Singapore morning news for May 11

Singapore morning news for May 11

Singapore morning news

MOH preliminarily confirms 876 additional cases of COVID-19; Total tally reaches 23,336.
As of Sunday noon (10 May), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 876 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

COVID-19: Mandatory for SIA, SilkAir and Scoot passengers to wear face masks on board, observe safe distancing
Face masks will soon be mandatory for passengers travelling with Singapore Airlines (SIA), its regional wing SilkAir and budget carrier Scoot, as part of new measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

33 false positives from test kit error; first imported case in two weeks
The Ministry of Health (MOH) said yesterday that 33 Covid-19 cases from a laboratory were false positives due to an apparatus calibration issue for one of its test kits.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Over 8,500 business entities close shop in April; highest in recent years
A TOTAL of 8,663 business entities closed in April – more than double the number of cessations in March, as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to bite.
— The Business Times

Four Covid-19 cases among non-patients raise concerns
In just over a week, four confirmed cases of Covid-19 emerged among healthcare workers and volunteers at the Singapore Expo community care facility (CCF).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: MOM lays out requirements firms must meet to resume operations at workplaces
As Singapore moves to gradually ease circuit breaker measures, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Saturday (May 9) laid out requirements firms will need to meet to resume operations at workplaces.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

199 firms and workplaces fined S$45,000, 29 work passes revoked for COVID-19 breaches: MOM
A total of 199 firms and workplaces have been fined S$45,000 for breaching measures put in place to reduce the risk of local transmission of COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SFA recalls mushroom products with excessive sulphur dioxide levels
Five types of mushroom products are being recalled after sampling has shown them to contain excessive levels of sulphur dioxide, which could potentially induce allergic reactions.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Employers must pay foreign workers isolated in dormitories even if work passes are cancelled: MOM
Foreign workers who live in dormitories and are barred from leaving the premises because of COVID-19 measures will have to be paid even if their work passes are cancelled, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19 testing started for 16,000 nursing home residents, 9,000 staff already tested with 1 positive case
The Government aims to test about 16,000 residents across 80 nursing homes in Singapore for COVID-19 over the next few weeks, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Friday (May 8), as he stressed the importance of keeping seniors safe amid the pandemic.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Covid-19 facility at Tanjong Pagar Terminal begins receiving workers
A facility built at Tanjong Pagar Terminal to house patients or migrant workers with the coronavirus started receiving workers last Tuesday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Another 12,000 pulse oximeters to be distributed to migrant workers for better health monitoring
Another 12,000 pulse oximeters will be distributed to migrant workers residing in dormitories, as part of new measures tapping on technology to beef up the health monitoring of these workers.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Nursing homes in Singapore get a hand with swab tests, training
Nursing homes are getting reinforcements in their battle against Covid-19, with Singapore’s three healthcare clusters helping to train their staff and carry out swab tests.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Government orders Facebook to block Singapore users’ access to Singapore States Times, Alex Tan’s pages
Facebook has been ordered to restrict Singapore users’ access to the pages of Singapore States Times and its owner Alex Tan.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Processes at COVID-19 community care facilities under review after several healthcare workers test positive
Processes and measures taken at COVID-19 community care and recovery facilities will be reviewed, after several cases of healthcare workers and volunteers being infected.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Police dismiss rumour of officers, NEA personnel visiting homes to enforce circuit breaker rules
Police on Sunday (May 10) dismissed a rumour on social media and text messaging platforms of National Environment Agency and police officers visiting residential units during Hari Raya to nab people who flout circuit breaker measures.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: 32 companies return Jobs Support Scheme wage subsidies worth S$35 million
A total of 32 companies have returned Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) payouts worth a combined S$35 million as of May 9, a Ministry of Finance (MOF) spokesperson said on Sunday (May 10).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Electric motorcycles made and designed in Singapore set to rev up Southeast Asia
Although the COVID-19 pandemic had affected their initial plans, two Singapore-based start-ups are still set on revving up efforts to produce their own electric motorbikes.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

McDonald’s Singapore back on 11 May via contactless McDelivery, Drive-Thru and takeaway
McDonald’s Singapore has just announced that the fast-food restaruant will be back to business tomorrow (11 May) via contactless McDelivery®, Drive-Thru and takeaway. However, the company beseech its customers not to rush down as there are a few things to note.
— The Online Citizen

Home-grown firms linked to pandemic work will continue to attract demand, investments
Singapore’s expertise in the health and biomedical sciences that it has painstakingly built up over the years is paying off now, not just in helping the nation battle the coronavirus but also in providing a bright spot in the economy.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Schemes to help families tide over Covid-19 crisis: Key highlights
New schemes have been launched and existing ones enhanced to help lower-income families affected by Covid-19.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

IPOS chief officially appointed to top job at Wipo, to start on Oct 1
THE Intellectual Property Office of Singapore’s (IPOS) chief executive Daren Tang has been officially appointed as the next director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization (Wipo).
— The Business Times

Two cleaners from Northpoint City among new COVID-19 community cases in Singapore
Two cleaners who worked at Northpoint City shopping mall have tested positive for COVID-19, with the cluster there growing by three cases to 18, the Ministry of Health reported on Saturday (May 9).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: SafeEntry digital check-in system deployed to more than 16,000 venues
The SafeEntry digital check-in system, which logs employees’ and visitors’ entry into businesses to facilitate contact tracing, has been deployed to more than 16,000 venues to date, said the Ministry of Health and Smart Nation and Digital Government Office in a joint release on Saturday (May 9).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: Woman charged with verbal abuse and resisting arrest at Sun Plaza, remanded at IMH
A woman who was filmed arguing with another person at Sun Plaza shopping mall while not wearing a face mask was charged on Saturday (May 9) with using criminal force on the police and multiple counts of verbal abuse.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

NEA: New S$1.76 million fund to help organisations with costs of treating and recycling food waste
Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) will devote an investment sum of S$1.76 million to a new fund.
— The Online Citizen

Roaming ‘robodog’ to promote safe distancing at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
Far from barking its orders, a robot dog enlisted by Singapore authorities to help curb coronavirus infections in the city-state politely asks joggers and cyclists to stay apart.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Billions in migrant worker levies collected by Singapore Govt each year while public are asked to help raise $1 million to help migrant workers?
A fund-raising campaign entitled, Ray of Hope was set up on the 6 April this year by the COVID-19 Migrant Support Coalition (CMSC) to support various initiatives to help our migrant workers.
— The Online Citizen

SIA to post first yearly loss; analysts foresee more pain ahead
SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) on Friday said it expects to report a small operating profit, but a net loss – its first yearly loss ever – for the full year ended March 31.
— The Business Times

Singapore banks brace themselves for tough months ahead
SINGAPORE banks posted lower earnings in the first quarter after bulking up their provisions to cushion against economic stresses brought on by the virus outbreak, and against some of their oil-and-gas exposure.
— The Business Times

Singapore oil trader ZenRock placed under judicial management; raided by police
THE Singapore High Court has granted HSBC Holdings’ application to place ZenRock Commodities Trading under judicial management (JM).
— The Business Times

Responsibility of migrant workers’ basic needs when passed to employers, increases likelihood that they go unmet
The living conditions in the migrant worker dormitories have become the subject of public discussions lately, as migrant workers account for nearly 80% of the COVID-19 cases in Singapore that have escalated dramatically.
— The Online Citizen

6 Singapore lifestyle brands band together to raise S$60 000 for migrant workers
A Little Community of Good, which is fundraising for HealthServe – an NGO serving the migrant worker community in Singapore, has already raised $30 000 within six days of the campaign launch.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Tan Chuan Jin splitting hairs by trying to differentiate between bad living conditions and people living in close quarters
Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin has said that the outbreak of the corona virus cannot be attributed to bad living conditions alone.
— The Online Citizen

Interest in urban farming sprouts amid COVID-19 outbreak
After Madam Tan Swee Jee’s husband failed to find okra on a recent trip to the market, she revived her interest in farming and began planting again.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Temasek Holdings CEO Ho Ching decries adoption of TraceTogether app, highlights impact on iPhone battery life
The drain on the battery life of iPhones is Singapore’s government-developed contact tracing app TraceTogether’s major flaw, said Temasek Holdings CEO Ho Ching today (9 May).
— The Online Citizen

We’re searching for singles in Singapore for our new live reality TV show ISO.DATE
If you’re single and reading this while stuck at home during the Singapore circuit breaker – wouldn’t you rather be going on a virtual date? WELL NOW YOU CAN! We’re looking for young folks based in Singapore for our new live dating show / stay-at-home social experiment ISO.DATE.
— Coconuts Singapore

Surge in e-book checkouts, with more borrowing cookbooks and juvenile fiction during circuit breaker: NLB
As families were urged to stay home in order to contain the spread of COVID-19, some people have taken to borrowing e-books online, with an increase in the number of cookbooks and juvenile fiction being loaned.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New AWARE chat service to provide more support for victims of abuse and violence
Women in abusive relationships or violent situations will have an additional avenue of help to turn to, as the Association of Women for Action & Research (AWARE) launched a new online text chat service on Friday (May 8).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Mother’s Day: Woman quits job to look after baby grandchild so that daughter can continue working
Mother’s Day this year held special meaning for first-time mother Tam Xiang Ying as she celebrated the occasion on Sunday (May 10) with her own mother and baby daughter by her side.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

In times of crisis, we can rediscover our kampung spirit
Amid the fight against Covid-19, stories of good neighbourliness all across Singapore are being shared on social media. .
— The Pride

Once Singapore’s most wanted, gangster Roland Tan dies after 51 years on the run
The 72-year-old, who was wanted for a 1969 Bras Basah murder, died of a heart attack in Denmark.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Man charged with attempting to bribe police officer at Boon Lay MRT station
A 27-year-old man was charged on Friday (May 8) for attempting to bribe a police officer, the Corrupt Practices Investigations Bureau (CPIB) said in a press release.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Former Barclays and DBS employees, Manulife insurers banned for fraud and dishonest conduct
Two former bank employees from Barclays and DBS as well as two former insurance agents from Manulife Financial Advisers have been issued prohibition orders for fraudulent and dishonest conduct, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said on Friday (May 8).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Jail for tourist who assaulted police officers at Changi Airport after COVID-19 rerouted his flight to Singapore
When COVID-19 disrupted his flight plans to return home to Kazakhstan from Bali with his fiancee, a man drank alcohol and later assaulted four police officers at Changi Airport while in transit in Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Stuck in Singapore for work, Korean woman says Singaporean landlady helps her feel like she has family here
As an Employment Pass worker in Singapore, working from home during the circuit breaker period has not been easy.
— The Pride

Children bored during the COVID-19 circuit breaker? Try these family-friendly online activities
Framed maps, artefacts placed in shining glass cases and a voice guiding you through the display halls.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Maid jailed for stealing cash and jewellery for over a year before employer’s death
In the year before her employer died, an Indonesian maid repeatedly stole cash and jewellery worth about S$7,000 despite being caught early on.
— 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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