Singapore morning news for December 19

Singapore morning news for December 19
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Singapore private home prices to rise by about 2% in 2020 and 2021: Fitch Ratings
The agency said improving borrower affordability, as household incomes grow faster than home prices, and lower interest rates will contribute to rising home prices.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

No, you won’t be fined S$1,000 for using your mobile phone while crossing the road: S’pore police
Using your mobile phone while crossing the road as a pedestrian is not a crime, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) would like you to know.
— Mothership

Fishy content: Singapore researchers urge reforms after ‘creative labelling’ of seafood products found
New research from Singapore has revealed significant rates of pork or lower-quality fish DNA in local seafood products, leading researchers to urge clearer food labelling guidelines and more stringent testing with better technology in the F&B industry.
— Food Navigator-Asia

F&N of the future: Singapore ‘smart factory’ and innovation centre to focus on health and sustainability
F&N’s new Singapore-based facility will house both its ‘future-ready’ factory and its product innovation centre, with a focus on expanding its range of health and wellness-focused products in a sustainable manner.
— Food Navigator-Asia

Just 1 in 4 here sees need for migrant workers despite labour shortage
Just one in four Singaporeans says there is a need for migrant workers, even though seven in 10 agree there is a labour shortage here.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singaporean woman among 6 foreigners arrested for drug offences in Indonesia: Police
Five accused drug smugglers from Hong Kong, Chile, Switzerland and Thailand who were caught in Bali could face the firing squad if convicted, police on the Indonesian holiday island said Wednesday (Dec 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Jump in trampoline-related injuries among children: Study
Failed landings made up the bulk of the injuries, with just over 60 per cent of the accidents resulting from a fall onto the trampoline mat.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Minister of Education agrees that MOE policy of withholding PSLE results for unpaid school fees should be reviewed
Education Minister Ong Ye Kung will talk about the PSLE certificate issue in Parliament next year.
— The Online Citizen

Most support having better working conditions for maids
Although attitudes of Singaporeans towards migrant workers in general may have cooled, support for better working conditions for foreign domestic helpers is high.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

18% of investors fear their savings are insufficient for retirement
The study found that non-retired investors in Singapore are taking a decent sum from their salary – 18% – to put into their savings, yet are still expressing fears on their funds in retirement.
— Singapore Business Review

Singapore malls evolve to stay relevant despite online shopping threat
DESPITE the threat from online shopping, it is not all gloom at Singapore’s retail scene with some landlords continuing to invest and upgrade malls.
— The Business Times

Using green data to fight climate change
On the third floor of an industrial building in Loyang, an unlikely tenant resides. Behind closed doors, tufts of baby spinach, arugula and kale grow in neat rows on 28 six-tier racks, under a mixture of red, blue and white LED lights.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Cycling path network expansion to be brought forward ‘a couple of year’, says Minister Lam Pin Min
An expansion of Singapore’s cycling path network could be brought forward to give scooter riders more places to ride following the footpath ban, said Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min on Tuesday (17 December).
— The Online Citizen

Importer of recalled Ritter Sport chocolate fined: SFA
An importer who failed to make an accurate declaration of a Ritter Sport chocolate bar that was recalled has been fined S$800, said the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) on Wednesday (Dec 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore investors take note – If it works in India, it will work in Southeast Asia
During the Singapore FinTech Festival which recently concluded, there were calls by Indian venture capitalist Mohandas Pai for Singapore to create a billion-dollar funding arrangement for investments in ‘at least 1,000 start-ups in India’.
— Singapore Business Review

Singapore digital bank aspirants must prove they can make money
Grab Holdings and gaming company Razer will need to demonstrate how their millions of users can help them generate profits if the two technology firms are to win one of Singapore’s coveted digital banking licences.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s plastic-free home goods brand Bambooloo raises seed funding
The Nurturing Co (TNC), a sustainable products company, has closed an initial angel funding from a small group of investors in Singapore and the US.
— e27

Glee Trees raises funding from 500 Startups to take its robotic process automation tech to Indonesia, Vietnam
Singapore-based Robotic Process Automation startup, Glee Trees, has closed an undisclosed sum in investment from 500 Startups. .
— e27

Teen e-scooter rider given short detention order after crashing into pedestrian, causing injuries
A Vietnamese teenager here on holiday will be spending a week behind bars after crashing into a pedestrian while riding an e-scooter.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

OCBC tops 2 regional sustainable finance league tables for 2019
OCBC Bank has topped two 2019 sustainable finance league tables for the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan, the lender said in a media statement on Wednesday (Dec 18).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Only time will tell if the POFMA will dumb down sentiment
Not too long ago, opposition parties, the alternative media outlets and political commentators alike had raised concerns in relation to the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA).
— The Online Citizen

Jail for ex-Citibank employee for offences that include misappropriating $35,000
Already caught for cheating, a 25-year-old man went rogue while out on police bail last year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Nee Soon East turns municipal banners into everyday items as part of zero waste initiative
In this neighbourhood, large municipal banners are being transformed into everyday items like bags, lanterns and tissue boxes.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Health Check Podcast: How to spot mental health issues if you are aged 16-30
In this fortnightly podcast series on Wednesdays, The Straits Times guides you to healthier living and clears up some common misconceptions on health.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Riding the learning curve with the CEO of Supahands
Mark Koh, CEO of Supahands, reflected on his role in growing the company into what it is today with Mike Dias, CEO of ScaleUp Valley.
— e27

COE prices fall across all categories
Certificate of Entitlement (COE) premiums fell across all categories in the latest bidding exercise on Wednesday (Dec 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Potential digital banks in S’pore must show profits
Grab Holdings and gaming company Razer will need to demonstrate how their millions of users can help them generate profits if the two technology firms are to win one of Singapore’s coveted digital banking licences.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore shares rise 0.3% amid mixed markets
Singapore equities outperformed most other regional markets, some of which are showing signs of fatigue after a strong run that began in the lead-up to last Friday’s confirmation of a US-China Phase One trade deal.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

The low-income women who are baking in change into their lives, together
Since the start of an initiative to enhance the skills of bakers in rental communities, the women involved have found support from one another, extra money during the festive season and new possibilities for the future.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

ST Causes Week 2019: Four families sold their homes to cook for the needy
Four good friends came together in 2013 to cook and distribute free meals every week to 100 needy residents living in Chinatown.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

The Straits Times News Tablet subscription plan officially available for purchase
The Straits Times News Tablet, a new subscription deal to read the e-paper version of ST, is officially open for purchase.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ad agency Dentsu to cut 11% of staff in 7 markets
Japanese advertising agency Dentsu will lay off 11 per cent of its employees in seven markets, including Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Graphic designer’s second try gets onto shortlist in Total Defence logo revamp competition
In 1985, Mr Koh Yoke Chye took part in the first Total Defence logo design competition as a full-time national serviceman with the police academy but did not win.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man was flying drone without permit when it landed on LRT tracks and was hit by a train
Fortunately, the incident on Feb 8 last year did not cause any damage to the train and services were not disrupted.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Tower Transit disciplines bus driver caught on camera running red light in Telok Blangah Road
In a dashcam video, the 97 double-deck bus is seen speeding up and swerving into the right lane without signalling to overtake a taxi in front of it which had stopped for the red light.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Donation goal reached for Boys’ Brigade charity drive but more volunteers needed for gift delivery
When Madam Khoong Yoon Chun, 81, received two bags of 3-in-1 Milo packets on Wednesday (Dec 18), it put a smile on her face as she drinks a cup of it every day.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

ST year-end round-up: 10 of our best interactive graphics for 2019
An immersive guide to the Istana, a data-driven look at the colourful history of Singapore’s street names and an interactive quiz on artificial intelligence were among the interactive graphics produced by ST in 2019.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

CapitaLand’s Ascott steps up global spread, adding 7,500 units in 2019
CapitaLand’s lodging business unit, The Ascott, has stepped up its global expansion with the opening of 7,500 units in over 40 properties this year, a new record for the company, it announced on Wednesday (Dec 18).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Stop sharing videos of fatal SLE crash as ‘it is like killing the man multiple times’, say some observers
The moving trailer runs over and crushes the 45-year-old motorcyclist, leaving a bloody trail across the Seletar Expressway (SLE).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Jail for NTU student who claimed stress & ‘addiction’ to bare buttocks caused him to take upskirt videos
Chong Yen Bin had amassed a collection of at least 26 videos.
— Mothership

As the son of a migrant, this pastor wants to help migrant workers in Singapore
Given the extensive help he’s provided migrant workers in Singapore over the years, it was surprising to hear Reverend Samuel Gift Stephen say that there was a point of time in his life when he actually wanted nothing at all to do with such members of Singapore society.
— The Pride

Sanrio-themed jewellery with Little Twin Stars, Hello Kitty, Cinnamoroll & more now available at Goldheart S’pore
There will be over 30 new creations to choose from.
— Mothership

8 months’ jail for man who abducted woman in 2016
In the guise of a helpful bystander, a man approached a drunk woman and carried her into a taxi.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

6 rescue kittens in S’pore have been living in pet carriers for 4 days, help urgently needed
Six rescue kittens living in pet carriers are urgently in need of sponsors, adopters, or fosters.
— Mothership

Passenger with S$50 note but short of S$0.40 said he humiliated by SBS bus driver who didn’t give chance
A man in Singapore took to Facebook on Dec. 17 to rant about his experience with a bus driver here who did not allow the passenger to board the bus.
— Mothership

Worker rescued after excavator topples and traps his left leg
A man’s leg was pinned under an excavator at a Housing Board worksite in Tampines on Tuesday (Dec 17) morning.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)


Feature photo Migrant Workers’ Centre

This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on International Migrants Day, December 18.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



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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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