Singapore morning news for March 3

Singapore morning news for March 3

Singapore morning news

S’pore to deepen ties with both US and China, rather than choose sides
Even as major power competition intensifies between the United States and China, Singapore has to avoid choosing sides and instead find ways to deepen and enhance cooperation with both parties.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Can Singapore save the world from sinking?
Nearly a third of the global financial centre of Singapore sits less than five metres above sea level.
— The Business Times

4 COVID-19 patients discharged from hospital, 2 new cases reported: MOH
Four more patients have recovered from COVID-19, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday (Mar 2), bringing the total number of discharged cases to 78.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Blowgun darts found in pigeons in Jurong West: ACRES
Wildlife rescue group Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) said on Monday (Mar 2) that it has filed a police report after two pigeons were found with darts embedded in their bodies.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Domestic worker is 3rd Filipino in Singapore with COVID-19
Another Filipino in Singapore has tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), its health ministry said Monday night.

Ng Eng Hen: Issues raised during ‘infancy’ of F-35 procurement would have been ‘ironed out’
Singapore is in the final stages of acquiring four F-35 jets, with an option to buy eight more.
— Mothership

Coronavirus: 8,000 aviation sector workers to benefit from training and support package; NTUC to pump in $500,000
Unionised companies in the aviation sector will be able to tap an additional $500,000 in National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) funding to send their workers for training, on top of the $4 billion support package announced in the Budget last month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fitch downgrades Singtel rating to A, Optus rating lowered to A-
Fitch Ratings has downgraded Singtel’s long-term foreign- and local-currency issuer default ratings (IDR) and foreign-currency senior unsecured rating to A from A+.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

All NSFs, NSmen to get higher monthly NS allowance in recognition of contributions
From Mar 1, full-time and operationally ready national servicemen (NSF and NSmen) across all ranks will get an increase of S$70 to S$120 in their NS allowance each month, Senior Minister of State for Defence Heng Chee How announced in Parliament on Monday (Mar 2).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore confident of ‘constructive, mutually beneficial relationship’ with Malaysia under new PM Muhyiddin: Balakrishnan
Singapore is confident that it will continue to have a “constructive, mutually beneficial relationship” with Malaysia under its new Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan said on Monday (Mar 2).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SAF to restructure intelligence and cyber defence units, acquire new ships for maritime security amid evolving threats
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will restructure its intelligence and cyber defence units as well as acquire new ships to boost maritime security, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said in Parliament on Monday (Mar 2).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Two new coronavirus cases in S’pore: Woman linked to family of infected RI boy and maid linked to Science Park II cluster
Four more patients have been discharged, bringing the total number of fully recovered to 78.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore fraud, economic crimes hit new peak; those by external parties surge
IT appears that traditional white collar crimes in Singapore are falling; but those involving tech-savvy external perpetrators are soaring.
— The Business Times

Singapore’s position on water issue with Malaysia
Mr Pritam Singh has asked for an update on the bilateral issues and, in particular, on the 1962 Water Agreement.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Covid-19: Tenants say some landlords dragging feet on rent rebate help
COMMERCIAL landlords and their tenants are at odds over the property tax rebate intended for landlords to pass on to renters.
— The Business Times

From enterprise transformation to better jobs for Singaporeans: What more can be done?
GLOBAL economic headwinds and the Covid-19 outbreak have invariably created near-term business challenges.
— The Business Times

New measures in place to boost safety in SAF: Safety chief
Commanders in all three services in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) have put strong emphasis on safety and invested substantial resources to enhance safety processes, said the SAF’s chief safety officer.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Shanmugam: People’s trust in Govt crucial for strong security agencies
Singapore’s security agencies can only be as strong as the government in power, Minister for Home Affairs K. Shanmugam said yesterday, as he spoke on how proper governance must underpin peace and order.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

2 arrested after batteries found missing from telecom equipment rooms at HDB void decks
Police have arrested two men suspected to have stolen batteries from the telecom equipment rooms at HDB void decks.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Large spike in donations on in February amid outbreak; more than $2.2m raised
Donations and the number of people who volunteered on fund-raising website jumped sharply in February compared to a year ago amid the coronavirus outbreak, hitting more than $2.2 million and 1,000 volunteer sign-ups.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Low-income families in Nee Soon East stock up on food, toys and home appliances – all for free
Several families in Nee Soon East stocked up on food, home appliances and toys last month and never paid a cent, thanks to a shopping spree initiative to help low-income folk.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man fined over $1.3 million for evading duty, GST on 195 imported vehicles
A man has been fined more than $1.3 million for evading taxes on 195 motor vehicles imported to Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Mint suspends orders for medallions marking 5th anniversary of Lee Kuan Yew’s death
Orders for medallions engraved with the face of founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew has been stopped for now, hours after their launch on the same day.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Students resume classes at Raffles Institution on Monday after school’s day of deep cleaning
Students returned to Raffles Institution (RI) on Monday (March 2), after it was closed last Friday for thorough cleaning.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SAF to increase scale, complexity of overseas training in areas up to 80 times size of Singapore
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will increase the scale and complexity of some of its overseas training, with new and vast training areas set to be ready before the end of the decade.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

70% of SAF formations audited, emphasis on safety can be better communicated: Inspector-General
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Inspector-General’s Office (IGO) has found areas for improvement in communication about safety down the command chain, Inspector-General Brigadier-General (BG) Tan Chee Wee said on Friday (Feb 28).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Hawkers hope enhanced cleaning will draw back crowds
The SG Clean campaign was launched on Feb 16 to safeguard public health amid the outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singaporean infected with COVID-19 in Hubei discharged: Vivian Balakrishnan
A Singaporean who was infected with COVID-19 in Hubei province has been discharged, said Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan in Parliament on Monday (Feb 2).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New Inter-Ministry Committee to be set up to combat scams
The Government will set up an Inter-Ministry Committee on Scams to “formulate and execute” a comprehensive strategy to combat such crimes, said Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs Sun Xueling on Monday (Mar 2).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Home Team to train more tech-skilled officers with new career track
To build up a pool of tech-proficient officers, the Home Team will progressively introduce a new career track for all Home Affairs uniformed services officers.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Team Singapore ‘monitoring situation closely’ as it gears up for Tokyo Olympics amid COVID-19 outbreak
As Team Singapore’s athletes prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, officials are monitoring the global COVID-19 situation closely with the outbreak sparking concerns over the fate of the event set to begin in under five months.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore air transport sector gets help to regroup, reskill amid Covid-19 outbreak
COMPANIES in Singapore’s air transport sector will receive an enhanced training and support package to help defray business costs and protect workers’ jobs amid the Covid-19 virus outbreak.
— The Business Times

The Big Read: The job struggles of some middle-aged Singaporeans, as Government sends more help their way
Workers in their 40s and 50s today face greater job insecurity due to Singapore’s ongoing economic restructuring efforts to raise skills and productivity, as well as disruption caused by rapid technological changes.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Restaurant association ‘deeply disappointed’ with landlords for not delivering on rental rebates
The Restaurant Association of Singapore (RAS) said on Monday (Mar 2)that it is “deeply disappointed” with landlords for not following through with their earlier announcements of rental rebates for tenants.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘Chief of beggars’ gets life imprisonment for murdering man in Geylang
A man known in his neighbourhood as the chief of the beggars was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday (Mar 2) for murdering a man four years ago.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

8 weeks’ jail for maid who ill-treated couple’s one-year-old son and stole mobile phone
The mother of a one-year-old boy was watching a live feed from a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera at her flat when she saw her maid shoving her son’s forehead.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SAF on a mission to go green, starting with new hangar that produces more energy than it consumes
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is on a push to do its part for the environment, as it unveiled its first net energy positive building – a new eight-storey hangar that uses solar panels and natural ventilation features.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Morgan Stanley picks China, Singapore stocks as coronavirus shelters
The coronavirus-wrecked equity markets of China, Singapore and Australia can now provide shelter from the outbreak, according to Morgan Stanley.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Tee International CFO quits due to ‘involvement in unauthorised remittances’
Tee International has clarified that its group chief financial officer (CFO), Yeo Ai Mei, 48, has resigned in view of her involvement in unauthorised remittances, the mainboard-listed engineering group said in a bourse filing on Saturday (Feb 29).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

75-year-old man fined $10k for not declaring over $800k in cash brought into Singapore
An Indonesian man found guilty of not declaring more than $800,000 in cash that he brought into Singapore over a few years was fined $10,000 last Friday (Feb 28).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

86-year-old S’pore man sells 3 comic books for S$10 in unassuming shop at Marine Parade
Tucked away behind the Marine Parade Hawker Centre, is this little gem of a shop at unit #01-59 that sells comic books at three for S$10.
— Mothership

Life imprisonment for rag-and-bone man who murdered coffee shop helper
A 67-year-old rag-and-bone man was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday (Mar 2) for murdering a coffee shop assistant in 2016.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man allegedly duped 3 building contractors into believing the cladding he sold was fire-safety certified
A man whose company was linked to a building in Toh Guan Road that caught fire, killing a woman, allegedly duped three contractors of other buildings into believing that the cladding he sold them was covered by fire-safety certification.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘Deviant’ offender sexually abused 4 girls and raped a fifth, gets jail and caning
While on probation for previous sexual offences, a young man sexually abused four girls and raped a fifth.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)



Feature photo Wildlife Press

This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on World Wildlife Day, March 3, here the Malayan porcupine.



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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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