Singapore morning news for April 17

Singapore morning news for April 17
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Singapore morning newsVirus cases hit new high of 728, with spread mainly in dorms
Singapore saw its sharpest single-day spike of 728 new coronavirus cases yesterday, bringing the total number of cases here to 4,427.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Three more foreign worker dormitories gazetted as isolation areas
Three more foreign worker dormitories in Singapore have been gazetted as isolation areas to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Carpooling now illegal after Transport Ministry waives exemption; largest Telegram group halts operations
Carpooling is now illegal after the Transport Ministry revoked a law allowing it to be carried out under some conditions.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

28-day circuit breaker may not be enough if Singaporeans don’t play their part, says Masagos
A 28-day circuit breaker may not be enough if Singaporeans continue to flout measures put in place to stem the spread of COVID-19, said Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli on Thursday (Apr 16).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man who dined out on bak kut teh while on stay-home notice pleads guilty in first such case
A man who breached his stay-home notice to go out to run errands and eat bak kut teh pleaded guilty on Thursday (Apr 16) to exposing others to the risk of infection in the first case of its kind.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Restaurants petition food delivery platforms to lower commissions
Restaurant owners have come together to petition food delivery platforms to lower the commissions they charge, as food and beverage outlets here continue to bleed in the coronavirus pandemic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Singaporean to be charged over allegedly breaching stay-home notice after returning from Thailand
A Singaporean man is expected to be charged in court on Friday (April 17) over allegedly breaching his stay-home notice after returning to Singapore from Thailand.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Contamination of recyclables, incorrect recycling among possible factors for Singapore’s low domestic recycling rate: Experts
A number of factors such as the contamination of recyclables and incorrect recycling could have possibly contributed to Singapore’s low recycling rate among households, experts told CNA.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Close to 50 people caught in public without their masks on the first day mandatory rule is enforced
Close to 50 people were caught on Thursday (April 16) for not wearing their masks in public on the first day that the mandatory rule was enforced.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Close to 700 foreign workers housed at Home Team Academy, Civil Defence Academy
Close to 700 foreign workers are now being housed temporarily at Home Team Academy (HTA) and Civil Defence Academy (CDA) dormitory blocks, following plans to relocate them to alternative sites, in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus in foreign worker dormitories.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

About 10,000 children return to pre-schools during COVID-19 circuit breaker period: ECDA
About 10,000 pre-schoolers in Singapore are tapping on the limited services of pre-schools during the COVID-19 circuit breaker” period, said the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) on Thursday (Apr 16).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

90% of new cases in dorms as testing is stepped up
Almost 90 per cent of the new coronavirus cases announced yesterday were foreign workers living in dormitories.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Worker who is yet to hold his baby out of ICU after 2 months
One of Singapore’s earlier Covid-19 patients, a 39-year-old Bangladeshi construction worker, was transferred to a general ward at Tan Tock Seng Hospital last night after being in intensive care for more than two months.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore has launched new hygiene certification program for hospitality industry
Singapore is currently on a cleaning blitz. The city-state famous for its cleanliness and hygiene standards has launched a new government-led certification program for hotels and restaurants to restore public confidence in its facilities and raise the bar again in public sanitation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

More than 9,100 people join Muslim virtual prayer session
Around 9,100 people joined a Muslim virtual prayer session on Thursday night (April 16) that was streamed live on Facebook in Arabic, English, Malay and Tamil.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: New measures to give Reits more flexibility in raising funds, managing cash flow
Real estate investment trusts (S-Reits) will have more flexibility managing cash flow and raising funds in the challenging operating environment thanks to new measures announced on Thursday (April 16).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Food charities, counselling agencies among those approved to continue providing essential aid
Major food charities have been given the go-ahead to continue delivering cooked food and food supplies to those in need.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Strong Fund gives ground-up projects a leg-up amid Covid-19 pandemic
A 900-strong virtual choir singing Home and volunteers handing out welfare kits to migrant workers and seniors are among more than 80 ground-up projects being given a leg up by a new fund to help people cope with the fallout from Covid-19.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

If you don’t need the $600 Solidarity Payment and want to do something kind, here’s how
If you are a Singaporean aged 21 and above, you probably would have received the one-off Solidarity Payment of $600 in your bank account on 14 Apr, as part of the Government’s plan to help people tide through this Covid-19 period.
— The Pride

Must I wear a mask while driving or walking? What you need to know about the new mask-up rule
From Tuesday (April 14), it is mandatory for everyone to wear a mask when they step out of their homes. Here are some clarifications about the mask rules.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Australian in Singapore to watch F1 died from deep cut in wrist, likely from drunkenly punching through window: Coroner
A 34-year-old Australian man in Singapore to watch the Formula 1 race last year died from a deep cut in his wrist sustained from a punch through a glass window, a coroner’s court has found.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Illegal gambling sites lure punters with bets on new Covid-19 cases in S’pore, Malaysia, Thailand
The betting options on Covid-19 cases surfaced after the suspension of legal betting outlets in Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Lawyer disbarred for misleading ex-client into illegally lending $49,500 to his friend
A lawyer who misled a former client into unlawfully lending a large sum of money to his friend under the guise of an investment opportunity, has been struck off the rolls.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Some homeowners will live in half-renovated flats amid renovation delays
When Madam Susie Koh moves into her new four-room Build-To-Order (BTO) flat in Sengkang on May 8, it will be without a kitchen and bedroom wardrobes.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Circuit breaker blues: How to help children cope with changes to routine
Don’t shy away from talking about COVID-19 with your children and check with them what they know, how they feel and the questions they might have, says a psychologist.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Top India personalities send COVID-19 messages to Singapore’s foreign workers
Indian film star Rajinikanth and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar went on video to offer goodwill messages.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

P2P lender Validus sees 50-75% spike in applications for unsecured SME loans
SINGAPORE peer-to-peer lender Validus Capital in March registered a 50 to 75 per cent jump in applications for unsecured loans, a sign of credit demand from cash-strapped enterprises hit by the virus outbreak.
— The Business Times

DBS, OCBC, UOB faced with over US$600m total exposure to Hin Leong
SINGAPORE’s three local banks have a combined exposure of at least US$600 million to troubled oil trader Hin Leong Trading, sources familiar with the matter have told The Business Times.
— The Business Times

COVID-19: Geylang Serai Bazaar vendors move online after cancellation of event
Every year for the past six years, Ms Lena Edaya has looked forward to the annual Geylang Serai Bazaar, which her family-run home decor business depends on to make the bulk of earnings for the year.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Universities allow some students back on campus, including those who lack Internet access, hardware
Local universities have allowed some students back on campus to study or sit online exams if they lack computing devices or Internet access at home.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Court slams doctor Ler Teck Siang linked to HIV registry leaks for ‘slamming’ addict
The Singaporean doctor whose former partner was at the centre of the HIV registry leak saga was slammed by a judge for injecting methamphetamine into a drug addict.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

5 arrested, drugs worth S$360,000 seized in Yishun during circuit breaker period
A variety of drugs with an estimated street value of at least S$360,000 were seized in a raid in Yishun on Tuesday (Apr 14) during the circuit breaker period.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Carousell to donate up to $2m in ad inventory to non-profits
Carousell will donate up to $2 million in ad inventory to support non-profit organisations in four Asian markets that are helping communities impacted by Covid-19, the start-up said on Thursday (April 16).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man arrested for rash act after throwing multiple items down Yishun HDB block
A 49-year-old man was arrested after being caught on camera throwing various items down a Yishun Housing Board block on Thursday morning (April 16).
— 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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