Singapore morning news for October 9

Singapore morning news for October 9

Singapore morning news

Bus, train fares to go up by 9 cents from Dec 28 for adult card users: Public Transport Council
Bus and train fares will go up by 7 per cent from Dec 28, the Public Transport Council (PTC) announced on Tuesday (Oct 8), the maximum allowable increase under this year’s fare review exercise.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore overtakes the US as world’s most competitive economy
The World Economic Forum rates Singapore as the world’s most economically competitive country, while Asia’s big economies, including India and Indonesia, fell in the annual ranking.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Singdollar could weaken to 1.42 per US dollar by year end: DBS
The Singapore dollar is poised to fall further amid weakness in the yuan, an intractable trade war and disappointing Singapore growth data, said DBS analysts.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Police NSF gets three months’ jail for tricking woman, 21, into exposing bra during video call
Lee Yan Han, who was serving as a Police Special Constable officer at the Jurong Police Division when the crime took place, tricked an acquaintance into posing for him in a bra.
— Mothership

ASEAN needs more urgency, political resolve to solve haze problem: Masagos
ASEAN countries need greater urgency and political resolve, as well as closer cooperation among stakeholders, if they are to make progress towards being a haze-free region, said Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR).
— Yahoo News Singapore

ex-NASA engineer comes onboard as gojek Singapore’s new Chief Information Security Officer, to man cyber-security
Ride-hailing and e-payment unicorn gojek has appointed ex-NASA engineer George Do as Chief Information Security Officer.
— e27

Flying taxis in Singapore to test cleaner, quieter sky ride
A British company says it’s building the world’s first “vertiport” for electric aircraft in Singapore, an early step towards a global network for flying taxis.
— The Japan Times

Singapore, Indonesia renew US$10b currency pact for another year
Singapore and Indonesia will renew a US$10 billion (S$13.8 billion) currency pact, which will help support monetary and financial stability in the region.
— The Straits Times

Singapore and Indonesia sign electronic data exchange agreement | Video
Singapore and Indonesia have signed an agreement on electronic data exchange that will facilitate and secure trade.

Free accredited mediation services for domestic workers, employers and employment agents
Foreign domestic workers can now get free mediation services at a non-profit organisation that may lead to legally binding settlement agreements.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s first virtual power plant to be developed by NTU
A grant to develop Singapore’s first virtual power plant (VPP) has been awarded to Nanyang Technological University (NTU), said the Energy Market Authority (EMA) and Sembcorp on Tuesday (Oct 8).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore has role to play in eradicating malaria globally by 2050, cannot let guard down: Expert
The scourge of malaria is being pushed back around the world, with 23 countries eliminating the disease since 2000.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore must be prepared for a new normal, compete on quality and innovation: Chan Chun Sing
The multilateral trading system is under stress and Singapore can no longer take its access to overseas markets for granted, said Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing on Tuesday (Oct 8). This is going to be the new normal, he added.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Good government, not numerical balance in Parliament, is key test for Singapore’s political system: PM Lee Hsien Loong
PM Lee was speaking to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on the presenter’s GPS programme, in an interview conducted during his visit to New York last month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

BTO project causing disruption to Bukit Batok wildlife corridor
Part of a string of forest habitats that could have provided wild animals with a safe haven, in the midst of development in the Tengah area, has been levelled.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Parliament: High Court to have new Appellate Division
A new Appellate Division of the High Court will hear all civil appeals not allocated to the Court of Appeal under a proposed restructuring of the Supreme Court.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore & Indonesia relations in “good shape”, we’ve “achieved much together” during Jokowi’s 1st term: PM Lee
PM Lee added that cruise tourism cooperation has been cruising along well.
— Mothership

Nine teachers lauded for being exceptional Inspiring Teachers of English
In Ms Kok Li-en’s class in Eunoia Junior College, students have to keep a blog where they write their personal responses to current affairs issues they care about – such as race relations or education in Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Gadget supplier fined $50,000 for using safety marks on unregistered PMD chargers
Local gadget supplier iPassion Group has been fined $50,000 for using safety marks on unregistered personal mobility device (PMD) charging adaptors and selling them, Enterprise Singapore said on Tuesday (Oct 8).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ambassador-at-large Tommy Koh defends Alfian Sa’at amid Yale-NUS hullabaloo
Koh’s remarks were made in reference to a speech by Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung on the incident.
— Mothership

StanChart in Singapore offering ‘sustainable deposit’ with 1.9% interest rate to retail customers
Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) on Tuesday launched its sustainable deposit offering for both corporate and retail clients in Singapore, said to be Asia’s first.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Embracing Singapore’s digital bank shake up in 2019 and its consequences
With the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) recently announcing that it will issue up to five new digital bank licences, the entry of new digital players in 2021 is expected to add diversity and help strengthen Singapore’s banking system.
— e27

Concerns raised about separation of religion and politics, foreign influence under MRHA
uring the debate on the Maintenance of Religious Harmony (Amendment) Act (MRHA) on Monday (Oct 7), 23 MPs raised concerns about how the rules would be implemented on matters ranging from the conflation of faith and politics, to the expression of religious beliefs that could be seen as contradictory to others.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Condo resale prices edge up 0.2% in September but sales volume dips: SRX
Resale prices of non-landed private residential properties in Singapore picked up slightly in September after a previous tepid month, while volume of sales inched down further from August, according to data from real estate portal SRX Property out on Tuesday (Oct 8).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Amazon launches bigger local online store in Singapore
Amazon has launched a bigger local store and marketplace in Singapore, expanding its product selection and intensifying competition with rivals such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s Lazada and Sea Ltd’s Shopee.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

End-to-end action for SAF at exercise in new US location
In a vast airspace more than 20 times the size of Singapore, an air force Heron 1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operating silently detects and tracks six vehicles moving in a line.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore land went from being carbon absorber to emitter due to clearing of forests: Report
Land in Singapore had changed from being a net absorber of carbon in 2012 to a net emitter in 2014, due largely to land conversion from forests and other vegetated areas to settlements, a recent study by the National Parks Board (NParks) has shown.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MHC Asia Group donates $1m to mark 25th birthday
Medical benefits administrator and health technology business MHC Asia Group yesterday donated $1 million in total during its 25th anniversary celebrations.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Aware did not receive invite to cancelled Yale-NUS module, says MOE
The Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware) did not receive an invitation to be part of the cancelled module on dissent at Yale-NUS College, the Ministry of Education said on Tuesday (Oct 8).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Hoi Hup Realty to buy luxury Andaz hotel at Duo for $475m from M+S
The national joint venture between Malaysia and Singapore, M+S Pte Ltd, on Tuesday (Oct 8) announced it will sell the luxury hotel component of the signature Duo mixed-use project for $475 million to Hoi Hup Realty.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

FairPrice to expand house brand range with 300 new products
NTUC FairPrice (FairPrice) will add 300 new items to its shelves in the next 12 months, in a move to expand and refresh its housebrand range of products.
— Straits Times (annoying popups) to acquire iProperty and Rumah123 portals; receive US$8m from their parent company REA Group
Property listing portal said on Tuesday (Oct 8) it has signed a deal to assume full control of REA Group’s in Singapore and in Indonesia in a joint venture.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Minibus driver taken to hospital after vehicle flips on its side at Eng Neo Avenue slip road
A 57-year-old man was taken to hospital after the minibus he was driving flipped on its side on Monday (Oct 7).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Conman cheated elderly victims of nearly $270k, after they had already lost money in failed investments
The senior citizens had already lost money in earlier failed investments and were looking for help to recover their cash.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ex-senior personal banker charged over allegedly defrauding victims of more than $1.9m
A former senior personal banker was taken to court on Tuesday (Oct 8) after he allegedly defrauded his victims of more than $1.9 million in total.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Yarwood Ave good class bungalow up for sale again at same $23m guide price
A good class bungalow (GCB) in Kilburn Estate in District 21 will be put on the market again at an unchanged guide price of $23 million, marketing agent Knight Frank Singapore said on Tuesday (Oct 8).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Aviva arm launches sustainable fund for accredited and retail investors in Singapore
Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of the insurance giant, has launched a sustainability-focused multi-asset fund for both accredited and retail investors in Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

HSBC says Singapore recruitment plan still on track
SINGAPORE is unlikely to be hit hard by HSBC’s latest layoffs that threaten up to 10,000 workers – or 4 per cent of its 238,000 global headcount – as the Republic is considered among the markets it’s counting on for growth.
— The Business Times

Cyclist taken to hospital after accident involving bus at Sembawang
A 30-year-old cyclist was taken to hospital after an accident involving a bus on Monday (Oct 7) at Sembawang.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Most parents go to great lengths to keep baby safe in bed
Civil servant Chua Jia Ying, 28, whose son is almost five months old, used cloth paddings that completely covered the four sides of her son’s cot, thinking that this will keep the baby safe.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Circuit Road murder trial: Putting towel around nurse’s neck was ‘very natural’, says accused
He called her Princess Xiang Xiang, while her nickname for him was God of Food, because he loved eating.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man fined after boy reports him to station staff for obscene act in MRT toilet
A man was fined S$4,000 on Tuesday (Oct 8) after a teenager reported him to station staff for performing an obscene act in the toilet of a train station.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S’pore schoolgirl on bus seen holding cigarette, or a piece of litter, if given benefit of doubt
A photo of two schoolgirls on a bus was posted to the All Singapore Stuff Facebook page on Oct. 8.
— Mothership

Honestbee’s key investor Brian Koo believes in its ‘untapped potential’ as firm continues to seek fresh capital
Honestbee is still churning through the cash as it moves to restructure the business following the four-month debt moratorium it was granted last month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Acid attack left him with a speech impairment, but scholarship recipient wants to be a speech therapist
Having once come close to losing his voice forever, Mr Samuel Lim, 20, now aspires to be a speech therapist.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man and baby girl taken to hospital after PMD fire at Bukit Batok West
A man and an infant were taken to hospital on Tuesday (Oct 8) following a fire likely caused by a personal mobility device (PMD) at Bukit Batok West.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Police investigating accident involving 3-year-old boy near Depot Road
Police are investigating an accident on Saturday (Oct 5) involving a three-year-old boy and a car near Depot Road.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Permission from NParks needed to collect, pluck fruits on state land
Members of the public who wish to pluck or collect fruits – including those that have dropped – from trees located on state land, should approach NParks for permission, said Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong on Monday (Oct 7).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Fire in KPE tunnel at Upper Paya Lebar Road exit
A fire broke out in the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) tunnel towards the Tampines Expressway (TPE) at the Upper Paya Lebar Road Exit on Tuesday (Oct 8).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Woman accused of embezzling money from cafe at NUS jumps bail, warrant of arrest issued
A woman facing two charges of embezzling money from a cafe at the National University of Singapore (NUS) failed to show up in court on Tuesday (Oct 8).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

AXA Insurance Singapore makes three new senior hires
AXA Insurance Singapore has added a new chief customer & operations officer role while also appointing a new managing director for retail and a new chief financial officer.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)


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This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on World Migratory Bird Day, October 12.


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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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