Singapore morning news for March 9

Singapore morning news for March 9

Singapore morning news

MOH investigating possibility of COVID-19 transmission within SGH ward
The Ministry of Health (MOH) is investigating the possibility that there was transmission of COVID-19 within a ward at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), the health authority said on Friday (Mar 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore reports 12 new COVID-19 cases, nine linked to SAFRA Jurong cluster
Singapore on Sunday (Mar 8) confirmed another 12 cases of COVID-19, including nine linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Number of abortions down by about half in nearly a decade
The number of abortions carried out here has fallen by about half in almost a decade, as couples are more savvy about birth control and there are fewer unplanned pregnancies, counsellors say.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Bill to amend Wild Animals and Birds Act introduced in Parliament
A Bill to amend the Wild Animals and Birds Act was introduced in Parliament on Friday (Mar 6), with stiff penalties for the feeding, releasing or trapping and killing wildlife.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘Theoretical possibility’ that COVID-19 can spread from animals to humans, but pets not a serious vector of transmission: MOH
There is a theoretical possibility that COVID-19 could spread from animals to humans, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Friday (Mar 6), although it assessed that pets are not a serious vector of transmission.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Road ahead for Singapore’s F-35s
Singapore is now in the final stages of sealing a deal for its first next-generation stealth fighter jets, joining 12 other countries who are set to receive or currently operate the F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More safety checks for high-rise buildings in amendments to Building Control Act
Older buildings will have to undergo facade inspections every seven years under new rules in the Building Control Act passed in Parliament on Friday (Mar 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Free entry to public swimming pools and gyms for Singaporeans aged 65 and above
Singaporeans aged 65 and above will be able to use all ActiveSG swimming pools and gyms for free from next month, it was announced on Friday (Mar 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore must prepare mentally for spike in COVID-19 cases, update stockpile, supply chain strategy: Chan Chun Sing
With a worldwide spike in the number of COVID-19 cases being detected, Singapore must be mentally prepared that we might also see a spike in cases, said Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Task force formed to raise public hygiene standards beyond COVID-19 outbreak
A multi-agency task force has been formed to step up public hygiene standards in Singapore beyond the COVID-19 outbreak, authorities said on Friday (Mar 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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)

Temperature screening ‘important’ but not ‘foolproof’ in detecting COVID-19: Gan Kim Yong
Temperature screening is an important tool in detecting COVID-19 cases, but it is not a foolproof measure and should not be regarded as the only way to identify people who are unwell, health authorities said on Friday (Mar 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S$1.6 million set aside for arts and culture sector amid COVID-19 outbreak
About S$1.6 million will be set aside for the arts and culture sector as part of support for the community amid the COVID-19 outbreak, and to prepare the sector for “post-disease recovery”, announced Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Baey Yam Keng on Friday (Mar 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Covid-19: 64-year-old Indonesian man among 12 new confirmed cases on Mar. 8
The man arrived in Singapore on March 7, and was confirmed to have Covid-19 infection the next morning.
— Mothership

Six, including three children, taken to hospital after accident near Hougang 1 mall
Six people were taken to the hospital after an accident involving two vehicles near Hougang 1 shopping mall on Sunday (Mar 8).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘Like an invisible criminal’: How police helped find missing link between COVID-19 church clusters in a day
As the novel coronavirus spreads in Singapore, a kind of puzzle began to emerge. Not on the frontline where doctors and scientists rush to find a vaccine, but behind the scenes where police officers race to find the cause of a “crime”.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Who is considered a contact of an infected patient?
According to the Ministry of Health, close contacts of someone who has Covid-19 include people who have had prolonged physical contact with or stayed in the same place as the patient.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: SG Clean certificates dished out to hawker stalls meeting new hygiene standards
Certification means they have set up processes to ensure that food preparation areas and equipment are sanitised, waste is handled properly and systems are in place to monitor staff health.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Five of six face masks fail absorbency test
The humble three-ply surgical mask has become the hottest commodity during the coronavirus outbreak, with many buying what they can get their hands on.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

President Halimah calls for wider adoption of flexi-work arrangements to support women with family obligations
In line with International Women’s Day on Sunday (March 8), President Halimah Yacob said that women in Singapore have progressed in all areas, but more could be done to support them on the work front.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

The women on the front line in NUH’s battle against coronavirus
The coronavirus outbreak in Singapore is not showing any signs of letting up.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PAP women candidates for next GE identified: Minister
The People’s Action Party (PAP) has identified a pool of women candidates for the next general election, due by April next year, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

CCs, RCs suspend classes attended by confirmed coronavirus cases
As Singapore’s list of confirmed coronavirus cases grows longer, all activities and classes at community clubs (CCs) and residents’ committees (RCs) that were attended by those infected will be suspended for the next two weeks.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: CNY celebration by singing group led to second-largest cluster here
The Feb 15 event at Safra Jurong, which has been linked to 21 Covid-19 cases as of last night, was a Chinese New Year celebration attended by members of a Hokkien singing group.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus outbreak: Why still so dirty, Singapore?
The Republic might have a reputation of being a clean city, but a Sunday Times check at five hawker centres islandwide found that the nation still has some way to go in maintaining it.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Foreign worker envoys help combat fake news on coronavirus
Some panicked after mistaking the number of discharged coronavirus cases for the death toll.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Investing in Singaporeans and Singapore’s future: 9 highlights from Committee of Supply debate
A comprehensive set of relief measures was announced as part of the $4 billion Stabilisation and Support Package this year, to help businesses badly hit by the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s fish balls could get unhealthier in the near future
Is it just fish meat inside this hawker staple or is there more to it? The programme Talking Point tracks down the source of a key ingredient and finds out a supply issue could erupt.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

HDB’s Green Towns plan ambitious but doable: Experts
A 10-year plan to make Housing Board (HDB) towns more environmentally sustainable and liveable is ambitious, but observers say it can be done.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singtel, AIS and SK Telecom invest in new regional gaming venture
Singtel has teamed up with its Thai associate AIS and South Korea’s SK Telecom to invest in a new gaming venture for Asia.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

DPM Heng launches campaign to spur kindness during coronavirus outbreak
Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat urged people yesterday to be kinder to one another during the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Grow meat at home from stem cells? It’s coming, says Shiok Meats CEO
Sandhya Sriram is confident that people will be able to make their own meats.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Some activities at 7 CCs and 8 RCs suspended over links to SAFRA Jurong COVID-19 cluster: MOH
Some activities at seven community clubs and eight residents’ committees were suspended on Saturday (Mar 7) over links to COVID-19 patients in the cluster involving a private dinner function at SAFRA Jurong, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Nine Singapore footballers who broke curfew during SEA Games fined: SNOC
The nine Singapore footballers who broke curfew at last year’s SEA Games in the Philippines have been fined by the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC), a spokesperson said in a statement on Saturday (Mar 7).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singaporean doctor finds joy — and a new world view — helping Afghan refugees
Born and bred in Singapore, Wee Teck Young left in 2002 to do humanitarian work.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

71-year-old mother of three adult children with special needs among women celebrated on International Women’s Day
For the past 36 years, Madam Emalin Rom, 71, has been the sole caregiver to her three adult children who have special needs.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Chinatown hawkers offer discounts to draw customers back after business dips due to coronavirus outbreak
It has been a lean few weeks for hawkers at the Chinatown Complex Food Centre, but some tasty promotions this weekend have got diners streaming in to get their fix of local fare.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

International Women’s Day: Progress being made in workplace diversity, say top female executives
Organisations in Singapore are more open to diversity in hiring practices today – with more female representation in key management positions – but there is still a disparity between the number of male and female leaders in the workforce.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Covid-19: SP to cut director fees, senior management bonuses
SP Group’s directors will take a pay cut, while its senior management will trim their bonuses this year.
— The Business Times

Singapore Philatelic Museum to reopen next year as dedicated children’s museum
When it reopens in 2021, the Singapore Philatelic Museum will become a dedicated children’s museum targeted at those aged 12 and below, it was announced on Friday (Mar 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Youth arrested for alleged housebreaking and theft at Kaki Bukit Road workshop
A 19-year-old man who allegedly broke into a workshop in Kaki Bukit Road on Saturday morning (Mar 7) and stole $2,220 has been arrested.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Bukit Merah shop robbed of $3,000 worth of gold jewellery by man pretending to be a customer
A thief stole a gold necklace worth around $3,000 from jewellers in Bukit Merah on Saturday afternoon (March 7).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man with pitta mask assaulted & robbed school cleaner, 92, of S$1,200 near Old Airport Road Food Centre
The S$1,200 that the robber took was supposedly the old man’s salary.
— Mothership

NUS engineering graduate helped create ‘Toy Story 2’ & ‘Up’, but hopes you won’t notice her work
Stories of Us: Audrey Wong tells us what it’s like working in the movie industry and dealing with ‘jiggly body fat’.
— Mothership

Commentary: The road to housing for single, unwed mothers is clearer but still bumpy
Housing is arguably the most fundamental practical issue that unwed mothers must deal with, says Shailey Hingorani, Head of Research and Advocacy at AWARE.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Zam Zam owner convicted of conspiring to hire hitman to slash rival from Victory murtabak restaurant
The owner of well-known restaurant Zam Zam was found guilty on Friday (Mar 6), along with a business associate, of hiring a hitman to slash a man from a rival eatery.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Two teenagers arrested over assault on Singaporean student in London
Two teenage boys, one 15 years old and the other 16, have been arrested in relation to a case of racially aggravated assault against a Singaporean student in Oxford Street last month, said police on Friday (Mar 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Serial underwear thief jailed after he steals again, found with 2 bras, 11 panties
A serial underwear thief who has been in and out of court since 1981 for related offences was on Thursday (Mar 5) jailed for one-and-a-half years on more theft charges.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Muay Thai gym co-founder gets jail and caning for sexually assaulting woman after trial class
The co-founder of a Muay Thai gym was sentenced to seven years and four months’ jail and four strokes of the cane on Friday (Mar 6) for sexually assaulting a woman after a trial class.
— Channel NewsAsia (very 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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