Singapore morning news for February 27

Singapore morning news for February 27

Singapore morning news

Coronavirus: Chinese disease carrier faces jail in Singapore for lying about movements
A Chinese national who contracted coronavirus could face up to six months in jail in Singapore over allegations he gave false information about his whereabouts in the city state.

25 dengue red clusters in S’pore, including 4 clusters with around 100 cases reported
While Singapore deals with Covid-19 at the start of 2020, another public health issue has silently gone under the radar.
— Mothership

Singapore economy to contract 0.6% in Q1 amid coronavirus outbreak: Reuters poll
The effects of the coronavirus outbreak are likely to reverberate beyond China as most major economies in the region are expected to either slow down significantly, halt or shrink outright in the current quarter, Reuters polls found.

4 more COVID-19 patients discharged in Singapore, 2 new confirmed cases: MOH
Four more COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospital, while two new cases have been confirmed, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in a daily update on Wednesday (Feb 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore factory output posts surprise 3.4% rise in January – but can the lift last?
DEFYING expectations of more decline, Singapore’s factory output rose in January on a surge in biomedical manufacturing, even as electronics remained in contraction, according to preliminary figures from the Economic Development Board (EDB) out on Wednesday.
— The Business Times

Singapore, Malaysia agree to align COVID-19 screening protocols at land borders
Singapore and Malaysia have agreed to align health screening protocols at their land borders amid the novel coronavirus situation, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in a media release on Wednesday (Feb 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Budget 2020: Jobs, measures to cope with COVID-19 impact dominate Day 1 of debate
This year’s Budget will help mitigate COVID-19’s economic impact on businesses and their workers, but more could be done, said Members of Parliament (MPs) on day one of the Budget debate.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Budget 2020: Workers’ Party MPs suggest measures for upskilling mid-career workers, grocery voucher scheme
With the weak economic outlook and soft job market, it may be time to re-examine some policy approaches for mid-career workers, said Workers’ Party Member of Parliament Sylvia Lim on Wednesday (Feb 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus fears not stopping Catholics from observing Ash Wednesday mass online
Public masses have been suspended across the more than 30 Catholic churches in Singapore, but it has not stopped Catholics here from observing Ash Wednesday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commentary: Three scenarios if the COVID-19 outbreak gets worse
Developments in the rest of the world can seed subsequent waves of outbreak despite Singapore’s best efforts at preventing further importations, say Hannah Clapham and Alex R Cook.

No plans to waive foreign worker levy: Josephine Teo
THE Singapore government does not plan to waive or reduce foreign worker levies despite calls from business leaders and MPs to do so in an economic environment that has already taken a battering from the coronavirus outbreak, the Republic’s manpower minister said.
— The Business Times

Budget debate: New job council aims to match retrenched PMEs with vacancies
The labour movement is bringing together 4,000 companies of various sizes to help place retrenched professionals, managers and executives in new jobs – fast.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Yaacob, Swee Say express confidence in 4G leaders’ handling of virus crisis
Two former ministers yesterday expressed their confidence in the way Singapore’s fourth-generation (4G) leaders have handled the Covid-19 outbreak, while urging them to take heed of its lessons and the key principles that have guided earlier governments.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Her career at Jurong Bird Park takes flight with skills upgrade
When Ms Kimberly Wee, 31, joined Jurong Bird Park more than two years ago with no relevant experience, her plan was to work part-time while looking for other jobs.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Govt directs political activist, The Independent Singapore to correct posts on alleged HDB flat eviction
Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong has told the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (Pofma) office to issue a correction notice against political activist Gilbert Goh, and alternative news site The Independent Singapore (TISG).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

All stressed out by Covid-19 outbreak? Keep calm, free online counselling is at hand
At least two charities have started offering online counselling services for free to help those who are anxious and fearful about the Covid-19 outbreak, which shows no signs of abating more than a month after it erupted in Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Big businesses need to help smaller players, work together to tide through COVID-19 ‘crisis’: Chan Chun Sing
The business community needs to work together to pull through the novel coronavirus crisis, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing on Wednesday (Feb 26) as he urged larger firms to pass on rebates given by the Government and extend a helping hand to smaller players.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SDP granted leave to appeal POFMA challenge decision
The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) was granted leave on Wednesday (Feb 26) to appeal a ruling in its case against orders to correct its online posts.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Prudential receives more than 60 claims for $500 cash benefit
Insurer Prudential is processing 66 submissions as of Monday (Feb 24) for the one-time $500 cash benefit the firm has rolled out for customers here who had been served quarantine orders amid the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore govt needs to inoculate public better against Covid-19 fears, IPS academic says
She added that the panic-buying behaviour exhibited by Singaporeans could’ve been momentary panic.
— Mothership

Singaporeans must not be complacent in fight against coronavirus: President Halimah
Singaporeans must not be complacent in the fight against the coronavirus which is spreading around the world, said President Halimah Yacob on Wednesday (Feb 26).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Eightfold spike in number of banking phone scams reported to police in January
The number of banking scam calls or messages increased sharply here last month, with 105 cases reported to the police in January compared with 38 for the previous three months combined.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

CapitaLand freezes pay for managerial staff, senior management to take wage cut
Singapore-listed developer CapitaLand announced a wage freeze for members of staff at managerial level and above on Wednesday (Feb 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

President’s Office makes police report over fake e-mail inviting recipients to dinner event with Halimah
Those who receive the e-mail are told to download an invitation letter via content-sharing platform Sharepoint and to key in their e-mail passwords.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Grace Assembly church resumes operations two weeks after home quarantine of staff
Church staff who were on home quarantine orders for two weeks returned to the Bukit Batok and Tanglin Road branches and faced stringent checks.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

$100m to build simulation facilities on all train lines in Singapore to improve rail reliability
A sum of $100 million over five years has been set aside to build simulation facilities on all train lines in Singapore to improve rail reliability.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MFA refutes accusations by Indonesia that graft suspect is ‘hiding’ in Singapore
Singapore on Wednesday (Feb 26) refuted Indonesian news reports that say fugitive graft suspect and oil firm founder Honggo Wedratno is in Singapore and that he is a Singapore permanent resident.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore, Fiji first 2 countries to deposit instruments of ratification for Singapore Convention on Mediation
Fiji and Singapore became the first two countries to deposit their respective instruments of ratification of the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation on Tuesday (Feb 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus not detected in bats and other animals in Singapore so far
If you encounter a bat, just observe it from a distance and do not get too close.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SMRT to cut pay, bonus as coronavirus crisis continues
Just two days after state investment firm Temasek announced a pay freeze on the back of the coronavirus outbreak, transport operator SMRT Corp has followed with a similar notice to staff.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Afternoon News Roundup: Temasek Holdings, others, confirm salary freeze amidst COVID-19
Temasek Holdings, others confirm salary freeze amidst COVID-19 Singapore’s Temasek Holdings is among the companies that have confirmed a company-wide wage freeze and voluntary pay reductions for senior management for up to a year amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to Vulcan Post.
— e27

New NTUC programme to improve job matching for workers before retrenchment
A new job matching programme by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) will reduce the unemployment period for workers by placing them in new jobs before they are retrenched or displaced.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Frasers Property rolls out support package for tenants across 14 malls amid coronovirus crisis
Another big Singapore landlord has announced measures to help tenants of its malls cope with the business impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

DBS nudges firms to go digital in second round of coronavirus relief measures
DBS unveiled a second round of relief measures on Wednesday (Feb 26) to help businesses in Singapore cope amid the virus outbreak, in a move that pushes companies to go digital at the same time.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SPH to buy 6 aged-care assets in Canada for $244.5m in second expansion abroad
Singapore Press Holdings announced within a week its second investment abroad in the aged-care business – the acquisition of a portfolio of assets in Canada for C$232.9 million (S$244.5 million).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man fined for importing more than 450kg of coriander without proper permit
A man was fined S$3,000 on Wednesday (Feb 26) for importing 456kg of coriander without the proper permit.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Generation Grit: Paralysed after a fall, university student becomes para-swimmer
It was just a slip on the pavement, on a rainy day in school. When Ms Foo Xu Hui fell and hit her lower back on the kerb, the 17-year-old found herself in so much pain that she could not move, and had to be taken to hospital by ambulance.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

$171,000 worth of heroin and Ice linked to suspected drug trafficker seized: CNB
A 62-year-old Singaporean man, suspected of being a drug trafficker, was arrested on Tuesday night (Feb 25) after being caught with about 300g of Ice and 1.5kg of heroin on him.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

3 arrested, more than $170,000 worth of drugs seized in Toa Payoh
Three people were arrested and about S$171,000 worth of drugs seized by officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) in an operation on Monday night (Feb 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Father jailed for raping teenage daughter twice, molesting her since she was 13
A man with a strained relationship with his wife turned his sexual urges on his underage daughter, first molesting her when she was 13 and eventually raping her twice.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)



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This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on Zero Discrimination Day, March 1.


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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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