What's News: December 01, 2015

Former Liverpool star John Barnes signing an autograph. He is in town to help conduct a football clinic for youngsters.
Former Liverpool star John Barnes signing an autograph. He is in town to help conduct a football clinic for youngsters.PHOTO: STANDARD CHARTERED BANK


Tight market boosts wages

Incomes have grown this year as a result of a tight labour market. Median income, including employer Central Provident Fund contributions, rose by 4.7 per cent for full-time employed residents here to $3,949 this year, up from $3,770 last year.


$80 more for NSFs, NSmen

All national servicemen will get an $80 boost in their allowances from today. The move benefits not only 40,000 full-time national servicemen (NSFs), but also 300,000 operationally ready national servicemen (NSmen) who are called up for in-camp training.



Pact to stem migrant crisis

The European Union will send Turkey €3 billion (S$4.5 billion) in aid for refugees it hosts, kick-start its EU member bid and ease visa rules for visiting Turks, in a deal struck on Sunday. In return, Turkey will boost border controls to stop the refugees from entering the EU.


Sturridge can play more: Barnes

John Barnes believes injury-prone Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge should manage his condition better in order to have a long career, agreeing with manager Juergen Klopp's assessment. The Reds legend is in Singapore to help conduct a football clinic for youngsters.


China-Taiwan prisoner swop

Taiwan yesterday confirmed it had swopped jailed spies with China in a goodwill gesture leading to last month's historic meeting between the leaders of the two sides in Singapore. The prisoner swop is the first step to building "military trust", the media reported.


Success in a low-growth world

Recent economic news suggests Singapore is in a new low-growth normal. There are three habits that economies can cultivate to succeed in a low-growth world: adapt to a lower cost structure; build resilience into economy and identify growth sectors, writes David Skilling.


How Changi stays ahead 

Changi Airport goes through more than 60,000 instances of feedback a day and visits rival airports to stay ahead of competition. Last month, it received its 500th best airport award, from Business Traveller (China).


Talks over rosewood case

Madagascar's environment minister plans to meet officials here for talks over rosewood logs worth $71 million allegedly imported here from the African country without permit. A court had last month dismissed the case against the importers, but the Attorney- General's Chambers is appealing.


NZ property investors lose big

A group of 109 investors, including Singaporeans, who had bought apartments in New Zealand lost a total of NZ$10 million (S$9.2 million) in deposits when the developer went bankrupt. Not only did the investors fail in a legal bid to recover their deposits, but they were also stung for another NZ$36 million in a counter-claim by the receivers.



Michelin Guide welcome but...

Chefs and restaurateurs here welcomed the announcement that the well-respected Michelin Guide is launching its Singapore edition in the second half of next year, but are concerned about how local food would be judged alongside Western fare. Like in Hong Kong, the Singapore guide may include hawker food too.

What it should have been

Our report last Saturday, "New NTUC Foodfare scheme for stalls", stated that Kimly Group's Rice Garden outlet in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 serves 1,500 customers a day, up from 1,200 daily. This is incorrect. Kimly Group has clarified that the stall has a daily revenue of $1,500, up from $1,200 a day previously.

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