Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Dec 19, 2016

Uber and Singapore Red Cross are teaming up with Santa to ensure that every child in Singapore has a gift this Christmas. UberSLEIGH will be dashing through the streets to pick up donations from people's doorsteps and take them to the children at Red
Uber and Singapore Red Cross are teaming up with Santa to ensure that every child in Singapore has a gift this Christmas. UberSLEIGH will be dashing through the streets to pick up donations from people's doorsteps and take them to the children at Red Cross Singapore.PHOTO: ST

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Monday (Dec 19) and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Festive Food Boxes for the needy

Singapore Red Cross staff and volunteers will be delivering festive food boxes and Christmas presents to a total of 94 disadvantaged families on Monday (Dec 19). 

These may be grandparent-headed households, single-parent families and the working poor. 

Some 50 families with children will also get gifts collected in the UberSleigh campaign, where Uber drivers collect toys and books for donation. 

US ELECTORAL COLLEGE TO FORMALLY CONFIRM TRUMP AS PRESIDENT


Protesters demonstrate against President-elect Donald Trump outside Independence Hall Nov 13, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PHOTO: AFP

The 538-member Electoral College will gather on Monday (Dec 19) at 50 state capitols to ratify the 2016 United States presidential election results, by casting ballots to formally confirm Donald Trump as president. 

Normally a routine affair after every election, this year's proceedings are being closely watched amid public pressure for Republican electors to vote for someone other than Mr Trump - an outcome analysts say is unlikely. 

Mr Trump defeated his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton at the Nov 8 polls, with Mrs Clinton winning the popular vote but losing the election by a wide margin on electoral votes.

Fed Reserve chair to speak on US job market


Janet Yellen, chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks during a news conference following a Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington DC on Wednesday (Dec 14). PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen will speak on the state of the United States job market on Monday (Dec 19).  

This will be her first remarks since the Fed Open Market Committee voted last Wednesday (Dec 14) to raise a key interest rate by a quarter percentage point.