Singapore morning news for July 8

Singapore morning news for July 8
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Singapore morning newsSingapore banks’ weakening operating environment pressures ratings: Fitch Ratings
Fitch Ratings aims to review and resolve a rating watch negative (RWN) placed on DBS, OCBC and United Overseas Bank “in the next three months or so”, the credit ratings agency said in a report on Tuesday (July 7).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Symptomatic, unlinked COVID-19 cases in the community a ‘greater concern’ even as number of daily cases fall: Gan Kim Yong
While the number of daily COVID-19 cases in Singapore has declined, the number of symptomatic, unlinked cases in the community is of a greater concern as a significant increase could signal underlying community transmission, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Tuesday (Jul 7).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore finds staycations can’t fill $27.7 billion tourism hole
In Indonesia, locals can soon fly from Jakarta to the beaches of Bali for a domestic vacation.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

157 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, including 20 in the community, 3 imported
The 20 community cases comprise 12 Singaporeans or permanent residents, and eight work pass holders, said the Ministry of Health.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s productivity and median wage have grown by a third in the last 10 years: Tharman
CONTRARY to the “urban myth” that Singapore has failed in its quest to raise productivity, the nation’s productivity and median wage have grown by about a third over the last decade, Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has said.
— The Business Times

46 SG Digital community hubs to be launched islandwide by end August
Anyone facing difficulties with their digital devices will soon be able to get help from new SG Digital community hubs that will be set up across Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

384 dormitories declared cleared of Covid-19 virus: MOM
THE Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced on Tuesday that 384 more dormitories have been cleared of the novel coronavirus.
— The Business Times

30% rise in inquiries to MSF on family conflicts
There has been a 30 per cent increase in the average number of inquiries to the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s (MSF) adult and child protective services in the post-circuit breaker month, compared with during the circuit breaker.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: No active plans to go back to Phase 1 after election, says MOH director of medical services
There are no active plans to return to Phase 1 of the post-circuit breaker period immediately after the General Election, the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) director of medical services Kenneth Mak said on Tuesday (Jul 7).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s global schoolhouse upbeat beyond short term
THE coronavirus pandemic has been a spanner in the works for the international student market here, which had been picking up in recent years.
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: More people getting infected at workplaces following phase 2 reopening
Workplace infections have risen from 22 per cent before phase two, to 36 per cent now.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

About half of unlinked COVID-19 community cases detected after circuit breaker were from construction sector: Lawrence Wong
About half of the unlinked COVID-19 community cases detected after the circuit breaker was lifted are from the construction sector or linked to construction-related activities, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said on Tuesday (Jul 7).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: One-stop mental health platform launched to match users with resources and helplines
A website with various resources on mental health was launched on Tuesday (Jul 7) to help users assess their wellbeing and match them with forms of assistance if needed.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

No second wave of Covid-19 infections yet, but risk is there as shown in Tampines cases: Gan Kim Yong
Mr Gan said he was concerned that the Tampines cluster could be a major outbreak for Singapore, and the Covid-19 task force decided to test everyone in the section of the building.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

All COVID-19 swab tests at 96 MSF-funded facilities return negative: Desmond Lee
COVID-19 swab tests for about 3,300 members of staff, residents and clients of MSF-funded facilities have returned negative.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Good government needed to fight Covid-19, support economy: PM Lee
PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong has once more stressed the need for a strong mandate and a good government to lead Singapore through the Covid-19 crisis, pledging that he and other older ministers will see this through with the fourth generation or 4G leadership.
— The Business Times

GE2020: Police investigating man who allegedly reported WP candidate Raeesah Khan
Police are investigating a Facebook user using the moniker Abdul Malik Mohammed Ghazali for allegedly posting comments on social media with the deliberate intent to wound religious or racial feelings, and for harassment.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Covid-19 proposals include independent inquiry and medical board: WP
THE Workers’ Party (WP) said it has put forth seven proposals to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, in response to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s online Fullerton rally at noon on Monday.
— The Business Times

GE2020: In Sengkang, PAP outlines ‘Sengkang Together’ movement, new facilities; WP calls for good jobs Singaporeans want to take on
The People’s Action Party (PAP) and the Workers’ Party (WP) delivered their constituency political broadcasts for the new Sengkang GRC on Tuesday (Jul 7).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SGH’s head of general surgery dead at 48
Dr Jeremy Ng, Singapore General Hospital’s (SGH) head of general surgery, died on Saturday (July 4) aged 48.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

GE2020: In Potong Pasir broadcast, PAP cites care for different generations; SPP wants ‘political competition’
Candidates from the People’s Action Party (PAP) and the Singapore People’s Party (SPP) delivered their constituency political broadcasts for the Potong Pasir SMC on Tuesday (Jul 7).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Police confirm reports made against DPM Heng over comments at NTU forum, but no offence found
Police reports were made against Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat over comments he made at a student’s forum at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) last March, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) confirmed on Thursday (Jul 7).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

PAP new face Yip Hon Weng on having 5 kids, no TV & why he is doing improv
Yip candidly shared with us how he got into politics, how it has been for him so far, and other interesting facts about himself.
— Mothership

PM would know about SDP’s Covid-19 comments if he was not so disconnected: Paul Tambyah
OPPOSITION parties have rebutted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s comments that the opposition has been ignoring the Covid-19 crisis on the campaign trail.
— The Business Times

Facts show task force has handled Covid-19 situation well, but fight goes on, says Lawrence Wong
The Covid-19 task force has handled the current crisis well in terms of numbers relating to community infection, fatality rate and how it has helped migrant workers, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong on Tuesday (July 7).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

GE2020: Tharman assures that Singapore wants to provide better jobs over time
Singapore does not just want to provide jobs, but to give everyone better jobs over time, Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said on Tuesday (Jul 7).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

GE2020: From RSAF search and rescue pilot, to PAP candidate ready to ‘serve from the heart’
If elected as a Member of Parliament, new People’s Action Party (PAP) candidate Poh Li San plans to respond to public scrutiny with her actions.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Male politicians continue to dominate Singapore elections: AWARE
Men continue to dominate politics in this year’s general elections, according to a review by gender equality advocates AWARE.
— Coconuts Singapore

GE2020: PM Lee is offering voters a ‘false choice’, says WP chair Sylvia Lim in response to online Fullerton rally
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is offering voters a “false choice” by asking them to choose between a strong government that can lead Singapore through the COVID-19 crisis and more opposition representation in Parliament, Workers’ Party (WP) chair Sylvia Lim said on Tuesday (Jul 7).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

GE2020: Day 8 on the campaign trail
SINGAPORE: With just three days to go until Polling Day, candidates are in the final stretch of campaigning as they seek to reach out to voters both on the ground and online.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Employees undergo reskilling for better jobs amid slowdown
After working in the travel industry for more than two decades, operation assistant Janet Tan finds it a breeze to handle tasks such as booking flights and hotel stays, issuing air tickets and arranging incentive trips.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Political broadcasts move few but are not without benefits
INTRODUCED in lieu of physical rallies, the constituency political broadcasts that began airing last Friday on national TV, radio and online – on a daily basis until Wednesday – are proving a distant substitute.
— The Business Times

AIA Singapore makes key executive changes
Insurer AIA Singapore has made several changes to its management team, effective Tuesday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

GE2020: Residents must know you are there when they need you, PM Lee advises candidates
Members of Parliament (MPs) looking to build a solid relationship with residents must ensure that they are available when the latter need them, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Monday (Jul 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore oil trader ZenRock said to be winding down by August
Troubled Singapore-based oil trader ZenRock has plans to wind down its business, with employees across offices in the city-state and China set to depart by August, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

High Court dismisses father’s bid to stop young son from moving back to Britain with his mother
Before moving to Singapore with their young son, a British couple signed a letter stating that if their relationship soured, the mother would return to Britain with the child.
— 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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