Singapore morning news for December 10

Singapore morning news for December 10
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Singapore among the most well-fed in the world, for second consecutive year: Study
Singaporeans are among the most well-fed populations in the world, according to a recent study.
— The Straits Times

Consumers to pay GST for Netflix and other overseas digital services: 5 other policy changes from Jan 1
From Jan 1, those who subscribe to Netflix and other overseas digital services will have to pay a 7 per cent goods and services tax (GST).
— The Straits Times

Singapore is the second hardest-working city in the Asia-Pacific region behind Tokyo, reveals Instant Offices analysis
After analysing data on 40 international cities, global serviced office provider Instant Offices have provided a work intensity score index on the most hard-working Asia-Pacific cities, taking into account several factors per city, including the length of commute, arrival time at work, hours worked per week, and vacation days taken.
— The Online Citizen

Why the New US-Singapore Guam Fighter Training Detachment Pact Matters
The pact constitutes yet another boost for the U.S.-Singapore defense relationship in spite of wider challenges that remain for ties.
— The Diplomat

3 in 10 here have faced domestic abuse cases: Poll
Domestic abuse could be far more widespread than first thought, according to a new survey out yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘Under one umbrella’: New Singapore food institute to deliver unified approach to product innovation and market entry
Singapore’s major food research entities will be consolidated under a new institute by the second quarter of 2020, enabling F&B firms large and small to access a ‘one-stop shop’ of research and information pertaining to food safety, regulations and innovation.
— Food Navigator-Asia

Health experts warn of emerging threat of Nipah virus
A deadly virus called Nipah carried by bats has already caused human outbreaks across South and South East Asia and has serious epidemic potential, global health and infectious disease specialists said on Monday (Dec 9).

Singapore’s Food Security Seen at Heavy Risk From Climate Change
Singapore, home to some of the planet’s most affluent people, shouldn’t have to worry about going hungry — except when you factor in the threat of climate change.
— Bloomberg

GDP 2.0 measures growth democratically
ABHIJIT Banerjee and Esther Duflo, two of this year’s recipients of the Nobel Memorial Prize in economic sciences, are the latest among leading economists to remind us that gross domestic product (GDP) is an imperfect measure of human welfare.
— The Business Times

Singapore’s Property Glut Could Take Years to Clear
Singapore has a property glut that could take years to clear, threatening to kill a nascent price recovery amid an already uncertain economic outlook.
— Bloomberg

There Is More Upside Ahead for Markets: Bank of Singapore’s Lee
Eli Lee, head of investment strategy at Bank of Singapore, discusses the possibility of U.S. tariffs on China taking effect on Dec. 15 and what it would mean for markets. He speaks on “Bloomberg Markets: Asia.
— Bloomberg

Singapore authority revokes Inter-Pacific Petroleum’s bunker supplier licence
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has revoked the bunker supplier licence of Inter-Pacific Petroleum Pte Ltd effective today.
— Malay Mail

Guidelines for companies established on rest areas for outsourced workers
Guidelines for companies to provide proper rest areas for outsourced workers were released on Monday (Dec 9).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Without patriotism, there can be no good governance in Singapore
There are obvious discrepancies in some of our Free Trade Agreements “FTAs” that are detrimental to the well being of Singaporeans.
— The Online Citizen

Future Serangoon polyclinic to be located opposite NEX mall
Residents who live around NEX shopping mall and Serangoon MRT station will be within walking distance of Singapore’s largest polyclinic when it opens in 2025.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore shares buck regional trend on Monday, STI down 0.5%
ON Monday, investors in Asia had to process mixed newsflows from the weekend, such as last Friday’s unexpectedly strong US jobs report and Sunday’s poor Chinese export figures.
— The Business Times

Outsourced workers to get better rest areas with new advisory by tripartite partners
Outsourced workers such as cleaners, security officers and landscape maintenance workers should have rest areas with proper ventilation and access to drinking water.
— The Straits Times

Singapore stock watch: Forise CEO resigns after just 4 months over pay
The following companies saw new developments that may affect trading of their securities on Monday (Dec 9)
— The Straits Times

New book details how Israel helped build up the Singapore Armed Forces
In October 1965, a senior Israel Defence Force officer was dispatched to Singapore to meet then Defence Minister Goh Keng Swee in secret.
— The Straits Times

There Have Never Been So Many Tourists Coming to Singapore
A year ago “Crazy Rich Asians” drove a surge of tourists to Singapore.
— Bloomberg

How spacetech is soaring in Singapore
The city is already home to 30 firms that are taking advantage of its spacetech advancements.
— Singapore Business Review

Maybank Kim Eng lays off 5% of its Singapore workforce
MAYBANK Kim Eng, the investment banking and securities broking arm of Malaysia’s largest bank, has laid off 5 per cent of its Singapore workforce as stiffer competition prompts a restructuring of its Singapore retail brokerage operations.
— The Business Times

Low interest rates should make 2020 another good year for SGD bond market
FIXED-income bankers are looking forward to another good year, with interest rates likely to remain low, while issuers have some refinancing to do as bonds mature or become callable in 2020.
— The Business Times

Total reaffirms commitment to S’pore as strategic hub
French energy giant Total officially opened its regional headquarters at Frasers Tower yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Court awards nearly $872k to man who suffered brain injury in crash, but rejects $420k maid claim
A 28-year-old man, who suffered brain injury after the motorcycle on which he was the pillion rider collided with a taxi, was on Monday (Dec 9) awarded damages of nearly $872,000 in the negligence suit he filed against his friend.
— The Straits Times

Over 30 ex-offenders get free smartphone under initiative to help them reconnect with family and friends
More than 30 former offenders received a free mobile phone with a six-month unlimited data plan on Monday (Dec 9) to help them reconnect with family and friends.
— The Straits Times

SGH Campus to get new road network, 1,000 more parking lots
Those visiting the Singapore General Hospital Campus can expect to see smoother traffic flow and less congestion from the end of this month, when a new road network comprising three separate non-connecting routes is opened.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘No-nonsense’ training from 7.30am to 1am: New book reveals how Israel helped Singapore establish SAF
Singapore’s first batch of officer cadets had to wake up at 5.30am, begin training at 7.30am and end their day only at 1am.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s swimmers finish with 23 golds, match best showing at SEA Games
Singapore’s swimmers have matched their best showing at the SEA Games as they added five more golds to their total tally on Monday (Dec 9) to make it a total of 23.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Neuron Mobility raises US$18.5M to accelerate its e-scooter sharing service in Australia, New Zealand
Singapore-headquartered shared e-scooter startup Neuron Mobility has raised US$18.5 million in a new funding round led by California-based cross-border fund GSR Ventures and Australian VC firm Square Peg Capital.
— e27

Singapore’s Noah Lim wins jiu-jitsu gold at sport’s SEA Games debut
Singapore’s Noah Lim won the gold medal in the men’s jiu-jitsu (ne-waza) SEA Games match on Monday (Dec 9), as the sport made its debut in the regional competition.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Billiards: Singapore’s Peter Gilchrist retains SEA Games gold
Singapore’s Peter Gilchrist won the English Billiards singles competition at the SEA Games on Monday (Dec 9), defending his 10-year claim on the gold title.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Retired banker suggests that the proposed expected long-term real returns on government assets to be approved by Parliament instead of the President
On Facebook today (9 October), retired banker Chris Kuan shared a Straits Times article about President Halimah being briefed by GIC, MAS and Temasek on projected investment returns, a process which she described as “an important one within our annual Budget cycle”.
— The Online Citizen

President Halimah to review Government’s proposed expected long-term real returns, in consultation with the CPA
In a Facebook posting on Sunday (8 December), President Halimah Yacob said that she has been briefed by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat and officials from the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on “Government’s proposed expected long-term real returns on its assets”.
— The Online Citizen

LTA awards S$210 million contract for Jurong West, Bahar Junction MRT stations
Two Jurong Region Line stations will be designed and constructed by the Singapore branch of China Railway 11 Bureau Group, the Land Transport Authority said on Monday (Dec 9).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore swimmers set new SEA Games record in 50m freestyle heats
Singapore swimmers Jonathan Tan and Teong Tzen Wei both clocked the same time (22.46) in the men’s 50m freestyle heats to set a joint-new SEA Games record on Monday (Dec 9).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

George Yeo: LKY only agreed to visit Israel in 1994, his first & only time, after Oslo Accord
The former foreign minister shared an anecdote about Singapore and Israel’s deep ties at a book launch commemorating 50 years of diplomatic ties.
— Mothership

3 more Singapore footballers broke curfew during SEA Games: FAS
Three more footballers from Singapore’s SEA Games squad were found to have broken curfew during the tournament in the Philippines, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) said on Monday (Dec 9).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S’pore police looking for 2 men to assist with investigation into Compass One shop thefts
The Singapore police are looking for two men to assist with investigations into two shop theft cases.
— Mothership

Book containing vulgarities not on MOE’s recommended list, chosen by school
A novel containing vulgarities was not part of the recommended text list from the Ministry of Education (MOE) but selected by a school for its literary merit, the ministry said on Monday (Dec 9).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Online users question CNA for failing to mention that the foreigner in anti-CECA rally was actually a tourist
It was reported in an article by the Channel News Asia (CNA) that police are investigating activist and founder of (a support site for the unemployed) following a report that a foreigner participated in an anti-CECA rally that he organised last month.
— The Online Citizen

Badminton: Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew settles for silver after losing SEA Games final
Singapore’s wait for a gold medal in the badminton men’s singles continues after Loh Kean Yew lost 18-21, 18-21 to Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex in Manila on Monday (Dec 9).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Sport Singapore CEO BG Lim is the grandson of war hero, MG Lim Bo Seng
Last Friday (6 Dec), Sport Singapore CEO Lim Teck Yin apologised to the public in a letter to ST Forum for the massive traffic jams built-up in the city area during the marathon race on 30 Nov (‘Sport Singapore CEO BG Lim “apologises” for massive traffic jams in last Sat’s marathon run’).
— The Online Citizen

Supermarket upskirter who was pinned down by victim’s boyfriend gets jail
A man who took upskirt videos of a woman at the supermarket was caught in the act and pinned down on the floor by the victim’s boyfriend.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Company fined S$2,000 for false labelling drink Durian Whisky when it contains only 18% alcohol, not 37%
Durian Whisky was launched in Singapore at the Yummy Food Expo on June 27.
— Mothership

2 arrested after fight breaks out at Jewel Changi Airport
Two men were arrested on Sunday (Dec 8) after a fight broke out outside the A&W restaurant at Jewel Changi Airport.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)


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This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on International Anti-Corruption Day, December 9.


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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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