Singapore morning news for July 13

Singapore morning news for July 13
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Singapore morning newsSingapore retains top global shipping hub for 7th year running
SINGAPORE has topped the 2020 Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development (ISCD) Index for the seventh year running, based on factors such as port infrastructure, shipping services and general business environment.
— The Business Times

June reopening can’t save Singapore’s Q2 GDP, economists warn
SINGAPORE’S economy was likely a washout in the second quarter, with most private-sector analysts tipping a median double-digit contraction.
— The Business Times

GE2020 Results
Amid a record turnout, the People’s Action Party ended the night with 83 out of 93 seats, with the remaining 10 going to The Workers’ Party.
— The Business Times

Singapore’s political climate shifts as pandemic sends election online
From pandemic conditions, to alternative media sources, e-rallies and ‘trials by internet’, Singapore’s 2020 General Election campaign period has been unprecedented in many respects, as well as one of the most contentious in recent history.
— Southeast Asia Globe

Coronavirus: Students who missed mother tongue language exams in June to be fairly assessed
Students who missed parts of the O- and A-level mother tongue language examinations in June because of the Covid-19 pandemic will be fairly assessed and not disadvantaged, the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) has said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore reports 178 new cases of COVID-19, with 1 Singaporean and 1 imported case
Singapore reported 178 new COVID-19 infections as of noon on Sunday (Jul 12), including one community case – a Singaporean – said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore ‘optimistic’ RTS Link project discussions can be concluded by Jul 31 deadline: MOT
Singapore is optimistic that discussions on the Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project can be concluded by the deadline at the end of this month, said the Ministry of Transport (MOT) on Sunday (Jul 12).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

A twist, but businesses still see stability, continuity after GE2020
THE ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) may not have gained as strong a mandate as desired in Friday’s General Election (GE), but this is unlikely to put off investors, who can expect Singapore’s stability and economic policy direction to continue, said economists and business groups.
— The Business Times

Singapore Airlines Group to operate at 7% of scheduled capacity in Aug
Singapore Airlines (SIA) and its regional arm SilkAir will not be flying to new locations next month but will slightly increase the frequency of flights on existing routes as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the aviation sector drags on.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore GE2020: Singapore stocks seen helped by election as diversity increases
Another mandate for Singapore’s ruling party – along with the opposition winning its most seats ever – will boost the city-state’s equities, according to analysts.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Cost of living top concern among S’poreans for GE2020: YouGov survey
The four issues that received double digit responses were cost of living, Covid-19, government accountability, and employment.
— Mothership

What happened to NUS Prof’s prediction that PAP will wipeout opposition in 2020 GE?
At the polls on Friday (10 Jul), the People’s Action Party (PAP) garnered 61.2% of the votes with an 8.7-point swing from its near 70% vote share in the last GE.
— The Online Citizen

Tang Plaza, Bugis Junction and ICA building added to list of places visited by COVID-19 cases while infectious
Twenty-one new locations, including several malls, have been added to the list of places visited by COVID-19 cases in the community during their infectious period, according to the Ministry of Health on Saturday (Jul 11).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

PAP retains supermajority but with lower vote share
BASED on the early sample counts and final tallies for the 31 wards at press time, the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) is set to retain its two-thirds super-majority, its vote share close to historic lows, with the opposition bagging its second-ever group representation constituency (GRC) in the General Election (GE).
— The Business Times

GE2020: Workers’ Party wins new Sengkang GRC with 52.13% of votes
The Workers’ Party (WP) has won the new Sengkang GRC with 52.13 per cent of the vote against the 47.87 per cent by the People’s Action Party (PAP).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SDP leaders put up strong fight in GE2020
THE leaders of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) put up a strong fight against the incumbent People’s Action Party (PAP) in the 2020 general election (GE), helped by its improved image and strategy of contesting single-seat wards, said political observers.
— The Business Times

GE2020: PM Lee’s team wins Ang Mo Kio GRC with 71.91% of votes
The People’s Action Party (PAP) team led by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has won Ang Mo Kio GRC with 71.91 per cent of votes cast.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

GE2020: ELD aware of ‘serious allegation’ that polling agent told voter who to vote for
The Elections Department (ELD) said on Friday (Jul 10) it was aware of an online posting by a voter alleging that a polling agent who assisted her mother had told her who to vote for.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: MRT station cleaners, staff get care packs and notes of appreciation from volunteer group
As a gesture of appreciation for their hard work amid the coronavirus pandemic, care packs filled with goodies were given out to cleaners and staff at various MRT stations by volunteer group Be Kind SG over the weekend.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

GE2020: Claims that self-inking pens do not stamp properly are ‘categorically’ untrue, says ELD
False information circulating online that the self-inking pens provided to voters this General Election do not stamp properly is categorically untrue, the Elections Department (ELD) said on Friday (Jul 10).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

GE2020: WP sees ‘ample opportunity’ to work with PSP if they take up NCMP seats: Sylvia Lim
THE Workers’ Party (WP) is open to working together with the government and other opposition parties to ensure good outcomes for Singaporeans, the party’s leaders said on Sunday, a scenario that could see the party collaborating more closely with the election’s “top loser”, the Progress Singapore Party (PSP).
— The Business Times

GE2020: Workers’ Party says it’s reaching out to existing town councils for handover in Sengkang GRC
The Workers’ Party’s (WP) Sengkang GRC team has reached out to the managing agents of existing town councils to facilitate the handover, team leader He Ting Ru said on Sunday (Jul 12).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

GE2020: Opposition vote swing shows people are looking beyond bread and butter issues, analysts say
The vote swing towards opposition parties in this year’s General Election has shown that the electorate does not only care about bread and butter issues, political observers told CNA.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

PAP flags put up “as part of National Day celebrations” at Marine Crescent, removed immediately after General Election
The party flags of People’s Action Party (PAP) at the roadside of Marine Crescent which were earlier put up “as part of National Day celebrations” have been removed, observed TOC’s correspondent on Saturday (11 July).
— The Online Citizen

Student at Jurong West Secondary contracts COVID-19, case is linked to another student at the school: MOE
A 13-year-old girl at Jurong West Secondary School who tested positive for COVID-19 is linked to a previous case from the same school, said the Ministry of Education (MOE) on Saturday (Jul 11).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Singaporeans studying in US in a bind after Trump visa curbs
After weeks of house hunting in New York City, graduate student Katherine Sumantri, 25, finally put in the paperwork to lease an apartment with three other student roommates last Monday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Clear messages sent by voters in GE2020, ‘soul searching and reflection’ needed: Shanmugam
There are “clearly messages” in the vote swing towards the opposition in this year’s General Election that the People’s Action Party (PAP) must seek to understand, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam on Saturday (Jul 11).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

GE2020: PAP’s Ng Chee Meng congratulates WP’s Sengkang team on election win
The leader of the defeated People’s Action Party (PAP) team for Sengkang GRC, Ng Chee Meng, on Saturday (Jul 11) congratulated his Workers’ Party (WP) opponents on their victory in the 13th General Election.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Heng’s last-minute move to East Coast GRC pays off
IN a continuation of the fierce election from 2011, the East Coast GRC has witnessed a very keen fight between the ruling party People’s Action Party (PAP) and the Workers’ Party (WP).
— The Business Times

Workers’ Party strengthens grip on Hougang
THE Workers’ Party (WP) has pulled off another victory at the Hougang single member constituency (SMC), a seat it held since 1991, reflecting the party’s grip on the ward and successful leadership transition, observers said.
— The Business Times

GE2020: PAP’s Sitoh Yih Pin retains Potong Pasir SMC with 60.69% of votes
The People’s Action Party’s (PAP) Sitoh Yih Pin has retained his Potong Pasir seat with 60.69 per cent of the vote against the 39.31 per cent garnered by the Singapore People’s Party’s (SPP) Jose Raymond.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Incumbency advantage, brand name key to PAP wins in SMC strongholds
RADIN Mas, Mountbatten and MacPherson are among the SMCs where the People’s Action Party (PAP) defeated opponents by the widest margins, as challengers failed to convince voters to switch sides.
— The Business Times

GE2020: PAP’s Murali Pillai wins Bukit Batok with 54.8% against SDP’s Chee Soon Juan
The People’s Action Party’s (PAP’s) Murali Pillai has won Bukit Batok SMC with 54.8 per cent of the vote against the Singapore Democratic Party’s (SDP) Chee Soon Juan, who got 45.2 per cent of the valid votes.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

PAP retains Potong Pasir SMC with reduced margin
THE People’s Action Party Sitoh Yih Pin has won his third term for Potong Pasir SMC, on a lower margin. He was up against Singapore People’s Party chairman Jose Raymond.
— The Business Times

GE2020 Results: PAP wins Nee Soon GRC with 61.90% of the vote
Nee Soon GRC has been officially called for People’s Action Party (PAP) with 61.90 per cent of the votes.
— The Online Citizen

GE2020: ELD apologises for polling station queues, says gloves requirement contributed to long wait times
The Elections Department (ELD) has apologised to voters for the long queues at polling stations on Friday morning (Jul 10), adding that it had done away with the requirement to wear disposable gloves as this had contributed to long wait times.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

GE2020 Results: PAP wins Mountbatten SMC with 73.84% of the vote
Mountbatten SMC has been officially called for People’s Action Party’s (PAP) Lim Biow Chuan with 73.84 per cent of the votes.
— The Online Citizen

GE2020 Results: PAP wins Tanjong Pagar GRC with 63.13% of the vote
Tanjong Pagar GRC has been officially called for People’s Action Party with 63.13 percent of the votes.
— The Online Citizen

GE2020: PAP retains East Coast GRC with 53.41% of votes
The People’s Action Party (PAP) has held on to East Coast GRC in the 2020 General Election, winning 53.41 per cent of votes.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

GE2020 Results: PAP wins Radin Mas SMC with 74.03% of the vote
Radin Mas SMC has been officially called for the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) Melvin Yong with 74.03 per cent of the votes.
— The Online Citizen

GE2020: Kenneth Jeyaretnam says Reform Party results are respectable despite obstacles
In a media interview after results were announced for Radin Mas Single-Member Constituency (SMC), the Reform’s Party’s (RP) leader Kenneth Jeyaretnam said that he is “pleased” with the party’s results as they faced obstacles, such as the General Election being held during the COVID-19 crisis.
— The Online Citizen

ICA foils attempt to smuggle 1,500 packs of e-cigarette refills
The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has foiled an attempt to smuggle 1,500 packs of e-cigarette refills transported by a Malaysia-registered lorry.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Box jellyfish sighting in Singapore: Facts about the beauty with a sting
Some drift along the currents aimlessly, while others glide through the sea to sting their prey.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)



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This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on World Youth Skills Day, July 15, with an emphasis on World Skills Asean Singapore 2020.


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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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