Singapore morning news for May 28

Singapore morning news for May 28

Singapore morning news

Singapore services sector takings fall 1.1% in Q1
SINGAPORE’S services sector saw receipts fall 1.1 per cent year on year in the first quarter of 2020, in a reversal from the previous quarter’s 4.5 per cent growth, according to a Department of Statistics release on Wednesday.
— The Business Times

New Bill could level playing field between landlords and tenants
Landlords will have to dig deeper to help their pandemic-battered tenants under an upcoming Bill that some observers feel could level the playing field between commercial owners and tenants.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore reports 533 new COVID-19 cases, including 3 Singaporeans or permanent residents
Singapore reported 533 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Wednesday (May 27), taking its total number of infections to 32,876.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

HSA warns about 2 ‘health’ products that contain steroids, dangerous dose of erectile dysfunction drug
The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has warned the public to avoid buying or consuming two products as they contain potent medicinal ingredients that should not be used without medical supervision.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore and New Zealand, emerging from Covid-19 pandemic, look to reopening borders
Singapore and New Zealand will start discussing the safe and gradual reopening of borders as both countries emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, following a virtual meeting between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

FairPrice supermarkets at Hillion Mall, Bukit Panjang Plaza among places visited by COVID-19 cases while infectious
FairPrice supermakets at Bukit Panjang Plaza and Hillion Mall have been added to a list of public places visited by COVID-19 cases during their infectious period.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Mosques to progressively reopen from June 2, will provide some space for private prayers
Mosques in Singapore will reopen progressively from June 2, starting with the provision of limited spaces for private prayer.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Contractors Association appeals to government that they cannot afford to bear the cost of testing migrant workers
Employers should not bear the cost of COVID-19 swab tests for migrant workers in the construction sector, said the President of the Singapore Contractors Association in a letter to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Heng Swee Keat on 23 May.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore’s fiscal position strong amid further deficit, reserve draw
Singapore incurs a deficit of an unprecedented size and a second draw on its past reserves this financial year, they are necessary to pave the way for recovery and for the economy to emerge stronger.
— The Business Times

Reducing migrant worker population will affect Singapore’s competitive edge, lead to higher costs: Industry groups
A reduction in the number of foreign workers in Singapore would have multiple implications on the economy and businesses, and also have a ripple effect on jobs for Singaporeans and housing prices, several industry groups said on Wednesday (May 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Pharma lifts Q1 but Q2 will be painful; full-year GDP to dip up to 7%
THE economic hit from the deadly novel coronavirus will likely be at its worst in the second quarter, according to forecasts from the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

Singapore’s financial position weaker in coming years: Heng
WITH almost S$100 billion set aside to combat Covid-19, Singapore’s financial position will be “a lot weaker” in the coming years, and it will need to find ways to manage this “difficult financial situation”, said Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat.
— The Business Times

Primary 1 registration for 2021 moves online, MOE introduces cap on intake of PR children
Registration for next year’s Primary 1 admissions will move fully online, and will introduce a cap on the intake of children who are permanent residents (PRs), the Ministry of Education (MOE) said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Experts predict daily COVID-19 cases in dormitories will drop to below 100 in the next three to four weeks
The number of positive cases of the deadly COVID-19 in migrant workers dormitories is expected to plunge to below 100 in three to four weeks’ time, said Professor Teo Yik Ying, dean of the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health on Tuesday (26 May).
— The Online Citizen

Over 90,000 migrant workers receive free mobile top-ups for them to call loved ones back in home countries
Ever since many migrant worker dormitories in Singapore were gazetted as isolation areas due to high number of COVID-19 cases in the premises, these migrant workers were stuck in their rooms for months now with limited contact with their loved one.
— The Online Citizen

New app for migrant workers to monitor their health among resources to contain coronavirus spread
New resources have been introduced by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to provide better care for migrant workers here, including a mobile application for workers to report their daily health status and a feature for employers to track where their workers are moved to amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Illegal sex services continue as cash-strapped workers receive help
Temperature screening before paid sex: This is a precaution that a Telegram group chat advertising sexual services has imposed on its clients.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Android devices on older firmware exposed to security vulnerability, warns SingCERT
Android devices running on operating system versions 9.0 and earlier – or about 90 per cent of users – may be exposed to a security vulnerability that could allow attackers to hijack an installed application and gain unauthorised access to sensitive data.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

NTUC to focus on preserving and matching jobs, worker training, says Ng Chee Meng
While technicians at an aerospace firm were facing the prospect of losing their jobs earlier this year, hard disk manufacturer Seagate was looking for similarly skilled workers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Mandatory rent waiver raises risks for private landlords: property consultants
THE government’s move to bolster rental support will extend another lifeline to tenants, many of whom are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), industry players have said. But they add that legislating that landlords also contribute may put these landlords in a more difficult position.
— The Business Times

Travelling or telecommuting – how COVID-19 could affect public transport costs in Singapore
It could be more expensive to take the bus or train in future if telecommuting becomes the norm in the long term, even after the COVID-19 pandemic dies down.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

AI-empowered data platform secures Series A funding led by Digital Garage Group
Singapore-based AI-empowered data platform has received a Series A funding led by Japanese digital media Digital Garage Group, together with a corporate VC firm of TV station Asahi Broadcasting Group Holdings Corporation, ABC Dream Ventures.
— e27

Coronavirus: Suspended home renovations can restart but new works will have to wait
Home renovation works for Housing Board (HDB) flats and private homes that were disrupted can restart in Phase 1 of the post-circuit breaker period, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) said on Wednesday (May 27).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: More than 7,000 workers matched to new jobs under NTUC’s Job Security Council
More than 7,000 workers who were either furloughed or retrenched due to the COVID-19 pandemic have taken up new roles with the help of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) through its Job Security Council.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

350 airport workers make temporary switch to new jobs
Mr Jeyaseelan Sundram had been greeting well-heeled travellers as a guest relations officer at the luxury JetQuay CIP Terminal in Changi Airport for the past two years.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)
Group of bikers being investigated for gathering over Hari Raya Aidilfitri weekend
A group of about 10 bikers who were captured on video congregating at a petrol kiosk over the Hari Raya Aidilfitri weekend are under police investigation for possible traffic offences and breaching safe distancing rules.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man kept reporting for work despite being issued stay-home notice, gets jail
Despite being issued a stay-home notice after returning to Singapore from Batam, a security guard kept reporting for work and shared a room with others.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Courage Fund to raise income eligibility criteria from June 1 to help more families affected by Covid-19
The income criteria to qualify for the Courage Fund will be raised from June 1, so more households affected by the coronavirus outbreak can get help.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s Infrastructure Asia, Myanmar ink deal on infrastructure collaboration
Singapore’s Infrastructure Asia will identify suitable investors for infrastructure projects in Myanmar, following an agreement inked with Myanmar’s Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry (MoPFI) on Wednesday (May 27).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

School campus upgrades, new primary school in Tampines North delayed by COVID-19
Infrastructure projects at some schools have been delayed by safe distancing measures designed to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said on Wednesday (May 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

End of Covid-19 circuit breaker: A guide to what you can do from June 2
Find out the answers to frequently asked questions about the post-circuit breaker period, as well as information on which services and facilities will be reopening.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

8 Singaporeans arrested for suspected drug offences in cross-border drug bust
Eight Singaporeans have been arrested for suspected drug offences following a collaborative drug bust between the Malaysian and Singaporean authorities.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

20 arrested in Geylang for illegal gambling activities
Twenty people were arrested in Geylang on Tuesday (May 26) during an enforcement operation against illegal gambling activities.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Girl among 11 teens charged with unlawful assembly while armed with knives during Covid-19 outbreak
A 17-year-old girl was among 11 teenage Singaporeans who appeared in court on Wednesday (May 27) after they allegedly left their homes for a settlement talk, despite circuit breaker measures, and armed themselves with knives.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

President Halimah urges Singaporeans to display national flag outside homes amid COVID-19; response has been below average
A month ago (25 April), President Halimah Yacob stated in a Facebook post that members of the public have voiced their intention to hang Singapore’s national flag at their homes in light of the difficult times caused by COVID-19.
— The Online Citizen

National Youth Council partners Redd+E to engage youth purposefully through esports
Earlier this week, the National Youth Council (NYC) forged a partnership with Redd+E, the esports arm of Reddentes Sports, to organise a series of community esports tournaments to engage young players based in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

Pacific International Lines agrees debt deal; in talks with Temasek unit
Singapore-based container ship operator Pacific International Lines Pte (PIL) has agreed with most of its financial lenders to defer debt payments and is in talks with a unit of Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings for a potential investment.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Cabby jailed for posting fake COVID-19 ‘intel’ on food outlet closures, urging panic buying
A taxi driver was jailed four months on Wednesday (May 27) for posting a fake message on Facebook about supposed food outlet closures and urging panic buying.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Heartland shops get a digital boost with new initiative to take them online
Residents of heartland areas are used to walking downstairs and buying goods from local mom and pop stores but soon they will be able to shop online for these products to help them cope with crowd control measures.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘I thought it was too good to be true’: Photographer offers free service to hawkers and F&B outlets
The lunch crowd is normally a force to be reckoned with and Mr Eric Lee, who runs Arcade Fish Soup, would attest to that. The 17-year-old franchise has three stalls in the heart of the Central Business District (CBD) and the snaking queues were always a “good problem”.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)
Man arrested for suspected drug offences, dangerous driving after accident injures 5 others including 2 year old
A 34-year-old man was arrested for dangerous driving and suspected drug-related offences after an accident involving three cars and a lorry on Tuesday night (May 26).
— 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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