Singapore morning news for January 20

Singapore morning news for January 20

Singapore morning news

Video tracks S’pore progress as top 2 ASEAN countries with highest GDP per capita for 50 years
Since 1960, both Singapore and Brunei have been the Southeast Asia’s richest states, judging by gross domestic product per capita.
— Mothership

Singapore’s December exports snap 9-month losing streak, but concerns remain
Singapore’s exports made a surprise rebound in December after nine months of contraction, partly due to a sharp rise in pharmaceutical shipments, official data showed on Friday (Jan 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Orchard Road smoking ban: More than 4,000 tickets issued to smokers last year
More than 4,000 tickets were issued last year to smokers caught lighting up outside the designated smoking areas in the Orchard Road, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Friday (Jan 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

3 workplace deaths since start of new year: Ministry of Manpower
Three people have died in workplace accidents since the start of the new year, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Sunday (Jan 19), as it called for companies to ensure a safe working environment.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Chan says 50K jobs created for SGs from 2015 to 2018 but didn’t mention increase of 87K new citizens same period
On Thursday (16 Jan), it was reported that Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing told the media that of the nearly 60,000 new jobs created for the locals between 2015 and 2018, about 50,000 went to Singaporeans and more than 9,000 went to permanent residents (PRs).
— The Online Citizen

Singapore team working on test for Wuhan virus
Scientists with the Home Team have already begun working on a way to test for the virus, after China recently released a draft genome of the newly discovered virus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MAS advises financial institutions to patch Windows system after security flaw detected
The Monetary Authority of Singapore has advised financial institutions to install security updates after critical vulnerabilities were discovered in the Microsoft Windows Operating system.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Migrants in Singapore mostly from Malaysia
Malaysians form the biggest group of migrants living and working in Singapore, accounting for 44 per cent of the foreign-born population here, United Nations figures show.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PM Lee Hsien Loong to attend World Economic Forum in Davos
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be attending the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland from Monday (Jan 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New ‘degrees’ for the new economy
In most advanced economies including Singapore, citizens are encouraged to pursue at least 10 years of education.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Mutual trust between civil servants and ministers cannot change: PM Lee
In his speech at the annual Public Service Leadership Dinner on Friday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke of the need to build a deeper and more diverse public service leadership corps and how the public service should work with the political leadership to deliver good government for Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commentary: Is low growth the new normal for Singapore?
The Singapore economy grew by 0.7 per cent in 2019. Its continued growth will be tested as it faces bigger challenges on the horizon including an ageing population, says SMU’s Hoon Hian Teck.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Centre for Domestic Employees inks MOUs to boost maids’ rights, welfare
The Centre for Domestic Employees (CDE), set up by the National Trades Union Congress to help distressed workers, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach to further enhance the rights and welfare of foreign domestic workers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Saving 15,000 trees – via recyclables
A large-scale recycling drive was conducted yesterday in Singapore’s South West District in a bid to collect recyclable material during the pre-Chinese New Year spring-cleaning season.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Mental health declaration for job applicants discriminatory
The Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices made this clear in an addition to its guidelines last month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Public service leadership has to be more ‘permeable’, says PM Lee
The public service must become more “permeable”, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday (Jan 17) as he addressed the need to build a deeper and more diverse public service leadership corps to cope with a changing operating environment.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

AGC: SDP’s statement on local PMET unemployment ‘clearly false’
The SDP has asked to file written submissions, which the High Court accepted.
— Mothership

Pritam Singh: Why should S’poreans vote for the Workers’ Party?
Workers’ Party (WP) chief Pritam Singh addressed his party in its annual WP Members’ Forum on January 19 morning.
— Mothership

Centre for Domestic Employees signs four MOUs to enhance foreign maids’ rights and welfare
The Centre for Domestic Employees (CDE), a centre set up by the National Trades Union Congress to help distress workers, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach to further enhance the rights and welfare of foreign domestic workers (FDW).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Aqua Munda committing S$208m to fund purchase of debts, tender invitation deadline extended
Aqua Munda is committing $208 million to fund the purchase of debts held by some of Hyflux’s creditors as well as other working capital requirements of the water cleaning firm if so agreed.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘Now that she’s gone, it makes us worry for our future’: Lucky Plaza accident victim Arlyn Nucos buried in hometown
Wilted wreaths stood outside the Nucos family home in the quiet seaside town of Caba, as friends and family gathered to quietly mourn the death of Lucky Plaza crash victim Arlyn Picar Nucos.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

ICA takes years to discover fake degree submitted by Filipino for PR application even after conviction
The Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA) issued a press release last Tue (14 Jan) saying that a Filipino was jailed for 7 weeks for immigration offences (‘Female Filipino National Jailed For Making False Statements In Permanent Residency Applications’).
— The Online Citizen

Fermented okara, low-calorie liquid diet: Promising new ways of dealing with diabetes
Given that diabetes is a serious health concern globally and in Singapore, many people are keen to discover novel approaches of managing the chronic disease.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SPF’s clarification on Singaporean’s four-month ordeal in Malaysia, sheds no light but raises more questions
Finally, after one month of probing into Mr Mohan’s four-month ordeal in Malaysia, the authorities have decided to provide a response.
— The Online Citizen

The Big Read: The funeral industry may have overhauled its image, but it faces new problems
As the funeral industry evolves on the back of heightened interest from the younger generation, it has made strides towards professionalising its workers and raising the quality of services.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

The rise of the digital economy: Where are the jobs and how to get ready for them
He used to teach mathematics at a junior college but after taking a leap of faith to make a mid-career switch in 2018, Kok Chee Kean now works with numbers and problem solving in a different way.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SIA, ANA joining hands to grow traffic, offer more flight options
The tie-up will give the Singapore air hub a boost and the national carrier a significant foothold in the growing North-east Asian market.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More support for students who skip school
Disadvantaged students, especially those who often skip school, will get more support from a pilot project by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to help them stay in class.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Water tanks in Ang Mo Kio block flushed after contaminant alert
Trace amounts of hydrocarbons – the kind of compounds used in anti-mosquito oil – were found in the tap points of some residents’ homes in Ang Mo Kio, national water agency PUB said on Friday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PSP will have ‘loose association’ with other parties for now: Tan Cheng Bock
The Progress Singapore Party (PSP) will have a loose association with other parties for now, said PSP secretary-general Dr Tan Cheng Bock on Friday (Jan 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s first shipping container hotel springs up in one-north
Two years ago, Mr Seah Liang Chiang thought of building his own tiny house in Johor. On Friday (Jan 17), that DIY weekend retreat project turned into a business.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore hotel groups spared property damage in Australia
AS thunderstorms in eastern Australia bring some much needed-relief to the bushfires, Singapore-based hospitality companies with a presence Down Under are taking stock of their businesses there.
— The Business Times

6 more stations on Thomson-East Coast Line opening this year
Six more stations on the Thomson-East Coast Line are on track to open in the later part of this year, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Friday (Jan 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MCCY wants input from Singaporeans for the Citizenship Journey Programme for new citizens
Singaporeans are going to get to help shape the mandatory curriculum for those looking to become fully-fledged citizens.
— The Online Citizen

Trains and buses to feature Chinese New Year decorations from Jan 19
Transport operators SMRT and SBS Transit will roll out trains decorated for Chinese New Year on all five rail lines from Sunday (Jan 19) until Feb 15.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: Nowhere but up for Netflix after huge Oscar nomination nods
Netflix has proven a force to be reckoned with, as it looks to a record-breaking 24 nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards, says NTU’s Ian Dixon.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

From industrial estate to bustling town: Jurong Lake area housing estate transformation completed
Under the Remaking Our Heartland programme, 10 neighbourhood centres within the housing estate have also been transformed.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

DPM Heng Swee Keat: Nurture social togetherness
Social togetherness is something we must nurture, with hubs like the Wisma Geylang Serai making a difference in the community, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Hongbao to boost bonds
This Chinese New Year, Ms Serene Wu and Ms Michelle Tay want to steer the conversation away from the stereotypical stilted topics at gatherings.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Self-help groups play crucial role in Singapore society: President
Self-help groups play an important role in building a cohesive and collaborative society, President Halimah Yacob said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Woman left with $99 after losing $55k in scam
The police are investigating an incident in which a 60-year-old housewife had her life savings of $55,000 wiped out from her bank account after falling victim to a scam that was carried out through messaging platform Viber.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Eight bus drivers file application to quash IAC decision in dispute against SBS Transit
Eight bus drivers on Thu (16 Jan) filed a judicial review application to the High Court to quash the Industrial Arbitration Court’s (IAC)’s decision in their dispute against SBS Transit regarding overtime wages and rest days.
— The Online Citizen

Golf: Blistering Kuchar jumps into Singapore lead after birdie binge
Matt Kuchar will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Singapore Open following his blistering nine-under-par 62 at the Sentosa Golf Club on Saturday (Jan 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: After a chaotic first wave, does bike-sharing have a decent second shot in Singapore?
With three homegrown players – SG Bike, Anywheel and Moov Technology – helming the market, bike-sharing may just get that new lease of life, says NUS Business School’s Goh Puay Guan.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Exporters close the book on a sorry 2019
SINGAPORE’S trade-dependent economy clocked its worst export showing since the global financial crisis, as non-oil domestic exports (NODX) fell by 9.2 per cent year on year in 2019.
— The Business Times

Public accounts watchdog flags recurring lapses across public sector
The Public Accounts Committee has urged some ministries and public agencies to address several recurring lapses across different public sector agencies, as observed in the Report of the Auditor-General for the financial year 2018/19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Punggol Digital District on track for completion from 2023: JTC
The 50-hectare Punggol Digital District is on track for completion from 2023, with the first phase of a key feature – a central platform that will collect real-time data from the district – now completed.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Court order issued against online retailer that misled customers into signing up for recurring subscription
Online retailer Fashion Interactive has been issued an order by the State Courts to cease unfair trade practices, after it was found to have misled customers into signing up for a recurring subscription on its shoe shopping website myglamorous.sg.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

AHTC says it will comply with MND’s rectification order ‘despite reservations’
Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) said on Friday (Jan 17) it would comply with the order by the Ministry of National Development (MND) to restrict town councillors Sylvia Lim and Low Thia Khiang’s powers over financial matters.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Ong Ye Kung says good academic results is not the only way to success; encourages education system to keep with social media
Yesterday (16 January), Education Minister Ong Ye Kung highlighted that the route to success does not solely rely on academic results.
— The Online Citizen

Clementi hawker offers S$1 off kuay teow & free goreng pisang for all guardsmen from his batch
Completing your Operationally Ready National Service (ORNS) cycle is always a cause for celebration, and one hawker in Singapore has taken it upon himself to offer a reward for the lucky men.
— Mothership

Doing CNY spring-cleaning? Exchange e-waste for vouchers at South West district’s recycling drive
A large-scale recycling drive was conducted on Sunday (Jan 19) in Singapore’s South West district, in a bid to collect recyclable materials during the pre-Chinese New Year spring-cleaning season.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Bukit Panjang residents come together to celebrate Tamil harvest festival Pongal
Bukit Panjang residents cheered Pongalo Pongal! on Sunday morning (Jan 19) as they celebrated Pongal, a harvest festival celebrated by Tamils to mark the arrival of spring.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’poreans can book a staycation inside a 280sqft shipping container at up to S$200/night
If you’re looking for a short staycation somewhere in Singapore, why not ditch the conventional hotel, and try something different–like a stay inside a shipping container?
— Mothership

Drunk Yishun man allegedly carried knife & frightened residents, arrested by police
He was seen quarrelling with a lion dance troupe member.
— Mothership

Creative Capital: The couple that specialises in unique immersive dinner theatre in Singapore
When one mentions Singapore theatre, the companies that come top of mind are the established players like SRT, Wild Rice, Pangdemonium, and TheatreWorks.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Woman arrested for using lost credit card to make purchases
A 31-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of charging thousands of dollars to someone else’s lost credit card.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

He learnt Mandarin to better understand Singaporean culture: A migrant entrepreneur’s journey
He loves bantering with hawkers, and singing Teresa Teng love songs at karaoke.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Jewish-style wedding with lion dance at a void deck
Briton Samuel Tournoff, having lived in a Housing Board flat for close to six years, was struck by the community spirit at void deck weddings.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Maid arrested after employer attacked with a knife
A 34-year-old foreign domestic worker was arrested on Friday (Jan 17) after allegedly attacking her employer with a knife.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

40-year-old taken to hospital after fight at South Bridge Rd
A 40-year-old man was taken to hospital after reports of a fight in Boat Quay on Friday (Jan 17) morning.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man accused of killing his mother and grandmother was victim of club fight, brawler pleads guilty
A man accused of killing his mother and grandmother was a victim in a brawl outside a club four months before receiving the capital charges, a court case on Friday (Jan 17) revealed.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man jailed for falsely accusing condo security guard of corruption
A 29-year-old man was sentenced to three weeks’ jail on Friday (Jan 17) for giving false information alleging that a condominium security guard had asked him for a bribe.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Stern warning issued to resident who verbally abused security guard in viral video last year; four others warned for threatening the resident
A stern warning has been issued by the police to the man who verbally abused a security guard at his condominium. Another four were given warnings for harassing the man after a video for the incident spread on social media in October last year.
— The Online Citizen

 

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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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