Singapore morning news for January 6

Singapore morning news for January 6
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Singapore’s factory activity snaps 7 months of contraction in December
Factory activity in Singapore returned to growth in December for the first time in seven months, a private survey showed on Friday (Jan 3), boosted by greater demand for goods, especially from overseas.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Flights, tour bookings from Singapore unaffected by Australia bushfires
Flight and tour bookings from Singapore to Australia have not been affected by the bushfires that have ravaged the country’s Southeastern coast, according to tour operators CNA spoke to on Friday (Jan 3).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘Singapore stands in solidarity with Indonesia’: Balakrishnan sends condolences after floods in Jakarta
Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan has written to his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi on Saturday (Jan 4) to express his condolences after the floods in Indonesia killed dozens of people.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Education system tailored to bring out the best in each student: PM Lee
Mr Lee said that no one in Singapore should be put off from pursuing education due to cost, which is why it has always been kept affordable to all.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More China tech companies eyeing Singapore banks’ lunch
CHINA tech firms are circling Singapore’s banking sector, with top names having joined the race for digital wholesale bank licences here.
— The Business Times

Wild boar allegedly hit by car in front of Blk 665A Punggol Drive
A wild boar was allegedly hit by a car on the road in front of Blk 665A, Punggol Drive on Sunday morning, Jan. 5.
— Mothership

Singapore charts path on green finance
WITH more global capital shifting towards sustainable efforts, central banks around the world, including the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), have been nudged to jumpstart the green transition.
— The Business Times

Tests show Chinese girl warded with pneumonia, travel history to Wuhan not linked to outbreak in China: MOH
The Chinese girl with pneumonia and a travel history to Wuhan who was warded in Singapore and isolated as a precautionary measure has a common childhood viral illness, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in an update on Sunday (Jan 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Free travel between 3 stations on Thomson East-Coast Line on Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, 2020
The first phase of the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) will be operational from Jan. 31, 2020.
— Mothership

More than 500 Admiralty residents treated to free health check-up and classic Malay movie
More than 500 Admiralty residents went for a free double screening on Sunday (Jan 5) – first to check their blood pressure and other health indicators, then to watch a classic P. Ramlee movie.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SFA suspends 2 Ukranian farms after antibiotic residue found in their eggs
The Singapore Food Agency has suspended two Ukranian layer farms after drug residues were detected in their eggs during the agency’s regular surveillance and inspection programme.
— Mothership

Commentary: Eating less meat could help the environment and our health – so what’s stopping us?
Singapore is ranked among the top vegan-friendly cities in Asia but going meatless can still be an uphill struggle.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Online users express different reactions towards distribution of GST Vouchers
930,000 Singaporeans residing in Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats will be given GST Vouchers this month.
— The Online Citizen

Cold Stone Creamery to close all outlets in Singapore, offers discounted ice cream
Cold Stone Creamery will close all its outlets in Singapore on Jan 31 after 10 years – and it is offering discounted ice cream until then to thank its supporters.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Incumbents risk just 3-5% asset base erosion from upcoming digibanks: Jefferies
AMID the liberalisation of Singapore’s banking sector with digital-only entrants, the incumbents “at best” face significant competition for 3 to 5 per cent of their asset base, according to a report by Jefferies on Friday.
— The Business Times

Stiff competition for Grab, Razer and Jack Ma in Singapore digital bank bid
The much-anticipated arrival of virtual banking in Singapore is unlikely to be an aha moment for consumer finance, but corporate banking will be different. One should expect disruption.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commentary: Despite the huge e-commerce challenge, the Singapore mall is fighting back
It’s not just retail brands that have undergone disruption. Mall operators too have been forced to reinvent the shopping experience, says SUSS’ Lau Kong Cheen.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Fatal Lucky Plaza accident highlights lack of public places for migrant workers
Many resort to gathering by the roadside on their days off, with non-profit groups saying more needs to be done.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s only hot spring gets cool makeover
Things are heating up in Sembawang once again, with the reopening of Singapore’s only hot spring.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Funeral company barred from using govt facilities
Harmony Funeral Care, the company implicated in a mix-up that resulted in a wrong body being cremated, will be barred from using government after-death facilities until it can prove it has taken measures to prevent a repeat of such a situation, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Two men arrested and S$1.1 million worth of drugs seized by CNB
Two men have been arrested by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) after officers seized about S$1.1 million worth of drugs and S$16,250 in cash over a two-day operation.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MND issues order requiring AHTC to ‘restrict’ Sylvia Lim and Low Thia Khiang’s powers over financial matters
The Ministry of National Development (MND) said on Friday (Jan 3) it has issued an order requiring Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) to take action against Workers’ Party (WP) leaders Low Thia Khiang and Sylvia Lim.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: Decriminalising attempted suicide in Singapore does not mean less help for vulnerable people
If a loved one told you they wanted to take their own life, would your immediate reaction be to stop them from committing a crime?
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Shanmugam rejects States Times Review’s application to cancel correction direction: MHA
An application by States Times Review (STR) to cancel a correction direction has been rejected by the Minister of Home Affairs K Shanmugam, said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in a statement on Friday (Jan 3).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Consortium led by V3 Group and EZ-Link bids to be digital full bank, wants to focus on SMEs
A consortium led by lifestyle and fintech enterprise V3 Group and card and payments company EZ-Link is seeking a digital full bank licence, it said on Sunday (Jan 5), making it the third applicant to announce it has submitted a bid.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

British boy, 5, in Singapore for experimental treatment for ‘uncontrollable’ cancer
Oscar Saxelby-Lee has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia – an aggressive cancer that has rejected all forms of treatment.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Here’s how foreign domestic workers spend their days off in S’pore
We follow Filipino domestic helpers on their day off and discover that there’s more to their lives than just cleaning and cooking.
— Mothership

Commentary: The 2010s – when tolerance and pluralism came under attack
With the mass base of intolerance rising globally, Singapore needs to prepare to attempt to ride out some of what is coming, says Shashi Jayakumar.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Making a safe haven with bomb shelters at MRT stations
Once a year, as an operationally ready national serviceman, I put on my Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) uniform and take on the role of a sergeant in an MRT shelter company.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

December break too long? Parents disagree, MOE says it’s deliberate
MOE said the annual schedule has worked well over the decades for students, parents, staff and other stakeholders.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

25-year-old goes the distance to befriend migrant workers
Unlike some people who spent the recent year-end holidays at overseas resorts, Ms Isabel Phua and her six friends opted to travel to Bangladesh to visit the villages where families of some migrant workers in Singapore reside.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s married women have less sex than desired: Study
They are thwarted by stress and fatigue, a new study has found.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ex-chief of defence force’s role in building the new SAF
Do you know why you polish your boots? You do because I tell you to do.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

20 ways to stretch your dollar in 2020
Money matters GET A HIGH-INTEREST SAVINGS ACCOUNT Consolidate your banking transactions such as salary crediting, credit-card spending, bill payments, as well as loans and investments, with one bank and you potentially can earn interest rates that beat the fixed deposit rates of around 1.7 per cent on the market.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

It could be another good year for markets
Investment markets did very well in 2019, leaving many to wonder if they have more upside in 2020.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Focus on long-term wealth and health over short-term gains
Investing for the long term and keeping healthy mentally and physically – those are vital concerns for Mr Wong Yu Jin, a professional motivational speaker and chief executive of two companies that focus on running corporate wellness programmes for companies.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SingFirst, DPP, PPP, Reform Party to form alliance in anticipation of next GE
Four opposition parties – Singaporeans First (SingFirst), Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), People’s Power Party (PPP) and Reform Party – are set to form a new alliance in anticipation of the next General Election (GE) which must be held by Apr next year.
— The Online Citizen

Ministry of Manpower vs Singapore Democratic Party
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) accused the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) on 14 Dec 2019 of having a “singular objective – to stoke fear and anxiety among local PMETs” when it published two facebook postings and an article.
— The Online Citizen

69-year-old woman on e-bike dies in car accident along Cantonment Road
A 69-year-old woman died in an accident involving two cars and a power-assisted bicycle along Cantonment Road towards Keppel Road early on Sunday morning (Jan 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Mahjong tile bags selling from S$6.60 in S’pore to ‘huat’ in the new year
If you’re looking for something to jazz up your Chinese New Year outfit, perhaps this is for you.
— Mothership

S’pore man spurned by blind date after bringing own soft drinks to restaurant
The lady was also upset because he would not pay for her meal.
— Mothership

Man charged with murder of wife at Sengkang condo
A man was charged yesterday with the murder of his wife at a condominium in Sengkang.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Chinatown gets set for Year of Rat
The streets of Chinatown were set aglow with festive lights yesterday to kick off celebrations to welcome the Year of the Rat.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

11-year-old pushes on after road accident to win bursary award
Muhammad Hayden Dany Osman, 11, had to miss almost two months of school after being hurt in a road accident last April.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Collect 37 rat hongbao designs at museums
Red packets, or hongbao, to usher in the Year of the Rat are available at the National Heritage Board’s (NHB) 37 participating museums and galleries until Feb 2.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

First Exclusion Order issued to bar man’s noisy neighbours from home
For the first time, the Community Dispute Resolution Tribunal has issued an Exclusion Order and directed a couple to leave their residence.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

From less than S$2 in the bank to breaking into the big league of tennis, Sarah Pang chases a sporting dream
The tears welled up in the corners of Sarah Pang’s eyes midway through the interview.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Let’s appreciate those who worked through the festive period to keep Singapore running smoothly
For many of us in Singapore, these past two weeks saw us spending time with our friends and family during the festive period.
— The Pride

Man kissed woman’s hand on train and offered her money to go to Hotel 81, gets jail
A man looking for girls found one at a train station and offered her money to spend the night with him before kissing her hand.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Probation not suitable for teen who punched one girl, left another with broken nose: Prosecutor
An 18-year-old girl who punched her love rival and left a colleague with a broken nose in two separate attacks in one night has been deemed unsuitable for probation, a report revealed.
— 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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