Singapore morning news for July 23

Singapore morning news for July 23

Singapore morning news

S$45 million tourism campaign launched urging locals to explore Singapore
Residents of Singapore are being encouraged to take a local holiday – dubbed a “Singapoliday” – and rediscover their home country while supporting local business through a S$45 million marketing campaign over the next nine months by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and other agencies.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Singapore to work with European Union on safety measures for air travel
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (Easa) will collaborate to create common standards to promote safe air travel amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Anywheel gets approval to expand shared bicycle fleet to 15,000; LTA opens applications for bike-sharing licence
The shared bike population in Singapore will be expanding, after local bicycle-sharing firm Anywheel received approval from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to expand its fleet from 10,000 to 15,000 with effect from July.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MOH preliminarily confirms 310 new cases of COVID-19 infection; Total tally at 48,744
As of Wednesday noon (22 July), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 310 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

More than half of Singapore’s hotel rooms used in Covid-19 battle, not all can reopen for staycations: STB chief
The hotels rooms are being used as isolation and quarantine facilities, as well as accommodations for returning residents serving their 14-day stay-home notice.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19 vaccine to begin human clinical trials, monitored by Duke-NUS
Duke-NUS Medical School and a San Diego-based biotech company have been given the go-ahead to conduct human clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine at the earliest date possible.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore banks’ upcoming dividends may be cut amid capital review: Analyst
Dividend cuts by Singapore banks may happen as early as the upcoming payout to be announced in the second quarter, with the regulator reviewing banks’ capital plans amid prolonged economic uncertainty, said DBS Group Research in a report this week.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More tourism layoffs expected despite redeployment strategy
EFFORTS are under way to avoid “catastrophic job loss” in the ailing tourism sector, which has shed thousands of jobs this year.
— The Business Times

Changi Village Hawker Centre, Pasir Ris West Plaza among places visited by COVID-19 cases while infectious
A hawker centre and Kopitiam food court were among the new locations added to the list of places visited by COVID-19 cases in the community during their infectious period, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on Wednesday (Jul 22).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Public servants must apply solutions to Singapore context: Chan
Those in the public service must continually challenge their own perspectives and learn to apply solutions to various problems in the Singapore context, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Signing ceremony of JB-Singapore RTS Link project to take place on 30 July, project to restart in January 2021
The signing ceremony to finalise the agreement between Singapore and Malaysia to proceed with the Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project will happen on 30 July at the Johor-Singapore Causeway, said Malaysian Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong.
— The Online Citizen

New framework for Singapore business events to resume safely; STB to trial hybrid events
THE Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has developed a risk management framework for business events with up to 50 attendees, as it prepares for the safe resumption of business-to-business (B2B) events in the coming months.
— The Business Times

Five importers fined $28,000 for bringing in fruit and vegetables illegally
Five importers were fined a total of $28,000 for bringing in food products that did not conform to import permit requirements, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said in a statement on Wednesday (July 22).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore government agencies commit S$40m to National Innovation Challenges
ENTERPRISE Singapore (ESG), the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have dedicated S$40 million in funding to National Innovation Challenges (NICs).
— The Business Times

Call goes out for proposals to develop advanced electricity meters
THE Energy Market Authority (EMA) has issued a call for proposals to develop and test-bed advanced electricity meters that can operate on Narrowband Internet-of-Things (NB-IoT) wireless communications technology.
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: Tourism sector faces headwinds but can reinvent itself to overcome challenges, says Chan Chun Sing
With mass market tourism taking a hit due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Singapore’s tourism sector must reinvent itself to overcome the challenges ahead, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said on Wednesday (July 22).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

From manhole to sampling bottle: How wastewater helps indicate presence of COVID-19 in foreign worker dormitories
It takes two keys and as many members of the team to prise open the hefty manhole cover. Sometimes, more hands are required.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore and France ink pact to strengthen cooperation in fighting crime
Singapore and France have secured cooperation in the prevention and suppression of crime, with both parties signing a mutual legal assistance treaty at a virtual ceremony on Wednesday (Jul 22).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

South Korea’s largest online platform Naver relocates data centre from Hong Kong to Singapore
Dubbed the “Google” of South Korea, Naver has moved its overseas backup data centre from Hong Kong to Singapore amidst growing concerns over the new security law enacted in Hong Kong.
— The Online Citizen

Did the PAP politicians and Women’s Wing display selective outrage?
Scores of People’s Action Party politicians, along with the PAP Women’s Wing have expressed dismay over the community-based sentence given to a university student who strangled his ex-girlfriend.
— The Online Citizen

COE prices close mostly lower in latest bidding exercise
Certificate of Entitlement (COE) premiums closed mostly lower in the latest bidding exercise on Wednesday (Jul 22).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: 10 people charged over unlawful public gathering to consume alcohol
Ten people appeared in a district court on Wednesday (July 22) after they allegedly failed to comply with safe distancing measures amid the Covid-19 outbreak and met one another to consume alcohol.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Resourceful Singaporeans use Carousell to cash in during Circuit Breaker
A user behaviour study by Carousell has found that searches for “circuit breaker” goods doubled as more Singaporeans took to Carousell to make the most out of the lockdown.
— The Online Citizen

Petition calls for Prof Paul Tambyah to lead the COVID-19 Multi-Ministerial Task Force
Recently, a petition on Change.org has surfaced, appealing the chairman of Singapore Democratic Party Paul Tambyah to lead the Multi-Ministerial Task Force in handling the COVID-19 pandemic in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

MAS fines Asiaciti Trust $1.1m over money laundering breaches
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has slapped a $1.1 million penalty on international trust Asiaciti Trust for inadequate safeguards against money laundering and terrorism financing – including its failure to monitor unusually large transactions by politically exposed customers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Tesla advertises 5 jobs based in S’pore, signals possible arrival
The vehicle manufacturer’s LinkedIn page says they are actively recruiting for these roles.
— Mothership

Extremely crowded beaches at Sentosa and East Coast Park show complacency may be setting in, says Masagos Zulkifli
At a time when everyone must keep their guard up against the COVID-19 pandemic, some complacency may be setting in among the people, said Minister Masagos Zulkifli on Facebook yesterday (21 July).
— The Online Citizen

How can Singapore benefit from the US-China trade war?
The ongoing US-China trade war has been talked about for more than two years and the glooming uncertainty that it brings towards the world economy is worrying. The relationship between the two nations was getting better at the start of the year when they signed a Phase 1 Trade Deal.
— e27

Riding the tailwind: How COVID-19 accelerated the growth of edutech startups in Singapore
When COVID-19 struck in early 2020, universities and schools around the world found themselves suddenly shifting to digital education, a scenario many had never conceived of before.
— e27

More and more Singaporeans are disgusted and rejecting old politics, says SDP’s Damanhuri Bin Abas
The old politics are making more and more Singaporeans disgusted and rejecting it, said Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) member Damanhuri Bin Abas in a Facebook post on Tuesday (21 July).
— The Online Citizen

Another case of migrant workers not relocated to isolation facility after being tested positive for COVID-19
An employer named Jianxiong James took to his Facebook on Tuesday (21 July) to reveal an incident in which two of his workers were sent to back to their rooms in Toh Guan Dormitory after being tested positive for COVID-19, instead of being moved to an isolation facility.
— The Online Citizen

MAS seeks more teeth to regulate financial services amid emerging cyber risks
THE Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is proposing new laws that will give it more teeth to regulate financial services in the Republic amid emerging risks, such as those brought on by the wider provision of digital services.
— The Business Times

MHA to review penalty framework in cases similar to that of NUS student
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will review the penalty framework in cases similar to the recent one involving a dentistry student who tried to strangle his former girlfriend and pressed his thumb against her eye after she rejected him.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

23 PSC scholarship recipients moving on with their studies this year
When she was just 16 years old, Ms Sundaram Mohan Shakthi learnt that the Singapore Police Force (SPF) is not about just catching and punishing criminals.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

WP’s Kenneth Foo voices concern over technology gaps among senior citizens, calls for “friendly options” made available
The Workers’ Party (WP) member Kenneth Foo Seck Guan took to his Facebook on Wednesday (22 July) to raise concerns about the technology gaps in society, especially among the senior citizens who face difficulty adapting to the digital transformation amid this COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Online Citizen

PR sentenced to 8 months’ jail for taking over $92,000 in bribes
A Chinese national was sentenced to eight months’ jail on Wednesday (July 22) for accepting bribes that amounted to more than $92,000.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Sembcorp, Sembmarine respond to Sias queries on demerger proposal; stress public shareholders have deciding say
The plan to demerge Sembcorp Industries and Sembcorp Marine (Sembmarine) will meet the loss-making marine unit’s critical liquidity needs, strengthen both companies’ financial positions and is in the best interest of shareholders.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Hindu Temple in S’pore rebuts claim of caste discrimination against devotees
The temple called the claim ‘inaccurate in many aspects’, and said it reviewed CCTV footage and interviewed staff.
— Mothership

NUS dentistry student who physically assaulted ex-girlfriend allegedly bonded to a government dental clinic
An undergraduate who strangled an ex-girlfriend and injured her left eye from excessive force is allegedly in a contract with a government dental clinic.
— The Online Citizen

“Please stop acting as though you are the grand sage of the PAP”, netizen calls out Lawrence Wong
Minister Lawrence Wong said earlier on that the Workers’ Party (WP) cannot just continue to question and ask for changes to the Government policy, now that it has 10 MP seats in Parliament after its win in Sengkang GRC and Aljunied GRC at the General Election (GE).
— The Online Citizen

4 men charged with corruption in construction of Customs Operations Command building
A resident technical officer was allegedly paid close to $5,320 in overtime work in exchange for leniency with the inspections of the mechanical construction works in the Customs Operations Command complex.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

WP chief Pritam Singh “heartened and motivated” by young S’poreans’ efforts to openly tackle racism
A day after Singapore celebrated its annual Racial Harmony Day, the Workers’ Party (WP) chief Pritam Singh lauded the efforts of young Singaporeans who have been “stepping out of their shells” to openly tackle racism in the country.
— The Online Citizen

Goh Meng Seng proclaims his party not a ‘sinking ship’
Goh Meng Seng posted a Facebook message yesterday (21 Jul) saying that his party, the People’s Power Party, is not a “sinking ship”.
— The Online Citizen

50-year-old man arrested over Tampines slashing incident
A 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of slashing another person in a fight at a Housing and Development Board (HDB) block in Tampines.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Temasek’s one-year return turns negative, portfolio value dips to S$306b
TEMASEK Holdings’ one-year total shareholder return (TSR) has fallen into negative territory, to -2.3 per cent for the 12 months ended March 31, 2020, according to its preliminary portfolio performance released on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

Veteran athletics coach gets jail for molesting teenage athlete on two occasions
A veteran athletics coach with 35 years of experience was sentenced to 21 months in jail on Wednesday (Jul 22) for molesting a teenage athlete twice in 2013.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Jail for NTUC FairPrice cashier who copied customers’ credit card details for 1,000 EZ-Link transactions worth S$41,000
A woman who held jobs at a supermarket and a halfway house took down credit card information of customers at NTUC FairPrice, created an EZ-Link mobile account with details from a halfway house resident and combined the two to make S$41,330 worth of unauthorised EZ-Link top-ups.
— 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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