Singapore morning news for December 23

Singapore morning news for December 23
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5G roll-out high on telecom industry’s agenda in 2020
SINGAPORE’S unprecedented bidding exercise for 5G network licences will be the hottest development for telcos in 2020 – even if it is unclear what hand each company plans to reveal.
— The Business Times

Personal data of 2,400 Mindef, SAF staff may have been leaked
The personal data of 2,400 Ministry of Defence (Mindef) and Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) staff may have been leaked through e-mail phishing by malicious malware.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

$2.9b spent on Home Improvement Programme for HDB flats
The Government has spent about $2.9 billion on the Home Improvement Programme by the Housing Board (HDB) as of March 31.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

16 Singaporean tourists injured in Thailand bus accident: Report
Sixteen Singaporeans were injured after their tour bus skidded off the road in central Thailand on Friday (Dec 20) night, Thai media reported.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Wolbachia delivers a toxin-free death blow to rocketing dengue rates (video)
As the number of confirmed deaths from dengue in the Philippines this year broke through the 1,500 barrier last month, scientists and health officials meeting in Maryland, USA, were being shown compelling evidence that the days of the debilitating disease are numbered.
— AEC News Today

Which areas in Singapore have more Aedes mosquitoes? There’s an app for that
Members of the public can now use an app to check if they live in an area with lots of mosquitos, as part of the authorities’ push to tackle dengue in Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: Forget bamboo straws. Let’s name the elephants in the room of Singapore’s climate debate
While Singapore contributes less than 0.1 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, the world can no longer afford the blame game and finger-pointing, says Yale-NUS’ Angel Hsu.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Critically endangered monkey that calls Singapore home
In the small cluster of forests left in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, a black-and-white monkey lives on the brink of extinction.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s renewed love affair with Aussie property driving acquisitions
SINGAPORE investors’ love for Australian real estate was rekindled this year, with acquisitions up 20 per cent to US$3.4 billion driven by the transparent and deep market, good yields, freehold opportunities and cheap currency.
— The Business Times

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on leave until Jan 3
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be on leave for two weeks from Saturday (Dec 21) to Jan 3, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office on Friday.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Some North-South Line stations to close early between January and March
Several MRT stations on the North-South Line will close early between January and March next year for maintenance works.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Faced with PSLE anxiety, boy finds help – and joy – from therapy dogs
Animal-assisted therapy is relatively new in Singapore, but some are turning to it to help them improve their emotional well-being. On The Red Dot finds out how well it can work.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Mock skyscrapers, simulated rain at Singapore self-driving test centre
The road sweeper and a golf buggy move around the track with ease, jamming their brakes on when a pedestrian steps out and negotiating sharp turns.
— The Online Citizen

‘The solution is doing right by one’s conscience and the law’: Former Auditor General publishes book
ver 30 years ago, officers from the then Singapore Customs and Excise Department took extraordinary steps to recover $8.15 from the crew member of a boat who was mistakenly given an extra day’s wages.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

What is a digital bank?
A digital bank offers banking services such as deposits, loans, debit and credit cards like a traditional bank, except that transactions are performed online and the bank does not have a physical branch.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Climate change, floods and drought: Here’s how badly Singapore could be affected
Singaporeans might see the effects of the climate crisis sooner than they think, and the impact could be worse than expected, as the programme Why It Matters finds out.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Malay-Muslim community to be consulted on more issues that concern them: Masagos
Malay-Muslims will get more say in Singapore’s policy-making, in line with the Government’s overall strategy for the future, said Mr Masagos Zulkifli in a media interview pertaining to issues to do with the community on Tuesday (Dec 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: When pleasure turns into habit and abuse – Singapore’s growing binge drinking problem
Addictions start as pleasure-seeking experiences, before they become habit, then abuse, says Dr Prem Kumar Shanmugam.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Companies in private sector plan to give bonus of 1-2 months
Sectors such as finance, insurance, real estate, healthcare, transportation equipment and information technology may see higher bonuses than average.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

E-commerce boom exacerbates SingPost’s delivery woes
Once again, the year-end cyber sale events smashed records, as buying habits continue to shift from in-store to online.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Crowe Singapore sees opportunities in uncertainty
ECONOMIC uncertainty is probably the bane of most companies. But for accounting and advisory services firm Crowe Singapore, it offers a silver lining.
— The Business Times

Suzhou Industrial Park developer raises 1.36b yuan in IPO
THE joint-venture company that developed the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) has raised 1.36 billion yuan (S$262 million) in an initial public offering (IPO) that took nearly 15 years to bring to fruition.
— The Business Times

83-year-old businessman duped of S$120,000 in gold ingot scam
The police on Friday (Dec 20) advised the public to be wary of a scam involving the sale of fake gold ingots.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

NSF sustains spine injury during unilateral parachute training in Taiwan: MINDEF
A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) full-time national serviceman was injured during unilateral parachute training in Taiwan, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said on Friday (Dec 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Vietnamese tanker captain jailed over Shell oil heist in Singapore
A Vietnamese tanker captain has been jailed in Singapore for his part in a scheme that saw about US$150 million (S$203 million) worth of oil stolen from energy giant Shell’s largest refinery, authorities said Friday (Dec 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

The flip side of heartwarming story on N-Level student who passes despite intense hardship
N-Level results were released yesterday (19 December) with students from the Normal (Academic) stream maintaining a pass rate of 99.5% while those in the Normal (Technical) stream shone with a pass rate of 98.1%.
— The Online Citizen

POFMA, a blank cheque for the government to defame?
Just last week, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) issued three correction orders under the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA), upon Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) over three online postings made by the party.
— The Online Citizen

Inaugural literature festival featuring works by migrant workers held at the National Library
A literature scene here of foreign workers penning stories and poems has blossomed into Singapore’s first migrant literature festival.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Needy families in Woodlands get a helping hand from bikers and other groups
Every December is a trying time for Madam Flora Yong.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Aussie researcher says S’pore may be 1,000 years old connected to Indian Chola dynasty
A new study made by Australian researcher Dr Iain Sinclair suggests that Singapore may be 1,000 years old instead of the generally accepted 700 years by scholars.
— The Online Citizen

Pisa maths score a sign of Malay progress, says Masagos
Malay students in Singapore have achieved a historic first by outperforming the average international student in mathematics, the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) results show.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Businesses must now give debtors more time to settle up, courts should not be first port of call
Mr Andy Lim, founder of GF+A Global which imports premium European tiles, said he gives his clients 60-day credit.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Gifts from public bring festive cheer to migrant workers
The season of giving is upon us and non-governmental organisations are helping migrant workers this festive season.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

300 students get back-to-school gear, thanks to Sembawang youth
Nearly 300 students between the ages of seven and 21 received new school bags, stationery and $100 worth of bookstore and supermarket vouchers yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Abandoned Viet baby treated at KKH in 2017 dies
An orphaned Vietnamese baby who was treated in a Singapore hospital two years ago has died.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Bursaries for 320 children of current and former offenders
Things were looking grim for Dani earlier this year when his teacher told him he might not be able to make it to secondary school next year as he scored less than 20 out of 100 in maths, his weakest subject.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

ST Causes Week 2019: ‘National service’ of the mentoring, tutoring kind
Outside of their regular duties as full-time national servicemen, a group of six NSFs also spend their Saturdays running a free tuition programme for children living in rental flats in the Henderson area.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Time to stop blaming SGX, look beyond it
Since joining the securities industry in 1993, I’ve heard people complain about how dull and moribund the Singapore stock market is, usually blaming the regulators.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pet insurance market still young in Singapore
Pets can rack up big medical bills as they get older, but few owners have plans to buy insurance for them.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Delays expected at Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints over holiday season: ICA
Travellers using the Woodlands and Tuas Checkpoints during the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays can expect delays and heavy traffic, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said on Friday (Dec 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Vintage playgrounds and staycation spots of the ’70s: 5 hidden gems in Pasir Ris
On Thursday (Dec 19), Singapore’s National Heritage Board (NHB) launched its 19th heritage trail, this time in Pasir Ris in a bid to showcase the neighbourhood’s coastal and natural features.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MSF to review assistance for single-mother after report of attempted suicide for CPF monies surfaced
TOC reported earlier this week that a Singaporean woman, Ms Soo (not her real name), attempted suicide out of desperation of her dire family’s financial situation.
— The Online Citizen

Woodlands resident creates fairy tale Christmas with rainbow dwarf village and giant snowman
Seven colourful dwarfs alongside seven cabins with snow-capped roofs in a Woodlands neighbourhood are seeking their princess this Christmas.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’porean solemniser did weddings in McDonald’s, HDB flats, & helped a couple avoid divorce
Pauline Sim hopes to be a wedding solemniser for as long as she can.
— Mothership

Gambas Avenue accident: GrabFood rider was working part-time to support ill wife and family
The GrabFood delivery rider who died in an accident in Gambas Avenue last Friday (Dec 20) had been working two jobs to support his family, which comprised his wife and 11-year-old daughter.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘Happiness is a sin’: S’porean youth shares what it’s like to live in a neighbourhood with drug addicts & gangs
Farah was just 11 years old when she started noticing drug needles and blood stains around her block every day.
— Mothership

Locals in 1930s S’pore were barred from using the same toilet as the British
Soft truths to keep Singapore from stalling.
— Mothership

Doing away with wrapping paper and upcycling discards: How some families are reducing waste this Christmas
Ms Sheri Goh has a big family. She has an elder sister and 13 cousins just on her mother’s side.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Creative Capital: The husband-and-wife dance duo with the right moves in Singapore
Marcus Tan and Rachel Lee are the nimble-footed behind ScRach MarcS.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Visually impaired gear up for race to raise funds
A retina detachment may have made her vision cloudy, but Ms Ong Mei Ching hopes to defy misconceptions of those who are blind or visually handicapped.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Guidelines seen as good way to ensure rest areas for workers
Spacious break rooms where workers can dine and bond, areas for morning exercises and pantries with free snacks and drinks.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Driver arrested after crashing into playground
A 27-year-old man was arrested after crashing a car into the playground near a Bukit Merah Housing Board block.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

720 ‘lions’ power their way into record book
Marina Bay had the lion’s share of record-setting feats yesterday evening.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Female inmates write love stories to their kids
A seedling needs sun and rain to grow into a tall tree and, to Hamizah (not her real name), her two sons are exactly what she needs for strength.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Marina Bay to be graced with 90-minute musical show with fireworks as part of New Year countdown
The Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2020 is back to usher in the New Year, and this time it will feature an extended 90-minute musical show which includes fireworks.
— The Online Citizen

Former company director charged for cheating banks of more than S$10 million
A 60-year-old former company director was charged on Friday (Dec 20) for cheating five banks into granting his firm credit facilities.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)


Feature photo Celebrate Christmas In Singapore

This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on Christmas Day, December 25.


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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