Singapore morning news for January 30

Singapore morning news for January 30

Singapore morning news

Three more confirmed imported cases of Wuhan Coronavirus in Singapore; Ten confirmed cases in total so far
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced three more additional cases of Wuhan coronavirus infection has been confirmed in Singapore as of 29 January 2020, 2 pm.
— The Online Citizen

Wuhan virus: Experts urge caution over calls for blanket ban on Chinese travellers
As the threat from the Wuhan coronavirus mounts, some Singaporeans are calling for entry restrictions to be extended to all Chinese nationals.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Goods and Services Tax in Singapore: New Obligations for Digital Service Providers
Starting January 1, 2020, foreign digital service providers have to register and be charged for goods and services tax (GST) under Singapore’s Overseas Vendor Registration (OVR) regime. Previously, only services procured from local businesses were subject to GST.
— ASEAN Briefing

Wuhan virus: No more overnight stay for SIA pilots and cabin crew on flights to Beijing, Shanghai
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will suspend layovers for its pilots and cabin crew on flights to Beijing and Shanghai, a move that requires them to head back to Singapore as soon as possible instead of staying overnight in the two Chinese cities.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Posting results for secondary school students out on Feb 4
Graduating secondary school students will receive their posting results for the 2020 Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) from 9am next Tuesday (Feb 4), the Ministry of Education (MOE) said on Wednesday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Workplace discrimination: Most complaints dealt with came from whistle-blowers
About 50 per cent of the cases were linked to nationality, while 25 per cent were related to age or gender.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Wuhan virus: Temperature screening, quarantine facilities in place at foreign worker dormitories
Foreign worker dormitory operators have taken steps to help residents minimise the risk of getting infected by the the Wuhan virus following recommendations from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Mop house twice with disinfectant: NEA releases interim guide on cleaning homes exposed to Wuhan virus
NEA said the guidelines apply to the homes of people contacted by the MOH who may have been exposed to the virus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups

2 in 5 S’poreans not afraid of contracting Wuhan virus: YouGov poll
With the rapid spread of the Wuhan virus across the world, and the seventh case being confirmed recently, you might be wondering what Singaporeans think of the virus.
— Mothership

Wuhan virus: 200 pre-school, eldercare staff who travelled to China required to take leave of absence
About 200 of over 7,500 pre-school and eldercare staff of the PAP Community Foundation (PCF) will be required to take 14 days’ compulsory leave of absence upon their return from mainland China.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pre-schools implement additional measures to protect children from Wuhan virus outbreak
Pre-schools here have moved to implement additional measures, on top of a two-week Leave of Absence (LOA), to safeguard children under their care from the threat of the Wuhan virus outbreak which began in China.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Jetstar suspends Singapore-Hong Kong flights over falling demand
Jetstar Asia will suspend its Singapore-Hong Kong flights late March due to falling demand, the airline said on Wednesday (Jan 29).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Urgent demand for healthcare assistants as institutions ramp up screening
AS THE Wuhan virus outbreak continues to rattle the region, institutions across Singapore have been urgently appealing for hundreds of healthcare assistants to fill temperature screening roles.
— The Business Times

Firms advised to defer China trips, avoid Hubei
Firms should defer non-essential travel to China and avoid Hubei province altogether, said Enterprise Singapore (ESG) on Wednesday (Jan 29), referencing advisories put out by the Manpower and Health ministries.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Wuhan virus: Containment measures spur recruitment drives for freelance healthcare workers
The need for extra staff stems from the decision taken earlier this week to screen inbound travellers at all air, land and sea checkpoints.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Hawker centres ‘saved Singapore’, says Tommy Koh
The hawker centre has saved Singapore as it is the one place ordinary Singaporeans can go to have a good meal at an affordable price, Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh said on Wednesday (Jan 28) at the launch of the book Fifty Secrets Of Singapore’s Success.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Marina Bay buildings shrouded in thick fog during downpour on Jan. 29 late afternoon
Singapore has been drenched in islandwide rains the whole of Jan. 29, 2020.
— Mothership

CCCS calls for feedback on proposed merger of 2 Korean shipbuilders
SINGAPORE’S competition watchdog is taking a deeper scrutiny of the potential merger of two Korean shipbuilders and is now seeking public feedback before it draws a conclusion.
— The Business Times

Singapore needs to act now to mitigate threats, tap opportunities along Northern Sea Route: Sam Tan
The year-round opening of the Northern Sea Route in the Arctic is only a matter of time, and Singapore has to race to be cheaper, faster and better than it already is to safeguard its status as a shipping hub.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Some Singapore-listed firms announce temporary closures, shorter hours in China amid Wuhan virus
Several Singapore-listed companies, with the latest being property giant CapitaLand, have temporarily closed or shortened their business hours in China amid the spread of the Wuhan virus.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singtel CEO appointed deputy chairman of Public Service Commission
President Halimah Yacob has appointed Singtel’s chief executive officer Ms Chua Sock Koong as deputy chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC) on Wednesday (Jan 29).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

ESG: Business continuity guide underway to prepare firms for ‘different scenarios’ amid viral outbreak
On Wednesday (29 Jan), Enterprise Singapore, the government agency advocating enterprise development advised Singapore businesses to be “prepared for different scenarios” concerning the Wuhan coronavirus, even if the current situation is relatively stable without signs of community contagion.
— The Online Citizen

Still many stores out of stock of masks; long queues persist
Facebook user Goh Rayson shared this morning (29 Jan) that several stores were out of stock of masks, despite the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) earlier reassurances that the country has enough stock for six months.
— The Online Citizen

Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) camps to be used as a quarantine facility
On Tuesday (28 Jan), the Ministry of National Development (MND) announced that Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) camps at Pulau Ubin would be used as a quarantine facility for those affected by the Wuhan virus.
— The Online Citizen

Joanne Peh stays with kids in China during Wuhan virus outbreak, Qi Yuwu returning to S’pore
Singaporen actress Joanne Peh was in Guangzhou over the Chinese New Year period, and has yet to return to Singapore.
— Mothership

Online mall Qoo10 removes listing selling 30 ‘anti-coronavirus’ masks for $10,000
The listing claimed that the product was also anti-pneumonia and anti-haze.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore port must stay shipshape as year-round Arctic shortcut looms
The year-round opening of the Northern Sea Route in the Arctic is only a matter of time, and Singapore has to race to be cheaper, faster and better than it already is – to safeguard its status as a shipping hub.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Chua Sock Koong appointed as PSC’s first female deputy chairman
A new deputy chairman has been appointed to the Public Service Commission (PSC), the Prime Minister’s Office said on Wednesday (Jan 29).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

WP fully supports the multi-ministry task force efforts on the “serious and concerning” Wuhan virus outbreak
The Worker’s Party (WP) gives its full support during this “trying period” to the multi-ministry taskforce set up by the government to consolidate efforts in containing the spread of the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore and overseas.
— The Online Citizen

120 Gojek drivers suspended for using modified app that helps them bypass verification
These modified apps appear to be peddled by syndicates in South-east Asia, which advertise them using fake videos appearing to show that they work.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Economists: Singapore’s tourism industry may suffer from Wuhan outbreak, but impact on overall economy remains hazy
The Wuhan Coronavirus epidemic will likely have some adverse effects on Singapore’s tourism-related sectors in the coming months, while also throwing a spanner in the works of economic growth in the first quarter of this year, according to some economists.
— The Online Citizen

Commentary: SARS was scary, but the experience was invaluable in shaping our Wuhan virus response
As the Wuhan virus claims a seventh confirmed case in Singapore, it’s worth remembering the domestic resilience and international cooperation that got the country through SARS in 2003.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Two death-row inmates seek court order to stay executions
Two men on death row are seeking a court order to stay their executions pending a probe into recent allegations about unlawful methods being used, saying they are at risk of facing a process that is against the Singapore Constitution.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man fined $7,000 for unapproved activities in Lim Chu Kang farm like illegally renting out space
A man who holds the licence to a farm in Lim Chu Kang was fined $7,000 on Tuesday (Jan 28) for carrying out unapproved activities in the farm.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

High Court grants Hyflux one-month extension to its debt moratorium
Embattled firm Hyflux has been granted a one-month extension to its debt moratorium until Feb 28, the court heard on Wednesday (Jan 29).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore-based Australian paedophile who sexually abused dozens of children gets 35 years’ jail
An Australian paedophile who was based in Singapore and sexually abused dozens of children around Southeast Asia has been jailed.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New book curated by Tommy Koh tells Singapore’s recipe for success in 340 pages
A group of university students from Mexico and the United States asked Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh early last year what Singapore’s secret was inits successful evolution, in just a few decades, from a developing to developed country.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PetroChina tops Singapore’s shrinking list of marine fuel suppliers
PetroChina’s Singapore bunkering unit moved up a notch to be the top marine fuel supplier in the world’s biggest ship refuelling hub in 2019, official data showed, as the overall number of suppliers fell for a sixth year in a row.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Solar energy firm Sunseap snags $50m funding from Temasek, ABC World Asia
Sunseap Group has secured a total of $50 million from ABC World Asia, an Asia-focused impact investing private equity fund based here, and state investment company Temasek Holdings for solar projects in Singapore and other parts of Asia.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’porean on trial for double-murder of daughter & pregnant wife says he felt worthless
He claimed he felt humiliated by his wife during their quarrel prior to the alleged acts of violence.
— Mothership

Teen pleads guilty to sexual offence against stepsister
A 14-year-old boy coaxed his stepsister into the bathroom of their home and forced the then five-year-old to perform oral sex on him.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Jail for ex-property agent who misappropriated more than $132k of his client’s money
A property agent, engaged by a client who wanted to buy a condominium unit in Singapore, ended up misappropriating more than $132,000 of her money.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S$0.88 per plate of sushi at sushi conveyor belt restaurant in Yishun till Jan. 30, 2020
From now till Jan. 30, 2020, One Sushi at Northpoint City is having a Chinese New Year promotion.
— Mothership

Bukit Panjang man arrested after allegedly splashing urine on brother & fighting with him
Their neighbour said that the older brother is mentally ill.
— Mothership

Checkpoint Theatre presents hilarious new comedy “The Nuclear Family” this March
Checkpoint Theatre is delighted to open its 2020 season with The Nuclear Family, the hilarious new comedy written and directed by Huzir Sulaiman.
— The Online Citizen

Fire breaks out at Concord Primary School in Choa Chu Kang, 1,400 people evacuated
The fire involved the contents of a sports equipment storage room, SCDF said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man who offered to pay girls for their upskirt videos on Carousell pleads guilty to insulting modesty of women
Ivan Seah Kim Ming, who called himself upsktfan, offered the girls $35 for a two-minute video and $45 for a three-minute one.
— 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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