Singapore morning news for January 9

Singapore morning news for January 9

Singapore morning news

Singapore passport no longer most powerful in the world
SINGAPORE has lost its top spot in an index which ranks passport power and global mobility.
— The Business Times

Construction demand hit 5-year high in 2019; to remain strong in 2020, medium term
Despite the economic headwind and global uncertainties, construction demand in Singapore is expected to remain strong this year, said Minister for State for National Development and Manpower Zaqy Mohamad on Wednesday (Jan 8).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore ‘deeply concerned’ about rising tensions in the Middle East: MFA
Singapore said on Wednesday (Jan 8) it was deeply concerned about rising tensions in the Middle East and advised citizens not to remain in or travel to Iraq and Iran due to the volatile security situation.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

GrabFood launches its first shared kitchen in Singapore
GrabFood has become the latest food delivery operator to launch a kitchen space housing multiple restaurant brands, turning the heat up on competition between Singapore’s three major food delivery services.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fires have limited impact on outbound tours to Down Under
OUTBOUND travel operators in Singapore have largely seen limited impact from the escalating Australian fires on tours Down Under, as January and February have traditionally been the lull season for Singaporeans heading south.
— The Business Times

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S’pore shouldn’t reject investments just because it results in more foreigners. But hiring must be meritocratic.
Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing delivered a speech in Parliament on Monday, Jan. 6, in response to questions from Member of Parliament Liang Eng Hwa and Worker’s Party chief Pritam Singh.
— Mothership

Directors of car parts retailer charged with bribery
Three directors of a car parts retailer have been charged for giving bribes of more than $600,000 to the store managers of an automobile shop.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Airlines diverts flights from Iranian airspace
Singapore Airlines said on Wednesday (Jan 8) it was diverting all flight routes from Iranian airspace.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying

Senior prison warden on trial for seeking bribe from inmate in return for prison transfer
A senior prison officer accused of offering an inmate a transfer out of his prison cluster in return for more than S$80,000 took to court to contest the charges on Wednesday (Jan 8).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Local banks to issue new notes for Chinese New Year from Jan 9
Banks in Singapore will usher in Chinese New Year 2020 by providing new Singapore dollar notes to customers for the festivities.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Falsehoods fester far more when the facts are available but not made public, says WP chief Pritam Singh
In Parliament on Monday (6 Jan), Worker’s Party MP Pritam Singh asked Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing several times to clarify employment data between 2015 and 2018, specifically how many jobs went to Singaporeans and how many went to PRs, and whether the government would share that data.
— The Online Citizen

SPP proposes Fixed Terms of Parliaments Act to resolve alleged EBRC report delay
The Singapore People’s Party has proposed the introduction of a Fixed Terms of Parliaments Act in response to the alleged delay in the Election Boundaries Review Committee (EBRC) release of its report.
— The Online Citizen

Chan Chun Sing: Economic prospects are “not all just doom and gloom” for Singapore
Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing on Monday (6 Jan) stated that Singapore was susceptible to the macroeconomic changes in the last year, being that the economy is small and open.
— The Online Citizen

Facebook setting up new team in Singapore to grow China advertising business
Facebook Inc is setting up a new engineering team in Singapore to focus on its lucrative China advertising business, according to three people familiar with the effort, even as chief executive Mark Zuckerberg ramps up criticism of a country that blocks the social network.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Alleged match-fixing kingpin Dan Tan released from prison: 5 things to know about the ‘Kelong King’
Singaporean football match-fixing kingpin Dan Tan Seet Eng was released from detention without trial in December last year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COE prices rise on eve of Singapore Motorshow
COE premiums had been on the downtrend since November, but motor industry players expect the annual Singapore Motorshow, which kicks off on Thursday, to whip up buying interest.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Airlines adding fifth weekly flight to Kolkata
SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) will introduce a fifth weekly flight to Kolkata, India, from March 29.
— The Business Times

Roof at Punggol MRT Station continues to leak for years; Commuter considers it as serious safety hazard
Recently, a member of the public has gotten in touch with TOC regarding a leaky roof situation at Punggol MRT station.
— The Online Citizen

Top British university student accused of illicitly filming women wants to leave Singapore, prosecution objects
A Singaporean man accused of illicitly filming 11 women made an application in court to leave the country to attend a top British university, but the prosecution objected to his request in submissions numbering nine pages.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Employers getting feet washed by helper at Sembawang Hot Spring Park among actions that lack etiquette
Such actions make the park a ‘lovely place’ with ‘ugly people’.
— Mothership

47-year-old man jailed 14 months, ordered to pay $700,000 for submitting false PIC claims
A 47-year-old Singaporean man was sentenced to 14 months’ jail and ordered to pay $686,400 in penalties on Wednesday (Jan 8) for submitting false claims for Government payouts to several companies.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Art tours led by uncles & aunties at National Gallery Singapore & Gillman Barracks will finally get you interested in art
Tours are organised as part of Singapore Biennale 2019, a festival of contemporary art showing until 22 March 2020.
— Mothership

Singapore’s sole goat farm aiming for 4,000-strong herd after award of tender for land
The only goat farm in Singapore is looking to expand.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s allrites raises US$1.1M to grow its marketplace for TV, film and sports content rights
Singapore-based, an online marketplace to discover, buy and sell film, TV and sports content rights, has closed a US$1.1 million pre-Series A investment round, led by Artesian Venture Capital.
— e27

Secondary school student hit by car making discretionary right turn into Havelock Road
A youth in school uniform was caught on camera getting hit by a car while walking along a pedestrian crossing in Outram area.
— Mothership

Despite flat office rents, Reits set to enjoy positive rental reversions
AFTER an impressive two-and-a-half year run, Singapore CBD Grade A office rentals appear to be taking a breather.
— The Business Times

Lawyer to face fresh probe into overcharging complaint
A lawyer who was cleared of overcharging a widow in her 80s has to face a fresh disciplinary hearing, as the original hearing did not investigate the full complaint against him, the High Court has found.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Taiwan’s famous Ningxia night market in S’pore from Jan. 16 – Feb 9, 2020
Look forward to beef cubes, Taiwanese oyster omelette, fried chicken cutlet, and oden.
— Mothership

Will continue to speak up for keeping cats in HDB flats, MP Louis Ng
Louis Ng Kok Kwang, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nee Soon Group Representation Constituency (GRC) has affirmed his stance against the ban of Housing and Development Board (HDB) on flat owners keeping cats.
— The Online Citizen

Sim Lim Square fails in 2nd collective sale bid; 11 shops put up for sale
The first en bloc attempt in July last year also ended without any formal bids.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Woman gets jail for embezzling S$38,000 from mosque over more than 2 years
A woman working at a mosque dipped her hand into its coffers, drawing out about S$38,000 between 2017 and 2019.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singtel’s Optus does not expect material financial impact from Australia bush fires
Singtel’s wholly-owned subsidiary Optus on Tuesday (Jan 7) said it does not expect the financial impact of the Australian bush fires to be material at this time.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

M1, SIT to jointly develop AI solutions for mobile network management
Telco M1 Limited and the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) are collaborating to develop artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to improve the operations of mobile networks.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

YouAdMe: Flipping the advertising industry on its head with the power of connection and creativity
Giving businesses the power to market their products and services using creative yet affordable channels Modern advertising can seem easy to the untrained eye.
— e27

He’s a danger to young women: Judge on serial molester
A serial molester who previously attacked eight women and is back in court for similar offences is a danger to young women and needs to be kept off the streets, a judge said on Wednesday (Jan 8).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Once timid and uncommunicative, 5-year-old finds her feet in the classroom with one special teacher’s help
When little Eileen Liu first joined her childcare centre at NTUC First Campus, tears and tantrums were a daily affair.
— The Pride

a-ha concert not 80s enough? Zouk Mambo Jambo is happening right after
It’ll be a nostalgia-filled night on Mar 21 with Singapore’s favourite retro party taking place after the concert by the Norwegian trio.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Shopping mall in JB flamed for using live hamsters as part of CNY decoration
With the Lunar New Year just around the corner, shopping malls are getting ready for the Year of the Rat.
— Mothership

Woman finds dead bee in nearly finished packet of fries from Ang Mo Kio Park McDonald’s
The only thing worse than getting less than the desired amount of McDonald’s french fries in your packet, is finding an insect inside.
— Mothership

Man dies weeks after falling while doing maintenance work on aircraft
A 63-year-old Singaporean died last Friday (Jan 3) after falling from an aircraft while carrying out maintenance works on it.
— 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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