Singapore morning news for January 24

Singapore morning news for January 24

Singapore morning news

Singapore ranked fourth least corrupt country in the world, cleanest in Asia
Singapore has taken fourth spot in an annual ranking of countries deemed to have the least corruption in the public sector, tying with Switzerland and Sweden in its scoring for the second year running.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Confirmed imported case of novel coronavirus infection in Singapore; Multi-ministry taskforce ramps up precautionary measures
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has on 23 January 2020 confirmed one imported case of novel coronavirus infection in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore core inflation inches up to 0.7% in December
Singapore’s core inflation inched up to 0.7 per cent year-on-year in December, mainly due to higher services inflation, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said in a joint news release on Thursday (Jan 23).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Employment rate of Singapore citizens up over last decade: MOM report
Helped by efforts to raise the employability of older workers, the employment rate of Singapore citizens rose from 60 per cent in June 2009 to 63.6 per cent in June 2019.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

PM Lee says Singapore ‘better prepared’ for another virus after SARS outbreak
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Thursday (Jan 23) that Singapore is much better prepared to deal with another virus outbreak since the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic in 2003.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Scoot cancels flights to China’s Wuhan over virus outbreak
Singapore Airlines’ budget carrier Scoot on Thursday (Jan 23) cancelled its daily flight to China’s Wuhan, after authorities locked down the city at the centre of a fast-spreading virus outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

IMDA to block Malaysian NGO website after it fails to comply with Pofma correction: MCI
The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) will get internet providers here to block the website of a Malaysian rights group that alleged Singapore’s prisons had used unlawful methods for executions.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SIA flight re-routed as Canberra Airport closes due to bush fires
A Singapore Airlines (SIA) return flight to Australia was re-routed on Thursday (Jan 23) after Canberra Airport was closed due to nearby bush fires.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Contempt of court case: Li Shengwu should turn up for cross-examination if he has nothing to hide, says AGC
Mr Li Shengwu should continue to defend himself in hearings he faces for contempt of court and turn up in court to be cross-examined if he has nothing to hide, the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) said on Thursday (Jan 23).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

StarHub, M1 to jointly bid for 5G licence in Singapore
In a move widely expected by industry analysts, telcos StarHub and M1 on Thursday (Jan 23) said they have signed an exclusive agreement to submit a joint bid for one of the four 5G network licences up for grabs in Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Wuhan virus patient’s hotel room ‘thoroughly disinfected’, workers who cleaned room quarantined: Shangri-La Group
The hotel room at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa occupied by the first patient to test positive for the Wuhan virus has been thoroughly disinfected and sanitised, said the Shangri-La Group on Thursday (Jan 23).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Wuhan virus: Singapore companies with projects in Chinese city step up precautionary measures
Singapore businesses with a presence in Wuhan said they have issued advisories to employees in light of the new coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese city.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New Total Defence exhibition features future dystopian Singapore
Visitors entering the latest exhibition at the Singapore Discovery Centre will be greeted with a vision of what a fictional dystopian Singapore in 2032 could look like.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘No sinister reason’ resident data not broken down further: Josephine Teo
Teo said that citizen data and resident data track each other very closely.
— Mothership

SDP’s John Tan prefers to go to jail than to pay fine of S$5000 so he can stand in the upcoming GE
In order to not lose his chance of standing in the next General Election, Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) vice-chairman John Tan said that he would rather be given a jail sentence than to pay a fine of S$5000, the Supreme Court heard on Wednesday (22 January).
— The Online Citizen

Wuhan virus: Mindef issues two advisories for service personnel
In response to the growing outbreak of a mysterious Wuhan virus that has already infected nearly 600 people and killed at least 17 in China, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) has disseminated two medical advisories to its service personnel earlier this month, it told The Straits Times on Thursday (Jan 23).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Nearly 950 GP clinics open during Chinese New Year long weekend
Nearly 950 general practitioner (GP) clinics will be open during the Chinese New Year long weekend from Friday (Jan 24) to next Monday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PM Lee not inviting siblings to CNY reunion dinner again this year
For yet another year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has not extended an invitation to his siblings, Mr Lee Hsien Yang and Dr Lee Wei Ling, to his Chinese New Year reunion dinner.
— The Online Citizen

Opposition parties question Heng Swee Keat about GST, divisive force and presidency
At the annual Singapore Perspectives Conference, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat answered a series of questions regarding Goods and Services Tax (GST), immigration, and an elected presidency.
— The Online Citizen

Yahoo Singapore adds correction notice to Facebook post about Malaysian group’s claims of ‘brutal’ executions
Yahoo Singapore has added a correction notice to a Facebook post after sharing an article that repeats claims made by a Malaysian human rights group about brutal execution methods in Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Citizen labour trends track those of residents, outcomes good over past decade: MOM data
LABOUR statistics relating to Singapore citizens track closely those for all residents – that is, citizens as well as permanent residents (PRs) – according to data in an occasional paper released by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Thursday.
— The Business Times

HDB resale transactions rise 2.7% in 2019 as prices remain flat
More Housing Board resale flats were sold in 2019 compared to the year before, although prices remained largely unchanged, official figures released on Thursday (Jan 23) showed.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore office rents slide 3.2% in Q4, down 3.1% for 2019: URA
ents of office space in the central region of Singapore eased 3.2 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2019 over the previous three months – a bigger drop compared with the 0.6 per cent fall in the third quarter of 2019, figures released by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) showed on Thursday (Jan 23).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PM Lee: Singapore ‘relentlessly optimistic’ despite challenges amidst US-China trade friction
On Wednesday (22 Jan), the Prime Minister remarked that challenges still persist with regards to resolving the geopolitical competition and confrontation between US and China although the “phase one” trade deal has been inked last week.
— The Online Citizen

50 flights delayed, 9 flights diverted from Changi Airport after fire alarm sparks evacuation at control tower
CAAS director of air traffic services Rosly Saad said there was no fire in the control tower and investigations on why the fire alarm was activated is still ongoing.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Li Hongyi asks Li Shengwu to leave him out of his issues with S’pore govt in public FB post
Li Shengwu is currently being prosecuted by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) for allegedly scandalising the judiciary with a private Facebook post.
— Mothership

7 Chinese movie releases including Jackie Chan’s Vanguard delayed worldwide due to Wuhan virus
The releases of four Chinese movies have been delayed in Singapore after they were pulled from theatres in China due to concerns about the spread of the Wuhan virus, which has killed 17 people and infected hundreds.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More red packets recycled due to specialised efforts, increased digital transfers over Chinese New Year
Each Chinese New Year season, banks, retailers, telcos and other organisations will print millions of pretty and fancy hong baos to be given away to their customers.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SGX acquires research-based index firm for S$280 million
The Singapore Exchange (SGX) has acquired a research-based index firm that will provide more diverse products for investors.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Schools ask parents to declare Chinese New Year travel plans in light of Wuhan virus outbreak
Schools in Singapore issued a notice to parents on Thursday (Jan 23), announcing precautionary measures to safeguard students’ well-being in light of the Wuhan virus outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SIA-backed Vistara considering adding more Boeing jets in India to fight Emirates
Singapore Airlines is preparing to add planes in India to take on Emirates in one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Teacher wooed 15-year-old student into dating him and pressed her for sex, gets jail
A secondary school teacher coaxed one of his students into getting into a sexually charged relationship with him, assuring her that they would keep a low profile until she graduated, and repeatedly pressed her for sex.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S’porean guy advertises his CNY boyfriend service from S$88, +S$58 for BTO status
As is the norm for recent years, a Singaporean male has listed his services as a boyfriend for rent during CNY.
— Mothership

A fresh graduate can earn enough miles to fly business class for free, so can you
Like most young people, I love travelling. And if I get to do it in comfort and style, that’s naturally an added bonus.
— Mothership

Aircraft technician gets jail for repeatedly abusing maid over 16 months
For more than a year, a man abused his domestic helper by slapping, kicking and rapping her on the head with his hands.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Journalism important in climate of fake news and information overload, editors say at ST Book Club session
An 84-year-old man wrote a letter to The Straits Times after he received a medical bill of thousands of dollars, for which he received only $4.50 in insurance payment.
— Straits Times (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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