Singapore morning news for April 16

Singapore morning news for April 16

Singapore morning news

COVID-19: More than 140,000 employers to get first payment under Jobs Support Scheme from Wednesday
More than 140,000 employers will start to receive the first payouts under the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) from Wednesday (Apr 15), said the Inland Authority of Singapore (IRAS) and the Ministry of Finance (MOF) in a press release.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Record 447 new cases; most linked to dorms
New Covid-19 cases in Singapore broke records for the second time in three days, with the Ministry of Health (MOH) announcing 447 new cases yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore, NZ to keep trade lines in essential goods open amid virus outbreak
SINGAPORE and New Zealand have concluded negotiations to keep trade lines in essential goods open amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
— The Business Times

All incoming international calls will be prefixed with a plus sign from Wednesday, in bid to limit scams
All incoming international calls from Wednesday (Apr 15) will be prefixed with a plus sign (+), in an effort to combat spoof calls from overseas and better protect the public from scams.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

3 million tonnes of waste disposed of in Singapore last year; plastic waste made up 30%
April 15, 2020 12:00 PMSingapore generated 6 per cent less waste last year compared to 2018 but overall recycling rates fell to 59 per cent from 61 per cent during the same period.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

March private home sales plunge 32% amid COVID-19 situation
Sales of new private homes fell in March due to disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, as developers refrained from launching new projects and potential foreign buyers were not able to visit Singapore to view the properties.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SIA Group reports 60% decline in passenger carriage as demand ‘severely impacted’ by COVID-19 travel restrictions
The Singapore Airlines (SIA) group’s carriers posted a 60.4 per cent decline in passenger carriage in March as overall travel demand was “severely impacted” by travel restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to its operating results published on Wednesday (Apr 15).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Donning mask is necessary but warm Singapore weather can be daunting, say many residents
Most Singaporeans left home on Wednesday (April 15) with half their faces covered as the nation starts donning masks, a mandatory move in its fight to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Clinical trials for Singapore’s vaccine project could start in August
Many companies and partnerships are in the race to develop a vaccine to stem the spread of Covid-19 with Singapore well in the hunt.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Circuit breakers may need to be switched on and off until COVID-19 vaccine is found: Experts
Intermittent rounds of circuit breakers may be needed until a vaccine for COVID-19 is developed, a panel of experts has said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Life will not go back to normal after end of circuit breaker period, says Gan Kim Yong
April 15, 2020 5:00 AMLife in Singapore will not revert to normal when the circuit breaker period ends on May 4, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Infection at second nursing home heightens worries over seniors
Another nursing home in Singapore has been hit by Covid-19, raising fresh concerns about vulnerable seniors.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

StarHub fibre broadband services ‘fully restored’ after hours of disruption
StarHub users across Singapore reported issues with their Internet service on Wednesday (Apr 15), with frustrated customers taking to social media to complain of an outage.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More thundery showers expected in second half of April: Met Service
More thundery showers are expected over Singapore in the second half of April, said the Meteorological Service Singapore on Wednesday (Apr 15).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore oil trader Hin Leong owes banks at least $4.25 billion
Banks are in talks with the privately-held oil trader over how to shore up its finances amid concerns over its liquidity.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Bright Vision Hospital transfers all patients to make room for stable Covid-19 cases
Bright Vision Hospital (BVH) in Yio Chu Kang Road has transferred about 110 of its patients to neighbouring community hospitals so that it can exclusively receive Covid-19 patients who are clinically stable but still require medical care.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Registers of electors certified, available for public inspection
The registers of electors were certified on Wednesday (Apr 15) and are available for public inspection.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Camtech, JN Medsys to boost supply of Covid-19 test kits
TWO Singapore firms, Camtech Diagnostics and JN Medsys, are planning to boost the production of two Covid-19 test kits after obtaining provisional authorisation from Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority (HSA).
— The Business Times

Industrial rents to moderate with manufacturing hit by Covid-19: Report
Industrial rents for most segments in Singapore will moderate in 2020 as shrinking global demand takes its toll on the local manufacturing sector, Cushman & Wakefield said on Wednesday (April 15).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Immediate measures needed to slow COVID-19 even if they take short-term toll on economy: DPM Heng
Immediate measures are necessary to stem the spread of COVID-19 and protect people’s health, even if they do take a short-term toll on the economy, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Tuesday (Apr 14).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SIA shareholders to vote on massive fund raising at April 30 virtual EGM
The extraordinary general meeting (EGM) for Singapore Airlines (SIA) shareholders to vote on its $15 billion debt and equity capital raising will take place on April 30 at 11.30am by electronic means.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Police not actively checking homes
The police have clarified that they do not actively check homes for people breaking circuit breaker rules, but will take action if they come across such cases in the course of dealing with other complaints.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

3-pronged strategy in place to stop coronavirus spread in dorms
A three-pronged strategy has been adopted to arrest the spread of the coronavirus in foreign worker dormitories, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

DSTA face shield to protect front-line workers in coronavirus fight
In the light of the world shortage of surgical masks and personal protective equipment, Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) has created a face shield for personnel on the front line of the fight against Covid-19.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Demand for frozen food, freezers spikes amid COVID-19 pandemic
With Singaporeans staying at home as much as possible amid the COVID-19 pandemic, supermarkets here are seeing a spike in demand for frozen food.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Food delivery riders who breach distancing rules to be blacklisted
Food delivery riders who do not adhere to safe distancing guidelines will be blacklisted for 12 months.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

As COVID-19 hits F&B sector, calls emerge for delivery apps to lower commission fees
The “very high” commission fees charged by food delivery platforms are eating into the already-thin profits of food and beverage (F&B) businesses, said an industry group as it called for these fees to be cut during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the longer run.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

ByteDance hunts for Singapore tech talent in global hiring spree
EVEN amid the headwinds of Covid-19, Chinese tech giant ByteDance, which owns the popular video app TikTok, is on a recruitment blitz.
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: Hair salons, optical shops may fall into grey area of what’s considered essential
Hair salons, optical shops and even some food outlets like bubble tea shops may fall into the grey area between what is considered essential and what is not amid the coronavirus outbreak, observers said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Doc who lost defamation suit against woman must disclose court ruling to patients
It will not be business as usual for the doctor who lost his defamation suit against a woman who had alleged that he took advantage of vulnerable female patients to have sex with them.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Elderly woman in back seat died after car crash with son at the wheel, coroner rules traffic misadventure
A 96-year-old woman died from injuries sustained in a traffic accident last year, with the coroner ruling her death an unfortunate road traffic misadventure.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man charged with threatening girlfriend with knife, wants to marry her after circuit breaker ends
A man was charged on Wednesday (Apr 15) with two counts of criminal intimidation against his girlfriend.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

13 weeks’ jail for woman who assaulted neighbour, causing him to fall and die from head injury
The judge also found her guilty of attempting to intentionally obstruct the course of justice.
— 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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