Singapore morning news for September 4

Singapore morning news for September 4

Singapore morning news

Public transport fares may increase by up to 7%: PTC
Public transport fares could increase by up to 7 per cent in the 2019 fare review exercise, said the Public Transport Council (PTC) on Tuesday (Sep 3).
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

S$100b for climate change measures could come from borrowing, reserves and ministry budgets
The Government could fund the S$100 billion cost of climate change protection measures using a combination of borrowing, reserves and ministry budgets, Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong told Parliament on Tuesday (Sep 3).
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

MPs call for better treatment of injured migrant workers as amended work injury law passed
Members of Parliament (MP) have urged employers of migrant workers who sustain injuries while on the job to promptly pay for their medical treatment, and provide proper food and accommodation during the compensation process.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

CareShield Life Bill passed in Parliament: What you need to know about the new scheme
A new long-term disability insurance will become compulsory for people born from 1980 onwards, after the CareShield Life and Long Term Care Bill was passed in Parliament on Monday (Sept 2).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New programme to help children from disadvantaged homes to pick up digital skills
A new free programme has launched to allow upper primary pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds in the Central Singapore district to pick up digital skills in a fun manner.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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LTA seizes 94kg PMD, nearly 5 times the allowed weight limit
A personal mobility device (PMD) weighing 94kg was impounded by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in a three-day operation that took place from Saturday (Aug 31) to Monday.
— The Straits Times

Singaporeans travelling to North Korea risk ‘inadvertently violating’ UN sanctions: MFA
Singaporeans who travel to North Korea should be aware of the risks of “inadvertently violating” United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions and Singapore’s corresponding laws, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Tuesday (Sep 3).
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

Proposed changes to the Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act
Nearly 30 years since its introduction in 1990, the Singapore Government intends to updates the Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act (MRHA).
— The Online Citizen

S’poreans can now pick rubbish in parks for fun anytime using free tools available there
Singaporeans who spent a few seconds tsk-tsking under their breaths after reading about a cleaner here having to scrape candle wax off the pavement after Hungry Ghost Festival, here is your chance to shine.
— Mothership

28 secondary schools to pilot full subject-based banding from 2020
A total of 28 secondary schools will start piloting full subject-based banding next year, before it is rolled out to all schools by 2024.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Shopee opens new regional HQ in Singapore as it rides growth in Southeast Asia
Local e-commerce firm Shopee opened its new regional headquarters on Tuesday (Sep 3) as it leverages on strong growth in Southeast Asia.
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

Less than 50% of S’porean parents take maximum childcare leave allowance: MSF
Less than half of both working fathers and mothers have taken the maximum number of days granted under Government-Paid Child Care Leave (GPCL) and Extended Child Care Leave (ECL) between 2016 and 2018.
— Mothership

Singapore PMI edges up again in Aug, but still in contraction
SINGAPORE’S manufacturing sentiment edged up marginally in August, though staying in contraction for the fourth straight month.
— The Business Times

Singapore factory sector contracts for 4th straight month despite slight uptick in August
Sentiment among Singapore manufacturers saw a marginal improvement in August but remained in negative territory for the fourth consecutive month as the escalating US-China trade war continued to cast a shadow on the sector.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore hotel occupancy highest in 14 years as protests persist in Hong Kong
Singapore’s hotel occupancy rate is at its highest at 93.8 percent in July, 2019, since records began in 2005.
— Mothership

Vietnam startups gain on Indonesia and Singapore with new funding
Vietnam’s startup sector is growing at a rapid clip despite the global economic slump, as it closes the gap with regional leaders Indonesia and Singapore.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Singapore Recreation Club sues ex-president, ex-general manager for at least $3m
The Singapore Recreation Club (SRC) has sued its former president and former general manager for at least $3 million, accusing the duo of various breaches of duties, in a case that started in the High Court on Tuesday (Sept 3).
— The Straits Times

Parliament: Most maids who borrow from moneylenders have worked in Singapore for several years
The majority of foreign domestic workers (FDWs) who borrow from moneylenders have worked in Singapore for some time before taking out their first loan.
— The Straits Times

Chef’s taste buds affected by wisdom tooth extraction; gets $105,000 for job loss, pain after suing dentist
A promising head chef whose taste buds were compromised following a botched wisdom tooth extraction was awarded some $105,000 for job loss, pain and suffering.
— The Straits Times

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Redistribution of university endowment funds should not be ‘too draconian’: Ong Ye Kung
The redistribution of university endowment funds should not be too draconian and there are donors who want to support specific universities for different reasons, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung in Parliament on Tuesday (Sep 3).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Netizens question compulsory CareShield; One year of free scholarships to foreign students equivalent to 16 years’ ElderShield payouts
Yesterday (2 Sep), the CareShield Life Bill was passed in the PAP-dominated Parliament after its second reading, forcing Singaporeans who were born in 1980 or after to pay compulsory insurance fees starting next year.
— The Online Citizen

Cheque payments, cash withdrawals falling amid rise of e-payments: Ong Ye Kung
SINGAPOREANS have been making more contactless payments, thanks to the availability of multiple e-payment services including digital wallets, QR code payments and peer-to-peer fund transfer service PayNow, said Education Minister and Monetary Authority of Singapore board member Ong Ye Kung.
— The Business Times

LTA: EIA report concludes “moderate” impact of Cross Island Line project if mitigation measures are heeded
The Land Transport Authority has just released a report on the second phase of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the stretch of the underground Cross Island Line (CRL) in the vicinity of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve (CCNR).
— The Online Citizen

SIA’s first non-stop flight to Seattle takes off
National carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) has expanded its non-stop services to the US with the departure of its inaugural flight from Singapore to Seattle on Tuesday morning (Sept 3).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Diversify, innovate, train to weather global uncertainty: Chan Chun Sing
TO weather ongoing global uncertainty, Singapore’s national strategy is to diversify, innovate, and train, said Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing in Parliament on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

SIM student, 23, initially diagnosed with minor flu, died from viral infection 2 months later
A 23-year-old student from Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) has died from a viral infection despite being diagnosed with minor flu initially.
— Mothership

Court says property agent who sued couple for $316k had misled them, throws out her case
A property agent who misled a married couple into handing her a $316,000 cheque to demonstrate interest in a Balmoral Road apartment, and failed to disclose she was the owner, has lost her lawsuit to claim the money.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Lee Bee Wah asks if DNA testing can solve high-rise sanitary pad littering problem
‘I have seen soiled sanitary pads on the roof of covered walkways and on the floor.’
— Mothership

Dentist, serving jail term for defrauding CPF Board, struck off dental register
Dentist Steven Ang Kiam Hau, who is still serving a jail term for defrauding the Central Provident Fund Board, will be struck off the Register on Friday (Sep 6).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Surveillance cameras caught 2,200 high-rise litterbugs between Aug. 2012 & Dec. 2018
A killer litter case recently made headlines in Singapore, after a glass bottle believed to have been thrown out of the window of a condominium in Outram, struck the head of a 73-year-old man at the BBQ pit area.
— Mothership

Education centre, food and beverage companies among those lauded for branding efforts
Local education centre PlayFACTO School, which prides itself on providing a balance between academic excellence and socio-emotional development, has increased its revenue by more than ten-fold in the last three years and expanded to 10 centres since it was set up in 2015.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Nearly 60% of millennials in Singapore are not happy with their current wealth management services, according to Simon-Kucher & Partners study
On Monday (2 Sep), Simon-Kucher & Partners, a global strategy and marketing consultancy firm, released the findings from its global customer journey study on the banking behaviour of persons born between 1981 and 1996 – who are identified as millennials – which shows that private banks are not doing enough to attract this lucrative customer base.
— The Online Citizen

New digital banks no major threat to Singapore’s Big 3: Fitch Ratings
The granting of up to five new digital bank licences in Singapore will increase competition within the sector, but is unlikely to threaten the dominance of DBS Bank, OCBC Bank and UOB, Fitch Ratings said on Tuesday (Sept 3).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

ICA seizes two smuggled hedgehogs at Woodlands Checkpoint
A man was caught trying to smuggle two hedgehogs into Singapore on Saturday (Aug 31).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Youth admits raping ex-girlfriend and distant relative in separate incidents
A youth raped his former girlfriend in his flat while his other family members were at home, a district court heard on Tuesday (Sept 3).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man under investigation after allegedly punching driver in Jurong West
A 54-year-old man is being investigated by the police after he allegedly punched a driver in Jurong West.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Dance Theatre presents Swan Lake as grand finale to its Pride and Passion season 2019
Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) will be closing its Pride and Passion season 2019 with one of the world’s most famous and well-loved ballet of all time, Swan Lake.
— The Online Citizen

Man who jumped into Rochor Canal after touching woman in church gets jail, fine
A drunk man caught on video being apprehended by police in a canal was jailed for five days and fined S$2,500 on Tuesday (Sep 3).
— Channel News Asia (very annoying popups)

Row of 7 Geylang conservation shophouses for sale at $40m-$42m; pair of Joo Chiat ones going for $7m-$7.5m
A row of seven conservation shophouses in Geylang has been launched for sale at a guide price range of $40 million to $42 million, marketing agent Knight Frank Singapore said on Tuesday (Sept 3).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Allianz Global Investors launches thematic fund for Singapore retail investors
Active asset manager Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI) on Tuesday (Sept 3) launched a thematic fund in Singapore, available to retail clients at Citibank.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

The quest to help severely disabled Elaine to paint independently
Ms Elaine Eng is the youngest child in a set of quadruplets – three out of the four have cerebral palsy.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Retail podium, office space at former Chevron House up for sale
Five strata lots for retail and office use spanning seven storeys at 30 Raffles Place have been launched for sale by joint marketing agents JLL and Cushman & Wakefield.
— 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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