Singapore morning news for January 21

Singapore morning news for January 21

Singapore morning news

Wuhan virus: All travellers arriving in Singapore from China to undergo temperature screening
Temperature screening at Changi Airport will be extended to all travellers arriving from China, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Monday (Jan 20), as news broke that a new virus originating from Wuhan has spread to other Chinese cities.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Drug crimes cost Singapore $1.23 billion in 2015, NTU study finds
The cost of drug crime in Singapore was more than $1.2 billion in 2015 despite the Republic experiencing a lower drug abuse rate as compared with other countries, a Nanyang Technological University (NTU) study has found.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Global FDI flat in 2019, but surged 42% in Singapore: UN report
FOREIGN direct investment (FDI) flows into Singapore surged 42 per cent while the flows to its traditional rival Hong Kong were halved in 2019, when global FDI was flat against a backdrop of a weak global economy and trade tensions
— The Business Times

Singapore’s success depends on high-quality public servants working closely with first-class political leader, says PM Lee
For Singapore to be successful, the country needs a competent public service to work in close association with a “first-class political leadership”, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday (17 January).
— The Online Citizen

40 men arrested in 5-day Geylang operation; gambling items, illegal medicines seized
A five day operation in Geylang led to the arrest of forty men for various offences.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

ITE graduates to get more opportunities to attain diplomas
By 2025, the ITE hopes to offer about 40 work-study diplomas, taking in about 1,000 students a year, up from the current 24 diplomas.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

4G leadership will build future of hope and progress for Singaporeans: DPM Heng Swee Keat
In his keynote speech at the Institute of Policy Studies’ biennial Singapore Perspectives Conference, Mr Heng also hinted that plans are afoot to give more help to lower- and middle-income Singaporeans.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Chan Chun Sing on S’pore govt providing data: Data sharing is not the ‘panacea’ to everything
‘Data is necessary, but we also need to have an enquiring mind and be open to ask what the data tells us and how to interpret this.’
— Mothership

Victims lose over $987k to iTunes and Google Play gift card e-mail scams targeting businesses since Jan 2019
Police on Monday (Jan 20) warned businesses against falling for e-mail impersonation scams involving iTunes and Google Play cards, with more than $987,000 lost since January 2019.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Lawyer disbarred for duping client into handing over $25,000
A lawyer of 25 years’ standing, who deceived her client into handing over $25,000 and issued bogus receipts for the sums, was struck off the rolls on Monday (Jan 20).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Tank of Ang Mo Kio block with contaminated tap water not tampered with, piping system to be reviewed: Town council
The water tank of an Ang Mo Kio block where the tap water was found to have trace amounts of hydrocarbon – the kind of compounds used in anti-mosquito oil – was not tampered with.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

AGC says SDP articles misrepresented its arguments in POFMA case, seeks new hearing
An opposition party that went to court over allegedly false statements it made in articles on local employment is now accused of making further misrepresentative statements while the hearings for the first matter are ongoing.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Some local brands pull out of Naiise due to payment delays of up to a year
Multi-label retailer Naiise, which bucked the trend and went from being an online to brick-and-mortar retailer, is in trouble.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Judge dismisses applications by defence lawyer in The Online Citizen-linked defamation case
A judge on Monday (Jan 20) dismissed two applications by defence lawyer M Ravi in a criminal defamation case linked to alternative news site The Online Citizen.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Aspire to be a hawker? Here’s a new programme that may pave the way
A new programme to encourage younger hawkers to join the trade was officially launched on Monday (Jan 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S’pore couple transforms 3-room HDB flat into ultra-minimalist home
While most of us can hardly keep our homes organised, this Singapore couple has dedicated themselves to maintaining a clutter-free home.
— Mothership

Singapore’s political system must evolve, deliver concrete solutions: Chan Chun Sing
Singapore must build a political system and culture that keeps the country “going, growing and glowing”, said Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing on Monday (Jan 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore must act decisively against nativist tendencies: Heng Swee Keat
Some of the public discourse around foreigners show that Singapore is not immune to the same divisive forces that have swept across the world, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Monday (Jan 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Online users fully support WP Chief’s call for more opposition representation to check on ruling party
While speaking at the Workers’ Party Member’s Forum 2020 on Sunday (19 January), the party’s Secretary General, Pritam Singh highlighted the role of opposition is to make sure that the ruling party, People’s Action Party (PAP), does not have a “blank cheque to do whatever it wants”.
— The Online Citizen

SCDF NSF fined for disseminating photos of fatal Bionix accident scene
Dispatched to the site of a training accident to help extricate a trapped man, a full-time national serviceman (NSF) with the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) took photos of the scene.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore cannot assume it is immune to divisive forces: Heng Swee Keat
SINGAPORE has already seen some semblances of nativist tendencies here, the Republic’s deputy prime minister said on Monday as he warned the country cannot assume it is immune to divisive forces that have swept across the world.
— The Business Times

Nomura hiring dozens of private bankers in Hong Kong and Singapore
Nomura Holdings plans to hire dozens of private bankers in Hong Kong and Singapore in a bid to extend its wealth management push from Japan and mainland China to the rest of Asia.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Muted earnings for Q4; but property, banks may surprise on upside
PROPERTY developers, banks and plantation players are expected to be winners in the upcoming earnings season, despite overall muted projections due to the weak economic conditions in the October-to-December quarter.
— The Business Times

Go-getter on the fast track at Citi Singapore
Tenacity, problem-solving skills and a knack for managing people landed Mr Richard Leow on the fast track at Citibank Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Logistics company manager fined $52,000 for multiple Customs Act offences
A 50-year-old Singaporean logistics company manager was fined $52,000 for various offences under the Customs Act, Singapore Customs said on Monday (Jan 20).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Multilateralism continues to be relevant despite increasing pushback: Heng Chee How
While multilateralism remains relevant today, it can no longer be taken for granted, with an increasing tendency from some to push back against it, said Senior Minister of State for Defence Heng Chee How on Monday (Jan 20).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Woman jailed 10 months for forgery of documents to obtain training grants
A 41-year-old woman was sentenced to 10 months’ jail on Monday (Jan 20) for cheating the then Workforce Development Agency (WDA) into issuing training grants of more than $160,000.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singaporean biotech startup TurtleTree secures pre-seed from Saudi entrepreneur Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed
KBW Ventures, the VC firm owned by Saudi entrepreneur and investor HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal, who’s also a prince of the House of Saud, and son of businessman Al-Waleed bin Talal, announces the pre-seed investment into Singapore-based biotech company TurtleTree.
— e27

Eagle Hospitality Trust sponsor developing 30-year plan for Queen Mary floating hotel
Eagle Hospitality Trust’s (EHT) sponsor is working on a 30-year plan to preserve and improve the trust’s Queen Mary floating hotel docked in Long Beach, California.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Airshow 2020 set for Feb 11-16 take-off
The Singapore Airshow will land at Changi Exhibition Centre again next month, with the seventh edition of the biennial event to be held from Feb 11-16.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore eatery stops delivering rat design Yusheng as bumpy rides keep messing it up
An eatery in Singapore has stopped deliveries of their custom-designed Yusheng after bumpy rides rendered it unfeasible.
— Mothership

Expelled NTU student gets short detention order for filming woman in hall toilet
The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) student who was expelled after filming a woman in a shower on campus was sentenced by a court on Monday (Jan 20) to a short detention order of 14 days.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Children evacuated after monkey gatecrashes birthday party at Bukit Panjang childcare
Children at Ichiban Montessori Childcare Centre (Segar) got a surprise visit from a long-tailed macaque during a birthday party celebration on Jan. 14, 2020.
— Mothership

Man accused of raping 2 teens claims he recovered from memory loss, a week after soiling himself in court
A 49-year-old man on trial for raping two 14-year-old girls, who soiled himself in court last week, on Monday (Jan 20) claimed that he has recovered from memory loss and sought an adjournment to get a lawyer.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Single mother arrested and held in lock-up for 10 hours over unpaid S&CC bills amounting to S$2,150
A single mother with a 16-year-old son was arrested for unpaid service and conservancy charges (S&CC) amounting to S$2,150 due to the Marsiling-Yew Tee Town Council.
— The Online Citizen

Woman jailed 10 months for cheating more than S$160,000 in training grants
A former assistant general manager at Adonis Group was sentenced to 10 months jail on Monday (Jan 20) for cheating more than S$160,000 in training grants.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Manager fined S$52,000 after faking invoices, other breaches of Customs Act
A Singaporean woman has been fined S$52,000 after faking invoices to mislead authorities, among other offences, Singapore Customs said on Monday (Jan 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Bar-top bootcamp: Meet the local ‘coyote’ dancers of Coyote Ugly Singapore
Twenty years after the movie it inspired was released, the American bar has come to Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)


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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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