Singapore morning news for October 18

Singapore morning news for October 18
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Singapore’s exports down 8.1% in September in 7th straight month of decline
Singapore’s exports shrank for the seventh straight month in September, hurt largely by a sharp fall in electronic shipments, official data showed on Thursday (Oct 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore researchers create world’s largest Asian genetic databank
Researchers in Singapore have created the world’s largest genetic databank of Asian populations, which could help scientists and doctors better diagnose rare diseases, find the causes of chronic ailments and help us better understand the country’s history.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Up to four 5G networks being planned to secure Singapore’s digital future
Singapore has set its sights on up to four 5G networks, instead of the two initially planned for, as the authorities take bolder steps to spearhead developments believed to be crucial to the nation’s economic growth.
— The Straits Times

Ez-link cards to lose $1 monthly in stored value two years after expiry, says issuer
Commuters holding on to expired ez-link cards will lose $1 every month from the stored value of the cards two years after it has expired, said travel card issuer EZ-Link on Thursday (Oct 17).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Hospitality deals hit record $2.8b in Q3: Colliers
Hospitality deals in Singapore reached the highest level recorded on a quarterly basis, hitting $2.8 billion in the third quarter, according to real estate firm Colliers International’s report on Thursday (Oct 17).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

First Singaporean jailed for financing terrorism
A 35-year-old Singaporean man was sentenced to 30 months’ jail on Thursday (Oct 17) for financing terrorism after he sent more than S$1,000 to a hate preacher.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More than $13b invested in start-ups in Singapore between Jan and Sept this year
Despite the slowing economy, funds invested in companies here rose by more than one-third in the first nine months of this year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore bosses pledge to champion employees’ mental well-being
TWENTY leaders in Singapore’s private and public sectors on Thursday signed a joint pledge committing to champion and prioritise mental well-being within their organisations and the wider Singapore workforce.
— The Business Times

German software giant SAP unveils Singapore data centre to support e-commerce businesses
German enterprise software giant SAP has launched a Singapore data centre for SAP Commerce Cloud to support Asia-Pacific (APAC) businesses’ digital commerce strategies.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore to focus on structural policies, not ‘extraordinary measures’ in light of global economic weakness: DPM Heng
Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat has reiterated that Singapore is not at the stage where extraordinary measures are needed, even as the country’s economy narrowly avoided a technical recession in the third quarter of this year.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Opportunities for Singapore in region despite economic challenges: Chee Hong Tat
Electrical appliance giant Dyson may have shelved some of its plans in Singapore, but it will still expand its presence in the Republic, said Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Education Chee Hong Tat.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

5 North East Line stations to close early on some days in November for maintenance works
Five stations on the North East Line (NEL) will close earlier on some days next month, due to track maintenance and component replacement works for the train line’s power and signalling systems.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Regulators float licences for local 5G networks, on top of national systems
SINGAPORE regulators are poised to award four 5G telecom licences, two more than previously planned, as Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran called for bids for the high-tech new spectrum on Thursday.
— The Business Times

Singapore, US sign agreement to boost cooperation in finance, market building
Singapore and the United States have signed an agreement to boost cooperation in infrastructure finance and market building, said the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on Thursday (Oct 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Community-led efforts on the rise in tackling municipal issues: Grace Fu
Bicycles were parked indiscriminately around Yishun MRT station, blocking walkways and hard courts, so community volunteers took matters into their own hands.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Press Holdings to cut 5% of media jobs as part of restructuring exercise
Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), which on Thursday (Oct 17) posted a 23 per cent fall in full-year net profit, announced it will cut 5 per cent of jobs in its media division as it seeks to restructure and streamline its operations.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

ICA foils bid to smuggle over 300 e-cigarette juice pods in child car seat, baby stroller
Electronic cigarettes, as well as bottles and pods containing e-cigarette juices, were found hidden in a child car seat and baby stroller in a Malaysia-registered car on Monday (Oct 14).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore and China discuss new initiatives for cooperation, including financial connectivity
Singapore and China have discussed new initiatives to further bilateral cooperation, especially in financial connectivity.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Online love scam victim arrested by police over forged cashier’s orders
A 51-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of using two forged cashier’s orders totalling more than S$600,000, the police said in a news release on Thursday (Oct 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Dairy Farm Singapore and union to collaborate on job transformation and training for over 5,000 workers
Retailer Dairy Farm Singapore will work with a union to help more than 5,000 workers here adapt to jobs that are being transformed by technology.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Death row-counselling nun becomes first Singaporean to make BBC’s list of 100 inspiring, influential women
A Roman Catholic nun has become the first Singaporean to make the BBC’s annual list of 100 influential women.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Cashless payments between Singapore, Taiwan possible with Liquid Group, E.SUN tie-up
Singapore startup Liquid Group has opened the QR (Quick Response) payments corridor between Singapore and Taiwan with its partnership with E.SUN Bank.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Wildlife Reserves Singapore looks to flies to deal with its daily 4,000kg animal dung problem
Black soldier flies are among nature’s sanitation workers, known for their excellent abilities to convert waste into animal feed and fertilisers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Type of housing Singaporean parents own can impact children’s future economic status: NUS
Children from low-income families show upward mobility in housing wealth, mainly due to Singapore schools being located close to HDB towns.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NTUC’s plastic bag charge trial ends; ‘too early’ for meaningful data
Shoppers no longer have to pay for plastic bags at seven FairPrice and Cheers outlets, as NTUC FairPrice’s month-long trial to charge for plastic bags came to an end on Wednesday (Oct 16).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singaporean venture capital group Insignia Ventures secures US$200M second fund, to back early-stage tech startups in the region
Insignia Ventures Partners, Singapore-based venture capital group announces that it has closed an oversubscribed second fund at US$200 million, The Business Times reported.
— e27

National AI database gains 1,000 hours of local English voice samples
Speech apps and tools such as voice transcription apps could soon be able to pick up Singapore English more accurately, as their developers can now access better data from an expanded corpus of local speech.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Uninformed person complains about guide dog on S’pore public bus, gets schooled
An uninformed person who was miffed at seeing a guide dog on a public bus, and took to Facebook to complain about it, has been called out by other people online.
— Mothership

Woman wins National Service Advocate award for cancelling her honeymoon to fill in for co-worker on in-camp training
Supervisor Ulfah Khairiah Aman had planned to fly to Bali for her honeymoon two days after her wedding.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Doctor in HIV data leak Ler Teck Siang jailed for drug offences
The doctor at the centre of a data leak from Singapore’s HIV register was on Thursday (Oct 17) sentenced to 15 months in jail for drug offences.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Researchers who created urban planning simulation model for Tengah wins President’s Technology Award
Future residents of new Tengah town can take comfort from the fact that their smart homes will be cooling by design as the days get hotter as a result of climate change.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Haidilao’s new Marina Square outlet to have robot waiters, online gaming powered by 5G
Dining at Haidilao’s new Marina Square outlet will be a somewhat more futuristic experience as the popular Chinese hotpot chain taps on technology to serve customers.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

RWS and MBS fined more than $700,000 by casino watchdog in the last year
The casino watchdog here handed out a total of $746,700 in fines in the last year, with the bulk of the amount coming from infractions by Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Mercy Relief launches public fundraising appeal for typhoon-hit Japan
Singapore disaster relief agency, Mercy Relief, said on Thursday (Oct 17) that it has launched a public fundraising appeal to help those affected by Typhoon Hagibis in Japan, where nearly 80 people have died and hundreds are injured.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Ex-NUS senior lecturer rubbed groin against undergrad on campus bus, jailed 14 weeks
A former National University of Singapore (NUS) senior lecturer was jailed 14 weeks’ on Oct. 17, 2019.
— Mothership

Woman cuts taxi ride short after finding cockroaches inside
A female passenger who hailed a taxi at Golden Mile Complex on Tuesday (Oct 15) was in for an unpleasant surprise when she found several cockroaches inside the vehicle.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Financial advisory firm Endowus launches CPFIS portfolios with lower charges
Locals who want to invest their Central Provident Fund (CPF) savings are being wooed with a less costly option by financial advisory firm Endowus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Cabby who knocked down cyclist in Braddell Road jailed, banned from driving
A taxi driver who collided into a cyclist, causing her to suffer serious injuries including a fractured skull and bleeding in her brain, was sentenced to a week’s jail on Thursday (Oct 17).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen to attend Xiangshan Forum, Military World Games in China
Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen will be in China from Thursday (Oct 17) to Tuesday, where he will give a speech at the Beijing Xiangshan Forum and attend the Military World Games in Wuhan.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Tokio Marine Life hires new chief marketing officer, chief actuary
Tokio Marine Life Insurance Singapore (TMLS) on Thursday (Oct 17) brought on board Gilbert Pak as chief marketing officer (CMO) and Michael Kuek as chief and appointed actuary.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

High Court grants Libra 6-month protection against creditors
The Singapore High Court has granted distressed Libra Group a six-month reprieve against its creditors, the Catalist-listed company announced in a bourse filing on Monday (Oct 14).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

How to profit from Singapore grants for small businesses
In Singapore, 99 per cent of the companies are Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
— e27

Singaporean woman shares account of how she offers free rides to those in need
Driving is simply a way to get from one place to another but for one Zai Bakar, it’s an opportunity to help others.
— The Pride

5 taken to hospital after accident along Bedok Reservoir Road
Five people were taken to hospital on Thursday (Oct 17) after a road traffic accident along Bedok Reservoir Road.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Sakae director quits over dispute in handling of auditor’s disclaimer of opinion
Sakae Holdings’ non-executive independent director Foo Maw Shen has resigned over differing views on the follow-up action to the disclaimer of the independent auditor’s disclaimer in Sakae’s audited financial results for fiscal 2019 ended June 30, 2019.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)


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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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