Singapore Morning News For December 19

Singapore Morning News For December 19
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Singapore morning newsPM Lee on overseas leave
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be on overseas leave from Dec 19 to 31.
Channel NewsAsia 

Changi Airport welcomes 60 millionth passenger for this year
Changi Airport welcomed its 60 millionth passenger for this year yesterday, a first for the airport in its 36-year history.
The New Paper

Singapore’s core exports rise due to gold, chemicals
Singapore’s key exports rose a better-than-expected 9.1% in November from a year ago, with the biggest lift coming from industries such as gold and chemicals as the city-state’s economic recovery continued to broaden beyond the key electronics sector.
Nikkei Asian Review 

Ensuring the elderly eat enough: The health implications of a better diet
Madam Lim Siew Heng was 38kg at her heaviest, underweight even for her petite 1.55m frame. In recent years, her weight dropped to below 30kg. Now aged 94, Mdm Lim was probably undernourished.
Channel NewsAsia 

Is Singapore ready for a virtual workforce?
The Government and employers here may need to revisit the idea of a virtual workforce, where digitally connected workers are able to work remotely from anywhere.
The Straits Times (paywall)

Singapore’s government embroiled in domestic crisis management
2017 was a horrible year for Singapore’s government — and for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in particular.
East Asia Forum 

Spring Singapore to take action against SG Vehicles
Spring Singapore will be taking legal action against automotive retailer SG Vehicles for engaging in unfair practices, including misleading claims, false claims and defective goods.
The New Paper 

Singapore’s outsourced data centre market generated S$1.3b in 2017: Study
The local colocated, or outsourced, data centre market generated an estimated US$934 million (S$1.3 billion) this year, according to a recent study released by Structure Research.
Channel NewsAsia 

Singapore on top, Laos on the bottom – English proficiency
The EF English Proficiency Index is out for 2017, the seventh overview of countries where English is not the native language. Ranked from top to bottom and broken up into specific demographics.
Phuket Gazette 

The #MeToo Movement In Asia: Is Singapore Feeling The Weinstein Effect?
In recent months, movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s abysmal fall from grace after high profile actresses, including megastars Angeline Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, spoke out again him for his predatory behaviour, has sparked revelations by many other women about sexual misconduct by men in powerful places.

Singapore’s Fintech chief warns on Bitcoin delusion
Bitcoin has no fundamental value and is likely to end in tears once speculators discover how hard it can be to extricate their cash, Singapore’s financial watchdog has warned.

Will Singapore Marathon Become Singapore Night Marathon Next Year?
Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) organiser, Ironman Asia, revealed that plans are underway to make the 2018 edition of SCSM a night race.
Run Society 

Singapore to explore Fintech partnerships beyond Asia
As the Monetary Authority of Singapore looks to grow Singapore as a financial technology hub, one of the partnerships it is mulling over is a centre for collaboration with its counterparts from Latin America.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

Singapore Chipmaker Blames Buyout in Bid for Quick Bankruptcy
Global A&T Electronics Ltd., the Singapore-based chip assembler plagued for a decade by the debt it took on under a TPG Capital and Affinity Equity Partners buyout, filed for bankruptcy with a plan to turn itself around by the end of this week.

Businesses to use only CorpPass for online transactions with Govt from Q3 2018
Businesses will be required to use the Singapore Corporate Access (CorpPass) for their online transactions with the Government from the third quarter of 2018, the Government Technology Agency (GovTech) announced on Monday (Dec 18).
Channel NewsAsia 

Slight increase in Normal Academic students eligible to move to Secondary 5
The percentage of Normal (Academic) students who sat for the N-level examination this year and are eligible to move on to secondary 5 have increased slightly, said the Ministry of Education (MOE) in a press statement on Monday (Dec 18).
Today Online 

Coming soon: Shape-shifting robots to clean hawker centres
Local scientists are developing shape-shifting robots that can sweep and vacuum hawker centres on their own, in a multimillion-dollar project.
The New Paper 

Rowsley to buy Thomson Medical businesses from Peter Lim for S$1.6b
Real estate company Rowsley will acquire billionaire Peter Lim’s company Sasteria, which owns Thomson Medical and is the controlling shareholder of TMC Life Sciences (TMCLS), it said on Monday (Dec 18).
Channel NewsAsia (video)


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