Singapore morning news for April 30

Singapore morning news for April 30

Singapore morning news

March visitor number to Singapore hits 17-year low amid pandemic
THE number of visitors to Singapore in March plunged 85 per cent from a year ago to 240,000, the lowest since the Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak in 2003
— The Business Times

Singapore construction sector to shrink 10.3% this year from Covid-19 measures: Fitch Solutions
Singapore’s construction sector is poised to take a hard hit from the Covid-19 outbreak in the short-term, and is now expected to contract sharply by 10.3 per cent this year in real terms, according to Fitch Solutions.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Five more clusters emerge as S’pore reports 690 new cases
Five new clusters have been identified, as foreign workers continued to form the majority of the 690 new Covid-19 cases reported here.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

GDP contraction to worsen in Q2 on Covid-19 impact: MAS
SINGAPORE’S gross domestic product (GDP) is likely to contract more sharply in the second quarter than in the first, given the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic abroad and strict measures at home, said the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in Tuesday’s Macroeconomic Review.
— The Business Times

Singapore Q1 unemployment rate up 2.4%; Q2 numbers to worsen as virus hits
SINGAPORE’S total employment for the first three months of 2020 registered its sharpest quarterly contraction in 17 years amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, and authorities warned the labour market in the months ahead could soften further.
— The Business Times

ERP charges, COE bidding to remain suspended during extended COVID-19 circuit breaker period
Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) charges will remain suspended at all gantries during the extended circuit breaker period, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a news release on Wednesday (Apr 29).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singaporeans wish to continue working from home post Circuit-Breaker, says survey
More than 80 per cent of employees in Singapore wish to continue working from home (WFH) post-Circuit Breaker, says a survey by EngageRocket, a company that helps organisations make better people decisions using real-time data.
— e27

Prosecution not allowed to bring dual charges over one block of cannabis material: Court of Appeal
The prosecution’s current practice of bringing two separate charges against an offender in relation to a single block of cannabis-related plant material is indefensible and impermissible, the Court of Appeal said on Wednesday (April 29).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Range of cost-cutting measures by firms to affect 100,000
An initial picture of the impact of measures that firms are taking as a result of the coronavirus pandemic has emerged.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fewer corruption reports in 2019 but more cases probed
The corruption situation in Singapore remains firmly under control, said the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), even as it received fewer reports and probed more cases last year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Q1 labour market figures better than expected, but real storm is still ahead, economists say
Amid the grim economic forecast, Singapore’s first quarter employment figures were better than expected, said analysts, although they cautioned that the labour market will continue to weaken due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore launches first drone delivery service
Singapore’s first drone delivery service has begun by taking vitamins to a ship, with its operator saying Wednesday the devices are crucial in reducing human contact during the coronavirus pandemic.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MPA unveils S$27m support package for maritime sector
THE Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Wednesday announced a S$27 million support package to help maritime companies and seafarers amid Covid-19.
— The Business Times

Anti-dandruff shampoo recalled after tests find concentration of preservatives to be 3 times over legal limit
An anti-dandruff shampoo has been found to contain preservatives of a concentration more than three times over the legal limit, leading to its recall by the authorities.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore banks set to post first profit decline since 2016 on higher provisions for bad loans
The pain for Singapore’s lenders is set to persist as Singapore braces for a sharp economic contraction this year thanks to the pandemic that’s crippling manufacturing, tourism and other services.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NTUC, Government and employer federation pledge to safeguard lives and jobs in joint May Day message
The labour movement, Government and employers on Wednesday (April 29) pledged their solidarity with workers in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic, and their steadfast commitment to protecting lives and livelihoods.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singtel, StarHub-M1 joint venture win bids for 5G network licences
Singtel and a joint venture by StarHub and M1 have won bids to operate 5G networks across Singapore, announced the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) on Wednesday (Apr 29).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Online news articles using DPM Heng Swee Keat to promote bitcoin investments are fake
Fake news articles using Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat’s name to promote investments in bitcoin have surfaced online.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Help available for home-based food operators, circuit breaker measures may be eased in time for Hari Raya: Masagos
Minister-in-Charge of Muslim Affairs Masagos Zulkifli yesterday (April 29) lauded the cooperation and understanding shown by home-based food operators who have been ordered to cease operations during the circuit breaker period, and said that help, financial and legal, is available for those who need it.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

CPIB receives fewer reports, probes more cases in 2019 as corruption situation remains under control
The corruption situation in Singapore remains firmly under control, said the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), even as it received fewer reports and probed more cases last year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Callers flood hotline set up to help Singaporeans in crisis
Nearly 7,000 distressed Singaporeans have called into a 24-hour hotline created for those in need of help during its first two weeks.
— Coconuts Singapore

Fake videos being spread to create trouble in foreign worker dorms, risk ‘serious’ law and order incidents: Shanmugam
Some people are deliberately spreading fake videos to foment trouble in foreign worker dormitories, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said on Wednesday (Apr 29).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s oil trading haven defaced by latest Hin Leong bankruptcy
Singapore has long been known as the ideal location for a commodity trading house due to its light regulation, low taxes and a view of one of the busiest shipping routes globally.
— The Online Citizen

Singaporean man to be charged after going to ICA Building to make appeal while on stay-home notice
A 50-year-old Singaporean man is expected to be charged in court on Thursday (April 30) after he allegedly breached his stay-home notice twice after returning from Indonesia.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Low community transmission of COVID-19 in Singapore as of end-March: Study
Community transmission of COVID-19 remained low up to the last two weeks of March, a Singapore study that tested blood samples from the general population has found.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SMRT extends full rental waiver for taxis to help ‘cushion financial impact’ of prolonged circuit breaker
SMRT will extend its full rental waiver for taxis until Jun 1, it announced on Wednesday (Apr 29), in a bid to help its taxi partners cushion the financial impact they will experience as a result of the extended “circuit breaker” period.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MOH sends out batsignal for more people to join the SG Healthcare Corps in the fight against COVID-19
In the face of an increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases in the country, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has launched the SG Healthcare Corps to augment its manpower resources in the fight against the virus.
— The Online Citizen

Man admits to abusing police, safe-distancing officers; prosecution pushes for 10 months’ jail
A man admitted on Wednesday (Apr 29) to verbally abusing police and safe-distancing enforcement officers who were trying to enforce compliance with COVID-19 measures.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SAF resumes parachute training after 4-month suspension due to training incident
After a four-month suspension due to a training incident, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) resumed parachute jump training involving cords on Tuesday (April 28), but with new safety measures.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Keppel’s net profit down 20.9% to $160.5 million on absence of divestment gain
The net profit of mainboard-listed Keppel Corp fell 20.9 per cent to $160.5 million for the first quarter ended March, mainly on the absence of the divestment of its 70 per cent stake in Vietnam’s Dong Nai Waterfront City a year ago.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SDP spells out vision for ‘post-COVID-19 era’, campaign focus for General Election
The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) on Tuesday (Apr 28) spelt out its vision for a post COVID-19 Singapore and the focus of its campaign for the upcoming General Election.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

22-year-old fined for breaching quarantine, says he thought it ended at 12am not 12pm
A 22-year-old man was fined S$1,500 on Wednesday (Apr 29) for breaching a quarantine order by leaving his house half an hour before it ended.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More refuse collected from HDB estates during circuit breaker period: Town councils
Up until recently, Ms Rachel Seah’s household of five only produced about two to three plastic bags of waste a day.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man arrested for loanshark harassment after setting fire at Seletar house
A 23-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly setting fire to the front yard of a house in Seletar in a case of loanshark harassment, police said on Wednesday (Apr 29).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Woman charged with allowing customer into salon for massage and masturbation during circuit breaker period
At a time when most non-essential businesses were ordered closed, a woman allegedly kept her beauty salon open and allowed a man to enter for massage and masturbation services.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Crying elderly woman, jobless man with strained family ties among callers to National Care Hotline
The hotline was set up to provide psychological first aid and emotional support amid the coronavirus outbreak.
— 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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