Singapore morning news for January 3

Singapore morning news for January 3

Singapore morning news

Singapore economy expands 0.7% in 2019, slowest in a decade
This marks Singapore’s slowest full-year growth since 2009, according to Bloomberg data.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

930,000 HDB households to receive GST Voucher rebate this month
About 930,000 Singaporean households living in Housing Board (HDB) flats will receive a GST (goods and services tax) Voucher to offset part of their utility bills this month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singaporeans in Jakarta advised to prepare for possible further flooding
Singaporeans in Jakarta are advised to prepare for the possibility of further flooding and should heed the advice of local authorities, the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta said on Thursday (Jan 2).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Decade-low growth in 2019 clouds 2020 forecasts for Singapore GDP
WHILE Singapore’s 2019 economic growth was in line with economists’ expectations, it is the worst showing in 10 years, leaving economists divided on the extent of recovery that 2020 would bring.
— The Business Times

Private home prices expected to rise this year after 2.5% gain in 2019
PRICES of private homes in Singapore are expected to rise by between 1 and 5 per cent this year, analysts say, after clocking a 2.5 per cent gain in 2019.
— The Business Times

Ministry of Health issues advisory on viral pneumonia outbreak in China’s Wuhan
An outbreak of viral pneumonia in central China is being closely monitored by the Singapore Ministry of Health amid online speculation that it might be linked to SARS, the flu-like virus that killed hundreds of people a decade ago.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Travellers flying in from Wuhan to be screened at Changi
Travellers arriving from Wuhan in China will undergo temperature screening at Changi Airport from this evening, in light of a pneumonia outbreak in the Chinese region.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Huge spike in money lost through loan scams as victims cheated of $6.8 million for Jan-Nov 2019
Victims were cheated of at least $6.8 million in about 1,700 reported cases of loan scams between January and November last year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

EY calls for tax credits to keep R&D in Singapore
INNOVATION and jobs are some key areas that the upcoming Budget can address, according to a new wish list from professional services firm Ernst & Young Solutions (EY) that echoes earlier calls from the industry.
— The Business Times

Surprise partnerships can create new niche banking services
SINGAPORE’S latest contenders for a digital banking licence may have included several names that are left-of-field to banking, but diverse partnerships are needed to offer niche, untapped services in heavily-banked Singapore, said analysts.
— The Business Times

SDP calls on MOM to retract correction directions; MOM says party should follow due process
The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) on Thursday (Jan 2) called for Manpower Minister Josephine Teo to retract the correction directions that were issued last month about statements the SDP made on its website and Facebook about employment issues.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Foreign critics not restricted from saying “what they please”; political advertisements not banned under POFMA: S’pore Govt
The Singapore government has “never shied” away from responding to foreign critics “on any issue”, and that it only insists upon “the right of reply”, according to the Ministry for Communications and Information (MCI).
— The Online Citizen

The Animal Lodge tenants to pay lower rents as NParks takes over management of animal facility
Tenants at The Animal Lodge can expect to pay lower rents as the National Parks Board (NParks) is set to directly oversee operations at the facility for animal welfare groups, independent shelters, and pet farms.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Disclosure of woman’s data necessary to clarify facts: MPs
The decision by government agencies to name a 46-year-old woman who wanted to withdraw her Central Provident Fund (CPF) savings for medical treatment and make public her personal details can be viewed as an essential move to curb the problem of fake news, MPs and legal experts told The Straits Times.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

HDB resale prices unchanged in 2019 after climbing 0.4% in last quarter
Prices of resale flats remained unchanged for the whole of 2019, after inching up 0.4 per cent in the last quarter of the year, official flash estimates showed.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

CGH says it “inadvertently” quoted man with upper limit of price range for MRI scan
Last month, a man called Lim Chuan Poh penned his unhappiness in a letter upon finding out that the fee for a magnetic resonance imagining (MRI) scan at Changi General Hospital (CGH) was so much higher compared to a private imaging clinic.
— The Online Citizen

Razer Fintech leads consortium for youth-targeted bank as part of digital banking license bid
Singapore-based digital payment startup Razer Fintech (Razer) announces that it has submitted its application for the Digital Full Bank License, to be issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).
— e27

Woman at Sengkang keeps hula hoop spinning while jogging wows Internet
One man spotted a rather impressive sight at Sengkang, which he proceeded to capture on video and share to Facebook.
— Mothership

Two arrested on New Year’s Day in Bukit Merah drug incident
Two people have been arrested following an incident involving drugs at Jalan Bukit Merah on New Year’s Day.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

All hospitals should be equipped to deal with mass trauma cases, says reader
There is an urgent need to review the overall national preparedness strategy for total defence, said a Mr Francis Lee in his letter (Forum: Ensuring preparedness for total defence, even at private hospitals, 2 Jan) published on the Straits Times (ST) forum.
— The Online Citizen

Ms Teo’s announcement of tightening of FCF shows the ineffectiveness of Jobs Bank
In a Facebook post on the first day of 2020 yesterday (1 Jan), Manpower Minister (MOM) Josephine Teo said that her ministry fights for “fairness” at the workplace everyday.
— The Online Citizen

Minister had to earn trust of charity helping homeless
In March 2018, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) reached out to the Catholic Welfare Services (CWS) with a request.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Citizen participation sought in more areas
The Singapore Together movement, launched last June, has given rise to partnerships between the Government and the people, and more is to come.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

A star and its orbiting planet now bear names with Singapore connection
The Republic has left an indelible mark on the star charts after it was invited to name a star and its respective exoplanet.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Grab to review use of e-scooters in food delivery
The familiar sight of a food delivery rider zipping past pedestrians on an electric scooter may soon be a thing of the past, with the largest food delivery firm deciding whether it should join its rivals in abandoning their use altogether.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Normal and Express streams students in some schools take classes together at start of new school year
For Secondary 1 student Zayeed Ibrahim, the start of the new school year on Thursday (Jan 2) was especially exciting because he was one of the first students in Singapore to have classmates from other academic streams.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Classes to begin at Singapore’s first high-rise junior college on Jan 6
Classes will begin at Singapore’s first high-rise junior college on Monday (Jan 6).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Full subject-based banding an ‘important’ move to maximise students’ talents: Ong Ye Kung
The full subject-based banding (SBB) system represents an important, very strategic move to maximise the potential of secondary school students in Singapore, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung on Thursday (Jan 2).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Jack Ma’s Ant Financial applies for Singapore digital banking licence
Billionaire Jack Ma’s Ant Financial has applied for a digital banking licence in Singapore, as China’s largest online financial platform steps up efforts to expand outside the mainland.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fluctuating fortunes: The changing fate of digital assets
At the outset of 2019, the international digital assets market was still in the grip of “crypto winter”, as the speculative boom which saw the market grow more than 44 times in size over the course of 2017 ended in a market crash and subsequent market correction.
— e27

Former student care centre principal charged for cheating, forgery and criminal intimidation offences
The former principal of student care centre Impresario Learning Lab was charged in court on Thursday (Jan 2) for cheating and forgery offences connected to subsidy applications made under a Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) scheme.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore Together movement has seen ‘good’ progress: Indranee, Desmond Lee
A movement that sees the Government partnering with Singaporeans to shape the nation has seen “good progress” across various projects, said Second Minister for Finance and Education Indranee Rajah on Monday (Dec 30).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SGX’s regulatory arm to review the retail bonds framework
The regulatory arm of the Singapore Exchange (SGX) will look into the rules around retail bonds, including possibly tightening the admission criteria for issuers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SingPost issues new stamps to usher in Year of the Rat
A new stamp set featuring the Chinese zodiac sign for the year, the rat, will go on sale next Wednesday (Jan 8), Singapore Post (SingPost) said on Thursday.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Gaming firm Razer joins Singapore digital bank race
Singapore gaming firm Razer said on Thursday (Jan 2) that it is leading a consortium of companies that has applied for a digital full banking licence in Singapore, joining the race to shake up the city’s financial sector.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Renewing Singapore’s oldest MRT lines to cost more than $2.5 billion: Khaw Boon Wan
A multi-year programme to renew the North-South, East-West MRT lines – Singapore’s oldest and most heavily used – will cost more than $2.5 billion.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Former Nanyang Polytechnic scholar gets probation for filming man in campus toilet
A former Nanyang Polytechnic scholar was sentenced to probation on Thursday (Jan 2) for filming a man in a toilet on campus last year.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Tea-sipping lady smacked in the face during Haidilao noodle dance
The 25-year-old Haidilao franchise is popular with customers for its complimentary gel manicures, a wide range of delicious dipping sauces, and, of course, the iconic “noodle dance”.
— Mothership

Singapore Buddhist Lodge celebrates 85th year with new hall and Buddha statue
One of Singapore’s oldest charities celebrated its 85th anniversary with the opening of a new worship hall and the consecration of a golden Buddha statue on Thursday (Jan 2).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pokemon Center S’pore releases exclusive Lunar New Year Pikachu plushie for S$34
To herald the upcoming Chinese New Year, Pokémon Center Singapore has released a brand new and exclusive Pikachu plushie.
— 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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