Singapore morning news for May 26

Singapore morning news for May 26

Singapore morning news

Collect improved masks at CCs, RCs and vending machines from today
Starting today and until June 14, Singapore residents can collect improved reusable masks.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MOH preliminarily confirms 344 new cases of COVID-19 infection ; Total tally at 31,960
As of Monday noon (25 May), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 344 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore, the lower number of cases today is partly due to fewer tests being conducted.
— The Online Citizen

Service centres for work passes, housing, CPF to reopen on June 2
Government service centres dealing with matters such as housing, employment passes, Central Provident Fund (CPF) and taxes are set to reopen on June 2 as Singapore enters phase one of the post-circuit breaker period.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MOH names two Jurong Point spots visited by infectious patients
The Ministry of Health (MOH) yesterday named Jurong Point’s FairPrice outlet and Shokutsu Ten Japanese Food Street as public places visited by people with Covid-19 for more than 30 minutes when they were infectious.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fourth Covid-19 support package to focus heavily on jobs: Heng Swee Keat
JOBS will be a key part of the fourth Covid-19 support package, said Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in a Facebook post on Monday.
— The Business Times

Singapore has to move cautiously amid ‘hidden cases’ of COVID-19 among population: Lawrence Wong
Singapore has to move cautiously in exiting its COVID-19 circuit breaker period as there are still hidden cases of infection circulating among the general population, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong on Monday (May 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Ensuring swab facility runs like clockwork round the clock
Swab tests are crucial in Singapore’s fight against Covid-19, and facilities in Tuas and Kranji have been working overtime to test workers for the past few weeks.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Doing business without new foreign workers could become the new normal
SINGAPORE has tried both the carrot and the stick to wean companies off over-reliance on foreign labour, but the novel coronavirus might just be the final straw for employers.
— The Business Times

Singapore dollar looks vulnerable even as economy opens up
Singapore’s currency looks set to remain under pressure as global headwinds outweigh the benefits of an easing in the nationwide lockdown.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’poreans ready to give up some privacy for safety: IPS study
Singaporeans are willing to sacrifice some level of privacy amid the coronavirus pandemic in order to keep safe and resume their normal activities as soon as possible, but the type of technology and how it is used determine public acceptability, a study has found.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SIA investigating after pilot who flew into Bangladesh airspace couldn’t give clearance number
Singapore Airlines (SIA) is investigating an incident where a pilot who flew into Bangladesh airspace was unable to provide a clearance number requested by air traffic controllers in charge of the area.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: The biggest restructuring exercise facing Singapore businesses has just begun
From F&B to retail and fitness, winning Singapore businesses know they must shift gears and rethink their business models to thrive in a pandemic economy, says NUS Business School’s Lawrence Loh.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singaporeans accept some privacy loss in Covid-19 battle but surveillance method matters: IPS survey
Singaporeans are willing to sacrifice some level of privacy amid the coronavirus pandemic in order to keep safe and resume their normal activities as soon as possible, but the type of technology and how it is used determines public acceptability, a study has found.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Who will do the dirty, intensive jobs that Singaporeans shun?
DESPITE sweeteners such as overseas work opportunities and higher pay, some jobs are persistently shunned by locals for being too dirty or intensive.
— The Business Times

Experts studying impact of virus on S’pore society and behaviour
Before circuit breaker measures were implemented, over 90 per cent of those with respiratory infections and diarrhea would seek medical assistance.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commentary: The case for universal digital access, as home-based computing becomes a post-pandemic norm
In an increasingly digital world where more will work and learn from home, reliable technology and Internet access are needs not wants, say professors Irene YH Ng and Lim Sun Sun.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

NDP organisers exploring opt-out option for funpacks, says MP; Govt seeks feedback on issue
This comes after a petition launched last Thursday to allow people to opt out of receiving the NDP funpack garnered nearly 80,000 signatures as of Monday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Property agent group appeals to Chan Chun Sing to allow physical viewings of vacant units
AN association of real estate agents in Singapore has appealed to Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chan Sing to allow potential tenants to physically view vacant property units when the circuit breaker lifts on June 2.
— The Business Times

Singapore’s cautious approach to reopening after Covid-19 circuit breaker prioritises both lives and livelihoods: Lawrence Wong
If all goes well, then we will move to the next phase around the end of June, and resume more activities then, he said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

DBS approves more than $1.1b in loans to over 3,500 micro and small enterprises since March
DBS has approved over 3,500 loans for micro and small enterprises, totalling more than $1.1 billion, under Enterprise Singapore’s financing schemes.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

No sense of ownership from the 4G leaders, just excuses and justification
Writer, Tan Meng Wah has provided a blow by blow account of the government’s hiccups and shortfalls in relation to their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Online Citizen

Commentary: Don’t expect your kids to return to school seamlessly
Understanding how the circuit breaker affects our children may help us ease them back into school-life, says Annie Tan.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New home prices likely to remain unchanged: Experts
Prices for upcoming Housing Board (HDB) flats and private properties will likely remain the same despite an inevitable hike in construction costs, said property analysts.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Professional services shore up staffing as insolvency cases loom amid virus outbreak
AS MORE businesses buckle under strain amid the virus outbreak, some firms in the professional services are boosting their restructuring and insolvency practice with more aggressive hiring.
— The Business Times

Gearing up for S’pore GP with live audience, parties despite uncertainty
While the fate of this year’s Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix remains up in the air, preparations are under way for it to go ahead with a live audience.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘Mystery’ food deliveries and help with grocery runs: Kampung spirit helps neighbours cope with circuit breaker
A group of neighbours in Punggol used to meet at one another’s homes – but are now so near, yet so far, as social gatherings are not allowed under COVID-19 circuit breaker rules.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Strong mandate or strong alternative voices?
There has been recent calls by the ruling party for a strong mandate to tackle the current crisis and the challenges ahead.
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus: Automated escalator handrail cleaner on trial at KKH
The device is fitted with a human traffic counter to monitor the size of the crowd and cleaning efficiency can be stepped up at high traffic areas.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Trade associations appeal to govt for post-circuit breaker easing, support
TRADE associations in Singapore are appealing to the government for more support in resuming some industry activities, albeit with safety measures in place.
— The Business Times

Netizens ask questions about Temasek’s indirect loan to Pacific International Lines
It was earlier reported that shipping company Pacific International Lines (PIL) received loans from Temasek last year.
— The Online Citizen

Car sales can be conducted safely, says Singapore trade association
Motor traders have sent an appeal to the government to allow vehicle sales to resume when the “circuit breaker” is lifted next month.
— The Business Times

Goodbye office: Is the future of work in our homes?
Wanting to create a parent-friendly workplace, Ms Joerin Yao, managing director of human resource consultancy Enable Group, has been allowing employees to work from home since the business started seven years ago.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

What drives the Hougang Spirit to inflict defeat after defeat on the PAP?
Each and every election in the past 30 years has seen the Workers’ Party (WP) romp home on the back of the Hougang Spirit.
— The Online Citizen

Singaporeans raise $60k to help cancer patient return to Bangladesh
A group of Singaporeans worked feverishly to arrange a special flight to Bangladesh to grant a dying man his wish to celebrate one last Hari Raya Aidilfitri in his home town Dhaka.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Yoga and sea air for workers housed on cruise ships
Every morning, Mr Rajagopal Sathiyavasan, 42, starts his day with yoga and scenic views of the Singapore Strait.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Three-year ordeal after maid’s accusation
What started as a viral photo of her then helper cleaning a second-storey glass awning turned into a nearly three-year legal battle for Mrs Belinda Huber, who also had to put up with online vitriol and accusatory stares.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

 

 

Feature photo Towards Tobacco-Free Singapore
This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on World No-Tobacco Day, May 31.

 

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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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