Monthly Archives: February 2018

Readings of ultraviolet radiation in Singapore reach “extreme” records

Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) has announced that the ultraviolet radiation level in Singapore has recorded “extreme” readings this week, reaching the highest of 15 on Monday (19 February) at 1 pm and 2 pm. According to MSS, this is not the first time Singapore has hit the highest value of 15 on the index, as this was also seen at 2 …

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How Contactless Mobile Payments Can Help Singaporeans Save

by ValuePenguin Money-savvy consumers in Singapore now have an even better way of saving money: mobile wallets. According to a recent study by JD Power, usage of mobile payments has grown by 53% in 2017, and now 40% of credit card holders in the country use mobile wallets to make payments. And there’s a good reason for it: you can save more by …

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Is Singapore over-spending in its defence?

by Khan Osman Sulaiman Of course, we are not talking about doing away with defence spending but whether it is justified or just fear mongering from the government? For example, if I want to protect my car, in Singapore it is adequate just to buy in-cam digital camera, equipped with an alarm system and tracking device. To pay guards stationed outside …

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Service disruption along DTL due to train fault on Friday morning

This morning (23 Feb), service disruption occurred along the Downtown Line (DTL). The transport operator, SBS Transit said the cause was due to a train fault. Commuters started to post tweets about the train delay before 8am; some of them still thought that the DTL is operated by the Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT): @SMRT_Singapore why is the dtl dead …

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Iswaran launches roadmap for marine sector to create 1,500 new jobs to replace 40,000 lost last 2 years

by Vincent Low Minister of Trade and Industry Iswaran launched the Industry Transformation Map (ITM) for the marine and offshore engineering industry sector on Thursday (22 Feb). It is envisaged that 1,500 new jobs will be added to the marine and offshore engineering sector through this roadmap, which was developed by EDB together with other govt agencies. The roadmap is supposed to …

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How many HDB flats had difficulty paying in the history of the HDB?

I refer to Vincent Low’s article “32,000 out of 405,000 HDB households in mortgage arrears of over three months” (theonlinecitizen, Feb 22). It states that “over the last three years, of a total of about 405,000 households with outstanding HDB loans, about 32,000 households (or 7.9%) were in mortgage arrears of three months or more. Of these 32,000 households, almost …

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CCS to further assess strategic alliance between ComfortDelGro and Uber and proposed acquisition of Lion City Holdings

The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) listed 10 issues that require further in-depth assessment of the Strategic Alliance between ComfortDelGro Corporation Limited and Uber Technologies, Inc. and the Proposed Acquisition of Lion City Holdings Pte. Ltd. CCS stated that it received notifications from the companies on 11 December 2017 in relation to whether a strategic alliance pursuant to a Commercial Collaboration Agreement between CDG …

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Saudi kicks Changi Airports consortium out 10 months after it won tender

by Vincent Low It was reported in Saudi news media yesterday (21 Feb) that the Saudi Arabia’s aviation authority, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), has kicked the consortium led by Singapore Govt-linked Changi Airports International (CAI) out from a deal to operate and manage Saudi’s new King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA). The announcement came 10 months after CAI …

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Are sub-standard laws applicable only for Singaporeans?

by Tan Wah Piow Will the Law Minister of Singapore explain in plain English why a Canadian defendant, if convicted of burglary would be spared the cane, while the same corporal punishment would be meted out against its own citizens? I am referring to the Singapore Government’s assurance to the UK authorities on the extradition of David James Roach to …

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32,000 out of 405,000 HDB households in mortgage arrears of over three months

by Vincent Low In Parliament on Monday (19 Feb), a question was asked with regard to the number of HDB households which have been in arrears of or have defaulted in their mortgage payments. In its written reply, the National Development Ministry said that over the last three years, of a total of about 405,000 households with outstanding HDB loans, about 32,000 …

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