Singapore morning news for March 16

Singapore morning news for March 16

Singapore morning news

Travellers entering S’pore from ASEAN countries, Japan, UK, Switzerland to have 14-day Stay-Home Notice
The Singapore government is implementing additional precautionary measures to further reduce the risk of importation of Covid-19 cases to Singapore.
— Mothership

Coronavirus: 14 new cases confirmed in Singapore, the highest in a single day; 9 are imported and 2 linked to Safra Jurong cluster
Singapore has confirmed 14 new Covid-19 cases, including nine that are imported, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Sunday (March 15).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore shares hit 10-year low over COVID-19 fears
Singapore’s stock market went into a steep slide on Friday (Mar 13) as fears over the COVID-19 pandemic deepened, joining a global rout that has seen shellshocked investors across the world tip into a sell-everything mode.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Students on overseas placements to be recalled as soon as possible
Students on official overseas placements, including all internships and exchange programmes, will be asked to return to Singapore as soon as possible, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said in a statement yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Travellers from Malaysia via sea and land exempted from new S’pore border restrictions
Those travelling into Singapore from Malaysia via sea or land will be exempted from the new border restrictions on Asean countries, due to the close proximity and high inter-dependency between the two neighbours.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Changi Airport’s Feb passenger traffic falls 32.8% as virus hits travel demand
SINGAPORE Changi Airport handled about 3.5 million passenger movements in February 2020, a 32.8 per cent drop from a year ago, as air travel continued to be impacted by the Covid-19 situation.
— The Business Times

Ticketed events with 250 participants or more to be deferred, cancelled under COVID-19 social-distancing measures: MOH
All ticketed cultural, sports and entertainment events with 250 participants or more are to be deferred or cancelled, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on Friday (Mar 13).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: Entry approval, stay-home notices for all new, returning foreign domestic workers to Singapore
All employers and employment agencies planning for foreign domestic workers to enter Singapore must obtain the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) approval prior to the commencement of their journey.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore Airlines waives rebooking fees for tickets issued on or before Mar 15
Singapore Airlines (SIA) said it will waive rebooking fees for tickets issued on or before Sunday (Mar 15), hours after the country expanded its travel restrictions to include travellers who have visited ASEAN countries, UK, Japan and Switzerland.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘Two choices’ for General Election timing, says PM Lee
There are two choices when it comes to the timing of the General Election, the country’s Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong said on Saturday (Mar 14), a day after changes to the electoral boundaries were announced.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SIA suspending New York route via Frankfurt from March to April
SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) will be reducing flight capacity on selected routes to and from the United States, the national carrier announced in a Facebook post on Friday evening.
— The Business Times

Singapore has ‘promptly shared information’ with Indonesia on COVID-19 cases involving Indonesians: MOH
Singapore “has promptly shared information” with Indonesia on all the confirmed COVID-19 cases involving Indonesians, to facilitate contact tracing, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Friday (Mar 13).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Children less sick from COVID-19, but may still spread the coronavirus: Experts
For reasons unknown, children rarely have severe symptoms when infected by COVID-19 and may even be a bit less likely to get the disease in the first place, experts told AFP.

ActiveSG centres to regulate access to ensure physical distancing amid COVID-19 situation
Access to public sports facilities will be regulated to ensure adequate physical distancing, Sport Singapore (SportSG) announced on Sunday (Mar 15).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

13 arrested in raid to bust illegal gambling activities
Thirteen people, aged between 21 and 42, were arrested after a gambling den was discovered in Bukit Timah on Thursday (Mar 12).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More ex-employees filed claims against Honestbee for non-payment of salaries in past month: MOM
A total of 77 former employees of struggling start-up Honestbee have filed claims for non-payment of salaries as of last Wednesday (March 11).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

National Day Parade can be restructured to make it more intimate, and not postponed or cancelled: Dick Lee
This year’s National Day Parade (NDP) could be scaled down in light of the coronavirus pandemic instead of having it postponed or cancelled, said Mr Dick Lee, who directed and produced NDP shows in five different years.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Five Singaporeans who attended religious event in KL visited 10 mosques here while infectious
Congregants who visited these mosques during certain time frames may have been exposed to a Covid-19 case, said the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Citibank Singapore to launch new wealth centre with big targets
CITIBANK Singapore plans to double its wealth management business in terms of number of customers and market share from its current 5 per cent by 2025, said its top executive.
— The Business Times

SMU receives $1 million from alumnus to boost entrepreneurship
The Singapore Management University (SMU) has received an endowed contribution of $1 million from an alumnus to enhance its P.A.K. Entrepreneurship Fund, the single largest gift by a former student to date.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

British firms confident in Singapore despite virus outbreak
Members of the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore are in little doubt that the Republic will remain a viable business hub despite the coronavirus outbreak, a new poll noted.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commentary: So what if the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee’s report is out?
It’s a mixed report card for the announced boundary changes with respect to contestability, but it may be COVID-19 that is the game-changer for the upcoming General Elections, say Terence Lee.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: COVID-19 emphasises the importance of Singapore’s free trade agreements
It will help Singapore diversify source markets ensuring we have a smooth supply chain, says Professor Locknie Hsu.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: Will you hire and retain persons with mental health conditions?
With more people in Singapore experiencing a mental health issue in their lifetimes, NMP Anthea Ong says that employers can no longer ignore mental wellbeing at the workplace.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Hard to pinpoint ideal time for next GE, says Tan Chuan-Jin
The Covid-19 outbreak could last all the way till the time when the next general election must be held – April 2021 – and so it is difficult to pinpoint an ideal time to hold it, said Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

40 firefighters put out Eunos blaze
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) deployed 40 firefighters and 12 emergency vehicles to put out a fire in Eunos yesterday morning.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Self-employed may get boost in second stimulus package
Workers in certain manufacturing sectors and the self-employed may be among those receiving a boost from the Government’s additional stimulus package as the economy continues to reel from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Some observe social distancing, others carry on as normal
A call by the Government to observe social distancing to keep the coronavirus at bay drew mixed reactions yesterday as many Singaporeans tried to live life as normally as they could.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s third assisted-living facility opens
Singapore’s third assisted-living facility for seniors opened yesterday, allowing residents more independence in their daily lives while still being under the watchful eyes of trained caregivers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: SIA urges customers to seek help only for flights leaving within 72 hours
Singapore Airlines (SIA) is asking customers to contact it for assistance for flights departing only within the next 72 hours.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PSP ‘strongly’ urges Government not to hold General Election amid COVID-19 crisis: Tan Cheng Bock
Progress Singapore Party (PSP) chief Tan Cheng Bock has joined other opposition leaders in pressing for the next General Election not to be held until after the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SPP to contest 4 constituencies at next election
The Singapore People’s Party (SPP) will contest four constituencies at the next General Election, it said in a statement on Saturday (Mar 14).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘Worst of possible times’ to call for General Election: SDP’s Chee Soon Juan
The General Election should only be held after there are clear signs that the (COVID-19) situation has abated, Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chief Chee Soon Juan said on Saturday (Mar 14).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: Few bad dogs but many bad owners. But even that can be changed
The relaxed restrictions on dogs that can be rehomed in HDB flats are to be welcomed but it’s far more important to tackle poor habits some dog owners have, says SOSD President Dr Siew Tuck Wah.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Updated voter rolls open for inspection
THE updated Registers of Electors have been prepared and are open for public inspection from March 14 till March 27, the Elections Department (ELD) announced on Friday.
— The Business Times

Singapore financial markets functioning normally despite volatility: MAS
SINGAPORE’S financial markets are functioning normally despite the heightened volatility in both global and domestic markets, the Republic’s central bank said on Friday evening just before the market closed.
— The Business Times

Singapore bourse suffers wild swings, more pain in store
WALL Street’s worst plunge in three decades sent shivers through the Singapore bourse on Friday with unusually wild price swings as panic rose over a looming recession owing to the Covid-19 outbreak and plunging oil prices.
— The Business Times

Hiatus of religious services ‘tough but necessary decision’: Inter-faith body
The decisions by the Islamic council and the Catholic Church to temporarily shut mosques and suspend mass were “tough, but necessary”, Singapore’s Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) said in a statement on Friday (Mar 13).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore healthcare market set to grow to S$29.8b this year: Fitch Solutions
SINGAPORE’S healthcare market is expected to grow to S$29.8 billion in 2020, 9 per cent more than last year’s S$27.3 billion, and well over double to S$68.7 billion by 2029, a report published on Friday by market insights firm Fitch Solutions has predicted.
— The Business Times

MUIS details mosque visits by COVID-19 patients, urges other visitors to go to doctor if unwell
The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) on Sunday (Mar 15) released a list of 10 mosques visited by five Singaporeans who had tested positive for COVID-19, after they attended a mass religious gathering in Malaysia.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Telecommuting a win-win situation for working mum
When she applied for a job at lift and escalator manufacturer Kone in 2018, Ms Jasmine Tan was excited about one of the job’s benefits – the flexibility of being able to telecommute regularly.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: He works in different areas of his home to prevent boredom
Online marketplace platform Carousell’s head of design Keith Oh was concerned when the coronavirus situation got worse.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Zaobao video series aims to keep seniors active amid coronavirus outbreak
Seniors can look forward to a video series starting on Zaobao’s website tomorrow on fitness, cooking and singing to keep them active during the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

This startup wants to help differently abled people stay employed
Mr Wee Pang Chun has had so many jobs that he cannot remember all of them. The 25-year-old, who has mild intellectual disability, started working after graduating from secondary school.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘Drop everything, scramble’: Singapore’s contact trackers fight COVID-19
After a coronavirus outbreak began to disrupt lives and activity in Singapore late in January, Conceicao Edwin Philip keeps himself ready to rush to hospital at a moment’s notice, if summoned.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Two teenagers arrested for cheating victims of more than $9,800 in face mask and USS tickets scams
Two teenagers have been arrested for allegedly cheating victims of more than $9,800 in e-commerce scams involving the sale of face masks and Universal Studios Singapore (USS) tickets on online marketplace Carousell.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man charged over attack on police post
A 30-year-old man has been arrested and charged over a fire in front of a neighbourhood police post (NPP) in Boon Keng, the police said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man arrested after fire outside police post at Towner Road housing block
A 30-year-old man was arrested on Friday (Mar 13) night after a fire broke out at Block 105 Towner Road.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)



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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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