Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Monday, Jan 18, and which we think you'd be interested in.
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All eyes on Singapore's trade figures
Singapore's external trade figures for December will be released on Monday morning. The numbers will be keenly watched, especially given November’s disappointing data. November’s non-oil domestic exports (NODX) fell 3.3 per cent year-on-year, mainly due to a contraction in non-electronic shipments. NODX to all of the Singapore's top 10 markets - except the US, Japan, Thailand and South Korea - contracted.
Cyclists return after completing 1,000-km charity trip
Cyclists from all walks of life have joined forces over the last few days to help needy kidney patients. For the KDF Millennium Ride, which ends on Monday (Jan 18), 63 cyclists would have cycled at least eight hours each day, clocking 1,000km in four days. Among the difficulties faced during the gruelling journey from Perak’s Belum Rainforest to Singapore are varying terrain and inclement weather.
Proceeds from the effort will go towards dialysis treatment for the kidney patients. They will be welcomed back to Singapore at a ceremony attended by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong. - ZHAKI ABDULLAH
US Democratic candidates square off in final televised debate
Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton squares off in a debate on Sunday (Monday, Jan 18, Singapore time) against a surging Senator Bernie Sanders - whose campaign is hitting its stride two weeks before the first party nomination vote in Iowa - as well as former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley. The debate is the final televised showdown among the candidates and their performance could have a crucial impact on who wins Iowa, where Mrs Clinton and Mr Sanders are neck and neck in polls.