Singapore morning news for January 2

Singapore morning news for January 2

Singapore morning news

S’pore’s 2020 Budget Statement to be delivered on February 18
The Ministry of Finance (MOF) announced on Jan. 1 that Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will deliver the 2020 Budget Statement in Parliament on Tuesday (Feb. 18).
— Mothership

Update to rules that deter discrimination against S’poreans in hiring practices
Rules that ensure bosses do not discriminate against Singaporean workers by hiring foreigners will be updated this year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore fourth-quarter GDP growth picks up on services sector
ingapore’s economy expanded at a slightly faster pace in the fourth quarter, meeting expectations, as the services sector helped offset weakness in manufacturing, preliminary data showed on Thursday.
–Reuters

Iras warns of scam message on tax refunds
The taxman has advised the public to ignore a WhatsApp message being circulated that shows an image of an e-mail suggesting the recipient is eligible for a tax refund.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Former Chief of Defence Force Ng Jui Ping dies aged 71
Former Chief of Defence Force Ng Jui Ping died on Wednesday (Jan 1), Singapore’s Defence Ministry (MINDEF) said in a Facebook post. He was 71.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Rising number of Singaporeans born overseas
The trend is set against the backdrop of more Singaporeans living abroad for study or work and not giving up their passports.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Lucky Plaza accident: Emotional scenes as family, friends attend wake of victim Arlyn Nucos
About 100 friends, family and members of the Filipino community in Singapore attended the wake of Philippines national Arlyn Picar Nucos on Wednesday (Jan 1).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New S$100m Eunoia JC campus is Singapore’s first ‘high-rise’ junior college
With their sleek green-tinted glass windows, open spaces and greenery, the two new towering blocks along Sin Ming Place could be mistaken for office buildings.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Working group to review SGX retail bonds framework
THE Hyflux saga has prompted questions on whether additional support is needed for retail investors in bond defaults.
— The Business Times

Changi on track for record passenger numbers in 2019
Global economic headwinds and geopolitical tensions have hit the aviation industry worldwide, but Changi Airport has held its own, with strong demand for regional flights boosting overall passenger traffic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Convenience stores take steps to comply with new smoking age
The increase in the smoking age from 19 to 20 yesterday has prompted stores to put measures in place to prevent underage smokers from buying cigarettes.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SMEs invest for future as global economy stays volatile
It has been a turbulent 2019 for Singapore’s manufacturers as the uncertain global economy dampened prospects, especially among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

STI forecast to advance by strong single-digit gain this year
AFTER a year of recovery for equities, the Boar will soon pass the baton to the Rat, which is likely to oversee another year of earnings turnaround – helped by better growth prospects and a low interest-rate environment.
— The Business Times

Private investors still shy from Singapore renewable energy sector
GOVERNMENT efforts will support growth opportunities in Singapore’s renewable power sector. However, uptake by private investors – key to long-term growth – remains “very subdued” due to limited incentives, financial or otherwise, to enter the market, said Fitch Solutions Macro Research on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

Murders, corruption and scandals: 10 court cases that dominated the headlines in 2019
As the new year begins, CNA takes a look back at the most read court cases in 2019, with several murders making the headlines and politically significant cases unfolding before the judges.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man arrested for inciting PMD users to attack people at Punggol Park
A 34-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday (Dec 31) for using social media app Telegram to incite Personal Mobility Device (PMD) users to attack park users at Punggol Park.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Is a confident start to 2020 justified?
CONFIDENCE in the shipping industry rose in late 2019 to its highest level for 18 months, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from London-based shipping adviser and accountant BDO.
— The Business Times

The three key things to watch in 2020 energy sector
ANYONE wanting to make sense of the energy market in 2020 should watch three key indicators. The significant drivers of the market this year will be non-Organization of
— The Business Times

Bicentennial Experience closes, but parts of exhibition to remain on Fort Canning
The Bicentennial Experience may have closed for good, but parts of it will remain on Fort Canning, while other parts, including historical materials, will be archived and stored.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

EDB unit wants to go beyond keeping Singaporeans in touch
The former Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU) has, since June last year, taken on a new name – Singapore Global Network.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Insectta sees a big future from small insects
IN THE years to come, semiconductors used in devices such as phones and computers, and protein and probiotics used in animal feed additives, could be made from the larvae of black soldier flies.
— The Business Times

Three themes to drive masterplan for Somerset Belt
A finalised masterplan for transforming Somerset into a youth-oriented area will be revealed in the next three months, The Straits Times has learnt.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore ushers in 2020 with festivities and fireworks across island
In the heart of town or in the heartland, countdown parties were all the rage as Singapore welcomed 2020 at the stroke of midnight.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Newly-wed moves to US to take up new role at Visa HQ
After working for about three years in Singapore, Ms Charmaine Chan took a leap of faith and moved to the United States.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

It felt right for son to be Singaporean, say couple in Canada
When their son, Jonah, was born in February 2018, his parents thought hard about whether he should be counted as a Singaporean.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Marina Mandarin gets new name under UIC
The Marina Mandarin Singapore hotel is now known as Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay, Singapore, having been rebranded by property group United Industrial Corporation (UIC).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Cigarettes found hidden in modified car compartments at Woodlands Checkpoint
Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers uncovered three separate attempts to smuggle contraband cigarettes into Singapore during the last two weeks of the year.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

3 babies born in 3 seconds: Singapore welcomes first babies of 2020
Just as the clock struck midnight on Wednesday (Jan 1) to welcome the new year, a couple were welcoming a new baby into their lives.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man arrested for inciting PMD users to attack people at Punggol Park
A 34-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday (Dec 31) for using social media app Telegram to incite Personal Mobility Device (PMD) users to attack park users at Punggol Park.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Police appealing for information on 14-year-old teenager, last seen at Serangoon on December 30
The Singapore Police Force are currently appealing for information from the public on the whereabouts of 14-year-old Muhammad Syafiq Rusydi Bin Romi.
— Mothership

Police alerted to case of unnatural death at Compassvale Drive, Sengkang on New Year’s Eve
The Singapore Police Force were alerted to a case of unnatural death on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Blk 201C, Compassvale Drive in Sengkang.
— Mothership

These later stage funding rounds of December are the perfect closure to the year 2019
There are reasons why the later stage funding rounds that we managed to cover in December are ground-breaking. We saw the highest ever funding round ever secured by an edutech startup in the market.
— e27

That time of the year: A look back into the early stage funding rounds of December
The most exciting part about writing early stage funding announcement is seeing the variety of startups that are being invested in.
— e27

KFC launching limited-edition spicy Nyonya Chicken on January 2
If you’re planning to lose weight in 2020, you might want to postpone your New Year’s resolution.
— Mothership

S’porean photographer creates stunning New Year’s composite image from ship flares in Changi
He was able to capture both the flares and the fireworks at the same place.
— Mothership

 

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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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