Singapore morning news for April 24

Singapore morning news for April 24

Singapore morning newsSingapore headline inflation falls to zero in March
SINGAPORE’S headline inflation was flat in March, narrowly avoiding the negative turn that the core inflation gauge had taken just the month before.
— The Business Times

MOM to reduce or stop future payouts to companies that cut down on workers’ salaries during circuit breaker
Employers found to have cut down on their workers’ salaries, or placed them on unpaid leave, during the circuit breaker period may be subject to lower payouts in the next tranches or even be denied such payouts in the future, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).
— The Online Citizen

1,037 new cases, 982 of them in dorms
Foreign workers living in dormitories continued to make up the bulk of new coronavirus cases, with 982 such workers among the 1,037 new cases yesterday, the Ministry of Health said in its daily update.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Four more dormitories under isolation
Four more foreign worker dormitories have been placed under isolation, bringing the total to 25, even as coronavirus cases from these dorms continue to drive up infection cases here.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Tech Assists Healthcare Sector in Singapore deal with surge in COVID-19 cases
Testing and Telemedicine resources in Singapore are helping the country cope with the recent increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases.
— Open Gov

Petrol prices in S’pore remain the same despite plummeting oil prices
Since the end of March, fuel pump prices have remained unchanged even though crude oil prices fell to negative on Monday (20 April) before rebounding.
— The Online Citizen

Two new nursing home infections bring total to five homes with Covid-19 cases
Singapore has now had 20 confirmed Covid-19 infections among both staff and residents in five nursing homes.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Thinner crowds at 4 wet markets with restricted entry; NEA says IC requirement to be enforced from Apr 24
It is Apr 23 – an odd-numbered date, and only people whose identification card numbers end in an odd number can enter the Chong Pang Market.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S11 with more than 2K coronavirus cases won Dormitory Award and generates $70m from its 2 dorms
Yesterday (22 Apr) there were 1,016 new cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore with 967 involving foreign workers residing in dormitories.
— The Online Citizen

Civil servant arrested under Official Secrets Act over leak of COVID-19 case numbers
A civil servant has been arrested for allegedly leaking COVID-19 case figures before they were officially released, according to a police news release on Thursday (Apr 23).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S’porean sentenced to six weeks’ jail after breaching stay-home notice to eat bah kut teh
A Singaporean man who breached a stay-home notice (SHN) and left his house to eat bak kut teh on 23 March has been sentenced to six weeks’ imprisonment on Thursday (23 April).
— The Online Citizen

Muslims mark the start of Ramadan amid COVID-19 outbreak
Muslims in Singapore welcomed the holy month of Ramadan on Thursday (Apr 23) amid what has been described as a different atmosphere.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Government sets aside S$100m for 4,000 traineeships for fresh grads
THE Singapore government has set aside S$100 million to support fresh graduates through a traineeship programme that now offers them more than 4,000 such opportunities.
— The Business Times

S’pore from being the “gold standard”, to being criticized by foreign media reports on the sudden spike of COVID-19 cases among migrant workers
Singapore’s approach to dealing with the COVID-19 virus was once hailed as the ‘gold standard’ by many countries, even the World Health Organisation (WHO) praised Singapore for “leaving no stone unturned” in tracing every COVID-19 cases.
— The Online Citizen

Circuit-breaker hit to inflation raises risk of more monetary easing
SINGAPORE’S newly extended “circuit-breaker” period – involving tougher movement curbs to keep the coronavirus in check – should keep a lid on consumer prices this year.
— The Business Times

At least 350,000 in S’pore still commuting to work daily
At least 350,000 workers in Singapore are still commuting to work daily, even after the number of services considered essential was reduced on Wednesday to further control the local spread of the coronavirus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Josephine Teo tells BBC: We do what we can
In a BBC report yesterday (22 Apr), it said that Singapore was once hailed as the “gold standard approach” in fighting the COVID-19 virus, but its reputation now “tarnished” because of infections spreading amongst the migrant workers in cramped worker dormitories.
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus: SIA confirms 15 cases so far, no crew infectious while on flights
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has confirmed that 15 staff have tested positive for Covid-19 since March, with nine having fully recovered and been discharged.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Migrant worker with COVID-19 dies from injuries after being found motionless at staircase landing in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
The police are investigating a case of unnatural death after a man was found motionless at a staircase landing in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Mega Covid-19 facility being built at Tanjong Pagar Terminal to house up to 15,000 people
Over the last few days, regular visits to the site have shown large marquees being set up with cherry pickers in the area.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

K Shanmugam: Foreign Domestic Workers contract COVID-19 from their employers, not from other workers outside
Despite the majority of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Singapore are linked to migrant workers in their dormitories, only 17 foreign domestic workers (FDWs) had been reported to test positive for the coronavirus.
— The Online Citizen

Join the entire nation in singing Home to thank healthcare, migrant workers
The singalong event, Sing Together Singapore, will take place on Saturday (Apr 25) at exactly 7.55pm and will feature local celebs like Dick Lee, Taufik Batisah, Shabir as well as Mediacorp artistes.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S’pore achieved 2020 solar deployment goal, JTC set to expand industrial initiatives
According to a joint statement by the Energy Market Authority (EMA) and JTC on Wednesday (22 April), Singapore has achieved its 2020 solar deployment target of 350 megawatt-peak (MWp) in Q1 of this year.
— The Online Citizen

Grab rider shares his experience of waiting for two hours for bubble tea and ends up being forced to cancel order
On Tuesday night (21 April), the Ministry of Trade & Industry (MTI) said in a statement that all standalone food and beverage outlets – as well as hairdressing and barber shops, will have to close – until 4 May.
— The Online Citizen

UV disinfecting robots to be deployed in fighting Covid-19
More than 200 locally made UV disinfecting mobile robots will be rolled out in shopping malls and the healthcare and transport sectors by the end of the year to help fight against Covid-19.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

17 maids in Singapore have Covid-19, none infected by foreign workers in dorms
Only 17 foreign domestic workers (FDWs) here have been confirmed to have Covid-19 so far, and they did not get it from foreign workers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Task force on family violence plans to step up support amid circuit breaker measures
The inter-agency task force addressing violence within families is looking to strengthen support for spouses facing abuse at home, especially amid the extended circuit breaker period.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Food firm founded by billionaire Kishin RK sets up foundation to provide free food to those in need
Food firm Tiffin Labs, co-founded by one of Singapore’s youngest billionaires, 36-year old Kishin RK, has set up a charitable foundation to give free meals to the needy during the Covid-19 crisis.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

KFC files police report after customer seen spitting at employee in NEX outlet
KFC has lodged a police report after a customer was filmed spitting at one of its employees in its NEX outlet, the fast food chain said on Thursday (Apr 23).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: Hin Leong’s financial woes suggest oil traders haven’t learnt their lessons
Hin Leong isn’t the first oil industry company to rake up a mountain of debt as the effects of previous cases linger on today, says Baldev Bhinder.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19 Migrant Support Coalition to raise S$1,000,000 to help meet the needs of migrant workers affected amid circuit breaker
As part of the initiatives to support migrant workers in the country, the COVID-19 Migrant Support Coalition (CMSC) has launched a fundraising campaign with the aim of raising S$1,000,000.
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus: Universities use artificial intelligence to deter cheating in online exams
The Singapore Management University (SMU) and Singapore Institute of Technology are sending students into a lockdown when they take online examinations.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Moody’s downgrades record-high number of companies worldwide, including some Singapore firms
Moody’s Investor Service said a record-high 96 companies worldwide are now on the line between speculative grade and investment grade.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PM Lee dons handmade pixelated camo reusable mask in latest Facebook profile photo
Weeks after announcing that the authorities will “no longer discourage people from wearing masks”, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday (23 April) took to Facebook to share a photograph of him donning a handmade reusable mask with a pixelated camo pattern.
— The Online Citizen

COVID-19 forced his beehoon stall to shut – so NTU undergrad cooks for hundreds of folks in need
Over a month after he opened his on-campus supper stall, this enterprising 20-year-old lost his student customer base. Now, he and his friends help feed the elderly free breakfast instead, with 1,500 packets served so far.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore FinTech Association, Razer offer fintech firms up to $2.1m financing amid Covid-19
The Singapore FinTech Association (SFA) and Razer Fintech have agreed to provide fintech companies in Singapore bridge financing, equity or equity-linked instruments ranging from US$100,000 to US$1.5 million (S$143,000 to S$2.1 million), they said in a joint release on Thursday (April 23).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Here’s how you can support your favourite Singapore hawker stalls
Hawkers United – Dabao 2020 is a community initiative on Facebook that provides a cost-free avenue for hawkers to promote their food and take online orders.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Residents in five HDB mature estates to have FairPrice vans selling essentials nearer their homes
Dubbed FairPrice on Wheels, the initiative aims to make shopping more convenient for some people amid the coronavirus outbreak by cutting their travel time and taking FairPrice outlets nearer to them.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Lorry driver killed in accident involving three vehicles at a Yio Chu Kang Road traffic junction
A 58-year-old man was killed and three others were injured on Tuesday (Apr 21) night in an accident involving a lorry, a ComfortDelGro taxi and a car at a Yio Chu Kang Road traffic junction.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man on death row for helping to traffic drugs acquitted in Court of Appeal’s first fully virtual hearing
A man who was sentenced to death for abetting in the trafficking of drugs was acquitted by the Court of Appeal on Thursday (Apr 23), in the apex court’s first fully virtual hearing.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

2 men charged with verbally abusing public servants during coronavirus outbreak
Two Singaporean men have been charged with verbally abusing public servants in separate incidents during the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)



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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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