Singapore morning news for May 7

Singapore morning news for May 7

Singapore morning newsNumber of coronavirus cases crosses 20,000 in Singapore with 788 new infections
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed 788 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore as of Wednesday noon (May 6), taking the total count in the country past 20,000.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore to distribute ‘better’ reusable face masks to households
Singapore residents will be given better reusable face masks towards the end of the circuit breaker period, said Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing on Wednesday (May 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Businesses given green light to reopen on May 12 need not seek approval to do so: MTI
All businesses in categories given the green light to resume operations on Tuesday (May 12) can do so without needing to seek approval, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said on Wednesday (May 6).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s COVID-19 Temporary Measures Act Provides Legal Basis for Force Majeure
On April 7, 2020, the Singaporean government issued the COVID-19 Temporary Measures Act (COVID-19 Act) to provide legal reprieve for businesses that are unable to fulfil their contractual obligations during the pandemic. The Act was commenced on April 20, 2020.
— ASEAN Briefing

Total cases could hit 40,000 this month: Experts
The total number of coronavirus cases here could hit 30,000 or 40,000 this month, but containment measures will help to keep the situation from spiralling out of control, experts said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s COVID-19 fatalities hit 20 after woman linked to Lee Ah Mooi home, man from Mustafa cluster die
A 97-year-old woman linked to the COVID-19 cluster at Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home and a 73-year-old man from the cluster at Mustafa Centre have died, taking Singapore’s total coronavirus deaths to 20.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Wolbachia mosquito field test ‘successful’, project expanded to dengue high-risk areas in Choa Chu Kang, Bukit Batok
A project involving the release of specially bred mosquitoes to fight dengue will be widened to include more neighbourhoods, following successful field tests in Tampines and Yishun.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Only 10 out of 200 SIA planes still fly passengers; most parked at Changi, with 17 in Alice Springs
Just 10 out of 200 Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group’s airplanes are currently taking to the skies with passengers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Listings removed for illegal COVID-19 test kits, HSA warns use could lead to disease spread
Authorities have warned that the use of COVID-19 test kits illegally marketed for home use could lead to the spread of the disease.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘Brother, you’re almost there’: 6 SAF camps housing 3,000 recovering migrant workers with COVID-19
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is housing about 3,000 recovering migrant workers with COVID-19 in six military camps across Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Structural and mindset changes needed to improve wages and living conditions of foreign workers, say analysts
Improving the wages and living conditions of foreign workers in Singapore requires a whole-of-society effort.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

13 cases of COVID-19 detected through ‘random testing’ at GPs and polyclinics under MOH surveillance programme
Thirteen cases of COVID-19 have been picked up over three months, through a public health surveillance programme that routinely tests samples collected from patients with influenza-like symptoms at general practitioner (GP) clinics and polyclinics.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: Temporary relief measures for property developers affected by disruptions
Temporary relief measures have been announced for property developers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the circuit breaker period, the Government announced on Wednesday (May 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore Airlines, Qantas tie up with Australia to carry produce, seafood to Asian markets
Australia on Wednesday (May 6) said that it has reached agreements with Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Qantas Airways to carry food to Asian markets, part of a government initiative to help businesses hit hard by COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Cases of business e-mail impersonation scams rise as scammers take advantage of more working from home
Scammers have been posing as business partners or supervisors to trick employees into replying to seemingly legitimate work e-mails and cheat them of money.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

StarHub posts 25.7% Q1 profit drop on Covid-19 hit, plans to fast-track 5G rollout
StarHub on Wednesday (May 6) said its first-quarter net profit fell by 25.7 per cent from a year ago to $40.2 million with the mainboard-listed telco expecting travel restrictions globally and circuit breaker measures at home to hit full-year revenue and profitability.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

UOB’s first-quarter profit falls 19% to 2-year low, raises impairment charges
United Overseas Bank reported a smaller-than-expected 19 per cent drop in first-quarter net profit on Wednesday (May 6), but it increased impairment charges to reflect worsening economic conditions due to the coronavirus outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

ESM Goh hopes WHO and other professionals study approaches embarked by different countries in handling COVID-19
Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has expressed his hope of wanting World Health Organisation (WHO) and other health professionals to carry out a detailed research on how different countries around the globe dealt with the deadly COVID-19 once the pandemic eases worldwide.
— The Online Citizen

NEA announces sudden closure of Jurong West Hawker Centre from August to second half of 2021
The Jurong West Hawker Centre will likely be closed after the exit of Hawker Management (HM) until the second half of 2021, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) is a statement on Tuesday (5 May).
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus: Man who breached stay-home notice twice to buy food is 2nd person to get jail
A store packer who breached his stay-home notice (SHN) twice became the second person to receive a jail sentence over such an offence on Wednesday (May 6).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: 2 charged with harassing police officer and NEA enforcement officer
As Singapore hunkers down to curb the spread of the coronavirus, a group of friends met in Orchard Road to drink and make merry while circuit breaker measures were in place.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Parliament passes new Bill to allow civil and Muslim marriages solemnisations to be conducted via video link amid COVID-19 pandemic
On Tuesday (5 May), the Parliament has passed the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures for Solemnisation and Registration of Marriages) Bill to enable the civil and Muslim marriages solemnisations and registrations to be conducted virtually through video link in the midst of ongoing pandemic.
— The Online Citizen

Survey calls being conducted amidst COVID-19 pandemic; Questions about trust in Singapore govt’s performance ability to address crisis
Just this morning, I received a call from a survey company to help answer a series of questions which is supposed to be about marketing.
— The Online Citizen

Dr Amy Khor: Government to look into selling and slaughtering live animals at wet markets in Singapore
The Singapore Government is reviewing the act of selling and slaughtering live animals at wet markets in Singapore, said Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources Dr Amy Khor on Tuesday (5 May).
— The Online Citizen

COVID-19: More than a third of GCE coursework subjects to have assessment tasks reduced
More than a third of GCE coursework subjects will have their assessment tasks reduced, in light of the shift to full home-based learning and adjustments to school holidays amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Raw pork pecked at by birds at Yishun store thrown away: Lian Huat Roasted Delights
Slabs of raw pork that were seen in a video being pecked at by birds at a food store in Yishun have been thrown away, according to an online statement on Monday evening.
— Coconuts Singapore

Coronavirus: Man sentenced to 7 months’ jail for offences including hurling vulgarities at cop
A recalcitrant offender, who hurled vulgarities at a police officer and verbally abused two public servants enforcing safe distancing measures four days later amid the coronavirus outbreak, was sentenced to seven months’ jail on Wednesday (May 6).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Manpower Minister: Well-being of migrant workers was on MOM’s radar since the beginning of COVID-19 outbreak
The welfare of migrant workers living in dormitories was already in the sight of Ministry of Manpower (MOM) since January this year when the COVID-19 outbreak started in Singapore, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo on Monday (4 May).
— The Online Citizen

Singapore corporate tax regime: What’s ahead?
GEOPOLITICAL uncertainties and protracted trade tensions over the past year, coupled with the devastating impact the Covid-19 situation has had on the global economy, have no doubt challenged businesses in Singapore.
— The Business Times

Couples who bought 2nd homes to get more time for ABSD remission amid COVID-19 disruption
Married Singaporean couples who bought or plan to buy a second home over the next few weeks will now have more time to sell their first property and claim back their Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Sentosa Development Corporation names Economic Development Board’s Thien Kwee Eng as new CEO
Ms Thien Kwee Eng, Executive Vice President of the Economic Development Board (EDB), will take over from Mr Quek Swee Kuan as chief executive officer of the Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) from Jun 1.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

NUS: S$6 million funding to support graduates’ ideas that improve society and the world
On Wednesday (6 May), the National University of Singapore (NUS) announced a scheme to allow its graduates to innovate to create a better world once the pandemic situation subsides.
— The Online Citizen

Sacked PSP member apologises to Jose Raymond for defamatory video
The former Progress Singapore Party (PSP) member Mr Daniel Teo who was sacked from the party after admitting to have produced a defamatory video implicating Singapore People’s Party (SPP) chairman Mr Jose Raymond and others, has apologised publicly to Mr Raymond.
— The Online Citizen

Two firms fined for breaching safe distancing measures
Two companies have been fined for breaching safe distancing measures at the workplace, as the Government steps up checks in preparation for the gradual resumption of economic activity.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Tough times to shutter Robinsons’ Jem outlet
ROBINSONS Singapore is shutting its Jurong outlet, in a further sign that the department store model may be increasingly untenable.
— The Business Times

Motorists call for more transparency for petrol prices in Singapore via petition
Motorists have long complained about the petrol prices in Singapore which have remained unchanged amid the plunge in crude oil prices since late March, but the officials have yet to respond to any of the complaints.
— The Online Citizen

Store packer who left home to buy food while on stay-home notice jailed
Despite being caught in the act leaving his house to buy food while on a stay-home notice, a man went out again to go to a coffee shop, claiming that it was not crowded.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Great Eastern Q1 profit sinks 90% on non-operating losses
Great Eastern Holdings on Wednesday (May 6) posted a 90 per cent drop in net profit to $33.9 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020 from $342.7 million a year ago.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Woman accused of labour trafficking acquitted of four charges, still faces 10 other charges
A woman, who had been accused of exploiting two female Bangladeshi performing artistes at a Hindi music pub she managed, was acquitted of four of her charges on Wednesday (May 6) following a trial.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Serial thief jailed for stealing trousers and items from cleaners napping in rubbish centre
A recalcitrant thief who has been in and out of court for stealing items since 1986 was sentenced to two weeks’ jail on Wednesday (May 6) for stealing trousers, watches and a mobile phone from two cleaners at a rubbish collection point.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

4 arrested for making taxi bookings, supermarket purchases using stolen credit card info
Four people aged between 28 and 45 have been arrested over a series of unauthorised online transactions using stolen credit card information, the police said in a news release on Tuesday (May 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)



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


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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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