Singapore morning news for November 15

Singapore morning news for  November 15

Singapore morning news

$15.3b in special transfers to S’poreans: GPC urges funding sustainability and encouraging SMEs uptake of tech, R&D
A total of $15.3 billion was set aside under Budget 2019 for special transfers to meet the current and future needs of Singaporeans.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

First-of-its-kind drug for Type 2 diabetes launched in Singapore
For adults suffering from uncontrolled Type 2 diabetes, help is at hand with what is touted to be the most effective solution in the market.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore allegedly 8th cheapest city out of 55 cities to spend 24 hours in
Singapore has been ranked eighth cheapest city in the world to spend 24 hours in.
— Mothership

Emirates to stop all flights between Singapore and Brisbane from March 30, 2020
All Emirates flight services between Singapore and Brisbane will stop from March 30 next year, in a move that is expected to reduce seats on the route by 16 per cent per week.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore condemns act of terror at Medan police headquarters: MFA
Singapore said on Thursday (Nov 14) it condemns the act of terror at the police headquarters in Medan, where at least four officers and two civilians were wounded after a suicide bomber blew himself up on Wednesday morning.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Euro to continue slide against Singapore dollar: DBS analysts
DBS analysts are expecting the euro to keep weakening against the Singapore dollar, according to a research note released by the bank on Thursday (Nov 14).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MAS imposes S$11.2 million penalty on Swiss bank UBS for deceptive trades
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) imposed an S$11.2 million fine on Swiss bank UBS after investigations showed that its advisers had deceived clients or engaged in acts that were likely to deceive them.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More businesses should include sustainability in mandate: Heng Swee Keat
More businesses should include sustainability in their mandate and this is not just about protecting the planet but also makes good business sense now, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Thursday (Nov 14).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

141 suspects arrested for loan shark activities in three-day raid
More than 140 suspects were arrested for their alleged involvement in loan shark activities in a police blitz from Monday (Nov 11) to Wednesday (Nov 13).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Over half of Singapore’s $19b fund for research, innovation committed to date
About $9.8 billion of the $19 billion sum earmarked for the Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2020 (RIE2020) plan has been committed as at the end of financial year 2018, with the five-year plan on track to meet its industry project target and having already exceeded its targeted number of start-ups.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fewer workers have died as a result of a fall from height since 2009, after stepped-up measures were introduced
The number of workers who died as a result of a fall from height declined to eight last year from 24 in 2009.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

France to start setting quotas on foreign skilled workers while S’pore says no quota for EP holders
Last Tues (5 Nov), Reuters reported that France will soon start to implement tough policies to control immigration. For the first time, France will set quotas for the number of immigrant workers from outside the EU it allows into the country, French Labour Minister Muriel Penicaud said last week.
— The Online Citizen

PSLE results to be released on Nov 21
The Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results for 2019 will be released on Nov 21, the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) said on Thursday.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singtel posts first quarterly loss of $668m on Airtel charge
Singtel posted its first quarterly loss on Thursday (Nov 14), hurt by its S$1.93 billion pre-tax share of Bharti Airtel’s one-time charge in India.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Nets CEO Jeffrey Goh to step down
Chief executive officer of the Network for Electronic Transfers (Nets) Jeffrey Goh will step down from his post, the Singapore payments network firm announced on Thursday (Nov 14).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Driver who filmed PM Lee’s son fined $900 and disqualified from driving for using phone on the road
The driver who took videos of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s son while giving him a free lift home was fined $900 and disqualified from driving for eight months for a traffic offence.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

377A case: Declassified documents show that the law was targeting male prostitutes, argued legal team
A new challenge of Section 377A of the Penal Code is being brought to Singapore’s High Court, this time by Mr Bryan Choong, former executive director of non-profit organisation Oogachaga, looking to repeal the law on several grounds.
— The Online Citizen

Graffiti insulting PM Lee removed from DBS bank branch in Hong Kong
Graffiti on a DBS branch in Hong Kong that contained offensive language directed at Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the People’s Action Party has been removed.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

TransferWise is giving away S$150,000 prize money to Singaporeans affected by hidden bank fees
After winning S$150,000 in prize money earlier this week at the Singapore Fintech Festival, leading global financial technology company TransferWise announced today (14 Nov) it will be giving away that money to Singaporean individuals and small businesses hit by hidden bank fees at home and abroad.
— The Online Citizen

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Singapore scientists use printing machine to make ‘human skin’
A piece of skin about the size of your thumbnail can be printed in less than a minute, scientists in Singapore say, a game-changing step for the future of non-animal testing for cosmetics and other products.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NUS to offer courses on global online course provider edX from 2020
The National University of Singapore (NUS) is tying up with popular online education provider edX to offer courses on its platform from next year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PMDs can ‘make a comeback’ with improved regulations, infrastructure: Pritam Singh
Personal mobility devices (PMD) can make a comeback in Singapore if regulations and infrastructure are improved, said Workers’ Party (WP) chief Pritam Singh.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Hose reel cabinets at Bukit Batok HDB block were padlocked to prevent vandalism: Jurong-Clementi Town Council
Jurong-Clementi Town Council clarified on Thursday (Nov 14) that hose reel cabinets at Block 210A Bukit Batok Street 21, where a fire erupted on Nov 1, were padlocked due to previous cases of vandalism.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

F&N full-year earnings soar 24% as beverages and dairy products rake in higher revenue
Consumer group Fraser and Neave (F&N) lifted its numbers for the year thanks to due to higher contributions from its beverages and dairies segments.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Doctor suspended one year for giving patients hundreds of sleeping pills
A doctor who had, among other things, given one patient 1,100 sleeping pills over 33 months – or more than one a day – has been suspended from practice for a year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

OCBC, StanChart close first derivatives trade on benchmark replacing Libor-linked rate
OCBC Bank and Standard Chartered have completed Singapore’s first overnight indexed swap derivatives transaction using the Singapore Overnight Rate Average (SORA) as the interest rate benchmark.
— The Business Times

Mixed fortunes of zero-waste stores in Singapore: More effort needed for culture to take off
Local zero-waste store Reprovisions, which was located in Jurong Point shopping mall, shut down this week, after about a year in business.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

ESG’s venture arm SEEDS S$140m in funds over three years
SINGAPORE-BASED venture capital (VC) firm Wavemaker Partners might now be known as one of the handful of VCs specialising in deep tech, but it might have turned out differently had it not taken its first taste of the sector through a co-investment.
— The Business Times

First trade closed with SORA, the replacement for SOR
OCBC Bank and Standard Chartered have completed Singapore’s first overnight indexed swap derivatives transaction using the Singapore Overnight Rate Average (SORA) as the interest rate benchmark, paving the way for further adoption of the alternative rate.
— The Business Times

Guided walks focused on Singapore’s racial and religious diversity to be launched
A church with lotus carvings on display. A Hindu temple that is home to a relic of the Buddhist goddess Guan Yin.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Activist fund says Singapore-listed Sabana, ESR Reits should merge
Sabana Shari’ah Compliant Industrial Reit and ESR-Reit, two Singapore-listed real estate investment trusts, are being urged to merge by activist fund Quarz Capital Management.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

5-year-old boy, woman found dead near Bukit Batok Nature Park
A five-year-old boy and a woman were found dead near Bukit Batok Nature Park early on Thursday morning (Nov 14).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

ITE students mix it up with Instagram-able mocktails in competition
Presented in a tall cocktail glass, Call Me Peachy is orange, frothy and a toast to strong women.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Serial thief with fetish for women’s wallets steals again, gets jail
A man who has been in and out of jail for most of his adult life over his fetish for stealing women’s wallets was sentenced to 16 months’ jail on Wednesday (Nov 13) for stealing again.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Haidilao customer fined $4,000 for smashing sauce bowl into another diner’s face
Infuriated by a fellow customer who had put his food bowl on a condiment counter in steamboat restaurant Haidilao, a man smashed a sauce bowl on the other man’s face after arguing with him.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

2 nurses at veterinary clinic suspended after video of their inappropriate behaviour with animals posted online
A veterinary clinic in Pasir Ris has suspended two of its nurses after a video of them behaving inappropriately with animals in the clinic was posted online.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Boy and woman found dead in area close to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
The police said they were alerted to the two cases of unnatural deaths along Lorong Sesuai at 6.42am.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

A bigger Artbox Singapore is back for a third year at new Turf Club venue
The event will run over two consecutive weekends, starting Friday (Nov 15), at The [email protected]
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man who beat up maid and brother-in-law after feeling slighted jailed 15 months
When his mother complained that their maid was disrespectful, Benjamin Putra Chumali kicked and punched the 32-year-old Philippine national so hard, her head hit a cupboard glass panel and shattered it.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)


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This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on World Diabetes Day, November 14.


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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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