Singapore morning news for June 26

Singapore morning news for June 26

Singapore morning news

COVID-19: Every Singapore resident to get a pair of reusable masks from Jun 29
Singapore residents will be able to collect a free pair of reusable antimicrobial masks from next Monday (Jun 29) as part of ongoing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Covid-19 case numbers expected to rise in coming weeks; community testing efforts expanded
THE number of Covid-19 infections will likely rise from next week, as Singapore enters week two of Phase Two, said the Covid-19 multi-ministry taskforce on Thursday, adding that community testing efforts have been, and will continue to be expanded.
— The Business Times

Singaporeans First party dissolves two weeks before GE2020
In a rather shocking move, Singaporeans First (SingFirst) announced today (25 June) that the party has dissolved, just two weeks before GE2020.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore reports 113 new COVID-19 infections, including 5 community cases
Singapore reported 113 new COVID-19 infections as of noon on Thursday (Jun 25), including five cases in the community.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

6 who flouted circuit breaker measures in Robertson Quay permanently banned from working in Singapore
Six of the seven people who were fined on Thursday (June 25) for breaching circuit breaker measures at Robertson Quay last month had their work passes revoked.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: From Jul 1, patients aged 13 and above with acute respiratory infection to undergo testing once they visit a doctor
From Jul 1, all individuals aged 13 and above who present symptoms of acute respiratory infection at the first instance will be tested for COVID-19, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Thursday (Jun 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore studying the feasibility, reliability of saliva tests for Covid-19
Saliva testing is already administered in places such as Hong Kong, Japan and the US as it is non-invasive and less uncomfortable compared with nasal swab tests.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

70% to 80% of migrant workers in dormitories expected to be COVID-19 free by end-July: Lawrence Wong
About 70 to 80 per cent of migrant workers staying in dormitories are expected be cleared of COVID-19 by the end of July, said Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong on Thursday (Jun 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Surge in cyber attacks in Singapore’s education sector in April
The education sector was the most popular target of hackers in April, when hundreds of thousands of students and teachers had to access online resources daily for remote learning, research from a cybersecurity firm has found.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

$10,000 grant each for over 900 designated clinics in Covid-19 battle
More than 900 Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPCs) will be given a one-off grant of $10,000 to support them in their efforts to care for patients, as well as defray any additional costs they may have incurred in the line of duty.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

GE2020: PAP unveils seven more new faces, including Changi Airport, LinkedIn executives
The People’s Action Party (PAP) on Thursday (Jun 25) introduced a further seven prospective candidates ahead of the next General Election.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

GE2020: Singaporeans First party dissolved, says founder Tan Jee Say
Opposition party Singaporeans First has been dissolved, said the party’s founder and secretary-general Tan Jee Say on Thursday (Jun 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Lee Hsien Yang joining alternative party makes world news
It was reported yesterday that the estranged brother of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Mr Lee Hsien Yang, has joined the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) (‘Lee Hsien Yang joins Progress Singapore Party, uncertain if he will contest in GE2020’, 24 Jun).
— The Online Citizen

Jetstar Asia to cut 26% of jobs, extend staff furlough under COVID-19 recovery plan
Singapore-based budget airline Jetstar Asia will cut up to 180 jobs – about 26 per cent of its workforce – and extend the furlough of the majority of its staff until December as part of its COVID-19 recovery plan.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Kian Teck Dormitory sees eight linked cases after dormitory cleared by MOM for COVID-19
Eight additional COVID-19 cases are linked to the cluster at Kian Teck Dormitory, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (23 June), although the cluster had previously been declared clear of COVID-19 by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).
— The Online Citizen

GE2020: Goh Meng Seng to take on Tin Pei Ling in MacPherson SMC in People’s Power Party’s sole bid
Opposition figure Goh Meng Seng will be contesting on behalf of his People’s Power Party (PPP) in MacPherson SMC this upcoming election.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

High Court rules against AGC, moves Daniel De Costa’s election constitutional challenge hearing to before Nomination Day
The High Court on Thursday afternoon (25 June) ruled against the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) and has directed that the hearing of the constitutional challenge on the pandemic GE to be heard next Monday (29 June), earlier than the original date of 2 July.
— The Online Citizen

GE2020: MOH rejects Reform Party chief Kenneth Jeyaretnam’s request to waive stay-home notice
Reform Party secretary-general Kenneth Jeyaretnam must complete his 14-day stay-home notice like all other Singaporeans returning from the United Kingdom, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Thursday.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

GE2020: Workers’ Party to contest 4 GRCs, 2 SMCs; Low Thia Khiang, Chen Show Mao and Png Eng Huat to step down
Former Workers’ Party chief Low Thia Khiang and former Members of Parliament (MPs) Chen Show Mao and Png Eng Huat will not run in the upcoming General Election, party leader Pritam Singh said on Thursday (Jun 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Customers less satisfied with telco service: SMU study
The quality of service provided by mobile telcos has fallen by 3.2 per cent in the first quarter of this year compared to last year, according to a regular study by the Singapore Management University that tracks customer satisfaction.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Nicole Seah among Workers’ Party’s prospective candidates for GE2020
The Workers’ Party (WP) formally announced its first batch of prospective candidates for the 2020 General Election on Thursday (Jun 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

K. Shanmugam, Law and Home Affairs Minister is top politician for being positively engaged on LGBTQ rights in Singapore
Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam, has been ranked top among politicians in Singapore who have engaged positively in discourse concerning the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people in the country.
— The Online Citizen

‘Our little miracle’: British boy who came to Singapore for treatment for aggressive cancer heads home
Before he left the UK for Singapore more than six months ago, doctors told Oscar Saxelby-Lee’s family he had no treatment options left. Now in remission from cancer, he’s finally on his way home.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MAS launches public consultation on guidelines for financial institutions to manage environmental risk
Businesses which do not manage their environmental risk adequately could find themselves facing higher borrowing costs or limits on their loans down the road, if proposed guidelines released by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on Thursday (June 25) are accepted and implemented.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SM Teo Chee Hean says the Constitution will ensure 21 alternative voices in Parliament, but can they vote on the Bills?
The Constitution will ensure that at least 21 alternative voices are present in Parliament after the next general election (GE), said Minister Teo Chee Hean on Thursday (25 June).
— The Online Citizen

Over 2,400 sexual enhancement pills labelled ‘supplements’ and ‘merchandise’ seized by ICA
A total of 2,411 sexual enhancement tablets have been seized after an attempt to smuggle them into Singapore as supplements and merchandise.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

The government needs to see NGOs as part of the solution, not problem says PSP candidates Wendy Low and Michael Chua
Singapore needs to shift its mindset with regards to how it sees non-governmental organisations (NGOs), says Progress Singapore Party (PSP) candidate Wendy Low on Thursday (25 June) during a virtual press conference.
— The Online Citizen

NUS scientists create foldable tent device to reduce virus exposure to medical staff treating Covid-19 patients
To further protect healthcare workers from Covid-19, researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have invented a foldable tent-like device that acts as a physical shield against the virus while they perform medical procedures that generate droplets and aerosols.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Airlines may grab Emirates, Etihad traffic in India
The coronavirus outbreak is unexpectedly providing an opportunity to Singapore Airlines to grab a share of the lucrative Indian market held by rivals Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways through a local affiliate.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SPP’s Jose Raymond: Let’s keep the discourse civil despite having diverse and conflicting opinions throughout the campaign
“Throughout the course of the campaign, you can expect that we will have diverse opinions and we will also disagree with each other, but through it all, let’s keep the discourse civil,” said Jose Raymond, Singapore People’s Party (SPP) candidate for Potong Pasir SMC.
— The Online Citizen

Former PM Goh Chok Tong retires from politics
EMERITUS Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has decided to retire from politics and will not stand in the coming General Election.
— The Business Times

Singapore law firms urged to tap government’s traineeship programme
LAW practices in Singapore that have the capacity to provide traineeship opportunities are “strongly encouraged” to participate in the SGUnited Traineeships Programme, which has now been extended to the legal sector.
— The Business Times

Singapore Democratic Party proposes new retrenchment plan for those who lost their jobs due to COVID-19
As part of Singapore Democratic Party’s (SDP) “Four Yes, One No” campaign, the party on Wednesday (24 June) outlined a new plan to help create job opportunities for Singaporeans who have lost their jobs due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Online Citizen

Seven vehicles collide at Pasir Ris junction; woman driver taken to hospital
A 57-year-old woman driver was taken to hospital on Thursday (June 25) after she was injured in an accident at the junction of Pasir Ris Drive 8 and Pasir Ris Drive 1.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Eyes should still be on COVID-19 pandemic management despite poorly timed election
While caught up in the unnecessary immediate distraction of a poorly timed General Election, we should not take our eyes off the more important medium term ball of the COVID-19 pandemic management.
— The Online Citizen

Snapchat parent to open Singapore office later this year
California-based Snap Inc, which created multimedia messaging app Snapchat, is set to open a Singapore office later this year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PV chief Lim Tean’s views on S’pore’s economy amid COVID-19, CPF system, job opportunities
People’s Voice (PV) chief and founder Lim Tean announced on Wednesday (24 June) that he would be broadcasting a Facebook live session every day at 5pm to address the current affairs in Singapore and what his party’s plans are.
— The Online Citizen

26 years’ jail for man who raped his stepdaughter multiple times and fathered a child with her when she was 14
A 53-year-old man, who preyed on his stepdaughter’s curiosity about sexual matters and groomed her into repeatedly having sex with him when she was 13, was sentenced to 26 years’ jail for rape on Thursday (June 25).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Kindergarten employee jailed for six months after misappropriating over $10,000
A kindergarten employee was jailed for six months on Thursday (June 25)after misappropriating over $10,000 from it.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Red Dot United’s 4th member, legal engineer, says Singapore is too ‘engineered’
The reason behind Nicholas Tang Jian Ye’s belief that the city-state is too engineered is because “(we) routinely hand over the reins to the Government to manage our society.”
— The Online Citizen

Importer fined $2,000 for unlicensed cold store, 1,027kg of meat and seafood seized
An importer and supplier of fine foods was fined $2,000 on Wednesday (June 24) for illegally operating a cold store.
— Straits Times (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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