Singapore morning news for May 12

Singapore morning news for May 12

Singapore morning news

Singapore Racecourse areas to serve as Covid-19 recovery facilities
THE Singapore Turf Club (STC) and the Tote Board are working with government agencies to temporarily convert selected areas of the Singapore Racecourse at Kranji into community recovery facilities for foreign workers recovering from the Covid-19 virus.
— The Business Times

MOF says 32 companies return S$35 million of Jobs Support Scheme payouts; netizens urged Govt to check if the grant being used to pay employees
The Ministry of Finance (MOF) announced on Sunday (10 May) that 32 companies have returned the Government’s Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) payouts and pledged to decline future JSS payouts.
— The Online Citizen

Direct School Admission applications to open May 12, selection process tweaked due to COVID-19
Students applying to secondary schools and junior colleges through the Direct School Admission (DSA) exercise for entry in 2021 will be able to do so from Tuesday (May 12).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man, 68, is 21st death; 486 new cases, with 504 patients discharged
The Ministry of Health (MOH) yesterday announced two deaths – that of a 68-year-old Singaporean man from complications due to Covid-19, and of a 53-year-old Indian man who died of a heart attack.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

4 more COVID-19 cases linked to S11 dormitory cluster a day after no cases were reported there
Four more coronavirus cases have been linked to the cluster at the S11 dormitory @ Punggol, Singapore’s largest COVID-19 cluster, the Ministry of Health (MOH) reported on Monday (May 11).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: Former Chancery Court site to house healthy foreign workers
The former Chancery Court site at 36 Dunearn Road has been designated as an alternative accommodation to house healthy foreign workers in essential services.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Higher forced liquidations this year, with pandemic yet to do its worst
EVEN as the number of compulsory liquidations have gone up over the past four months, the true measure of distress that the global pandemic has had on Singapore companies will only be made clear from the third quarter, when subsidies and legal reprieve wear off.
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: Few flights at Changi Airport but checks stepped up for returnees
Ground officers now have to clear those arriving in Singapore through a multi-step process.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MOH says 35 people misdiagnosed with COVID-19
Several dozen people previously thought to have COVID-19 turned out to be “false positives,” the Ministry of Health announced yesterday in its daily coronavirus briefing.
— Coconuts Singapore

COVID-19: Gaming firm Razer to give out about 5 million free masks to Singapore residents
Tech firm Razer will be giving out free surgical masks to all Singapore residents aged 16 and above, through a network of vending machines across the island, the company said on Monday (May 11).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Government to absorb additional operational costs for dormitory operators during circuit breaker
The Government will be footing the bill for the increased operating costs incurred by dorm operators due to the dormitory lockdowns and stay-home notices imposed on some 300,000 foreign workers across Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

3 of the 4 Covid-19 cases among healthcare workers at Singapore Expo care facility found to be negative after retesting
One of them was a Singaporean radiographer who had been reported as a confirmed case on May 7.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Foreign PMETs continue to keep their jobs in Singapore but with reduced pay
Bloomberg reported yesterday (8 May) that expats in Singapore are beginning to ask for rent cuts from landlords as their salaries are being affected by the current COVID-19 crisis.
— The Online Citizen

COVID-19: Why 3 positive cases who died from heart issues were not added to Singapore’s official death toll
Not adding COVID-19 patients who died of heart issues instead of the coronavirus to the official death toll is consistent with international practice, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: No overseas exercise and commissioning parade, but SAF Officer Cadet School training must go on
When it was announced on Apr 6 that Basic Military Training would be stopped temporarily in line with Singapore’s COVID-19 circuit breaker measures, training at the Officer Cadet School (OCS) was spared the suspension.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Bank and pharmaceutical giant among firms that returned or donated Jobs Support Scheme wage subsidies
British bank Barclays and German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim are among the businesses that have returned or donated the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) payouts.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

WP’s chief Pritam Singh: Circuit breaker may push some people with underlying mental conditions over the edge
The Workers’ Party (WP) chief Pritam Singh said in a Facebook post on Saturday (9 May) that the circuit breaker measures may push some individuals with underlying mental conditions to break the law.
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus: 13 companies in Singapore donate 100,000 masks, 5 tonnes of hand sanitisers to Batam
Thirteen companies here donated 100,000 KN95 masks and five tonnes of hand sanitisers to Batam on Monday (May 11) in an effort organised by Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Standard Chartered Bank donates S$1 million to community, continues to engage staff volunteering
To support the Singapore community amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Standard Chartered Bank has made a S$1 million donation in April, and is continuing to engage its staff on volunteering for the community.
— The Online Citizen

Exotic SocGen financial product shorting SIA shares now worth zero
The value of some of the leveraged short positions in Singapore Airlines (SIA) got wiped out last Wednesday (May 6) after the carrier’s share price surged due to an adjustment for a rights issue of stock and convertible bonds.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More than 2,000 SMEs, heartland retailers to benefit from new e-commerce solution
A new mobile commerce solution will help more than 2,000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) set up their own virtual store and have access to a wide network of customers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘When the coronavirus first hit, it was chaos’: The Singaporean doctor fighting on the front line in a UK hospital
It was nothing more than a sore throat and cough, symptoms which in ordinary times would be of hardly any concern.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore firms see mixed recovery as China lockdown thaws
SINGAPORE companies in China, where the novel coronavirus first broke out, are experiencing mixed levels of recovery as the country unravels some of its strict social distancing measures and lockdowns.
— The Business Times

At least 38 Airbnb Singapore axed in global layoff
AIRBNB has laid off at least 38 staff in Singapore as part of its move to slash 1,900 employees, or a quarter of its workforce globally, according to a talent portal the company set up for affected staff.
— The Business Times

PSP acknowledges apology from Daniel Teo for making “libelous accusation” against party members
The saga between Progress Singapore Party (PSP) and its sacked member, Daniel Teo seems to have come to a close yesterday after it announced that it acknowledges the apology issued by Teo on 9 May.
— The Online Citizen

SDP proposes retirement income for elderly to cope with living expenses and ease burden on their working children
The Singapore Democratic Party has announced a new proposal which seeks to guarantee a basic income of $500 a month for Singapore citizens aged 65 and older who are in the bottom 80 percent of wage earners.
— The Online Citizen

MP Low Yen Ling down with dengue fever as Singapore enters peak season for the disease
Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Manpower Low Yen Ling has come down with dengue fever, placing her among the hundreds of people who have fallen ill in recent days as Singapore enters its peak season for the disease.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man charged with leaving home 5 times while on stay-home notice
A man was charged on Monday (May 11) with leaving his home five times while he was on a stay-home notice.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

In a time of pandemic, the challenges faced by the visually impaired in Singapore
They have much to overcome in adjusting to the COVID-19 situation. But their circumstances have also differed in several ways, with some of them facing difficulties and others less so.
— 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)

Singapore Exchange to scrap minimum trading price rule
SGX RegCo, the regulatory arm of Singapore Exchange, said it will scrap the requirement for companies to maintain a minimum share price (MTP) on June 1.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Here’s what the animals at the Singapore Zoo are getting up to while no one’s around during the circuit breaker
Walking about the park without a leash, the five creatures run up and down playground slides, curiously sniffing at bushes and wagging their tails at leaf piles.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Is GrabFood Singapore chasing a pipe dream?
GRABFOOD Singapore is not ready to talk about what an optimised food delivery business model would look like, its top executive said.
— The Business Times

Two arrested after man found with head injuries, fractured hand in Bishan
Two people were arrested on Sunday (May 10) after a man was found with multiple injuries in Bishan.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Police manhunt on for suspects after 3 arrested in rioting case at People’s Park Centre condo
The early-morning clash was caught on the condominium’s CCTV camera and a video of the incident was widely circulated on social media and WhatsApp chat groups.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man gets jail for repeatedly stripping naked in mosque, assaulting police officer
Feeling the effects of pills he had bought in Geylang, a man went to a mosque where he felt extreme power and stripped repeatedly despite attempts by others to get him to put on his clothes.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

900 ST School Pocket Money Fund beneficiaries to get Mr Bean care packs of soya treats
Packs of sweet treats will soon be on their way to 900 beneficiaries of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) to boost their spirits during the circuit breaker period.
— 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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