Singapore morning news for April 1

Singapore morning news for April 1

Singapore morning newsBeyond the core: Singapore’s office decentralisation
WHEN property developer Ho Bee Land bought a commercial site at North Buona Vista Drive for S$410.99 million in 2010, observers said then that the resulting office product would be untested for the area.
— The Business Times

EU-Singapore trade deal awakens sovereign restructuring fears
Trade and investment treaties are usually ushered in with smiles, handshakes, backslaps and photo opportunities for all concerned.
— Risk Net

Singapore, Malaysia need further discussions to solve water issue: Saifuddin
Negotiations on the sale of water to Singapore through the 1962 Water Agreement will require continuous efforts from both parties to find a mutually beneficial solution.
— The Sun Daily

Singapore airport still ranked best in the world
Singapore’s Changi Airport was voted world’s best airport for the seventh consecutive year according to the Skytrax ranking, which is determined by around 13.73 million travellers voting in a global customer satisfaction survey.
— Times Now

Reimagining Singapore’s CBD
LAST week, the announcement of Singapore’s Draft Master Plan 2019 cast the spotlight on the Central Area.
— The Business Times

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PM Lee convenes committee to review data security in public sector
A PUBLIC sector data security review committee was convened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday to conduct a review of data security practices across the entire public service, following a series of recent data breaches.
— The Business Times

Singapore wants more green living, going underground to free space
The garden city of Singapore wants to be even more green. It also wants more homes in its central business district, and plans to move facilities underground to free up living space.
— Business Mirror

Truly taking back control
The UK is teetering towards Brexit. No one knows what will happen over the next few months. Yet around one-third of British voters support a “no-deal” departure from the European Union (EU), which risks inflicting an economic disaster on the country.
— The Edge Singapore

PM Lee convenes committee to review data security practices in public service
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has convened a committee to conduct a comprehensive review of data security practices across the entire public service, with findings and recommendations to be submitted by Nov 30, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) announced on Sunday (Mar 31).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘Invisible yet visible’: Singapore’s transgender people live in the shadows
A chest binder, packaging from used hormone injections and a preserved penis donated after a sex-change operation – all part of an exhibition designed to showcase Singapore’s rich transgender history.
— Reuters

Expect another volatile month for markets
Investors can expect April to be another volatile month as recession fears and geopolitical chaos swirl, according to market watchers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Mishandled blood donor data was accessed illegally and possibly extracted: HSA vendor
Secur Solutions Group (SSG), a vendor of the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) that mishandled the data of more than 800,000 blood donors earlier this year, on Saturday (March 30) said that information was accessed illegally and possibly extracted.
— Today Online

Commentary: Would you want to raise a family in Singapore’s CBD?
In order for an inner-city project to thrive, it has to cater to the everyday needs of the people living there, says June Yong.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Feb home loans shrink for first time since 2006
HOUSING loans in Singapore hit another low in February, with mortgages contracting oveMortgages booked in February on a net basis came in at S$203.8 billion, falling from S$204.3 billion in January.
— The Business Times

URA launches Bugis site, postpones tender of One-North parcel
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) launched the tender yesterday of a site in Tan Quee Lan Street under the Confirmed List of the first half 2019 Government Land Sales (GLS) programme.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Rich irony in a food paradise
It is hard to figure out why, in a compact and wealthy city state such as Singapore, where food options are plentiful and comparatively cheap, there are still people who worry about where their next meal will come from.
— The Edge Singapore

Is now the time to buy Boeing shares?
BOEING Co. is in a heap of trouble right now – there’s no getting around it. The two deadly crashes of its new plane, the 737 Max, killing 346 people, have cost it an enormous amount of reputational capital, and will undoubtedly cost it a lot of money – in lawsuit settlements, multi-million-dollar payments to airlines that have had to ground the plane, and, quite possibly, lost sales if customers conclude that Airbus SE makes safer airplanes.
— The Business Times

SCDF will not do hospital run if it’s not emergency
From Monday, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) will no longer convey non-emergency cases to the hospitals, to free up resources for life-threatening cases.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘Invisible yet visible’: Singapore’s transgender people live in the shadows
A chest binder, packaging from used hormone injections and a preserved penis donated after a sex-change operation — all part of an exhibition designed to showcase Singapore’s rich transgender history.
— Today Online

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Corporate big fish must swim smarter, not just faster, to surf startup wave
CORPORATIONS need to be strategic in engaging startups, and not rush headlong into securing partnerships, said panellists at the RISE Corporate Innovation Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday.
— The Business Times

SMU to host talk on fake news, disinformation
The Singapore Management University Library will host a public forum on Wednesday on the theme of social trust in an age of disinformation and falsehoods.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

3 meal services you need to avoid the queues during lunchtime
Hi, worker! Do you go out for lunch? If you do, you will be familiar with the crowds and the queuing involved when you try to grab a bite around midday.
— Asia One

Intervention in fried rice paradise
Few go hungry in food haven Singapore but there is still a segment of the population who are not food secure because of income or health issues that make preparing or buying nutritious meals difficult.
— The Edge Singapore

New board appointments at JTC, EMA and CCCS
New board appointments have been made at JTC Corporation, the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) and the Energy Market Authority (EMA).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Laws to tackle deliberate online falsehoods to be introduced in Parliament: PM Lee
The new legislation will be introduced in Parliament on Monday (Apr 1), and will give the Government the power to hold online news sources and platforms accountable if they proliferate deliberate online falsehoods.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Electric scooter bursts into flames in Hougang flat, 2 residents injured
An electric scooter that was left charging in the living room of a Hougang flat burst into flames on Friday evening (March 29), with four people in the unit fleeing for their lives.
— Asia One

Bedwetting still nightly problem for some older kids, but it’s no shame
Bedwetting is a common early childhood problem but for some older children here, waking up in a urine-soaked bed is a regular affair.
— Today Online

Setting up of data security panel a proactive move, say experts
The formation of the Public Sector Data Security Review Committee is a forward-thinking step in beefing up data security and shoring up public confidence, said industry experts, even as they identified challenges.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Patrick Ang succeeds Lee Eng Beng as managing partner at Rajah & Tann S’pore
RAJAH & Tann Singapore deputy managing partner, Patrick Ang, 55, is taking over from Senior Counsel Lee Eng Beng, 52, as managing partner, effective March 31, the law firm announced on Friday.
— The Business Times

Food-poisoning cases hit 238 as kids, staff at 5 more pre-schools fall ill
Children and staff at five more PCF Sparkletots pre-schools have reported symptoms of food poisoning, bringing the total number of cases to 238. The figure includes 16 people from Plan Student Care Centre in Ubi Avenue 1 who reported similar symptoms.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore third link need not be a traffic bridge
The third link between Malaysia and Singapore need not necessarily be in the form of existing links between both nations.
— New Straits Times

New study shows younger Singaporeans more open to letting religious extremists air their views online
A new study has been published by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) on March 28, Thursday, showing that more than 25 percent of Singaporeans said that religious extremists should be allowed to air their beliefs and perspectives online.
— The Independent

CAAS will lift Boeing 737 MAX suspension only when safety concerns have been ‘adequately addressed’
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said on Friday (Mar 29) that it will allow the Boeing 737 MAX to resume operations here only when it sees no safety concerns relating to the aircraft type.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore to rely on “intelligence sharing” with Australia in preparation for “expected reprisals” after Christchurch massacre: Ng Eng Hen
In an effort to step up Singapore’s counter-terrorism measures in the face of “expected reprisals” following the Christchurch massacre that took the lives of 50 Muslim worshippers on 15 Mar, the Republic will rely on “intelligence sharing” with Australia.
— The Online Citizen

In Parliament: Shanmugam to make ministerial statement on hate speech
Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam will be addressing hate speech through a ministerial statement in Parliament on Monday (April 1), in light of recent events here and abroad that stirred Islamophobia and anti-Christian sentiments.
— Today Online

NParks launches 36km trail linking Coney Island with Jurong Lake
The National Parks Board on Saturday (Mar 30) launched a 36km trail linking with Coney Island Park in the northeast with Jurong Lake Gardens in the west.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Weekends are for the outdoors
Let’s talk about these curious things called weekends. Weekends are one of the most precious commodities in our high-stress, fast-paced lives, and they also seem to go by suspiciously quickly, especially when you’ve got a metre-long to-do list of overdue errands.
— The Independent

Mr Heng’s statement that only young Singaporeans are ready for an ethnic minority PM shows that he’s out of touch with society
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat’s recent statement (28 March) about most Singaporeans might not be ready for an ethnic minority PM has drawn the ire of many citizens including international human rights M Ravi and Peoples Voice Singapore politician Simon Lim.
— The Online Citizen

HSA recalls high blood pressure drugs: What you need to know about losartan
Three brands of high blood pressure medicine containing the ingredient losartan have been recalled after they were found to contain higher than acceptable levels of a potentially harmful impurity, said the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) on Thursday (Mar 28).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Potential 4G PM asks people to be “open to foreigners” as he cites ex-chief planner’s views that Singapore should have 10M population
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat asserted that Singaporeans need to be open to foreigners, at a ministerial dialogue at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) this week. Heng’s reason for needing Singaporeans to be open to foreigners is curious.
— The Independent


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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