Singapore Morning News For December 21

Singapore Morning News For December 21

Singapore morning newsSingapore Government requested details of 263 Facebook accounts
In all, 204 requests – some seeking information on more than one account – were made between January and June, Facebook said in its Transparency Report released on Monday.
— The New Paper

Singapore hands life ban to banker in 1MDB-linked cases
Singapore yesterday banned a jailed banker from working in its financial services industry for life over his links to the international money-laundering scandal involving neighbouring Malaysia’s state fund 1MDB.
The Borneo Bulletin 

Singapore’s healthcare sector to face strong pricing competition from neighboring countries
Singapore’s healthcare sector is expected to face strong pricing competition from neighbouring countries, such as Malaysia and Thailand where patients are able to also receive quality medical treatment at a faction of the cost as compared to Singapore due to the much lower treatment, drug and room costs.
The Edge Singapore 

‘Singapore in the Atlantic’ is a splendid model for Brexit
If you consider it daunting to wrench a divided nation from its economic moorings and launch into the unknown, remember what Singapore had to face when it was born in trauma at the height of the Cold War.

More mature workers joining Singapore’s healthcare sector
More young Singaporeans today are choosing to study nursing while the number of mature workers joining the healthcare sector has also increased, said Senior Minister of State for Health Dr Amy Khor.
Channel NewsAsia 

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Singapore and Malaysia open bidding for historic railway link
Bidding for a high-speed railway project connecting Singapore and Kuala Lumpur kicked off on Wednesday, in what is shaping up to be an intense battle between Chinese and Japanese contractors.
Nikkei Asian Review 

Graying Singapore Embraces Technology to Face Health Challenges
Singapore is embracing technology and focusing more on personal health, as an expected doubling of seniors over the next two decades forces the nation to confront politically sensitive decisions on financing and immigration.

HDB officer fined S$2,000 for sharing confidential information with reporter
A 25-year-old Housing and Development Board (HDB) officer was fined S$2,000 on Wednesday (Dec 20) for sharing confidential information with a reporter.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

Japan wallcovering company to buy Singapore peer
Sangetsu plans to acquire Singaporean interior decor company Goodrich Global Holdings to help accelerate its business development in greater Asia, The Nikkei has learned.
Nikkei Asian Review

EU ruling unlikely to affect Uber’s operations in Singapore
The European Union ruling that Uber is a taxi service is not likely to have much impact in Singapore, said observers on Wednesday (Dec 20) .
The Straits Times (paywall)

Singapore government employee fined for media leak
A Singapore civil servant was Wednesday fined but escaped jail for leaking confidential information to a journalist, a prosecution that a rights group described as an attempt to spread a “culture of fear”.
The Jakarta Post 

Bank of Singapore hiring more bankers to manage money of rich Middle Easterners, Indians
The private-banking arm of OCBC Bank is adding more staff in Dubai, as the Singapore lender seeks a greater role managing the money of the Middle East’s wealthy and of Indians living overseas.
Today Online 

Woman fined S$10,000 for illegally importing dried frogs into Singapore
A 39-year-old woman was fined S$10,000 on Wednesday (Dec 20) for illegally importing dried frogs into Singapore from Thailand, according to the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA).
Channel NewsAsia 

Singtel, EDMI to develop smart meters in Singapore
Singtel and global smart metering solutions provider EDMI Limited are collaborating to develop smart electric metering infrastructure for Singapore, the telco announced on Wednesday (Dec 20).
The Straits Times (paywall)

Loansharks using dating sites to pick up ‘runners’: Police
Unlicensed moneylenders have been using a new tactic in which they make use of unsuspecting social media users to harass debtors, said the police on Wednesday (Dec 20).
Channel NewsAsia 

Manulife donates $50,000 to ST School Pocket Money Fund
A sum of $50,000 raised in a charity walk by Manulife Singapore was donated to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) on Wednesday (Dec 20).
The Straits Times (paywall)

IVRCL to sell 2 road projects to Singapore’s Cube Highways
Homegrown infrastructure player IVRCL on Wednesday said it has entered into a share purchase agreement with Singapore-based Cube Highways and Infrastructure Pte Ltd for the sale of its entire stake in two subsidiaries – Salem Tollways Ltd and (STL) Kumarpalayam Tollways Ltd (KTL).
The Times of India 

The ‘invisible problem’ of family violence: Older women who suffer in silence
For more than 10 years, 56-year-old Mandy* endured insults and vulgarities being hurled at her almost every day, by a man she loved. Her husband, who had been in and out of prison for drug offences, also asked her for money regularly to feed his habit.
Channel NewsAsia


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