Singapore morning news for June 17

Singapore morning news for June 17

Singapore morning newsSingapore retains top spot in global competitiveness ranking
SINGAPORE has once again come up tops as the most competitive among 63 global economies.
— The Business Times

All foreign workers have to download and activate TraceTogether app by June 19: MOM
All workers staying in dormitories will have to download and activate the national contact tracing app TraceTogether by June 19, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said on Tuesday (June 16).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MOH preliminarily confirms 151 new cases of COVID-19 infection; Total tally at 40,969
As of Tuesday noon (16 June), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 151 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

Record number of 1,158 dengue infections last week as outbreak shows no signs of slowing
The total number of infections for the year as at 3pm on Monday was 11,166 – more than the total for most years.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore scientists to start human trials of COVID-19 vaccine in August
Singapore scientists testing a COVID-19 vaccine from U.S. firm Arcturus Therapeutics plan to start human trials in August after promising initial responses in mice.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MOM: 7 workplaces ordered to close, 52 employers fined for failing to comply with safe management measures
Two weeks since the circuit breaker ended on 2 June, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) revealed that a total of 52 composition fines have been issued to employers as of Monday evening (15 June).
— The Online Citizen

42 more migrant worker dormitories cleared of COVID-19: MOM
An additional 42 migrant worker dormitories, housing around 4,000 residents, have been declared cleared of COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Chan Chun Sing: Govt to consider appeals from returning fast lane travellers for swab test in place of SHN
The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) is prepared to consider appeals for swab test arrangements in place of the 14-day stay-home notice (SHN) for returning fast lane users, said the Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing in a Facebook post on Monday (15 June).
— The Online Citizen

No buffets and testing of beauty products: List of Phase 2 safety guidelines released for retail and F&B outlets
With Phase 2 of Singapore’s reopening starting this Friday (Jun 19), authorities have released guidelines for shops and food and beverage outlets to resume business safely.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘A great relief’: F&B and retail businesses welcome Phase 2 but say it will take some time to recover
Retail and food and beverage (F&B) businesses are looking forward to Phase 2 of Singapore’s reopening following the COVID-19 circuit breaker, but told CNA on Tuesday (Jun 16) it will take some time for them to recover.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

No more food sampling or product testing: What to expect when retail outlets reopen in phase 2
Stores must ensure at least 1m spacing between customers, while activities and events in stores or mall atriums are not allowed.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

No evidence COVID-19 can be transmitted through food or packaging: SFA
There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted to humans through food or food packaging and equipment, said the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) on Tuesday (Jun 16).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Politicians who appeared on OKLETSGO podcast say remarks on women were wrong, some sponsors concerned
Politicians who have appeared as guests on OKLETSGO said this week that the remarks made about women were wrong, while some of the popular podcast’s sponsors have expressed concern over the saga that prompted its hosts to issue an apology.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore firms made 110,000 hotline calls about safe-distancing measures
BUSINESSES that were affected by the safe-distancing measures amid the Covid-19 pandemic made some 110,000 phone calls to Enterprise Singapore’s (ESG) information hotline between April 3 and June 15, ESG said on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

Tuition and enrichment centres to cut class sizes and tweak lesson schedules for phase 2 reopening
Tuition and other private enrichment centres will implement additional safety measures, including reducing class sizes and rescheduling some lessons, before they are allowed to resume operating from Friday as Singapore moves to phase two of reopening.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MOM warns of fake website phishing for personal information
A website has been masquerading as the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) website and phishing for personal information, said MOM in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Jun 16).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Choa Chu Kang Cemetery, government columbaria to reopen under Phase 2 of Singapore’s reopening
Visits to Choa Chu Kang Cemetery and the government-managed columbaria at Choa Chu Kang, Yishun and Mandai will be allowed when Singapore enters the second phase of its reopening on Friday, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Tuesday (Jun 16).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Seating arrangements at hawker centres to change to align with phase 2 dine-in measures
Seating arrangements at hawker centres will be changed to accommodate the new safe distancing measures for dine-in during phase 2, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Tuesday (June 16).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Wet weather expected to continue for the rest of June: Met Service
Wet weather is expected to continue in the second half of June, the Meteorological Service Singapore said on Tuesday (Jun 16).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Open letter calls on new economic task force to have more diverse representation
A task force set up to guide Singapore’s economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic should have greater representation from women, minorities, vulnerable communities and those committed to green causes, said an open letter to the Government on Monday (Jun 15).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Household electricity consumption increased by 22% during circuit breaker period: EMA, SP Group
Household electricity consumption jumped up almost a quarter last month compared with February this year, according to figures from the Energy Market Authority and national grid power operator SP Group.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Reform Party unveils potential candidates for Singapore General Election
The Reform Party on Monday (Jun 15) unveiled its potential lineup of seven potential candidates for Singapore’s upcoming General Election, including four who had contested West Coast GRC in 2015.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Changi Airport Terminal 5 construction ‘paused’ for at least two years: Khaw Boon Wan
Singapore will pause the construction of the fifth terminal at its Changi Airport for at least two years, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said on Tuesday (Jun 16).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Call for Singaporeans to sing a national favourite in virtual choir performance during NDP
While this year’s National Day Parade (NDP) theme song has yet to be announced, one familiar favourite will feature in the celebrations come August 9.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Showflat reopening a relief for developers, but new launches unlikely till July
DEVELOPERS will get some reprieve this week after getting the green light to reopen sales galleries for residential projects starting Friday, although new launches aren’t expected to make their debut just yet.
— The Business Times

Ghostlore: Singaporean’s fantasy folklore game allows you to battle Pontianaks
Pontianaks, Jiangshis and more come to life in world charged with Southeast Asian myth.
— Coconuts Singapore

Singapore’s visual recognition startup snags US$830K in seed funding led by Anchorless Bangladesh, a Singapore- and Bangladesh-based Artificial Intelligence startup, announced today it has raised US$830,000 in seed funding.
— e27

Stranded and separated: Foreign families and workers hope to return to Singapore after more travel restrictions are lifted
When Ms Isha Chaudhari travelled out of Singapore in February, she would never have guessed that she would not see her husband again for more than four months.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Teenager admits colliding into LTA officer while riding e-scooter along park connector
When asked by a Land Transport Authority (LTA) officer to slow down along a park connector, a teenager on an electric scooter tried riding around the officer and wound up colliding into him.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Roundup: Singapore’s pre-owned electronic goods marketplace Reebelo raises seed funding
Reebelo raises funding led by June Fund, Antler Reebelo, a Singapore-based online marketplace for pre-owned electronic items, has raised a seed round of funding led by June Fund with participation from Antler.
— e27

Singapore’s martial arts broadcasting platform One Championship secures US$70M funding
Singapore-based martial arts events broadcasting platform, One Championship, has secured US$70 million in funding from a group of undisclosed investors, according to various reports.
— e27

Ex-company director charged after allegedly misappropriating $3.5 million
A former company director was on Tuesday (June 16) charged in court after he allegedly misappropriated more than £2 million pounds (S$3.5 million) from funds entrusted to him.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Clementi crash that killed NUS undergrad: Fellow passenger sues ex-cabby and other driver
One of the four passengers in a taxi involved in an accident, at a Clementi road junction two years ago that left one of them dead, has sued both the cabby and the driver of the oncoming car for negligence.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Artsolute founder Terence Tan explains struggles faced by the creative scene in S’pore
Since the report of the survey regarding essential workers was published on Sunday (14 June), there were three ranking lists of essential and non-essential jobs, as well as jobs that Singaporeans don’t want to do.
— The Online Citizen



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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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