Singapore morning news for February 18

Singapore morning news for February 18

Singapore morning news

Two additional cases of COVID-19 infection confirmed by MOH; Both cases traceable
As of 17 February 2020, 12 pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified two additional cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

Growth forecast slashed to -0.5 per cent, exports dropped 3.3% in January due to COVID-19 fears
On Monday (17 Feb), Singapore announced that its January’s non-oil domestic exports fell even as its growth forecast for 2020 was revised downwards partly due to the Covid-19 epidemic.
— The Online Citizen

COVID-19: New Stay-Home Notice with stricter measures for Singapore residents, long-term pass holders returning from mainland China
The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday (Feb 17) announced a new Stay-Home Notice (SHN) for Singapore residents and long-term pass holders returning to Singapore from mainland China.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Two Singaporeans from Westerdam cruise ship under quarantine here; no other passengers allowed in
Two Singaporeans from the MS Westerdam, which was allowed to dock at the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville after nearly two weeks at sea, have been quarantined in Singapore but no other passengers will be allowed in.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More insurance companies offer free coronavirus protection benefits
Insurers NTUC Income, AIA Singapore and Manulife Singapore and DBS bank announced free benefits for policyholders who are diagnosed with the coronavirus on Monday (Feb 17).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

EXCLUSIVE: Singapore’s fight against bioterrorism and virus outbreaks with science and technology Part 1
Singapore’s CBRNE laboratories conduct bio surveillance to monitor the presence of influenza and bioterrorism agents at its six land and sea checkpoints.
— OpenGov

ST Survey: 81% of Singaporeans fear of coronavirus infection, 35% would still attend an important event despite having mild symptoms
The majority (81%) of Singaporeans are afraid of coronavirus infection, but one third (35%) said they would still attend an important event regardless if they had developed mild symptoms earlier that day, according to a recent survey from The Straits Times.
— The Online Citizen

Drone technology as a focus for the Singapore Air Force
The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is closely following developments in drone technology to achieve the intended outcomes.
— OpenGov

Covid-19 detection in S’pore is ‘of gold standard & near perfect’: Harvard study
For every five travellers in Singapore, one Covid-19 patient is detected daily.
— Mothership

Singapore Budget 2020: Stay updated with The Straits Times’ live coverage
This year’s Budget will be announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat on Tuesday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Government orders Facebook to disable Singapore users’ access to States Times Review page
Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran has directed the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) Office to order Facebook to disable Singapore users’ access to the States Times Review (STR) Facebook page.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Oil prices steady as coronavirus-related demand concerns weigh
Oil prices edged lower on Monday as investors brace for economic data in Asia due this week that should give a reading on how China’s coronavirus epidemic has affected oil demand.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

387 complaints on overcharging of face masks, thermometers, hand santisers: CASE
Between Jan 1 this year and Monday (Feb 17), the Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) received 387 complaints on the overcharging of face masks, thermometers and hand sanitisers amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore Airlines announces senior management reshuffle, Scoot CEO promoted
The chief executive of Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) low-cost arm Scoot will return to its parent carrier, as the airline announced a reshuffle of top posts in a move seen as paving the way for its next generation of leaders.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Chan Chun Sing advises grassroots leaders to not lay off employees; Business owner claims she was told by MOM to do so
As Singapore’s economy takes a hit due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Singapore advised his grassroots leaders to not sack their workers during this difficult time.
— The Online Citizen

Budget 2020 includes new measures ‘not on the table’ a month ago: Heng Swee Keat
The 2020 Singapore Budget will include measures that were not on the table one month ago, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Monday (Feb 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

HipVan employee with COVID-19 had close contact with 3 colleagues, stayed home after developing symptoms
A 27-year-old Singaporean woman who was confirmed as Singapore’s 70th case of COVID-19 on Saturday (Feb 15) had close contact with three colleagues, but did not go to work after developing symptoms, said her employer HipVan.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Company director jailed for withholding salaries of foreign workers, making them pay for work pass renewals
A company director has been sentenced to 30 weeks’ jail after facing more than 200 charges for various employment offences, including withholding foreign workers’ salaries and making them pay to renew their work passes.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

A tribute to Singapore’s coronavirus fighters: Post a message and show your support
From doctors and nurses to police officers, they are the front-line fighters in Singapore’s battle against the coronavirus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Govt assures religious leaders that events and worship can continue, but with precautions
The Government has assured Buddhist, Taoist, Sikh and Hindu leaders that religious events and worship at temples can continue despite the coronavirus outbreak, but precautionary measures and enhanced personal hygiene must be observed to reduce risks of transmission.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Singapore Customs reminds travellers to pay GST for surgical masks, sanitisers brought back in bulk
A sign instructing travellers to declare their purchase of face masks and sanitisers was put up recently at the Singapore Cruise Centre in response to a surge in the number of ferry passengers hand-carrying the items in large quantities, Singapore Customs said on Monday (Feb 17).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SDP’s chief Chee Soon Juan’s pre-emptive strike on GST hike in Budget 2020
Leader of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Chee Soon Juan, shared a Facebook video on Saturday, questioning the justification for a GST hike.
— The Online Citizen

Chan Chun Sing acknowledges in Grassroots meeting that masks supply in Singapore will be insufficient if everyone starts using it
Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing agrees that the supply of surgical mask in Singapore will not be enough if everyone in the country starts using it.
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus: $1.1 million, medical supplies donated by SCCCI council and members
Donations worth $1.1 million were collected from the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) council members to aid communities in China affected by the coronavirus outbreak, SCCCI said on Monday (Feb 17).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore and Germany discuss defence collaboration to tackle disinformation
Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen met German Federal Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Sunday (Feb 16) to explore new areas of defence collaboration, including in cybersecurity and the tackling of disinformation.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PM Lee said COVID-19 not as deadly as SARS but death toll now more than twice of SARS
In his annual Chinese New Year message last month (24 Jan) when first cases of COVID-19 infections began to appear in Singapore, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong told Singaporeans that this was to be expected, given the high volume of international travel here.
— The Online Citizen

COVID-19 outbreak: What you need to know about the Public Health Preparedness Clinics
About 900 general practitioner (GP) clinics will be reactivated as Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPCs) starting Tuesday (Feb 18), to care for patients with respiratory symptoms in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New home sales in January up amid global economic uncertainty
New home sales held their own in January amid the volatile global economic climate and the coronavirus outbreak in the latter part of the month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19, employment issues to be discussed in Parliament
COVID-19 and issues relating to employment are among the topics to be discussed in Parliament on Feb 18 (Tuesday).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Comic book on family violence launched, to be given to all primary school pupils
If I report, will our family break up?. Should I tell someone about my private matter?
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Court rejects bid by gay man to make partner guardian of his two surrogate children
The Singaporean man, who was allowed to legally adopt his biological son in a widely-publicised landmark court case in 2018, has failed in his bid to have his same-sex partner named guardian of his son, as well as a girl he fathered in the United States through a surrogacy arrangement.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Retailer 3 Stars’ premises inspected after profiteering complaints and failing to adjust prices
A retailer which was ordered to explain the price of its masks after complaints about it profiteering during the coronavirus outbreak was inspected on Monday (Feb 17) after it failed to provide complete information and did not adjust its prices.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Inter-agency task force formed to tackle the problem of family violence
A new inter-agency task force has been set up to address the problem of violence within families, giving better support to victims.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New launches, foreign buyers stimulate January home sales to reach monthly highest in 7 years
In January, the surge of new launches and purchases by foreigners helped stimulate the country’s property market with 618 private homes moved by developers.
— The Online Citizen

Baby found abandoned in Bedok North rubbish chute now under care of foster parents
The Ministry of Social and Family Development said it will closely monitor the child’s well-being.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

RIP travellers’ cheques: Digital payments pave the way for faster, cheaper, and more convenient travel
The tourism sector has today grown to be an integral part of the world’s economy.
— e27

Jail for man who stole 10,576 chickens & 5 cartons of chicken wings from S’pore company
Needing to repay his gambling debts and loans obtained from unlicensed money lenders, a 33-year-old Malaysian working in Singapore stole over 10,000 chickens from the company he worked for.
— Mothership

Single mother shares her story of being turned down her application for rental flat as she tries to make ends meet for her family
Last Wednesday (12 February), a young single mother, Chanel Koh shared on her Facebook page about her application of renting a Housing & Development Board (HDB) flat has constantly being turned town and neglected by the government.
— The Online Citizen

Teenager gets reformative training for stealing S$2 from drunk man
A teenager who stole S$2 from a drunk man at a multi-purpose hall was sentenced to six months’ reformative training on Monday (Feb 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Bigger BTO flats in Sembawang 10 times oversubscribed, 7 times in Toa Payoh
Bigger BTO flats in Sembawang and Toa Payoh proved to be the most popular among home seekers, hours before the Housing Board’s first sales exercise for the year concluded on Monday (Feb 17).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Married man pleads guilty to illicitly filming hundreds of women over 13 years in ‘most prolific’ case
Over 13 years, a married man took hundreds of photos and videos of women changing or in other states of undress, using a host of household items with hidden cameras.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

18 months’ jail for man who tried to evade authorities by faking own death
A former company director, who was given 30 months’ jail in 2017 for criminal breach of trust, tried to fake his own death while out on bail.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NTU student who climbed into 15-year-old girl’s bedroom to have sex with her gets jail
A student from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) repeatedly had consensual sex with a girl nine years his junior, climbing up water pipes to enter the teenager’s bedroom.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Prime-mover driver who collided with elderly cyclist thought he ran over large bottle
The elderly cyclist suffered multiple injuries and died in hospital in August last year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘I couldn’t stand him’: Man on trial for beating church member to death told police of victim’s obsession with him
A man on trial along with his stepfather for beating a church member to death told the police about years of harassment in statements revealed in court on Monday (Feb 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)


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This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on International Mother Language Day, February 21.


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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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