Netizen 24 SGP: Morning briefing for Oct 11, 2017

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Morning briefing for Oct 11, 2017

Morning briefing for Oct 11, 2017Good morning! What's on the calendar today:

  • Singapore Press Holdings will announce its full-year 2017 results. In May this year, the media and property group reported a net profit of S$28.9 million for its third quarter, a drop of 45 per cent from S$52.7 million a year ago.
  • Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam will deliver her first annual policy address, where she is expected to focus on tax reforms, funding for education and elderly services, and address the housing shortage. The address will present a policy blueprint on what the Hong Kong government hopes to achieve during her administration.
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Photo of the day: A worker processing panda soft toys for exporting to American and European markets at a factory in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, China. Photo: Reuters1Reaffirming relationsPM Lee to meet US President Trump at the White House on Oct 23"President Trump looks forward to reaffirming the relationship between the United States and Singapore, which has been one of America’s closest partners in Asia for more than 50 years," read a White House statement on the upcoming visit of Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.2Royal concernsMalaysia’s sultans express concern that religious controversies are splitting the country"In recent weeks, the actions of certain individuals have gone beyond all acceptable standards of decency, putting at risk the harmony that currently exists within our multi-religio us and multi-ethnic society,” stated secretary of the council of rulers Syed Danial Syed Ahmad.3Mould your societyS’pore should ‘move with more urgency towards gracious society’A gracious society is not just about helping the displaced, the handicapped, the poor and the “misfits”, says former head of civil service Lim Siong Guan. It is also about the kampung spirit -- the “countless little interactions between neighbours and everyone else we mix with or have to work with every day of the week".4 'Bad dream'Girl, 4, dies after being hit by car in Bukit Batok; driver arrested“When I received the call from the hospital, I thought my daughter was just injured. It was only when my husband and I went to the hospital that we found out that our daughter is gone,” wrote Ms Jacelyn Wong, the mother of a four-year-old Eleanor Tan Si Xuan, who died in a car accident on Monday.5Manpower boostNew funding for companies to help local workers learn from foreign expe rtiseThe funding, which can cover salary and training for trainers and trainees, overseas on-the-job training, and hardware purchases, comes under a pilot under the Ministry of Manpower called the Capability Transfer Programme. Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say said the new programme seeks to allow the transfer of know-how that is lacking in Singapore quickly, while the Republic continues trying to improve productivity.6Rohyinga crisisSingapore sends tents and other supplies to refugees in BangladeshThe humanitarian supplies, worth about S$270,000, flew off to Chittagong, Bangladesh on Tuesday (Oct 10). While there is “ample aid” at the moment, said Mercy Relief, longer-term solutions such as income opportunities for communities to help themselves are needed. The mental wellness of the Rohingya survivors also needs to be addressed.7NS defaulterPhilippines-born NS defaulter jailed 10 weeksSingaporean Joseph Daluping Kum, who was arrested in 2015 after lodging a police report for los t property, was convicted of failing to report for his NS enlistment and for living overseas for about three-and-a-half years without a valid exit permit. He said he had committed the offences due to family circumstances.8Singapore propertyResale prices of non-landed private homes up 0.1% in Sept: SRX Property Some experts say that the improvement in the resale sales market took off in March, during the time when sales of new launches started to do well. Others added that they expected the private resale volume for the whole of 2017 to continue increasing.9Your sayStop import of cigarettes, ban smoking completely, if possibleTODAY readers and Facebook users weigh in on whether a complete ban on tobacco products could be the answer to help smokers quit. 10Your sayWrite to us and have your sayFeel strongly about what’s in the news? We want to hear from you. Write to us at Full details here: Follow us Source: Google News

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