Singapore morning news for April 28

Singapore morning news for April 28

Singapore morning news

Singapore lay-offs may hit 100,000 in 2020, with unemployment at 4-5%
SINGAPORE’S unemployment rate could reach around 4 per cent in 2020 as the country toils to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus with an extended circuit breaker that economists say could lead to a deeper recession.
— The Business Times (very annoying advertising)

2 elderly S’porean men die; most of 799 new coronavirus cases are workers in dorms
Two more patients died from Covid-19 complications yesterday, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths here to 14.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’porean charged with posting false information on purported “enhanced” COVID-19 circuit breaker measures
A 40-year-old Singaporean on Monday (27 April) was charged with the offence of communicating a false message after posting false information regarding purported “enhanced” COVID-19 circuit breaker measures on Facebook.
— The Online Citizen

COVID-19: A-Level project work results to be released to students over phone or email
This year’s A-Level project work results will be released over the phone or email, said the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) on Monday (Apr 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Fundraiser aims to provide meals throughout Ramadan for migrant workers living in dormitories
As Muslims across Singapore usher in Ramadan under unprecedented circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many adherents islandwide are adjusting to the absence of annual activities such as communal prayers in mosques and breaking fast together.
— The Online Citizen

14 workplace fatalities recorded within four months this year, despite decline in work activities due to COVID-19
Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad on Monday (27 April) said that Singapore recorded total of 14 workplace fatalities from 1 January to 17 April this year, compared to nine at this period last year.
— The Online Citizen

SIA: 96% of flight cancellations to be extended until end-June
Wide-ranging flight cancellations have been extended for another month by Singapore Airlines (SIA), following its announcement of a one-month extension just four days prior.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore to see 45,600 retrenchments this year, GDP to contract 5.7%: DBS economist
RETRENCHMENTS in Singapore could hit 45,600 this year with the economy in a “deep and protracted recession”, as the country toils at containing the spread of the novel coronavirus with an extended “circuit breaker”, a report from DBS Bank suggested on Monday.
— The Business Times (very annoying advertising)

Weekly dengue cases remain ‘high’; total deaths this year rise to 7: NEA
Two more people have died of dengue, with the number of weekly cases in Singapore continuing to remain “high”, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Motorists aged 65 and older get six-month extension to renew driving licence
Elderly drivers of cars, public buses and heavy vehicles, with licences that are expiring this year, will get a six-month extension to renew them.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Parliament could meet from multiple locations under proposed law
Singapore’s Parliament could soon meet from multiple locations, under a proposed law that would enhance lawmakers’ ability to function during exigencies such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Majority of ships that called at Singapore in Q1 compliant with sulphur regulations: MPA
Most ships that called at the Port of Singapore in the first quarter of this year complied with tighter sulphur emission regulations, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said on Monday (April 27).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

15 people contract COVID-19 at Acacia welfare home
Fourteen more people have tested positive for COVID-19 at welfare home Acacia Home, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) said in a statement on Monday (Apr 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: ‘Not true’ Singapore has reduced testing among migrant workers, says Gan Kim Yong
It is not true that authorities have reduced the volume of COVID-19 testing for migrant workers, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Monday (Apr 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Scaling up COVID-19 testing capacity ‘critical’ for Singapore to move beyond circuit breaker period
Scaling up the capacity to test for COVID-19 will be a “key enabler” for Singapore to move beyond the “circuit breaker” period, said Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong on Monday (Apr 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Households can expect electricity bill to go up as more work from home during Covid-19 outbreak
Singaporeans may see higher electricity bills at the end of this month, say energy experts.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Hospitals convert wards, speed up nurse training to cope with surge in cases
When the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) broke out in Singapore in 2003, Ms Hoi Shu Yin, then a front line nurse at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), saw the uncertainties and damage it caused.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MAS and banks warn of scam calls after increase in reports
At least 220 people reported calls from scammers pretending to be Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) officers in the past two months, prompting the authority and banks here to remind the public on Monday (April 27) not to engage with such calls.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Rules disallowing home-based bakers from operating may be eased if Covid-19 community transmission numbers go down: Lawrence Wong
Home bakeries are not allowed to operate under the enhanced circuit breaker measures.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Motor workshops ordered to close as Government steps up Covid-19 measures
Barbers and bubble tea shops are not the only ones affected by enhanced measures to stem the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Plastic face shields can be used in public, but should be worn with masks to be effective, say experts
While plastic face shields can be used in place of masks while out and about in Singapore, experts advise that surgical or reusable masks should be worn as well for effective protection.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Migrant workers at dorms gazetted as isolation areas, claim being given the same poor quality food everyday
In light of the spike of COVID-19 cases within the migrant worker dormitories, Singapore has gazetted about 25 dormitories on 24 April and stepped up to ensure the needs and well-being of migrant workers at the dorms are being well taken care of.
— The Online Citizen

Lawyers report surge in queries related to issues triggered by coronavirus pandemic
Singaporeans are flocking to law firms amid the coronavirus pandemic for advice on issues ranging from wrongful dismissal to visitation rights for divorced parents.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MP Seah Kian Peng explains visit to market after Facebook post on ‘playing role of safe distancing ambassador’
Member of Parliament Seah Kian Peng has explained why he was out and about at his constituency on Sunday (Apr 26), after netizens questioned his Facebook post that said he was playing the role of a safe distancing ambassador.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Website for self-employed people to apply for relief fund stalls on first day
On the first day that self-employed people can submit applications for the government relief scheme, its website was tripped up by the flood of applications on Monday (April 27).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Circuit breaker extension brings new round of downgrades in growth, employment
Singapore’s decision to keep most of its economy closed and people at home for another month will lower economic growth and raise job losses, said analysts.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore waters littered with over 60 ships packed full of oil no one wants
Oil-filled tankers are crowding a narrow waterway off Singapore as they wait out a slump in global consumption of fuel which has eroded demand and increased the utilisation of ships to store cargoes.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore sports icon Annabel Pennefather dies aged 72
Singapore sports icon and lawyer Annabel Pennefather died on Monday (Apr 27) at the age of 72.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SPH to divest convenience store chain Buzz for undisclosed amount
Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) on Monday (Apr 27) announced it would be divesting wholly owned subsidiary Buzz Shop to Thai-Pore Enterprise for an undisclosed amount.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Covid-19 a timely wake-up call for Singapore logistics
LIKE the rest of the world, Singapore is grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Business Times

Dogged determination helped her become Singapore’s first guide dog mobility instructor
A book about working dogs, borrowed from her primary school library, ignited a passion in Ms Christina Teng to become a dog trainer.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NUS student Terence Siow gets jail after probation sentence for molest is overturned
A National University of Singapore (NUS) student had his sentence of probation for molesting a woman overturned by the Chief Justice on Monday (Apr 27) after an appeal by the prosecution.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Josephine Teo: Government would have implemented the circuit breakers sooner if it had seen the community spread earlier
When looking back at the number of cases during the early phase of COVID-19 outbreak between end of January and mid-March, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo said she really wishes to know the stage at which the virus started to spread to the community and within migrant worker groups.
— The Online Citizen

Yishun Dam shoreline cleared of rubbish and plastic waste after 4-day clean-up
Agencies are looking into starting a regular cleaning regime from the second half of this year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’porean writer shares a glimpse of life in a migrant worker dormitory via photos taken in 2013
The recent explosion in the number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore has brought the poor living conditions faced by migrant workers to light after a wave of infections emerged among the country’s massive migrant workers population.
— The Online Citizen

Dorm operator who locked migrant worker employees up should be given much more than a stern warning
The world’s eyes are on Singapore as the country’s cases of coronavirus spike. Worse still, the plight of our migrant workers has also been exposed on the international stage as big name international media outlets publish photographs of the cramped conditions our migrant workers are made to live in.
— The Online Citizen

Sembcorp says unit begins proceedings against Hin Leong affiliate over gasoil deal
Sembcorp Industries on Monday (April 27) said its unit Sembcorp Cogen had begun legal proceedings to assert ownership over some gasoil reserves stored in tanks at Universal Terminal, an affiliate of oil trader Hin Leong Trading Pte Ltd.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Shut down carpooling chat group amid coronavirus outbreak, urge experts
Despite two drivers having their cars seized for allegedly providing illegal carpooling services and facing fines of up to $10,000 and/or jail of up to six months, the largest carpooling platform here has remained active.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man who defecated in court has sentence appeal for raping two 14-year-old girls rejected
A former part-time food delivery driver who was found guilty of rape and sexual assault had his appeal dismissed on Monday (Apr 27).
— 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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