Singapore morning news for March 6

Singapore morning news for March 6

Singapore morning news

High-powered electric motorcycles to be allowed on Singapore roads from April
From April, high-powered electric motorcycles may be used on Singapore’s roads, in line with efforts to encourage the adoption of cleaner vehicles in the country.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore retail sales fall 5.3% in January due to drop in motor sales
SINGAPORE retail sales continued to weaken in January, down 5.3 per cent year-on-year as motor sales remained a major drag, according to Department of Statistics data on Thursday. This deepened from a 3.4 per cent fall in December.
— The Business Times

5 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, new cluster at SAFRA Jurong reported
Five new cases of COVID-19 in Singapore have been confirmed, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday (Mar 5), with a new cluster at SAFRA Jurong reported.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New COVID-19 test kits used to screen swab samples collected at Singapore checkpoints
Newly developed COVID-19 test kits will be used to test swab samples collected at Singapore’s checkpoints from Thursday (Mar 5), promising results within three hours.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New nutrient summary labels for pre-packaged drinks to be rolled out
A new nutrition summary label called Nutri-Grade will be introduced from the end of 2021 to help consumers better gauge how healthy pre-packaged drinks are at a glance, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on Thursday (Mar 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore must expect ‘significantly higher numbers’ of new COVID-19 cases in time: Gan Kim Yong
Singapore “must expect to see significantly higher numbers of new COVID-19 cases in time to come, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Thursday (Mar 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

2nd confirmed Covid-19 case in NZ transited in S’pore on way back from Italy
Singapore’s Ministry of Health is working closely with New Zealand’s Ministry of Health and the respective airlines.
— Mothership

S$1b expansion of Singapore’s cycling path network to be brought forward
THE government will speed up the construction of cycling path networks across the island over the next decade under a new Islandwide Cycling Network programme.
— The Business Times

Covid-19: Turkish Airlines passenger who tested positive for virus is 42-year-old Frenchman
The passenger on board a Turkish Airlines flight that tested positive for Covid-19 has been identified as a 42-year-old French national who holds a Singapore work pass.
— Mothership

MSF: Eligible families to receive up to S$60 more subsidies for student care centres from July 1, 2020
To ensure that student care remains affordable, the Ministry for Social and Family Development (MSF) will be enhancing the Student Care Fee Assistance (SCFA) scheme.
— Mothership

MAS sees a spike in scam calls
THE Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has noticed a spike in fraudulent calls impersonating the regulator, following reports from almost 100 members of the public on Thursday alone.
— The Business Times

Singapore’s robust IP ecosystem sees surge in patent filings by China firms
CHINA companies are increasingly filing patents in Singapore, spurred on by their South-east Asian expansion and the strength of Singapore’s intellectual property (IP) regime and alternative dispute resolution framework.
— The Business Times

Parents of special needs kids to pay less for after-school care services
Subsidies for Special Student Care Centres (SSCC) will go up from July this year, announced Minister of State for Social and Family Development Sam Tan on Thursday (Mar 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SAFRA: Covid-19 confirmed cases who visited Joy Garden restaurant cleared temperature checks
SAFRA said that the individuals did not have fever, nor exhibited any flu-like symptoms.
— Mothership

Mandatory for all pre-schools to close on Teachers’ Day from this year: MSF
The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) will make it mandatory for all pre-schools to close on Teachers’ Day from this year onwards, the ministry’s Senior Parliamentary Secretary Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim announced on Thursday (Mar 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Asian Development Bank opens office in Singapore to expand strategic collaboration
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has opened an office in Singapore, in a move that will deepen collaborative efforts on some of the most pressing development challenges facing Asia and the Pacific, the Ministry of Finance said in a press release on Thursday (Mar 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: SMEs welcomed support from Budget 2020. Of course they all would
Since the Singapore economy is largely dependent on small enterprises it is necessary to shore them up, says Nicholas Sim.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Catholic Church to resume mass, puts necessary COVID-19 precautionary measures in place
The Catholic Church in Singapore will resume Mass from next week, when all churches have put in place the necessary precautionary measures.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

HSBC Singapore to have women in 40 per cent of its most senior roles by 2022
HSBC Singapore has committed to having more women in senior roles by 2022, the bank announced on Thursday (March 5).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MOH to introduce free vaccinations for Singaporean children at polyclinics and CHAS GP clinics
Singaporean children under the age of 18 will be eligible for free vaccinations at all polyclinics and Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) general practitioner (GP) clinics by the end of 2020, Senior Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Health Amrin Amin announced on Thursday …
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Patients with complex chronic conditions to get higher annual MediSave withdrawal limit
From January next year, patients with complex chronic conditions will be eligible to withdraw up to S$700 from their MediSave account each year to help reduce their out-of-pocket expenses, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Thursday (Mar 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Most traffic junctions to have red-amber-green arrows instead of discretionary right turns by 2023
As part of efforts to increase pedestrian safety, red-amber-green turning arrows will be introduced at the majority of traffic junctions over the next three years.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Healthcare spending on the rise because of higher utilisation, rising manpower costs: Gan Kim Yong
Singapore’s healthcare expenditure is set to continue to increase, largely due to the development of new facilities and the cost of running them, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said in Parliament on Thursday (Mar 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: SIA cabin crew on leave of absence after passenger tests positive
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has instructed the crew members who worked on a Milan-Singapore flight last week to go on a leave of absence, after a passenger tested postive for the coronavirus.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Online portal to be set up to provide early support to couples considering divorce
An online portal will be set up to make it easier for couples considering divorce to gain access to marriage counselling as well as information on issues such as housing and finance, announced Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee on Thursday (Mar 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MOH unveils plans for polyclinics in Bishan and Bidadari, new hospital in the east
The Ministry of Health unveiled plans on Thursday (Mar 5) to build two polyclinics in Bishan and Bidadari by 2030, as well as a new hospital in the eastern part of Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: CapitaLand to give 1,000 tenants rental rebates
Mall operator CapitaLand will be giving 1,000 tenants rental rebates over two months to help stores tide through the current retail storm caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Mental health support service for at-risk youths to be launched this year: MOH
A new initiative offering mental health support and awareness to at-risk youths will be launched this year, Senior Minister of State for Health Lam Pin Min announced on Thursday (Mar 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Priority cabins for elderly, disabled and children to be tested on North-East Line
By the end of this year, a year-long trial of priority cabins for the elderly, wheelchair users and families with young children will start on the North-East Line (NEL), as part of efforts to create a more inclusive transport system.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Progress Singapore Party’s vice-chairman Michelle Lee resigns
Progress Singapore Party’s (PSP) vice-chairman Michelle Lee has resigned from the party, it was announced on Thursday (Mar 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s major transport infrastructure projects may be delayed if outbreak drags on
ALTHOUGH the delay to timelines for Singapore’s major transport infrastructure projects is still manageable, those projects could be affected in the event of a protracted Covid-19 situation, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said on Thursday.
— The Business Times

HDB resale market ‘resilient’ in February even though fewer flats change hands
The Housing Board resale market remained robust in February despite experiencing a seasonal dip from January.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s intellectual property chief to take top job at global agency
SINGAPOREAN Daren Tang is set to helm the United Nations (UN) World Intellectual Property Organization (Wipo).
— The Business Times

Hotpot queen behind Haidilao opens family office in Singapore to manage wealth
The billionaire behind Haidilao International Holding, the world’s biggest chain of hotpot restaurants, has opened a family office in Singapore to help manage her wealth.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singaporean Daren Tang set to head UN intellectual property agency WIPO
Mr Daren Tang is set to be the new director-general of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) after winning a vote in Geneva on Wednesday (Mar 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Track fault disrupts train service on North-South Line between Bishan and Yio Chu Kang MRT stations
The train service from Bishan to Yio Chu Kang MRT station towards Jurong East on the North-South Line (NSL) was delayed by 20 minutes on Thursday (March 5) morning.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

38-year-old S’porean allegedly colluded with 3 other men to rape each other’s wives over 8 years
Four husbands and three other men have been accused of colluding to rape each other’s wives, Lianhe Wanbao reports.
— Mothership

Ex-property agent fined $88k for unlawfully subletting multiple properties for short-term stays
A former property agent was fined $88,000 on Wednesday (March 5) for unlawfully subletting multiple private residential properties for short-term accommodation.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

$9,000 fine for man who flew drone in Punggol field without permit
A 41-year-old man who flew a drone without permit in an open field in Punggol was fined $9,000 on Thursday (Mar 5).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Polytechnic student allegedly took video of woman in campus toilet
A Singapore Polytechnic (SP) student appeared in a district court on Thursday (March 5) after he allegedly used a mobile phone to take a video of a woman while she was using a toilet on campus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S$80,000 worth of illegal cough syrup, other medicine seized
Thousands of dollars worth of codeine cough syrup and other medication was seized by the authorities on Tuesday (Mar 3), as part of a multi-agency operation into the illegal supply of medication.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘If this goes on, I might quit’: Mall tenants want rental rebates soon to counter COVID-19 hit
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Singapore, business has slowed so much for one retailer at Bugis Junction that there were days when only one sale was made.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Skechers S’pore having 1-for-1 promotion on selected footwear till Apr. 5, 2020
This promotion is only available at selected concept and outlet stores.
— Mothership



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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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