Singapore morning news for January 29, 2020


Singapore morning news

Wuhan virus: Singapore confirms 2 more new cases, bringing total number infected to 7
Two new cases of the Wuhan virus have been confirmed in Singapore, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Tuesday (Jan 28).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Wuhan virus: Singapore to impose travel restrictions on holders of Chinese passports issued in Hubei
Authorities will stop entry or transit for new visitors who have travelled to Hubei in the last 14 days, as well as holders of Chinese passports issued in Hubei, as Singapore steps up measures against the spread of the Wuhan virus.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More than 10K from Wuhan arrived in SG since outbreak; ICA only health screens PRCs with passports issued in Hubei
It was reported that 24 days elapsed between the time the first cases of Wuhan viral infection were reported on 30 December and the decision last Thursday (23 Jan) to suspend travel out of Wuhan.
— The Online Citizen

Wuhan virus: MOM to reject all new work pass applications for foreign workers from Hubei
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will reject all new work pass applications for foreign workers from the Chinese province of Hubei with immediate effect, until further notice.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MAS: New Payment Services Act to bolster confidence and consumer protection
On Tuesday (28 Jan), a new Payment Services Act has come into force which was announced by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).
— The Online Citizen

Novel coronavirus more infectious than SARS but less fatal: PM Lee, Lawrence Wong
The Singapore government is taking additional measures to limit the risks of infection for the Wuhan virus, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong in two Facebook posts on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
— Mothership

Supply of masks in Singapore sufficient, no need to rush to buy them: Lam Pin Min
There are sufficient masks available in Singapore if people use them sensibly and responsibly, Senior Minister of State for Health Lam Pin Min has said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Outward Bound Singapore Pulau Ubin camps converted into Wuhan virus quarantine facility
Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) camps on Pulau Ubin will be converted into a Wuhan virus quarantine facility, the Ministry of National Development (MND) announced on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
— Mothership

New rules to navigate financial world powered by AI and automation
AS Industry 4.0 technologies become a growing reality in today’s business landscape, it is vital for companies to address the urgent need to adopt and integrate such smart technologies.
— The Business Times

Singapore-listed companies with China exposure feel the heat
THE shares of Singapore-listed companies with exposure to China were hit on Tuesday, as the Wuhan virus outbreak continued to escalate.
— The Business Times

Wuhan virus: Many more expected to be quarantined as new measures kick in
Many more people are expected to be quarantined in efforts to prevent the spread of the Wuhan virus here, as the definition of those who pose a risk has been widened.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore revises PR scheme to attract investors, entrepreneurs
A government scheme which attracts investors and entrepreneurs by granting them permanent residence (PR) status for investments has been revised.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore Food Agency on Wuhan virus: S’pore does not import livestock or raw meat from China
Many Singaporeans are concerned about the novel coronavirus originating from Wuhan, China.
— Mothership

Singapore’s growing generation gap: Divide between young and old along social and political lines
MRecent studies suggest that on some sociopolitical issues, the gap is unprecedented.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Workers’ Party calls for Singapore to stay united and to remain calm amid global outbreak of Wuhan virus
Even as Singapore grapples to contain the spread of the Wuhan virus, which has infected seven people here, the opposition Workers’ Party on Tuesday (Jan 28) called for Singaporeans to stay united, remain calm and to heed instructions from the various ministries.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Facebook issued POFMA correction direction after 2 users alleged Woodlands MRT closed due to Wuhan virus
Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan has instructed POFMA Office to issue a Targeted Correction Direction to Facebook.
— Mothership

Government will continue to monitor Wuhan virus situation and ‘do more if necessary’, says PM Lee
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday (Jan 28) that the Government will continue to monitor Wuhan virus developments and do more than it already has should it be necessary.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Tan Chuan-Jin criticises HK protesters for destroying designated quarantine facility, urges S’poreans not to develop NIMBY-ism
Tan urged Singaporeans to understand and support the effort for more stringent checks and the setting up of quarantine facilities.
— Mothership

Wuhan virus: $100 a day for those quarantined; severe penalties for people who flout quarantine orders
Many more people are expected to be quarantined in efforts to prevent the spread of the Wuhan virus here, as the definition of those who pose a risk has been widened.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Wuhan virus: PM Lee Hsien Loong calls for calm, urges public not to spread rumours
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has called on Singaporeans to remain calm, practice good hygiene and avoid spreading false rumours as the Wuhan virus situation continues to develop.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Wuhan virus: Pre-schools step up hygiene measures after Chinese New Year break
Parents who dropped off their kids at a My First Skool pre-school centre in Buangkok Crescent on Tuesday morning (Jan 28) were greeted by teachers and staff donning surgical masks and wielding thermometers, as well as bottles of hand sanitiser.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Wuhan virus to hit Singapore’s tourism sector, but too soon to assess impact on overall economy: Experts
The Wuhan virus outbreak is set to impact Singapore’s tourism-related sectors in the coming months and possibly “cast a shadow” on economic growth for the first quarter, some economists said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SPF warns public of fake police website that ‘locks’ computer screens
The Singapore Police Force (SPF) warned on Tuesday (Jan 28) of a fake police website that appears to lock a user’s computer screen in order to obtain personal information.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Petition to ban travellers from China from entering Singapore has over 91,000 signatories
A petition signed by online users to ban travellers from China from entering Singapore has garnered over 91,000 signatures (at the time of writing) and climbing, poised to reach its target of 150,000 signatures.
— The Online Citizen

Singaporean pleads guilty to careless driving after fatal accident in New Zealand: Reports
A Singaporean tourist pleaded guilty to three charges of careless driving after a fatal crash involving three vehicles that killed an 84-year-old woman in New Zealand.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: Does it really matter if WHO hasn’t designated Wuhan virus a global public health emergency?
The caution over declaring a global public health emergency makes sense in the context of quick response from the Chinese, says University of Liverpool’s Tom Solomon.

NTUC FairPrice extends face mask purchase limit to hand sanitisers, thermometers
Local supermarket chain NTUC FairPrice announced Tue (28 Jan) that it has extended the scope of its face mask purchase limit to include hand sanitisers and thermometers in response to “a sudden surge in demand”.
— The Online Citizen

Progress Singapore Party in for the “long haul” with opening of new HQ
The Progress Singapore Party (PSP) has officially opened its headquarters on Monday (27 January), marking its position as a “serious player” in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore: New payment legislation will ease global crypto-firms into the country
Global cryptocurrency firms that are looking to expand their operations in Singapore will have the chance to do so by applying for operating licenses for the first time, a move that is made possible by the newly introduced new payments legislation.
— The Online Citizen

‘Robust measures in place’ to ensure well-being of pre-schoolers, staff during Wuhan virus outbreak: Desmond Lee
Robust measures have been put into place to ensure that children in pre-schools are given adequate protection during the Wuhan virus outbreak, said Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee on Tuesday (Jan 28).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Generation Grit: Hearing loss did not stop him from achieving musical success
There are 88 keys on a standard piano, but 21-year-old Justin Kueh can barely hear the 20 in the highest octaves, which if he did, would sound the same.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

8 weeks’ jail for man who cheated e2i of more than $25,000 in public funds
businessman, who took part in an initiative managed by the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i), submitted false information to the organisation in order to mislead it into disbursing public funds totalling more than $25,000 to his firm.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Don’t play the blame game; it’s time to come together – PSP’s Dr Tan Cheng Bock on the Wuhan virus concern
Secretary-General of Progress Singapore Party (PSP) Dr Tan Cheng Bock thinks that the current Wuhan virus issue will likely affect the upcoming general election, noting that it is not wise to hold the elections so soon because campaign rallies and events will bring masses of people together and risk spreading the virus.
— The Online Citizen

Emirates to operate daily Singapore-Penang flights from April
Emirates will launch a new daily flight between Singapore and Penang starting Apr 9, the airline announced on Tuesday (Jan 28).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

No virus woes for bitcoin as it climbs to highest since November
There’s one asset escaping the pounding from the spreading coronavirus: Bitcoin.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Miriam Yeung’s Singapore concert called off; refunds to be issued
Travel restrictions in China make it impossible for the concert to be staged, organisers said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SGInnovate Founding CEO Steve Leonard to leave in May
Singapore government-owned startup builder and investor SGInnovate has announced that its founding CEO Steve Leonard would be concluding his term in May 2020.
— e27

Judge acquits woman of failing to provide safe working environment for maid
District Judge Salina Ishak gave Ms Belinda Huber a discharge amounting to an acquittal as she did not find the testimony of the maid, Ms Taculad Rose Mae Mata, to be unusually convincing.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

askST: Should we avoid places where a person suspected of having the Wuhan virus has been to?
A WhatsApp message has been making the rounds telling residents to avoid certain locations in Woodlands purportedly due to a suspected case of the Wuhan virus there.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Reit closes malls in China amid Wuhan virus spread
In response to the Wuhan virus spread in China, the manager of Sasseur Real Estate Investment Trust (Sasseur Reit) has temporarily shuttered four outlet malls owned by the trust in the country.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Woodlands double-murder trial: Victim knew of husband’s debts and wanted to help clear them
A 44-year-old man, on trial for murdering his pregnant wife and four-year-old daughter three years ago, told the High Court on Tuesday (Jan 28) that he had been unable to pay off his mounting debts and the best option was for his whole family to die.
— 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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