Singapore Morning News For December 1

Singapore Morning News For December 1

Singapore morning newsS$500 million to be pumped into upgrading drains over the next 3 years: PUB
As part of ongoing efforts to shore up defences against floods due to increasingly frequent extreme weather conditions, the Government plans to spend S$500 million over the next three years to improve drainage across the island. Canals and drains at 16 locations will be upgraded next year.
Today Online 

Ministry of Health to introduce fee benchmarks for medical procedures
Patients can soon look up a recommended range of medical fees to help them decide where they should go for a procedure.
Channel NewsAsia 

ICA warns of imposters asking people to transfer money or data
The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has warned of a spate of recent calls from scammers claiming to be its officers.
The New Paper 

Singapore, Denmark to enhance cooperation in medicine, smart cities development
Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen made his first official visit to Singapore on Thursday (Nov
30). He said a key purpose of his visit was to understand how Singapore prepares its workforce to adapt to changing economic conditions.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

More clarity in doctors’ fees by next year
BY next year, Singaporeans will have a better sense of actual charges for common surgical procedures as the government pushes past a gridlock to tackle the thorny issue of doctors’ fees.
The Business Times 

Bye Bye Boring Singapore
For all its riches, the one thing Singapore lacks is honest-to-goodness risk-taking.

New sentencing framework set out to protect police officers
Those who behave violently against police officers carrying out their duties can expect to face tougher punishment, according to a new sentencing framework set out by the High Court.
Today Online 

Keppel Club duo convicted for $37m membership scam
Over a period of 10 years, a supervisor of Keppel Club’s membership department duped 1,341 people into believing that they had paid for membership at the club, even issuing them with cards which allowed them use of the facilities.
The Straits Times (paywall)

Singapore: Cromwell European REIT debuts at offer price after $659m IPO
Units of Cromwell European Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) were trading at their offer price on their market debut on Thursday, after a 556 million euro ($659.5 million) initial public offering (IPO) in Singapore.

6 out of 10 maids in Singapore are exploited: Survey
Six out of every 10 foreign domestic workers in Singapore are exploited by their employers, according to a recent survey, with the helpers citing bad living conditions, excessive working hours, deduction of salary and violence.
Channel NewsAsia 

Lower unemployment among PMETs; monthly income of average worker up: MOM
THE light at the end of the tunnel is shining brighter for professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) this year.
The Business Times 

Traditional Chinese medicine doctor suspended, fined after carrying out ‘blood-letting’ therapy
A traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) physician was suspended and fined S$10,000 after one of his
patients experienced chest pains and lost consciousness after “blood-letting” therapy.
Channel NewsAsia 

SGInnovate to adopt ‘deep tech nexus’ strategy to intensify focus on AI
SGInnovate, a government-linked corporation of Singapore, is looking at further intensifying its focus on the deep technology ecosystem in the city-state.

Provisional Driving Licences to be valid for two years
The extended validity will apply to newly issued as well as renewed licences, said the Singapore Police Force yesterday.
The New Paper 

The strain of taking the train: Changing commuter habits
Delays on Singapore’s train network have become frequent enough for some commuters to change their routines to accommodate them.
Channel NewsAsia 

Association questions findings of employment survey for private school grads
The Singapore Association for Private Education (SAPE) has taken issue with the findings of a recent national survey which, among other things, suggested that the starting salaries of graduates from private education institutions (PEIs) were not much higher than those commanded by diploma holders.
Today Online 

Six months’ jail for tourist who offered 50 cents to beer promoter after molesting her
While on holiday in Singapore, a New Zealander molested a beer promoter, before laughing and offering her 50 cents.
The Straits Times (paywall)

Another warning on property market puts developers on the defensive
THE central bank has joined National Development Minister Lawrence Wong in firing a shot across the bow to developers, homebuyers and lenders, warning about the risks of “excessive exuberance” in the property market.
The Business Times 

Rail operators must inform commuters of delays over 10 minutes
Train operators must tell commuters of any delays exceeding 10 minutes through train and station announcements as well as via mainstream and social media, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Thursday (Nov 30).
The Straits Times (paywall)

Singaporeans finally board flight home
After waiting close to 19 hours at Surabaya’s Juanda International Airport, a Singaporean mother-daughter pair finally boarded a 2½-hour Scoot flight for Singapore, at 7pm Indonesian time yesterday.
The New Paper 

Jetstar passengers bound for Singapore stranded in Bangkok for nearly 24 hours
Passengers on a Jetstar flight from Bangkok to Singapore were stranded at Suvarnabhumi Airport for
nearly 24 hours from Wednesday (Nov 29) after their departure was delayed twice.
Channel NewsAsia


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