world, according to a ranking compiled by news agency Reuters.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

HDB says it incurs $2b deficit but didn’t mention Govt makes $14.8b from land sales in last FY
Housing Development Board (HDB) released its annual report yesterday (23 Oct) showing that its deficit climbed to $1.98 billion in the financial year ended on 31 Mar 2019.
— The Online Citizen

Testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads: Reaction time and speed among residents’ worries
MPs in western Singapore, where the tests are being done, said companies must do more to assure residents about the vehicles’ safety features.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Boxer, actress, scientist – honouring Singapore’s most inspiring women
The road to being a professional boxer has been doubly hard for Ms Nurshahidah Roslie, 32.
— The Straits Times

SP Group announces carbon footprint tracker for users to monitor, reduce emissions
An upcoming new feature by SP Group will allow households and businesses to track and reduce their carbon footprint, the energy utilities group said in a news release on Thursday (Oct 24),
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Report: CARMA ASIA reveals Singapore’s most prominent and favourable CEOs
Earlier today (24 Oct), CARMA ASIA, the global leader in media evaluation, published a study revealing the prominence and favourability of Singapore’s top CEOs amongst local publications.
— The Online Citizen

Inter-agency exercise to clean up ‘chemical spill’ in Singapore waters
Maritime rescue vessels sprang into action on Thursday (Oct 24) morning to execute a training exercise that involved a chemical spill after two tankers collided off Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Public bus drivers to be trained to handle autonomous buses
About 100 public bus drivers will be trained to handle autonomous buses to prepare for the potential deployment of the vehicles in Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Rents, prices of industrial space hold steady in Q3: JTC
Rents and prices of industrial space in Singapore remained stable in the third quarter of this year compared with the previous three months, according to the latest data from industrial land and infrastructure agency JTC Corp.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Revolut arrives in Singapore after a year of beta testing, providing more overseas money transfer option
Revolut, a London-based fintech company, has officially operated in Singapore. After a year of beta testing in the country, Revolut will be made available for Singaporeans, starting with more than 30,000 customers who have used the service.
— e27

Scholarships and pre-internship programme to prepare students for built environment sector
Growing up, Mr Benjamin Chong used to watch his grandfather make toys out of scrap pieces of wood and fix broken home appliances.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Woman gets award for helping police nab upskirt photo suspect at MRT station
Ms Chiang Su Sia was going up an escalator at Payar Lebar MRT stationafter work when she saw a man ahead of her standing behind a woman acting suspiciously.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Tanglin Police Division commander to join Pofma Office in November
Three senior police officers will take up new roles after a change of command next month, including one who will join the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (Pofma) Office.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Today’s top tech news: WeWork plans to lay off 4,000 staff; Gojek says dual listing likely but no immediate IPO plans
WeWork plans to lay off 4,000 staff [Reuters] Office-sharing startup WeWork is planning to cut as many as 4,000 jobs as a part of a turnaround plan put in place by top shareholder Japan’s SoftBank Group after it took control of the company this week, Financial Times reported on Wednesday.
— e27

Anger at Singapore ‘grab-a-crab’ machine
A Singapore restaurant Thursday suspended a bizarre promotional stunt where customers use an arcade-style machine with a mechanical claw to catch live crabs after it sparked uproar online.
— The Online Citizen

Vietnamese woman charged with offering bribe to Singapore police officer to escape custody
A Vietnamese woman was charged on Thursday (Oct 24) with offering a bribe to a Singapore police officer to release her from custody, the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Ministry of Health releases guidelines on disclosing confidential information for medical practitioners
Following the High Court’s move to overturn a psychiatrist’s conviction for breaching one of his patient’s confidential information, the Ministry of Health (MOH) sent out a circular on Wednesday (22 October) to medical practitioners on guidelines on how to communicate medical information over the phone.
— The Online Citizen

Bank-grade ID company Fractal partners with Philippine-based investment platform Seedbox, providing bankless access to mutual funds
Fractal, German-Singaporean identification management company, announces that it has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Seedbox, the Philippine-based online investment platform with a mission to drive financial inclusion across Southeast Asia.
— e27

Better job matching requires flexibility from jobseekers and employers: Josephine Teo
Both jobseekers and employers will have to be more flexible to allow for better job matching, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo on Thursday (Oct 24).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

No compelling reason for central banks to issue digital currencies: MAS
THERE is no compelling reason for central banks to issue digital currencies, said managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Ravi Menon.
— The Business Times

Why are we not eating healthier, taking care of the environment & helping fellow S’poreans more?
Ready to eat foods are easy to find and lay our hands on, especially when we are busy with work.
— Mothership

Lotte Duty Free to take over DFS liquor, tobacco stores at Changi Airport
From June next year, South Korea’s Lotte Duty Free will take over DFS Group’s liquor and tobacco stores at Changi Airport, making it the first time a new operator will helm this key concession.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Skills framework launched for workplace safety and health officers
Workplace safety and health officers will now get a clearer idea of the skills needed for their job and how they can progress in their careers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Facebook’s Libra shows banks need to do more on payments, says MAS head
Facebook Inc’s embattled bid to create its own digital currency has laid bare shortcomings in cross-border payments and financial inclusion that banks and regulators must address, according to Singapore’s top central banker.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

We translate a viral, hilariously broken Chinese essay about delicious rice in S’pore
A Chinese essay that was uploaded three years ago is going viral again.
— Mothership

Man fined S$5,000 for jerking off to women’s shoes twice outside HDB flats
Low was certified to be of sound mind when he committed both offences.
— Mothership

Lorry driver, 31, arrested for driving against traffic in Geylang
A lorry driver was recently caught on video driving against the flow of traffic near Lorong 27A Geylang.
— Mothership

5D4N Oslo itinerary for S’poreans who want a non-mainstream European holiday
So you’ve been to the big cities in Europe and are looking for something a little more special this time round.
— Mothership

House of Seafood ‘temporarily’ stops live crab claw machine, says they wanted to ‘educate children’
On Oct. 22, Punggol restaurant House of Seafood found themselves in a bit of a pinch after receiving backlash for their live crab claw machines.
— Mothership

Man fined after pleasuring himself with women’s shoes at HDB blocks
A man with a fetish for women’s shoes was fined S$5,000 on Thursday (Oct 24) after he was caught on video pleasuring himself with footwear taken from HDB flats.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Beauty In The Pot opens 6th outlet at Westgate, has ladies exclusive promo from Oct. 29 to Nov. 8, 2019
The sixth Beauty in The Pot outlet has just opened at Westgate.
— Mothership

Maid stole employer’s Chanel bag to use on her days off, gets jail
A foreign domestic worker who stole her employer’s S$6,000 Chanel bag to use on her days off was sentenced to six months’ jail on Thursday (Oct 24).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Maid testifies that employer did not stop her from standing on glass awning to clean it
Ms Villegas Lyn Balbao, another maid who works next door to the Goldhill Avenue house near Dunearn Road, testified that both maids had told her their employer had instructed them to do the cleaning that way.
— Straits Times (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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