Singapore morning news for March 5

Singapore morning news for March 5

Singapore morning news

Flight delayed at Changi over virus concerns
A Turkish Airlines flight that had been scheduled to depart from Changi Airport last night was delayed after a coronavirus case was detected among passengers who had arrived from Turkey earlier on the same plane.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Visitors from Singapore to Thailand do not need to self-quarantine, says tourism authority
Visitors from Singapore to Thailand will not have to quarantine themselves amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Tourism Authority of Thailand confirmed on Wednesday (Mar 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Infected passenger flew on SIA from Milan to S’pore
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has asked the pilots and cabin crew of a Milan-Singapore flight to take leave of absence and monitor their health closely after a passenger later tested positive for the coronavirus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Singapore exploring plasma therapy for virus patients
Authorities are working on a voluntary donor recruitment process among recovered patients to donate blood.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

1 more COVID-19 patient discharged, 2 new cases reported including pre-school employee
One more patient has recovered from COVID-19, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Wednesday (Mar 4), bringing the total number of discharged cases to 79.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore to plant 1 million trees, develop more gardens and parks by 2030
Singapore plans to plant 1 million trees and develop more and better connected green spaces over the next 10 years, said Second Minister for National Development Desmond Lee on Wednesday (Mar 4), as he announced a new stage of urban planning for the National Parks Board (NParks).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

One-time licensing scheme for sterilised dogs to be introduced
By the end of this year, owners of sterilised dogs will only need to apply for a licence once throughout the life of their pet, said Senior Parliamentary Secretary for National Development Sun Xueling on Wednesday (Mar 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Fed’s rate cut thrusts Singapore banks into thicker fog
THE surprise rate cut by the US Federal Reserve overnight has only added to the skittishness about the strength of economic growth ahead, and with that, banks here have become enveloped in further uncertainty.
— The Business Times

Singapore introduces measures to cut HFC emission; S$24.8m climate-friendly package for households
SINGAPORE is moving to reduce the emission of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), commonly used in refrigerants, in a push to mitigate climate change, Minister for Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli said in Parliament.
— The Business Times

Air New Zealand confirms case of COVID-19 on board Singapore-Auckland flight
Air New Zealand has confirmed that a passenger who travelled on board a Singapore to Auckland flight tested positive for the novel coronavirus, it said in a travel alert on Wednesday (Mar 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Assisted living to options for unwed parents: 5 changes HDB is making to make housing more accessible
Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong announced on Wednesday (Mar 4) several measures meant to make housing more accessible to more Singaporeans.
— Channel NewsAsia (very 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)

NEWSand, NEWOil part of efforts to be circular economy
THE Singapore government is looking to work with the industry on the possibility of producing NEWSand on a commercial scale, as part of plans to support Singapore’s transition into a circular economy, Senior Minister of State for Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor said.
— The Business Times

SingPost to cut, freeze upper-level management pay as part of Covid-19 measures
POSTAL services provider SingPost will be rolling out pay reduction and freezes for upper-level management staff starting Apr 1 as part of temporary Covid-19 measures.
— The Business Times

Secondary 1 students to own a personal learning device by 2024 under new digital literacy measures
By 2024, all Secondary 1 students will own a school-prescribed personal learning device under a new national digital literacy programme, announced Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung on Wednesday (Mar 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Schools to offer mental health lessons from 2021; more trips to Asian countries
Mental wellness and peer support will be given more focus in schools soon, as the Ministry of Education refreshes the Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) curriculum for 2021.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MPs & NMP call for better conditions for HDB rental flat tenants
Two MPs asked if HDB can allow single tenants to rent a HDB unit on their own, without the need for another tenant.
— Mothership

HDB touts 10-year plan to green public estates
The Housing and Development Board (HDB) aims to reduce public estates’ annual energy consumption by 15 per cent by 2030.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More housing support for seniors and unwed parents; Re-Offer of Balance Flats exercise to be scrapped
Public housing will become more affordable and easier to apply for, with new housing support announced by National Development Minister Lawrence Wong on Wednesday (Mar 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

London police release photos of 4 men who allegedly attacked S’porean student after Covid-19 remarks
The London Metropolitan Police have released images revealing the faces of attackers linked to the beating of a Singapore student.
— Mothership

Higher energy performance standards for green buildings; S$19 million to support construction sector SMEs to digitalise
A new Singapore Green Building Masterplan which is being worked on will bring Singapore closer to its 2030 goal to green 80 per cent of gross floor area of its buildings.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New QR code initiative to speed up process of providing feedback on municipal issues
The Municipal Services Office (MSO) has launched an initiative to simplify the way residents can report issues.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New emissions scheme from April 2021 to incentivise use of cleaner commercial vehicles
A new scheme aimed at promoting the adoption of cleaner and newer commercial vehicles will take effect from April next year.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore sends COVID-19 diagnostic tests, machines to Myanmar
Singapore has contributed diagnostic tests and machines to Myanmar to help in the detection of the novel coronavirus, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Wednesday (Mar 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore universities suspend all student exchange programmes to Italy after COVID-19 outbreak
The National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore Management University (SMU) have suspended all student exchanges to Italy until further notice, in light of the COVID-19 situation in the country.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New Deposit Refund Scheme to encourage recycling of beverage containers
The National Environment Agency (NEA) will implement a Deposit Refund Scheme for beverage containers by 2022, announced Senior Minister of State for Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor on Wednesday (Mar 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

About 14,000 hawkers to get a month’s worth of rental fees waived amid COVID-19 outbreak
About 14,000 hawkers will get the equivalent of a month’s rental waived, as the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) assist hawkers with operating costs during the current COVID-19 situation.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

CCTVs to be installed at all licensed food establishments that provide catering services
All food establishments that are licensed to provide catering services must have closed-circuit televisions cameras (CCTVs) installed from the first quarter of 2022, announced Minister for Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli on Wednesday (Mar 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Professional development roadmap for special educational needs training for mainstream educators to be rolled out
A professional development roadmap to enhance special educational needs (SEN) training will be introduced for all educators in mainstream schools, announced Second Minister for Education Indranee Rajah on Wednesday (Mar 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singer Ronan Keating apologises for claim ships not allowed to dock in Singapore due to coronavirus
His apology came after the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore clarified on Monday that no cargo ships have been turned away because of the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Cleaning and disinfection firms see spike in inquiries
Since the first confirmed case of Covid-19 infection in Singapore on Jan 22, several cleaning and disinfection companies have seen a spike in demand.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COE prices largely unchanged; down slightly across the board
The prices of certificates of entitlement (COE) remained largely unchanged from the previous bidding exercise in February, ticking down slightly at the end of Wednesday’s (March 4) bidding exercise.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Nearly 1,400 cartons of cigarettes found hidden in Malaysia-registered bus at Tuas Checkpoint
Nearly 1,400 cartons of contraband cigarettes were found hidden in a Malaysia-registered bus at Tuas Checkpoint last week, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority said on Wednesday (Mar 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Former associate director gets 45 weeks’ jail for receiving more than $200,000 in bribes
A former employee of Changi Airports International (CAI) used his position as associate director and forged documents to secure contracts for an IT vendor.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

IKEA S’pore has limited edition menu including laksa lobster pasta & chicken cutlet aglio olio until May 31, 2020
Apart from (fairly) easy-to-assemble furniture, IKEA is also known for its Swedish meatballs.
— Mothership

Orchard Towers death: First two men sentenced for role in fatal fight
Two men were sentenced to jail on Wednesday (Mar 4) for their roles in a gang fight that led to the death of a man at Orchard Towers last year.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Serial upskirter walked around with hidden camera in shoe, was arrested 6 times in 5 years
Armed with a hidden camera in his shoe, a serial offender walked around shopping malls and his school, filming upskirt videos of multiple women over five years and getting arrested six times.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Choa Chu Kang riot: Teenager charged with possessing two knives and sickle
A teenager suspected to be linked to a riot in Choa Chu Kang last week was charged on Wednesday (Mar 4) with possessing dangerous weapons.
— 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.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



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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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