Singapore morning news for May 1

Singapore morning news for May 1

Singapore morning newsMOH preliminarily confirms daily toll of 528 COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 16,169
The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday (30 Apr) has confirmed an additional 528 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore as of 12 pm today.
— The Online Citizen

Customers advised to bring NRIC to enter shopping malls, supermarkets: Enterprise Singapore
Customers visiting shopping malls and supermarkets are advised to bring along their identification cards for entry, Enterprise Singapore said on Thursday (Apr 30).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Banks to follow standard deferment of more consumer loans: MAS
FROM May 6, individuals can soon seek to defer repayment across a wider swathe of loans – such as loans for industrial and commercial property, renovation, education and cars – the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and other industry bodies said late on Thursday.
— The Business Times

‘New and lasting habits’: Singapore’s online shopping surge will persist after COVID-19
Many Singaporean consumers have shifted their purchasing behavior from offline to online shopping as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and experts predict that this shift will be a long-lasting one with effects long past the outbreak.
— Food Navigator-Asia

Healthy Ageing APAC Summit: Updated agenda revealed – check out who’s speaking in Singapore in November
Today we can reveal the updated agenda for the 2020 Healthy Ageing APAC Summit, which takes place in Singapore in July, and features a raft of big-name brands and international academic experts.
— Food Navigator-Asia

Coronavirus: Changi Airport T2 proceeds with plans to suspend operations from May 1
Changi Airport’s Terminal 2 will be closed for 18 months from Friday (May 1) as the airport cuts costs during the coronavirus outbreak and gets a head start on planned upgrade works.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Animals at Singapore’s wildlife parks monitored for signs of Covid-19
Wildlife parks here, including the Singapore Zoo, are monitoring its captive animals for Covid-19 infections after a recent episode in the New York City Bronx Zoo, where a tiger tested positive for the coronavirus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s economy will open up ‘step by step’ as COVID-19 cases fall: PM Lee
Singapore’s economy will not restart all at once, but will have to open up “step by step” even after “circuit breaker” measures are relaxed, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday (Apr 30) in his May Day message.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Migrant workers’ living conditions explain Singapore’s high rates of COVID-19 cases now, cites foreign news report
Singapore’s COVID-19 cases have soared by a single-day record of 528 cases today (30 April), bringing the national tally to 16,169 at the time of writing. The infection had escalated among the country’s massive migrant workers’ population, which prompted the government to gazette 25 dormitories as isolation areas so far.
— The Online Citizen

S’pore pump price dropped by up to 5 cents; only M’sia diesel price dropped 3 cents
Pump prices in Singapore have dropped for as low as S$0.05 per litre following a week after the crude oil crashed to record lows.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore’s manufacturing, services firms pessimistic about next six months amid pandemic
WITH the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, manufacturing and services firms in Singapore have turned grimmer about business conditions in the next six months, according to two separate surveys released on Thursday.
— The Business Times

Don’t ‘drop workers’: Companies and workers should take the long view, says PM Lee in May Day message
Employers should make every effort to keep their workers and help them through the difficult COVID-19 outbreak period, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday (Apr 30) in his May Day message.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S’pore attends G-20 meeting stressing importance of digital tech in responding to Covid-19 pandemic
Ministers from G-20 member and guest countries stressed the important role that digital technologies and policies play in the collective response to the coronavirus pandemic during a video conference on Thursday (April 30).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Infection numbers in dorms could take a few weeks to come under control: MOH chief health scientist
It may take a few weeks before infection numbers in worker dormitories become low enough to signal that the Covid-19 outbreak is under control in those quarters, said the Health Ministry’s chief health scientist, Professor Tan Chorh Chuan.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

E-commerce scams double, $1.3 million lost in first quarter this year
E-commerce scams have more than doubled in the first quarter of this year, with 1,159 cases recorded compared to the 536 cases ofthe same period last year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Number of foreign PMETs in Singapore hits 400K; largest increase last year since 2015 GE
The government has finally released the foreign workforce numbers for last year 2019.
— The Online Citizen

Seniors more vulnerable of developing severe complications from COVID-19 if infected
Seniors in Singapore are highly at risk of dying from complications arising from COVID-19 infection despite the country having among the lowest mortality rates globally.
— The Online Citizen

COVID-19: Safe distancing on aircraft and higher ticket prices could be ‘new normal’ for industry, say analysts
Imagine travelling to your holiday destination on a plane that is only half filled with passengers, served by cabin crew wearing masks.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: Childcare centres to extend 50% fee offset for another month
All childcare centres have been called to extend its 50 per cent fee offset for Singaporean children who are not attending pre-school during the extended circuit breaker period in May.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Some companies still hiring even as retrenchments rise by about 10% amid COVID-19 pandemic
As employers across the country shed workers or put them on furlough due to labour market conditions, a few others are continuing to look for employees and trainees.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Wet and warm weather to continue in first two weeks of May; more rain than usual in April: Weatherman
Expect much of the same weather in the next two weeks, with downpours and high temperatures forecast, the weatherman said on Thursday (April 30).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: ICA counter services open only for those with permission until June 1
The Immigrations and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) reiterated on Thursday (April 30) that counter services at its Kallang building are restricted to those with permission to enter its premises during the circuit breaker period.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Migrant worker hospitalised in Sengkang Hospital had laid tiles in ward, PM Lee says in May Day message
The S11 dormitory in Punggol is Singapore’s largest Covid-19 cluster, with over 2,400 cases to date. It is supported by Sengkang General Hospital, Singapore’s newest hospital, which is just 3km away.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

McDonald’s Singapore extends closure until further notice amid COVID-19 outbreak
McDonald’s Singapore announced on Facebook today (30 April) that it will extend its closure beyond 4 May, despite was granted permission to restart operations under the essential services framework.
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus has many tricks up its sleeve, getting back to a more normal life calls for new equilibrium: MOH chief health scientist
There is no place for complacency in the war against a very smart virus, said Prof Tan Chorh Chuan.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Grab cuts of senior leaders’ pay up to 20% and may stop driver’s extra financial help after 1 June
Following the extension of the circuit breaker period until 1 June, Grab has cut of its senior leaders’ pay up to 20 percent and may stop extra financial help for its drivers if the extension goes beyond 1 June.
— The Online Citizen

Minister Chan: ASEAN countries need to work together to collectively heal tourism industry and combat COVID-19
The tourism sector of Singapore has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Similar to how air travel was changed by the 9/11 event, COVID-19 will change tourism as well, Minister for Trade and Industry (MTI) Chan Chun Sing said on his Facebook page on Wednesday (29 April).
— The Online Citizen

At least 29 people taken to court over Covid-19 outbreak-related offences since circuit breaker started
A man was charged in court on Thursday (April 30) after he allegedly breached his stay-home notice (SHN) on two occasions amid the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

100 soldiers from SAF Medical Corps deployed to care for Covid-19 patients at Singapore Expo
When Private Terrenjit Gill was excited when he found out that he would be deployed to the Singapore Expo to care for Covid-19 patients.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pizza Hut Singapore to donate 3,000 pizzas to migrant workers for Labour Day
The move is to show support for these workers who have been significantly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

YOOZOO donates S$600,000 to support Singaporean university students’ online studies during lockdown
Earlier today (30 April), YOOZOO donated the first batch of laptops worth S$600,000 to university students from Republic Polytechnic and Nanyang Polytechnic.
— The Online Citizen

Govt should not be so quick to assume maliciousness on re-sharing of migrant worker photographs
Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam has in a video conference with reporters on 29 April raised concerns about falsehoods being circulated online to create fear and panic among the foreign worker community in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore bank lending dips 0.1% in March from February
Bank lending fell in March amid the coronavirus outbreak, driven down by a fall in consumer loans despite a rise in business loans, preliminary data from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) showed on Thursday (April 30).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Infectious disease expert Dr Leong Hoe Nam: Blaming the spike of COVID-19 cases on low-wage migrant workers a “myopic” thing to do
Blaming the spike of COVID-19 cases on low-wage migrant workers is a “myopic” thing to do, said Leong Hoe Nam, an infectious disease specialist at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital.
— The Online Citizen

Commentary: Singapore’s aviation and tourism recovery will be very slow after COVID-19 but long-term outlook remains bright
Singapore Airlines and Changi Airport have strong state support, and the lack of a domestic market could be partially overcome if Singapore joins with other countries to create travel bubbles once recovery begins, says Brendan Sobie.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Online jazz concert [email protected] chases Covid-19 blues away
A jazz concert that aired on Facebook and YouTube last night (April 30) chased the Covid-19 blues away with swinging renditions of classics such as Singapura and jazz standard I Can’t Get Started.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Heavy downpour causes flash flood at Joo Seng Road; same spot flooded for eight years
A member of the public has highlighted to TOC that a flash flood has occurred near Block 14 and 15 at Joo Seng Road today (30 April) due to heavy rain this evening.
— The Online Citizen

Tiong Bahru rats living large in Singapore’s circuit-breaker period
With fewer humans out during the ongoing “circuit breaker” partial lockdown of Singapore, another species is looking to fill the void.
— Coconuts Singapore

Enterprise Singapore names 14 new partners to nurture start-ups
Enterprise Singapore (ESG) has added 14 new Accredited Mentor Partners (AMPs) to its Startup SG Founder scheme to groom local start-ups, with the appointments taking effect on May 1.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Sheng Siong rewards workers over directors and is not disclosing dividends. What will NTUC do?
According to reports, supermarket operator Sheng Siong has made a net profit of S$29 million in the first quarter of this year (Q1).
— The Online Citizen

Singaporean woman shares how a distributor sells her 20kg of tapioca pearls that will be expiring in 3 weeks
Earlier on 21 April, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced the suspension of specialised stores and outlets retailing predominantly beverages, confectionaries, packages snacks and desserts, as well as F&B outlets, which took effect at 11.59pm on the same day.
— The Online Citizen

Mediacorp productions bag 48 awards at international competitions; majority of wins to CNA documentaries
Mediacorp has won a total of 48 awards at the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards 2020 and the World Media Festivals Television & Corporate Media Awards.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

HDB launches tender for executive condominium site in Yishun
A executive condominium site in Yishun has been released for sale by public tender, in what analysts noted is the first such sale in the area in about six years.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Law society investigating website offering ‘mentorship’ to aspiring lawyers
Law schools here have denounced the site as opportunistic and fearmongering.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

We are SG United only when elitism doesn’t equal entitlement, and only when we bridge social and class divide
As part of the SG United movement, Singaporeans have been asked to clap and sing for healthcare workers and to display the national flag for solidarity during this pandemic.
— The Online Citizen

DBS Q1 profit falls 29% on coronavirus loan loss provisions
DBS Group Holdings set aside hefty provisions to cover the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as it reported a 29 per cent drop in first-quarter profit but retained its quarterly dividend.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

This mum-of-three raised S$30,000 to build care kits for low-income families
In celebration of her daughter’s second birthday, Juwel (Nyla) Ang launched Amelia’s Rainbow Fund to create care kits for low-income families with children struggling during this pandemic.
— Channel NewsAsia (very 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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