Singapore morning news for May 6

Singapore morning news for May 6

Singapore morning news

Singapore retail sales plunge 13% in sharpest drop in 22 years
​Singapore is seeing one of its worst retail slumps ever, with recent takings at the till registering their sharpest drop in nearly 22 years.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MOH preliminarily confirms additional 632 cases of COVID-19 infection; Total tally at 19,410 cases
As of Tuesday noon (5 May), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed an additional 632 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

Law passed to allow virtual marriage solemnisations during COVID-19 period
Marriage solemnisations during the COVID-19 pandemic can now be conducted virtually either through a live video link, after the passing of new legislation in Parliament on Tuesday (May 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Eco booze: Singapore brewers going green by using leftover bread and treated water
Companies in Singapore are brewing beer with surplus bread and recycled water in a bid to reduce food waste and increase sustainability.
— Food Navigator-Asia

Singapore clocks 4th straight record year for tourism arrivals and receipts in 2019
BEFORE the Covid-19 pandemic devastated international travel, Singapore had its fourth consecutive record year for tourism in 2019, with healthy growth in the fourth quarter, said a Singapore Tourism Board quarterly report on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

Only 17% of Singapore population downloaded TraceTogether app, experts urge to make it mandatory
With the development of a mobile app like TraceTogether, it is expected that Singaporeans would cooperate with the Government to aid in contact tracing amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus: China donates 600,000 masks to Singapore
China has donated 500,000 surgical masks and 100,000 KN95 masks to Singapore’s national stockpile to help the latter manage the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’porean healthcare volunteer at Expo isolation facility tests positive for COVID-19
A 52-year-old Singaporean woman who was volunteering at the Singapore Expo community isolation facility was tested positive for the COVID-19 disease, the Ministry of Health (MOH) stated on Monday (4 May).
— The Online Citizen

Singaporean jetliners put out to pasture in Australian outback
Lined up neatly nose to tail, a fleet of aircraft belonging to the national carrier are being stored in Australia to keep them in mint condition until air travel can resume.
— Coconuts Singapore

Coronavirus: Air quality improves as Singapore slows down under circuit breaker measures
Key pollutant levels have been falling even before April but fell further after circuit breaker measures kicked in on April 7.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Fewer people caught flouting safe distancing rules
Fewer people have been caught flouting safe distancing rules over the past week compared to the previous three weeks following the start of Singapore’s circuit breaker measures.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore’s youngest Covid-19 casualty was declared virus-free a week before she died
The husband and three children of Ms Salha Mesbee – the youngest patient here to die from the coronavirus – gathered at her bedside in the intensive care unit (ICU) at the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital just hours before her death.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Woman filmed without mask, proclaiming ‘I’m a sovereign’ to be remanded at IMH
SINGAPORE: A woman who was caught without a face mask and getting into a heated argument with members of the public will be remanded at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) for psychiatric observation for two weeks.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

UOB approves $4b in loans to mid-sized firms under government-assisted loan scheme
United Overseas Bank (UOB) has approved $4 billionin loans to mid-sized firms under the Temporary Bridging Loan Programme, it said on Tuesday (May 5).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Operator of troubled Jurong West Hawker Centre to call it quits, complex to close for at least 10 months from Aug
The beleaguered Jurong West Hawker Centre, which was previously reported to have just half its stalls open for business, will be closed for at least 10 months from August, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Tuesday (May 5).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Southeast Asian Public Interest Lawyers urge S’pore authorities to drop contempt of court investigations against lawyer M Ravi and three others
Singapore authorities should cease investigating human rights lawyer Ravi Madasamy, widely known as M Ravi, and three other individuals for contempt of court under the Administration of Justice (Protection) Act (AJPA), urged the Southeast Asian Public Interest Lawyers (SEAPIL).
— The Online Citizen

Additional costs incurred by public transport operators due to COVID-19 not ‘adequately covered’ by fares: Khaw Boon Wan
Additional costs incurred by public transport operators because of the COVID-19 outbreak are not adequately covered by current fares and will eventually have to be borne by operators and taxpayers, said Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan on Tuesday (May 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MPs allowed to ‘meet’ in various locations for Parliament sittings under new article in Constitution
In a crisis, Members of Parliament (MPs) will be able to “meet” across two or more places appointed by the President under a new article in the Constitution that was passed on Tuesday (May 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: About 250 students in Singapore to get laptops with online learning tools for a year
About 250 students will receive new laptops equipped with tools that can aid their learning in an initiative rolled out by United Overseas Bank and its partners.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Sale and slaughter of live animals in wet markets being reviewed: Amy Khor
The sale and slaughter of live animals in wet markets is currently being reviewed, taking into consideration international benchmarking and scientific evidence, said Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor in Parliament on Tuesday (May 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New memo to identify those with dementia who might unknowingly flout Covid-19 measures
The Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA) is providing people with dementia and their caregivers a letter that they can show enforcement officers or the police if they inadvertently violate circuit breaker measures in place here.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MCI, IMDA working with telcos to boost network capacity buffer and ensure reliable Internet connection: Iswaran
The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) will work with telecommunications operators to increase the buffer of their network capacity, said Communications and Information Minister S Iswaran on Tuesday (May 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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)

Three factors to consider before Singapore starts reopening economy
The phased reopening of Singapore’s economy will take into account virus case numbers, the global situation, and key enablers such as testing and contact tracing, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, who co-chairs the multi-ministry taskforce on Covid-19.
— The Business Times

Tekka market stalls turn to live-streaming to sell fresh produce, as people stay home amid COVID-19
Having been running his business at Tekka Market for more than four decades, Mr Mohamed Mustafa Shahul Hamid is a familiar face to those who frequent the market in Little India.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Home-grown sofa maker HTL files for insolvency protection, cites cash flow problems
Singapore-based sofa maker HTL, which owes various banks US$46 million ($65 million), has filed for insolvency protection, citing a cash-flow crunch as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Safe distancing enforcement officer who was stabbed in stable condition after undergoing surgery, says NParks
The safe distancing enforcement officer from the National Parks Board (NParks) who was stabbed while on duty is in a stable condition after undergoing surgery at Changi General Hospital.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

High Court to decide if minister’s POFMA order should be upheld in case related to Temasek CEO’s salary
The High Court will decide if a Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) order should be upheld, in a case relating to Temasek Holdings’ CEO Ho Ching’s salary.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore law firms tighten purse strings, adapt to changes in demand
PAY cuts, trimmed distributions, delayed bonuses – lawyers in private practice are bracing for pain as the Covid-19 crisis disrupts the sector and rejigs the flow of legal work.
— The Business Times

Personal alert button on trial for Tampines seniors
Certain seniors living in Tampines are experiencing having their own personal alert button, as the Government ramps up efforts to protect the elderly who live alone and who might be more prone to falls or in need of assistance.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore States Times ordered to correct post alleging students and teachers contracted coronavirus in schools
An online post that alleged that schools have been the source for infections for at least 50 students is false, said the Government as it invoked the fake news law against a Facebook page that suggested this.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Non-compliant e-scooter riders not their staff, say food delivery companies
None of the non-compliant e-scooter riders taking joy rides around Singapore is part of their staff, said the three major food delivery companies on Tuesday (May 5).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Direct School Admission exercise to continue amid COVID-19 pandemic with tweaked evaluation method: Ong Ye Kung
The Direct School Admission (DSA) exercise this year will proceed, with some adjustments in how schools evaluate students in light of COVID-19 social distancing measures, said Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung on Tuesday (May 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

The pandemic has exposed Singapore society’s individualistic nature which is institutionalised – Academia.SG Webinar
In a webinar by Academia.SG on 1 May, five panellists reflected on the possible fallout of the COVID-19 crisis and offered suggestions as to how those negative impacts could be mitigated.
— The Online Citizen

Josephine Teo tells Parliament: Migrant worker posted FB message to thank entire Singapore govt
In Parliament yesterday (4 May), Nominated-Member of Parliament Anthea Ong asked if the Government would consider issuing an apology to the migrant workers for what she called “dismal conditions” in their dormitories, adding that they are in “complete lockdown for the sake and safety of Singaporeans”.
— The Online Citizen

About S$11.5 million raised under The Courage Fund for those affected by COVID-19 outbreak
About S$11.5 million has been raised for vulnerable individuals and families affected by the COVID-19 outbreak as of end April, said the National Council of Social Service (NCSS).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore-based logistics firm Ninja Van raises S$394 million
E-commerce delivery firm Ninja Van said it raised US$279 million (S$394 million) in funding from investors including Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s B Capital and ride-hailing firm Grab as the COVID-19 pandemic has led more people to shop online.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

CapitaLand’s 79 Robinson Road achieves TOP amid Covid-19 restrictions
CapitaLand announced on Tuesday (May 5) that its prime office development 79 Robinson Road, on the site of the former CPF Building, obtained its temporary occupation permit (TOP) on April 28, in the face of work restrictions and circuit breaker measures due to the coronavirus pandemic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

From taxi driver to transport ambassador: How Singapore’s cabbies are navigating the COVID-19 downturn
About six years ago, Ramalingam Kulanthivel turned to driving a taxi after he was laid off from his job in the manufacturing line.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Three men arrested for breaking into clinic, stealing more than 100 bottles of cough syrup
Three men were arrested on Tuesday (May 5) on suspicion of breaking into a clinic and stealing more than 100 bottles of cough medicine worth about S$1,000.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man’s body found in Tampines Quarry; police investigating unnatural death
Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found on Monday (May 4) in the waters of Tampines Quarry along Tampines Avenue 10.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)



Feature photo NParks
This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on World Migratory Bird Day(Eurasian whimbrel), May 9.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



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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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