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Facebook slams 'severe' Singapore misinformation law

Jun 01, 2020 - 2:18 PM

It is the latest criticism from Facebook over legislation that empowers ministers to tell internet platforms to put warnings next to posts they deem false and order the blocking of pages

[OPINION | Video] In stillness: Voices from a COVID world

Jun 01, 2020 - 1:41 PM

This short film features phone voice recordings of people sharing their thoughts on a locked-down world

Singapore otters' lockdown antics spark backlash

May 30, 2020 - 4:13 PM

There are estimated to be about 90 otters in Singapore, making up 10 families, and appearances at popular tourist sites around the city-state's downtown waterfront have transformed them into local celebrities

THE OTTERS. This photograph taken on May 29, 2020 shows people taking pictures of a bevy of smooth-coated otters along a canal in Singapore. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore warns of worst economic contraction since independence

May 26, 2020 - 6:30 PM

The Singaporean government says gross domestic product could contract by 7% in 2020, which would be the worst since the city's independence in 1965

A general view shows the financial business district in Singapore on May 26, 2020. - Singapore's economy, a bellwether for global trade, could shrink by as much as 7.0 percent this year, the worst since independence, as the coronavirus pandemic throttles demand, the government said on May 26. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Robot dog on coronavirus park patrol in Singapore

May 21, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Spot, the robotic dog, blasts out a message to ensure joggers and walkers keep their distance to limit the spread of the coronavirus

PARK PATROLLER. A woman jogs past a four-legged robot called Spot, which broadcasts a recorded message reminding people to observe safe distancing as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, during its two-week trial at the Bishan-Ang Moh Kio Park in Singapore on May 8, 2020. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore apologizes for coronavirus text message error

May 19, 2020 - 5:44 PM

Singapore apologizes to 357 people for accidentally sending them a text message saying they had tested positive for the coronavirus again

TEXTS IN ERROR. Government Technology Agency (GovTech) staff demonstrate Singapore's new contact-tracing smarthphone app called TraceTogether, as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Singapore on March 20, 2020. Photo by Catherine Lai/AFP

Singapore Airlines reports nearly $150-million virus loss

May 14, 2020 - 8:20 PM

With the coronavirus pandemic paralyzing the aviation industry, Singapore Airlines suffers a net loss for the financial year that ended on March 31

DREAMLINER. File photo of Singapore Airlines (SIA) world's first Boeing 787-10 aircraft taxis to the terminal after its arrival from Boeing's production facility in North Charleston, South Carolina at Singapore Changi Airport on March 28, 2018.  Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Rappler Talk: Why COVID-19 cases exploded in Singapore

May 02, 2020 - 6:57 PM

Rappler talks to Alex Au, vice president of a Singapore NGO, about the rise of COVID-19 cases mostly from migrant workers’ dormitories in the city-state

Coronavirus in Singapore: 'Wala silang puso para sa foreign worker'

May 02, 2020 - 10:22 AM

(UPDATED) Neglecting migrant workers for decades catches up with Singapore as it battles the coronavirus

Crude crash brings down Singapore oil tycoon

May 01, 2020 - 5:20 PM

Singapore tycoon OK Lim admits his firm Hin Leong Trading had hidden $800 million in losses over the years, while it also owes almost $4 billion to banks

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 19, 2018, oil tankers are anchored off the western shores of Singapore. - Singapore tycoon O.K. Lim built up his oil empire from a single-truck outfit through hard work and high-risk gambles, a rags-to-riches tale that made him a legend among crude traders. But it all came crashing down when oil markets were plunged into unprecedented turmoil by the coronavirus pandemic and revealed the keen poker player appeared to have overplayed his hand. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Rappler Talk: Ambassador Joseph Yap on Singapore OFWs hit by pandemic

May 01, 2020 - 11:48 AM

Rappler talks to Philippine Ambassador Joseph Yap about the plight of Filipinos in Singapore as the city-state battles the coronavirus

Singapore launches first drone delivery service

Apr 29, 2020 - 5:50 PM

The use of drones is part of Singapore's drive to embrace technological innovation, as well as an effort to tackle a manpower shortage in a country of just 5.7 million

DRONE DELIVERIES. A Singaporean drone startup delivers its first package to a ship owned by Eastern Pacific Shipping. Screen shot from YouTube video.

Singapore extends coronavirus curbs as cases surge

Apr 21, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The city-state managed to keep its outbreak in check in the early stages due to widespread testing and contact-tracing, but is facing a fast-moving second wave of infections

CLOSED. A man wears a face masks as he walks past closed stalls at a hawker center, where the seats have been cordoned off as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19, in Chinatown in Singapore on April 21, 2020. Photo by Catherine Lai/AFP

Singapore reports record jump in coronavirus cases

Apr 20, 2020 - 5:47 PM

Singapore was initially successful in keeping its outbreak in check with a strict regime of testing and contact-tracing, but is now facing a fast-moving second wave

QUEUE. Residents queue for their food at Tuas South foreign workers dormitory that has been placed under government restriction due to the coronavirus in Singapore on April 19, 2020. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore disinfecting robot trialled in virus fight

Apr 17, 2020 - 1:02 PM

The 'XDBOT' is a box-shaped creation on wheels mounted with a dexterous robotic limb, which can reach awkward locations such as under tables and beds

DISINFECTION BOT. Singapore researchers have invented a disinfecting robot with an arm that mimics human movement, to help take the load off overworked cleaners during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo from NTU Singapore/AFP


Singapore reports record jump in coronavirus infections

Apr 17, 2020 - 11:05 AM

Most new cases are linked to packed dormitories housing foreign workers

WORKERS. Men look out from a dormitory used by foreign workers at Cochrane Lodge 2, which has been made an isolation area to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Singapore on April 15, 2020. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore fines Jollibee for violating safe distancing rules

Apr 13, 2020 - 5:40 PM

(UPDATED) A Jollibee branch in Singapore is fined S$1,000 for allowing food delivery personnel 'to crowd together without one-meter spacing between one another'

FINED. A Jollibee branch in Singapore is fined S$1,000 because it ‘failed to ensure proper crowd management and allowed delivery personnel to crowd together without one-meter spacing between one another.’ Photo from ESG/STB

Singapore sees jump in virus cases as second wave grows

Apr 11, 2020 - 12:00 AM

Singapore sees a sharp surge in locally transmitted cases this month, prompting the government to impose tough curbs it had previously resisted, including the closure of most workplaces

IN SINGAPORE. Medical staff wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) wait for patients to be transferred to a temporary hospital as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 in Singapore on April 10, 2020. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore teachers drop Zoom after online class gatecrashed

Apr 10, 2020 - 6:15 PM

During a geography lesson involving teenage girls conducted on Zoom, two men intrude into the livestream, showing obscene images and making lewd remarks

ZOOM. In this photo illustration a Zoom App logo is displayed on a smartphone on March 30, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

'Dead city': Singapore closes workplaces in virus fight

Apr 07, 2020 - 2:03 PM

Authorities previously resisted the kind of draconian measures seen in worse-hit countries – but are now ordering the closure of all businesses deemed non-essential as well as schools, and are asking people to stay home

SINGAPORE. A woman, wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, walks past the Singapore Exchange (SGX) stock exchange building on April 7, 2020. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore to close most workplaces, shift to online classes

Apr 03, 2020 - 4:26 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'The spirit of these measures is to get all of us to minimize physical contact,' says Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

SINGAPORE. Visitors walk along a walkway at Marina Bay in Singapore on February 18, 2020. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore activist picks jail over fine for criticising courts

Mar 31, 2020 - 3:50 PM

Jolovan Wham alleges in a Facebook post Singapore's judiciary lacked integrity and independence in cases involving the government or politicians

JOLOVAN WHAM. Singaporean activist Jolovan Wham leaves the High Court in Singapore on April 29, 2019 after his sentencing for scandalising the judiciary. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore eases monetary policy as virus slams economy

Mar 30, 2020 - 11:25 AM

The Monetary Authority of Singapore says 'major uncertainty remains' due to the coronavirus pandemic

This photograph taken on February 18, 2020 shows people buying vegetables at a market in Singapore. - Singapore's central bank eased monetary policy on March 30 as the city-state, seen as a bellwether for the health of global trade, heads for a deep recession due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Singapore donates 40,000 more coronavirus test kits to PH

Mar 29, 2020 - 3:36 PM

Besides the test kits, Singapore also donates 2 ventilators from the Temasek Foundation to the Philippines

AIDING RESPONSE. Singapore delivers a second batch of coronavirus test kits to the Philippines on March 28, 2020. Photo from Singapore Embassy in Manila

In virus fight, Singapore may jail people who stand close

Mar 27, 2020 - 2:07 PM

The city-state reports 683 virus infections and two deaths, but has won praise for its approach and has so far avoided going into a total lockdown

This photograph taken on February 5, 2020 shows people walking on a bridge in front of commercial buildings in the central business district in Singapore. Singapore's economy, a bellwether for trade-reliant Asian countries, suffered its worst contraction since the global financial crisis in the first quarter as the coronavirus pandemic escalated, official data showed on March 26. ROSLAN RAHMAN / AFP

Singapore GDP contracts sharply, in warning for virus-hit global economy

Mar 26, 2020 - 4:15 PM

(UPDATED) Export-reliant Singapore is now heading for a deep recession in 2020 after shrinking 2.2% in the 1st quarter

This photograph taken on February 18, 2020 shows commercial buildings in the central business district in Singapore. - Singapore's economy, a bellwether for trade-reliant Asian countries, suffered its worst contraction since the global financial crisis in the first quarter as the coronavirus pandemic escalated, official data showed on March 26. (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN / AFP)

4 more Filipinos in Singapore get coronavirus; total now at 19

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:54 PM

Two of the new Filipino patients work at a preschool, another is linked to a previous case, and the fourth is a man who recently visited the Philippines

PRECAUTION. Commuters wear face masks on the Mass Rapid Transit train as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Singapore on March 18, 2020. File photo by Catherine Lai/AFP

9-year-old boy is 15th Filipino with coronavirus in Singapore

Mar 24, 2020 - 11:51 PM

(UPDATED) The 9-year-old boy recently visited the Philippines, and is linked to a 66-year-old Filipina in Singapore who also tested positive for the coronavirus

SINGAPORE. Commuters wear face masks on the Mass Rapid Transit train as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Singapore on March 18, 2020. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore develops, shares coronavirus contact tracing app

Mar 24, 2020 - 11:53 AM

Singapore says it will make its TraceTogether app open-source, allowing other countries to use it to fight the coronavirus

CONTACT TRACING. The Singapore-developed app called TraceTogether can help in contact-tracing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus.

Why Singapore reopened schools despite coronavirus: They used science

Mar 23, 2020 - 5:39 PM

It’s in contrast to what many Filipinos perceive to be the necessary but haphazard lockdown of Luzon without clear rules and without considering its repercussions

SAFE SCHOOLS. Singaporean Education Minister Ong Ye Kung assures his country that their schools are safe despite the novel coronavirus outbreak. Photo from Ong's Facebook page

Singapore to donate 3,000 coronavirus test kits to PH

Mar 22, 2020 - 2:47 PM

Singapore also pledges to donate a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) machine which is needed to trace the coronavirus' genetic material

SCREENING. In this file photo are medical staff at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases building at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore on January 31, 2020. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore bans all tourists as imported coronavirus cases rise

Mar 22, 2020 - 12:39 PM

‘All short-term visitors will now not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore,’ the government announces

A man, wearing a protective facemask amid fears about the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, walks past a temperature screening check at Changi International airport in Singapore on February 27, 2020. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Singapore confirms first 2 coronavirus deaths

Mar 21, 2020 - 12:23 PM

(3rd UPDATE) A 75-year-old female Singaporean and a 64-year-old male Indonesian die in Singapore due to the novel coronavirus

SINGAPORE. Commuters wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus leave the Mass Rapid Transit train station in Singapore on March 18, 2020. Photo by Catherine Lai/AFP

[PODCAST] Coronavirus: Ano ang matututunan ng Pilipinas mula sa Singapore?

Mar 21, 2020 - 11:11 AM

Ang mga Singaporean ay alerto at panatag dahil sa kanilang gobyerno. Paano ito nangyari?

Singapore gets 6 more coronavirus cases from Philippine travelers

Mar 19, 2020 - 10:48 PM

The number of Filipinos with coronavirus in Singapore rises to 13

A woman, wearing a protective face mask amid fears about the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, is seen on a monitor as she walks past a temperature screening check at Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore on February 27, 2020. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore’s 11th Filipino coronavirus patient is linked to PH case

Mar 17, 2020 - 10:35 PM

Aside from this Filipino, a Singaporean who recently visited the Philippines also tests positive for the novel coronavirus

Medical staff prepare pre screening procedure at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases building at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore on January 31, 2020. - Patients infected with the virus similar to the SARS pathogen are warded in isolation rooms at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases according to the health ministry as Singapore bans January 28 new arrivals with recent travel to virus-hit Chinese province ramping up government measures against the spread of a deadly virus. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Bank robbery suspect from Canada extradited to Singapore

Mar 17, 2020 - 3:27 PM

David James Roach is sent back by Britain after being detained there in 2018 en route to Canada

DAVID JAMES ROACH. This handout from the Singapore Police Force taken and released on March 17, 2020 shows Canadian man David James Roach (C) as he arrives in Singapore to face charges of robbery and money laundering. Handout photo by Singapore Police Force/AFP

Filipinos entering Singapore required to stay home for 14 days

Mar 15, 2020 - 7:15 PM

Singapore also obliges citizens of ASEAN countries to submit information on their health before visiting the city-state

A woman, wearing a protective facemask amid fears about the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, is seen on a monitor as she walks past a temperature screening check at Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore on February 27, 2020. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Filipino coronavirus cases in Singapore rise to 9

Mar 14, 2020 - 11:12 PM

One is another imported case involving a 30-year-old Filipina who recently visited the Philippines

FILIPINO CASES. Two new Filipino coronavirus patients in Singapore are confined at the National Center for Infectious Diseases. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore bishop withdraws plan to resume Masses amid coronavirus

Mar 12, 2020 - 10:34 PM

'I invite you to make the greatest sacrifice of all, which is to deprive ourselves of the celebration of the Sacrifice of the Mass,' says Archbishop William Goh

SUSPENSION. Catholic Masses in Singapore remain suspended until further notice due to the novel coronavirus. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Singapore leader rules out lockdown amid coronavirus

Mar 12, 2020 - 10:00 PM

'We cannot completely shut ourselves off from the world,' says Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

SINGAPORE LEADER. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong delivers his second national address on the novel coronavirus on March 12, 2020. Photo courtesy of Singapore Prime Minister's Office

Another Filipino in Singapore who visited PH gets coronavirus

Mar 12, 2020 - 8:30 PM

The patient is linked to another Filipino who also recently visited the Philippines

PROTECTION. A man with face mask walks past a temperature screening check at Changi International airport in Singapore on February 27, 2020. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

3 more Filipinos in Singapore hit by coronavirus

Mar 11, 2020 - 8:58 PM

One of the Filipinos, who recently visited the Philippines, is classified by Singapore as an imported novel coronavirus case

VIRUS FEARS. A man  wearing a protective face mask walks past a temperature screening check at Changi International airport in Singapore on February 27, 2020. Photo by Roslan Rahman/ AFP

Singapore to allow ship barred by Malaysia and Thailand to dock

Mar 09, 2020 - 4:54 PM

The ship carries dozens of people from Italy, which has been hard hit by the coronavirus

LANDMARK. Tourists gather at Merlion park to take pictures overlooking Marina bay in Singapore on August 11, 2016. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

ABL import quarantined due to coronavirus scare

Mar 08, 2020 - 1:37 AM

The ABL postpones several games as Singapore reinforcement Jameel McKay was on the same flight with a French national who tested positive for coronavirus

UNDER OBSERVATION. Jameel McKay will be quarantined for two weeks. File photo from PBA Images


Doing their part: How Muslims in Singapore help fight coronavirus

Mar 07, 2020 - 10:31 AM

It's not enough to trust in God without humans doing their part, says the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore

FIGHTING CORONAVIRUS. Filipino Muslims clean and disinfect the mosque at the Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan City, Philippines, after the Philippine government confirmed on March 6, 2019, that a frequent visitor of the mosque tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Coronavirus sa Singapore: Tips para sa mga Pilipino

Mar 06, 2020 - 10:23 AM

(UPDATED) Kung Pilipino ka sa Singapore, heto ang mga dapat mong gawin ngayong laganap ang novel coronavirus

CORONAVIRUS IN SINGAPORE. A visitor, wearing a protective facemask amid fears about the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, walks along Merlion Park in Singapore on February 17, 2020. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Singapore Catholic Church to resume Masses on March 14

Mar 05, 2020 - 9:24 PM

The Catholic Church in Singapore says it has put in place precautionary measures against the novel coronavirus

KEEPING THE FAITH. This photograph taken on February 23, 2020, shows Christian devotees listening to a pre-recorded mass by Singapore Archbishop William Goh on television inside their home as a protective measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Singapore. File photo by Martin Abbugao/AFP

Another Filipina maid gets coronavirus in Singapore

Mar 02, 2020 - 8:37 PM

(UPDATED) The 34-year-old coronavirus patient is a coworker of another Filipino who contracted the same disease, along with their Singaporean employer

Health officers screen arriving passengers from China with thermal scanners at Changi International airport in Singapore on January 22, 2020 as authorities increased measure against coronavirus. (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN / AFP)

Filipina linked to coronavirus cases in Singapore firm

Mar 01, 2020 - 2:25 PM

The Filipina domestic worker and her employer are among 8 cases linked to Singapore e-learning company Wizlearn Technologies

A man, wearing a protective facemask amid fears about the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, walks past the Rain Vortex display at Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore on February 27, 2020. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)