Singapore morning news for March 12

Singapore morning news for March 12

Singapore morning news

12 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore including RSAF servicemen who were in France on official duty
Twelve new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Singapore on Wednesday (Mar 11), including eight imported cases and one linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s 2020 growth forecast lowered to 0.6%: MAS survey
The Singapore economy is expected to grow 0.6 per cent this year, according to economists and analysts polled in a survey by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) released on Wednesday (Mar 11).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Workplace fatalities at 15-year low, but injuries climb to highest rate since 2014
Workplace fatalities last year fell to the lowest since 2004, but the rate of injuries climbed to a five-year high, the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) 2019 report released on Wednesday (Mar 11) showed.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore tops global survey on order and security
Singapore has been ranked No. 1 for order and security in an annual global survey on ordinary people’s experience of their country’s rule of law.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Impact from new grading system for pre-packaged sugary drinks will be minimal: Manufacturers
Manufacturers like Pokka Group and Coca Cola said about 60 per cent of their drinks are already within healthier-choice standards.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Preventing large-scale job losses top of Manpower Ministry’s priority list, says Josephine Teo
A tripartite advisory on managing excess manpower and responsible retrenchment has been updated to guide employers on ways to deal with extra staff.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Cleaning businesses to receive 6-month extension on NEA licensing, accreditation
Cleaning businesses will receive a six-month licensing extensionfrom the National Environment Agency (NEA) in order to lessen their administrative workload amid the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Activities for seniors cancelled, but no need for them to stay cooped up at home: Healthcare professionals
There is no need for seniors to stay cooped up indoors despite the two-week suspension of all senior-centric activities organised by government agencies, healthcare professionals said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Filipino Ng Teng Fong hospital nurse went to work between Feb. 17 & Mar. 8, diagnosed 2 days after
A 35-year-old staff nurse at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday (March 11).
— Mothership

Sentosa to grant free entry until end-June, rent deferments to support businesses through COVID-19
Visitors will get to enter Sentosa for free from Mar 14 until the end of June, as part of the resort island’s new measures to attract locals and support businesses amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus case linked to gyms Boulder+Climbing and Climb Central
Two climbing gyms have been affected by Covid-19, with Boulder+Climbing and Climb Central announcing on their respective social media pages that a climber who visited their premises has contracted the disease.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Yong Thai Hang medical shop and Grand Hyatt Covid-19 clusters no longer active
Two of Singapore’s earliest detected coronavirus clusters have officially been closed and are no longer considered active, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

OCBC S’pore confirms Covid-19 case, staff who had been in close contact working from home
The bank’s office and common areas have been cleaned and disinfected.
— Mothership

Firms must report cost-saving measures that affect employees’ salaries: MOM
Employers will be required to notify the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) if they introduce any cost-saving measures that affect employees’ monthly salaries.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singaporean restaurant owner tests positive for COVID-19 in Thailand
Thailand reported six new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday (Mar 11), including a Singaporean man who owns a restaurant in Bangkok’s business district.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Be socially responsible as crowds are expected during Qing Ming period, says NEA
head of the Qing Ming or Chinese tomb-sweeping festival in April, the National Environment Agency (NEA) has put up an advisory reminding those who observe the occasion to be socially responsible in view of the coronavirus situation.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Some economists looking at full-year Singapore recession as outbreak worsens
PRIVATE-SECTOR economy watchers last month slashed Singapore’s full-year growth forecast by more than half – but, as global uncertainty swells, some now believe that even that downward adjustment might be too rosy.
— The Business Times

Singapore not ruling out using reserves for second support package
WITH a second support package on the way amid the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, the government is not ruling out the possibility of tapping past reserves to fund it, said Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in a roundtable held by The Business Times and The Straits Times on Wednesday.
— The Business Times

28,000 charging stations for electric cars is possible – but where? Industry players weigh in
At this year’s Budget, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said Singapore will aim to phase out vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICE) over the next 20 years.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Paternity leave at Citi Singapore raised to 4 weeks as bank boosts its parental leave policies globally
Fathers working at Citi Singapore can now take up to four weeks of paid paternity leave when their child is born – twice the previous policy which provided the Government-mandated two weeks.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Esso stations in Singapore cut fuel prices by 3 cents, second reduction since Monday
With the latest adjustment, Esso’s 95-octane – the most popular grade here – is now 7.2 per cent lower than its price in mid-January.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Free online course on understanding Covid-19 launched
Members of the public can access the course for free on Gnowbe’s website on their computers or mobile phones.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

110 employers, including the public service, commit to more inclusive workforce for those with disabilities
More than 100 employers committed on Wednesday (March 11) to building a more inclusive workforce for people with disabilities by signing the President’s Challenge Enabling Employment Pledge.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

How COVID-19 is changing traditional retail and e-commerce in SEA
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak has resulted in empty shopping malls across Asia, especially in countries such as Singapore, South Korea, and China where the spread of the virus has been even more pronounced.
— e27

AMK community cat allegedly had tail cut off, SPCA investigating incident
The cat has reportedly been found and is receiving treatment at SPCA.
— Mothership

Koh Boon Hwee’s new US$100M VC fund Credence Partners to invest in Series A, B firms in Southeast Asia
Singapore-based Credence Partners has announced the launch of its first venture capital fund and has made the first close at US$50 million.
— e27

This is what parents with young children in Singapore today really want you to know
“Unless you’ve ever had a child yourself, it’s very hard to understand, one,” a friend of mine says with an air of resignation.
— The Pride

Unit holders approve $1.58b Fraser Reits merger
Frasers Logistics & Industrial Trust (FLT) unit holders have voted overwhelmingly to approve the proposed merger between FLT and Frasers Commercial Trust (FCOT), FLT said in a bourse filing during the midday trading break on Wednesday (March 11).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Condo and HDB rents, volumes up in February: SRX
Rents and volumes of non-landed private homes and Housing Board flats rose in the month of February, showing as yet no effect from the coronavirus outbreak, according to flash estimates from real estate portal SRX Property on Wednesday (March 11).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singaporeans stand together to Overcome as One
On Mar 7, while most of us were still asleep, a group of joggers in bright blue T-shirts were already bringing cheer to their neighbours around Our Tampines Hub (OTH).
— The Pride

Fine for e-scooter rider who knocked into girl, causing multiple dental injuries
Tan Jia Jun, 26, was blasting music while riding along the path in Pasir Ris Drive 1 when he knocked into the girl.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore stock watch: Keppel DC Reit, BHG Retail Reit, Nam Cheong, Chasen, Dyna-Mac
The following companies saw new developments that may affect trading of their securities on Wednesday (March 11).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man gets conditional warning for wanting to throw egg at Shanmugam
A 12-month conditional warning has been issued to a 21-year-old Singaporean man, known as Facebook user Edmund Zhong, who said he wanted to throw an egg at Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam in a Facebook comment in March 2019.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Bullying incident at Mee Toh School ‘cannot be tolerated’: Ong Ye Kung
A case of bullying at Mee Toh School involving a group of Primary 5 students picking on a classmate is wrong and cannot be tolerated, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung on Tuesday (Mar 10).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S’pore police looking for next-of-kin of woman who died alone on Dec. 4, 2019
The Singapore police are appealing for the next-of-kin of a woman who died alone on Dec. 4, 2019.
— Mothership

Anorexic woman’s weight fell to 20kg before she died: Coroner
An anorexic woman’s weight plummeted from 48kg to just 20kg over three to four years before she died last August.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘Holistic support system’ required as S$30,000 grant receives mixed reviews from HDB homeowners without direct lift access
At 66, Mr Osman Omar has to climb two flights of stairs between his third-floor flat to get to the lift on the fourth floor.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

They aim to boost mental health of young people in Singapore
She struggled with symptoms of anxiety and eating disorder in secondary school, but did not think to seek help then.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Two fatal road accidents in Jurong
Two men have died in two separate road accidents in Jurong.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Woman and ex-lover jailed for plot to kill husband
Amanda Yeo Pei Min, who had conspired with her boyfriend to sabotage her spouse’s car, has been sentenced to five months’ jail.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SCDF rescues trapped driver after tipper truck smashes into fire hydrant, tree in Tampines
A 35-year-old driver was taken to hospital after his tipper truck crashed into a fire hydrant and a tree at the junction of Tampines Avenue 1 and Avenue 4 in the early hours of Wednesday morning (March 11).
— 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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