Singapore morning news for June 16

Singapore morning news for June 16

Singapore morning newsSingapore to charge for COVID-19 airport entry screening starting Wednesday
Singapore will introduce a user pays COVID-19 screening model for non-citizens or PR holders entering or leaving the island city-state commencing 11:59 June 17.
— AEC News Today

Singapore GDP forecast to contract by 5.8% in 2020: MAS survey
The Singapore economy is expected to contract by 5.8 per cent this year, according to economists and analysts polled in a survey by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) released on Monday (Jun 15).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore records sharpest fall ever in employment, ‘likely to worsen’
Singapore’s workforce shrank by a quarter during the first quarter of the year, the largest fall in recorded history, as unemployment hit a 10-year high.
— Coconuts Singapore

MOH preliminarily confirms 214 new cases of COVID-19 infection; Total tally at 40,818
As of Monday noon (15 June), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 214 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

Phase Two of Singapore’s re-opening set for Friday
SINGAPORE will be moving into Phase Two of reopening from Friday (after June 18, 11.59pm), while students from all levels will return to school daily from June 29, said the Multi-Ministry Taskforce at a press conference on Monday.
— The Business Times

SGH ranked 8th and NUH 31st in Newsweek’s world’s best hospitals list
Singapore General Hospital (SGH) has fallen five spots in Newsweek magazine’s annual ranking of the world’s best hospitals, but managed to remain in the top 10.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Returning ‘fast lane’ travellers can appeal for swab test in place of stay-home notice: Chan Chun Sing
Fast lane travellers returning to Singapore may appeal for swab tests in place of the mandated 14-day stay-home notice (SHN) they would have to serve when they are back in the country, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing on Monday (Jun 15).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Phase 3 businesses resigned to waiting their turn to reopen
LARGE-scale events and venues such as conferences, exhibitions, concerts and trade fairs; and entertainment venues such as bars, nightclubs, karaoke outlets, cinemas, theatres, as well as indoor and outdoor attractions will still remain shut when Phase 2 kicks in on Friday.
— The Business Times

SIA Group passenger carriage dropped 99.6% in May as COVID-19 continued to severely impact demand
The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group recorded a 99.6 per cent year-on-year decline in passenger carriage in May as travel demand continued to be severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to its operating results published on Monday (Jun 15).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Platinium Dogs Club operator faces 13 charges for offences related to pet hotel
A 31-year-old woman will be charged in court on Monday (Jun 15) for various offences related to the operation of pet hotel Platinium Dogs Club.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Working from home will continue to be default in phase 2 to reduce Covid-19 transmission: Lawrence Wong
Working from home is to continue to be the default for employees even as Singapore further reopens its economy from Friday (June 19), said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong on Monday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: More than 130 companies return Jobs Support Scheme wage subsidies worth S$97 million
More than 130 companies have returned a total of S$97 million in wage subsidies given to them as part of the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) for the months of April and May, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said on Monday (Jun 15).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singaporeans feel English should be main language used in public, with space for other languages: IPS study
Up to 71 per cent of respondents across ethnic groups in 2018 indicated that they feel inter-ethnic interactions in the public space should be in English.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NEA calls for in-depth study of Singapore’s funeral industry after recent blunders by operators
A comprehensive 12-month study of the country’s funeral industry will be conducted to scrutinise standards and assess manpower demands.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New private home sales jump 75% in May despite shuttered showflats and COVID-19 restrictions
Sales of new private homes rose 75 per cent last month despite the circuit breaker period, a surprise to many analysts who expected the property market to remain muted after the sharp plunge in April.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Cargo ship calls at Singapore hub plummet to 27-year low, marine fuel sales fall
Cargo ship arrivals in Singapore, the world’s top transhipment and bunkering hub, plummeted to their lowest in nearly three decades in May, while dragging sales of marine fuels to a three-month low, official data showed.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Second round of self-disinfecting coating to be applied to 26,000 HDB lifts
Another round of self-disinfecting coating will be applied to 26,000 Housing Board lifts, starting from the end of the month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Chan Chun Sing: Govt will create opportunities for all S’poreans, improve S’porean workers’ lives at every stage of career
The Government pledged to create opportunities for all Singaporeans regardless of their age and improve the lives of Singaporean workers “at every stage of their careers”, said the Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing in his national broadcast on Sunday (14 June).
— The Online Citizen

Leong Sze Hian defamation suit trial postponed following PM Lee’s counsel’s illness
The trial of the defamation suit made by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong against financial advisor and veteran blogger Leong Sze Hian, scheduled to take place early next month, has now been postponed after the former’s lead counsel had reportedly fallen ill.
— The Online Citizen

Travel restriction waived on medical grounds for Bangladeshi diagnosed with COVID-19 in Singapore
A Bangladeshi national, Singapore’s first imported case of COVID-19 in more than a month, had been granted a waiver to enter Singapore on medical grounds, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New chief executive appointed to Infocomm Media Development Authority
The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) will have a new chief executive from Saturday (Jun 20), with the appointment of Mr Lew Chuen Hong.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Many low-wage workers continue to work and get paid: Manpower Minister Josephine Teo
Concerns have been raised about the plight of low-wage workers whose financial difficulties would increase tremendously if they are retrenched or placed on no-pay leave.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commentary: Is COVID-19 the final straw that breaks the Orchard Road camel’s back?
As the coronavirus pandemic accelerates the transition to e-commerce, the grand dame of shopping in Singapore must pull itself together to regain its status as the little red dot’s most popular street, says Karen Tee.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Even with COVID-19, printing companies say they are ready for surge in orders for General Election material
As Singapore draws closer to the next General Election, some campaign material suppliers say they have not received orders yet but are ready to quickly roll into action when needed, even though COVID-19 protection measures may still be in place.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

$2,000 fine for woman who was part of unlawful gathering amid Covid-19 outbreak
The 10th and final student to be dealt with in court over an unlawful gathering in an apartment during the circuit breaker was fined $2,000 on Monday (June 15).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Rich HK businessman transfers US$10m to Singapore and secures PR status amidst troubles in HK
Bloomberg reported yesterday that many rich Hong Kongers are beginning to reduce their Hong Kong exposure by transferring their money out of Hong Kong (‘Hong Kong’s Rich Are Preparing for a Worst-Case Scenario’, 14 Jun).
— The Online Citizen

Fifth man who illegally shared photos of Bionix accident gets probation; prosecution will appeal against sentence
The fifth and final man in a case involving the unlawful dissemination of photographs showing a fatal Bionix accident was sentenced to six months’ probation on Monday (June 15).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

ITE students to learn professional networking and other skills in partnership with LinkedIn
Students from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) are being taught how to brand and market themselves to potential employers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Three men fined, jailed after kayaking to Pulau Ubin to camp during COVID-19 circuit breaker
Three men were fined and sentenced to four weeks in jail on Monday (Jun 15) for multiple offences after they kayaked from Pasir Ris Park to Pulau Ubin during the COVID-19 “circuit breaker” period.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Pre-school teacher speaks out on young families being crushed by S’pore’s high living cost and low wages
People’s Voice Party (PVP) chief Lim Tean took to his Facebook on Monday (15 June) sharing a video of a pre-school teacher voicing out against Singapore’s high cost of living and low wages that are crushing the young families in the country.
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus: NUS students get zero marks for cheating in take-home exam
They have also been barred from exercising the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option for the module.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Citizens’ workgroup to be convened to find ways to curb excessive use of disposables
Practical solutions to tackle the excessive use of disposable items in Singapore are being sought through a new citizens’ workgroup to be convened from this September to March next year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Not fair to expect Singaporeans to feel beholden to the government for the unknown “healthy reserves”
As the Peoples’ Action Party (PAP) led government draws on the country’s national reserves to help cushion the country from the repercussions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have been repeatedly told by ministers that this is only possible because the government has been prudent in the past.
— The Online Citizen

Man charged in court after allegedly posting comments rallying PMD users to gather and injure others
A man appeared in a district court on Monday (June 15) after he allegedly posted comments on messaging app Telegram rallying personal mobility device (PMD) users to gather at Punggol Park and cause injury to others.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Singaporeans enrolled in overseas universities unsure about future studies
Student Carolyn Tan was on the bus to the airport to board a plane back to Singapore when she received an email from her university informing students that it would be closing all its facilities and moving classes online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Former lecturer pleads guilty to taking upskirt videos of student
A former lecturer pleaded guilty on Monday (June 15) to taking upskirt videos of a student at a post-secondary school where he worked last year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

8 years’ jail for drug trafficker earlier acquitted of attempted heroin trafficking
A drug trafficker who escaped the gallows earlier this year after the Court of Appeal accepted that there could have been a mix-up in the order he placed with his supplier, was jailed for eight years on Monday (June15) after being convicted of two amended charges.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Former pawnshop director to be charged for misappropriating more than S$5.4m
A 34-year-old man will be charged in court on Tuesday (Jun 16) for misappropriating more than S$5.4 million from a pawnshop where he was employed at the time, the police said in a news release.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Ex-principal of childcare centre sentenced to 1 year, 10 months’ jail after misappropriating over $200,000
A former principal of a childcare centre who misappropriated more than $200,000 from it was sentenced to one year and 10 months’ jail on Monday (June 15).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)



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This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on World Refugee Day, June 20.


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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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