Singapore morning news for April 20

Singapore morning news for April 20
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Singapore overtakes Indonesia and Philippines with most Covid-19 cases in Asean
Singapore overtook Indonesia in coronavirus infections and now has the most cases in South-East Asia after the city-state detected hundreds more victims among low-wage foreign workers.
— The Star

Mandatory stay-home notices for work permit and S pass holders in construction sector from 20 April to 4 May
Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has announced that with effect on Monday (20 April), MOM will require all work permit holders and S Pass holders in the construction industry to be placed on mandatory stay-home notices (SHNs) till 4 May, with both dates included in the SHN period.
— The Online Citizen

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

March exports surge 17.6% but economists see more gloom ahead
SINGAPORE’S exports grew by a surprising 17.6 per cent in March, defying the odds of a coronavirus-led slowdown, but economists believe this good showing is unlikely to continue into April and beyond.
— The Business Times

Changi Airport passenger traffic plummets 70.7% in March
The number of passengers passing through Singapore’s Changi Airport has plummeted 70.7 per cent in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Enforcement action to be taken against carpool drivers during COVID-19 outbreak: LTA
Enforcement action will be taken against drivers who continue to carpool during the COVID-19 outbreak, as this is considered an offence under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Long queues at markets on Sunday; over 240 fined for flouting safe distancing rules, says Masagos
Around 240 people were each fined $300 for not complying with safe distancing measures on Sunday (April 19), while 120 copped $300 penalties for not wearing masks outside their homes.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: 650,000 migrant workers and domestic helpers to receive face masks
A total of 400,000 migrant workers and 250,000 domestic helpers will receive face masks as part of efforts to improve the safety of foreign workers, said Temasek Foundation on Sunday (Apr 19).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Construction of more foreign worker dorms being speeded up at Changi East, says Khaw
The new dormitories will house workers building Changi Airport’s Terminal 5.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

McDonald’s Singapore suspends all restaurant operations until May 4
McDonald’s Singapore will suspend restaurant operations in all its outlets from Sunday (Apr 19) until the end of the circuit breaker period, it said in a press release.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Iras taxpayer counter services to close till May 4
The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (Iras) will temporarily close its e-Filing Service Centre and Taxpayer and Business Service Centre at Revenue House from Monday (April 20) to May 4.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19 pandemic highlights importance of strengthening Singapore’s food security, say experts
From growing rice at sea to turning to microalgae as an alternative protein source – these are some of the ways Singapore could boost its homegrown food production in the future as it looks to improve its food security.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: We will look after you, ministry assures foreign workers
The inter-agency task force will be working more closely with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to help migrant workers who have been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Next few days critical in fight against Covid-19: PM Lee
Twelve days into the circuit breaker, there are a few early signs that measures to reduce physical interaction among people are bringing cases down in the broader community, he said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Recovered foreign workers may be housed in cruise ships
CRUISE ships are being assessed for use as temporary housing for foreign workers who have recovered from Covid-19, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said on Friday.
— The Business Times

Some foreign workers to be housed in ActiveSG, Sports Hub halls
Some foreign workers will be housed in sports facilities that have been temporarily closed as part of the circuit breaker measures to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: Rumours that PM Lee will announce tighter travel restrictions on Friday are untrue, says Government
Messages circulating online that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is set to announce that Singaporeans cannot travel beyond the area they live in are untrue, said the Government.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SIA group: Limited passenger network could mar financial performance in latest quarter
Capacity cuts are expected by the Singapore Airlines Group (SIA) as it cautions of substantial impact to the company’s financial health in the quarter which ended on 31 March.
— The Online Citizen

POFMA: 4 correction directions issued over claims about Ho Ching’s Temasek Holdings salary
The Minister of Finance has instructed that four correction directions be issued over claims that Temasek Holdings’ chief executive Ms Ho Ching’s annual salary is around S$100 million.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Claims that Ho Ching’s annual salary is ‘around S$100m’ false, says Temasek
Temasek Holdings said on Sunday (Apr 19) that claims that its chief executive Ho Ching’s annual salary is around S$100 million are false.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Inside Singapore’s COVID-19 screening centre, on the front line against the disease
As the number of cases continues to rise, it is all hands on deck at Tan Tock Seng Hospital and the National Centre for Infectious Diseases, where doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers screen hundreds of patients daily.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Standard Chartered donates $1m to help Singapore community respond to Covid-19
Standard Chartered has made a $1 million donation in Singapore as part of its US$50 million (S$71 million) global assistance fund to help communities deal with unprecedented challenges from the Covid-19 outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore giant oil trader Hin Leong failed to declare $1.14 billion losses
Running out of luck with creditors and facing mounting distress, Singapore’s giant oil trader Hin Leong Trading (HLT) – and its sister company Ocean Tankers – sought indulgence from 23 lenders on Friday (April 17) as it applied for court protection from credit action to ensure its survival.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pre-schools develop digital resources for families to access at home during circuit breaker period
Pre-schools across Singapore are developing and sharing home-based learning resources for children so that they can continue their formative learning at home during the circuit breaker period.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘I think about my family, not about me’: A foreign worker stricken with COVID-19 has concerns far away
Throughout his encounter with the COVID-19 virus, the Bangladeshi migrant worker has been in touch with his family on a daily basis.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Call for improvements to help schemes
Help from the Government and community groups has kept low-income families afloat for now, but there are several improvements that experts, parliamentarians and social workers say need to be taken.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Three times that the world coughed, and Singapore caught the bug
Be it ‘Spanish’, ‘Asian’ or ‘Hong Kong’, deadly flu pandemics have taken their toll here – with the first hitting hard migrant workers from India.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

LTA to look into train frequencies to prevent crowding during COVID-19 circuit breaker period: Khaw
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will make some adjustments to the frequency of train services to prevent crowding during the COVID-19 circuit breaker period.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Pofma invoked against website that claimed cover-up on coronavirus case numbers
An online post claiming 1,146 confirmed cases of Covid-19 infection on Friday, with a total of 5,573 confirmed cases in Singapore, is false.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Of taxes, COE prices and a dreaded virus
For the first time since they were implemented, Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) and the vehicle quota system have been completely suspended this month as Singapore’s war against the Covid-19 pandemic escalates.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ball in residents’ court to ensure no further community spread
It has been nearly two weeks since circuit breaker measures kicked in, forcing people to keep their distance from one another in an effort to choke off the coronavirus’ spread.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Endangered monkeys seen using rope bridge to cross road
Motorists driving along Old Upper Thomson Road may not have noticed a rope bridge overhead.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man investigated by police for racist remarks and breach of Covid-19 circuit breaker measures
A 52-year-old man who made racist remarks and breached Covid-19 circuit breaker measures is being investigated by the police.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man charged with using criminal force on safe distancing ambassador outside Hougang McDonald’s
A man was charged on Saturday (Apr 18) with one count of using criminal force on a safe distancing ambassador outside a McDonald’s outlet in Hougang.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore and 12 other countries pledge to maintain global trade and travel links amid COVID-19 pandemic
The foreign ministers of 13 countries, including Singapore, have committed to maintaining essential global links in areas such as trade and travel, to mimimise the disruption from COVID-19 and facilitate economic recovery.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Ads for S$5,500 temp jobs at Expo isolation facility are fake: Mindef, MOH
A HANDFUL of online recruitment posts have surfaced since last week, seeking individuals to work at the Singapore Expo community isolation facility as well as foreign worker dormitories during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
— The Business Times

SEAB extends GCE-Level coursework deadlines, reschedules selected exams amid circuit breaker
To ensure that students are fairly assessed during the “circuit breaker” period of full home-based learning, adjustments will be made to GCE-Level coursework submissions and examination dates for A-Level H3 subjects, said the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) on Friday (Apr 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MAS urges bank-goers to minimize their visits during circuit breaker period
As an essential services exempted from workplace closures, financial institutions are allowed to remain open in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

‘We want them to know they’re not alone’: New scheme to distribute food vouchers to more than 12,000 disadvantaged students
Five mayors, a dedicated team, 10 days and many Zoom meetings – that was what it took to put together the new Student Meals Scheme, set to benefit more than 12,000 students living in rental housing during the circuit breaker period.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

28 employers fined for not taking safe distancing measures for workers in lorries
Twenty-eight employers have been fined S$1,000 and another four are under investigation for not complying with safe distancing measures while ferrying workers in lorries.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Extended grace period for short-term parking as deliveries increase during circuit breaker period
The grace period for short-term parking at Housing Board (HDB) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) car parks with the electronic parking system (EPS) will be extended to 20 minutes to facilitate the increased volume of deliveries during the “circuit breaker” period.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Housebound: Tips to make it better from health experts, astronaut and submarine officer
It has been more than a week since Singapore entered a month-long circuit breaker period, where people hunker down at home to play their part in slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Divorced couples face child access and maintenance issues during circuit breaker period
One divorced father said he was anxious that he would not be able to see his children again, even after the circuit breaker period ends. His ex-wife has denied him child access during this time.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Employers, maids adjust to circuit breaker measures
Since the circuit breaker period kicked in on April 7, Filipino domestic worker Jay, 31, has been spending her rest days on Sunday at home, with her employer compensating her if she works on the day.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: $200 left with family of 6 to get through 3 weeks
A few packs of instant noodles, some cooking oil, a half-full bag of rice, and a bottle scraped nearly clean of chilli sauce – that was all on the kitchen shelves for a family of six living in a two-room rental flat.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Hawkers who get on food delivery platforms can receive S$500 funding from NEA during circuit breaker
Cooked food stallholders at hawker centres can now get a one-time funding of S$500 to help with the costs of signing up to delivery platforms.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Healthcare workers and their families to get free meals for breaking of fast during Ramadan
Healthcare professionals and their families will get free meals to break fast this Ramadan, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) announced on Saturday (Apr 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Temasek-backed fashion startup Zilingo lays off about one-third of staff in Singapore
TEMASEK-BACKED fashion e-commerce startup Zilingo confirmed late on Friday that it has made redundant less than 5 per cent of its 796-strong global workforce, as part of a “planned company-wide restructuring”.
— The Business Times

Serangoon Road hostel, Crave nasi lemak outlet fined for breaching COVID-19 safety requirements
An outlet of nasi lemak franchise Crave and a hostel were among the businesses fined for breaking COVID-19 “circuit breaker” measures over the past week, Enterprise Singapore (ESG) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said in a joint release on Friday (Apr 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Government, trade organisations call on firms to pay cleaners fairly amid COVID-19 outbreak
Companies should pay cleaning service providers fairly during the COVID-19 outbreak, said the Government as well as trade bodies on Friday (Apr 17), in an advisory to maintain the sector’s viability.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Prof Donald Low calls out Singaporeans “cocky” mentality in criticising Hong Kong and Taiwan
With the confirmed COVID-19 cases doubling and tripling in numbers in Singapore, certain people may be experiencing a difficult time accepting that Singapore is not any “superior” than other countries in handling this pandemic.
— The Online Citizen

LTA awards S$640 million contract for construction of train testing centre
GS Engineering has been awarded a contract to design and construct the flagship Integrated Train Testing Centre (ITTC) at the former Raffles Country Club site, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Friday (Apr 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Elderly Singaporean woman stuck in Johor Bharu since mid-March will be returning home next week
Chairman of the Singapore People’s Party, Jose Raymond, took to his Facebook on Thursday (16 April) to announce that the senior Singaporean woman who had been stuck in Johor Bahru since last month will be finally returning to Singapore on 22 April.
— The Online Citizen

Diana Ser and hubby James Lye launch campaign to help Singapore’s vulnerable
Ser and PR veteran Jansen Siak have kicked off #ShowWeCareSG, and have enlisted Singapore celebrities to help raise money for Com Chest’s Invictus Fund during this COVID-19 crisis.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: Hyflux gets green light from High Court to postpone scheme meetings, extend debt moratorium
Hyflux has been given the go-ahead by the Singapore High Court to postpone its scheme meetings and have its debt moratorium extended by another three months, it said in a bourse filing on Thursday (Apr 16).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S$295,000 lost to sex scams in March; some victims duped after searching online for sexual services
At least S$295,000 was lost to credit-for-sex scams in March this year, with about 112 reports lodged, the police said on Friday (Apr 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Court stops daughter’s bid to take over ill dad’s business
It found that he did not have the due mental capacity when he signed the documents last year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Taking the chance to impart life skills and values to their children
With four children aged three to 13 at home, Ms Zoe Chu says her family were on the verge of a volcanic eruption on April 8 when full home-based learning (HBL) started in earnest.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Need to understand motivations to counter persistent pigeon feeders: NParks
For at least a year, residents living along Lorong 4 Toa Payoh have had to contend with some unwelcome visitors – pigeons.
— Channel NewsAsia (very 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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