Singapore morning news for July 24

Singapore morning news for July 24

Singapore morning newsSingapore’s core inflation declines 0.2% year-on-year in June
Singapore’s core inflation dropped 0.2 per cent year-on-year in June, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said in a joint news release on Thursday (Jul 23).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution Act to commence on July 30: MinLaw
THE Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution Act, together with its 48 related pieces of subsidiary legislation, will commence on July 30, 2020, Singapore’s Ministry of Law (MinLaw) said on Thursday.
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: Singapore and Japan will work towards resuming essential travel
Singapore welcomes Japan’s move to include the Republic in discussions on the resumption of essential travel and will work closely with Japan to make progress in this area, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Thursday (Jul 23).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Lee’s early election gamble sees PAP take a hit
Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party’s (PAPs) election victory on July 10, winning 83 out of 93 seats, was emphatic. Still, the opposition Workers’ Party (WP) gains from six to ten seats mark a political watershed in the tightly controlled city-state: its highest parliamentary representation since Singapore’s independence in 1965.
— AEC News Today

Secondary schools, JCs may resume ‘lower-risk’ CCAs and other school activities: MOE
Starting next Monday (Jul 27), secondary schools, junior colleges and the Millennia Institute may resume “lower-risk” co-curricular activities (CCAs) and other school activities with safe management measures in place, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MOH preliminarily confirms 354 new cases of COVID-19 infection; Total tally at 49,098
As of Thursday noon (23 July), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 354 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

Reporting of COVID-19 deaths not ‘clear-cut’, official numbers may not reflect true toll: Expert
Reporting the number of deaths from COVID-19 is not as straightforward as it may seem due to several reasons, said infectious diseases expert Professor Dale Fisher on Thursday evening (Jul 23) in a webinar.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan admitted to isolation ward after temperature ‘shot up’
Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Thursday (Jul 23) said he has been admitted to an isolation ward after his temperature shot up, ahead of a signing ceremony to finalise the Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project between Singapore and Malaysia.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Marina Bay Sands reports Q2 loss of US$113m; expansion project ‘likely’ delayed
Marina Bay Sands (MBS) has reported an earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) loss of US$113 million in the second quarter of 2020, a period that coincided with Singapore’s COVID-19 circuit breaker period.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

RSAF in talks with US Defence Department on training location for next-generation F-35B
Discussions with the United States on possible training locations for the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF’s) next-generation F-35B Joint Strike Fighters are ongoing, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said on Thursday (July 23).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s National Innovation Challenges to accelerate innovation & solutions post COVID-19
S$40 million in funding has been dedicated to National Innovation Challenges to ramp-up the development and adoption of solutions, where each challenge is allocated up to S$2 million.
— Open Gov Asia

Sea rides digital wave to emerge as Singapore’s most valuable listed firm
CONSUMER Internet firm Sea Ltd, the parent of e-commerce platform Shopee, has surpassed DBS Group Holdings to become Singapore’s most valuable homegrown public company.
— The Business Times

MOM: Employer of suicidal worker complied with advice to facilitate return to homeland, employee to leave S’pore today
Following investigations into the attempted suicide of a migrant worker residing at the S11 Dormitory @ Punggol yesterday (22 July), the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) clarified that the worker’s employer had complied with advice to facilitate the employee’s return to his homeland.
— The Online Citizen

Covid-19 deaths kept low in dorms because older and sicker migrant workers were isolated first: Prof Dale Fisher
Although around 247,000 migrant workers living in dormitories have either recovered or tested to be free of Covid-19, the daily new cases continue to remain in the few hundreds.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fish shop owner gets jail for involvement in illegal importing of live corals
A fish and corals shop owner was sentenced to four weeks’ jail on Thursday (Jul 23) for his involvement in smuggling five Goniopora live corals into Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Scoot resuming flights to three cities, extends free date change on tickets
SINGAPORE Airline’s (SIA) budget carrier Scoot resumes flights to Nanjing from July 23, and flights to Seoul and Kuala Lumpur next month, the airline has said.
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: Residents of flat among 5 people charged over Compassvale Crescent gathering
Two residents of a Sengkang flat were among five people who appeared in a district court on Thursday (July 23) over an unlawful gathering in May during the circuit breaker period.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pandan-smelling water traced to Malaysia; affected water has been isolated: PUB
Tap water reported to smell like pandan came from Malaysia, said national water agency PUB on Thursday (Jul 23), adding that the affected water has since been isolated.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Experts pinpoint how Singapore can avoid a second wave of infection
Experts are optimistic that Singapore can avoid a second wave of Covid-19 cases as long as people do not take unnecessary risks, like gathering in large groups for parties or meals.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Raffles City Shopping Centre, Golden Mile Complex visited by infectious Covid-19 patients
Raffles City Shopping Centre and Golden Mile Complex have been added to the list of places visited by Covid-19 patients while they were still infectious, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday (July 23).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Punggol East lawsuit to be handled by the newly-formed Sengkang Town Council
The Ministry of National Development (MND) revealed on Wednesday (22 July) that the newly-formed Workers’ Party-run Sengkang Town Council (SKTC) will be taking over the management of a lawsuit commenced by the Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council (PRPTC).
— The Online Citizen

‘Invisible heart of society’ and staying open to trade can spur economic growth: Tharman
The invisible heart of society is necessary for markets to work well, and for governments to curate and coordinate all players so that there is a sense of mutuality of interests, said Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Thursday (July 23).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Botanic Gardens’ 5th anniversary as Unesco site to be marked with SSO virtual concert
To celebrate the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ 5th anniversary as a Unesco World Heritage Site, the National Parks Board (NParks) has teamed up with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) to hold a virtual concert this year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Elected WP MP Jamus Lim will be part of the Economic Society of Singapore’s council
Jamus Lim, elected Member of Parliament (MP) from the Workers’ Party (WP) is one of the six new faces who will form the 64th Economic Society of Singapore’s (ESS) council.
— The Online Citizen

Covid-19: Singapore Airlines raises additional $750 million, brings total sum raised so far in FY2020/21 to $11 billion
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has raised an additional $750 million from long-term loans secured on some of its Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 787-10 planes, the carrier said on Thursday (July 23).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Companies have to play ball in providing traineeships, attachments for retrenched workers: Tharman
Companies need to play ball in providing attachments and traineeships to engage workers who had been retrenched amid the Covid-19 outbreak, said Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Thursday (July 23), adding that the Government will be very generous in supporting their efforts.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MND rejects TOCA’s application to cancel POFMA correction direction on article related to Dr Cheong Koon Hean’s statement on S’pore population
Minister Lawrence Wong has rejected The Online Citizen Asia’s (TOCA) application to cancel the correction direction issued on 4 July, the Ministry of National Development informed the publication via email on Wednesday (22 July).
— The Online Citizen

Singapore’s vision to attract tech listings met with scepticism
With its new pact with Nasdaq, Singapore Exchange (SGX) has thrown its hat into the ring to attract listings from the world’s hottest sector. But scepticism abounds over whether this strategy will succeed.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Prices, rents of industrial space fall in Q2, more downward pressure to come: JTC
Prices and rentals of industrial space fell year on year in the second quarter and will continue to see downward pressure in coming quarters due to the pandemic, said industrial land and infrastructure agency JTC Corp.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Heng Swee Keat encourages families to go on local staycations; Masagos says beaches are overcrowded
Minister Heng Swee Keat took to his Facebook on Thursday (23 July) to encourage families and children to explore local attractions and go on staycations during this week-long school break.
— The Online Citizen

Great Singapore Sale goes digital this year, with virtual showrooms, interactive games and personalised catalogues
For the first time since it started 26 years ago, the Great Singapore Sale will be a largely virtual event, with a focus on further helping local retailers go digital.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Former Singapore figure skating champ opens up about abusive coach
Teen who clinched Singapore’s 1st winter gold before early retirement said she was beaten by coach.
— Coconuts Singapore

 

 

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