Singapore morning news for May 5

Singapore morning news for May 5

Singapore morning newsSingapore factory sentiment falls for straight third month to end-2008 levels
SINGAPORE’S manufacturing sentiment fell for the third straight month in April to its lowest level since November 2008, data on Monday showed, as every segment of the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) stood in negative territory amid the crippling Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Business Times

66 COVID-19 cases among healthcare workers and support staff: Gan Kim Yong
As of Apr 26, there were 66 cases of confirmed COVID-19 infection among healthcare workers and support staff, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said in Parliament on Monday (May 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singdollar could weaken to 1.425 per USD this year on coronavirus risks: Fitch Solutions
FITCH Solutions has lowered its forecast for the Singapore dollar’s (SGD) 2020 average exchange rate to S$1.425 per US dollar (USD), from its previous average forecast of S$1.385, in light of the Covid-19 crisis.
— The Business Times

COVID-19 elections Bill passed to enable Singaporeans on stay-home notices to vote
Provisions will be made for Singaporeans who are on stay-home notices for acute respiratory infections to vote in the upcoming General Election, following the passing of a Bill on Monday (May 4) to facilitate voting during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

3 new clusters, 573 new cases in S’pore; most are workers in dorms
The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 573 new coronavirus cases in Singapore as of noon yesterday, 98 per cent of whom were migrant workers in dormitories.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Economy may be in bigger trouble than many realise
THE Singapore economy is headed for what many said will be an “unprecedented recession” this year – and watchers are warning that most people may not have grasped how tough the road to recovery could get.
— The Business Times

Ebola drug remdesivir used to treat COVID-19 patients in Singapore as part of clinical trials
Doctors in Singapore are using remdesivir – a drug created originally to tackle Ebola – to treat COVID-19 patients here as part of clinical trials.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Safe distancing on public transport to ‘largely remain in place’ after COVID-19 circuit breaker ends
Safe distancing measures on public transport will “largely remain in place” even after the COVID-19 “circuit breaker” measures are lifted and commuter traffic returns.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: Long-term visit pass holders will not be denied financial support, says Heng Swee Keat
Long-term visit pass holders will not be denied support under the available COVID-19 schemes, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Monday (May 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SRA: Great Singapore Sale 2020 cancelled amid COVID-19 pandemic
The Great Singapore Sale (GSS) is not happening this year. In the 26-year history of the GSS, normally held between June and August, this year will be the first time that it will not be held.
— The Online Citizen

Woman claims NEA has not sent officers to check a potential mosquito breeding site despite high dengue cases island-wide
Last week, the National Environment Agency (NEA) warned that the number of dengue cases in Singapore this year is projected to exceed last year’s figures, unless immediate action is taken by all stakeholders.
— The Online Citizen

Situation at larger foreign worker dormitories stable, but COVID-19 picture in smaller dorms ‘mixed’: Josephine Teo
While the COVID-19 situation within larger foreign worker dormitories was mostly stable for now, the condition at smaller dorms was still “mixed” and “taking up much bandwidth”, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo said in Parliament on Monday (May 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: Circuit breaker might be lifted when community cases fall to zero or single digits over sustained period
For Singapore to lift COVID-19 circuit breaker measures, the number of community cases daily should fall to zero or single digits over a sustained period of time, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong in Parliament on Monday (May 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Scam victims lost $41.3 million in Q1; e-commerce and loan scams among most common
E-commerce scams proved to be the most popular in the first three months of this year with Covid-19 related items accounting for about one in four such cases.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Govt to look into raising housing standards for migrant workers: Josephine Teo
THE government will look into how housing standards for migrant workers can be raised after the novel coronavirus outbreak is brought under control, Singapore’s Minister for Manpower has said, even as she acknowledged that a focus on rooming arrangements on their own may not prevent a recurrence.
— The Business Times

Singapore developing nationwide COVID-19 testing strategy to better detect unlinked cases in community: Lawrence Wong
A nationwide COVID-19 testing strategy is being developed, as the Government scales up its testing capacity, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong on Monday (May 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Nearly half of large dorms breach rules each year: Minister
About 20 purpose-built dormitories for foreign workers breach dormitory licence conditions each year, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Lawrence Wong has promised review on COVID-19 – Will this before or after GE?
Minister for National Development, Lawrence Wong has said that the government will “comprehensively review “the COVID-19 pandemic and its overall response to it when “the timing is right”.
— The Online Citizen

Train ridership down by 80% since coronavirus outbreak started, says Transport Minister Khaw
Ridership on trains has fallen by 80 per cent since the coronavirus outbreak started in late January, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said on Monday (May 4).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SMU sets up $2.5 million fund to help students affected by coronavirus outbreak
Students from the Singapore Management University (SMU) who are facing financial hardship can find some relief from a new $2.5 million fund.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

All MPs must wear masks in Parliament, only allowed to temporarily remove it when delivering speech
Starting today (4 May), all members of Parliament (MPs) must adorn face masks while present in Parliament, and can only remove it for a short while when delivering speeches, said Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin.
— The Online Citizen

Post-pandemic: Social justice, developing moral sensibilities, and rethinking economic models need to be prioritised
“There’s a very thin sense of mutual obligation, very thin sense of lateral ties across society,” said sociologist Associate Professor Teo You Yenn in an Academia.SG webinar on Friday (1 May).
— The Online Citizen

Government has debunked 40 instances of fake news on COVID-19: Iswaran
Government agencies have clarified and debunked about 40 instances of fake news on COVID-19 since late January, Communications and Information Minister S Iswaran told Parliament on Monday (May 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More seeking shelter during circuit breaker period; help for homeless to go beyond COVID-19: MSF
Nearly 300 people have come forward to seek shelter and assistance during the circuit breaker period, including those affected by travel restrictions, said Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee on Monday (May 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

About 50,000 shareholder-directors to benefit from enhanced COVID-19 wage support scheme
A recent enhancement of a wage support scheme to include those who are also shareholders and directors of companies will benefit about 50,000 people, said Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in Parliament on Monday (May 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

All sectors will have to change work practices to allow reopening: Lawrence Wong
EVEN after “circuit-breaker” measures are lifted, all firms will have to change their work culture and practices, said Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong in a ministerial statement in Parliament on Monday.
— The Business Times

Minister Chan Chun Sing: RCEP trade deal proceeding to be inked by end of 2020
In an interview on Sunday (3 May), Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing stated that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement is on track to be inked by the end of this year.
— The Online Citizen

40-yr-old Singaporean woman under police investigation for not wearing mask and allegedly assaulted a 47-yr-old woman at Shunfu Market
A Singaporean woman who was seen not wearing a mask and allegedly assaulted a 47-year-old woman at Shunfu Market is under police investigation for voluntarily causing hurt, causing public nuisance, and breaching safe distancing measures.
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus: Man allegedly spat at cop after he was caught not wearing mask outdoors
A man is said to have hurled vulgarities at a policeman and spat at another officer after he was allegedly spotted not wearing a mask over his nose and mouth while outdoors on Saturday (May 2) amid the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Patients at 6 polyclinics will receive COVID-19 results via SMS if tests are negative
Patients at six polyclinics will now receive an automated SMS if their COVID-19 tests come back negative from the laboratories.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: The surprising things you learn working from home with your other half
Consider the circuit breaker a rare opportunity to spend much needed quality time with your significant other – but only if you figure out how to not (mentally) throttle each other first, says Karen Tee.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Geylang Serai CC launches #SG20K to commemorate 20,000 days since S’pore’s independence
To commemorate 20,000 days since Singapore’s independence on May 12 and to encourage people to stay home, Geylang Serai community club (CC) has launched a #SG20K initiative, the People’s Association said on Facebook on May 1.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

TWC2’s Alex Au: The dorms are not the problem, there’s an entire eco-system that disadvantages and disempower migrant workers
The dormitories are not the problem as migrant workers are more anxious about salary-related issues and food, remarked Alex Au, Vice President of Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2).
— The Online Citizen

Welfare of Singapore workers relies on goodwill and cooperation of individual employers
In his May Day message to the country, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (PM Lee) sent a strong message to the workforce.
— The Online Citizen

Online users berate migrant workers for demanding too much over catered food served at dormitories
Following multiple complaints over poor quality food served to migrant workers living in dormitories gazetted as isolation areas due to COVID-19, things have now taken a positive turn.
— The Online Citizen

Foreign expats discuss setting up online store to do sideline food business while on EP
Last Wed (29 Apr), a foreign expat lady with the moniker MariaT posted a message on the popular Singapore Expats Forum asking if expats on Employment Pass (EP) are allowed to open online store to do some business on the side in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

Online portal launched to help investment management professionals upskill
An industry body has launched a new online portal to help investment management professionals working in Singapore to upskill.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s logistics-tech platform Ninja Van nabs nearly US$124M in Series D round
Singaporean logistics-tech platform Ninja Van has secured nearly US$124 million in a Series D round of funding from new and existing investors, including Geopost and Facebook Co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s B Capital, say various news reports citing public filings.
— e27

Stretched but coping: How Singapore’s healthcare system has cranked up efforts to deal with COVID-19
In the initial weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, Singapore seemed well placed to handle the situation.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

CapitaLand’s residential, retail and lodging businesses sees fallout from Covid-19
CapitaLand’s lodging business saw first-quarter fee income drop 9 per cent year on year to $54.2 million, while revenue per available unit (revPAU) fell 22 per cent to $84 from $108 the year before, according to the group’s Q1 business update on Monday (May 4).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘It’s about trying until our last breath’: New F&B players cook up survival plans for COVID-19 crisis
For more than half a year, first-time food and beverage entrepreneur Andrea Tan had been working hard to get her cafe, Lucid, ready for business.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man arrested for attempted murder of NParks officer along Sungei Serangoon Park Connector
A 61-year-old man was arrested for attempted murder on Monday (May 4) after he allegedly stabbed a National Parks Board (NParks) officer who was installing SafeEntry signs along Sungei Serangoon Park Connector.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Doctor suspended 3 years, fined $25,000 for overprescribing cough mixtures containing codeine
This is the second such infringement for Dr Andrew Tang Yen Ho of Tang Medical & Surgery.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Celebrate 20,000 days of S’pore’s independence while at home
To commemorate 20,000 days since Singapore’s independence on May 12 and to encourage people to stay home, Geylang Serai Community Club has launched a #SG20K initiative, the People’s Association (PA) said on its Facebook page last Friday.
— 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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