Singapore morning news for February 5

Singapore morning news for February 5

Singapore morning news

What we know about the 6 new cases of novel coronavirus in Singapore
Six patients in Singapore, including four with no recent travel history to China, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on Tuesday (Feb 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

4 locally transmitted cases among new coronavirus patients in Singapore
Singapore confirmed on Tuesday (Feb 4) its first locally transmitted cases of the novel coronavirus, among six new cases of the disease detected in the country.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore imposes new regulation on export of contaminated plastic and those difficult to recycle
On Monday (3 February), the Hazardous Waste (Control of Export, Import and Transit) Amendment Bill was passed in Parliament.
— The Online Citizen

Footpath ban for all motorised PMDs from April; minimum age requirement and online theory test to follow
All motorised personal mobility devices (PMDs) will not be allowed on footpaths from Apr 1.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

All 92 evacuated from Wuhan on Scoot flight being tested
All 92 Singapore residents who were evacuated from Wuhan on a specially arranged Scoot flight last Wednesday are being tested for the coronavirus, and four so far have tested positive.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

HIV drugs used to treat ‘small number’ of coronavirus patients: MOH chief health scientist
A small number of coronavirus patients in Singapore are being treated with HIV drugs, the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) chief health scientist Tan Chorh Chuan said on Tuesday (Feb 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

PMD riders aged below 16 will face ‘imprisonment’, fine or both if caught riding on public paths
Personal mobility device (PMD) riders below the age of 16 could face potential jail terms or fines if they are caught using them on public footpaths.
— Mothership

Novel coronavirus patient discharged from NCID after recovery: MOH
A patient who was infected with the novel coronavirus has recovered and was discharged from the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Tuesday (Feb 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Asian countries, including Singapore to cut interest rates in wake of novel Wuhan coronavirus
Asian central banks are now facing clamours asking for them to slash interest rates in an effort to combat the unfolding outbreak crisis that is posing adverse effects on confidence, tourism and travel across Asia.
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus: Travel insurance may not cover losses from the virus outbreak in Wuhan
Coverage of certain parts of mainland China may also be affected as the outbreak situation develops, according to a General Insurance Association update on Tuesday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More frequent cleaning, advising unwell customers to see doc among MOM’s new guidelines to protect workers from coronavirus
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and its partners on Tuesday (Feb 4) issued a series of enhanced guidelines to protect workers from the coronavirus outbreak following the first cases of local transmission here.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Foreign workers don’t need mandatory written contracts: Zaqy Mohamad
The necessary information they need can be found in their key employment terms (KETs) and In-Principle Approval (IPA) letters.
— Mothership

Coronavirus outbreak: Schools, eldercare facilities to suspend large gatherings after first local transmission
Schools, pre-schools and eldercare facilities will suspend large gatherings as part of enhanced measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among vulnerable groups, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Tuesday (Feb 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MAS to issue consultation paper on environmental risk management guidelines in Q1
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will be issuing a consultation paper on environmental risk management guidelines for various financial institutions in the first quarter of this year, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung in Parliament on Tuesday (Feb 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Doctor previously infected with SARS says masks help in prevention of Wuhan virus but Singapore govt notes otherwise
On 28 January, a doctor named Leong Hoe Nam from Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital spoke to radio station 91.3’s Glenn Ong and Flying Dutchman about the deadly novel coronavirus.
— The Online Citizen

Number of scams, PMD-related fires, traffic accidents involving the elderly up in 2019: MHA
While the Republic has been ranked first in law and order in a Gallup survey of 142 territories, there remains several trends of concern in drug abuse, road traffic accidents and scams, said the Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday (Feb 4).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Can touching a doorknob lead to infection? Experts weigh in on this and other questions
The coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, has affected more than 20,000 people in China and killed at least 425 people.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Public service committed to provide ‘inclusive and mental health-friendly’ workplace: Chan Chun Sing
Public agencies do not require job applicants to declare their medical health history, said Minister-in-charge of the Public Service Chan Chun Sing in Parliament on Tuesday (Feb 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Tech staff optimistic about Singapore’s prospects: SGInnovate study
TECH employees in Singapore are optimistic about their prospects here as they believe the Republic’s science and technology industry will remain competitive for the next decade, a study by SGInnovate has found.
— The Business Times

Zero foreign labour growth hard to achieve without serious implications: Chan Chun Sing
To have zero growth in the foreign workforce may be a theoretical possibility but in reality, it is “very hard to achieve … without serious implications and trade-off” for the economy, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing in Parliament on Tuesday (Feb 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: NUS students who flout 14-day leave of absence rule face one-month suspension, says Dean of Students
National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students are concerned about other students who may be on a leave of absence but are still moving about on the campuses.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ng Eng Hen: Maritime security task to restructure and enhance assets to combat sea piracy
On Monday, 3 Feb, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced that there are plans by the Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF) to restructure and enhance its assets in the quest to curb sea piracy.
— The Online Citizen

Thousands of masks exported out of Singapore while local demand remains high
As the deadly coronavirus continues to spread causing the number of confirmed cases and deaths to tick steadily upwards, the demand for masks has skyrocketed, both in Singapore and the Asian region in general.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore aviation conference pulled over virus scare
A major international aviation conference scheduled on the eve of next week’s Singapore Airshow has been cancelled, organisers said Tuesday, hit by the global health scare over China’s deadly coronavirus.
— The Online Citizen

Manufacturers’ group says delayed return of China workers affect 1-in-10 staff
SINGAPORE manufacturers have been hit harder than other industries by the sudden shortfall of mainland Chinese rank-and-file workers here, The Business Times (BT) has learnt.
— The Business Times

Rise in scams led to higher 2019 crime rate: MHA
While the Republic has been ranked first in law and order in a Gallup survey of 142 territories, there remains several trends of concern in drug abuse, road traffic accidents and scams, said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commentary: The rise of the digital economy – and how education may be transformed
Young Singaporeans must be taught digital skillsets, but changes will also be needed to the focus of education and the training of teachers, says Jason Tan.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Outbreak adds to demand surge for food delivery plays
FOOD delivery and e-commerce players are gearing up for a surge in sales volumes in the upcoming weeks, as the novel coronavirus outbreak goes into its third week here.
— The Business Times

Edwin Tong: A&E departments at public hospitals nationwide offer adequate services to manage all life-threatening emergencies
On Monday (3 Feb), Senior Minister of State for Law and Health, Edwin Tong informed Parliament that the Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments at public hospitals nationwide offer adequate services to manage all life-threatening emergencies.
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus: Singapore Red Cross launches public appeal for donations
The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) is making a public appeal for funds to aid the communities in China affected by the coronavirus outbreak, which was first reported in Wuhan.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore-Indonesia partnerships should be strengthened amid global economic uncertainty: President Halimah
Continued efforts to strengthen the relationship between Singapore and Indonesia are necessary in the current climate of global economic uncertainty, said Singapore President Halimah Yacob on Tuesday (Feb 4).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Disclosure of personal data sometimes necessary to maintain public trust, says Dr Janil Puthucheary
Government agencies sometimes have to disclose personal data in order to correct inaccuracies and provide an accurate picture of a complaint in order to maintain public trust and to serve all citizens effectively, said Minister of State for Communications and Information Janil Puthucheary in Parliament on Monday (3 January).
— The Online Citizen

Higher chance Singapore will ease monetary policy as Asia faces rate-cut pressure from coronavirus
Central banks in Asia face increasing calls to cut interest rates as they jump into action against a spiraling coronavirus crisis that’s hammering tourism, travel and confidence across the region.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Sqreem-Rakuten JV aims to improve ads performance in Japan through AI behavioural pattern analysis
Singapore-based Artificial Intelligence company Sqreem Technologies announced today a joint venture (JV) with leading Japanese internet services firm Rakuten.
— e27

Good Samaritans in Punggol Field share masks and sanitiser with neighbours
Amid the bad news surrounding the novel coronavirus (nCov) virus here in Singapore and beyond our shores, a heartwarming act of kindness in the heartlands has restored our faith in humanity.
— The Pride

Tong Garden feud: Court dismisses brother’s claims that siblings diverted business
A shareholder of the family-owned Tong Garden group of nuts and snacks companies, who sued his siblings in a bid for them to buy him out, has lost his case in the High Court.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

South Korea’s Black Eagles, 16 exhibitors cancel appearances at Singapore Airshow
Sixteen companies have pulled out from this year’s Singapore Airshow amid concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus, the organiser for the biennial event has confirmed.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Management Corporation Strata Titles are responsible for fire safety precautions in condominiums, says Sun Xueling
Home Affairs Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Sun Xueling, affirmed that Management Corporation Strata Titles (MCST) were responsible to ensure that all fire safety measures, including fire hose reels in condominiums are fully functional to handle emergencies, noting that this is stated under the Fire Safety Act 1993.
— The Online Citizen

Underground bicycle parking in Kampong Admiralty ended as fees could not cover operating costs, says Khaw Boon Wan
The popularity of shared bicycles and e-scooters in Singapore altered demand for paid underground bicycle parking, leading to the end of the SecureMyBike trial in Kampong Admiralty in December last year, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Tuesday (Feb 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Grab moves into retail wealth management with acquisition of robo-advisory
Grab has made its move into the retail wealth management space with its acquisition of Bento Invest, a Singapore-based robo-advisory startup for an undisclosed sum.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Retirement savings may best real estate returns in Singapore
In property-crazed Singapore, owning real estate isn’t always the high-yielding investment you might think.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Motorcyclist admits knocking into pedestrian, causing injuries including fractures to spine
A man failed to keep a proper lookout while riding his motorcycle and hit a pedestrian, causing injuries including fractures to the latter’s spine and right shin bone.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Recalcitrant offender jailed for scratching neighbours’ cars with bottle cap, causing S$11,000 in damage
After being released from jail for scratching cars, a man went back to his old ways and scratched even more vehicles, costing the owners about S$11,000.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Condo gardener sexually assaulted maid who went to place potted plant, gets jail and caning
A gardener at a condominium followed a maid who had gone to dispose of a potted plant before sexually assaulting her.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

8 months’ jail for man who molested schoolboy twice after trying to befriend him
A 15-year-old male student desperate to get away from a man who had asked for his mobile phone number was molested twice by the same man who insisted on befriending the teenager.
— 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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