Singapore Morning News For December 18

Singapore Morning News For December 18
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Singapore morning newsNew $6.2 million plaza for Jurong West to open end-2018
Details of this new $6.2 million building, to be known as Jurong Central Plaza, were revealed yesterday by Jurong GRC MP Ang Wei Neng.
The New Paper 

Singapore telecom firm Starhub acquires D’Crypt in $90m deal
Singapore telecom firm StarHub Ltd has further augmented its enterprise solutions offering through the acquisition of city-state-based D’Crypt Pte Ltd for a maximum consideration of up to S$122 million ($90.4 million). The acquisition will be paid in cash and funded using internal resources.

Singapore non-oil exports in Nov eases from Oct’s stellar growth
SINGAPORE’S exports continued to record growth in November, but has eased from October’s stellar showing due to high base effects from a year ago and slowing electronic shipments.
The Business Times 

Singapore Offers More LNG Funding
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has injected another S$12 million to boost LNG bunkering in the Port of Singapore.
The Maritime Executive 

Malaysia delays VEP implementation for vehicles from Singapore, Thailand
The implementation of the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP), which was supposed to start next month, has been postponed to resolve issues related to vehicle entry requirements at both the Singapore and Thai border.
Today Online 

AI system promises faster tests for eye disease
Checks for eye diseases may become faster and cheaper from as early as next year, thanks to an artificial intelligence (AI) screening system that is being developed.
The Straits Times (paywall)

Singapore’s Food Hawker Centres: One Option For Improving Cities’ Dynamic Informal Food Sector
Millions of people in cities throughout the world depend on informal sector food businesses, traders and mobile vendors or hawkers for daily meals and food purchases. The informal food sector represents a key channel of our urban food systems, providing food in small quantities and convenient locations to many consumers.
Modern Ghana 

MFM impact examined at IBIA’s Annual Convention in Singapore
There is no doubt that the introduction of mandatory use of mass flow metering systems (MFMs) in Singapore has had a profound impact on the market in the world’s leading bunkering hub. By and large, it has been a force for good, according to speakers and panellists at IBIA’s Annual Convention in Singapore in November.
Hellenic Shipping News 

Can Singapore fill up its empty homes?
The vacancy rate surpassed 8.4%, the historical average, amidst increasing supply.
Singapore Business Review 

What are the risks and issues as Singapore goes cashless?
There is still no compelling reason for many to ditch the use of cash in Singapore, but once consumers start to get the hang of it, businesses are expected to follow quickly, financial experts said.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

Car-sharing operators face roadblock from ride-hailing firms Grab and Uber
Polytechnic librarian David Yeo, 52, gave up his car 14 years ago and takes public transport to work. But once a month, he rents a car from Car Club, of which he has been a member for nearly a decade, for family outings to parks and other places.
Today Online 

QR codes for payments: How safe are they?
Criminals in China used their own QR codes over a merchant’s original to steal millions of dollars. Channel NewsAsia explores how Singaporeans can protect themselves from malicious QR codes when paying for goods and services.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

Diamond Energy first to offer electricity demand response
SINGAPORE’S electricity sector took another step towards a future with a more balanced grid as Diamond Energy last Wednesday obtained approval from wholesale electricity market operator Energy Market Company (EMC) to manage demand response capacity.
The Business Times 

The Big Read: What the demographic ‘time bomb’ spells for S’pore’s education system
Just last month, Blangah Rise Primary School celebrated its 40th anniversary with pomp – there were student performances, a sumptuous buffet dinner and a video montage of the school’s milestones.
Today Online 

2017: Decline of Singapore exceptionalism?
There is just one way to sum up 2017: We are truly in the post-Lee Kuan Yew era. Almost all the significant events that have taken place point sadly to a decline in a perception that Singapore is in the hands of an exceptional leadership.
The Independent Singapore 

Police seek information on car crash outside Istana
The police are appealing for information and images of a fatal car crash that happened outside the Istana.
Channel NewsAsia

Multimillionaire tricked by wife into giving fortune away, judge rules
A young scion of a murdered multi-millionaire has succeeded in voiding a legal document he was tricked by his wife into signing, which gave away his fortune to their firstborn.
Today Online 

Centre for Domestic Employees opens new offices to make help more accessible for maids
The Centre for Domestic Employees (CDE) announced on Sunday (Dec 17) that it opened three new satellite offices at City Plaza, Peninsula Plaza and Union Square in mid-November this year.
Channel NewsAsia (video)


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