Singapore morning news for January 8

Singapore morning news for January 8
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Dengue cases up again after five weeks of decline
There are now 86 active clusters, an increase of almost a third since the middle of last month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Gas supply from Indonesia to Singapore will cease by 2023
By 2023, Indonesia’s Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry is looking to stop supplying gas to Singapore via the Suban Blok Corridor Field.
— The Online Citizen

S’pore pump prices at record highs after killing
Petrol pump prices have risen by three cents a litre at most retailers in Singapore, in the latest fallout on oil markets from the assassination of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani by US forces last week.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘MOH advice’ on how not to catch influenza is a hoax
There is nothing wrong with drinking water, but the advice that is circulating on how to protect against influenza is not from the Ministry of Health (MOH).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New Bill to boost S’pore’s global role as mediation hub
A new Bill that will boost Singapore’s position as a leading global dispute resolution hub was introduced in Parliament on Monday, allowing parties in cross-border commercial disputes to seek various options to enforce or invoke their mediated settlement agreements.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Minister of Manpower: Total employment rose by 19,500 in 23 key industries from 2015 to 2018
On 6 January (Monday), The Minister of State for Manpower, Zaqy Mohamad told the parliament that the blueprint implemented by the government has boosted total employment in 23 key industries by 19,500 between 2015 and 2018.
— The Online Citizen

S’pore must resist “extreme positions” on foreign labour and immigration matters: Trade and Industry Minister
Singapore must resist adopting “extreme positions” on the issue of foreign labour, said Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing in Parliament on Mon (6 Jan).
— The Online Citizen

60,000 subsidised outpatients seek treatment for mental disorders each year: Gan Kim Yong
Public healthcare providers treated an average of about 60,000 subsidised outpatients for mental disorders each year over the last three years, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Monday (Jan 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

What makes Singapore the marketing hub of Southeast Asia
With media agencies representing the world’s biggest brands, to ad tech companies pushing the boundaries of creativity and efficiency, Singapore can be considered more than just a business hub; an Accenture report recently named Singapore as the marketing capital of Southeast Asia.
— e27

More than S$1 billion required to speed up the completion of cycling path network, says Minister Lam Pin Min
Following the recent ban of e-scooters from all footpaths, Senior Minister of State for Transport Dr Lam Pin Min told Parliament on Monday (6 January) that more than S$1 billion will be needed to speed up the completion of cycling path network in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

NSF admits to flying drone unlawfully near Singapore Flyer during 2019 National Day Parade
A full-time national serviceman (NSF) unlawfully flew a drone near the Singapore Flyer at last year’s National Day Parade (NDP) even though there were signs in the area telling people not to do so.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

No classified military information was compromised in 2019 malware infection incidents: Ng Eng Hen
No classified military information was lost in the recent malware incidents that affected the personal data of Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) personnel, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen.
— Mothership

‘That’s exactly what neighbours are about’: Australians welcome Singapore’s help to fight bush fires
The Republic’s deployment of two helicopters and 42 soldiers to Australia, in support of the country’s ongoing efforts to put out raging bush fires that have destroyed more than 2,000 homes, has been welcomed by Australians and Singaporeans.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

CPF Board receives 500 – 600 appeals per year for MediSave withdrawals beyond annual limit
The Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board receives, on average, 500 to 600 appeals each year for MediSave withdrawals beyond the annual limit for medical treatment.
— Mothership

At least S$38 million lost to impersonation scams in 2019: Shanmugam
Victims of impersonation scams were cheated of at least S$38 million from January to November last year, amid a rise in the number of scam cases reported.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MSF officials go on night walks to inform homeless people of available shelters & services
Many homeless people do not know where to seek assistance, and others may decline help or avoid contact with social services and government agencies.
— Mothership

SAF aid in firefighting efforts lauded by Aussies and S’poreans
Singapore’s deployment of two helicopters and 42 soldiers to Australia, in support of the country’s ongoing efforts to put out raging bush fires that have destroyed more than 2,000 homes, has been welcomed by Australians and Singaporeans.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Productivity tops Singapore SME priority list in 2020: poll
SMALL and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore will focus on boosting productivity as they grapple with a mixed business outlook this year, according to a survey by United Overseas Bank (UOB).
— The Business Times

MOE to review practice of withholding original result slips for all levels: Ong Ye Kung
The practice of withholding original result slips over unpaid school fees will be reviewed for all levels, said Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung on Monday (Jan 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Spike in people scammed by impersonators on social media, with many in their 20s to 40s
The scammers in these cases often use compromised or spoofed social media accounts to pretend to be a victim’s family member or friend to trick victims.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NSF injured from parachute training incident: What we know so far
The incident that led to PTE Joshua Quek suffering a cervical spine injury during a static line parachute jump in Taiwan was the first such case resulting in serious injury, Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen said in a written parliamentary reply on Monday (Jan 6) to Workers’ Party (WP) chief Pritam Singh.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MAS: 21 applicants vying for 5 Singapore digital bank licenses
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will be issuing up to five digital bank licenses by the middle of 2020.
— The Online Citizen

Chan talks about team S’pore comprising SGs, PRs and FTs while NSF PTE Quek remains in ICU
Yesterday in Parliament (6 Jan), Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing sparred with WP MP Pritam Singh over the release of local employment data to the public.
— The Online Citizen

Payment delays worsen among Singapore firms for 3rd straight quarter
Slow payments among Singapore firms increased for the third consecutive quarter, led by the retail and services sectors, according to a report by the Singapore Commercial Credit Bureau (SCCB) on Tuesday (Jan 7).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Mercy Relief deploys team to help victims of Jakarta floods, launches fundraising appeal
Mercy Relief on Tuesday (Jan 7) announced it was deploying a disaster response team to Jakarta to help flood victims in the area.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MINDEF will strengthen oversight of vendors after possible data leaks: Ng Eng Hen
The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) will strengthen oversight of its vendors after two of them were hit separately by potential data breaches, said Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen in a written parliamentary reply on Monday (6 Jan).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Boosting productivity beats cutting costs as top priority for SMEs this year: Survey
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore will focus on boosting productivity as they grapple with a mixed business outlook this year, according to a survey by United Overseas Bank (UOB).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore optimistic about India’s long-term prospects: Tharman
Singapore and its companies are optimistic about India’s long-term prospects, said Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Monday (Jan 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man pleads guilty to having drone in special NDP zone in first such prosecution
A 21-year-old man who flew a drone in a special event area during the National Day Parade (NDP) last year pleaded guilty on Tuesday (Jan 7), in the first prosecution involving the possession of a prohibited item in a special event area.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Dash Living acquires Singaporean coliving company Easycity, expands to Asia Pacific
Dash Living, a Hong Kong-based property tech startup announced today that it has expanded its presence to Asia Pacific by acquiring Singapore’s coliving company EasyCity, according to a statement.
— e27

NYSE-listed Sea Group is the latest to apply for Digital Full Bank License in Singapore
Sea Limited, one of the leading consumer internet companies in Southeast Asia, today announced that it has applied for a Digital Full Bank License in Singapore.
— e27

SP grad refuses to take ‘no’ for an answer, gets into NUS medical school on 2nd try
Foo’s tenacity and refusal to give up allowed him to become one of the 11 polytechnic graduates in 2017 to be offered a local medical course.
— Mothership

SDP: Manpower Minister’s failure to provide explanation for rejecting correction directions is a “cop-out”; Party to pursue matter in court
The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has pointed out that the Minister of Manpower Josephine Teo’s decision to reject the party’s correction directions under the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) without providing any grounds is a “cop-out”.
— The Online Citizen

SIT to offer new undergrad degree programmes in speech therapy, digital communications
The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) has launched two new degree programmes in speech and language therapy, and digital communications and integrated media.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

How effective PR can be a game changer for tech startups in 2020?
Bill Gates famously said that “If I was down to my last dollar, I’d spend it on PR.”
— e27

More shophouses up for sale in Tanjong Pagar, East Coast and Geylang
With robust demand seen for shophouses last year, the start of 2020 saw the latest slew of such invetment properties up for sale.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Government will work with StanChart marathon organisers to address traffic jam problems
The Government will work with organisers of the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) to improve how future editions are run, said Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu on Monday (Jan 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Shopee parent Sea makes only known solo bid for digital full bank licence
Sea Limited, which owns e-commerce platform Shopee and game developer Garena, is the latest known contender for a full digital bank licence – and the only one known to be going it alone.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 to air on Toggle
Sports fans can catch the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 in Switzerland on Toggle, Mediacorp announced on Tuesday (Jan 7).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SDP correction directions: Party says it will pursue matter in court
The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) said on Tuesday (Jan 7) it plans to take legal action after its application to cancel correction directions was rejected.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Accelerating Asia unveils new cohort of 10 startups with over 40% female co-founders
Singapore-based startup accelerator-cum-early-stage VC fund, Accelerating Asia, has unveiled its second cohort of ten startups.
— e27

Singapore stock watch: Singtel says parts of Optus network affected by Australia bush fires
The following companies saw new developments that may affect trading of their shares on Tuesday (Jan 6)
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’porean man seeks explanation on his arrest, subsequent extradition to M’sia over non-existing murder charge
A 50-year-old Singaporean man is seeking an explanation from the Republic’s authorities regarding his arrest by the Singapore Police Force (SPF) — and his subsequent extradition by the Malaysian Police — on 21 Mar 2015 over a charge made against him for a murder that took place in Penang Island.
— The Online Citizen

Customer finds stone in Tiong Bahru Bakery cake, staff tells him it’s part of French tradition
One customer in Singapore was alarmed to find a stone nestled inside a cake purchased from Tiong Bahru Bakery.
— Mothership

Impossible Foods launches pork & pork sausage made of soy
Impossible Foods has launched Impossible Pork and Impossible Sausage.
— Mothership

M’sia Grab driver travels 200km from Melaka to Johor to return S’porean passenger’s Prada wallet
A Grab driver in Melaka travelled over 200km just to return a passenger’s wallet that was left in his car, Lianhe Wanbao reported Jan. 7, 2020.
— Mothership

Try catching a virtual Chinese zodiac animal at River Hongbao this year
Visitors to this year’s River Hongbao can expect an interactive festival that celebrates tradition with technology.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Elderly man molested woman, offered her husband S$10 to let him go
An 84-year-old man who molested a woman as she walked past him later offered her husband S$10 to let him go.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Baby found abandoned in a bloody bag in rubbish bin at Bedok North
This morning (7 Jan), a baby was found abandoned in a bin at the bottom of a rubbish chute at Block 534 Bedok North Street.
— The Online Citizen

Animal lover fined for harassing woman he thought ran over dog
Thinking that a woman was the driver of a car that ran over a dog, a man posted abusive messages on Facebook against the woman.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Jealous tourist jailed for attacking girlfriend and cops in MBS
Jealous that his girlfriend had danced with another man, a tourist from New Zealand assaulted her in their hotel room at the Marina Bay Sands (MBS).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man allegedly dislocates woman’s jaw after being rejected
A man who allegedly pestered two women at a bar in Prinsep Street last Friday (Jan 3), also allegedly elbowed one of them in the face after they rejected his advances, dislocating her jaw.
— 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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