Singapore morning news for January 31

Singapore morning news for January 31

Singapore morning news

Wuhan virus: 3 new cases confirmed in Singapore, bringing tally to 13
There are a total of 13 confirmed Wuhan virus cases in Singapore, after the Ministry of Health (MOH) reported on Thursday (Jan 30) another three people have been diagnosed.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Government to make one-time distribution of 5.2 million masks on 1 February, 4 per household
On 1 February, all 1.3 million households in Singapore will be given four surgical masks, says the Government.
— The Online Citizen

MOM: Resident employment growth slowed somewhat in 2019 alongside increased unemployment
Despite the slightly slower employment growth, more Singapore residents still held jobs at the end of 2019.
— The Online Citizen

Wuhan virus: 92 Singaporeans flown home from Wuhan; some remain in the city as they are symptomatic
Ninety-two Singaporeans arrived home from Wuhan, the epicentre of a virus outbreak, on Thursday (Jan 30) morning.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Wuhan virus: 5 million masks ‘snapped up in hours’, public urged against hoarding amid global shortage
The 5 million masks which the Government released to retailers over the past nine days were snapped up in hours,Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said on Thursday (Jan 30).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Travel agencies see cancellations, temporarily suspend trips to China over Wuhan virus
Travel agencies in Singapore have seen cancellations on holiday bookings made for China as the Wuhan virus continues to spread, leading some to suspend all tours to the country for the coming weeks.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Masks may offer ‘false sense of security’ against Wuhan virus, say medical experts
Masks may offer a false sense of security if they are used wrongly by people protecting themselves against viruses, medical experts said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

POFMA temporary exemptions to be lifted, move ‘critical’ given evolving coronavirus situation: MCI
The Government will remove the temporary exemption of some Internet intermediaries as it aims to combat false information about the Wuhan coronavirus, the Ministry of Communicatiosn and Information (MCI) said on Thursday (Jan 30).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Netizens’ reactions towards MOE’s decision not to delay schools reopening
At the moment, the Ministry of Education (MOE) believes the decision to delay the opening of schools is unnecessary as there was no current evidence of the coronavirus being spread throughout Singapore, unlike Hong Kong where opening of schools after Chinese New Year has been postponed by a week or two.
— The Online Citizen

S’pore immigration & customs officers at frontlines allegedly instructed not to wear masks at work
The government has said, however, that people who are not sick do not need to wear masks.
— Mothership

Wuhan virus: Singapore’s economy will be impacted, but is diversified enough to mitigate uncertainty, says Manpower Minister
The Wuhan coronavirus will cause current economic uncertainties to escalate, but Singapore’s economy is prepared to weather the impending financial impact, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo on Thursday (Jan 30).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Wuhan virus: 5 things to know about collecting your masks from Feb 1
Residents in both public and private estates can collect their masks from 2pm to 10pm on Saturday, and 10am to 9pm from Sunday to Feb 9.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Wuhan virus could score a point – off Singapore’s economic growth
SINGAPORE’S economy, which is still in a fitful recovery from the trade war, could lose up to one percentage point of growth to the Wuhan virus, economic watchers are now warning.
— The Business Times

Singapore cracks down on bids to profiteer from mask sales
TO prevent profiteering from surgical mask sales amid Wuhan coronavirus worries, retailers and e-commerce platforms will be asked to cooperate with the authorities, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing told the media on Thursday.
— The Business Times

Woman conspired with maid to run illegal moneylending business, gets jail and fine
A Filipino woman conspired with a maid to set up an illegal moneylending business targeting maids from their home country.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Retailer Deen Express asked to explain high prices for masks: MTI
A letter of demand has been sent to retailer Deen Express after complaints from the public of masks being sold at high prices at its store.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore-based Australian paedophile sentenced to 35 years jail term by Melbourne court
Boris Kunsevitsky, an Australian paedophile based in Singapore, has been jailed for sexually exploiting dozens of children around Southeast Asia.
— The Online Citizen

Tiong Bahru Plaza management to ramp up precautionary measures following suspected coronavirus case
The management of Tiong Bahru Plaza on Thu (30 Jan) said that it will ramp up precautionary measures – including conducting temperature checks for staff twice daily – following a suspected case of Wuhan coronavirus infection on its premises.
— The Online Citizen

Wuhan virus: Only two visitors per patient allowed at hospitals; children discouraged from visiting
Hospitals here have tightened the visitor limit as a precautionary measure against the Wuhan coronavirus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Training capacity of PCP for electronics engineers expanded
THE training capacity of the Professional Conversion Programmes (PCP) for electronics engineers has been expanded, which is expected to benefit 1,000 professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) over three-and-a-half years.
— The Business Times

Wuhan virus: SBS Transit and SMRT step up cleaning efforts for buses and trains
Public transport operators SBS Transit and SMRT are stepping up cleaning efforts for their premises and vehicles in the light of the Wuhan virus situation.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Workforce Singapore ramps up reskilling efforts for electronics sector
In this era of gadgets and gizmos aplenty, the world of electronics is constantly in flux.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Shorter poly diplomas for JC graduates, aptitude-based admissions in universities from 2020
A-Level students who will graduate this year and want to move on to polytechnics could see their diploma courses shortened by up to a year, said the Ministry of Education on Thursday (Jan 30).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Wuhan virus: Bus, train services unaffected by small number of drivers on leave of absence
About two dozen frontline public transport workers here are on a 14-day leave of absence to minimise the risk of spreading the Wuhan virus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Police warn of text messages sent by scammers pretending to be from CID
The police on Thursday (Jan 30) warned members of the public of a new variant of scams involving text messages seemingly from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

PM Lee says that the Government will “do more if necessary” and continue to monitor the Wuhan virus situation in Singapore
On Tuesday (28 January), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took to his Facebook to reveal that the Government will continue to closely monitor the Wuhan virus situation in the country and “do more if necessary”.
— The Online Citizen

More paternity leave, less stigma could help fathers be more active parents: IPS study
More paternity leave and measures to reduce the stigma of stay-home fathering are among a new set of policy recommendations to support fathers in active parenting.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore retailers, e-commerce platforms asked to cooperate in stopping mask profiteering
TO prevent profiteering from surgical mask sales in the midst of Wuhan coronavirus worries, retailers and e-commerce platforms will be asked to cooperate with the authorities in tackling errant retailers, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing told media on Thursday.
— The Business Times

Wuhan virus: Temperature-takers on the front line
While many might shy away from jobs at the frontline of the Wuhan virus outbreak, some like Grab driver Wilson Chan, 40, have signed up to take on a role that could put him in contact with the infected.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Valu$ selling box of 50 surgical masks for S$9.90, long queue spotted at Jurong Point outlet
A handful of people in Singapore have been reselling surgical masks at rather extreme marked up prices.
— Mothership

Enhanced safety measures for Chingay Parade 2020 amid Wuhan virus concerns
The Chingay Parade will take place as planned on Friday (Jan 31) and Saturday, with organisers taking enhanced safety measures this year amid the Wuhan virus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MUIS: Muslims who are unwell or in quarantine can skip Friday prayers at a mosque
Muis also urged Muslims in Singapore to stop spreading any unverified news on the coronavirus.
— Mothership

Honestbee secures further backing from key investor Brian Koo, offers payment in cash and equity to creditors
Struggling retail start-up Honestbee has secured further support from its key investor Brian Koo and his associates and it is proposing a scheme that would see creditors paid in a mix of cash and equity.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

High Court ruling pacifies home buyers as condo developers go bankrupt
After a developer went bankrupt, home buyers who have been left hanging will get priority claims to their incomplete homes before other unsecured creditors like contractors.
— The Online Citizen

Former owner of The Real Singapore voices about discrimination that ex-convicts face in Singapore
On Thursday (29 January), Yang Kaiheng, the ex-owner of socio-political site The Real Singapore (TRS), took to his Facebook to talk about the discrimination that he recently faced as an ex-convict in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

Businesses can still pursue opportunities amid uncertainties from Wuhan virus: Josephine Teo
Singapore businesses can still look for opportunities amid the uncertainties, and their responses will shape the extent of the impact of the Wuhan virus on the economy and labour market, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo on Thursday (Jan 30).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fitness First Singapore debunks notice claiming its clubs are closed due to Wuhan virus outbreak
A notice circulating online that claims the closure of Fitness First Singapore outlets due to the Wuhan virus outbreak is bogus, the gym chain said on Thursday (Jan 30).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore company shuts Suzhou factory amid Wuhan virus spread
Singapore-listed manufacturer Micro-Mechanics (Holdings) has temporarily closed its factory in Suzhou following directives from the local Chinese authority in response to the Wuhan virus outbreak in China.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Does hand sanitiser protect you from the Wuhan virus?
Sanitisers with 60-95 per cent alcohol clean much better than those with less alcohol or no alcohol in them.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

First skills partnership to improve rail reliability signed; 100 SMEs expected to benefit
Under this partnership, the Singapore Institute of Technology and SMRT will co-develop the training curricula, with support from SkillsFuture Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MOS Sam Tan: Climate change onus should also be shouldered by future generations
Singapore’s survival is directly jeopardised by the rising sea levels and future generations of Singaporeans have a responsibility to mitigate such effects, according to Sam Tan, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
— The Online Citizen

More aptitude-based varsity admissions to shift emphasis away from academic grades
In a few years, as many as half of undergraduates admitted to three universities here may be selected on their aptitude and interest in the courses they apply to.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

The League enters Singapore to connect high-achieving individuals with the love of their life
San Francisco-based dating app, The League, aimed at “power couples”, is set for an official launch in Singapore on February 2.
— e27

Male teacher, 34, jailed for pressuring student into relationship & pressing her for sex
The accused told the victim that she deserved to be raped when she did not want to go out with him.
— Mothership

2 motorcyclists taken to hospital after chain collision along AYE
Two motorcyclists were taken to hospital after a multi-vehicle accident along the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) on Thursday (Jan 30).

More support and mindset change needed to encourage dads to be active parents, says stay-home dad of 11 years
For the past 11 years, Mr Lee Kwong Luen, 49, has been a stay-at-home father.
— 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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