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Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Feb 19

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Friday, Feb 19.

NTUC to push for progressive wage model in higher-paying sectors, specific vocations

Discussions are ongoing with employers in strata management, solar technology and pest management.

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Woman killed by falling tree in Marsiling Park was wearing noise-cancelling earbuds

Loke Xiao Li was “not an active person” and had taken up running only recently.

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No indication Covid-19 vaccine caused cardiac arrest in elderly S’porean: MOH

A 72-year-old who received his first dose of the vaccine was hospitalised after suffering cardiac arrest.

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Satellite images show clearing of Kranji woodland was in progress in March 2020

Independent checks by ST revealed forested land disappearing from March 1, 2020.

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Nasa’s astrobiology rover Perseverance makes historic Mars landing

It landed safely on the floor of a vast crater, its first stop on a search for traces of ancient microbial life.

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Connect @ Changi opens: What to expect at S’pore’s first dedicated facility for business travellers

Short-term business travellers can stay and have in-person meetings without the need for prior quarantine.

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S Pass quota cut not likely to slow manufacturing growth: Analysts

But some firms fear stiffer competition for limited local talent, higher operating costs.

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Construction firm director dies in fall through hole in floor of 2-storey house

The Feb 10 accident was the fourth work-related death that took place over the first 10 days of the month.

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Ex-teacher, imprisoned in 2017 for upskirt videos, gets jail for molesting woman after release

He was sentenced six months’ jail over two counts of molestation involving the same victim.

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Virtual influencers gain ground in local retail scene

These fictional avatars are adaptable and can be moulded to a brand’s desired messaging or image.

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