Singapore morning news for February 11

Singapore morning news for February 11

Singapore morning news

2 new coronavirus cases in Singapore, including Certis Cisco employee who served quarantine orders
Singapore reported two more confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday (Feb 10), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a daily update.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Budget 2020 to be delivered at 3pm on Feb 18; feedback sessions could be affected by coronavirus outbreak
The Ministry of Finance, Reach and the People’s Association said they will keep those interested in the feedback sessions updated on the arrangements on their websites or social media channels.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

HSA warns public against buying or consuming three health products
The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has warned the public to avoid buying or consuming three health products.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Sarawak imposes self-imposed 14-day home quarantine for those who arrives from Singapore with effect on Monday
Effective from Monday (10 Feb), anyone arriving in Sarawak from Singapore will be required to undergo an immediate self-imposed 14-day home quarantine, according to State Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus clips wings of Asia’s biggest air show
Asia’s biggest air show opens in Singapore on Tuesday (Feb 11) under the shadow of a deadly coronavirus outbreak that has prompted dozens of companies to withdraw and threatens to hammer the aviation industry.

Police issue warning as fights break out between PMD riders and pedestrians after footpath ban
The police on Monday (Feb 10) warned pedestrians and personal mobility device (PMD) riders to keep the peace and refrain from confrontations, citing a case where a rider used his belt buckle to hit a 72-year-old man last November.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Budget speech to start next Tuesday at 3pm
This year’s Budget statement will be delivered next Tuesday at 3pm by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Airlines, SilkAir suspend some flights to China over coronavirus outbreak
Singapore Airlines (SIA) and its regional wing SilkAir will suspend some flights to China after fears over the novel coronavirus outbreak affected demand significantly, Singapore’s national carrier said on Monday (Feb 10).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

No evidence of airborne transmission of coronavirus: MOH
An earlier report from Chinese state media claimed that the coronavirus has been confirmed to be able to spread through aerosol transmission.
— Mothership

Singapore working with international body to develop vaccine for novel coronavirus
Singapore is working “very closely” with an international body to deploy a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, said infectious diseases expert Wang Linfa on Monday (Feb 10).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

F-35B jet purchase seen as part of vital relationship with US
Singapore’s recent purchase of the F-35B fighter jets is part of the vital and longstanding relationship shared between the Republic and the United States, US Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Rene Clarke Cooper said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Virus outbreak to take centre stage at local banks’ FY19 results briefings
THE focus of the upcoming Singapore banks’ results will likely centre on the impact of the deadly novel coronavirus outbreak, with global growth expected to slow as China – the world’s second largest economy – takes a hard hit.
— The Business Times

How a British ship brought rabies to Singapore
Two cruise ships in Asia were placed under quarantine last week to keep the bat-linked coronavirus at bay.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: No need to reject workers from dorm that housed infected Bangladeshi, says MOM
There is no need for main contractors to turn away workers who stayed in the same dormitory as a Bangladeshi coronavirus patient, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Monday (Feb 10).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More than 180 police officers deployed at quarantine facilities across Singapore
More than 180 police officers have been deployed at quarantine facilities islandwide amid the coronavirus outbreak, said the Singapore Police Force (SPF) on Monday (Feb 10).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Taxi, private-hire drivers to get 300,000 masks for passengers amid coronavirus fears
Taxi and private-hire drivers in Singapore are set to be issued with 300,000 masks that they can offer to passengers who are unwell, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA), as the country ramps up its defence against the global coronavirus outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus patients may be mildly ill for more than a week before condition becomes severe
The illness generally starts mild with non-specific symptoms such as cough, sore throat, slight fever and feeling tired.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fatal accidents, road deaths at record low in 2019, but more accidents involve elderly and motorcyclists
There were 2.05 road traffic fatalities per 100,000 population in 2019, down from 2.20 the year before.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Singapore scientists aim to test vaccine in as soon as 4 months
At the same time, promising anti-viral drugs such as those used to treat HIV are being used on patients here, in efforts to locate a magic drug against the virus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Novel coronavirus in Singapore: What we know about the patients who have fully recovered
A Chinese woman from Wuhan who tested positive for the novel coronavirus last month was discharged on Monday (Feb 10), bringing the total number of fully recovered patients to seven as of Monday evening.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Over S$10,000 raised in a day to provide 205 needy S’pore families with daily necessities
As hordes scrambled to stockpile whatever food and necessities they could from supermarkets once DORSCON Orange was announced, there’s a portion of society that might be left behind in the mad rush.
— Mothership

SIM & SUSS begin temperature screening on campus from Feb. 10, 2020
This was done in response to MOH’s recent shift of the DORSCON level from yellow to orange.
— Mothership

M’sian death row prisoners in Changi Prison sue S’pore A-G over threat to their counsel M Ravi
Two Malaysian death row prisoners in Changi Prison on Mon (10 Feb) sued the Attorney-General of Singapore over a threat allegedly made against their lawyer M Ravi regarding an application they recently made to the High Court.
— The Online Citizen

Career starts to stagnate at age 48, Singapore survey on ageism at work shows
The average age at which careers stagnate is 48, according to a recent survey done in Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’porean man & 11-year-old son narrowly survive mass shooting in Thailand that killed at least 30 people
At least 30 people were killed and 58 injured in Thailand after a soldier launched a shooting rampage on Saturday (Feb. 8).
— Mothership

Attendance at Victoria Junior College ‘very normal’ despite coronavirus situation: Ong Ye Kung
Student attendance at Victoria Junior College (VJC) was at 92 per cent on Monday (Feb 10) – a very normal rate, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung, who visited the school a week after one of its teachers tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Novel coronavirus in Singapore: Major events cancelled due to outbreak
Major golfing tournament HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore was cancelled on Monday (Feb 10) due to the coronavirus outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Over 70 companies pull out of Singapore Airshow 2020; public day tickets limited to less than half
Following the raising of the country’s Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (Dorscon) level from Yellow to Orange on Friday (7 February) due to the escalating coronavirus outbreak, more exhibitors have pulled out of the Singapore Airshow 2020, said organisers Experia Events.
— The Online Citizen

17-year-old secondary school student detained under ISA over support of Islamic State
A 17-year-old secondary school student has been detained under the Internal Security Act over his support of Islamic State, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in a press release on Monday (Feb 10).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Netizens riled up against Minister Chan Chun Sing’s reassurance that there is sufficient food supply
Last week, Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing reassured Singaporeans in a Facebook post that there is ample supply of essential food and household items.
— The Online Citizen

2 in 5 would consider digital banks but only once they are ‘popular and successful’: Survey
Younger customers and higher-income individuals are keen to open a digital bank account in Singapore, even as two in five of overall respondents indicated that they would only consider doing so once the digital bank is popular and successful.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Kuwait, Qatar want its citizens to hold their travel plans to Singapore due to coronavirus outbreak
In light of the recent coronavirus outbreak, Kuwait has urged its citizens in Singapore to immediately leave the country, and requested those intending to fly to the Republic to hold their travel plans first, according to media reports.
— The Online Citizen

Mixed reaction from netizens on PM Lee Hsien Loong’s 8 Feb message to Singapore
Giving a remark on Novel Coronavirus (nCov) situation in Singapore on Saturday (8 Feb), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that Singapore is much better prepared to tackle with coronavirus after underwent SARS 17 years ago.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore Premier League season to proceed with coronavirus measures in place: FAS
The upcoming Singapore Premier League (SPL) season will proceed as planned, with measures such temperature screening to be carried out at entry points to stadiums, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) announced on Monday (Feb 10).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Two companies giving out face masks and hand sanitisers to 5,000 senior citizens
More than 5,000 senior citizens will receive free face masks and hand sanitisers, which have been supplied by two private companies.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore must develop new competitive advantages to secure critical roles in aerospace industry: Chan Chun Sing
Singapore will have to develop new competitive advantages as it aspires to be a global node and add value to the global aerospace industry in the next 50 years, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing on Monday (Feb 10).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Netizens criticise MOM’s Leave of Absence rules and think it’s a joke
It was reported that the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has suspended the work pass privileges of six employers and revoked the work pass for four foreign workers after they have found to have breached the leave of absence (LOA) requirements in place due to the current coronavirus outbreak.
— The Online Citizen

Pat’s Schoolhouse Kovan linked to coronavirus case deserted on Monday morning, business as usual at nearby Modern Montessori centre
A man who was confirmed to have the coronavirus infection on Feb 8 had picked up his grandchild there prior to hospital admission.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Turn off air-con & stand in the sun touted as good steps to take to not catch coronavirus in S’pore
Air-conditioned nation is a bad thing when it comes to viruses.
— Mothership

Top public servant in education sector on trial for repeatedly molesting two colleagues
A top public servant in the education sector went to trial on Monday (Feb 10) for nine counts of molesting two of his female colleagues.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Performing arts groups postpone upcoming shows in light of coronavirus outbreak
Performing arts groups in Singapore have cancelled or postponed upcoming productions in light of the coronavirus outbreak which originated in Wuhan city, China.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

The Singapore space tech industry should be a commercially driven initiative: SSTL Executive Chairman
Last week, there were exciting moves in the Singapore space tech industry with the incorporation of Singapore Space Tech Limited (SSTL) and its partnership with the strategic investment arm of Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) to launch a space tech accelerator programme.
— e27

Coronavirus: Honestbee supermarket in Pasir Panjang to close until Feb 23; grocery deliveries unaffected
Food and grocery delivery company Honestbee temporarily suspended operations at its supermarket, Habitat, starting from Monday (Feb 10) as the coronavirus outbreak spreads further in Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

How AI will revolutionise the boardroom through these 3 breakthroughs
CEOs are confronted daily with the speed of technology evolution, under pressure to transform organisations to ensure they stay competitive, relevant and prepared for the next wave of change.
— e27

Singapore family-run Tolaram Group extends Africa noodle empire into digital banks
Singapore’s family-run Tolaram Group made much of its US$1.8 billion (SUS$2.5 billion) fortune in cereals, noodles and infrastructure in Africa. Now, it’s planning to use its global reach and local relationships to move into digital banking there.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NTUC FairPrice working with authorities over students who ‘sampled’ juice and put it back on shelf
Members of the public are discouraged from circulating the video.
— Mothership

S’pore youths who ‘sampled’ juice in supermarket release public apology, hope for ‘2nd chance’
On Feb. 8, a couple of youths in Singapore went viral for “sampling” bottles of juice at a supermarket and putting the bottles back on the shelves.
— Mothership

Taxi driver who stabbed passenger after arguing about waiting gets jail
Upset after arguing with a passenger over having to wait for him, a taxi driver stabbed the younger man in the chest with a pair of scissors.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Manager planted hidden camera in Golden Village changing room to film colleagues, gets jail
A cinema service manager at a Golden Village outlet planted a hidden camera in a makeshift box he devised and filmed his colleagues over four months in a changing room for employees.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Paedophile molested 6-year-old goddaughter, made her expose herself for photos
A paedophile molested his six-year-old goddaughter in a toilet for the disabled, before instructing her to remove her clothes and taking photos of her genitals.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Forklift driver who raped sex worker at knifepoint won’t be caned because of heart condition, gets extra 9 months’ jail
A forklift driver, who was sentenced to 14 years’ jail and 24 strokes of the cane last year for robbing and raping a sex worker at knifepoint, has been spared caning because of his heart condition.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)


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