Singapore morning news for March 18

Singapore morning news for March 18

Singapore morning newsSingapore reports 23 more COVID-19 cases in new high, 17 imported
The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 23 more cases of COVID-19 infection on Tuesday (Mar 17), bringing Singapore’s total to 266.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore overtakes Hong Kong as world’s freest economy
Hong Kong lost its title as the world’s freest economy to Singapore for the first time since 1995 in a global survey, as social unrest and uncertainties rattled its reputation as a global financial hub.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s exports fall 4.8% month-on-month in February
Singapore’s non-oil domestic exports (NODX) fell 4.8 per cent on a seasonally adjusted month-on-month basis in February, reversing the previous month’s 4.5 per cent growth.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S’poreans urged to heed advisory and defer non-essential travel
Singaporeans need to take advice not to travel very seriously, but if they still insist on doing so, they must take responsibility for their actions, said the authorities yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

All Singapore households to receive 500ml of free hand sanitiser: Temasek Foundation
Every Singapore household will receive 500ml of free zero-alcohol hand sanitiser, announced Temasek Foundation on Tuesday (Mar 17), as Singapore reported its largest single-day jump in COVID-19 cases.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MFA urges overseas S’porean students to come back as Covid-19 situation continues evolving
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has urged Singaporean students overseas to consider coming back amid Covid-19 concerns.
— Mothership

10,000 Malaysian workers matched with temporary housing: Josephine Teo
More than 10,000 Malaysians working in Singapore and affected by Malaysia’s travel ban starting today found accommodation in Singapore within just a few hours yesterday, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Singapore will not rule out lockdown, but not on the cards for now, says Lawrence Wong
Singapore will not rule out a lockdown to tackle the growing threat of the coronavirus outbreak, but it is not an option currently on the cards, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong on Tuesday (March 17).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Jetstar Asia grounds entire fleet, suspends all services for at least 3 weeks
Singapore budget carrier Jetstar Asia will ground its entire fleet of 18 Airbus 320s as the demand air travel continues to plummet amid the Covid-19 outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Airlines to reduce flight capacity by 50%, expects further cuts to capacity
Singapore Airlines (SIA) is cutting flights across its network as more countries impose border restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SFA: Claims of import of poultry hit by bird flu are fake
Singapore does not import chilled or frozen poultry from farms in Pontian, Johor, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said in a Facebook post on Monday, as rumours of bird flu surrounding these poultry farms swirled.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

In pictures: Crowds, traffic jams as last JB commuters enter Singapore ahead of Malaysia’s COVID-19 travel restrictions
One of the world’s busiest border crossings, the Causeway saw hours-long queues as people tried to enter Singapore from Johor Bahru in the final hours before Malaysia’s travel restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 came into force on Wednesday (Mar 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

British work pass holder in S’pore with Covid-19 first reported symptoms while in France
Case 241, and a linked case 239, both stay in the Cairnhill Road area.
— Mothership

Coronavirus: Bus services 170X and 950 suspended till March 31, other services halt Malaysia legs ahead of lockdown
Multiple bus services running between Singapore and Malaysia, including those run by public transport operators SMRT and SBS Transit, will stop heading into Malaysia for the next two weeks after a lockdown of the country kicks in from Wednesday (March 18).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Flow of goods, food supplies, cargo to continue between Singapore and Malaysia: PM Lee
Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has assured Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong that the flow of goods and cargo between Singapore and Malaysia, including food supplies, would continue, Mr Lee said on Tuesday (Mar 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Employers to receive more than S$600m this month in Wage Credit Scheme payouts: MOF, IRAS
Employers in Singapore will receive more than S$600 million in payouts under the Wage Credit Scheme (WCS) by Mar 31, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) said on Tuesday (Mar 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore firms rush to house Malaysian workers before COVID-19 travel restrictions kick in
Companies are rushing to secure accommodation for Malaysian workers who commute daily to Singapore before Malaysia’s two-week-long travel restrictions kick in on Wednesday (Mar 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Malaysia’s lockdown likely to disrupt Singapore housing projects that use prefab parts
Just when United Tec Construction’s building supplies from China resumed this month, the main contractor for Avenue South Residences faces a new challenge – this time from Malaysia’s partial lockdown to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Need for ‘global effort’ to tackle growing economic crisis brought on by COVID-19 outbreak: Lawrence Wong
A “global effort” is needed to tackle the growing economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak, in addition to coordinating public health measures, said Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong on Tuesday (Mar 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Companies affected by Malaysia travel restrictions to get financial support: Josephine Teo
Companies affected by Malaysia’s travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 outbreak will receive an allowance of S$50 per worker per night for 14 nights to cover the extra costs incurred, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo on Tuesday (Mar 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: New portal lets Scoot passengers submit refund requests online
Low-cost carrier Scoot has launched a self-service refund option on its website to let affected customers submit their refund requests online.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘It’s not so bad, I can still survive’: 3 M’sians commuting to S’pore tell us what lockdown will mean for them
One worker got a call from his boss at 5:30am, asking him to turn back, go home, and pack clothes for a 2-week stay in S’pore.
— Mothership

Singapore eateries largely unaffected by Malaysia’s lockdown
Owners of restaurants and eateries said operations are largely unaffected by Malaysia’s movement restriction order.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Purchase limits imposed at FairPrice supermarkets on vegetables, rice, toilet paper and other products
New purchase limits were implemented across NTUC FairPrice stores from Tuesday (Mar 17), following Malaysia’s announcement on travel restrictions in and out of the country.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

StarHub to offset 1 month of rent for 2,000 lower-income seniors, donate $300,000 to Courage Fund
Telco StarHub is defraying housing rental costs for 2,000 lower-income seniors and donating $300,000 to The Courage Fund, the company said on Tuesday (March 17).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Business associations, firms donate over $1.24 million in cash, medical supplies to China and S’pore
The Singapore business community has donated more than$1.24 million in cash and 23,800 units of medical supplies to communities in China affected by the coronavirus outbreak and front-line medical workers in Singapore, the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) said on Tuesday (March 17).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

FairPrice places purchase limits on essential items to prevent stockpiling due to Malaysia’s lockdown
Singaporeans had flocked to supermarkets to make purchases, worried that food supply from Malaysia will be impacted.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s non-oil exports up 3% in February, reversing January’s drop
SINGAPORE exports were back in positive territory in February 2020, defying expectations of a slowdown led by the novel coronavirus outbreak, thanks to a growth in both electronics and non-electronics shipments.
— The Business Times

National Wages Council to convene early in light of COVID-19 pandemic
The National Wages Council (NWC) will convene earlier than usual this year on Tuesday (Mar 17), Singapore’s Manpower Ministry said in a press release.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Employees may need to take annual leave for LOA after non-essential travel: MOM
FOR Singapore employees who insist on going abroad for non-work related and non-essential trips, their employers may require them to use their own annual leave entitlements to serve out any mandatory stay-home notice (SHN), company-imposed leave of absence (LOA) or extended period of travel in the destination country.
— The Business Times

MOM sets out guidelines for employers over employees’ travel during COVID-19 outbreak
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM), together with the National Trades Union Congress and the Singapore National Employers Federation, on Monday (Mar 16) issued an advisory for employers on how they should handle their employees’ travel movements in response to COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

15-year-old girl missing for a week, last seen at Blk 121A Edgedale Plains
Anyone with information on her whereabouts should contact the SPF immediately.
— Mothership

StanChart robbery: David Roach charged in Singapore almost 4 years after alleged offences
Almost four years after he fled the country following an alleged robbery of a Standard Chartered bank branch, Canadian national David James Roach was charged with the offences in Singapore’s courts.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More women on boards of listed companies in Singapore
There are more women on the boards of the largest listed companies here but there is still plenty of room to improve, with some firms still with no or few female directors, the Council for Board Diversity said on Tuesday (March 17).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Afternoon News Roundup: Grab-IMDA partnership aims to help Singaporean startups expand overseas
Grab-IMDA partnership aims to help Singaporean startups expand overseas Ride-hailing giant Grab today announced a partnership with Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) to pilot an accelerator programme for Singapore-based startups to help them grow overseas, according to a press statement.
— e27

Aussie joint venture lands $265 million deal to build three Jurong Region Line stations
An Australian team has clinched a deal to build three stations on the upcoming Jurong Region Line (JRL), a 24km medium-load elevated MRT system scheduled to be ready by 2028.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Moody’s puts Genting Singapore’s credit rating under review for downgrade
Moody’s Investors Service has placed its A3 issuer rating on mainboard-listed Genting Singapore under review for a downgrade, the credit ratings agency said in a research note on Monday (March 16).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

This mother’s love for her special needs son inspires her to help others like him lead a normal life
Her first son was born with special needs. So Mdm Faraliza did the only thing she felt was right: doing everything in her power to create a better life for him.
— The Pride

Man gets jail for filming family’s maid in shower
A married man who filmed his maid in the toilet three times was sentenced to 10 weeks’ jail on Tuesday (Mar 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man admits to repeatedly molesting his own teen daughter
The 47-year-old man often took advantage of his 13-year-old daughter when he assumed she was asleep.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man sentenced to death for drug trafficking; his brother gets life imprisonment
Two brothers who gave conflicting defences in the High Court on drug charges have been sentenced.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)



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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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