Singapore morning news for February 25

Singapore morning news for February 25

Singapore morning news

2 COVID-19 patients discharged in Singapore; 1 new reported case: MOH
Two more COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospital on Monday (Feb 24), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a daily update, while one new case was confirmed.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore core inflation misses forecasts in January at 0.3%
SINGAPORE inflation missed industry forecasts in January, hampered by a sharper fall in the cost of retail and other goods, according to consumer price index (CPI) data out on Monday.
— The Business Times

COVID-19: 11 workers banned for entering Singapore without proper approval, 500 entry applications rejected daily
Eleven workers have been banned since Singapore implemented entry approval requirements for work pass holders with travel history to mainland China, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in a news release on Monday (Feb 24).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

President Halimah, PM Lee reaffirm Singapore’s support for China’s efforts to combat Covid-19 outbreak
President Halimah Yaacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have reaffirmed Singapore’s support for China’s efforts to combat the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More patients with respiratory symptoms at PHPCs, but some afraid 5-day MC will affect income
Doctors in some Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPCs) here are seeing more patients with respiratory symptoms, nearly one week after such clinics were activated to fight the coronavirus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

19 work pass holders, employers punished for flouting COVID-19 Leave of Absence requirements
A total of 19 work pass holders and employers were punished for flouting the Ministry of Manpower’s Leave of Absence (LOA) requirements in place for the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Travel agents postpone, cancel tours to South Korea as outbreak worsens
Since Mr Ong Hanjie and his staff at travel agency EU Asia Holidays returned to work on Monday (Feb 24) after the weekend, they have been flooded with phone calls from customers to cancel tours to South Korea.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commentary: Hit hard by COVID-19, Singapore Airlines may need to pursue deeper capacity cuts
The Singapore Airlines Group is likely to incur rare losses in the March and June quarters, says Brendan Sobie.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Temasek to freeze wages; senior management to take voluntary pay cut
AMID the challenging situation resulting from the Covid-19 disease outbreak, Singapore state investment firm Temasek is implementing a firm-wide wage freeze and asking senior management to take a voluntary pay cut for up to a year.
— The Business Times

Virus outbreak a wild card for Singapore banks’ bad loan buffers
SINGAPORE banks have guided on the size of provisions that can cover the impact from the Covid-19 outbreak ahead, but analysts say the lenders may have to stomach more if the disruption to supply chains and consumer demand extends beyond the first half of this year.
— The Business Times

Ong Ye Kung: Over 90% of SkillsFuture credit claims are work-related
More than 90 per cent of SkillsFuture credit claims that people have made are work-related, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said yesterday, and the most popular courses are in information and communications technology.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore universities suspend student exchange programmes to South Korea after COVID-19 outbreak
The National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU) have suspended all student exchange programmes to South Korea after an outbreak of COVID-19 cases there.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Filipino national tests positive for COVID-19 in Singapore: Embassy
A Filipino national in Singapore has tested positive for COVID-19, said the Philippine Embassy on Monday (Feb 24).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Infected crew member working on cargo ship recovers
A crew member working on board a cargo ship that arrived here from China, and who was diagnosed to have the coronavirus, has since recovered from the virus infection.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Khaw Boon Wan promises more help for taxi and private-hire car drivers if Covid-19 drags on
Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan has pledged to do more for cabbies and private-hire car drivers should the coronavirus outbreak drag on for longer than expected.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commuters more satisfied with point-to-point transport services in 2019: Survey
Customers were more satisfied with point-to-point (P2P) services in 2019 compared to 2018, according to results of a survey commissioned by the Public Transport Council that were announced on Monday (Feb 24).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

No proof of asymptomatic transmission of coronavirus: NCID
Environmental contamination or exposure to other infected persons cannot be excluded, said Dr Shawn Vasoo, clinical director of NCID.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Clinics roped in to help manage cases play an important role, says President Halimah
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has activated more than 800 GP clinics across the island, where people with respiratory symptoms can receive subsidised treatment and medication.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Passenger bus catches fire in Portsdown Road
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it responded to the fire at 9.15am and extinguished it using a water jet.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore has more foreign Reits than anywhere else in the world
Singapore’s tiny geographical size is not stopping it from dreaming big in the property-management industry.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: CapitaLand to offset March rents for mall tenants with 1 month of security deposits
To ease cash flows for all its mall tenants amid the conoravirus outbreak, CapitaLand on Monday (Feb 24) said it will release one month’s worth of security deposits to offset their rental payments for the month of March 2020.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SkillsFuture remains ‘one of the most important economic and social strategies for Singapore’s future’: Ong Ye Kung
The SkillsFuture programme remains “one of the most important economic and social strategies for Singapore’s future”, said Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung on Monday (Feb 24).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Parkour YouTuber calls S’pore ‘world’s best parkour city’
Swissotel the Stamford and Singapore Sports Hub are featured in his freerunning videos.
— Mothership

More support for divorcing couples, more power for judges as Government accepts review recommendations
Couples going through divorce will receive more support and judges will get more power to prevent conflicts from dragging on.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Case 74 pens letter to encourage other coronavirus patients; arranging for sunflowers to be sent to them
Trust the doctor and nurses, he wrote, adding that the patients were not alone in the fight against the coronavirus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Offer of loans to SMEs hit by coronavirus outbreak oversubscribed
Over 100 businesses in Singapore have applied for loans from a fund set up by Singaporean property tycoon John Lim’s family office, JL Family Office, ARA Asset Management and Straits Trading Company, seeking a total of more than $6 million.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fifth man admits to unlawfully sharing photos of fatal SAF accident
He pleaded guilty on Monday in a district court to an offence under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SPH expands aged care business abroad with $65.8m purchase of 5 assets in Japan
Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH) is acquiring five aged care assets in Japan for 5.26 billion yen (S$65.8 million1) as it expands overseas in markets with fast-ageing populations.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Milksha Novena giving 50 cups of matcha bubble tea to hospital personnel daily till Mar. 14
Many brands are taking the opportunity to show healthcare workers their appreciation during the Covid-19 period.
— Mothership

32-year-old man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting four minors
Using such claims as being part of a secret society gang and having clairvoyant abilities, a 32-year-old permanent resident manipulated four underaged girls into performing sexual acts on him.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fire breaks out on rooftop of empty building in West Coast, no one injured
A fire broke out on the rooftop of an eight-storey building in West Coast on Monday morning (Feb 24). No injuries were reported.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Skills framework and common salary guideline among suggestions for Islamic religious teachers here
Islamic religious teachers here will have a skills framework to give them access to relevant job sectors, if suggestions by a committee formed to guide their development are taken up.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Mother of man found dead in Yishun says he had been assaulted by church friend before
The mother of a man allegedly beaten to death in Yishun by a friend he was said to be obsessed with took the stand on Monday (Feb 24) and described how she called the police after her son came home bleeding and with a dangling tooth.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Lawyer in missing millions case gets another 12 charges involving embezzling of S$33.8m
A lawyer who has been receiving criminal charges since June last year was given another 12 charges on Monday (Feb 24) involving S$33.8 million in total, the first time he has been charged over the missing millions.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Viral video shows S’pore bride leading motorcycle convoy to her own wedding
One would often see brides being whisked away by their grooms.
— Mothership

 

 

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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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