Singapore morning news for March 13

Singapore morning news for March 13

Singapore morning news

Labour market holds up in 2019, although unemployment rates edge higher: MOM report
Singapore’s labour market held steady in 2019, although unemployment rates edged up, according to a Ministry of Manpower (MOM) report released on Thursday (Mar 12).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

9 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 2 who attended mass religious gathering in Malaysia
Nine new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Singapore on Thursday (Mar 12), including two people who attended a mass religious gathering at a mosque in Malaysia.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Productivity falls for first time in 10 years; economists say it’s likely cyclical
Singapore’s labour productivity fell last year for the first time in at least a decade, but economists said it remains to be seen whether the nation’s productivity and restructuring drive is still on track.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore faces ‘serious situation’, needs to plan for spike in COVID-19 cases: PM Lee
With the COVID-19 outbreak expected to continue for some time, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong warned on Thursday (Mar 12) that Singapore faces a serious situation, with a possible spike in new cases, more clusters and new waves of infection from other countries.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

PM Lee: S’pore ‘not going to DORSCON Red’ or locking down city like the Chinese, South Koreans or Italians
PM Lee said that Singapore will remain in this high risk state for some time to come.
— Mothership

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More than 7,000 Stay-Home Notices issued for COVID-19; checks done through GPS, photos: ICA
The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has issued more than 7,000 Stay-Home Notices (SHN) as of 8am on Monday (Mar 9), with individuals required to prove their whereabouts through photos or via their phone GPS location function.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Deep implications for Singapore as Covid-19 is termed a pandemic
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Covid-19 a pandemic due to alarming levels of its spread and severity.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SIA cancels more flights; assesses impact of Trump’s Europe travel ban
SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) is evaluating the impact of the US’ Europe travel ban on its operations even as it announced further flight cuts on Thursday owing to tepid travel demand following the Covid-19 virus outbreak.
— The Business Times

STI ends at 4-year low as coronavirus worries continue to drive market rout
Singapore’s Straits Times Index (STI) continued to bleed on Thursday, ending at a four-year low after the World Health Organization labelled Covid-19 a pandemic and the US imposed a 30-day travel halt from Europe.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Social and psychological resilience differentiates Singapore in COVID-19 crisis: PM Lee
The social and psychological resilience of Singaporeans has been the key difference in the fight against COVID-19, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a televised address on Thursday (Mar 12).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

PM Lee to provide update on COVID-19, to be broadcast at 8pm
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be giving an update on the COVID-19 situation on Thursday (Mar 12) and it will be broadcast at 8pm, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement published on Mr Lee’s Facebook page.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MUIS: All mosques in S’pore to close until March 18 as Covid-19 precautionary measure
Attendees of a religious event in Malaysia linked to confirmed cases of Covid-19 are understood to be regular mosque-goers in Singapore.
— Mothership

Coronavirus: Catholic Church to continue to suspend masses in Singapore indefinitely
Public mass for Catholics here will remain suspended in order to minimise the risk of coronavirus spread, said the Archbishop of Singapore William Goh on Thursday (March 12).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: How flattening the epidemic curve will buy time and keep outbreak in check
Many who have been following the latest developments from the global coronavirus outbreak will have noticed doctors, healthcare professionals and government officials in recent days increasingly refer to a curve that needs flattening.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore stocks plunge amid global sell-off after COVID-19 pandemic declared
Singapore’s stock market plunged more than 4 per cent on Thursday (Mar 12) after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic and the United States announced a 30-day ban on travel from Europe over the coronavirus.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Case 172 lives in Geylang, works at AXA S’pore & was in The Philippines from Feb. 27 – Mar. 2
On March 11, 12 new Covid-19 cases were announced by The Ministry of Health.
— Mothership

Coronavirus: Thinner crowds at Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple on Goddess of Mercy’s birthday
Usually a spectacle of devotees, vendors and donation collectors during this time of year, the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple received a noticeably smaller crowd on Thursday (March 12) as it celebrated the birthday of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

I’m isolated in a 5m by 5m room, says Singaporean with Covid-19 under quarantine in Thailand
The 36-year-old has been entertaining himself with the free Wi-Fi provided by the facility, as well as by watching television.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MOH identifying 95 Singaporeans at mass religious event in Malaysia after COVID-19 cases confirmed: Masagos
Singapore’s health ministry is working to identify 95 Singaporeans who attended a three-day religious event on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur last month, after Brunei reported that its first case of COVID-19 had attended the same event.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Coffee with words of encouragement for Singapore’s healthcare workers
Healthcare workers in Singapore have been working tirelessly amidst the Covid-19 outbreak.
— The Pride

Important to keep healthcare workers safe during outbreak, says President Halimah
Singaporeans must not underestimate the importance of keeping the nation’s healthcare staff safe during the coronavirus outbreak, President Halimah Yacob said during a visit to the Ling Kwang Home for Senior Citizens in Serangoon Garden Way on Thursday (March 12).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Hotels linked to coronavirus cases among tourism, lifestyle businesses awarded SG Clean mark
The Orchard Road hotel linked to several international coronavirus cases has become one of the first in Singapore to attain SG Clean certification, a move Grand Hyatt Singapore hopes will restore confidence among visitors.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Government ramps up reskilling efforts for sectors hardest hit by COVID-19
Workforce Singapore (WSG) will open up more than 2,000 training places under its Adapt & Grow initiative to support five sectors hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More job training support for four sectors hit hardest by Covid-19
Four sectors badly affected by the coronavirus outbreak will get more support in terms of skills training and redeployment for their workers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

17 years after SARS, this quarantine order agent is back on the frontline
When he was deployed by Certis during the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003, Sergeant (Auxiliary Police Force) Gogulakanan Govindasamy was a 26-year-old bachelor who wanted to make a difference.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Manager staged robbery at workplace after misappropriating employer’s monies
A manager of eatery firm Kopitiam Investment who claimed to have owed banks about $40,000 staged a robbery at his workplace after misappropriating his employer’s monies.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Otters have splashing good time with a feast in fish ponds at Botanic Gardens
An abundance of food, lovely weather and good company go a long way in keeping otters happy.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

5 men to be charged for abusing public servants as police disclose rise in such cases last year
Five men accused of abusing public servants, in four separate incidents, will be charged in court on Friday (March 13). They are aged between 25 and 61.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

DBS says likely revenue hit from virus is a ‘moving target’
DBS Group Holdings signaled that its estimate for a 2 per cent revenue hit from the coronavirus may be revised if the pandemic is unexpectedly prolonged.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

IMDA blacklists virtual telco Zero Mobile, suspends its licence over failure to address billing disputes
The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has blacklisted Zero Mobile and suspended its licence, after the virtual telecommunications company failed to address billing disputes with former subscribers.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

25 people evacuated after morning fire blazes through three HDB flats in Woodlands
An early morning fire on Thursday (March 12) at a Woodlands Housing Board block saw 25 people evacuated from their flats before they began their day.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Hotels rolling out more staycation packages for Singaporeans
With more Singaporeans unsure about travelling overseas due to the spike in COVID-19 cases across the world, hotels here are gearing up to entice people to take staycations instead.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

One of two men on trial over 2016 death says victim kept harassing his family
One of the two men allegedly involved in the death of a 26-year-old in July 2016 said that the victim had interrupted his family’s lunch at a coffee shop earlier that year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Three teens arrested after video shows male spitting from 4th floor of shopping mall
Three teenagers have been arrested over an alleged spitting incident in a shopping mall in central Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Jail for trio who duped Spring Singapore into disbursing nearly $140k in public funds
Three people worked together with a then senior executive of Spring Singapore to dupe the agency into disbursing a total of nearly $140,000 in public funds.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

What happens when an elite student stumbles in the race to the top?
When Benjamin Heng was studying at a top boys’ school, he felt that there were too many expectations placed on him.
— The Pride

Convicted rapist admits to sexually assaulting stepdaughter shortly after release from prison
Prosecutors sought the maximum term of 20 years’ preventive detention – a regime for recalcitrant offenders that does not offer the usual one-third remission for good behaviour.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Students responsible for bullying incident at Mee Toh School disciplined accordingly: Principal
The Primary 5 pupils behind a recent bullying incident at Mee Toh School have been counselled and disciplined accordingly, the school’s principal Mrs Wang-Tan Sun Sun said on Wednesday (Mar 11).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)



Feature photo Justin Chai

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


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



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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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