Singapore morning news for April 9

Singapore morning news for April 9

Singapore morning news

All returning Singapore residents to serve 14-day self-isolation at dedicated facilities
All Singapore citizens, permanent residents and long term pass holders entering Singapore from any country will be required to serve a 14-day self-isolation at dedicated stay-home notice facilities.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Record 142 new coronavirus cases in S’pore; Indian national later confirmed to have Covid-19 died while awaiting test result
Singapore reported a record 142 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday (April 8), including a 32-year-old Indian national who was confirmed to have the virus only after he died.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

It’s make-or-break time for Singapore
SINGAPORE has finally shut schools and curbed non-essential physical interaction in an attempt to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission.
— The Business Times

Singapore telecom networks to be upgraded as more residents work, learn at home: IMDA
SINGAPORE will make immediate investments in its telecom ecosystem, as the latest pandemic-related movement control measures push residents to hunker down at home.
— The Business Times

New cases filed with Singapore Internatioanl Arbitration Centre hit record high in 2019
Singapore’s international arbitration centre continues to chalk up a record number of cases, drawing a new high of 479 cases last year that involved disputes totalling $11 billion.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Sungei Tengah Lodge declared an isolation area under Infectious Diseases Act
A fourth foreign worker dormitory has been gazetted as an isolation area, following a rise in COVID-19 cases.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man jailed for trying to smuggle 11 pieces of rhino horn via Singapore to Vietnam
A South African man was sentenced to 17 months’ jail on Wednesday (Apr 8) for trying to smuggle 11 pieces of rhinoceros horn through Singapore to Vietnam.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Urgent bid to free up capacity at public hospitals in Singapore as Covid-19 cases surge
There are plans to move a small number of patients to the Singapore Expo halls as soon as Friday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MOM to improve quality of meals for foreign workers under quarantine
The Manpower Ministry (MOM) is working with caterers to improve the quality of meals provided to quarantined foreign workers as it continues efforts to improve the conditions at the three dormitories which have been designated as isolation areas.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Employers urged to avoid axing workers
Employers are strongly urged not to resort to retrenchment or prolonged no-pay leave to manage business costs during the circuit breaker month, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in an advisory this week on salary and leave arrangements.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: 224 Singapore residents repatriated from Egypt
More than 200 Singapore residents arrived in Singapore early Wednesday (Apr 8) morning after they were repatriated from Egypt.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

PM: Countries have to cooperate closely to combat Covid-19
While each country is facing a different set of circumstances amid the Covid-19 pandemic, they are all fighting a common enemy and should cooperate closely with one another, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Roads empty but some still break Covid-19 safe distancing rules
As Singapore hunkered down to the second day of its circuit-breaker month, many streets and malls remained almost deserted as the majority of people stayed home.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: These Singapore F&B businesses are now offering islandwide delivery services
You may not be able to dine out during the circuit breaker period, but you can still support your favourite food places by ordering in a meal.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: In Singapore, laws are necessary for trickle-down policies to work
Self-seeking behaviour can undermine well-intended measures as COVID-19 shows, says Eugene K B Tan.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Grab forced to close centre after crowd forms to collect food delivery bags amid COVID-19 measures
Ride-hailing firm Grab was forced to close one of its offices on Wednesday (Apr 8) after a large number of drivers turned up to collect food delivery gear, on the second day of “circuit breaker” measures aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Volunteers to sew 50,000 cloth masks at home amid COVID-19 ‘circuit breaker’
Volunteers across the country have taken on the mammoth task of producing 50,000 reusable masks to be distributed to their loved ones and those in need, as Singapore begins its month-long circuit breaker initiative to break the COVID-19 cycle of transmission.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: PM Lee and Cabinet ministers meet at 2 locations via teleconferencing as circuit breaker kicks in
Despite the full suite of circuit breaker measures kicking in on Wednesday (April 8),Cabinet ministers were still able to meet with adjustments taken to ensure they kept a safe distance from one another.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

DBS, OCBC and UOB pledge no job cuts due to Covid-19
SINGAPORE banks, which are major employers here, have pledged no retrenchments as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: Life goes on amid regular checks at Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home following virus cluster links
When Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home confirmed its first coronavirus infection on March 31, all other residents of the home were also tested.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

$2,000 salary support for S’porean fresh grads hired by banks in talent push
Banks will receive $2,000 every month for each Singaporean fresh graduate or Singaporean worker from other sectors they hire as part of a Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) talent development initiative, up from $1,000.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Masks, hand sanitisers to be distributed to 350,000 migrant workers in dormitories
Reusable face masks will be given out to about 350,000 migrant workers who live in dormitories, said the Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC) on Wednesday (Apr 8).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Police warn of fake cash giveaways on social media
There has been a spike in the number of scam cases involving fake cash giveaways on social media, said the police on Wednesday (Apr 8), adding that there had been at least 13 reports lodged since December last year.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Financial institutions to get help from MAS in worker training, employment
Banks will receive $2,000 every month for each fresh Singaporean graduate or cross-sector convertee they hire as part of a Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) talent development initiative, up from $1,000.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New S$30 million grant to help Singapore farms speed up production of eggs, vegetables and fish
The agri-food industry will receive a S$30 million boost to speed up the production of commonly consumed food items like eggs, vegetables and fish.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More TV programmes, support for telcos among initiatives to help Singapore residents during ‘circuit breaker’ period
To help Singapore residents through their efforts to stay home in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19, a series of media and digital-related initiatives was announced on Wednesday (Apr 8).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

UOB CEO’s 2019 pay up 1.8% to $10.8 million; bank to defer AGM
UOB is due to defer its annual general meeting, which was slated originally for April 30, given the restrictions of mass gatherings due to the virus outbreak, The Business Times understands.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

With stricter Covid-19 restrictions under way in Singapore, ‘essential’ chipmakers count on less disruption
Computer chipmakers are banking on less disruptions to their factories from this week’s strict lockdown in Singapore than the havoc wreaked on their supply chains last month when Malaysia and the Philippines imposed vague restrictions about essential operations.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: 21 vacant HDB blocks in Bukit Merah being refurbished to house essential foreign workers
The workers will start to move into the three-room flats progressively as works are completed in the coming weeks.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Some self-employed unable to benefit from enhanced Sirs scheme
Around 100,000 of the self-employed will now be able to automatically benefit following the two enhancements made to the Self-Employed Person (SEP) Income Relief Scheme (Sirs) as part of the supplementary budget announced in Parliament on Monday (April 6).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Real estate tycoon and Olympian Thio Gim Hock dies aged 82
Real estate tycoon and Olympian Thio Gim Hock, who was formerly the chief executive of real estate developer OUE, died last Friday (April 3). He was 82.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Parents struggle to juggle working from home and supervising kids’ home-based learning amid Covid-19 crisis
Supervising their children’s learning from home while working from home is a struggle for many parents as Singapore starts full home-based learning on Wednesday (April 8) to help stem the spread of Covid-19.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Prosecutors win rare appeal arguing that seller of illicit TV boxes should not be jailed
Prosecutors have won a rare appeal to quash an excessive 12-week jail term handed down to the director of a firm which sold Android TV boxes that allowed users to access pirated content.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Safeguarding Singapore’s food security at the national and household levels during coronavirus pandemic
Call it grape expectations but avid gardener Asari Rafie was sure he could defy the rigours of Singapore’s tropical climate to produce a bumper crop from the vines creeping along his balcony railings.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Elderly man who wanted to eat in void deck arrested after refusing to go home, shouting at police
An elderly man was arrested for disorderly behaviour after refusing to heed the advice of police officers and for shouting at them in Bendemeer on Tuesday (April 7), the first day that Covid-19 circuit breaker measures kicked in.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Police officer fined for molesting female colleague while on duty
A police officer was fined S$9,000 on Wednesday (Apr 8) for molesting his female colleague three times while on duty.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Retirees look forward to meeting again after circuit breaker phase ends
The battle with boredom is already starting for Madam Chu Wai Ngoh, 75, just two days into Singapore’s circuit breaker measures aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Woman gets more than 9 months’ jail, ordered to pay $1.2m penalty for helping pubs evade taxes
A woman has been sentenced to more than nine months’ jail and ordered to pay a penalty of more than $1.2 million for helping two pubs evade income tax and goods and services tax (GST).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Luxury pet hotel owner fined for selling pedigree cats without pet shop licence
An owner of a luxury pet hotel was fined S$2,500 on Wednesday (Apr 8) for using hotel premises as a pet shop to sell three pedigree cats for S$2,800 each.
— 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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