Singapore morning news for October 4

Singapore morning news for October 4
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Singapore takes top spot in inaugural global smart city citizen survey
SINGAPORE has taken top spot in a new citizen-centric global smart city index (SCI) which surveyed 120 citizens from each of the 102 cities that took part.
— The Business Times

Singapore hasn’t entered recession yet but Government keeping very close eye: Indranee
Singapore’s economy probably hasn’t slid into recession yet, though the government is monitoring conditions closely and will step in with support measures if needed, said Indranee Rajah, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fake news law is good but it shouldn’t be used to stifle dissent: Singapore’s startup community speaks out
“The jail cells in Singapore are not bad, food is quite good, too,” quipped an entrepreneur when we sought his comment on the new ‘fake news law’, enacted by one of the world’s wealthiest countries.
— e27

Biotech breakthrough means local farms could provide a third of Singapore’s produce
Singapore could be an urban farming oasis and achieve government-set guidelines for produce self-sufficiency as researchers there pioneer the development of once-problematic organisms that can speed up the growth of plants, fruit and vegetables.
— FoodNavigator- Asia

65% of all startup funding in SEA goes to Singapore: 2019 Google report
South-east Asia’s (SEA) internet economy is now worth US$100 billion, and will triple to US$300 billion by 2025, an annual report on the region’s digital economy has found.
— Business Insider

Companies should upgrade workers’ skills to be ready for Industry 4.0: NTUC
With technology set to disrupt industries, companies should increase their investment in training to ensure their workers are ready for a more automated future.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore factory outlook falls to 3-year low in September as new orders shrink
SINGAPORE manufacturing sentiment fell to its weakest in more than three years in September, in an early measure of third-quarter trade and factory production numbers.
— The Business Times

More women needed in cyber security to meet high industry demand: Sim Ann
The Republic needs more women to take up positions in cyber security, in a sector that is facing a shortfall of talent.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Indonesia accuses two Singaporeans over imported plastic waste
Indonesia is accusing two Singaporeans of importing 87 containers of plastic scrap without the correct permits, an official said on Thursday (Oct 3), marking a step up in the country’s efforts to crack down on shipments of foreign waste.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore should find equitable, sustainable ways to support climate change measures: President Halimah
Singapore should spare no effort in the race against time to adapt to climate change, and find equitable and sustainable ways to support the measures, said President Halimah Yacob on Wednesday (Oct 2).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NS pre-enlistees to get free SAFRA gym membership in November trial
Future national servicemen will get a free one-year SAFRA EnergyOne (E1) gym membership to prepare for their pre-enlistee Individual Physical Proficiency Test (IPPT) and the physical demands of National Service (NS).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

930,000 HDB households to get GST Voucher rebate this month
About 930,000 Singaporean households will receive a GST Voucher to offset part of their utility bills this month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man lied about sex history before donating HIV-contaminated blood
A man who did not know he was HIV-positive donated contaminated blood and lied in the accompanying form about his sexual history.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SFA to take enforcement action against hawker stall after worm-like bug found in dish
The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said on Thursday (Oct 3) that it will take enforcement action against a New Upper Changi Road hawker stall after a worm-like bug was found in one of the stall’s dishes.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Expect wet weather in the next few days, with low chance of haze in Singapore: NEA
The chance of haze in Singapore remains low, with showers expected in Singapore and Sumatra in the next few days, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Thursday evening (Oct 3).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New measures to develop construction industry professionals, raise building standards
The Singapore Contractors Association Ltd (SCAL) announced new initiatives on Thursday (Oct 3) to boost the professional development and leadership of small and medium sized construction firms and help raise building standards amid the industry’s transformation.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Thailand-based Terra Capital sells minority stake to Singapore-headquartered Dr. Reckendorfer & Partners
Terra Capital, Bangkok-headquartered investment firm, announces that Singapore-based Dr. Reckendorfer & Partners, has acquired a minority stake in Terra Capital in order to support the firm and its current investment portfolio in reaching their expansion and revenue goals.
— e27

‘Tough’ 2019 PSLE maths paper: 5 challenging questions over the years
A Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) mathematics paper last Friday (Sept 27) was said to be so difficult that some pupils who took it were left in tears.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

E-commerce and logistics sector top warehouse occupancy in Singapore: Colliers
The logistics and e-commerce sector accounted for 44 per cent – the biggest chunk – of occupied warehouse space in Singapore, according to a Colliers International report on Thursday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NSG BioLabs to launch Singapore’s first co-working laboratory and office
Singapore-based NSG BioLabs will be launching a 15,000 sq. ft. co-working laboratory and office space aimed at developing an innovative biotechnology firm in November 2019.
— e27

Maybank not ruling out zero Singdollar appreciation in event of technical recession
Maybank analysts said the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is likely to reduce the slope of the Singapore dollar nominal effective exchange rate (S$NEER) to 0.5 per cent from the current 1 per cent appreciation path at its upcoming policy review.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Tuas mega port will allow Singapore to ‘rethink the future of shipping’, says PM Lee
The future Tuas mega port presents Singapore with an opportunity to rethink the future of shipping, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday (Oct 3).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Fewer HDB resale flats sold in September as prices continue to slide
SRX forecasts that in the next three months, 2,107 flats will enter the HDB resale market as they approach their five-year minimum occupation period.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Medtech offers booster shot for Singapore’s biomed
IT’S been a tough year for the manufacturing sector, but the medical technology sub-sector has had a standout performance so far and is expected to continue to do well on the back of growing demand for high-tech medical equipment in Asia and opportunities brought on by digitalisation.
— The Business Times

Bus captain asks her passengers for permission before rushing to put out fire on lorry
It took bus captain Ms Thian Siew Mui all of 20 seconds to become a superwoman.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Polytechnic student took upskirt photos of women 99 times in six weeks
A 22-year-old man on Thursday (Oct 3) admitted to taking upskirt photos of women on at least 99 occasions in the span of six weeks.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Lorry driver in Yio Chu Kang accident that left 3 dead gets discharge not amounting to acquittal
A lorry driver charged last year with causing the deaths of three pedestrians near Yio Chu Kang MRT station was temporarily let off the hook on Thursday (Oct 3), pending the outcome of a coroner’s inquiry into the deaths.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Children told lies by parents grow up to lie more as adults: Study
Parents who lie to their children out of convenience may be doing more harm than good, leading their offspring to lie more to them once they become adults.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

106 women and a man arrested in month-long police anti-vice operation
In a month-long operation, the police arrested 106 women and a man, aged between 19 and 55, for their suspected involvement in vice-related activities.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Alleged mastermind John Soh still has ‘substantial funds’ despite $8b penny stock crash: Prosecution witness
John Soh Chee Wen is accused of masterminding a plot to artificially inflate the share prices of Blumont Group, Asiasons Capital (now Attilan Group) and LionGold Corp from August 2012 to October 2013.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Armed robber in police stand-off near Woodlands Checkpoint gets preventive detention, maximum strokes of the cane
A man who was in a stand-off with the police after robbing a woman of her car was sentenced on Thursday (Oct 3) to 15 years’ preventive detention, the maximum 24 strokes of the cane and a year’s driving ban.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

$5m tech centre to boost energy efficiency for SMEs to be launched by end-2019
A tech centre to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to become more energy-efficient will be launched here by the end of this year, said Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources Albert Chua on Thursday (Oct 3).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

George Quek looking to S’pore-Taiwan trade pact to resolve Pacific Sogo acquisition woes
BREADTALK founder George Quek is looking to a Singapore-Taiwan trade pact signed in 2014 to resolve the issues encountered in his recent personal acquisition of Taiwan’s Pacific Sogo Department Stores.
— The Business Times

Motorist saves passengers from out-of-control taxi: What to do if your driver blacks out
What should you do if the driver of the car you are in blacks out? The passengers of a taxi found themselves in this situation on Tuesday morning (Oct 1) when the cabby lost consciousness behind the wheel.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Youth gets jail, caning for raping ex-girlfriend and cousin
A youth who raped his former girlfriend in his flat when he was 17, and then a distant relative less than a year later, was on Thursday (Oct 3) sentenced to a jail term of six years, nine months and two weeks.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man denies driving Maserati that dragged Traffic Police officer for more than 100m
The man accused of driving a Maserati that was caught on video dragging a Traffic Police (TP) officer along Bedok Reservoir Road has denied that he was the driver that day.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore resident fined $5,000 for letting foreigner use his name to set up local company for money laundering
A Singapore resident was slapped with the maximum fine of $5,000 on Thursday (Oct 3) for lending his name to a foreigner to incorporate a local company that was used to launder money.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

President Halimah launches children’s books to mark Istana’s 150th anniversary this year
President Halimah Yacob found herself in the hot seat on Thursday (Oct 3) as she was grilled by a crowd curious about the Istana – from the insects in the garden, the guests to the rooms.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SMU boosts patrols, CCTV outside toilets, showers as it revises disciplinary framework
Singapore Management University (SMU) has strengthened its ground patrols, increased the number of CCTV monitors outside toilets and showers, and installed signs warning of trespass into such facilities in a bid to boost campus security.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Deliveroo giving Singapore eateries eco-friendly takeaway packaging options
Deliveroo has partnered eco-friendly packaging company BioPak to replace its single-use takeaway packaging with sustainable solutions.
— 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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