Singapore morning news for October 31

Singapore morning news for October 31

Singapore morning news

Tourist spending down 3% for first half of 2019, although visitor arrivals rose to 9.3m
Spending by tourists in the first half of this year did not keep pace with the number of arrivals, which rose 1.3 per cent to reach 9.3 million.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s wage growth could ease as labour market softens: MAS
SINGAPORE’s central bank is expecting the overall labour market to soften, with domestic wage growth easing, against the backdrop of a synchronous global slowdown across major advanced countries and Asian economies in the first half of 2019.
— The Business Times

Vehicular Emissions Scheme extended until December 2020
The existing Vehicular Emissions Scheme (VES) for newly registered cars, taxis and imported used cars will be extended by a year until Dec 31, 2020.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Employers more cautious in hiring as Singapore economy slows, says MAS
Employers here have turned cautious when it comes to hiring as the Singapore economy hits the brakes in face of global headwinds, said the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on Wednesday (Oct 30).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore launches new digital shopfront for terminal and marine services to improve port efficiency
The new digital platform will simplify the current reporting process required for all ships arriving and departing here.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore sees world’s first digital exchange for airlines to trade carbon credits
A global blockchain-based carbon exchange was launched on Wednesday (Oct 30), offering a marketplace for airlines and other corporate buyers to trade securitised carbon emissions.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More financial support for low-income families with Singaporean children at PCF Sparkletots pre-schools
Over the next three years, $2 million will be pumped into the PAP Community Foundation Headstart Fund annually.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore economy to stay tepid in 2020; ‘significant uncertainties’ for trade-related sector: MAS
Part of this stems from higher volatility in the electronics-related industries.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MAS sees ‘fits and starts’ for Singapore economy ahead with uneven growth across industries
The Singapore economy could experience “fits and starts” for the rest of the year and into 2020 with external headwinds, such as US-China trade tensions, having an uneven impact on industries here, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said on Wednesday (Oct 30).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Teachers get additional support ahead of full subject-based banding pilot
Teachers from the 28 secondary schools that will be piloting Full Subject-Based Banding (Full SBB) from next year are being prepared and given additional support, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said on Wednesday (Oct 30).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Russian man who helped launder more than US$600,000 jailed
A Russian man, linked to an overseas crime syndicate that cheated its victims of more than US$600,000 (S$817,000), helped to open Singapore corporate bank accounts to launder the ill-gotten gains.
— The Straits Tmes

Current system of multilateralism should not be jettisoned as alternatives are worse: Ng Eng Hen
The current system of multilateralism has its flaws but it should not be jettisoned or broken because the alternatives would be much worse, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said on Wednesday (Oct 30).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SingPost to end doorstep delivery for small parcels, raise airmail rates
Singapore Post (SingPost) is set to cease doorstep deliveries for small packages via registered mail, as it seeks to increase operational efficiency amid the e-commerce boom.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Labour MP Zainal Sapari calls for more education on job contracts, suggests watchlist for firms that include unfair clauses
Some employers include unfair clauses in employment contracts, abusing the vulnerable position the workers might be in, said labour MP Zainal Sapari in a blog post on Wednesday (Oct 31).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Asian Digital Media Awards 2019: Winning works by The Straits Times
The Straits Times emerged with five awards at the 10th edition of the Asian Digital Media Awards on Wednesday (Oct 30), including for Best in Social Media Engagement and Best Digital Project to Engage Younger and/or Millennial Audiences.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Far more people at risk of rising seas than feared: Climate study
Climate change will put three times more people at risk of coastal flooding by 2050 than previously thought, according to a study published on Tuesday, with swathes of Asia and cities in North America and Europe all vulnerable to rising seas.
— CNA

Singapore monetary, fiscal policy ‘appropriate’ for now: MAS
SINGAPORE’S recently loosened monetary policy, and its fiscal policy, taken together, are “appropriate given current economic conditions”, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) reiterated – giving a more short-term opinion than was stated earlier in the year.
— The Business Times

Tofu manufacturer fined for hygiene lapses including ‘widespread’ cockroach infestation
Dolford Food Manufacturing was fined S$3,000 on Wednesday (Oct 30) for hygiene lapses and poor maintenance of its premises, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said in a media release.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New lithium-ion battery recycling facility to be set up in Singapore by global e-waste recycler TES
A new facility for recycling lithium ion batteries, found in mobile phones and electric vehicles, is set to open in Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Asia can be voice of moderation, forge common cause despite US-China tensions: ESM Goh Chok Tong
The best way to prevent further US-China conflict is for Asia to build up trust within itself, forge a common cause and be a voice of moderation, said Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong on Wednesday (Oct 30).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Bridging intention-action gap vital for sustainable development in Singapore: Refinitiv
BRIDGING the intention-action gap among Singapore and Asian companies is crucial to further sustainable development in the region, a new report by Refinitiv has found.
— The Business Times

Car emissions scheme encouraging buying of cleaner car models to be extended by a year
The Vehicular Emissions Scheme has been effective in encouraging the uptake of cleaner car models, the National Environment Agency said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Netizens defending PMD rider who knocked down little girl reflect why an e-scooter ban may soon exist in Singapore
A little girl is run over by a speeding personal mobility device (PMD) at an HDB void deck. T
— The Pride

Scientists say we breathe in 1 million microorganisms including ‘invisible’ fungi every day
With every breath you take, every move you make, you are inhaling tens of thousands of microorganisms which will not affect healthy people, but can have an effect on those with respiratory illnesses.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Young man accused of taking upskirt videos at MRT stations, schools
A 22-year-old man turned up in court on Wednesday (Oct 30) to face 43 counts of taking upskirt videos of women.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore introduces living heritage award scheme for craftsmen and artists
Like the cultural hubs of France, Japan and South Korea, Singapore now has an award and recognition scheme for master craftsmen and artists to keep the island’s heritage alive.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

What is keeping electric cars from gaining greater acceptance in Singapore?
Though appliance maker Dyson may have scuttled its plans for an electric car plant in Singapore, the electric vehicle (EV) population here continues to slowly but surely charge ahead.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SIA, MAS to share revenue for Singapore-Malaysia flights, expand codeshare routes
Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Malaysia Airlines (MAS) on Wednesday (Oct 30) finalised an agreement to share revenue on flights between Singapore and Malaysia and expand codeshare routes.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Groceries on demand: Foodpanda expands delivery services
Food delivery service foodpanda on Wednesday (Oct 30) announced it was expanding its services to include groceries, household essentials and flowers.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

F&B customer engagement startup Mobikon snags US$12.5M funding led by Flipkart co-founder, to transform into data exchange platform
Singapore-based F&B customer engagement startup Mobikon announces that it has received a US$12.5 million in Series B round of funding led by Binny Bansal, Flipkart’s co-founder.
— e27

New daycare centre in Novena for those with terminal illnesses
The daycare began operations in April and is one of three palliative daycare services listed by the Singapore Hospice Council.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Serial flasher who exposed himself at playground gets jail
A serial flasher who has multiple previous convictions for obscene acts in public was given six weeks’ jail on Wednesday (Oct 30) for another slew of such acts.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Schneider Electric commits $16m to build Singapore firms with global potential
Schneider Electric said on Wednesday (Oct 30) it is committing at least $16 million over the next four years to incubate and develop up to four Singapore-based companies with global growth potential.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

HDB to install 6,000 digital display screens in lifts, lobbies next year
The panels will offer a rolling display of news and information from government agencies, community organisations and advertisers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MAS audit committee chairman to join Accounting Standards Council
The former deputy chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers, who also chairs the audit committee on the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS) board, has been appointed to the Accounting Standards Council (ASC) by the Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s Jungle Ventures raises US$240 million from investors, including Temasek Holdings
Singapore’s Jungle Ventures said on Wednesday (Oct 30) it has raised US$240 million from investors, including Temasek Holdings, for a third fund designed to back Southeast Asian startups, highlighting the growing interest in the region’s technology firms.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Floating solar panel systems at Bedok, Lower Seletar reservoirs operational middle of 2020
Floating solar panel systems that harness the sun’s energy to generate electricity will be operational at two reservoirs by the middle of next year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Retailer fined for helping buyers access pirated content over Android TV boxes; jail term for its director
A retailer and its director have been convicted of infringing copyright by helping people access pirated content via Android TV boxes.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man jailed 12 weeks for filming landlord’s 10-year-old niece in the shower
Emboldened after he filmed his landlord’s maid in the shower, a 25-year-old tenant went on to film the landlord’s 10-year-old niece showering.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pod of dolphins spotted near Changi Naval Base, with one doing a backflip
On Oct. 29, Twitter user @Lanchiowski shared the following video of a pod of dolphins.
— Mothership

NUS discovered global phishing attack to steal its academic research and data in October
The attack, which NUS discovered on Oct 15, had targeted student and alumni accounts.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Police investigating second case of illegal fireworks set off over long weekend
The police said on Wednesday (Oct 30) that they are investigating another case of illegal fireworks that were set off during the Deepavali long weekend.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NUS student charged with flashing, masturbating in front of woman in university science library
An NUS spokesman has stated that ‘the university takes a serious view of any misconduct’ by their students.
— Mothership

Historian Wang Gungwu retires as chair of think-tank, diplomat Chan Heng Chee to take over
Wang has also stepped down from his positions in two other academic institutions in recent years.
— Mothership

Woman claims 3-year-old son suffered physical abuse from Bedok Reservoir preschool teacher
She said she would find her son with nail marks and scratches on his body.
— Mothership

 

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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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