Singapore morning news for June 22

Singapore morning news for June 22

Singapore morning newsCOVID-19 patients can ‘shed high load of virus’ in first week, irrespective of symptoms: Singapore study
COVID-19 patients can shed high loads of the novel coronavirus into the air and onto surfaces in their first week of illness, irrespective of their symptoms, according to a recent Singapore study published by the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Leases for commercial equipment, vehicles to be covered by Covid-19 Act
FROM June 20, leases or rental agreements for commercial equipment or commercial vehicles will be covered by laws that provide temporary relief where contractual obligations cannot be fulfilled due to Covid-19, said the Ministry of Law on Friday.
— The Business Times

Singapore elections are not fair, say ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights
An electoral process designed to “heavily” favour the ruling party has essentially secured the People’s Action Party (PAP)’s victory in “every election since S’pore’s self-governance”, says former Philippines parliamentarian Teodoro “Teddy” Brawner Baguilat, Jr.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore reports 262 new COVID-19 cases, including 9 in the community
Singapore confirmed 262 new COVID-19 infections as of noon on Sunday (Jun 21), bringing the country’s total to 42,095.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singaporeans may be allowed to enter Malaysia without COVID-19 restrictions, but this should be a reciprocal arrangement: Putrajaya
Singaporeans may be allowed to enter Malaysia without the need to undergo COVID-19 screening and home quarantine, but there should be a reciprocal arrangement for Malaysians, said Putrajaya on Friday (Jun 19).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Worship services may resume with up to 50 people at a time in Phase 2 of Singapore’s reopening
Congregational and other worship services may resume from Jun 26 – starting with up to 50 people at a time – in Phase 2 of Singapore’s post-circuit breaker reopening.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MOM unveils timeline to screen and clear foreign worker dorms of coronavirus
SOME 75,000 of Singapore’s 323,000 migrant worker dormitory residents have been cleared of the deadly novel coronavirus, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said on Friday night.
— The Business Times

COVID-19: Patients in hospitals to be allowed 5 visitors from different households a day under Phase 2
Patients warded in acute and community hospitals will now be allowed to receive up to five visitors from different households each day, said the Ministry of Health (MOH), as Singapore enters the second phase of its post-circuit breaker reopening.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

As the televised cabinet minster speeches draw to a close, still nothing specific
A prime time televised speech by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on the 20th of June marked the close of a series of speeches delivered by cabinet ministers in the lead up to a looming but yet undated general election.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore’s phase 2 reopening: For many, it’s refreshing to be out and about
Some had stepped out of their homes for the first time in months to meet loved ones or dine out during the first weekend of phase two.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More here diagnosed with young onset dementia, says NNI
ore people here are being diagnosed with young onset dementia and the number is set to grow amid increasing awareness among the public as well as the medical community, according to the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s actions in next five to 10 years will chart nation’s course ‘for decades to come’: DPM Heng
Singapore needs a stronger economy, one that is dynamic and inclusive, resilient and innovative, and connected to new global nodes in Asia and the world.
— The Business Times

One Covid-19 patient remains in intensive care unit: MOH
Only one Covid-19 patient is in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU), said the Ministry of Health (MOH) yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Inmate in prison for overstaying when he tested positive
The 21-year-old prison inmate who was reported to have tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday had been sentenced on June 12 for overstaying.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Reopening may slow but not reverse retail decline: economists
WHILE retail sales in June and July will get a boost from pent-up demand flooding back into now-open shops, Singapore may not see the dramatic “revenge spending” sprees that made headlines in China, said economists.
— The Business Times

More wastewater testing under way in Singapore to tackle COVID-19; pilot launched at foreign worker dormitories
Singapore is expanding its wastewater testing to tackle COVID-19, with a pilot programme launched at 20 large foreign worker dormitories in the country, the National Environment Agency, National Water Agency PUB and Home Team Science and Technology Agency (HTX) said in a joint news release on Friday (Jun 19).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Mosques to resume congregational worship from Jun 26, online booking required
Mosques will resume congregational worship services from Friday (Jun 26) with online booking required due to a limit on the number of individuals permitted per session.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Heng who chaired Our SG Conversation 8 yrs ago wants to have another conversation with SGs
In a national broadcast yesterday (20 Jun), Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said that the current COVID-19 pandemic has brought Singaporeans closer together.
— The Online Citizen

Jobs for many Singaporeans in growing infocomm sector
Jobs are available for Singaporeans in the infocommunications space over the next three years, with the Republic facing a huge shortage of professionals, said Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative Vivian Balakrishnan.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Will Government deal with all “foreign interventions” fairly or will it just target those which are critical?
In an interview with Bloomberg earlier this year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (PM Lee) had justified the necessity for the controversial Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA).
— The Online Citizen

Drone used to allegedly carry drugs from JB to Kranji; 4 S’poreans held
Four Singaporeans were arrested for suspected drug activities in which a drone was used to transport a bag of drugs from Johor Baru to Kranji.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Industry-led groups to develop, execute ideas for post-COVID-19 economic growth in ‘three-month sprint’
Seven industry-led groups will develop and execute ideas in key areas of economic growth within three months, in the latest push to ensure Singapore’s economy emerges stronger from the COVID-19 crisis.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore will emerge from COVID-19 crisis a stronger society, with renewed sense of identity and values: DPM Heng
Singapore will emerge from the COVID-19 crisis a stronger society, with a renewed sense of identity and values, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Saturday (Jun 20) as he vowed to leave no Singaporean behind.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Jurong GRC to face three-cornered fight; People’s Voice and Red Dot United announce intention to contest
Jurong Group Representation Constituency (GRC) residents are bound to witness a three-cornered fight after two opposition parties on Friday (19 June) announced their plans to contest in the ward.
— The Online Citizen

Political parties resume ground activities under Phase 2 as speculation about election grows
Several political parties were undertaking outreach activities on Saturday (Jun 20) as speculation grows that the next General Election is imminent.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore must master global trends, speed up transformation for stronger economy post-COVID-19: DPM Heng
Singapore must master major trends reshaping the global economy and speed up the structural transformation of its own economy to emerge with a stronger one post-COVID-19, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Saturday (Jun 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Emirates resumes Singapore flight services
EMIRATES has resumed flights for passengers from Singapore following the United Arab Emirates federal government’s announcement on lifting restrictions for transit passenger services.
— The Business Times

Commentary: NDP a uniquely Singapore phenomenon
Holding the National Day Parade in these coronavirus times has seen some debate but it’s worth keeping in mind that the parade is meaningful to many Singaporeans and participants, says Judith d’Silva.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: National Museum of Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum to reopen on Jun 26
The National Museum and Asian Civilisation Museum will reopen on Jun 26, one week after the commencement of the second phase of Singapore’s reopening.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

H1 investment in Singapore-based fintech firms up 19%
INVESTMENT in Singapore-based financial technology (fintech) firms spiked year on year in the first six months, on the back of a surge from deals in April and May this year.
— The Business Times

Hackers planning phishing attack with fake MOM e-mails, warns cybersecurity firm
HACKERS could target Singapore businesses on Sunday with a spoofed Ministry of Manpower (MOM) e-mail promising additional subsidies for their employees, a cybersecurity group warned on Thursday.
— The Business Times

78% of S’poreans prefer to stick with digital payment methods even when COVID-19 is over, according to Visa study
Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments, on Thursday (18 June) announced the key findings on how the spending habits and behaviours of Singaporean consumers are changing as operating in the ‘new normal’ takes shape across the globe.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore Pools outlets remain closed on first weekend of Phase 2; branches to reopen from Monday
Singapore Pools outlets will remain closed this weekend and gradually resume operations from Monday (Jun 22), with 4D and TOTO lottery draws set to take place next week.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Khaw Boon Wan says bus industry aims to hire 1,200 S’porean bus drivers this year; Netizens raise bus drivers’ low salary issue
The public bus industry aims to employ 1,200 Singaporean bus drivers this year, and there are about 300 Singaporeans have been recruited so far, said the Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan on Thursday (18 June).
— The Online Citizen

Singaporean on FBI’s most wanted list charged with falsifying invoices to conceal trade with North Korea
A 43-year-old Singaporean managing director, who is on the US Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) most wanted list, has been charged with falsifying invoices of two companies to conceal transactions with North Korea-linked entities.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Foreign domestic helpers reunite with friends, many taking first rest day outside home in 2 months
Good friends Purawati, 28, and Ms Dwi Maharani, 38, have not met in two months and were thrilled to see each other in person on Sunday (June 21) when they met.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Made for Families brand mark launched to show support for families amid COVID-19 pandemic
Businesses, organisations and community groups can now adopt the Made for Families brand mark to promote the value of family in Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Readying for market recovery in the post-Covid-19 era
One of the questions many investors have been pondering as markets continued to trend higher in recent months is how they should be positioned in the so-called post-Covid era.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Why COVID-19 proved too much for one of Singapore’s few halal mala restaurants
Peppercorn owner James Tan found it challenging from the time he started selling mala soup.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New species of orchid native to Singapore discovered in Bukit Timah Reserve
A new species of orchid native and endemic to Singapore was discovered last year by researchers from the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

7 more UOB branches in shopping malls and retail areas to reopen on June 22
United Overseas Bank (UOB) will reopen seven additional branches in shopping malls and retail areas on Monday (June 22) after Singapore commenced the second phase of reopening last Friday, adding to the 48 UOB branches that are already open islandwide.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commentary: COVID-19 has shown Singapore digital arts and humanities are quite the essential service
More thought can be put into digitising archives and collections to make them more accessible and inclusive says SUTD’s Alastair Gornall.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Bring your own containers take a backseat at some eateries amid COVID-19 pandemic
When Julia Anna Deufel went to her regular coffee haunt in Bukit Timah recently with her reusable mug, she was not allowed to use it.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Telkom names Bukalapak president as director of digital business
Indonesian state-owned telco operator Telkom has named Fajrin Rasyid, co-founder and president of local e-commerce giant Bukalapak, as the new director of its digital business arm.
— e27

Man jailed for cheating victims of S$132,000, unlicensed forex trading
A man has been jailed for cheating two victims of S$132,000 and conducting foreign exchange trading without a licence, said the police on Friday (Jun 19).
— 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

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