Singapore Morning News For January 24

Singapore Morning News For January 24
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Singapore morning newsFirst Zika case of 2018 reported in Singapore
After nearly four months without a reported case of Zika virus infection, the first case of 2018 was confirmed last Thursday (Jan 18).
Channel NewsAsia 

Survey finds 45% of S’poreans unhappy at work in 2017
Issues with management, as well as a lack of career development and training opportunities, are creating serious unhappiness at work in Singapore.
Today Online 

As Singapore ages, low tax model creaks
Beneath its modern and glitzy exterior, Singapore is aging. For the first time in its short history, the Southeast Asian nation is expected to have as many people aged 65 and older as under 15 this year, a demographic crux that challenges the low-tax economic model that helped transform Singapore from port town to financial hub in a matter of decades.

Facebook finally enables Marketplace feature in Singapore
Social media giant Facebook has launched yet another feature for its users in Singapore.
Business Insider 

Boeing to Have Large Presence at Singapore Airshow 2018
Boeing will showcase a wide range of products and services at this year’s Singapore Airshow, Asia’s largest aerospace and defense show, which runs 6-11 February 2018.
Asia Travel Tips 

Singapore completes public safety trials with NEC
NEC and NEC Asia Pacific have announced the completion of three safety and security test bed projects, held in and near Singapore’s Jurong Island, under the Safety and Security Industry Program (SSIP) 2020.
Telecom Asia 

Major investments planned, says PM Lee as Singapore signs FTA with Sri Lanka
While Sri Lanka is in the process of negotiating free trade agreements (FTA) with several partners, Singapore is the first to complete one with them and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is “very glad” that negotiations went smoothly.
Channel NewsAsia 

How much additional revenue can S’pore get from raising GST and other taxes?
In the lead-up to Budget 2018, much public discussion has centred on the prospect of higher taxes — so much so that Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Monday (Jan 22) that the Budget is not about taxes or handing out “goodies”.
Today Online 

Is PM Lee set to become Senior Minister after the new head of government takes over?
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean addressed the hot topic of leadership renewal at the Institute of Policy Studies’ Singapore Perspectives 2018 Conference yesterday and said that leadership in Singapore must not become aged since a certain vitality and energy is needed to govern the nation and handle matters overseas:
The Independent Singapore 

Negotiations concluded on new trans-Pacific trade deal: MTI
Eleven countries have officially concluded negotiations on a new trade pact after the United States dropped out of the Trans Pacific Partnership last year.
Channel NewsAsia

Over 100 endangered turtles hatch in Singapore
Over 100 baby turtles have hatched on a Singapore beach before being released into the sea, authorities said Tuesday, in a boost for the critically endangered creatures.
Time Live 

Singapore ranks third in innovation rankings, South Korea tops index: Bloomberg
Singapore ranked ahead of European countries like Germany and Switzerland in the Bloomberg 2018 Innovation Index according to a report on Tuesday (Jan 23).
Channel NewsAsia 

Singapore reviewing anti-graft law amid criminal wrongdoing at companies
Singapore’s anti-corruption watchdog said it is reviewing the country’s primary anti-graft law.
The Star Online

Singapore-Philippines aviation market: rapid growth, but Cebu Pacific and Scoot JV still unfinished
The Singapore-Philippines market has grown rapidly over the past decade, driven primarily by expansion from low cost airlines. Four of Asia’s main LCC brands now compete in the Singapore-Philippines market and account for more than 50% of the capacity.
Centre For Aviation 

Commentary: Singapore’s rising natural gas ambitions face big challenges
Singapore’s central role in global LNG markets is unquestionable but the country’s long-term prospects faces huge challenges, says one oil and gas expert.
Channel NewsAsia

62 dockless bicycles impounded by LTA
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) impounded 62 dockless bicycles from bike-sharing companiesthat were parked indiscriminately in a week-long operation this month.
The New Paper

Mandarin Gardens revives en bloc bid, could fetch over S$2 billion
After an aborted attempt 10 years ago following the Lehman Brothers crisis, owners of the 1,006-unit Mandarin Gardens are reviving their bid for a collective sale.
Today Online 

Re-imaging Singapore: New Google Street View cars hit the road
Singapore is the first Southeast Asian country to have a Street View refresh using the tech giant’s latest camera technology, says Google executive Cynthia Wei in an exclusive interview with Channel NewsAsia.
Channel NewsAsia 

Ex-vendors resort to illegal peddling after Sungei Road Market closed down
President of the Association for the Recycling of Second Hand Goods, Mr Koh Ah Koon, reported that ex-vendors at the iconic Thieves Market at Sungei Road have resorted to peddling their goods illegally after the government permanently closed down the Market last year.
The Independent Singapore 

Changi Airport’s passenger traffic hit all-time high of 62.2m last year
Changi Airport handled a record 62.2 million passenger movements last year, 6 per cent higher than a year ago.
Today Online 

Code of Practice to regulate online giving
The platforms – Give.Asia,, Ray of Hope Initiative and Simply Giving – said they will adopt the code that they developed together with Commissioner of Charities Ang Hak Seng.
The New Paper 


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