Singapore morning news for September 26

Singapore morning news for September 26

Singapore morning news

Singapore’s population grows to 5.7 million, boosted by increase in foreign workers
Singapore’s population grew by 1.2 per cent to reach 5.7 million in June, boosted by a jump in the number of foreign workers, according to official statistics released on Wednesday (Sep 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Australian billionaire pledges up to S$23 billion to supply solar power to S’pore via 3,800 underwater cable
A local independent electricity retailer iSwitch may become the first customer of an Australian billionaire’s bid to export solar power to Singapore, The Australian Financial Review (AFR) reported.
— Mothership

With wild fish stocks on the brink, Singapore turns to high-tech fish factories for its beloved seafood
To have a hope of feeding Singapore at a time when global warming and overfishing are decimating fish stocks around the world, the authorities are looking to seafood farmed Singapore-style for a reliable protein source: high tech, high-yield, sustainable and climate-proof.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Number of citizen marriages in Singapore lowest since 2013
The number of citizen marriages in Singapore last year fell to its lowest since 2013, according to the annual Population in Brief report released by the Prime Minister’s Office Strategy Group on Wednesday (Sep 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

$200 monthly cash payout for home caregivers from October, shorter waiting period for respite care
Home caregivers will enjoy more financial relief from October, when the $200 Home Caregiving Grant takes effect, replacing the $120 Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW) Grant.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pacific Radiance seeks further extension of debt moratorium
Offshore marine services firm pacific radiance and its two units have applied to singapore’s high court to extend a debt moratorium that expires on Oct 17, 2019, the company said in a bourse filing on Wednesday (Sept 25).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Programmes in pre-schools for kids with high IQ
Most Singaporeans are familiar with the Gifted Education Programme (GEP) in local schools, but there is now a growing pre-school and enrichment scene for younger children.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Li Shengwu taking advice from top UK counsel David Pannick in S’pore contempt of court case
As you might recall, Singapore’s Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) proceeded with its contempt of court case against Li Shengwu back in 2017.
— Mothership

Singapore needs laws to tackle foreign meddling in its affairs: Shanmugam
Singapore needs laws to counter any foreign attempts to influence its domestic politics and public opinion, Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam said yesterday.
— The Straits Times

2 weeks in jail for contempt of court brought closure, says Hour Glass co-founder Jannie Chan
For prominent businesswoman Jannie Chan, completing her two-week prison term last Saturday has brought closure in more ways than one.
— The Straits Times

SBS Transit bus drivers in wage dispute can seek help from dispute management office: MOM
The five bus drivers who filed a lawsuit against their employer SBS Transit over a wage dispute can consider seeking help from the Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Management (TADM).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Cabbies, CCTV and S$7 Coke: The inside story of how police cracked a S$1.5m fake cash scam
Inspector Ho Lei Siang was playing with his one-year-old daughter the night of Sep 2, 2017, when he got a call to report to his police division headquarters in Clementi.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s Grab faces anti-monopoly investigation from Malaysia
Malaysia reportedly has decided to conduct an anti-monopoly investigation into Singapore-based Grab Holdings Inc, after announcing the intention last year.
— e27

Applications for new home caregiving grant to open from Oct 1
Seniors or their caregivers will be able to start applying for a new grant to offset costs of long-term care from Oct 1 this year, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Wednesday (Sep 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Ride-hailing firm Ryde to offer Trans-Cab taxi bookings through app from October
Commuters using ride-hailing app Ryde can book taxis from Trans-Cab through the app’s private-hire booking option from next month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Victims lose $14,000 to police impersonation scams between January and August
Victims of six police impersonation scams were cheated of at least $14,000 from January to August this year, police said in a statement on Wednesday (Sept 25).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Aware launches free advisory service for those facing workplace harassment, discrimination
Gender equality advocacy group, Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware), has launched a new advisory service to provide comprehensive, confidential and bespoke support to individuals facing harassment and discrimination at work.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Oil trader at Mitsubishi’s Singapore unit fired for losing $441m denies making hidden bets
Trader Wang Xingchen, also known as Jack Wang, said he was acting on his managers’ orders and there were no unauthorised transactions, according to his Singapore-based lawyer.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MAS expected to ease Singdollar policy in October review: OCBC
Analysts from OCBC are expecting the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to ease its monetary policy stance come its review next month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

DBS looks to data trove to grow PayLah e-wallet; aims to more than double users to 3.5 million by 2023
DBS Bank is looking to its heritage to secure the popularity of its mobile wallet in the increasingly competitive field of digital payments.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Reprieve for small investors as MAS reviews 5% collateral for stock trades
THE Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is reviewing an earlier plan requiring retail investors to place a 5 per cent collateral on their open positions come 2020.
— The Business Times

Singapore works hard to maintain religious harmony: PM Lee
Singapore is ranked the most religiously diverse country in the world, but its harmonious society did not come about by chance, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in New York on Monday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

App gets 270 reports of errant PMD, e-bike users
Members of the public have filed 270 reports against errant users of personal mobility devices (PMDs) and power-assisted bikes (PABs) in the month after a new in-app reporting function was introduced.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Strong partners can help Singapore build capabilities: DPM Heng
Singapore is vulnerable to uncertainties in the global environment, and its buffer against present headwinds are companies and workers’ capabilities, which will enable it to ride the eventual upturn, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore, Myanmar sign new investment treaty
A new treaty was signed in Yangon yesterday allowing Singapore companies in Myanmar to turn to international arbitration for disputes over investment.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Firms vying for Aviva’s S’pore, Vietnam businesses
German insurer Allianz, Nippon Life and MS&AD Insurance are vying with rivals to buy the Singapore and Vietnam businesses of Britain’s Aviva in a deal likely to be worth up to US$2.5 billion (S$3.5 billion), sources said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Showers bring respite from hazy conditions in Singapore
Showers on Wednesday (Sep 25) alleviated hazy conditions in Singapore, improving air quality markedly.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Two former Sats employees face corruption charges involving around $200k
Two former employees of Changi Airport’s biggest ground handler Sats were in court on Wednesday (Sept 25) over corruption charges involving around $200,000.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Family office of billionaire James Dyson is hiring in Singapore
The family office of James Dyson, the billionaire founder of vacuum cleaning giant Dyson, has incorporated in Singapore and is in the process of hiring IT and financial-services staff.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

AGC looking into potential breaches of gag order relating to Chin Swee Road murder case
The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) said on Wednesday (Sep 25) it is looking into potential breaches of a gag order in the court case involving the death of a two-year-old girl in a Chin Swee Road flat.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Dispute management office recovered $15m in owed salaries in last fiscal year
Around $15 million in salaries owed to employees in Singapore was recovered between April 2018 and March this year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Malaysia-Singapore emergency response drill takes place at Tuas Second Link
Motorists kept their distance as rescue teams wearing hazmat suits descended on Tuas Second Link Wednesday (Sept 25) morning to contain a chemical spill at the site.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore gas importer Pavilion eyes Europe to drive global LNG ambitions
Singapore’s gas importer and marketer Pavilion Energy is targeting new markets in Europe and expanding in Asia in a bid to become a global liquefied natural gas (LNG) trader, its chief executive said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

LGBT activist and retired GP Roy Tan files new court challenge against Section 377A
Dr Tan Seng Kee, 61, better known as Roy Tan, was the main organiser of the first Pink Dot event in 2009 advocating LGBT rights.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Govt agency, US firm to nurture start-ups in S’pore, San Francisco
Silicon Valley-based venture firm and seed accelerator 500 Startups and Enterprise Singapore (ESG) have entered into a two-way partnership to nurture the growth of start-ups in Singapore and San Francisco, ESG said in a press statement yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

65-year-old woman injured in Bedok e-scooter accident dies in hospital
A 20-year-old man was arrested after the accident, and police said they are investigating the case as one of causing death by a rash act.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Orchard Road Christmas light-up expanded, returns to tradition following Disney controversy
Santa Claus will be the mascot and will be featured heavily on the glittering archways and adornments lining the street.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Cleaning and landscaping company fined $190,000 after worker dies while cutting tree
A cleaning and landscaping company was fined $190,000 on Tuesday (Sept 24) after a worker died while cutting a tree.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Employers urged to design more inclusive workplaces
When Sharlyne Lee, 16, graduates from St Andrew’s Autism School (SAAS) in two years, she hopes to work as a jewellery designer or at a food and beverage outlet.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Students develop solutions for real-life issues in hackathon finals
Young people tapped into their own real-life issues to win big at the finals of a cross-institution hackathon yesterday.
— 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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