Singapore morning news for February 24

Singapore morning news for February 24

Singapore morning newsNo new COVID-19 cases in Singapore; 2 more patients discharged, including taxi driver
No new COVID-19 cases were reported in Singapore as of noon on Sunday (Feb 23), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a daily update, leaving the total number of cases in the country at 89.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singaporeans advised to defer non-essential travel to South Korean cities affected by COVID-19: MOH
Singaporeans are advised to avoid non-essential travel to the South Korean cities of Daegu and Cheongdo as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases from the area continues to rise, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a public health travel advisory on Sunday (Feb 23).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore lifts 9-year ban on food products from Fukushima following nuclear plant accident
Supermarket shelves in Singapore are once again stocked with food products from Fukushima, Japan, after a nine-year hiatus following the nuclear plant meltdown in the prefecture after the devastating tsunami and earthquake of 2011.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Five Singaporeans on Japan cruise ship allowed to disembark: MFA
Five Singaporeans who were on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan have been allowed to disembark, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Friday (Feb 21).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Lee Suet Fern found guilty of misconduct over handling of Lee Kuan Yew’s final will
A disciplinary tribunal has found lawyer Lee Suet Fern guilty of grossly improper professional conduct in the preparation and execution of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s final will.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

A-Level results: 93.4% score at least 3 H2 passes
About 93.4 per cent of students scored at least three Higher 2 (H2) passes in last year’s GCE A-Level examinations, according to results released on Friday (Feb 21).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: Electric vehicles will take over Singapore. But here’s what must happen first
Singapore has announced ambitious targets for 2040 when we plan to phase out internal combustion engine vehicles, paving the way for greater adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in the intervening years.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Budget 2020 Roundtable: Do more to change employers’ mindsets on older workers
Continual upskilling will be needed for Singapore’s greying workforce to stay competitive, and some measures announced in the Budget will help, experts at a recent roundtable said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pulling together in creative ways, to better feed food insecure Singaporeans
At 9am every day, 80-year-old Ho Hon Kee hobbles slowly on arthritic, bowed legs down to his void deck, to collect two styrofoam boxes of cooked food given out by a charity kitchen.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Deutsche Messe sets up regional HQ in Singapore
INDUSTRY 4.0 trade show Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific will be held for another five years in Singapore, with German organiser Deutsche Messe also setting up its regional headquarters here.
— The Business Times

Grab drops cash advance scheme for its drivers and riders
Grab has dropped a programme offering cash advances to its drivers and riders, about three months after the Ministry of Law said it was looking into the initiative.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Budget 2020 Roundtable: Help needed with foreign worker levies and quotas
The Government has a good long-term view of reducing reliance on foreign labour, but companies also need short-term measures in easing foreign worker levies and flexibility with quotas to get them through this trying period.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Mediacorp launches COVID-19 song as part of efforts to combat virus
Mediacorp on Friday (Feb 21) launched a song called The Light to rally Singaporeans and cheer on those on the frontline battling the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore Airlines steps up cleaning of aircraft amid COVID-19 outbreak
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has stepped up the cleaning and disinfecting of its aircraft to prevent the spread of COVID-19, amid a decline in demand for air travel.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Foreign Minister Saifuddin hopes Malaysia and Singapore will intensify efforts at Causeway to tackle COVID-19
Malaysia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Saifuddin Abdullah on Thursday (Feb 20) said he hopes Malaysia and Singapore will intensify cooperation at the busy Causeway in an effort to curb the COVID-19 outbreak.
— CNA

Patient with Covid-19 visited Bugis gym 3 times in February, MOH has done contact tracing for affected members
The gym stated that the patient in question has recovered and has been discharged.
— Mothership

Grace Assembly of God COVID-19 cluster: How it unfolded
The mood at Grace Assembly of God was jubilant a few weeks ago, judging by the posts on the church’s Facebook page as it prepared to celebrate its 70th anniversary.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

15,700 singles bought HDB flats in non-mature estates since rule change in 2013
More two-room build-to-order (BTO) flats will be offered in the non-mature towns of Choa Chu Kang, Tengah and Woodlands.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Police warn of face mask scams on e-commerce platforms
The police on Saturday (Feb 22) warned of a new variant of a an e-commerce scam involving the sale of face masks.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Simulation kit could turn SAF utility vehicle into ‘tank’
In the future, a Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Ford Everest utility vehicle could be used to simulate four different types of armoured platforms, including a tank and an infantry fighting vehicle.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Guide workers to pick SkillsFuture courses that aid in jobs: Experts
Singaporeans need more help navigating the wide variety of SkillsFuture courses, in order to progress in their jobs.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Initiative launched to promote good hygiene
As the coronavirus outbreak continues in Singapore, some food and beverage operators are taking no chances, stepping up their hygiene practices to minimise chances of infection.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Helping people hit by coronavirus situation: Gifts of masks, food and flowers
Whether it is raising funds, using tech tools to distribute masks or packing food packs for needy households, Singaporeans have continued to look for practical ways to step up during the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Lee Hsien Yang: Statements were not sworn ones, so need not be accurate
Statements he made need not be accurate because they were not sworn ones, said Mr Lee Hsien Yang, when asked why his statements on Facebook and in public were at odds with his testimony.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Seizing opportunities in market turmoil
Markets have alternated between fear and hope amid uncertainty about the economic implications of the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Free lunch and wrestling: How Singaporeans are supporting healthcare workers
The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted the lives of many Singaporeans and Singapore residents, but it’s the country’s frontline medical staff that have been bearing the brunt of it – both in hospitals and even outside.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: Rising temperatures, fires and floods highlight importance of understanding weather extremes
The day-to-day impact of climate change on our lives are felt through extreme or abnormal weather events, says Adam Switzer from the Asian School of the Environment at NTU.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore banks cautious about H1 with outbreak hitting customers
SWEPT into fresh uncertainty from the virus outbreak, Singapore banks are cautious over the next three to six months, given that about 10 per cent of their total loan portfolio is seen to be exposed to vulnerable sectors for now.
— The Business Times

Grab reinstates driver incentive scheme following criticism
Ride-hailing operator Grab has stopped plans to suspend a driver incentive scheme, following an uproar from private-hire car drivers here.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More than 5,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes found in ‘vegetable’ consignment
Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers on Monday (Feb 17) seized thousands of cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes declared as vegetables in a lorry.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Budget goodies for companies should be targeted at retaining workers, improving wages: Josephine Teo
Focus on retaining workers and improving wages, and this will help bring business to companies, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Gigacover extends free Covid-19 coverage to insured freelancers, Gojek drivers
INSURANCE provider Gigacover on Friday said it is extending its Covid-19 coverage further, at no additional cost, to freelancers on its income protection insurance plans, a key group of which includes Gojek drivers.
— The Business Times

Universal whistleblowing law: Market mixed over need for it in Singapore
SINGAPORE does not have an over-arching whistleblower protection law, but whistleblowers of certain offences are protected under specific legislation, which provides a more targeted approach, according to legal experts.
— The Business Times

Slow recovery for Singapore companies with China operations amid outbreak
WHILE production has resumed for the manufacturing sector in China, analysts are expecting slow recovery for Singapore-listed companies with facilities there.
— The Business Times

Singapore a big draw for data centres: Study
Singapore might be a small city-state with limited land area, but it is a global titan when it comes to being a market for data centres.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Budget measures provide relief but virus fears linger
Last Friday, Singapore’s Straits Times Index fell 17.65 points or 0.55 per cent to close at 3,181.03.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Sembawang canal gets a facelift
Rain gardens, new footpaths and an array of flowers and plants now line the Sungei Simpang Kanan canal in Canberra, Sembawang, which has been given a facelift.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Some Johor Bahru eateries feel the pinch as fewer Singaporeans travel across the Causeway
Food establishments in Johor Bahru are reporting a decline in sales of up to 70 per cent.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

For Nominated Members of Parliament, it’s not just about talking in Parliament
In the parliamentary sitting on Feb 3 and 4, Nominated Members of Parliament (NMP) Anthea Ong and Walter Theseira once again raised their views on a wide range of issues, from the local impact of COVID-19 to the e-scooter footpath ban that was implemented overnight in 2019.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

31 ways our lives have changed due to coronavirus outbreak
From daily temperature taking to fewer outings, Joyce Teo lists 31 ways life has changed in Singapore, a change for each day of the outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Applause for push to focus on mid-career staff, worker training
Singapore’s push to better support mid-career workers and get businesses more involved in worker training is the right way to go, experts tell The Sunday Times.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Volunteers help NTUC prepare care packs for front-line workers
About 70 volunteers from the labour movement’s various communities banded together yesterday to put together 5,500 care packs for workers in Singapore, as part of the fight against the coronavirus disease known as Covid-19.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commentary: Why do parents still pay top dollar for pre-schools when there are more affordable options?
Doubling the early childhood education budget may make high-quality pre-schools accessible to more, says Annie Tan.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore banks flag cautious growth due to COVID-19 after booking quarterly gains
Singaporean lenders have provided a cautious outlook due to the coronavirus outbreak, after Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp (OCBC) reported earnings that beat estimates and United Overseas Bank (UOB) posted a small profit growth.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singaporean charged for illegally bringing in foreign workers
A 33-year-old Singaporean has been charged under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act for illegally bringing foreign workers into Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Lorry driver jailed 4 weeks for trying to bribe traffic police officer
A lorry driver was sentenced to 4 weeks’ jail on Friday (Feb 21) for trying to bribe a traffic police officer.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Three teenagers being investigated over spittle on LRT station lift buttons
Three teenage boys, all 15 years old, are being investigated by police after spittle was found on the panel of a lift at Rumbia LRT station in Sengkang.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Xiaxue brands S’porean actress a ‘hypocrite’ for calling morbidly obese model ‘beautiful’
After some back and forth online, the two had a private chat and are now ‘cool’.
— Mothership

Addicted to learning, freelance trainer keeps upgrading her skills
While working in human resources and coordinating training for her colleagues, Madam Juriah Jahaya aspired to be a trainer herself.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Me & My Money: Hotpot eatery still bubbling due to other investments
Investing for the long term has always stood hotpot business owner Oscar Zhang in good stead, especially when it comes to weathering crises.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man jailed for offences including throwing a man into a trash bin
A man was sentenced to a year and a week’s jail on Friday (Feb 21) for a string of offences including throwing another man into a trash bin.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man fined for flying drone over LRT to take footage of trains
A man who illegally flew a drone over an LRT station to take videos and photos of trains was fined S$5,000 on Friday (Feb 21).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Passenger bus catches fire near Singapore Botanic Gardens
A passenger bus was badly damaged after catching fire at a car park near the Singapore Botanic Gardens on Friday (Feb 21).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Orchard Towers death: 2 more get murder charges downgraded, leaving one facing capital charge
Two men in the Orchard Towers case had their murder charges downgraded to voluntarily causing hurt with common intention on Friday (Feb 21), leaving one person facing the capital charge.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Teenager admits robbing 7-Eleven store with knife, says he wanted to mimic movies
Armed with a fruit knife, a teenager robbed a 7-Eleven store in Sengkang of six packets of cigarettes and a burger.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

NUS student admits climbing into ex-girlfriend’s home, strangling her
A National University of Singapore (NUS) student climbed into his ex-girlfriend’s home with her, before giving her roses and begging her not to end their relationship.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Woman shocked to see wrong photo on father’s memorial plaque
To her shock, Ms Lim saw that the memorial plaque of her late father had a photo of someone she did not know.
— Straits Times (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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