Singapore morning news for May 21

Singapore morning news for May 21

Singapore morning newsChangi Airport to gradually allow transit traffic from June 2
FROM June 2, Singapore will gradually allow travellers to transit through Changi Airport as it begins to progressively re-open air transport.
— The Business Times

Singapore’s COVID-19 cases cross 29,000 mark with 570 new infections reported
The number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore crossed the 29,000 mark on Wednesday (May 20), with 570 new infections reported as of noon.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man sentenced to death in Singapore on Zoom call
A judge in Singapore has sentenced a man to death via a Zoom video-call for his role in a drug deal, one of just two known cases where a capital punishment verdict has been delivered remotely.
— Reuters

Employers must pay retrenchment benefit if job cuts are inevitable: MOM
RETRENCHMENT should be a last resort for companies to manage manpower costs, and those that have no choice but to do so should treat their employees with empathy and provide them a retrenchment benefit, an advisory from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said on Wednesday.
— The Business Times

NDP 2020: Focus on celebrating at home, many segments moved to the heartland and smaller-scale evening show
Singapore’s 55th birthday bash will have a coordinated fireworks display at more than 10 different sites.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Circuit breaker has worked but Singapore must get used to new normal, says PM Lee Hsien Loong
The battle against Covid-19 is far from over. That is why we are reopening in gradual phases, he said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pet-related services to gradually resume from Jun 2; safe management measures must be in place: NParks
Safe management measures to minimise the spread of COVID-19 must be put in place by pet establishments as they resume services from Jun 2, the National Parks Board (NParks) said in a news release on Wednesday (May 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore market set for 2021 recovery; safety measures a new normal for firms that can reopen
EVEN as the gradual easing of circuit breaker measures see delayed reopening for some sectors, government stimulus, ample liquidity and investor willingness to look beyond 2020 could prevent the Singapore market from sinking to previous crisis levels, according to a CGS-CIMB report.
— The Business Times

Disinfectant tunnels don’t stop Covid-19 spread but may harm people going through: Experts
Experts have warned against the use of disinfectant tunnels that many countries, including Singapore, are setting up to spray on people as they enter certain premises.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

1 in 3 can return to work on-site as more firms reopen
From June 2, more businesses can resume operations with about one-third of workers able to return to work on-site, as Singapore gradually eases restrictions imposed to stem the spread of Covid-19.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s Solubots unveils self-cleansing disinfecting robots
In order to help the frontline healthcare workers and government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic better, Singapore-based startup Solubots unveiled today a self-cleansing disinfecting robot (SDR).
— e27

Singapore aims for cheap tests, vaccine to speed up economic recovery: Chan Chun Sing
Singapore Trade & Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said there are many downside risks to the economy despite recent data showing a surprise improvement in exports.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More wage and rent support needed as most retailers stay closed, F&B firms still restricted
THE retail and food and beverage (F&B) sectors will need more wage support to stay afloat as the former group remains closed and the latter still restricted to takeaways in the first phase of Singapore’s reopening, trade associations and industry watchers said.
— The Business Times

Singapore to turn 55 with all-day virtual birthday party
Fireworks all over as National Day goes digital for the first time since 1965.
— Coconuts Singapore

Coronavirus: Sale of pets, spa baths for them still not allowed from June 2
Pet owners whose animal companions are in need of a trim will be able to do so from June 2, although aspiring pet owners wishing to buy new furry friends will have to wait.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Financial institutions allowed more on-site staff from June 2: MAS
THE Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will allow financial institutions (FIs) here to reopen more customer-service locations under the first phase of the lifting of circuit-breaker measures on June 2.
— The Business Times

Efforts stepped up to keep staff safe at dorms, care facilities
Precautions have continuously been stepped up to keep those working in dormitories or care facilities safe from Covid-19, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

No positive Covid-19 cases yet in pre-school testing
No pre-school and early intervention staff have tested positive for the coronavirus so far in mass testing ahead of the sector’s reopening.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Allegations of profiteering, corruption over COVID-19 community care facilities ‘false and malicious’: Government
Manpower Minister Josephine Teo has asked her lawyers to issue formal letters of demand to those who made the allegations.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Can COVID-19 patients keep testing positive but no longer be infectious? Here’s what you need to know
On Saturday (May 16), it was revealed that 18 COVID-19 positive patients who had stayed at community care facility D’Resort for between 38 and 51 days were discharged after it was determined that they were no longer infectious to others.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: DPM Heng Swee Keat and Malaysian finance minister discuss economic recovery as both countries slowly reopen
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat met Malaysian Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz in a video conference on Tuesday and both leaders discussed economic recovery plans.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Fair treatment and better income support for low-wage workers critical to improving employment resilience, say experts
Fair treatment, income support and union representation for low-wage workers, as well as retaining and training workers despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, will position Singapore to deal successfully with future challenges post-circuit breaker, said analysts.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NDP 2020 to have morning and evening shows; shows to be scaled down in line with COVID-19 precautions
This year’s National Day Parade (NDP) will be split into morning and evening shows, with participant numbers drastically reduced in line with COVID-19 guidelines.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Shedding light on Singapore Airlines’ rights issue
Many Singapore Airlines shareholders have approached the Securities Investors Association (Singapore), or Sias, seeking to clarify if they should subscribe to the upcoming rights issue.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man jailed for leaving flat 5 times to exercise despite stay-home order after Batam trip
After returning to Singapore from Batam, a man was issued a stay-home notice but defied it and left his flat five times to exercise.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: More Singapore restaurant closures and layoffs to come, Chope survey finds
Reservation platform Chope, which conducted the survey, said 58 restaurants delisted from its platform due to permanent closures in March and April.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Foreign worker fined for breaching quarantine to buy a shaver for work the next day
A day before his home quarantine order ended, a foreign worker went to a mall to buy a shaver, as he did not want to look untidy for work the next day.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Co-living operators upbeat as they look to demand from new segments
CO-LIVING operators in Singapore remain upbeat despite – and in some cases spurred on by – the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.
— The Business Times

Internet love scams have increased in the first three months this year compared to 2019
The number of Internet love scams increased in the first three months of the year although the total amount of money stolen fell.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Legal letters to be issued to 2 who made corruption allegations against Josephine Teo and husband over Covid-19 care facility project
Allegations of her and her husband’s profiteering and corruption in relation to the development of the community care facility (CCF) by Surbana Jurong at the Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre are untrue, scurrilous and completely baseless, said Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

1 taken to hospital, 40 evacuated after circuit breaker catches fire at Clementi HDB block
One person was taken to hospital and 40 were evacuated when a circuit breaker caught fire in a Clementi Housing and Development Board block on Tuesday night (May 19).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Jail term increased for negligent supervisor over worksite death
A worksite supervisor, whose negligence to ensure that the safety harnesses of his workers were anchored resulted in a fatality, had his jail term increased from 24 weeks to a year on Wednesday (May 20).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fire caused by charging e-bike battery in Yishun flat put out by off-duty SCDF officer
A fire, caused by a charging electric bicycle battery, broke out in a Housing Board flat in Yishun on Wednesday morning (May 20).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Facing circuit breaker blues, parents of young kids help each other in chat groups
Keeping a toddler entertained at home 24/7 can fray the nerves of any mum or dad – but there’s peer support on social media and messaging platforms just for parents.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Financial literacy programme helps ITE students grow their savings
Students have been saving more over the past year, thanks in part to a pilot financial literacy programme that has stressed the importance of putting cash aside.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Two teenagers arrested over Hari Raya jewellery promotion scam on Carousell
Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of carrying out a series of e-commerce scams involving the sale of gold jewellery on online platform Carousell.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Disrupted daily routines during pandemic leading some to have sleepless nights
For the past month or so, Ms Sarah Chew, 27, had been waking up every hour during the night and struggling to sleep right through till the next morning.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

24 months’ probation for teenager who cheated people by pretending to sell face masks online
A teenager who cheated five people of $580 in total by claiming that she was selling surgical face masks was given 24 months’ probation and 80 hours of community service on Wednesday (May 20).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Mother, 48, obtains diploma while fighting stage 4 cancer
May 20, 2020 1:00 PMEducation and Training graduates this year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Breaching stay-home notice to settle friend’s loan shark case lands man in jail
A man stood as a guarantor for a friend to borrow money from a loan shark, but was concerned after the loan shark called him to say the debt had not been paid.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Shorter jail term if court was told earlier victim had no nose fracture: Judge
A judge, who jailed an alcoholic husband for six months and two weeks for fracturing his wife’s nose, said the jail term would have been no more than three months if the court had been told earlier that there was no nose fracture.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

32 couples become first in Singapore to tie knot via video link
Mr Jeremy Gan, 28, and Ms Lim Ding Yi, 26, had planned for a wedding on May 8 – an auspicious date in the lunar calendar – since the middle of last year. But the Covid-19 outbreak scuppered all their nuptial plans.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)



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This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on World Bee Day, May 20.


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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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