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Coronavirus: 5 people arrested for allegedly cheating customers over face masks sold on Carousell

SINGAPORE - The police have arrested four men and one woman, aged 17 to 26, for allegedly cheating customers over face masks sold on online marketplace Carousell amid the coronavirus outbreak here. In a statement on Tuesday (Feb 18), the police said that sin
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Coronavirus: 5 people arrested for allegedly cheating customers over face masks sold on Carousell

SINGAPORE - The police have arrested four men and one woman, aged 17 to 26, for allegedly cheating customers over face masks sold on online marketplace Carousell amid the coronavirus outbreak here. In a statement on Tuesday (Feb 18), the police said that since late January, they have received several reports from people who said they were cheated by sellers after they paid for face masks on Carousell. The sellers would become evasive and uncontactable after the buyers made payments through bank transfers. The police said they «take a serious view of those who take advantage of the current Covid-19 situation to perpetrate crimes», referring to the disease caused by the coronavirus which originated from China's Wuhan city. «All offenders will be dealt with sternly in accordance with the law,» they added. Working with Carousell, the police identified five suspects:

Facebook blocks access in Singapore to States Times Review page for breaching Pofma

SINGAPORE - Facebook has blocked access to a page on its platform that has been publishing falsehoods on various issues in Singapore, including the coronavirus outbreak, but not without registering its protest. The social media giant on Tuesday (Feb 18) disa
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Facebook blocks access in Singapore to States Times Review page for breaching Pofma

SINGAPORE - Facebook has blocked access to a page on its platform that has been publishing falsehoods on various issues in Singapore, including the coronavirus outbreak, but not without registering its protest. The social media giant on Tuesday (Feb 18) disabled access to the States Times Review (STR) Facebook page, making it unavailable to users in Singapore after it was required to do so under the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (Pofma). Commenting on the move, Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran said it was especially important to stop the spread of falsehoods as Singapore battles the coronavirus disease, known as Covid-19. «The reason why we need to act swiftly is because if we don't, then these falsehoods can cause anxiety, fear and even panic,» he told reporters yesterday at an event held by the Hindu Endowments Board to discuss precautionary measures against the coronavirus. The STR Facebook page, owned by Singaporean Alex Tan Zhi Xiang, has received three correction directions under the fake news law since last November. Two had to do with the virus outbreak.

SAF regular jailed after using Dark Web to buy credit card details for Fave vouchers

A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) captain was sentenced to 20 weeks' jail on Monday after buying credit card details off the Dark Web to purchase vouchers on online application Fave. Yang Jiafeng, 32, pleaded guilty to three charges under the Computer Misuse Ac
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SAF regular jailed after using Dark Web to buy credit card details for Fave vouchers

A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) captain was sentenced to 20 weeks' jail on Monday after buying credit card details off the Dark Web to purchase vouchers on online application Fave. Yang Jiafeng, 32, pleaded guilty to three charges under the Computer Misuse Act. Another charge was taken into consideration. Yang, a regular in the SAF and a captain in the SAF Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Training Centre, got to know someone identified as «Mr Tree» through an online forum on the Dark Web. He corresponded with Mr Tree through the e-mail service provider as he wanted to purchase multiple third-party credit card credentials, and he paid with bitcoins, Deputy Public Prosecutor Cheng Yuxi said. He then created three accounts on Fave and linked the credit card details he bought to these accounts. Between February and March 2018, Yang bought more than 80 e-vouchers worth more than $10,600 and spent more than $4,000 worth of credits at merchants such as Tung Lok Seafood and Famous Amos. DPP Cheng said he then refunded these vouchers in order to obtain online credits from Fave so he could buy more items with these credits.

Decrying 'propaganda,' US tightens rules on China state media

The United States on Tuesday tightened rules on Chinese state media organizations as it classified them as foreign missions, decrying what US officials described as Beijing's growing "propaganda."
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Decrying 'propaganda,' US tightens rules on China state media

The United States on Tuesday tightened rules on Chinese state media organizations as it classified them as foreign missions, decrying what US officials described as Beijing's growing "propaganda."

Dortmund make Can move from Juve permanent with contract to 2024

Borussia Dortmund have made midfielder Emre Can's loan move from Juventus permanent, agreeing on a contract to 2024, the German club said on Tuesday.
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Dortmund make Can move from Juve permanent with contract to 2024

Borussia Dortmund have made midfielder Emre Can's loan move from Juventus permanent, agreeing on a contract to 2024, the German club said on Tuesday.

Virgin Galactic's stock soars, fueled by retail investors

Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc shares surged 24per cent on Tuesday, extending a rally since early December to over 400per cent and evoking a warning from an analyst who likes the space tourism company but warns it has become overbought.
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Virgin Galactic's stock soars, fueled by retail investors

Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc shares surged 24per cent on Tuesday, extending a rally since early December to over 400per cent and evoking a warning from an analyst who likes the space tourism company but warns it has become overbought.

FIFA to hold Council meeting by video-conference

FIFA will hold the next meeting of its decision making Council by video-conference from its Zurich headquarters rather than in Asuncion as originally planned, the global soccer body said on Tuesday.
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FIFA to hold Council meeting by video-conference

FIFA will hold the next meeting of its decision making Council by video-conference from its Zurich headquarters rather than in Asuncion as originally planned, the global soccer body said on Tuesday.

EU tax commissioner slams US plans on tech tax

A global reform of the taxation of corporate digital revenues is very unlikely if the United States continues backing a "safe harbour" plan which would allow firms to choose how to be taxed, European Union tax commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said on Tu
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EU tax commissioner slams US plans on tech tax

A global reform of the taxation of corporate digital revenues is very unlikely if the United States continues backing a "safe harbour" plan which would allow firms to choose how to be taxed, European Union tax commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said on Tuesday.

Singapore Airlines to cut flights as coronavirus epidemic hits demand

SYDNEY  - Singapore Airlines Ltd will temporarily cut flights across its global network in the three months to May, it said on Tuesday, as a coronavirus epidemic hits demand for services to the Asian city state, as well as through the key transit hub. Key a
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Singapore Airlines to cut flights as coronavirus epidemic hits demand

SYDNEY  - Singapore Airlines Ltd will temporarily cut flights across its global network in the three months to May, it said on Tuesday, as a coronavirus epidemic hits demand for services to the Asian city state, as well as through the key transit hub. Key affected destinations include Frankfurt, Jakarta, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Paris, Seoul, Sydney and Tokyo, the airline said on its website. «Singapore Airlines and SilkAir will temporarily reduce services across our network due to weak demand as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak,» the carrier said. «We will continue to monitor the situation and make further adjustments as necessary.» It declined to say what percentage of capacity it had cut in response to a query from Reuters, citing commercial sensitivity. The cuts follow major reductions already announced in services to mainland China and Hong Kong. In the Dec. quarter, flights to mainland China made up 11 per cent of capacity for the airline, and more than that for budget arm Scoot.

Boy, 3, found dead at foot of Ang Mo Kio block

A 3-year-old child was found bleeding profusely at the foot of Blk 332, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 in the early hours of Tuesday morning (Feb 18).  The boy was believed to have fallen from his home on the seventh storey while looking for his grandparents afte
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Boy, 3, found dead at foot of Ang Mo Kio block

A 3-year-old child was found bleeding profusely at the foot of Blk 332, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 in the early hours of Tuesday morning (Feb 18).  The boy was believed to have fallen from his home on the seventh storey while looking for his grandparents after waking up. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic. A hairdresser chanced upon the scene as the body was being taken away at 7am. Speaking to a reporter from Lianhe Wanbao, the 22-year-old recounted an exchange with a woman she met at the market. «She passed by the block earlier and saw a child, about three to four years old, lying on the ground and bleeding profusely from the head.» Another resident told the Chinese daily: «Before the incident occurred, I heard the sound of a child crying from their unit».

Singapore Budget 2020: 10 things to know, from cash payout for S'poreans to GST not going up in 2021

SINGAPORE - A slew of measures to deal with short-term challenges such as the coronavirus outbreak and long-term economic development were introduced by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Tuesday (Feb 18). Immediate measures included a $4 billion packag
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Singapore Budget 2020: 10 things to know, from cash payout for S'poreans to GST not going up in 2021

SINGAPORE - A slew of measures to deal with short-term challenges such as the coronavirus outbreak and long-term economic development were introduced by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Tuesday (Feb 18). Immediate measures included a $4 billion package to help firms with cash flow and retain workers, and $1.6 billion for household expenses amid the coronavirus outbreak. More long-term help included $6 billion set aside to cushion the impact of a future goods and services tax (GST) increase, and $8.3 billion to be spent on growing and transforming the economy over three years. Here are 10 highlights: 1. GST not going up in 2021

Rugby: Dai Young ends long spell in charge if Wasps

Dai Young has ended his long spell in charge of English Premiership side Wasps a week after he said he was "stepping back" from taking charge of the first team.
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Rugby: Dai Young ends long spell in charge if Wasps

Dai Young has ended his long spell in charge of English Premiership side Wasps a week after he said he was "stepping back" from taking charge of the first team.

Democratic White House candidates face high-pressure Nevada debate

At least six Democratic presidential contenders will meet in a pivotal debate in Nevada on Wednesday, three days before the state's voters make their picks in an unsettled and tight nominating race for the White House.
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Democratic White House candidates face high-pressure Nevada debate

At least six Democratic presidential contenders will meet in a pivotal debate in Nevada on Wednesday, three days before the state's voters make their picks in an unsettled and tight nominating race for the White House.

Rugby: England prop Mako Vunipola to miss Ireland game

England's Mako Vunipola has not been named in the 33-man squad for their third Six Nations match against Ireland on Sunday after the prop travelled back to Tonga for family reasons, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Tuesday.
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Rugby: England prop Mako Vunipola to miss Ireland game

England's Mako Vunipola has not been named in the 33-man squad for their third Six Nations match against Ireland on Sunday after the prop travelled back to Tonga for family reasons, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Tuesday.

Football: Late Leandro stunner breaks Perth hearts on Asian debut

Leandro's fine late strike gave FC Tokyo a 1-0 victory over debutants Perth Glory, as former Arsenal forward Park Chu-young scored FC Seoul's winner against Melbourne Victory in the AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
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Football: Late Leandro stunner breaks Perth hearts on Asian debut

Leandro's fine late strike gave FC Tokyo a 1-0 victory over debutants Perth Glory, as former Arsenal forward Park Chu-young scored FC Seoul's winner against Melbourne Victory in the AFC Champions League on Tuesday.

New Qualcomm chips aim to connect phones to disparate 5G networks

Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday introduced new chips designed to connect mobile phones to 5G networks that operate differently around the world.
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New Qualcomm chips aim to connect phones to disparate 5G networks

Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday introduced new chips designed to connect mobile phones to 5G networks that operate differently around the world.

Philippine workers allowed to travel to Hong Kong, Macau amid COVID-19 fear

The Philippines on Tuesday allowed Filipino workers to travel to Hong Kong and Macau, relaxing the travel ban it imposed on China and its special administrative regions to control the spread of the coronavirus.
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Philippine workers allowed to travel to Hong Kong, Macau amid COVID-19 fear

The Philippines on Tuesday allowed Filipino workers to travel to Hong Kong and Macau, relaxing the travel ban it imposed on China and its special administrative regions to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Graphic: 20 years after dot-com peak, tech dominance keeps investors on edge

As Wall Street approaches the 20th anniversary of the piercing of the dot-com bubble, today's decade-old rally led by a few small players shows some similarities that cautious investors are keeping an eye on.
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Graphic: 20 years after dot-com peak, tech dominance keeps investors on edge

As Wall Street approaches the 20th anniversary of the piercing of the dot-com bubble, today's decade-old rally led by a few small players shows some similarities that cautious investors are keeping an eye on.

Taiwan to evacuate citizens from virus-stricken cruiseship in Japan

Taiwan said on Tuesday it would charter a plane to evacuate its citizens from the Diamond Princess cruise liner quarantined off the Japanese port of Yokohama due to a coronavirus outbreak.
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Taiwan to evacuate citizens from virus-stricken cruiseship in Japan

Taiwan said on Tuesday it would charter a plane to evacuate its citizens from the Diamond Princess cruise liner quarantined off the Japanese port of Yokohama due to a coronavirus outbreak.

American YouTuber wowed by vending machines in Singapore that churn out nasi lemak, gold bars and cars

New York-based travel vlogger Bobby Briskey has been to a lot of places around the world. He shares his adventures on his YouTube channel and likes to do little “challenges” for his videos, like living on cheap street food in India for 24 hours and survi
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American YouTuber wowed by vending machines in Singapore that churn out nasi lemak, gold bars and cars

New York-based travel vlogger Bobby Briskey has been to a lot of places around the world. He shares his adventures on his YouTube channel and likes to do little “challenges” for his videos, like living on cheap street food in India for 24 hours and surviving on 7-Eleven meals in Japan for a day — things that aren’t that hard to pull off, really.  His latest challenge took him to Singapore, which, according to him, has the world’s best vending machines — a claim he truly believes despite spending a decent chunk of time in Tokyo, the undisputed capital of fascinating vending machines.  READ: 9 unbelievable vending machines in Singapore - get chilli crab, salmon and even books In a video posted last Friday (Feb 14), he shared his thoughts and genuine enthusiasm, spending 24 hours around Singapore checking out the plethora of vending machines across the island. 

Singapore Budget 2020: $4b to help businesses hit by coronavirus outbreak; sectors like tourism, aviation to get tax rebates

SINGAPORE - Help is on the way for workers and businesses impacted by the global coronavirus outbreak, with additional relief to be provided to the hard-hit tourism and transport sectors. The Government will dedicate $4 billion this year to help stabilise Si
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Singapore Budget 2020: $4b to help businesses hit by coronavirus outbreak; sectors like tourism, aviation to get tax rebates

SINGAPORE - Help is on the way for workers and businesses impacted by the global coronavirus outbreak, with additional relief to be provided to the hard-hit tourism and transport sectors. The Government will dedicate $4 billion this year to help stabilise Singapore's economy and help workers and businesses tide over a looming slowdown, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced on Tuesday (Feb 18). The Stabilisation and Support Package will provide job and cash flow support to help firms retain and retrain workers. Additional measures will be rolled out for the tourism, aviation, retail, food services and point-to-point transport services sectors, which have been directly affected by the coronavirus disease, officially named Covid-19. JOBS SUPPORT Mr Heng, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, said in his Budget speech that retaining jobs is the Government's foremost concern. «To help our workers stay employed, I will support enterprises by defraying their wage cost through two schemes,» he said.

'Vday date with quarantine': Singaporean documents visit to the NCID

Of all the different ways to spend Valentine's Day, one local resident began her Valentine's in the National Centre for Infectious Disease (NCID) after being suspected of being infected with Covid-19. Despite the coronavirus fear that has seized many Singapo
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'Vday date with quarantine': Singaporean documents visit to the NCID

Of all the different ways to spend Valentine's Day, one local resident began her Valentine's in the National Centre for Infectious Disease (NCID) after being suspected of being infected with Covid-19. Despite the coronavirus fear that has seized many Singaporeans — resulting in hoarding, discrimination and fear-mongering — her documented trip to the NCID helped to put many netizens' minds at ease. Joyce Chan's post on Facebook and Instagram, dated Feb 14, which covered the entire process from admission, triage, diagnosis to discharge, had gotten over 8,200 shares at the time of writing. As photo- and video-taking are not allowed within the NCID, the post has since been edited to remove the photos capturing other patients and medical personnel.

Singapore Budget 2020: GST hike will not take place in 2021; $6b Assurance Package to cushion impact of hike

SINGAPORE - The goods and services tax (GST) hike will not kick in next year while $6 billion has been set aside this year to help cushion the impact when the increase does take effect. The Budget's new Assurance Package means all adult Singaporeans will ge
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Singapore Budget 2020: GST hike will not take place in 2021; $6b Assurance Package to cushion impact of hike

SINGAPORE - The goods and services tax (GST) hike will not kick in next year while $6 billion has been set aside this year to help cushion the impact when the increase does take effect. The Budget's new Assurance Package means all adult Singaporeans will get cash payouts of between $700 to $1,600 over five years so most households will get enough to offset at least five years' worth of additional GST expenses. Those living in one to three-room flats will get enough to offset about 10 years' worth. This works out to about $7,000 in GST offsets over five years for a family of four in a four-room flat with a combined income of $6,000. It includes cash of about $4,000. The planned GST hike from 7 per cent to 9 per cent was first announced in 2018. The government said then that it was necessary given the needs in healthcare and other areas, and would take place sometime between 2021 and 2025. Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Tuesday (Feb 18) that the coronavirus outbreak is a «stark reminder of the continued importance of maintaining a sound fiscal footing to deal with surprises and unexpected scenarios».

Singapore Budget 2020: All adult Singaporeans to get one-off cash payout ranging from $100 to $300

SINGAPORE - All Singaporeans aged 21 and older this year will get a one-off cash payout of between $100 and $300, depending on their income. Parents with at least one Singaporean child aged 20 and younger this year will each receive an additional $100 in cas
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Singapore Budget 2020: All adult Singaporeans to get one-off cash payout ranging from $100 to $300

SINGAPORE - All Singaporeans aged 21 and older this year will get a one-off cash payout of between $100 and $300, depending on their income. Parents with at least one Singaporean child aged 20 and younger this year will each receive an additional $100 in cash. The cash payout scheme is part of a $1.6 billion Care and Support package to help families defray some of their household expenses amid the downturn. Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said in Parliament on Tuesday (Feb 18) afternoon: «This year, with the economic slowdown and the uncertainities of the Covid-19 outbreak, we are mindful that many families are facing greater pressures. »During my fellow MPs' and my own walkabouts, people often tell us that they are worried about job security and rising expenditures." Those with an assessable income of up to $28,000 for the 2019 year of assessment will get $300. Those who earn between $28,001 and $100,000 get $200 and those earning over $100,000 or who own more than one property will get $100.

Bushfire crisis hit 75% of Australians: Survey

Three in four Australians -- almost 18 million people -- were affected by the country's deadly bushfire crisis, according to a survey released Tuesday that also pointed to plummeting support for the government and for coal projects.
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Bushfire crisis hit 75% of Australians: Survey

Three in four Australians -- almost 18 million people -- were affected by the country's deadly bushfire crisis, according to a survey released Tuesday that also pointed to plummeting support for the government and for coal projects.

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