Singapore morning news for January 7

Singapore morning news for January 7

Singapore morning news

Parliament: New Bill aims to strengthen Singapore’s offerings as dispute resolution hub
A new Bill that will boost Singapore’s position as a leading global dispute resolution hub was introduced on Monday (Jan 06), allowing parties in cross-border commercial disputes to seek various options to enforce or invoke their mediated settlement agreements.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Strict enforcement of footpath ban sees 27 PMD riders caught since Jan. 1, 2020, could face 3 months jail
Plainclothes operations were carried out by LTA enforcement officers over the weekend.
— Mothership

Balanced approach to foreign workers needed to ensure continued creation of good jobs for Singaporeans: Chan Chun Sing
To ensure the Singapore economy continues to grow and good jobs created for Singaporeans, the Government cannot take extreme positions on the intake of foreign workers, said Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing on Monday (Jan 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Cop demoted, dismissed for sexually exploiting women in custody
Lee Sze Chiat, 39, who was a senior staff sergeant with 17 years’ experience, was jailed for a year and given one stroke of the cane in November last year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Greater diversity in pathways to Singapore Bar among new ideas for legal education system: Chief Justice
More diverse pathways to admission to the Singapore Bar and a review of how law students are currently trained are part of a suggested timely reimagining of Singapore’s legal education system, the Chief Justice said in a speech on Monday (Jan 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SAF working with Australia to identify support options over bushfires: Australian PM
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is working with their Australian counterparts to work out how they can help tackle the country’s bushfire crisis.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore to send Chinook helicopters to help fight Australian bushfires
Singapore will deploy two Chinook helicopters to aid Australia in tackling a large bushfire crisis, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday (Jan 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Healthcare Services Bill: MOH can temporarily take over operations of healthcare services in financial trouble
The Ministry of Health (MOH) will be empowered to take over the operations of certain healthcare service providers who are in serious financial trouble, under the Healthcare Services Bill that was passed in Parliament on Monday (Jan 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Sectors with ITMs saw more jobs created for Singaporeans, PRs
SOME 19,500 positions were created in the 23 sectors where Industry Transformation Maps (ITMs) were introduced, as the increase in employment of Singapore residents outpaced the decrease in employment of foreigners, Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad said.
— The Business Times

Singapore property players spared from crisis so far
AUSTRALIA’S metropolitan areas have so far been spared the brunt of raging bushfires, offering respite to a number of Singapore real estate players with a slate of assets Down Under.
— The Business Times

Singapore Red Cross pledges S$100,000 for victims of Australia bushfires, Jakarta floods
The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) has pledged S$100,000 in humanitarian aid to support the communities affected by the raging bushfires in Australia and the flooding in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, the organisation announced on Monday (Jan 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Maps show shocking scale of Australia bushfires compared to size of S’pore, M’sia & other countries
Currently, more than 20 people have died from the raging fires, according to CNA, and an estimated half a billion animals are believed to have perished.
— Mothership

S’pore funeral parlour apologises for cremating wrong body
A funeral parlour and its director have apologised on Monday, Jan. 6 for the distress caused by cremating the wrong body prematurely as a result of a mix-up, CNA reported.
— Mothership

E-scooter accidents drop by 30% after footpath ban; more than S$1b needed to complete cycling path network
The number of accidents involving e-scooters has dropped by 30 per cent since a ban on using the devices on footpaths came into effect on Nov 5 last year, Senior Minister of State for Transport Dr Lam Pin Min told Parliament on Monday (Jan 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Diversification helped Singapore avoid recession in 2019: Chan
THREE sectors in the services industry helped Singapore escape recession in 2019, and while the government has a cautiously optimistic outlook, uncertainties remain in the global economy, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said.
— The Business Times

Parts of Singtel’s Optus network disrupted by fires
TWO Singapore blue chips with footprints in rural or regional Australia have found themselves a little too close for comfort to the wildfires tearing through the south-east.
— The Business Times

Singapore, its firms optimistic about India’s long-term prospects: Tharman
SINGAPORE and its companies are optimistic about India’s long-term prospects, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies Tharman Shanmugaratnam said during a working visit to India on Monday.
— The Business Times

POFMA: Government not ‘training our sights on certain types of people or organisations’, says Iswaran
The Government is not using the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) to target certain types of people or organisations, said Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran on Monday (Jan 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Tokenisation, time vouchers, and achieving sustainable development goals
The central banking monetary regime is the dominant form of economic exchange The world runs on fiat currency; this is a fact of life.
— e27

Irresponsible pet ownership in HDB can cause unhappiness in the community: Lawrence Wong
HDB must take a holistic and balanced approach in addressing this issue.
— Mothership

60 people evacuated, one taken to hospital after fire at Middle Road KTV pub
Sixty people were evacuated and a woman taken to hospital after a karaoke pub in a Middle Road building caught fire on Monday (Jan 6).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Chan Chun Sing: 2019 was a ‘volatile year’ for the global economy, but S’pore cautiously optimistic for growth
The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) recently announced advance estimates that Singapore’s economy grew by just 0.7 per cent in 2019, slower than the growth of 3.1 per cent recorded in 2018.
— Mothership

5-year-old British boy with rare leukaemia travels to S’pore for experimental cancer therapy
He underwent various treatments in the UK, but they all failed.
— Mothership

Judiciary launches new system to authenticate court orders that saves users time and cost
A new system, which allows court orders to be verified via a QR code, can save time and money for litigants who need to show the documents to organisations such as banks and government agencies.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

LRT stalls during morning rush hour, leaving commuters stranded
Some commuters on the Bukit Panjang LRT were left stranded after their train stalled during morning rush hour on Monday (Jan 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Another bidder emerges for Singapore digital bank licence
A consortium comprising Singapore-based fintech Advance.AI, Hong Kong-listed financial services firm Sheng Ye Capital and Singapore-based PhillipCapital is the latest known contender for a wholesale digital banking licence.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SDP files application against 3 correction directions issued by MOM under POFMA
On Friday (3 January), the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has submitted its application to cancel the three correction directions issued by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) under Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA).
— The Online Citizen

American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore appoints Lei Hsien-Hsien as first CEO
The American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (AmCham) has its first chief executive officer – Dr Lei Hsien-Hsien who took up her new role on Jan 2.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PM Lee tells students education important and helps them make a living
It was reported that at an Edusave award ceremony in Ang Mo Kio on Saturday and Sunday (4-5 Jan), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told everyone that the Singapore’s education system is designed to bring out the best in each student.
— The Online Citizen

BNP Paribas joins JPMorgan, Citigroup in setting up Singapore currency trading hub
French bank BNP Paribas is planning to join JPMorgan Chase & Co and Citigroup by setting up an electronic currency trading and pricing platform in Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Eunoia Junior College moves in to new Bishan campus
Students at Eunoia Junior College (EJC) kicked off their new academic year with a 1km march from Bishan Active Park to their new campus in Sin Ming Avenue on Monday (Jan 6).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

O-Level results to be released on Jan 13
The results of the 2019 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE O-Level) examination will be released next Monday (Jan 13).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Startups should work with corporates to achieve balance between social impact, sustainability: Arcadis
In October 2019, Arcadis, the Amsterdam-based global design and consultancy for natural and built assets, ran a roadshow in Singapore to introduce its Arcadis City of 2030 Accelerator -the result of its partnership with Techstars.
— e27

Fatal Maserati accident: 69-year-old cyclist took on 3 jobs when alive
She continued working because she wanted to stay active.
— Mothership

PMD and pet animals reported seen in Singapore nature reserve despite being prohibited under regulations
In a Facebook post on 2 January (Thursday), the Law Breakers stated that dogs, bicycle and even personal mobility device (PMD) are spotted in a nature reserve in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

Green Court in Geylang up for collective sale with reserve price of $28m
Green Court, a freehold mixed-use redevelopment site along Geylang Road, will be launched for collective sale on Jan 7, with its owners expecting offers above their reserve price of $28 million, marketing agent Knight Frank Singapore announced on Monday (Jan 6).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

One of the masterminds of ruse that saw WDA cheated of nearly $73,000 admits to offences
A woman has admitted in court that she was one of the masterminds of a ruse that duped the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) into disbursing nearly $73,000 by submitting false claims for training courses that did not exist.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Prosecutors have to consider all relevant factors, while being tough on campus sex offences: A-G
The prosecution is duty-bound to consider all relevant evidence and mitigating factors, while being tough on sexual offences on campus, Attorney-General Lucien Wong said on Monday (Jan 6).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Three new Senior Counsel appointed, including MP Murali Pillai
A Member of Parliament (MP), a council member of the Law Society of Singapore, and a public prosecutor are the newly minted Senior Counsel this year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘No two cases are exactly alike’: Attorney-General on debate over sexual misconduct in universities
No two cases are exactly alike, said Attorney-General Lucien Wong in a speech on Monday (Jan 6) as he addressed the recent debate over the issue of sexual misconduct on university campuses.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore stock watch: Olam says operations not affected by Australia bushfires
The following companies saw new developments that may affect trading of their shares on Monday (Jan 6)
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pan-United says South Korea concrete firm to explore use of its AI platform
Pan-United Corporation has inked a memorandum of understanding with South Korea’s largest ready-mix concrete firm Eugene Corporation to explore opportunities for the adoption of the Singapore-listed company’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology platform.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man, 34, arrested for alleged theft & impersonating police officer at Boon Keng
On Jan. 5, a 34-year old man was arrested for allegedly impersonating a police officer to commit theft along Boon Keng Road.
— Mothership

Man who threatened cabby with ‘sharp object’ got $36 and jail, caning
A man ordered a taxi driver to hand over all of his money after threatening the elderly man with a weapon – only to make off with just $36 from the cabby.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

McDonald’s S’pore selling popcorn caramel soft serves, sundaes & McFlurries
Say goodbye to your new year diet plans because McDonald’s Singapore is back with popcorn caramel ice cream.
— Mothership

Singaporean university graduate pays off student loan through sugar dating
A sugar baby is a person who receives benefits financially and materialistically in exchange for a relationship.
— The Online Citizen

Fatal Maserati accident: Victim was hardworking single mum who raised 2 daughters, says family
After holding on several jobs for over three decades to raise two daughters as a single mother, Madam Ong Soh Boey could not sit still, though she was financially stable after running a provisions shop in Chinatown.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Need to spice up your life? KFC Singapore now has the Nyonya Chicken
The KFC hot and crispy chicken comes coated with a sauce made with chillies, dried shrimps and curry spices. Have a glass of water handy.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Tourist jailed after assaulting girlfriend and wrecking MBS hotel room in jealous rage
Angry that his girlfriend had danced with another man, a tourist visiting Singapore assaulted the woman in their hotel room at Marina Bay Sands (MBS), before wrecking the room and throwing items down from the seventh floor.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Woman arrested for stealing almost S$3,000 from Thomson vet clinic
A 24-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday (Jan 5) for reportedly breaking into and stealing from a veterinarian clinic along Thomson Road, the police said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

 

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