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Budget 2020: More support for transformation of workforce, including SkillsFuture top-ups

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 15:40
SINGAPORE: More support will be given to enterprise and workers in their transformation journey in the midst of major structural changes in the global economy. A one-off S$500 SkillsFuture top-up will be made available for every Singaporean aged 25 and above, as part of the Government’s efforts to ...

Budget 2020: New target for overseas opportunities for students, with focus on SE Asia, China, India

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 15:39
SINGAPORE: To help students in acquire cross-cultural skills and understand the region, the Government has set a new target for 70 per cent of local graduates from Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) to have overseas exposure, and 70 per cent of the exposure to be in Southeast Asia, China or India ...

Ex-coast guard chief charged over bungled South Korea ferry rescue

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 15:35
A former South Korean coast guard chief was indicted Tuesday for allegedly bungling rescue operations at one of the country's deadliest maritime disasters, when more than 300 people were killed, most of them schoolchildren.

Budget 2020: S$8.3 billion package to help businesses grow over next three years

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 15:34
SINGAPORE: The Government will set aside S$8.3 billion between 2020 and 2022 to help companies scale up by strengthening business ties and improving their capabilities, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat in  his 2020 Budget speech on Tuesday (Feb 18). Some of the schemes that will fall ...

Budget 2020: GST to remain at 7% in 2021; S$6b package when it rises

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 15:34
SINGAPORE: A previously announced increase in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will not take place next year, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat during his Budget 2020 speech on Tuesday (Feb 18).  As such, the GST rate will remain at 7 per cent in 2021, he added.  In his 2018 Budget speech ...

Budget 2020: S$4 billion support package for workers, firms amid COVID-19 outbreak

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 15:31
SINGAPORE: Singapore will spend S$4 billion on a slew of new measures and enhancements to existing schemes to stabilise its economy amid the near-term uncertainties caused by COVID-19, announced Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Tuesday (Feb 18). The special Stabilisation and Support Package ...

Shanghai hospital tries array of treatments for COVID-19

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 15:29
In a sprawling medical compound an hour's drive from downtown Shanghai, doctors are employing a patchwork of coronavirus treatments in a race to save victims of an epidemic for which there is still no established cure.

Football: Man United stun Chelsea to close gap on top four

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 15:23
LONDON: Manchester United moved to within three points of fourth-placed Chelsea with a smash and grab 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire on Monday (Feb 17). Chelsea had two goals disallowed by VAR reviews and were furious Maguire was not sent-off ...

Cricket: New Zealand's Taylor bats away retirement talk ahead of 100th test

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 15:21
New Zealand's Ross Taylor will celebrate his 100th test in the series-opener against India this week and the veteran batsman says he has no intention of winding down his international career as he nears his 36th birthday.

Nanny on trial for poisoning two babies with drugs, with one hospitalised

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 15:20
SINGAPORE: A nanny hired to care for two infants each under a year old is accused of poisoning them with drugs including sleeping pills, antihistamines and medication for anxiety. Sa'adiah Jamari, 38, claimed trial on Tuesday (Feb 18) to two counts of administering poisons to a five-month-old baby ...

Tesla in talks to use CATL's cobalt-free batteries in China-made cars: Sources

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 15:18
Tesla is in advanced stages of talks to use batteries from CATL that contain no cobalt - one of the most expensive metals in electric vehicle (EV) batteries - in cars made at its China plant, people familiar with the matter said.

Gyms in China livestream routines as coronavirus keeps patrons away

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 15:17
"Stand in front of a chair. Chest up, core tight and square your pelvis," said Heidi Liu, a pilates instructor at a studio in Shanghai, as she demonstrated a series of poses and stretches.

No more Saturday double-headers, IPL begins on March 29

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 15:15
NEW DELHI: Defending Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Mumbai Indians will host three-time winners Chennai Super Kings in the first match of this year's edition on March 29, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) said on Tuesday. The IPL will run six days longer than last year, it added, with the ...

MMA: No fans at One Championship Singapore event due to coronavirus

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 15:02
REUTERS: Asian mixed martial arts promotion One Championship says its Feb 28 event in Singapore will go ahead behind closed doors due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. Singapore's tally of 77 cases is one of the highest outside mainland China, where more than 1,800 people have been ...

Apple warns sales to fall short of target due to coronavirus impact

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 15:01
REUTERS: Apple Inc warned on Monday it was unlikely to meet its March quarter sales guidance set just three weeks ago as the world's most valuable technology firm became one of the biggest corporate casualties of China's coronavirus epidemic. The rapidly spreading virus has killed nearly 1,900 in ...

Fukushima staff may be forced to use raincoats as COVID-19 threatens gear production

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 14:52
Workers at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant may need to wear plastic raincoats as the coronavirus outbreak threatens production of protective suits in China, the operator warned on Tuesday.

3 Indonesians on Diamond Princess tested positive for COVID-19

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 14:45
JAKARTA: Three Indonesian crew members quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise liner off Japan’s coast have tested positive for COVID-19, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Tuesday (Feb 18). “According to my last communication with the Japanese ambassador in Jakarta, we have obtained ...

Hospital director dies in China's Wuhan, epicentre of COVID-19 outbreak

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 14:40
BEIJING: The head of a leading hospital in China's central city of Wuhan, the epicentre of a coronavirus outbreak, died of the disease on Tuesday (Feb 18), state television said, becoming the second prominent Chinese doctor to have succumbed to the pathogen. Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuhan ...

Southeast Asia's tourist hubs court local market as COVID-19 shuts Chinese out

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 14:35
Southeast Asia's holiday hotspots, hit by billions in lost business from Chinese tourists, are turning to markets closer to home to soften the blow from travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus epidemic.

Cricket: Silverwood backs Buttler to reignite test career

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 14:32
England coach Chris Silverwood hopes Jos Buttler's return to form in the Twenty20 series decider against South Africa will help revive his test career in next month's tour of Sri Lanka.