Singapore morning news for March 20

Singapore morning news for March 20

Singapore morning news

Coronavirus: Schools, kindergartens to reopen on Monday; students, staff who return from overseas from March 14 have to isolate for 14 days
Schools will suspend all co-curricular activities and students have to sit farther apart.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

32 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, 75% of which are imported
Returning residents and long-term pass holders accounted for all 24 of the new imported COVID-19 cases in Singapore today, MOH said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘Special arrangement’ made to fly Singaporeans, PRs back home from UK amid COVID-19 outbreak
A special arrangement has been made between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) to fly Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents (PRs) home amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MAS sets up US$60 billion swap facility with US Fed
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced on Thursday night (March 19) the establishment of a US$60 billion (S$86.5 billion) swap facility with the US Federal Reserve in coordinated cantral bank actions to alleviate ongoing strains in credit markets from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Supply from other countries in place, says Chan Chun Sing as 300,000 eggs touch down at Changi
Singapore has managed to ramp up its import of eggs from other countries following Malaysia’s lockdown on Wednesday (March 18), Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said on Thursday (March 19).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Returning to Singapore and going into 14-day isolation? Doctors have some dos and don’ts
Singaporeans and residents returning to the country will all have to isolate themselves here for a period of 14 days, the authorities announced on Wednesday (March 18), as the number of imported coronavirus cases grows.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Police NSF arrested for theft of police vehicle
A full-time Police National Serviceman (PNSF) has been arrested for the theft of a police vehicle.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

DBS says Singapore recession ‘inevitable’; expects 2nd stimulus package of $14-16 billion
DBS Bank now sees the economy shrinking by 0.5 per cent this year, instead of the 0.9 per cent growth it forecast last month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Isolation is not that bad, says infected Singaporean on his days in hospital
When Mr Raymond Sim tested positive for Covid-19 last weekend, the first thing that went through his mind was not fear, but guilt.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Arrangements being made for Malaysian workers who slept at Kranji MRT station after travel restrictions kicked in
More than a dozen Malaysian workers who were found sleeping rough at Kranji MRT station have been taken to an evacuee assistance centre in Jurong East, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said in a statement on Thursday (Mar 19).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘We thought the virus would never reach Britain’: Student who returned to S’pore urges others to come home
London medical school student Ian Soh did not make the decision to return to Singapore easily, but what he witnessed at Heathrow Airport as he left on Sunday (March 15) convinced him of the seriousness of the global pandemic – and that he had made the right choice.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore Mufti on mass gatherings: Religion about priorities too, priority now is not to endanger community
He cautioned the Singapore Muslim community to refrain from attending any mass religious gatherings.
— Mothership

HSA takes down online listings of products claiming to ‘prevent and cure’ COVID-19
Online listings of products making false or misleading health claims, such as being able to prevent and cure COVID-19, have been taken down by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) as part of an Internet-based enforcement exercise coordinated by Interpol.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MOM, police step up patrols to check for stranded Malaysian workers
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the police have stepped up patrols across Singapore to check for Malaysian workers left stranded after their country’s lockdown measures, it said in a statement on Thursday (March 19).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NATAS travel fair in May cancelled as COVID-19 outbreak continues
Amid a COVID-19 outbreak that has prompted various countries to issue travel advisories, the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) has cancelled a fair scheduled for May and will “decide in due course” whether to do the same for another event later this year.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘Broad support’ for Singapore’s plan for new interest rate benchmark: Committee
Singapore’s plans to adopt a new interest rate benchmark called the Singapore Overnight Rate Average (SORA) has received “broad support”, a steering committee overseeing the change said in an update on Thursday (Mar 19), as it laid out key initiatives ahead.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MAS imposes S$400,000 penalty on TMF Trustees Singapore
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has imposed a composition penalty of S$400,000 on TMF Trustees Singapore Limited (TTSL) for failing to comply with MAS’ Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism requirements.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MAS bans six former insurance agents, bank staff for fraud and dishonesty
The Monetary Authority of Singapore said it has issued prohibition orders ranging from six to 12 years on six individuals, who were formerly insurance agents and bank employees.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

OCBC expects Singapore Airlines to need external funding due to virus hit
OCBC Credit Research believes Singapore Airlines (SIA) will likely require external financial funding soon, with travel demand drying up amid the novel coronavirus crisis.
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: 10,000 workers in food services and retail to benefit from training and support package
Employers in the food services and retail sectors will be able to tap more than $32 million in SkillsFuture Singapore funding to upgrade their workers’ skills.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore aviation industry ‘extremely vulnerable’ to fallout from COVID-19, say experts
With an increasing number of countries enacting travel restrictions to curb the COVID-19 outbreak, Singapore is left “extremely vulnerable” due to its status as an aviation hub, say analysts.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Asian Civilisations Museum closes temporarily after staff member contracts COVID-19
The Asian Civilisations Museum will be closed for two days after a member of staff was confirmed to have COVID-19, the National Heritage Board (NHB) said on Thursday (Mar 19).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: Why Singapore is preparing to tap the brakes to slow COVID-19 spread
A variety of different combinations of interventions aimed at “flattening the epidemic curve” have popped up around the world, but time is needed for these to bear fruit, say the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health’s Hsu Li Yang and Natasha Howard.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Hyflux receives letter of interest from Spanish water management firm for ‘potential transaction’
Another potential investor has come knocking on the doors of embattled water treatment firm Hyflux.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Son of wealthy widow appeals in case of lawyer who was not referred for investigations
The son of an elderly widow with a $200 million fortune is appealing against a court decision not to order an investigation into a lawyer’s conduct in transactions involving his mother.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Executive condominium OLA releases pricing, 15% of units below S$1 million
The OLA executive condominium in Sengkang announced its prices on Wednesday (Mar 18), with 15 per cent of its units priced below S$1 million.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S’porean activist uses photo of S’pore wet market while slamming China wildlife markets
It appears that using an image of a Singapore wet market was a deliberate choice.
— Mothership

Drunk bartender fined for inappropriately touching security guard, cursing at police
When a drunk bartender trespassing at a condominium was stopped by security guards, he touched one of them in the crotch and later hurled vulgarities at the police.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Teen arrested after S$13,800 gold chain stolen from pawnshop
A 19-year-old man has been arrested for his suspected involvement in a stolen gold chain from a pawnshop, police said on Thursday (Mar 19).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Former teacher jailed for sexually abusing secondary school student
A former teacher who sexually exploited his underage student, abusing her in his bedroom during remedial lessons, was sentenced on Thursday (Mar 19) to three years and seven months’ jail.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man fined for allowing foreigner to illegally use his Foodpanda, Deliveroo accounts to deliver food
A Singaporean man signed up to deliver food for Foodpanda and Deliveroo but allowed a Malaysian man to do the jobs instead, splitting the cash with him and a middleman.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Fish farm owner fined for steering boat while drunk, crashing into Police Coast Guard craft
The owner of a fish farm was fined S$3,000 on Thursday (Mar 19) for navigating a boat while drunk.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: NUS students allegedly abuse Covid-19 measures to cheat on exam
The National University of Singapore is now scrutinising their submissions and identifying the alleged cheaters so action can be taken against them.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

5 years’ jail and 12 strokes of cane for man who molested daughter
A man who repeatedly molested his then 13-year-old daughter in 2016 and 2017 was sentenced on Thursday (March 19) to five years’ jail and 12 strokes of the cane.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: More demand for co-working spaces as firms split operations
More companies here have been looking to co-working spaces to conduct split operations as part of their business continuity planning (BCP) amid the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Woman forced maid to hit her own teeth with meat pounder
Unhappy that fingerprints were found on her kitchen windows, a housewife forced her domestic worker to hit her own teeth with a meat pounder about 50 times as she wanted the maid to lose her teeth.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)



Feature photo PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency

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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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