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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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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.

Motor racing: Holden brand retirement stuns Australian motor sport

The future of Australia's Supercars series is under a cloud following the decision by U.S. auto maker General Motors to scrap the iconic Holden brand that has underpinned the touring car championship for decades.
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Motor racing: Holden brand retirement stuns Australian motor sport

The future of Australia's Supercars series is under a cloud following the decision by U.S. auto maker General Motors to scrap the iconic Holden brand that has underpinned the touring car championship for decades.

Nissan CEO sees earnings, cashflow under pressure for current financial year

Nissan Motor Co Chief Executive Makoto Uchida on Tuesday said he expects the Japanese automaker's earnings and cashflow to remain pressured through the end of the financial year in March as it grapples with weak global car sales.
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Nissan CEO sees earnings, cashflow under pressure for current financial year

Nissan Motor Co Chief Executive Makoto Uchida on Tuesday said he expects the Japanese automaker's earnings and cashflow to remain pressured through the end of the financial year in March as it grapples with weak global car sales.

Coronavirus: Under S'pore's new Stay-Home Notice, all returning from China not allowed to leave home for 14 days

SINGAPORE - A new Stay-Home Notice will be introduced for Singapore residents and long-term pass holders returning from mainland China. They will be required to remain at home at all times for 14 days, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong told reporte
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Coronavirus: Under S'pore's new Stay-Home Notice, all returning from China not allowed to leave home for 14 days

SINGAPORE - A new Stay-Home Notice will be introduced for Singapore residents and long-term pass holders returning from mainland China. They will be required to remain at home at all times for 14 days, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong told reporters on Monday (Feb 17). The new scheme will take effect from Feb 18 at 11.59pm, and apply to all returnees with recent travel history to China, outside of Hubei province, within the last 14 days. This will be stricter than the current leave of absence (LOA), which has allowed those returning to leave their homes briefly, for example, for their meals or to buy household supplies. Mr Wong, who co-chairs the multi-ministry task force on the coronavirus with Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, stressed that there will be penalties for those who flout the Stay-Home Notice and the Government will ensure strict compliance. The new scheme replaces the LOAs, which will no longer be issued. Mr Wong said: "There are a substantial number of Singapore citizens, PRs, long-term pass holders still in China.

Carousell user loses $750 to face mask scammer, offers $3,000 to anyone who can track him down

With surgical masks sold out at most pharmacies, some are turning to online marketplaces to get their fix. Unfortunately, scams hoping to cash in on the virus outbreak are spreading faster than the virus itself. Two Carousell users took to Facebook on Feb 1
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Carousell user loses $750 to face mask scammer, offers $3,000 to anyone who can track him down

With surgical masks sold out at most pharmacies, some are turning to online marketplaces to get their fix. Unfortunately, scams hoping to cash in on the virus outbreak are spreading faster than the virus itself. Two Carousell users took to Facebook on Feb 15 to warn others of a scammer who allegedly sold face masks under the guise of a medical supplies company, issued fake invoices and reneged on orders. One Carousell user, identified only as Xie Yu, lost $750 to the seller. He told Lianhe Wanbao that he had come across a listing selling face masks for $25 a box on the online marketplace. The seller, one justin.ch00ng, claimed that he had 30 boxes of masks in stock, Xie, 31, told the Chinese daily. Wanting to stock up on masks for his company's employees and clients, he arranged for all 30 boxes to be delivered to his office in Rangoon at 6.30pm on Feb 15. Xie had intended to pay in cash after receiving the goods, but ended up transferring $750 to the seller via PayNow after the seller insisted on receiving payment before making the delivery.

1-year-old boy evacuated from Wuhan on Feb 9 among 2 new coronavirus cases in S’pore; the other case linked to DBS staff infected earlier

SINGAPORE - Two more cases of coronavirus infections have been confirmed in Singapore, bringing the total number to 77, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Monday (Feb 17). One of the new cases is a one-year-old Singaporean baby boy who was evacuated from W
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1-year-old boy evacuated from Wuhan on Feb 9 among 2 new coronavirus cases in S’pore; the other case linked to DBS staff infected earlier

SINGAPORE - Two more cases of coronavirus infections have been confirmed in Singapore, bringing the total number to 77, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Monday (Feb 17). One of the new cases is a one-year-old Singaporean baby boy who was evacuated from Wuhan on a Feb 9 Scoot flight. The baby is the first of 174 Singaporeans and their family members on the flight to test positive for the virus. He is in stable condition. He is currently warded at KK Women's and Children's Hospital and tested positive for the virus on Sunday. The other new case is a 35-year-old Singaporean man with no recent travel history to China. The man is warded at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) and tested positive for the virus on Monday. He was identified as a contact of Case 50, the 62-year-old male DBS Bank employee who was confirmed to have the virus on Feb 12. Two family members of the DBS employee, a 30-year-old man and a 61-year-old woman, are also linked to this group.

India's 'Usain Bolt' buffalo runner turns down sprint trial

A buffalo jockey in India has refused to take part in a track and field trial after his record-setting performance in a traditional footrace drew comparisons with Olympic sprint legend Usain Bolt.
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India's 'Usain Bolt' buffalo runner turns down sprint trial

A buffalo jockey in India has refused to take part in a track and field trial after his record-setting performance in a traditional footrace drew comparisons with Olympic sprint legend Usain Bolt.

South Korea's biggest opposition party changes name again

South Korea's main opposition party changed its name for the second time in three years on Monday as it seeks to forge a conservative alliance against left-leaning President Moon Jae-in ahead of April polls.
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South Korea's biggest opposition party changes name again

South Korea's main opposition party changed its name for the second time in three years on Monday as it seeks to forge a conservative alliance against left-leaning President Moon Jae-in ahead of April polls.

Singapore downgrades 2020 economic growth forecast on coronavirus impact

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Monday (Feb 17) downgraded its economic growth forecast to between -0.5 and 1.5 per cent - indicating a possible recession - due to a weakened outlook after the outbreak of the coronavirus. The MTI a
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Singapore downgrades 2020 economic growth forecast on coronavirus impact

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Monday (Feb 17) downgraded its economic growth forecast to between -0.5 and 1.5 per cent - indicating a possible recession - due to a weakened outlook after the outbreak of the coronavirus. The MTI also said growth is expected to come in at around 0.5 per cent, the mid-point of the forecast range. In November, the MTI forecast economic expansion of between 0.5 and 2.5 per cent for 2020. Mr Gabriel Lim, permanent secretary for trade and industry, said that the last time Singapore suffered a recession was in 2001, when full year gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by about 1 per cent. However, he stressed that MTI's baseline view at this point for 2020 is for GDP growth to come in at around 0.5 per cent. «As the Covid-19 situation is still evolving, there is a significant degree of uncertainty over the length and severity of the outbreak, and hence its overall impact,» Mr Lim told a media briefing on Monday.

SIA apologises to Suites passenger who found screw in soup

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has apologised to one of its first-class passengers who found a screw in his bowl of pumpkin mushroom soup. A Stomp contributor alerted Stomp to the passenger's review on WeChat of his Singapore Airlines SQ285 Suites experience from
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SIA apologises to Suites passenger who found screw in soup

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has apologised to one of its first-class passengers who found a screw in his bowl of pumpkin mushroom soup. A Stomp contributor alerted Stomp to the passenger's review on WeChat of his Singapore Airlines SQ285 Suites experience from Singapore to Auckland on Jan 1. In the thorough review from the lounge to check-in and onboard the A380 flight, the passenger wrote he was «lucky» enough to feel a sharp object in his mouth while sipping his pumpkin mushroom soup. «I pulled out a metal screw and all the crew probably wet their pants seeing one when I showed them,» he wrote. «A S$200 voucher was offered immediately as service recovery, but I was no longer having more appetite for the rest of my flight.» The passenger said he later wrote a letter to SIA and shared what was told to him after an investigation had been conducted.

Prime-mover driver who collided with elderly cyclist thought he ran over large bottle

SINGAPORE - As his vehicle approached a zebra crossing, prime-mover driver Jiang Jianting did not halt at the stop line but continued to move forward. He said he felt a bump but assumed that he had run over a large plastic bottle. About four hours later, p
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Prime-mover driver who collided with elderly cyclist thought he ran over large bottle

SINGAPORE - As his vehicle approached a zebra crossing, prime-mover driver Jiang Jianting did not halt at the stop line but continued to move forward. He said he felt a bump but assumed that he had run over a large plastic bottle. About four hours later, police contacted him to get him to return to the Tampines Industrial Avenue 3 slip road. He learnt he had run over an 80-year-old retiree who had been cycling across the zebra crossing earlier that day, on Aug 13 last year. In a coroner's inquiry last Thursday (Feb 13), State Coroner Kamala Ponnampalam said drivers of large vehicles must stop at designated crossings because their fields of view are vastly limited by the sheer bulk of their vehicles. «The driver must be aware of the vehicle's blind spots and use all means including the mirrors provided, to ensure that the vehicle's path of travel is clear.» "The front of a large vehicle at the area directly beneath the bonnet is notoriously problematic and known to be an absolute blind spot for the driver.

UK digital bank Monzo plans to hire 500 and relaunch paid accounts

Fast-growing British digital bank Monzo plans to hire up to 500 people and forecasts it will get 5.5 million users this year, as it prepares to have another crack at charging some customers to turn a profit.
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UK digital bank Monzo plans to hire 500 and relaunch paid accounts

Fast-growing British digital bank Monzo plans to hire up to 500 people and forecasts it will get 5.5 million users this year, as it prepares to have another crack at charging some customers to turn a profit.

Burnt to the bone: Uganda's acid attack survivors seek justice

Ugandan university student Linette Kirungi was on her way to class when she heard footsteps behind her. The next thing she felt was liquid on her face -- then burning agony.
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Burnt to the bone: Uganda's acid attack survivors seek justice

Ugandan university student Linette Kirungi was on her way to class when she heard footsteps behind her. The next thing she felt was liquid on her face -- then burning agony.

Fast-food companies in China step up ‘contactless’ pickup, delivery as coronavirus rages

With the coronavirus outbreak in China continuing to spread, McDonald's Corp , Starbucks Corp and other fast-food companies are ramping up "contactless" pickup and delivery services to keep their workers and customers safe, the companies said.
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Fast-food companies in China step up ‘contactless’ pickup, delivery as coronavirus rages

With the coronavirus outbreak in China continuing to spread, McDonald's Corp , Starbucks Corp and other fast-food companies are ramping up "contactless" pickup and delivery services to keep their workers and customers safe, the companies said.

Clock's ticking for Nissan boss Uchida to show he has a plan - sources

Nissan's new CEO Makoto Uchida doesn't have time to work his way into the job. He is effectively on probation and has a matter of months to show he can revive the ailing automaker, according to three people familiar with the thinking of some on the company's
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Clock's ticking for Nissan boss Uchida to show he has a plan - sources

Nissan's new CEO Makoto Uchida doesn't have time to work his way into the job. He is effectively on probation and has a matter of months to show he can revive the ailing automaker, according to three people familiar with the thinking of some on the company's board.

Fast-food companies in China step up ‘contactless’ pickup, delivery as COVID-19 rages

With the COVID-19 outbreak in China continuing to spread, McDonald's, Starbucks and other fast-food companies are ramping up "contactless" pickup and delivery services to keep their workers and customers safe, the companies said.
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Fast-food companies in China step up ‘contactless’ pickup, delivery as COVID-19 rages

With the COVID-19 outbreak in China continuing to spread, McDonald's, Starbucks and other fast-food companies are ramping up "contactless" pickup and delivery services to keep their workers and customers safe, the companies said.

General Motors to wind down Australia, New Zealand operations, sell Thailand plant

General Motors Co is retreating from more markets outside of the United States and China, saying on Sunday that it will wind down sales, design and engineering operations in Australia and New Zealand and retire the Holden brand by 2021.
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General Motors to wind down Australia, New Zealand operations, sell Thailand plant

General Motors Co is retreating from more markets outside of the United States and China, saying on Sunday that it will wind down sales, design and engineering operations in Australia and New Zealand and retire the Holden brand by 2021.

Singtel to phase out Singtel WiFi service by April 1 2020

Singtel has announced that they intend to phase out Singtel WiFi service by April 1 2020. This service, free to Singtel Combo plan mobile subscribers allowed them access to some 2,000 access points around Singapore and connected them to Wi-Fi that is faster
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Singtel to phase out Singtel WiFi service by April 1 2020

Singtel has announced that they intend to phase out Singtel WiFi service by April 1 2020. This service, free to Singtel Combo plan mobile subscribers allowed them access to some 2,000 access points around Singapore and connected them to Wi-Fi that is faster than free services like Wireless@SG and didn't require a login. Singtel says that as they phase out Singtel WiFi, customers can continue to stream content via Singtel's 4G network or on Wireless@SG hotspots. To facilitate the service termination in April, from 31st January 2020, Singtel WiFi will no longer be available to new and existing customers who re-contract with Singtel. Singtel currently has four Combo plans ranging from $42.90 all the way up to $239.90. With the imminent removal of Singtel WiFi service, their two mid-tier Combo plans now receive an extra 1GB of data a month.

Coronavirus: Nurse gets shunned, 'dirty looks' from others

When Ms Nurul Ashikin sat down for lunch at a food court recently, she was shunned. The 25-year-old nurse, who was in uniform, told The New Paper: «I was on lunch break and the couple who sat at the next table talked loudly about how I wasn't supposed
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Coronavirus: Nurse gets shunned, 'dirty looks' from others

When Ms Nurul Ashikin sat down for lunch at a food court recently, she was shunned. The 25-year-old nurse, who was in uniform, told The New Paper: «I was on lunch break and the couple who sat at the next table talked loudly about how I wasn't supposed to be sitting there. »They said 'Why is she sitting here?' and I felt hurt because it was at a foodcourt in the hospital where I work.« With the number of Covid-19 cases on the rise here, going home after work has also been a challenge for her. Ms Nurul, who has been a nurse for four years, said that she has had to put up with people purposefully moving away from her on trains and giving her »dirty looks«. She said: »In a time like this, you can't blame people for being 'kiasi' (overly afraid)." Now she changes out of her uniform before going home. Despite such instances, she said she is touched by acts of kindness that she has been receiving from the community.

Scott wins by two strokes at Riviera, and this time it is official

Fifteen years after his first victory at Riviera, Adam Scott won the Genesis Open in Los Angeles on Sunday, and this time his victory is official.
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Scott wins by two strokes at Riviera, and this time it is official

Fifteen years after his first victory at Riviera, Adam Scott won the Genesis Open in Los Angeles on Sunday, and this time his victory is official.

Xerox courts HP shareholders as takeover battle heats up

U.S. printer maker Xerox Holdings Corp is hosting a dinner for HP Inc shareholders this week as it seeks investor support to overcome the personal computer maker's resistance to its US$35 billion takeover bid, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Xerox courts HP shareholders as takeover battle heats up

U.S. printer maker Xerox Holdings Corp is hosting a dinner for HP Inc shareholders this week as it seeks investor support to overcome the personal computer maker's resistance to its US$35 billion takeover bid, according to people familiar with the matter.

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