5 S’pore News That You Should Know About That Were Reported Yesterday (16 January 2020)


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Let’s face it: in this social media world, exciting and viral news like a cat feeding a baby bear would often appear in your Facebook news feed, while important news like the GDP growth of Singapore this year wouldn’t get the same reach.

It’s understandable since social media platforms would prioritise engaging and viral contents to keep users in their platform.

In order to ensure that you’d still know about important news instead just social news, below are the top five Singapore news that was reported yesterday which you should know, simplified for you in a bite-sized format:

SFA Recalls 4 Sacla’ Pesto Products for Undeclared Allergen

Four pesto products from Italian brand Sacla’ are being recalled here after they were found to contain an undeclared allergen – peanuts.

The allergen was not declared on their labels, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said on Wednesday (15 Jan).

The four products being recalled are Sacla’ Classic Basil Pesto, Sacla’ Sun-dried Tomato Pesto, Sacla’ Reduced Fat Basil Pesto and Sacla’ Black Olive Pesto.

Those who are allergic to peanuts can suffer shortness of breath or hives if ingested.

For more info, tap here.


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NEA To Enforce Stricter Rules On Funeral Parlours After Wrong Body Mix-Up

Licensed funeral parlours in Singapore will be held to higher standards by the National Environment Agency (NEA) after the wrong body was cremated last month.

These stricter rules include locking embalming rooms at all times with access limited to authorised staff, and using body identification tags bearing details such as the name and gender of the deceased.

Harmony Funeral Care, the funeral parlour where the mix-up occured, has been barred from using government after-death facilities.

For more info, tap here.

Police Warn Of CNY Car Rental Scams: Victims Cheated Of $25,000 From January To November 2019

The police warned the public on Thursday (16 Jan) of car rental scams during the Chinese New Year period.

This comes after victims of such scams lost at least $25,000 between January and November last year.

In these scams, victims are duped into paying a deposit or the full amount to rent a vehicle after responding to advertisements put up by scammers.

After a victim makes payment, the rented vehicle is not delivered to him on the proposed day of collection, and the scammers become uncontactable.

For more info, tap here.

High Court Rejects SDP’s Application Have Pofma Case Heard In Open Court

A High Court judge has dismissed an application by the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) to have its case against Pofma heard in open court.

SDP are challenging two corrections issued against it under the fake news law.

Deputy Attorney-General Hri Kumar Nair said Justice Ang Cheng Hock had rejected SDP’s application, as there was “no special reason” for the case to be heard in an open court.

He added that public interest was not enough of a reason to move the case to an open court.

For more info, tap here.

2019 Was One Of The Hottest Years On Record In Singapore; And 2010-2019, The Hottest Decade Ever

A review of Singapore’s weather and climate showed that 2019 was one of the hottest years on record in Singapore, with the annual mean temperature hitting 28.4 deg C.

2010 to 2019 was also the hottest decade ever, with a mean temperature of 27.94 deg C.


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The high temperatures last year were likely the result of a combination of global warming and the occurrence of a coupled ocean-atmosphere phenomenon called the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), which developed in the Indian Ocean and caused drier, warmer conditions in South-east Asia.

For more info, tap here. 

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