Singapore morning news for January 15

Singapore morning news for January 15

Singapore morning news

Harsher penalties for companies whose hiring practices discriminate against Singaporeans
Companies that discriminate against Singaporeans during hiring will face harsher penalties as part of the latest update to the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S’pore Police Force warns public about fundraising scams for Australian bushfires
It’s admirable to want to help those who have been affected by the bushfires raging in Australia, but don’t let yourself be taken in.
— Mothership

NEA imposes stricter rules for funeral parlours so no body mix-up happens again
Following a blunder by a funeral parlour early this month, the National Environment Agency (NEA) announced that stricter rules will be imposed on licensed parlour operators.
— The Online Citizen

Older generation set to be biggest spenders by 2030: Citi
People aged 45 to 65 across the globe are likely to lead the increase in aggregate spending, said Citi in a report.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MOM charges first company for false declaration on fair hiring for Singaporeans
On Tuesday (14 January), the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has charged one logistic company in court for making a false declaration in an Employment Pass (EP) application by noting that it had properly considered Singaporean candidates before employing a foreigner.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore firms want Budget to address rising business costs, wages: SBF
FACED with rising business costs and wages in a challenging operating environment, companies want those issues addressed in this year’s Budget.
— The Business Times

Salaries inch up, better job prospects for poly grads in 2019
The survey, conducted by the five polytechnics here, showed that the median gross monthly salary for graduates who landed full-time jobs rose from $2,350 in 2018 to $2,400 last year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

No more crowds at some reverse vending machines after rewards reduced
On Monday (Jan 13), there was no one using the reverse vending machines at Our Tampines Hub at 7.30pm.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore businesses seek tax cuts, rebates in Budget 2020 amid uncertain climate: SBF survey
About 55 per cent of both large companies and small and medium-sized enterprises rank corporate/income tax rate reduction and rebates to help upskill staff as the top two priorities for Budget 2020.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

One Malaysian and two Indonesians arrested for illegally entering Singapore via small boat
A Malaysian and two Indonesians were arrested by the Police Coast Guard (PCG) after being caught attempting to illegally enter the country via boat on Sunday night (12 January).
— The Online Citizen

1984 Singapore murder suspect hid in Australia for over 30 years
Tham Kwok Wah, now aged 76, used a fake identity to get an Australian passport and pension benefits of some A$104,000 (S$97,000).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Port workers won’t lose jobs as PSA goes for automation
Today’s workers will not be made redundant as port operator PSA shifts towards automation, but be reskilled and reassigned to other roles in the company, said its chief executive for South-east Asia Ong Kim Pong.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PSA International reports 5.2% volume growth in 2019
PSA International handled 85.2 million containers – known as twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) – at its port projects around the world in 2019, up 5.2 per cent over 2018.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Electrocuted and beaten: S’porean kidnapped in Thailand recounts his painful ordeal
Mark Cheng Jin Quan was supposed to be on a one-day trip to Thailand on Jan 9, but he ended up being held captive, drugged and tortured, in a kidnapping that was allegedly masterminded by his travelling companion, fellow Singaporean Kim Lee Yao Wei.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Rio medallists in Singapore golf showdown before Olympics
The three men’s golf medallists from the 2016 Rio Olympics will appear at the Singapore Open this week in a closely-watched showdown just months ahead of the Tokyo Games.
— The Online Citizen

Oldest retired prison officer Sarpon Muradi dies at age 101
Singapore’s oldest retired prison officer died last Monday (Jan 6), aged 101.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fewer COEs available from February to April
The Certificate of Entitlement (COE) quota for February to April will fall by about seven per cent, as compared to the previous quarter, continuing a downward trend.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

36 MOE kindergartens to participate in K1 admission exercise for 2021
Singaporeans and Permanent Residents intending to sign up their children at any of the 36 Ministry of Education (MOE) kindergartens participating in the 2020 exercise for next year’s Kindergarten 1 (K1) admission may do so starting 7 Feb.
— The Online Citizen

Late LG Ng rejected PM Lee’s offer to “live off” Govt unlike LGs Desmond Kuek and Ng Yat Chung
Earlier this month (2 Jan), Singapore’s second Chief of Defence Force (CDF), retired Lieutenant-General Ng Jui Ping, passed away at the age of 71 due to pancreatic cancer.
— The Online Citizen

Combined S’poreans and PRs in employment statistics likely to “confuse the populace” on employment figures, says businessman and politician
The Government’s method of combining Singaporeans and permanent residents (PRs) in local employment statistics is likely a means to “confuse the populace” on actual figures of employment created for “native” Singaporeans, theorised businessman and Reform Party GE2015 candidate Khan Osman Sulaiman.
— The Online Citizen

Filipina jailed 7 weeks for faking Manila university degree in Singapore PR application
A 38-year-old Filipina was sentenced to seven week’s jail on Tuesday (Jan 14) for falsely claiming she graduated from a Manila university in her applications for permanent residency in Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Enigma Group-led consortium applies for Singapore’s digital full bank licence
Enigma Group, a financial services company that specialises in analytical recruitment and executive search in the US, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, today announced that it has led a consortium comprising Singapore-based Qrypt Technologies, 2359 Media and Blockchain Worx to apply for a digital bank licence.
— e27

Shift priorities from short to long-term issues: SBF chief to firms
A SHORT-TERM view may be leading businesses to overlook more significant, long-term issues, Singapore Business Federation (SBF) chief Ho Meng Kit lamented on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

S’pore Poly engineering students to take NUS, SUTD modules
Engineering students from Singapore Polytechnic (SP) will be able to take some university-level modules in their field of study from April, under a new programme announced on Monday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore bank customers lost at least S$1.6 million to scams in past 12 months
Banks would not make unsolicited calls unless they want to sell you products.
— Mothership

Activists plan to compile ‘climate scorecard’ for GE
When the general election comes around, young climate activists in Singapore plan to assess and rank political parties based on how their manifestos and campaigns address various aspects of climate change.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

See 2020 list of Singapore’s fastest growing companies
The firms that make this year’s top 100 list compiled by The Straits Times and Germany-based global research firm Statista range from healthcare providers to lifestyle retailers and fintech businesses.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Lucien Wong continues as Attorney-General for a second term
LUCIEN Wong, who hinted in a recent speech of a second term as the Attorney-General, has had his tenure extended by another three years to 2023.
— The Business Times

Lumitics raises seed funding to track the food wasted by Singapore’s F&B outlets and restaurants
Lumitics, a food waste technology startup based out of Singapore, has received US$557,000 in an oversubscribed seed funding round, co-led by the business angel and hospitality industry veteran Franck Courmont and ReadyVentures.
— e27

Young activists plan to compile ‘climate scorecard’ for political parties during GE
When the general election comes around, young climate activists in Singapore plan to assess and rank political parties based on how their manifestos and campaigns address various aspects of climate change.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Condo resale prices eke out 1.7% gain in 2019 as number sold drops 27%: SRX data
Resale prices for non-landed private residential properties in Singapore eked out a 1.7 per cent gain in 2019 though the number of units sold fell by more than a quarter over the previous year, according to flash figures from real estate portal SRX Property on Tuesday (Jan 14).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Local artist apologises after gallery removes his work over his racially-charged Facebook posts
Local artist Jonathan Lim has apologised for his actions after his paintings at a visual art gallery in Kallang were removed, following his racially-charged social media posts against co-artist Priyageetha Dia and her friend.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Lorry driver in viral incident against cyclist gets jail, fine and driving ban, intends to appeal
A lorry driver found guilty of causing hurt to a cyclist by rash driving in an altercation that went viral was on Tuesday (Jan 14) sentenced to seven weeks’ jail, fined S$500 and banned from driving for two years.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Undergrad facing toilet filming charges: Prosecutors fight to keep accused in Singapore, lift gag order on his identity
The case of a man who was granted approval from a judge to leave the country after being accused of illicitly filming women took on another twist on Tuesday (Jan 14), as the prosecution surfaced new evidence to keep him in Singapore and to lift the gag order on his identity.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New programme launched to prepare religious organisations for terror threats
Religious organisations (ROs) can prepare for terror threats under a new programme that improves their ability to protect their premises and congregants, and help others in times of crisis.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Judge slams mother who ‘relentlessly polarised’ two children against father with help of male colleague
A mother, together with a male colleague, turned her two children against their father during divorce proceedings so much so that their 15-year-old daughter publicly alleged that her father had sexually abused her as well as her younger brother.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’porean man makes it to Olympics, decides he wants new challenge, becomes pilot at 31
His background as an athlete provided him with the necessary drive to be a pilot.
— Mothership

After urinating before judge last year, man facing rape charges now soils himself in court
A man facing rape charges defecated in his pants on the way out of court to the washroom, smearing it on his shirt and leaving the courtroom with a sour smell in acts the judge called malingering.
— 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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