Singapore Morning News For February 2

Singapore Morning News For February 2

Singapore morning newsSingapore’s Democracy Ratings Dip, EIU Report
The yearly Democracy Index was released yesterday by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Singapore’s rating dipped from 6.38 for 2016 to 6.32 for 2017.
The Independent Singapore 

Singapore to build capabilities in small satellites: S Iswaran
Singapore could be one of the first in Asia to fly small satellites in formation as part of the newly-opened Satellite Technology and Research Centre’s (STAR) maiden mission, said Trade and Industry Minister S Iswaran at the Global Space and Technology Convention on Thursday (Feb 1).
Channel NewsAsia 

Singapore Overtakes China In U.S. Commercial Investments
Singapore surpassed Chinese investments in U.S. commercial property by $1 billion in 2017, a clear sign of the nation’s steady rise in global investments.

Singapore is world’s fifth-largest tax haven, behind HK: Report
Singapore is the world’s fifth-largest tax haven, behind Hong Kong, according to a report released on Tuesday (Jan 30) that placed Switzerland on top and the United States as second.
Today Online 

Singapore records lower overall crime rate in 2017
The Ministry of Home Affairs said on Thursday that Singapore remains one of the safest countries in the world, as its crime remained low and the overall crime rate fell last year.
Xinhua Net

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Singapore court rejects longer jail term in megachurch fraud case
A Singapore court rejected on Thursday a prosecution appeal to reinstate a longer jail sentence for the co-founder of a popular church who was convicted of misusing millions of dollars to support his wife’s pop-singing career.

Understanding Singapore’s undying love for commercial radio
There is an assumption that with the rise of streaming on-demand and Internet radio in the past couple of years, commercial radio broadcasting has lost its lustre as listeners flock online to digital channels.
The Drum 

Hawkers say 90% of customers just refuse to pay for or use trays since tray deposit scheme came into effect
Customers at 25 hawker centres will soon be charged a fee if they do not return their food trays at the tray return area. Customers are these hawker centres will be required to pay a deposit between S$0.50 and S$1 when they use a tray. This amount will be returned to them if they return their tray at the appropriate station.
The Independent Singapore 

Govt to introduce laws to fix e-waste problem
The onus will soon be on producers of refrigerators and other such goods to make sure they are properly recycled or disposed of, as the Government puts in place laws to fix Singapore’s e-waste problem.
The New Paper 

U.S. State Department official to promote military sales at Singapore show
The United States for the first time in years is sending its diplomat responsible for foreign military sales to the Singapore Airshow to promote U.S.-made weapons, a U.S. official said on Thursday, as the State Department prepares for an overseas arms sales push.

Singapore top Asian nation in rule of law ranking, and 13th globally
Singapore is ranked 13th globally for the rule of law, the top Asian nation out of 113 countries in the 2017-2018 Rule of Law Index compiled by the World Justice Project (WJP), an independent advocacy group based in the United States.
The Straits Times (paywall)

Programme to help Singapore law firms expand abroad
Called Lawyers Go Global, it aims to help small and medium-sized law firms, which “may have valuable niche expertise but may lack the resources to do their own market research and explore overseas markets on their own,” said the Ministry of Law (MinLaw).
The New Paper

Uber plots expansion in Japan, Singapore amid talks of retreat
If Uber Technologies Inc is planning a retreat from Asia, no one told Brooks Entwistle, head of the ride-hailing company’s business in the region.
Today Online 

Should PM Lee lead beyond 70?
A rare public difference of opinion within the People’s Action Party (PAP) has brought into the open a dilemma over its leadership succession plans.
The Independent Singapore 

Majority of responses ‘supportive’ of mandatory data breach notification: PDPC
The first in a series of public consultations on the review of the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) closed on Thursday (Feb 1), and the majority of the 68 responses received were “supportive” of the proposed mandatory breach notification regime.
Channel NewsAsia 

Woman arrested after buying ticket to meet Korean boyband at Changi Airport transit area
A 20-year-old woman was arrested earlier this week for misusing her boarding pass, after she bought an air ticket to meet a Korean boyband in the transit area of Changi Airport.
Channel NewsAsia

Some plant nurseries damaged by bad weather
The recent spate of bad weather has cost a Seletar orchid nursery more than $10,000 due to the damage.
The New Paper


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