Singapore morning news for February 28

Singapore morning news for February 28

Singapore morning news

Coronavirus cases in Singapore can rise anytime, premature to say worst is over, says MOH’s chief health scientist
Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said that given the rate at which new cases are being reported around the world, there is always a risk of new imported cases.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

3 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 12-year-old student from Raffles Institution: MOH
Three new COVID-19 patients were reported in Singapore on Thursday (Feb 27), the Ministry of Health (MOH) in a daily update, including a 12-year-old Singaporean student from Raffles Institution.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore firms look to Vietnam for agricultural goods
At the end of February, a delegation of firms from Singapore is expected to visit Vietnam in search of suppliers of fruits and vegetables.
— Fresh Plaza

Muslim travel agents in Singapore call for patience after Saudi Arabia suspends entry for pilgrims
Muslim travel agents in Singapore are working to find solutions for their customers after Saudi Arabia’s unprecedented decision on Thursday (Feb 27) to suspend travel to Islam’s holiest sites, a few weeks before the peak pilgrimage season here starts.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19 outbreak: 67% of Singaporean households have collected face masks
About two thirds of Singapore households have collected face masks from community clubs (CC) and Residents’ Committee (RC) centres, the People’s Association (PA) said on Thursday (Feb 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Services sector revenue up 4.6% in Q4 last year, ahead of coronavirus hit
Singapore’s services businesses closed off 2019 with another jump in their takings, helped by a recovery in recreation and personal services spending.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Hotels closing floors, shortening service hours, sending staff on leave to cope with lull
Hotels are moving fast to tackle the downturn with one mothballing some floors to save on electricity and manpower while another has told staff to use two thirds of their annual leave by the end of May due to the lack of guests.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Discharged coronavirus patients here no longer have viable virus and will not spread disease: NCID
Professor Leo Yee Sin, executive director of NCID, said doctors check if the patient is still releasing live virus and thus remains contagious.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Raffles Institution, MOE Language Centre (Bishan) to suspend classes for a day after student tests positive for COVID-19
Raffles Institution (RI) and the Ministry of Education (MOE) Language Centre in Bishan will close for one day on Friday (Feb 28) for thorough cleaning and disinfecting, after a 12-year-old student tested positive for COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Budget 2020: Allocate more support for Singapore firms that deliver results, says WP’s Leon Perera
Singapore should consider allocating more support to local companies that have a track record of results and can contribute to the economy, said Workers’ Party Non-Constituency MP Leon Perera on Thursday (Feb 27), in what he described as a “strategic results-based” approach.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Budget 2020: Electric vehicles, environmental concerns on the agenda
Electric vehicles (EVs) were on the agenda again on the second day of Budget debate, with several Members of Parliament (MPs) asking if other alternative fuels were also being considered in the country’s move to a cleaner transport sector.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Budget 2020: Free meals for vulnerable families islandwide as MPs urge more help for those in need
The Government will provide free food and drinks for vulnerable families in the heartlands as part of a new islandwide initiative, South West District Mayor Low Yen Ling said in Parliament on Thursday (Feb 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Power fault disrupts train service along North-East Line during morning rush hour
Train services on the North-East Line between Buangkok and Punggol MRT stations were disrupted for about six hours on Thursday morning (Feb 27) after a broken contact wire disrupted power supply to the trains.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Walter Theseira suggests MPs restrain salaries in respective professions to increase poorer S’poreans’ wages
The Covid-19 outbreak and the accompanying economic slump has revealed the disparity between social value and value allocated by the market.
— Mothership

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)

Record haul of chewing tobacco worth about S$200,000 seized at Woodlands
About S$200,000 worth of chewing tobacco was seized following a raid at a storage facility in Woodlands, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) said on Thursday (Feb 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More than 560 express interest in improving youth mental well-being, new network formed to coordinate efforts
More than 560 people have expressed their interest in improving youth mental well-being here, said Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee on Thursday (Feb 27).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SPH Reit offers tenants tailored help to weather coronavirus outbreak
SPH Reit will be giving its tenants additional help to weather the coronavirus outbreak, in the form of assistance packages tailored to individual tenants’ circumstances, it said on Thursday (Feb 27).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Church standing by staff identified as primary case of coronavirus cluster
As a community, the Grace Assembly of God church said it is walking through this difficult time with one of its staff, who had been determined as the primary case in the biggest coronavirus cluster here.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: We will not hesitate to take strong action, says Shanmugam on those who flout containment measures
His comments come a day after it was announced that action has been taken against three Chinese nationals who flouted coronavirus containment measures here.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MPs urge more help for firms amid Covid-19 outbreak
SUPPORT for firms amid the Covid-19 outbreak was the main theme of the Budget debate’s second day. Of the 23 Members of Parliament (MPs) who took the floor, more than half lauded current efforts but asked if more can be done.
— The Business Times

Online sales help some retailers cushion blow from outbreak
THE novel coronavirus outbreak may have turned wary consumers away from malls, but a corresponding shift to online shopping is providing some respite for retailers who previously took pains to build up integrated online sales channels.
— The Business Times

Lines go dead for some Circles.Life staff
SINGAPORE startup Circles.Life – hailed as the disruptor to watch in the local telco scene – is now in the midst of cutting staff.
— The Business Times

Revise funding scheme to help arts groups cope: NMP
More can be done to support arts groups amid the coronavirus outbreak, said Nominated MP Terence Ho yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man to be charged after S$5,000, 100 packets of cigarettes stolen from shop
A 51-year-old man is set to be charged on Friday (Feb 28) after about S$5,000 in cash and 100 packets of cigarettes were stolen from a shop in Sembawang Hills Estate last week.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

6 tried-and-tested branding tips for your startup
You have built a tech startup to provide an outstanding solution, but your audience might not understand it in the beginning.
— e27

Junior college student admits to peeping at women in NUS UTown women’s toilets
A student at a junior college trespassed repeatedly into women’s toilets at the National University of Singapore’s University Town to peep at women.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Driver charged for offering bribe to avoid parking summons
A driver working in Singapore was charged on Thursday (Feb 27) for bribing an enforcement officer to get out of a parking summons, the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said in a news release.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Credit programme makes solar panels more accessible for property owners
Wanting to do her part for the climate while saving on her electricity bill, Ms Ho Hui took advantage of a new scheme which allows owners to purchase and install solar panels for their property.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore taxi driver resigning after 10 years due to ‘cheap’ fares & low earnings over Covid-19
Various sectors in Singapore have been hit by the Covid-19 outbreak.
— Mothership

Heavily armed police chase multiple men fighting at Teck Whye Lane, one suffers visible hand injury
A group of men were caught on video fighting in a HDB estate in Singapore, videos of the incident distributed online and via message apps showed.
— Mothership

2 assailants in helmets & long-sleeve clothing beat up man in broad daylight in HDB estate
The assailants likely wore helmets with visors down to conceal their identities.
— Mothership

Nanny accused of poisoning 2 babies had sought treatment from a psychiatrist: Friend
A doctor, who said he is the best friend of a nanny accused of poisoning two babies under her care, told a district court on Thursday (Feb 27) that she had earlier sought treatment from a psychiatrist.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

3 receive Public Spiritedness Awards for helping the police
A quick-thinking security guard who jumped on a motorbike to help police chase down three illegal immigrants who had swum ashore at Tuas has been honoured for his public spiritedness.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

2 male students insulted women’s modesty in different universities, third offender tried to commit offence in poly
In separate incidents, three male students targeted women in different tertiary institutions and preyed on their victims in toilets.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Former director of women’s and children’s healthcare group Singapore O&G charged with cheating
A dispute between a Malaysian man and the company where he was previously the lead independent director has ended in court with him facing criminal charges.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Teenage girl who led attacks against love rival and other girl gets reformative training
A teenage girl who led two attacks against her love rival and a colleague she did not like was sentenced to a year’s reformative training on Thursday (Feb 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very 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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