Singapore morning news for April 7

Singapore morning news for April 7
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Solidarity Budget: S$600 cash support for all adult Singaporeans, other cash payouts to be brought forward to June
All adult Singaporeans aged 21 and above will receive a one-off Solidarity Payment of S$600 in cash, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced on Monday (Apr 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Revised FY2020 deficit soars to record S$44.3b
WITH Monday’s round of support measures against the novel coronavirus outbreak, Singapore’s overall budget deficit for FY2020 is on track to become the largest deficit since its independence.
— The Business Times

Hong Kong and Singapore cannot get Australian produce they desire
Until some 14 days ago, Antony Allen –chief executive of agribusiness The Avolution in Brisbane, Australia– was exporting a total of 45 tonnes of avocados to Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia every week.
— Fresh Plaza

Coronavirus: 66 new cases; fresh clusters at pre-school and Kranji dormitory
Singapore reported 66 coronavirus cases yesterday and two new clusters – one at the Little Gems Preschool in Ang Mo Kio and the other at Kranji Lodge.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Changi Airport Terminal 2 to suspend operations for 18 months amid COVID-19 pandemic
Changi Airport’s Terminal 2 will suspend operations for 18 months from May 1, as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to impact the aviation sector, Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan announced in Parliament on Monday (Apr 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Most Singaporeans think recession likely, will spend less, according to survey
Most Singaporeans are worried about the economic impact of the Covid-19 outbreak but are confident in the Government’s response to support the economy.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

5 dengue deaths since start of year; 2020 cases more than double the same period last year
Five people have died from dengue this year, as the number of cases weekly “remain high”, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Monday (Apr 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Strict measures in place to prevent spread of Covid-19 among patients and healthcare workers: MOH
Healthcare workers who develop coronavirus symptoms are told not to return to work to make sure they do not spread the virus to patients.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Solidarity Budget: Jobs support raised to 75% for April, payout brought forward
Companies will get additional wage support for local employees in April, up from a minimum of 25 per cent, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced in Parliament on Monday (Apr 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Govt clarifies foreign workers under Covid-19 quarantine will be paid salaries, orders correction of Facebook post
he foreign workers who have been quarantined will be paid their salaries, the Government has clarified as it invoked Singapore’s law against fake news against a Facebook post that suggested otherwise.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore M&A deals shrink 22.4% to $14.7b in Q1 amid Covid-19 outbreak: Mergermarket
Singapore’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity have slowed sharply as the coronavirus outbreak brought disruption and turmopil to business and financial markets.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Solidarity Budget to cost S$5.1 billion, S$4 billion more needed from reserves
A third tranche of COVID-19 support measures that includes cash payouts and additional support for jobs will cost the Government S$5.1 billion, with S$4 billion to be drawn from Singapore’s reserves.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore must be ready for supply disruptions due to global COVID-19 lockdowns: Chan Chun Sing
Singapore needs to plan and be ready for more disruptions to its supply of food and other essentials, as lockdowns continue in exporting countries, said Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Covid-19 tests stepped up to around 2,900 every day
Singapore has ramped up Covid-19 testing, with about 2,800 to 2,900 tests done each day in the last three to four weeks.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: SAF suspends Basic Military Training until May 4
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will suspend Basic Military Training (BMT) from Apr 7 to May 4, in line with the nationwide COVID-19 safe distancing measures.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Malls less crowded day before ‘circuit breaker’ measures kick in
Singaporeans were still venturing out to malls and megastores to get what they need the day before circuit breaker measures kicked in, although the mad rush over the weekend was not apparent.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

WP’s Pritam Singh calls for ‘thorough review’ of Singaporean living wage following ‘useful lessons’ from COVID-19
Workers’ Party (WP) chief Pritam Singh called for “a thorough review of what a living wage in Singapore ought to be” for Singaporeans, following the announcement of the Solidarity Budget on Monday (Apr 6) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: All pre-school operators to provide 50% off school fees for one month for Singaporean children
Parents of Singaporean pre-schoolers will get 50 per cent off their nett school fees for a month, for children who are not attending classes during the circuit breaker period.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Food charities to forge ahead to deliver food to needy amid ‘circuit breaker’ measures
Even as most workplaces shut down islandwide from Tuesday (April 7), it will be business as usual for Mr Nizar Mohamed Shariff and his four staff, who will proceed to do their daily home deliveries so that needy families will not go hungry.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Solemnisations between Apr 7 and May 4 will need to be postponed, appeals heard on ‘case-by-case’ basis: MSF, ROMM
Solemnisations scheduled to be held between Apr 7 and May 4 will need to be postponed, with appeals heard on a case-by-case basis, said the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and the Registry of Muslim Marriages (ROMM) on Monday (Apr 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Courts to hear only essential and urgent matters during ‘circuit breaker’ period
In the light of the month-long circuit breaker measures to slow the spread of Covid-19, the courts in Singapore will hear only essential and urgent matters until May 4.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Solidarity Budget: Criteria broadened for freelancers’ financial assistance scheme
The Government will expand the criteria of self-employed people who are eligible for cash support, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Monday (Apr 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New High Court judge and judicial commissioner of Supreme Court appointed
Judicial Commissioner Dedar Singh Gill has been appointed a High Court judge, while WongPartnership partner Andre Francis Maniam will be a judicial commissioner of the Supreme Court, announced the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Monday (Apr 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: SingPost to operate 24 post offices amid ‘circuit breaker’ measures
All services, including postal services, bill payments, banking and government services, will continue to be offered at the 24 post offices.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

About 3,300 devices loaned out to students following announcement of full home-based learning: Ong Ye Kung
The Ministry of Education (MOE) has loaned out about 3,300 devices, including tablets and laptops, to students since Friday, following the announcement of full home-based learning, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung on Monday (Apr 6).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Suntec City waives April rent for mall tenants amid enhanced ‘circuit breaker’ rules
All retail tenants at Suntec City will get a rental waiver for the month of April to cope with temporary closures and disruptions, the mall announced on Monday (Apr 6) as it stepped up support for its tenants ahead of a month-long “circuit breaker” aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: Marina Bay Sands donates 15,000kg of food to charity
Restaurants in Marina Bay Sands (MBS) have donated nearly 15,000kg of perishable food products to a charity, ahead of the integrated resort’s one-month closure during the nationwide “circuit breaker” campaign to curb the further spread of COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘Severely overcrowded’ Serangoon Road electronics shop ordered to close amid concerns of COVID-19 transmission
An overcrowded electronics shop along Serangoon Road was ordered to close on Monday (Apr 6) under the Infectious Diseases Act, as Singapore fights to contain the spread of COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Jurong Pioneer JC closes ahead of full home-based learning after 2 canteen vendors contract COVID-19
Jurong Pioneer Junior College will close the school on Monday (Apr 6) and start full home-based learning a day earlier on Tuesday after two canteen vendors tested positive for COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: No ITE, poly graduation ceremonies for 2020
Around 26,000 students from the five polytechnics and 6,500 students from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) will graduate this year without the milestone ceremonies.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MAS names Celine Sia assistant MD, will oversee new enterprise knowledge department
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on Monday (April 6) appointed Celine Sia as assistant managing director (economics & knowledge management), and said she will oversee a newly-formed enterprise knowledge department.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pilot’s ‘soft skills’ useful as SG Clean Ambassador
While he is used to spending his working hours in the skies, Jetstar pilot Van Tan now spends his days on the ground as an SG Clean Ambassador, promoting hygiene habits and safe distancing requirements.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Couples due to get married postpone weddings, livestream small celebrations
Ms Seow was supposed to get married on May 2, in a small ceremony probably at home. That was a step-down from the originally planned church wedding with 500 guests.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Maid who stabbed employer almost 100 times convicted of lesser murder charge
A maid on trial for stabbing her employer to death was convicted on Monday (Apr 6) of a lesser murder charge, and might escape the death penalty.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Woman who threatened 12-year-old daughter with a knife gets a month’s jail
A woman threatened her 12-year-old daughter with a knife and pulled her hair after the girl did not put away her clothes properly.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man admits assaulting wife and wife’s ‘lover’
A man admitted in court on Monday (Apr 6) to assaulting his wife after she confronted him over another woman’s messages and later assaulting his wife’s purported lover.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Mandatory treatment order for former doctor at SGH who took videos of men in mall toilets
former doctor at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH), who recorded multiple videos of men using urinals, was sentenced on Monday (April 6) to a year’s mandatory treatment order.
— 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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