Singapore morning news for June 9

Singapore morning news for June 9

Singapore morning newsSingapore’s Elections Dept lists safety measures for general election
THE Elections Department has spelt out the safety measures to be taken to ensure a safe election – measures that include reducing the number of voters in polling stations and barring people from entering the stations if they are found to be running a temperature and having breathing problems.
— The Business Times

Singapore reports 386 new COVID-19 cases, including 2 community infections
Singapore reported 386 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Monday (Jun 8), including two infections in the community.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S’pore residents returning from China have to stay home for 14 days
Singapore residents returning from China under the new fast lane agreement between the two countries will have to stay at home for 14 days.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Covid-19 contact tracing device will not be an electronic tag, to be rolled out in June
Called TraceTogether Token, the first batch will be distributed to those who do not have mobile phones.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore in talks with Malaysia about resuming cross-border work travel
SINGAPORE and Malaysia are in active discussions to allow Malaysians to resume travel into Singapore for work, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said in a press conference called on Monday by the multi-ministry task force for Covid-19.
— The Business Times

Covid-19: Singapore, France, agree to keep supply chains for essential food open and connected
Singapore and France have agreed to maintain open and connected supply chains for essential food supplies during the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Physical election campaigning guidelines rest on COVID-19 situation, will be announced later: ELD
Campaigning guidelines for the next General Election will only be announced later, but provisions will be made so that voters will have access to the election messages of all parties and candidates, the Elections Department (ELD) said on Monday (Jun 8).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Former ICA officer jailed for lying that ex-boss possibly took photos of man in toilet
A former Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officer was jailed 10 weeks on Monday (Jun 8) for making a false claim that his former boss could have taken photos of a man in the toilet.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Another 3,000 HDB lifts to be enhanced with safety features this year
About 3,000 more lifts across Singapore will be enhanced with better safety features such as high-tech sensors to monitor the lift speed and emergency communication system this year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: No livestock to be imported to Singapore for Korban; arrangements for Muslims to perform ritual in Australia
No livestock will be imported to Singapore for the purpose of the annual ritual of Korban this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) said on Monday (Jun 8).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SDP calls for period between Writ of Election and Nomination Day to be extended to 10 days
The Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) on Monday (Jun 8) called for the period between the issue of the Writ of Election to Nomination Day to be doubled, in a response to the Election Department’s (ELD) release of contingency plans for holding a General Election during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

PM Lee writes article to say China can’t take over US security presence in Southeast Asia
In an article published by Foreign Affairs last Thursday (4 Jun), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that China can’t take over US security presence in Southeast Asia.
— The Online Citizen

Recent rise in COVID-19 community cases due to ‘proactive’ screening, situation remains ‘under control’
The recent rise in new COVID-19 community cases during Phase 1 of Singapore’s reopening is due to “proactive” screening, and the situation remains “under control” with the increase in new cases “within expectations”, the COVID-19 multi-ministry task force said on Monday (Jun 8).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Social gatherings pose ‘a different magnitude of risk’ of Covid-19 compared to contact on public transport: Lawrence Wong
Social interactions pose a different magnitude of risk altogether from transient contact on public transport and that is why current rules on meeting family and friends continue to be more strict, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said on Monday (June 8).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Construction, marine and process sectors identified for Covid-19 surveillance testing
MORE regional screening centres (RSCs) will be set up across the country to conduct Covid-19 surveillance testing for targeted groups, as infections are expected to rise with the reopening of the economy, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on Monday.
— The Business Times

Nearly 30,000 say ‘No’ to tracking devices for Singaporeans
Wearable tech was gov’t response to poorly received TraceTogether App.
— Coconuts Singapore

Trial dates set for July to hear PM Lee’s defamation suit against blogger
The defamation suit brought by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong against financial adviser and blogger Leong Sze Hian is set to be heard in the High Court from July 6 to 10.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Households in South East District to benefit from $400,000 grant
Some 1,500 households in the South East Community Development Council (CDC) hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic will benefit from a donation of $350,000 from non-profit organisation Business China, and an additional $50,000 from the South East CDC.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Firms to rethink business models because govt can’t support them forever: DPM Heng
ALTHOUGH the government is spending billions to preserve jobs for Singaporeans amid the Covid-19 crisis, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said business leaders here acknowledge that the government cannot be expected to shore up companies forever.
— The Business Times

Bank of Singapore appoints industry veteran Lim Leong Guan as new global head of products
Bank of Singapore said on Monday (June 8) that it has appointed industry veteran Lim Leong Guan as its new global head of products with immediate effect.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Covid-19 to accelerate structural changes and the future of work, says DPM Heng
COVID-19 already has and will continue to accelerate a series of structural changes around the world, radically changing the shape of globalisation, trade and the future of work.
— The Business Times

MAS launches $1.75m fintech innovation challenge for Covid-resilient and greener sector
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has launched a $1.75 million competition to seek innovative fintech solutions that can help financial institutions (FIs) respond to two critical global challenges: Covid-19 and climate change.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Singapore to spend S$3.5 billion on information and communications technology to support businesses
Singapore will spend an estimated S$3.5 billion on the procurement of information and communications technology (ICT) this financial year to boost the economy and support businesses recovering from the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Citi turns ‘sell’ call on Singapore banks to ‘buy’ amid bets on V-shaped recovery in 2021
One of the rare sell calls on the Singapore banks has returned to the herd, as Citi Research on Monday (June 8) upgraded its call on the sector to a buy.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SIA secures $10 billion of liquidity to combat Covid-19 fallout
Singapore Airlines has raised $10 billion in fresh liquidity through its recent rights issue as well as through other credit facilities, as the airline industry navigates an unprecedented crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Televised ministerial speeches could be seen as an election campaign disguised as COVID-19 speeches
Leader of the Opposition, Pritam Singh has firmly asserted that Singaporeans have the right to expect a “thorough review and accounting of the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Online Citizen

Unity, resilience needed to deal with this generation’s ‘most dangerous crisis’: PM
THE Covid-19 pandemic is the “most dangerous crisis” that humanity has faced in a very long time, and Singapore must be ready to deal with immense challenges ahead in order to emerge “even stronger and better”, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday.
— The Business Times

National Chinese Challenge 2020 to take place online
An inter-school competition that tests participants on their Chinese language skills will be held online for the first time in its seven-year history.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NMP Anthea Ong voices concern over the gaps and inadequacies in Govt’s COVID-19 welfare schemes
On Friday (5 June), Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Anthea Ong in Parliament said that the gaps and inadequacies of the COVID-19 welfare schemes provided by the Government have “obstruct it from fully meeting the needs of those who need it most”.
— The Online Citizen

Broker’s take: DBS says SIA Engg should be past the worst soon, upgrades to ‘hold’
DBS Group Research on Monday upgraded SIA Engineering (SIA Engg) to “hold” from “fully valued”, with a raised target price of S$2.30 from S$1.35 previously.
— The Business Times

4 weeks’ jail for former lawyer who took photos of ex-colleague’s chest and underwear
A former lawyer with top legal firm Drew & Napier changed his mind on contesting charges against him of insulting his then colleague’s modesty.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

21 months’ probation for youth who took pictures of men showering in NTU
A teenager snapped pictures of men showering in toilets at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) campus on two separate occasions last year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Josephine Teo is only part of the problem – making her a scapegoat is not the solution
Manpower Minister Josephine Teo has been stealing the limelight for all the wrong reasons, bearing the brunt of intense criticism over the explosion of COVID-19 cases among migrant workers.
— The Online Citizen

Jail for ex-actor who trespassed into backyard to steal lingerie amid Covid-19 outbreak
Lee Chee Kin, 39, has admitted that he entered different premises on at least 30 occasions.
— Straits Times (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

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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