Singapore Morning News For December 7

Singapore Morning News For December 7

Singapore morning newsFirst 100G research backbone in Asia deployed
Research and education facilities in Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan will be able to take advantage of a newly-deployed dedicated 100G subsea cable network provisioned by PCCW Global.
Telecom Asia 

Amazon launches Prime membership for S’pore
American e-commerce giant Amazon launched its Prime membership programme for Singapore yesterday, ending a four-year period of blanket free shipping to the Republic.
The Straits Times (paywall)

Big drill in the US to hone Singapore’s military capability
Around 750 soldiers from Singapore’s Armed Forces have been conducting a biannual drill at a firing range in the US state of Arizona that is 20 times the size of the 719-square-kilometer city-state.
Asia Times 

First phase of mega waste facility to be ready in 2024, consultancy team appointed
Phase one of the Integrated Waste Management Facility is set to be completed by 2024, two years later than initially planned.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

Singapore’s ageing population a ticking ‘time bomb’
SINGAPORE’S population will reach a critical juncture next year, as the number of people above 65 will equal those under 15 for the first time in history, UOB economist Francis Tan has said in a research note.
The Business Times 

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Singapore issues advisory on Dengvaxia dengue vaccine
Healthcare professionals in Singapore have been advised not to administer a dengue vaccine to patients who have not been previously infected by the virus.
Channel NewsAsia 

Singtel enters pan-Asia alliance with Mobike
Singtel has announced a new strategic partnership with bike sharing company Mobike covering mobile payments, IoT connectivity, data analytics and marketing across Asia.
Telecom Asia 

More arrests being made on public transport
Arrests by Singapore’s Public Transport Security Command (TransCom) have risen over the last two years, it was revealed on Wednesday (Dec 6).
Channel NewsAsia 

New study estimates 618 tigers in Sumatra, calls for deforestation to be curbed
Despite higher densities of Sumatran tigers in the Indonesian island’s well-protected forests, the critically endangered big cat still faces a high risk of extinction unless deforestation can be controlled, said researchers of a new study.
Today Online 

COE premiums close mostly lower in latest bidding exercise
Certificate of Entitlement (COE) premiums closed mostly lower in the latest bidding exercise on Wednesday (Dec 6).
Channel NewsAsia 

Govt expenditure on healthcare expected to ‘rise quite sharply’: Heng Swee Keat
SINGAPORE may have to foot a bigger healthcare bill for its ageing population.
The Business Times 

New SkillsFuture programmes launched for Polytechnic, ITE graduates
Knowing that companies have been cautious about their hiring outlook, 23-year-old Vivien Ong decided to upgrade her skills last year under the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme (ELP).
Today Online 

S’pore’s ‘demographic time bomb’ starts ticking next year: UOB report
Singapore will cross the demographic Rubicon next year, when the share of the population who are 65 and over will match that of those under 15 for the first time – a threshold that will have sweeping effects on all aspects of the country, from the economy to defence, a report released on Wednesday (Dec 6) said.
Today Online 

Thermal camera that analyses wounds in seconds among technologies on trial in hospitals
A phone app to detect complications? Several hospitals, including Changi General Hospital, are leveraging innovation to improve productivity and shorten the treatment process.
Channel NewsAsia (video)

Khaw: Train system is complicated, “it will fail sometimes, hopefully rarely. But it will fail.”
Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan acknowledged that the Oct 7 MRT tunnel flooding incident was caused by a failure of organisation management at SMRT, and not a failure of engineering, yesterday.
The Independent Singapore 

Singapore’s prime office rents are the seventh cheapest in Asia
Singapore’s prime office rents are the seventh most affordable in Asia Pacific, JLL revealed.
Singapore Business Review 

On heels of Uber driver campaign, Grab ups the ante with new driver features
Less than a month after Uber kicked off a campaign to improve things for its drivers, rival Grab has followed suit with a slew of new features, including one that allows drivers to rate their trips and a hotline dedicated to helping drivers in emergencies, such as accidents.
Today Online 

Dennis Wee Realty fined S$66,000 over inadequate advice on foreign property risks
Dennis Wee Realty was fined S$66,000 for failing to properly advise investors of the risks involved in purchasing foreign properties, after which the investors did not receive returns promised to them.
Channel NewsAsia 


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