Singapore morning news for March 11

Singapore morning news for March 11
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Singapore business confidence falls to record low on coronavirus worries: Survey
Business sentiment tumbled to -7.88 percentage points in Q2 2020 from 5.31 percentage points in Q1 2020 as all six of the study’s indicators reported negative numbers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore reports 6 new Covid-19 cases, 166 in total & 12 in ICU on March 10
On March 10, the Ministry of Health confirmed six new cases of Covid-19.
— Mothership

All 1,631 passengers cleared to leave Costa Fortuna in 14 hours
All passengers have disembarked from a cruise ship that docked in Singapore yesterday morning after being rejected at several ports over fears about the coronavirus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New precautionary steps for private and corporate jets
Passengers and crew of private or corporate jet planes, also known as business aviation aircraft, must make health declarations before they fly into Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Senior-centric activities by government agencies to be suspended as part of additional COVID-19 measures: MOH
All senior-centric activities conducted by Government agencies will be suspended for 14 days from Mar 11 to Mar 24, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Tuesday (Mar 10).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Costa Fortuna cancels next 2 cruises out of Singapore due to ‘restrictive’ COVID-19 measures by other ports
The Costa Fortuna cruise ship docked in Singapore has had its next two trips cancelled following restrictive measures by ports in the ship’s itineraries.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: WHO praises Singapore’s containment of Covid-19 outbreak
Singapore is a good example of an all-of-government approach – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s regular videos are helping to explain the risks and reassure people, said Dr Tedros.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Logistics company first to be fined for making false declaration on fair hiring
A logistics company has been fined S$18,000 for falsely declaring in its work pass application that it had considered local candidates fairly in order to hire a foreigner for a job position.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Many local COVID-19 cases due to ‘socially irresponsible’ behaviour of a few: Health Minister
Many locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in Singapore were the result of the socially irresponsible actions of a few individuals who continued to attend events and activities despite being unwell, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Tuesday (Mar 10).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Support for businesses in Singapore
Around $8.3 billion will be allocated over the next three years to help companies build up capabilities and transform to leverage future opportunities.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

6 arrested, S$143,000 worth of drugs seized in CNB operation
Six suspected drug traffickers were arrested and S$143,000 worth of drugs were seized on Monday (Mar 9) during an operation carried out by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Punggol extension on Cross Island Line to begin construction in 2022
Travel time between Pasir Ris and Punggol will be halved with the construction of an MRT line extension linking the two towns by 2031.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

A*Star, NUS collaborating on study of liver disease focusing on Asian characteristics
It is a disease that is estimated to affect up to one-third of Singapore’s population and is rising in incidence in the region, yet little is currently understood about the illness in Asians.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

System malfunction, dislodged pipe led to fatal Jalan Buroh fire: MOM
A malfunction on a conveyor system and dislodged pipeline supplying Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) led to a fatal fire at Summit Gas Systems’ LPG facility last June, according to a report by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) published on Tuesday (Mar 10).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

80 people evacuated from Sengkang HDB block after PMD catches fire
ighty people were evacuated from a Sengkang Housing Board block early Tuesday morning (Mar 10) after a personal mobility device (PMD) caught fire while charging.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘I was called a virus’: Singaporean living in Italy speaks of anxiety as nationwide lockdown begins
As Italy went into a nationwide lockdown, a Singaporean studying in Florence shared his experience of dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Focus on tech and the law at new SMU centre
Singapore is to undertake a first-of-its-kind research on creating a working programming language for the country’s laws and contracts.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

B2B offers volume, big growth potential in e-commerce
ONLINE consumer sales may be growing at a faster clip, but business-to-business (B2B) transactions also hold big potential for growth, industry watchers have told The Business Times.
— The Business Times

NTU medical students use simulator for clinical training
Medical students at Nanyang Technological University are using a simulator as part of their clinical training, after postings to hospitals were suspended last month owing to the Covid-19 outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

1 in 5 patients went out or carried on with work despite being ill
One in five confirmed coronavirus patients here went out despite being unwell, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore mindful of need to calibrate social distancing measures
Even as Singapore intensifies social distancing measures to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, it is mindful that this has to be done in a calibrated manner, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Punggol and Pasir Ris residents to get four more train stations by 2031
With the new extension, commuters can expect to save up to 25 minutes when they travel.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

DPM Heng to speak at ST-BT Budget 2020 Roundtable
WITH the annual Committee of Supply debate having come to an end last week, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will share further views on Singapore’s outlook amid the Covid-19 outbreak, as well as longer-term structural issues, at a roundtable organised by The Business Times and The Straits Times on Wednesday.
— The Business Times

DPM Heng and 3 other panellists to discuss outlook for S’pore’s economy amid virus crisis
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will share views on the outlook for Singapore’s economy amid the coronavirus outbreak, as well as longer-term structural issues, during a roundtable organised by The Business Times and The Straits Times on March 11.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NTU terminates foreign student from postgraduate course for breaching Stay Home Notice
The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has terminated an international student from a postgraduate course after he breached his Stay Home Notice.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Generation Grit: Mindful of those who helped him, ex-lieutenant colonel pays it forward
Mr Choy Yong Cong, 34, knows the many pairs of hands it takes to raise a child.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Aware to pilot two projects to help victims of image-based sexual abuse
Gender equality advocacy group Aware will fund and pilot two projects that will help victims of image-based sexual abuse.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Laurene Powell Jobs does not intend to pass down fortune to children
According to Powell, mass accumulation of wealth is dangerous for a society.
— Mothership

Honestbee retrenches 80% of staff, delays payment of salaries and CPF contributions
Struggling start-up Honestbee has retrenched about 80 per cent of its staff, in the wake of the temporary closure of its grocery store Habitat.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

FAS & MCCY issue joint non-adversarial statement about working towards Goal 2034
The Football Association of Singapore and the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth have kissed and made up.
— Mothership

SCDF rescues 3 people trapped in Sengkang flat after PMD catches fire in living room
Three people were rescued from a Sengkang Housing Board (HDB) flat after a fire broke out in the unit’s living room in the early hours of Tuesday morning (Mar 10).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NTU student hacked Kopitiam cards for free food, drinks and cigarettes
In total, Tee Chin Yue’s unauthorised transactions caused a loss of $80,800 to Kopitiam.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Condo resale prices and sales drop in February, hurt by coronavirus outbreak
Resale prices and sales of non-landed private homes were hit last month from what one market observer called a triple whammy of coronavirus, the Chinese New Year seasonal slowdown and supply of new units from recent launches.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

ComfortDelGro expands UK presence through £7m taxi operator acquisition
SINGAPORE taxi operator ComfortDelGro Corporation is expanding its presence in the UK through a £7 million (S$12.5 million) acquisition of the Liverpool City region’s third-largest taxi and private-hire operator.
— The Business Times

Singaporean driver was distracted in fatal crash in NZ: Coroner
Singaporean Seow Kai Yuan, who died while driving a car in New Zealand, was distracted when his Toyota Camry crossed the centre line of a highway into the path of an oncoming camper van, a coroner has found.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Good grades of molester from NUS show he could ‘compartmentalise his life’ amidst sexual problems, says prosecutor
Three weeks’ jail sought instead of the initial sentence of supervised probation.
— Mothership

Prosecution appeals against probation for undergrad who molested woman, seeks at least 3 weeks’ jail
Prosecutors on Tuesday (March 10) appealed for an undergraduate to be jailed at least three weeks for molesting a woman at an MRT station.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)



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This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on the Hindu Holi festival of colours, March 9-10.


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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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