Singapore morning news for September 11

Singapore morning news for September 11

Singapore morning news

Singapore’s air quality may enter ‘unhealthy’ range amid increase in Indonesia hotspots: NEA
The Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) in Singapore may enter the unhealthy range if the haze situation in Indonesia’s Sumatra persists or worsens, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Tuesday (Sep 10).
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

Amravati: Singapore urges India to honour “sanctity of contracts” during Jaishankar’s visit
Singapore foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Monday (Sept 9) called on India to “honour the sanctity of contracts” signed with foreign partners in the first public signs of concern by the Asean member state over the fate of a speculated $2.8 billion sunk into developing Amravati, a new city off India’s eastern coast, by Singapore investors.
— AEC News Today

Singapore’s Employment Act: The Top 6 Amendments
On April 1 2019, the Singapore government enacted major amendments to the Employment Act (EA).
— Asean Briefing

First-time HDB buyers get Enhanced CPF Housing Grant; higher income ceiling for eligible buyers
THE Ministry of National Development (MND) and the Housing & Development Board (HDB) is enhancing housing grants for first-time buyers and raising the income ceiling for public housing.
— The Business Times

Singapore telcos could make up to $704m from 5G by 2025: Report
An industry report has concluded that the Republic is best-placed of all South-east Asian countries to capitalise on the new revenue opportunities generated by fifth-generation (5G) mobile technology.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Malaysia, Singapore studying ‘success’ of PHL sugar tax on beverages — Finance dep’t
MALAYSIA and Singapore consider the Philippine excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) a “successful fiscal policy intervention,” the Department of Finance (DoF) said.
— BusinessWorld Online

PM Lee Hsien Loong will testify in court if defamation suit against TOC editor goes to trial
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will testify in court if his defamation suit against the chief editor of The Online Citizen (TOC) goes to trial.
— The Straits Times

Elections Dept puts up tender for 150 polling booths to be delivered by Oct 31
The Elections Department is looking at acquiring at least 150 booths that look set to be used for polling, according to tender documents seen by The Straits Times.
— The Straits Times

Singapore’s imports of Thai rice ‘easily met’ by alternative sources but climate change could affect food security
Singapore’s imports of Thai rice can be easily met by alternative sources, said the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) in response to CNA queries about recent reports of severe droughts in Thailand that had affected rice production there.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Stronger support for abused and neglected children; foster parents now eligible for childcare leave
A law in Singapore which protects children exposed to abuse or neglect has been amended to provide them with more protection and support.
— Mothership

Singapore job-seekers face weaker hiring prospects in Q4: Survey
Job seekers should expect a tighter labour market in the last three months of this year, as hiring prospects are down from both the current quarter as well as a year ago, based on survey results from a recruitment firm.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Body of former Zimbabwean leader Mugabe to leave Singapore on Wednesday
The body of Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe will leave Singapore on Wednesday morning (Sept 11), five days after he died in a hospital here.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

2 Singaporeans killed in California boat fire: Boat operators file lawsuit to prevent future payouts to victims
The operators of the ill-fated diving boat, Conception, in the United States have filed a pre-emptive lawsuit to protect their company from having to pay massive damages, as the family of Singaporean victim Tan Wei told The Straits Times that they would pursue legal action if necessary.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Xi Jinping’s potential successor Chen Min’er to meet PM Lee, attend Meet-the-People session in S’pore
The treatment he will receive mirrors that of Xi Jinping when he visited Singapore as vice-president in 2010.
— Mothership

The Online Citizen editor to defend himself in defamation suit, wants to ask PM Lee why not sue siblings instead
Terry Xu, chief editor of The Online Citizen (TOC), has decided to fight the defamation lawsuit brought against him by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
— Mothership

15 national monuments to receive S$2.61m for restoration and maintenance
Fifteen national monuments will receive S$2.61 million to fund restoration and maintenance works this year, the National Heritage Board (NHB) announced on Tuesday (Sep 10).
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

CASE launches new app to compare prices of groceries, household items and hawker food
A new crowdsourcing mobile application will allow shoppers to get more bang for their buck by comparing retail prices and promotions of groceries, household items and hawker food being sold at some outlets.
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

NUS researchers develop technology to make biopsies more comprehensive and less invasive
A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a technology that promises to make biopsies more informative and less invasive for cancer patients.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Institute of Technology unveils first look at new Punggol campus
Construction work will begin on Singapore Institute of Technology’s (SIT) centralised campus in the Punggol Digital District after a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday (Sep 10) officiated by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

OCBC’s new voice-activated service on its mobile app can understand some Singlish
OCBC customers can use simple Singlish to make mobile banking requests via a new voice-activated virtual assistant on the bank’s mobile app.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Opportunities for Singapore consumer SMEs in Philippines; Keppel joint project opens
Singapore lifestyle, food and consumer companies are getting a chance this week to explore the Philippine market at a pop-up in Manila.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s sustainability journey must be grounded in science: Masagos
From high-tech systems that allow farmers to predict yield and waste of produce to novel paper packaging material that protects food from oxygen or moisture degradation, Singapore firms are looking to science and technology for answers on how the nation can overcome challenges such as climate change, pollution and the over-consumption of resources.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Rush-hour traffic near Yishun Integrated Transport Hub eases a day after massive jams
The timing of the traffic light at the junction was said to have been adjusted, and more marshals were seen directing buses turning into the interchange.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

EU-Singapore FTA particularly helpful to SMEs: Iswaran
The European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA) will be particularly helpful to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations S Iswaran said at a business reception in Brussels on Monday (Sept 9).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore firms can tap EU expertise in urban sustainability
KEPPEL Corporation unit Keppel Seghers houses its engineering centre in a cosy former brewery in Belgium, while its Singapore team oversees operations and project management aspects of the company’s waste-to-energy, water reuse, desalination, and wastewater treatment projects.
— The Business Times

Singapore urges India to join ‘game-changing’ trade pact
Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan has pressed India to keep the faith with the mother of all trade agreements, which is approaching the final stretch of negotiations between Asean and its six trading partners.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Firms tapping tech to boost logistics amid uncertainties
Companies are embracing technology to save money, boost productivity and react quickly to severe disruptions to global supply chains, including a damaging trade war.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New popup initiative helps local retail and food companies test out Asian markets
MORE local retail and food companies will be expanding into new markets in Asia, as part of a new pop-up initiative by Enterprise Singapore that allows them to set up dedicated retail spaces in major shopping centres over a period of one week to two months.
— The Business Times

Two suspects arrested for growing cannabis plants in Yishun residential unit
Officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) arrested two suspects for cannabis cultivation in a residential unit at Yishun Street 31 on Monday (Sept 9).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

58 Singapore eateries make it to Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list this year
These include 12 new entries, such as Hjh Maimunah at Jalan Pisang and Bedok Chwee Kueh at Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Work to construct 5 MRT stations on Jurong Region Line to start in 2020
Construction works to build five MRT stations along the Jurong Region Line (JRL) are expected to start in 2020 and be completed in 2026, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Tuesday (Sep 10).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

PropertyGuru said to plan up to $378.5m Australian IPO; board reshuffled
South-east Asian online realtor PropertyGuru Group counts buyout firms TPG Capital and KKR among its backers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

St Andrew’s Cathedral among 15 national monuments to receive monies for restoration and maintenance works
St Andrew’s Cathedral will be receiving a grant of more than $1 million from the National Monuments Fund to help in the building’s upcoming restoration and maintenance plans.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Isetan halts trading after shares jump 9.6% on report SGReit to buy over its Wisma Atria stake
Japanese department store operator Isetan Singapore on Tuesday afternoon (Sept 10)requested a trading halt, pending the release of an announcement.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Law firm Withers KhattarWong hires funds team headed by Daniel Yong
WIthers KhattarWong LLP, the Singapore office of international law firm Withers, has hired private funds and cross-border investment specialist Daniel Yong as a partner, alongside a team of two associates.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

KrisEnergy gets 3-month debt moratorium ahead of investor meeting on Tuesday evening
Upstream oil and gas firm KrisEnergy will receive three months of court protection from creditors’ legal action, until Nov 14, while it restructures its debt totalling US$476.8 million, the mainboard-listed company said on Tuesday morning (Sept 10).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Mercurius issues 12m new shares worth $1.2m to repay convertible loan
Catalist-listed Mercurius Capital Investment has issued $1.2 million worth of new shares to investors Hii Siew Chung and Cheah Bee Lin at a conversion price of $0.10 apiece for 12.0 million new shares.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Killiney Road freehold hotel site has asking price of over $155m
A Killiney Road freehold hotel development site is up for sale via an expression of interest exercise, with owner private equity firm Lucrum Capital seeking in excess of $155 million for it.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Lawyer seeks $7.6m in damages from cabby; claim includes loss of earnings, medical costs due to car accident
A lawyer who suffered a whiplash injury after a taxi rear-ended the car she was driving is seeking a record $7.6 million in damages for disruption to her career progression.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

2 children taken to hospital after tipper truck and taxi collide in Boundary Road
Two children were taken to hospital after an accident involving a tipper truck and a taxi on Saturday (Sept 7).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man arrested for using stolen credit card, forging cheques
A 48-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday (Sep 10) over the suspected usage of a stolen credit card and the forgery of cheques.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Lorry driver jailed for punching e-scooter rider in road rage incident
A lorry driver who punched an electric scooter rider repeatedly in the face in a case of road rage was sentenced to 30 days’ jail on Tuesday (Sep 10).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man jailed for lifting 8-year-old stepson by the neck, slamming him down over ‘staring’ incident
A 28-year-old man was sentenced to four months’ jail on Tuesday (Sep 10) for lifting his eight-year-old stepson by the neck and slamming him down into a pile of clothes.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man, 47, admits molesting next-door neighbour and showing her porn when she was 8
The High Court heard that the families of both the man and the victim lived in houses next to each other, and their families have been close for years.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)



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This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), September 10.


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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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