Singapore morning news for July 3

Singapore morning news for July 3

Singapore morning news

Worst dengue outbreak in Singapore’s history expected this year with more than 14,000 cases reported so far: NEA
More than 14,000 cases have been reported since Jan 1, with the total number expected to surpass the high of 22,170 reported in 2013, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Thursday (July 2).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Exclusive: Banks to tighten lending practices for Singapore commodity sector – sources
Commodity trade financiers in Singapore are teaming up to improve lending practices and transparency after a spate of defaults, four sources with knowledge of the matter said.
— Reuters

1.2 million Singaporean households to get $340m in utilities support
Some 1.2 million Singaporean households will receive a total of $340 million in utilities support.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore property investment sales fall 45% in first half of 2020: Report
Property investment sales in Singapore slumped in the first half of this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, though the market showed signs of stabilising in the second quarter, a report from Cushman & Wakefield on Thursday (July 2) showed.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore reports 188 new COVID-19 infections, including 10 cases in the community
Singapore reported 188 new COVID-19 infections as of noon on Thursday (Jul 2), including 10 cases in the community, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MOM issues clarification on number of local unemployed PMETs following GE2020 debate
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Thursday (Jul 2) issued a clarification on the number of local professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) out of work.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore adds China to 12-country pledge to keep trade open amid virus crisis
SINGAPORE’S biggest trading partner has become the latest country joining a pledge to keep supply chains open during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
— The Business Times

NEA takes enforcement action as ‘egregious mosquito breeding’ continues
The National Environment Agency said on Thursday (Jul 2) it will be taking enforcement action as it continues to detect egregious mosquito breeding despite outreach attempts and the current dengue situation.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Too early to discuss Phase 3 or easing of rules: multi-ministry taskforce
IT IS still too early to discuss Phase 3 of Singapore’s reopening or relaxing safe distancing rules, even as the authorities continue to monitor coronavirus cases, which have gone up in the community of late, said the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) on Covid-19 on Thursday.
— The Business Times

Increase in number of new COVID-19 community cases in Phase 2 ‘not unexpected’: Gan Kim Yong
The increase in the average number of new COVID-19 cases in the community per day is “not unexpected”, with Singapore in Phase 2 of its reopening, said Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong on Thursday (Jul 2).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

GE2020: PAP has not delivered on promise to ease cost of living burden, says SDP’s Chee Soon Juan
Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) chief Chee Soon Juan said in a party political broadcast on Thursday that the People’s Action Party (PAP) government, under Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has not delivered on its promise to lessen cost of living burdens.
— The Business Times

COVID-19: ‘Very strict requirements’ in place to ensure safe campaigning during GE2020, says Lawrence Wong
“Very strict requirements” are in place for political parties who are campaigning during the General Election due to the COVID-19 outbreak, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong on Thursday (Jul 2).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

9 Covid-19 cases in Blk 111 Tampines St 11, residents of 58 households and their visitors offered testing
Covid-19 testing was offered to all the households, and 160 people, including visitors to the households, were contacted by the Health Ministry.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

GE quick takes: MOM, Heng Swee Keat refute opposition claims
SINGAPORE will go to the polls on July 10 in an election that will see all 93 seats in 31 constituencies contested.
— The Business Times

Singapore to be a reliable node in global supply chain and build internal resilience: Chee Hong Tat
Singapore has to build its reliability as a node in the global supply chain, while also keeping an eye on the resilience of its own internal supply networks, said Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Chee Hong Tat on Thursday (July 2).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore moves to tackle climate change by developing technologies to capture carbon for storage or other uses
The country’s campaign to squeeze value out of waste substances has taken another step forward with the signing of a deal that will foster efforts to build a low-carbon economy.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Wirecard merchants scramble to jump ship
SINGAPORE merchants that use Wirecard to process payments are quickly switching to the beleaguered fintech’s competitors, spooked by the downfall of the Wirecard parent that has collapsed into insolvency.
— The Business Times

GE2020: SDA’s Desmond Lim ‘very confident’, says redrawing of boundaries won’t affect him
Singapore Democratic Alliance (SDA) chairman Desmond Lim Bak Chuan said he is very confident about his chances this election. It is his third time contesting Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC since his first outing there in 2006.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Doctors, dentists, retirees and students among the 17,100 who have volunteered to help fight Covid-19
Of those who have signed up as at June 11, more than 4,000 did so in the month before that, said the Ministry of Health, which manages the programme through its volunteering arm – SG Healthcare Corps.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

GE2020: Votes for the Workers’ Party will count in 3 ways, says Pritam Singh
Votes for the Workers’ Party (WP) will count in three ways, the party’s secretary-general Pritam Singh said on Thursday (Jul 2) in a televised party political broadcast.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

A true safeguard is having institutions that do not favour any political party: WP
A COMPLETE dominance of Parliament by one party could allow a tiny number of people to control everything, the Workers’ Party’s (WP) chief Pritam Singh said in a televised broadcast on Thursday night.
— The Business Times

GE2020: Singapore must continue investing in capabilities to emerge stronger after COVID-19, says PAP
Singapore must continue investing in capabilities to emerge stronger after the COVID-19 crisis recedes, the People’s Action Party (PAP) said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

GE2020: Peoples Voice wants to develop ‘fairer, more prosperous society’, says Michael Fang
Peoples Voice party aims to deliver “a fairer and more prosperous society for the many, and not just the privileged few”, its representative for the party political broadcast Michael Fang Amin said on Thursday (Jul 2).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

PAP parliamentary majority is no ‘formula for success’, says Tan Cheng Bock
IF GIVEN seats in the House, the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) will ask tough questions of the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) and serve as a check on how the government is stewarding Singapore’s reserves, PSP chief Tan Cheng Bock said on Thursday.
— The Business Times

Tour operators focus on local market as domestic tourism gradually resumes
As attractions reopen and tours gradually resume, tour operators plan to focus on domestic tourism and encourage Singaporeans to explore their own backyard.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Authorities to cast wider net to identify close contacts of patients to stem spread of infection
This is not unlike what is happening in other countries that have similarly exited lockdowns, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Companies tap Covid-19 skills upgrading scheme more than 60,000 times
A SCHEME to encourage staff training during the Covid-19 pandemic has been taken up more than 60,000 times since its unveiled in the Unity Budget in February.
— The Business Times

Banks in Singapore band together to lift standards for commodity financing
BANKS with operations in Singapore are banding together to raise industry standards for commodity financing in Singapore.
— The Business Times

GE2020: WP chief Pritam Singh questions PAP’s ‘magnanimity’ over NCMP scheme
As a debate about the intent of the Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) scheme continues to simmer, Workers’ Party chief Pritam Singh on Thursday (Jul 2) questioned the People’s Action Party’s magnanimity in highlighting the scheme.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

GE2020: Reform Party launches green manifesto calling for ‘as close as possible’ net zero emissions by 2050
The Reform Party on Thursday (Jul 2) launched a green manifesto calling for Singapore to reduce its absolute emissions to an “ambitious target” of 40 per cent by 2030 and “as close as possible net zero” by 2050.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Temasek to delay annual reporting to September amid Covid-19 pandemic
THE annual reporting for Singapore’s state investor Temasek Holdings will be delayed from July to September this year amid the Covid-19 pandemic, executive director and chief executive Ho Ching said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
— The Business Times

NSP vice president questions DPM Heng Swee Keat’s ‘sudden departure’ from Tampines to East Coast
Calling Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat’s move from Tampines GRC to East Coast GRC a sudden departure, the vice president of the National Solidarity Party (NSP) questioned the motivations behind the move and said residents’ interests should come first.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

POFMA Office instructed to issue correction directions to Peoples Voice Facebook page, Lim Tean’s YouTube channel
The alternate authority for the Minister for Education has instructed the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) Office to issue correction directions to the Facebook page of the Peoples Voice party and the YouTube channel of its party chief Lim Tean.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Novo Holdings to set up Asia office in Singapore to focus on investments in life sciences sector
The Denmark-based company, which has US$62 billion (S$86 billion) in assets, is expected to focus on three fields in the region.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

GE2020: Put PSP in Parliament to stop PAP from having a two-thirds majority, says Tan Cheng Bock
Progress Singapore Party (PSP) chief Tan Cheng Bock has urged voters to put his party members into Parliament to block the incumbent People’s Action Party (PAP) from having a two-thirds majority.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

WP apologises for not taking part in televised debate in Mandarin
THE Workers’ Party chief Pritam Singh has apologised for the party’s non participation in the live, televised debate in Mandarin on Wednesday evening, but said this did not indicate difficulty for the party to reach out to the Mandarin-speaking population.
— The Business Times

Man arrested, teen assisting with investigations after PSP, PAP election posters damaged
A 51-year-old man has been arrested and a teenager is assisting with police investigations after election posters were found damaged on Wednesday (Jul 1), the police said on Thursday.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Li Shengwu defies court order to show up; AGC pushes for S$15,000 fine for contempt
The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) is pushing for Mr Li Shengwu, the grandson of Lee Kuan Yew and son of Lee Hsien Yang, to be fined S$15,000 for alleged contempt of court.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Woman accused of throwing baby into rubbish chute expected to plead guilty
The 26-year-old Singaporean is said to have committed the offence at a Housing Board block in Bedok North on Jan 7.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

34-year-old man charged over racially offensive tweets made under pseudonym ‘Sharon Liew’
A 34-year-old man was charged in court on Thursday (Jul 2) over stoking racial tensions online under the pseudonym Sharon Liew.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Police investigating 6 businesses for allegedly providing unlicensed money transfer services
The operators of six shops in Peninsula Plaza are being investigated after they allegedly provided unlicensed cross-border money transfer services.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Body found at Potong Pasir flat during dengue inspections
A body was found inside a Potong Pasir flat on Thursday (Jul 2) after authorities forced entry into the flat to conduct dengue inspections.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)



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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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