Singapore morning news for January 13

Singapore morning news for January 13

Singapore morning news

Online sales grew in November, but Singapore retail still in negative zone with 4% decline
RETAIL sales fell year on year for the 10th month in November, weighed down by big-ticket items like cars and furniture, according to Department of Statistics (SingStat) data out on Friday.
— The Business Times

SFA recalls live mussels from France due to presence of norovirus
The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said on Saturday (Jan 11) that it has directed food specialist Classic Fine Foods to recall the Bouchot live mussels from France.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Nearly half of Singapore’s butterfly species are extinct: Study
Almost half of Singapore’s native butterfly species have disappeared over the past 160 years, with the loss of specific plants and deforestation being key drivers of the local extinctions.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Sainsbury’s Green Pesto recalled due to undeclared allergen
Sainsbury’s Green Pesto has been recalled due to an undeclared allergen, peanut, on its product label.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Malaysia, Singapore committed to concluding RTS Link agreement by April: Anthony Loke
Malaysia and Singapore are committed to concluding the agreement on the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project by April this year, said the former’s Transport Minister Anthony Loke on Friday (Jan 10).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Twelve F-35 fighter jets at S$3.7 billion cost more than entire 2019 budget of MSF
It was reported yesterday that the US has approved the sale of up to 12 F-35 fighter jets to Singapore for around US$2.75 billion or S$3.7 billion (‘US approves $2.75 bn fighter jet sale to Singapore’, 10 Jan).
— The Online Citizen

More than 760,000 CPF members to receive Home Protection Scheme premium rebates
More than 760,000 Central Provident Fund (CPF) members are set to receive Home Protection Scheme premium rebates this month, in the first such rebate exercise in more than four years.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Building Singapore’s talent pool to take on bigger jobs
Despite efforts to boost the number of locals with skills which are in high demand, the need is still outstripping supply, so companies have to turn to foreigners to fill some of these positions.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Property investment sales down 10.6% YoY to $30b in 2019
Fewer collective sales during the year drove the decline in sales value.
— Singapore Business Review

5G bid deadline extension may be ‘prudent for industry’
SHARING 5G networks has been touted as a way to spread the financial load of the wireless technology, but actually getting players to work together may be like herding cats.
— The Business Times

Signs show office market heading towards inflection point
The Singapore economy grew by 0.8 per cent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of last year, with full-year gross domestic product growth coming in at 0.7 per cent, according to advance estimates.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore congratulates Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on election victory
Singapore congratulated Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and her party on Sunday (Jan 12) after a landslide victory the day before.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Wirecard chairman resigns amid accounting controversy involving Singapore operations
Wirecard chairman Wulf Matthias resigned after months of controversy over the digital payments company’s accounting practices involving its Singapore operations.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commentary: Singapore Exchange treads a fine line with relaxed reporting rules
Doing away with quarterly reporting rules brings fresh enforcement and risk management challenges for the Singapore Exchange, says Kenneth Lim.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

One size does not fit all in higher education
Despite some calling into question the value of a degree education, most Singaporeans are firmly in the other camp.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PUB to install smart water meters from 2021
Residents and business owners in seven areas will be able to monitor their consumption of water and use it more efficiently from next year, thanks to a new online service.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Expect longer waiting times during initial phase of Thomson-East Coast Line: LTA
While the first stage of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL1) will improve connectivity within Woodlands, commuters may have to wait up to 15 minutes for a train during the initial operating period.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Chinese man warded with pneumonia after travel to Wuhan not linked to outbreak in China: MOH
The case of the Chinese man with pneumonia who was warded and isolated in Singapore after travelling to Wuhan is not linked to the outbreak in China, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Lucky Plaza accident: Two victims in hospital now in ‘stable’ condition
Two of the Filipino workers involved in the fatal Lucky Plaza accident are still undergoing treatment, but are “now stable”, the Centre for Domestic Employees (CDE) said in a Facebook post on Sunday (Jan 12).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More trees and plants at over 80 new HDB estates as part of greening plans
The Housing Board said it is ramping up efforts to provide more integrated foliage and greenery to create a liveable and sustainable environment.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commentary: The road to getting the F-35s up and ready for Singapore
The US Department of Defence announced an approval of sale of up to 12 F-35s to Singapore on Friday.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Maintenance orders: Most applicants are wives
Figures released for the first time by the Family Justice Courts (FJC) show that the bulk of applicants seeking maintenance orders are women still married to their husbands.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Track your health with sensor integrated into smartwatch? No sweat
MLess than a drop of sweat is needed for a newly developed pH sensor to tell if the user is dehydrated, low on sugar or at risk of skin infection, by measuring how acidic or alkaline the sweat is.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Woodlands station on Thomson-East Coast Line also serves as civil defence shelter
Besides functioning as an MRT station, the Woodlands station on the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) can also be used as a shelter during times of emergency.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

3 Thomson-East Coast Line stations open for preview
The Woodlands North MRT station, meant to connect to the delayed cross-border Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link between Singapore and Johor Baru, welcomed visitors yesterday as Singapore’s new MRT line opened for preview.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Exercise creativity in getting people to be healthy
A small crowd of curious passers-by gathered in front of a giant spinning wheel at the People’s Park Complex hawker centre, near a poster with instructions on how to play the game and win prizes: Buy a healthy meal to get a game voucher, download an app, then spin the wheel.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘Loud and unexpected’: Water gushes down Hougang block after pipe ‘dislodged’ during washing
Water gushed down the staircase of a Housing & Development Board block in Hougang and flooded a coffee shop on Friday (Jan 10) afternoon, after a pipe became dislodged while the water tank was being washed.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Simulation training to enhance ICA officers’ response to major incidents at Woodlands Checkpoint
Officers were going about their duties at Woodlands Checkpoint on a Friday morning.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

National Healthcare Group fined after personal data of 129 GPs found online
The National Healthcare Group (NHG), which operates several hospitals and polyclinics, has been fined S$6,000 for failing to secure the personal data of some of its partner doctors.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

The rise of the digital economy: What is it and why it matters for Singapore
A few taps on a smartphone is what most people will do these days to book a ride, order a meal or pay a bill.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

The Big Read: Power, fame and fortune – a glimpse into Singapore’s lucrative YouTube industry
Several homegrown YouTubers have managed to build thriving businesses with million-dollar revenues .
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Retail sales not all sparkling at Jewel Changi Airport despite the crowds
Nine months after the opening of the 10-storey development, which boasts more than 280 shops and food and beverage outlets, some retailers say business has been slow.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapura Finance, fintech MatchMove believed to have teamed up for digibank bid
FINANCE company Singapura Finance and homegrown digital payments startup MatchMove Pay are believed to have joined forces in hopes of landing a digital bank licence in Singapore.
— The Business Times

Second driver arrested after fatal Cantonment Road accident
A second driver involved in the fatal accident along Cantonment Road that left a person dead has been arrested, the police said on Sunday (Jan 12).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

LKY inspired fear in civil servants: Pioneer civil servant shares his experience working with him
Serving Singapore: My Journey, by pioneer civil servant VK Rajan, is an account of his time in the civil service, as well as the various trials and tribulations that Singapore faced in its earlier years of independence.
— Mothership

The English major who became an accidental zookeeper
When Ms Delvinder Kaur signed up for a stint as a show presenter at the Singapore Zoo in 2013, she expected nothing more than a fun holiday job of playing with animals and speaking to visitors before moving on to do her university degree.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Keeping roads and animals safe, and dementia at bay
From climate change to smartphone addiction, fake news to the workplace revolution, ST writers lay out the new decade’s challenges and their hopes and wishes
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pasir Ris carpark death: Children often use space as playground
Children often play at the multi-storey carpark in Pasir Ris where a girl is believed to have fallen to her death on Wednesday, said residents in nearby HDB blocks.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Emerging market debt can be key income source
Portfolio manager Stuart Ritson thinks the outlook for this year will be more challenging as the global economy slows and central banks have little wiggle room to cut interest rates further.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Judge grants bid by undergrad facing toilet filming charges to leave Singapore for top British university
A district judge on Friday (Jan 10) granted a young man accused of illicitly filming 11 women his request to leave Singapore to attend his second school term at a top British university.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Paws-perous business: The booming pets trade that’s also feeding an illicit market
SINGAPORE’S demand for furry companions is at an all-time high, stoking growth in the pet sector with uptrends in both local sales and imports of domestic animals.
— The Business Times

14-year-old among 122 people arrested in islandwide drug bust
A 14-year-old boy was among 122 people arrested during a four-day islandwide drug bust, the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) said in a news release on Friday (Jan 10).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

White smoke in train at Raffles Place MRT due to leaking air-conditioning compressor
A leaking air-conditioning compressor led to white smoke billowing through a train that stopped at Raffles Place MRT station on Friday afternoon (Jan 10).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Starbucks S’pore releasing Iconic Siren bag collection inspired by their own paper bags on Jan. 13
The new rat-themed tumblers, mugs and merch have probably given Starbucks fans a run for their money.
— Mothership

Libraries now critical common spaces for community and Government to come together: Iswaran
Libraries have evolved beyond quiet sanctuaries and book repositories to become critical common spaces in society, said Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

11 poodle mixes looking for forever home in S’pore after caregiver passes away
A man passed away in an Intensive Care Unit on the morning of Jan. 12, leaving behind a number of his furry friends.
— Mothership

Hubby abandoned pregnant wife, defaulted on maintenance payments
When Jan, a 42-year-old real estate agent, was three months pregnant with their child, her husband left her.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Real estate experience helps him home in on good investments
Real estate executive Alan Toh grew his wealth by taking advantage of good property buys, thanks to his years of experience as a real estate agent.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Jail for man who slapped mentally impaired jobseeker, causing skull fracture
A man slapped a mentally impaired person seeking a job so hard that he fell to the ground and fractured his skull, later bleeding from his nose and vomiting.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S’porean man applies to High Court for criminal revision regarding extradition to M’sia, M Ravi to represent Mohan Rajangam
Mohan Rajangam, the 50-year-old Singaporean who recently spoke to TOC about his traumatic arrest by the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and his subsequent extradition to Malaysia in 2015, has filed an application to the Singapore High Court for a criminal revision.
— The Online Citizen

Repeat offender gets jail, cane after ‘badgering’ 13-year-old girl for sex at staircase
Just months after being released from reformative training for a previous sex offence, a 22-year-old man lured a teenager he had met online to a staircase and pressurised her into having sex with him.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Customer lauds deaf Foodpanda rider’s kindness for delivering her food despite being given the wrong address
It was an unexpected act of kindness by a Foodpanda rider that touched Charlene Pagayon Rosco’s heart, and helped change her views on the capabilities of the disabled.
— The Pride

Singapore student charged in Australia for importing childlike sex doll
A Singaporean man has been charged in Australia for importing a childlike sex doll.
— 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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