Singapore morning news for April 21

Singapore morning news for April 21
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Singapore morning newsMOH preliminarily confirms daily toll of 1,426 COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 8,014
The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Mon (20 Apr) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 1,426 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore as of 12pm today – Singapore’s highest daily toll to date.
— The Online Citizen

Dengue cases expected to exceed 16,000 cases unless immediate action taken: NEA
With two-thirds of the year still to go, the National Environmental Agency (NEA) is already warning that the number of dengue cases in 2020 is projected to surpass 2019’s figure, unless immediate measures are taken.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Nuclear no more: Singapore latest APAC nation to lift all Japanese food bans
Singapore has joined Philippines, Brunei and New Zealand in officially lifting bans on all food items from Japan, but some strict restrictions remain in place from China, Taiwan, and South Korea due to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.
— Food Navigator-Asia

Singapore’s temporary relief provisions for Covid-19 kick in April 20
THE new law providing temporary relief regarding certain contractual obligations amid the Covid-19 outbreak has kicked in on April 20, the Law Ministry (MinLaw) said in a statement on Monday, giving more details of how to serve a notification for relief on contracting parties, and what to do in case of a dispute.
— The Business Times

S’pore must ensure migrant construction workers are able to obtain medical attention, rest without being penalised by employers: TWC2
Authorities in Singapore must ensure that migrant workers in the construction sector are able to obtain medical attention and rest without being financially penalised by their employers, said migrant labour rights non-profit Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2).
— The Online Citizen

COVID-19: Factory-converted dormitory in Sungei Kadut declared as isolation area
A factory-converted dormitory in Sungei Kadut has been declared an isolation area to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Self-employed can apply for relief from next Monday
The self-employed can apply for the Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme (Sirs) from next Monday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Next few days will determine whether circuit breaker can be eased by May 4, say experts
Tuesday (April 21) marks 14 days since the stringent safe-distancing measures, meant to stem the spread of the coronavirus infection, came into effect here.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Most SIA flights to remain cancelled in May, Jetstar Asia will resume a few flights
The vast majority of Singapore Airlines (SIA) planes will stay grounded in May as it extends cancellation of its flights – slashed by about 96 per cent in late March – in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: CDAC to give $300 grant to 10,000 households with children to help defray expenses
More post-secondary students will also receive a $720 grant to help with their educational expenses.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singaporean student and friend hurt in racist attack in Melbourne
A simple grocery run turned into a nightmare for the Singaporean and Malaysian undergraduates.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Crime-fighting during COVID-19: Precautions taken in prisons, police stations and courts
Crime-fighting has continued during the COVID-19 outbreak, albeit with precautionary measures for inmates, suspects and accused persons, agencies told CNA.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Two Singaporeans, US commercial pilot to be charged with breaching stay-home notices
The trio had allegedly left their residences to shop or buy food on separate occasions.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Harvard Club of Singapore loses appeal against move by Harvard University to register trademarks
The Harvard Club of Singapore, the official converging point for Harvard alumni here for nearly 50 years, lost its court appeal yesterday to stop Harvard University from proceeding to register two trademarks in Singapore under the Trade Marks Act.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New survey reveals best employers in Singapore
Employees have spoken and the top organisations to work for in Singapore have emerged.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘Superheroes’ join Singapore’s COVID-19 fight
With their powers combined, five superheroes have joined Singapore’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: Nine more repeat offenders to be fined S$1,000 for breaching safe distancing rules
Another nine repeat offenders will face a S$1,000 fine for breaching safe distancing measures, said Minister for Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli on Monday (Apr 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: Banks to lend money to SMEs at lower interest rate under MAS, Enterprise Singapore initiative
Small- and medium-sized enterprises that need help to manage their immediate cash flow needs during the COVID-19 pandemic can take out government-assisted bank loans at a lower interest rate.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Cramming commuters in trains, makes mockery of the social distancing, says netizens
People’s Voice Party leader Lim Tean took to his Facebook page on Saturday (18 Apr) and shared a photo of commuters cramped in the train, calling out the Government over the policy of reducing train frequency without considering the public health concern amid COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Online Citizen

Reach poll shows most Singaporeans complied with circuit breaker measures to stem spread of Covid-19
Most Singaporeans have complied with safe distancing measures since circuit breaker measures were introduced on April 7, according to an online survey by government feedback agency Reach.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PSP’s Leong Mun Wai pens lessons that Singaporeans can learn from COVID-19 pandemic
Following the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases in Singapore, Progress Singapore Party’s (PSP) Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) Leong Mun Wai took to Facebook on Friday (17 April) to highlight some of the lessons Singapore can learn from the COVID-19 outbreak.
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus: No violations at Singapore wet markets selling live turtles, frogs, eels for food
Wet markets like the one at Chinatown Complex have come under global scrutiny amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

About 12,500 laptops and tablets loaned out to students for home-based learning: MOE
About 12,500 laptops or tablets have been loaned out as of Apr 15 to students who do not have sufficient devices at home for home-based learning, said the Ministry of Education (MOE).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New e-tax guide on digital tokens released by IRAS
On Friday (17 April), the a new e-tax guide was released by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) to address the gap in tax treatments for the so-called “digital tokens”.
— The Online Citizen

More than 4,000 students continue to go to school during COVID-19 circuit breaker period: MOE
More than 4,000 primary, secondary and junior college students are continuing to go to school during the “circuit breaker” period, said the Ministry of Education (MOE) on Monday (Apr 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Deliveroo Singapore added 1,000 riders to its fleet in April alone following record number of rider applications in Q1 2020
Amid a surge in demand for food delivery services during the COVID-19 pandemic, Deliveroo Singapore received a record number of rider applications in Q1 2020 with nearly 5,000 people applied as a rider for the award-winning food delivery platform.
— The Online Citizen

Consumers suffer S$2.37 million in prepayment losses in 2019 from ‘sudden and unexpected’ closure of businesses
Consumers suffered about S$2.37 million in prepayment losses in 2019 due to the sudden and unexpected closure of businesses, the Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) said on Monday (Apr 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

7 McDonald’s employees infected with Covid-19 had been deployed across nine outlets in Singapore
The fast-food giant has stopped its operations until May 4 at all its 135 outlets, including its takeaway and delivery services.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Political parties in Singapore advised about threat of foreign interference in elections, cybersecurity risks
Political parties in Singapore have been advised by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) and the Elections Department about the threat of foreign interference in elections and cybersecurity risks.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Away from family to defend the skies: Some RSAF crew live on base as part of COVID-19 adjustments
Every morning, F-15SG fighter pilot Captain (CPT) Dominic Lee, 32, would get a regular visitor to his bedroom – his barely two-year-old daughter rushing in to look for him.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Biolidics’ Covid-19 rapid test kit allowed to be marketed, sold in US
Singapore-based cancer diagnostics company Biolidics can now distribute, market and sell its Covid-19 rapid test kits in the US, it said in a bourse filing on Monday (April 20)
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Inter-Religious Organisation urges social cohesion during outbreak after reports of discrimination
Stand united in safeguarding social cohesion amid the Covid-19 outbreak here, the country’s inter-faith organisation has urged Singaporeans following reports of discrimination.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Cars being bought and sold even though showrooms are closed during Covid-19 circuit breaker period
Motor traders are still selling cars during this period of heightened safe-distancing, but they are doing so online because all car showrooms – which are deemed to be non-essential – are closed.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

33 families in Katong estate have leases extended, to get priority to return after restoration works
Thirty-three families renting state properties in Katong scheduled to move out by year end have been given a reprieve, after the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) granted them a six-month lease extension in view of the Covid-19 outbreak and the need to minimise movement.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Lee Ah Mooi care workers housed at Ascott properties after being evicted by landlords over COVID-19 fears
Twelve employees of the Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home who were evicted by their landlords are now staying at Ascott properties in Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Just disclosing Ho Ching’s salary once and for all will kill speculation and end the “fake news” that surrounds this issue
The remuneration package of Temasek’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ho Ching has always been a hotbed of speculation. Most recently, there have been reports that a Taiwanese news media outlet had said that Madam Ho’s salary was apparently $99 million per annum.
— The Online Citizen

Residents at 4 condominiums fined for breaching COVID-19 regulations, including using gym and pool
Residents at four condominiums, as well as the managing body of an Amber Road condominium, have been fined for breaching COVID-19 regulations.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s cross-border remittance firm TranSwap in talks for US$5-10M investment
Singapore-headquartered cross-border remittance company TranSwap is in talks to raise US$5-10 million in a fresh round of funding.
— e27

Debt-hit Hin Leong’s financials under spotlight as founder steps down from top posts
SINGAPORE’s icon in the oil trading arena Lim Oon Kuin has given up his board and management posts at Hin Leong Trading (HLT) as a US$4 billion debt pile and potential scrutiny of the company’s books threaten to bring it down, said sources close to the company.
— The Business Times

Lorry driver with heart disease likely collapsed at wheel, driving into motorcyclist in fatal crash: Coroner
A lorry driver with heart disease likely collapsed at the wheel, colliding with a motorcyclist and killing him, a coroner’s court has found.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)



Feature photo Singapore Centre for Chinese Language – SCCL
This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on Chinese Language Day, April 20


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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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