Singapore morning news for March 11

Singapore morning news for March 11

Singapore morning news

Singapore to lure air, sea traffic with infrastructure push
Singapore is transforming its infrastructure to fend off competition from the seas to the skies.
— The Edge Singapore

MOH ‘looking into’ SMC decision to fine doctor after petition
The Ministry of Health (MOH) is looking into a Singapore Medical Council (SMC) decision to fine a psychiatrist $50,000 after he was duped into giving up a patient’s information.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Drowning detection system to be installed in 11 public pools by Apr 2020
The government will install a drowning detection system, which alerted a lifeguard early after a man became unconscious while swimming, in 11 public pools in Singapore by April 2020. Speaking during Committee of Supply debate on Friday (8 March), the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace.
— The Online Citizen

Why Budget 2019 may be the prequel to the real election budget
Budget 2019 was definitely a 4G show. But I do not quite think it was one tailored directly to sweeten the ground for an immediate general election.
— The Independent

Malaysia and Singapore heading for a water divorce?
This is somewhat unsurprising as we are a very small island with no major bodies of natural water but today the population is nearing six million.
— Malay Mail

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Retirement income products: flavour of the times
THE NEED for income in retirement is surely one that causes anxiety to savers. If you have managed to accumulate a sizeable lump sum by your 60s when you have ceased to work, that is a feat.
— The Business Times

Staycations in Singapore: The best hotels for vacationing at home
The mad rush of a weekend trip to Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur might possibly be cheaper, but sometimes, it’s easier to retreat into a lovely hotel room for a day and just forget the world.
— Asia One

Is Singapore’s purchase of F-35s targeted at China?
Trade and commercial disputes have consistently caused disruptions in China-U.S. relations in recent years, but geopolitical rivalry in the South China Sea is another bone of contention between the two big powers that’s never far from the surface.

Women’s Day: ‘Gowri’ evokes memories of my self-sacrificing mum
As “International Women’s Day” is celebrated, it is time to salute the fairer sex as they have sacrificed much, with the winter stages of their lives slipping through the cracks of their wisdom-lined fingers. Today, I re-read a wonderful book written by emeritus professor V.G. …
— The Independent

Unpaid migrant workers to negotiate with their employer
On March 6, a group of migrant labourers assembled in front of the old Central Provident Fund building to protest Stargood Construction’s failure to pay them their salaries.
— The Independent

Entering a new era of national education
The Ministry of Education (MOE) is removing streaming for secondary school by 2024.
— The Edge Singapore

5 things Singaporeans can use their $100 ActiveSG credits on
Singaporeans complain the government doesn’t give them enough welfare, but when they do get free money to participate in the ActiveSG or SkillsFuture intiatives, nobody bothers to find out how to use it.
— Asia One

Shorter training and reservist stints, but national servicemen appreciate greater focus on safety
The latest batch of Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) army recruits, some who had enlisted in January, graduated on Saturday (March 9) after completing a shorter 12km route march.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Launches Trial of TradeTrust Blockchain Shipping Initiative
Business news service Asia Middle East Maritime Focus has reported that the Singapore government will move forward with a trial of its blockchain-based maritime trade platform TradeTrust.
— Coin Trust

Financial reporting: Myths, interpretations and limitations
A majority of companies have financial years ending Dec 31. Most would have just finalised or are about to release their FY2018 results.
— The Edge Singapore

Initiative to support underprivileged Marsiling residents launched by PM Lee
A new initiative which aims to foster a caring, neighbourly community in Marsiling was launched on Sunday (March 10).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Property valuations in Singapore: how much is your property worth?
Have you ever wondered who decides how much a property cost? Why can’t we buy a property, spruce it up real nice and sell them off at high profit?
— Asia One

Eye on China, Singapore splurges on top-line arms
For global arms companies looking to ply their wares in Southeast Asia, Singapore is a sought-after client.
— Asia Times

Initiatives to tackle frequent hospital admissions see results
Efforts to integrate community health and social services for those who are at risk of hospital readmission have grown in recent years.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Baltic Exchange new Asia head eyes stronger regional presence
MORE than two years since Singapore Exchange (SGX) sealed its £87 million (S$156) purchase of Baltic Exchange, one of London’s oldest establishments, the latter is poised for a stronger presence in Asia.
— The Business Times

‘I can’t see how we could have agreed to it’: Shanmugam on Watain performing in Singapore
Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said on Saturday (Mar 9) that he couldn’t see how black metal band Watain could have been allowed to perform in Singapore due to the band’s anti-Christian song lyrics.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Lee Bee Wah slammed for portraying the Govt as one that “scrimps on itself” to provide for “stupid wastrels”
Nee Soon GRC MP, Lee Bee Wah, has been slammed for seemingly portraying the Government as one that “scrimps on itself” to provide for “stupid wastrels,” through a story she recently told in Parliament about a generous grandfather.
— The Independent

‘Philosophical’ shifts in policy need to extend to business
The two announcements by Parliament last week that spoke of “philosophical” shifts have been heartening.
— The Edge Singapore

SAFRA Singapore Bay Run and Army Half Marathon 2019 cancelled
The Singapore Army on Saturday (Mar 9) announced the cancellation of the SAFRA Singapore Bay Run (SSBR) and Army Half Marathon (AHM), which was set to be held this year.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Expensive bus stop benches that were “meant to last 20 years” are set to be replaced in exercise costing millions
Singapore-The Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced on Thursday (7 Mar) that the seats at bus shelters will be revamped to feature wider seats in an exercise costing millions of dollars.
— The Independent

SAF calls off run to ‘better manage overall tempo’
The Safra Singapore Bay Run & Army Half Marathon, one of the largest annual running events here, has been called off this year to enable the Singapore Army to better manage the overall tempo for a busy year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Reclaims Global seeks ‘blue ocean’ in recycling waste to plywood
Reclaims Global, which will make its trading debut on Monday, reckons it has a “blue ocean”, the business strategy that exhorts companies to compete in untapped markets.
— The Edge Singapore

Business leaders call for flexibility in foreign-worker quota
IT HAS been three weeks since the Finance Minister announced a tightening of the number of foreign workers that the services sector can hire, but companies big and small are still hopeful of greater flexibility when the new cap kicks in.
— The Business Times

Call for more effort to get women into politics
More can be done to encourage women to enter politics, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo yesterday afternoon.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Minister Khaw leaves hospital and praises the progress of Singapore’s medical services
Minister Khaw Boon Wan said yesterday (8 Mar) that he was leaving the hospital, a week after undergoing surgery on his fractured arm. He broke his arm when he “jumped out of bed” at home.
— The Online Citizen

Women’s share among Singapore senior management hits new peak, but proportion in top job still dismal
WOMEN in business in Singapore had much to cheer, but also much to reflect on as they celebrated International Women’s Day on Friday.
— The Business Times

Commentary: Is Singapore’s decades-long shift away from agriculture about to take a U-turn?
The food industry can thrive in land-scarce Singapore, looking at other small but successful food exporting countries, says RSIS’ Paul Teng.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Several near-term headwinds ahead for Japan Foods: RHB
RHB Research is staying “neutral” on Japan Foods with a lowered target price of 45 cents from 48 cents previously.
— The Edge Singapore

MCCY Minister Grace Fu highlights Li Hongyi’s mobile application in Parliament
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu announced in Parliament on Wednesday (6 Mar) that new services will be added to the Municipal Services Office (MSO) online OneService application in the near future.
— The Independent

National Council of Churches welcomes MHA’s decision to cancel Watain concert in Singapore
The National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) on Friday (Mar 8) expressed its appreciation to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) over the cancellation of Watain’s performance in Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Hyflux tweaks scheme to give perp, pref holders higher recovery
HYFLUX is making a tweak to its restructuring scheme that will allow retail perpetual and preference shareholders to ride more upside in the recapitalised water treatment firm.
— The Business Times

Protection against uncertainties a priority
Insurance industry executive Ellen Aw Yeong was only 27 when she joined British insurer Prudential’s Singapore office as a financial consultant in 1980 but that early start put her well on the road to financial independence.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New petitions in Singapore to ban Maroon 5 & Man Utd, linking to diabetes and satanic references
Singapore – After the recent concert cancellation of Swedish metal band, Watain came two petitions to ban Maroon 5 and Machester United from coming to Singapore for fear of being compelled to consume more sugar and the negativity a devil logo may bring, respectively.
— The Independent

PMETs face higher risk of retrenchment, experts say
The conventional wisdom that the higher skilled is more employable no longer holds water, says DBS economist Irvin Seah.
— The Edge Singapore

AVA orders recall of Hardy brand Valencay cheese due to E coli
Authorities have ordered the recall of Hardy brand Valencay cheese after detecting the presence of E coli in some batches of the raw milk cheese.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Bilahari Kausikan on longstanding issues with M’sia and the “ineffective government across the causeway”
Retired Singapore diplomat Bilahari Kausikan is known for his sharp tongue and rather strong opinions against Singapore’s closest neighbour – Malaysia. According to him, Singapore’s future stands to be fraught with delayed projects, air pollution and unresolved longstanding issues.
— The Independent

Hyflux receives proofs of claims totalling $3.5 bil from 73 parties ahead of rescue plan vote
Hyflux International, the debt-laden water company which is undergoing restructuring, has received proofs of claims from 73 creditors and stakeholders totalling $3.51 billion.
— The Edge Singapore


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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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