Singapore morning news for September 17

Singapore morning news for September 17
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Singapore business confidence hits near 2-year low in Q4
Local business confidence dropped to a near two-year low for the final quarter of 2019, according to Singapore Commercial Credit Bureau (SCCB)’s Business Optimism Index study, with manufacturing and wholesale trade braced for a downturn.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

As status quo fails, experts moot long arm of law to punish haze culprits
With the status quo failing to curb the almost annual occurrence of transboundary haze, several experts have proposed for Malaysia to legislate against the disaster in order to protect the country’s interests.
— Yahoo News

S’porean man charged with sending money to support overseas terrorism
A 34-year-old Singaporean man was charged in court on Sep. 16 for providing money for terrorist purposes.
— Mothership

HDB to try out automated alert system for worksite safety
To improve worker safety and reduce the need for manual labour, the Housing Board (HDB) will try out a surveillance system that automatically detects high-risk situations at construction sites and sends alerts to the person in charge.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Transit app Zipster to launch monthly subscription plans for public transport, ride-hailing in 2020
SINGAPORE: Within the next six months, commuters here will have access to virtually unlimited rides on buses and trains, as well as discounted rides on ride-hailing services and shared-bikes with a flat monthly fee.
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

Expect warm and dry weather, hazy conditions for rest of September: Met Service
The last two weeks of September are expected to remain dry and warm, the Singapore Meteorological Service said in its latest weather forecast on Monday (Sep 16).
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

Brexit may have limited impact on Singapore: Analysts
Singapore could emerge relatively unhurt from Brexit, said analysts, even as Britain’s departure from the European Union remains mired in uncertainty after a chaotic parliamentary session last week.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore, India and Thailand launch first maritime exercise in India
The first joint maritime exercise among the navies of Singapore, India and Thailand began in Port Blair, India, on Monday (Sept 16).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New app to offer savings when commuters subscribe to plans covering both private and public transport
Savings of up to 20 per cent a month are in the offing for commuters when an app, with major transport players behind it, introduces subscription plans in six months’ time.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Two e-scooter sharing companies fined for operating without licences
E-scooter sharing operators Neuron Mobility and Telepod were on Monday (Sep 16) fined S$38,000 and S$16,000 respectively for providing their services without a licence.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Haze situation will be monitored during F1 race weekend: STB
The Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix remains on track for the Sep 20 weekend despite the haze, though the authorities will be monitoring the situation, said the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) on Monday (Sep 16).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Customer reactions mixed as FairPrice begins charging for plastic bags in one-month trial
As seven FairPrice and Cheers outlets began charging for plastic bags in a month-long trial starting Monday (Sep 16), shoppers CNA spoke to were mixed about its waste-cutting impact.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man and woman arrested in 2 separate suspected credit-for-sex scams
A man and a woman were arrested in two separate cases for their suspected involvement in credit-for-sex scams, the police said on Monday (Sept 16), even as the number of such cases has doubled from a year ago.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore companies looking to capitalise on region’s fast-growing gaming culture and interest in e-sports
It would not be just gaming developers and publishers who will benefit when gamescom asia makes its Singapore debut in October 2020, said industry experts. Professional gaming, or e-sports, could also take off, they added.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singaporean man killed in car accident in Kuala Lumpur
A Singaporean man was killed when his car skidded after a minor accident with a motorcycle and crashed into a water-filled road barrier at a bridge under construction in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in the early hours of Saturday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Cyber security firms welcome to set up base in Singapore: Teo Chee Hean
Global cyber security firms, large and small, that set up base in Singapore to grow their businesses and capabilities can tap the Republic’s technical prowess, skilled manpower and networks, Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean said on Monday (Sept 16).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Top court dismisses appeal by Crest in lawsuit with OUE Lippo Healthcare
Singapore’s Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal filed by entities related to fund manager Crest Capital Asia in a lawsuit with OUE Lippo Healthcare (OUELH) regarding the appointment of receivers over certain OUELH subsidiaries.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

4 Ways Singapore Press Holdings Ltd is Harnessing Technology to Improve Its Business
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SGX: T39) recently held its inaugural SPH Tech Day last week. Here are four ways in which the group intends to harness technology to boost its business.
— The Motley Fool

Higher premiums work, but they’re no magic pill
POLICYHOLDERS of Integrated Shield plans (IP), particularly those catering for private hospitals, have suffered relatively steep premium hikes over the past few years – both for their base plan and riders – especially at older ages.
— The Business Times

Yale to conduct fact-finding into cancelled Yale-NUS course
Yale University has expressed concern over the cancellation of a programme by Yale-NUS College that was meant to introduce students to various modes of dissent and organising resistance, saying such an action might threaten the values of academic freedom and open inquiry.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Most medical, dental students are from higher-income families
Two-thirds of the undergraduates reading medicine and dentistry at Singapore’s local universities come from households earning more than $9,000 a month, while the rest of their peers are from families earning below that level.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Lack of unified understanding on fake news, say experts
This became apparent after a widely slammed Media Literacy Council Facebook post suggested that satire can be a form of fake news.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man and woman to be charged with murder of their child
A man and woman will be charged with the murder of their two-and-a-half-year-old child, said police on Monday (Sep 16).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Dempsey businesses await fate as SLA develops master plan to refresh Tanglin Village
Before Dempsey Hill sprung up in 2007, Samy’s Curry was already drawing legions of loyal diners to the former military barracks.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Video of woman abusing puppy was filmed in 2014, culprits already sentenced to life in jail
The women in the videos were not charged in exchange for testifying against the masterminds.
— Mothership

Teen, 17, robbed & raped 53-year-old ‘mamasan’ in Yishun HDB flat
A 17-year-old teen who conceived a revenge plot to rob and rape a 53-year-old “mamasan” after being blown off while soliciting prostitutes online, was convicted in court on Sep. 16, 2019.
— Mothership

Australia’s Lendlease Global seeks to list Reit on SGX to raise $1.03b
Sydney-headquartered Lendlease Global has lodged a prospectus to list a new Reit (real estate investment trust), Lendlease Global Commercial Reit, on the Singapore Exchange’s (SGX) main board.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Jail for Singaporean who gave bribe to unlawfully obtain Malaysian driving licence
A man’s elaborate plan to own and drive two cars here hit a bump in the road when he incurred multiple parking penalties.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

August private home sales up 81.9% from year earlier
Sales of private homes by developers in Singapore rose 81.9 per cent in August from a year earlier, official data showed on Monday (Sep 16).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New private home sales defy slow economy and ‘Ghost month’, with 1,122 units booked in August
Developers moved 1,122 new private homes in the traditionally quiet month, just 4.8 per cent lower than the 1,179 units sold in July.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

District 10 bungalow in Garlick Avenue GCB area for sale at $16.5m
A single storey detached bungalow located at 72 Garlick Avenue in a good class bungalow (GCB) area has been put up for sale via expression of interest for $16.5 million.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Carousell co-founder Lucas Ngoo steps down as chief tech officer as ex-Lazada executive steps in
Online marketplace Carousell has appointed former Lazada executive Igor Volynskiy as its new chief technology officer, taking over from co-founder Lucas Ngoo who held the role since the start-up’s founding in 2012.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore shares open lower on Monday as oil spikes; STI down 0.3% to 3,201.88
Singapore shares started the week lower as oil prices surged the most on record after drone attacks over the weekend on a Saudi Arabian oil facility removed about 5 per cent of global supplies.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Straits Trading picks Heeton chief Eric Teng for top role in subsidiary
Mainboard-listed Straits Trading Company has appointed Eric Teng as chief executive of Straits Developments Pte Ltd, the group’s wholly-owned subsidiary.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Stocks to watch: Keppel DC Reit, Keppel Infrastructure Trust, Hupsteel, Tee International
The following companies saw new developments that may affect trading of their shares on Monday (Sept 16)
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Sats, DHL to offer airlines new ways to manage food, resources
Airport and food services provider Sats has joined forces with logistics giant DHL to offer carriers such as Singapore Airlines (SIA) new ways to better manage food and other resources.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Tech talent shortage shows up in job mismatches
The job market these days is a bit like a Goldilocks breakfast – piping hot for those in the tech field but icy cold for people seeking work in areas like customer service, said a job portal.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PUB’s Hari Raya short film Kinship bags international film accolade
National water agency PUB’s take on brotherhood and family ties with the short film Kinship left many Singaporeans teary-eyed earlier this year and, now, the film has won an overseas accolade.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Patricia Mok wows internet with elaborate wanton mee costume at friend’s themed birthday party
Patricia Mok might be well known for her loud and larger-than-life comedy as well as the “ah lian” persona, but she clearly cleans up well too.
— Mothership

3 Singapore Dividend Shares I Wouldn’t Touch in 2020 and Beyond
These three Singapore stocks have got tasty dividend yields but their business prospects are not that promising.
— The Motley Fool

Jail for elderly man who molested cerebral palsy patient while visiting wife at nursing home
An elderly man was sentenced to jail on Monday (Sep 16) for molesting a patient with cerebral palsy at a nursing home while visiting his wife at the facility earlier this year.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Independent auditor flags going concern doubts in USP Group’s financials
Independent auditors RSM Chio Lim LLP has drawn an emphasis of matter on a material uncertainty in USP Group’s FY2019 financial results which may cast doubt on its ability to continue as a going concern, the company said in a bourse filing on Saturday (Sept 14).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Taking product packaging from cradle to grave
CUTLERY and packaging labelled as biodegradable have wormed their way into the local food industry in years, as more consumers and businesses become environmentally conscious.
— The Business Times

‘Ferrari woman’ grants option to buy her GCB for S$47m
SHI Ka Yee, in her 70s and dubbed the Ferrari woman for a series of offences while driving her Ferrari, is understood to be in the early stages of selling her bungalow in Astrid Hill for S$47 million.
— The Business Times

He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother: Award for caregiving hero, 10
Ten-year-old Charmeine Lee Kai En achieved something special last Saturday: She received an award for being an exemplary sibling to her brother, Bryan Lee Kai Jie, seven.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

The rise of the flexible workspace
Disruptive technology, booms in start-up and franchising culture, agile working practices and the ever-present desire to keep costs down point to the appeal of flexible workspaces.
— 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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