Singapore morning news for July 21

Singapore morning news for July 21
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Singaporeans’ headline inflation expectations fall to 3% for coming year: DBS-SMU poll
SINGAPOREANS’ headline inflation expectations for the year ahead declined slightly to 3 per cent in a June poll, down from 3.1 per cent in March, according to findings of the latest quarterly survey for the Singapore Index of Inflation Expectations (SInDEx) released on Monday by DBS and the Singapore Management University (SMU).
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: Less red tape for businesses that wish to collaborate on supply of essential goods during Covid-19
The competition watchdog has slashed red tape for businesses that want to work together to supply essential goods or services like testing kits amid the pandemic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Beware the jellyfish, Singapore’s swimmers are warned following string of injuries
Sea environmental organization Marine Stewards said there has been a spate of box jellyfish sightings in recent months, especially near the beaches of Sentosa, Seringat, Lazarus, and St. John’s islands.
— Coconuts Singapore

Expect many Indians to be back at jobs in Singapore when situation eases: Indian envoy
In an exclusive conversation with India Today TV, India’s High Commissioner to Singapore Jawed Ashraf remained hopeful that many Indians, who would be returning to India, could return to their jobs in Singapore on the other side of this pandemic.
— India Today

National University Singapore Working to Solve Challenges Created by COVID-19
Departments within the National University of Singapore have been rising up to solve the challenges that have been presented by COVID-19.
— OpenGov

3 more people die as dengue outbreak worsens in Singapore
Three more people have died of dengue fever, bringing the total for the year to 19 deaths.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Hyflux claims government gave instructions for company to “prepare for 8 million population”
During the election campaigning in GE 2020, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said he did not say that Singapore should plan to increase its population to 10 million, nor did he mention the figure.
— The Online Citizen

MOH preliminarily confirms 123 new cases of COVID-19 infection; Total tally at 48,035
As of 20 July 2020, 12 pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 123 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore, the vast majority of whom are Work Permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories.
— The Online Citizen

Primary 1 registration: 14 popular schools to hold ballot in third phase
Children applying to 14 popular schools will have to go through balloting in the third of seven phases – Phase 2A2 – in the annual Primary 1 registration exercise.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Just 2,700 people remain in four community care sites
Several community facilities have been put into reserve, but these can step up at a moment’s notice to provide more beds if necessary.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fernvale Square ActiveSG Gym, FilmGarde Bugis+ among places visited by COVID-19 cases while infectious
A gym and a cinema hall are among the new locations added to the list of places visited by COVID-19 cases in the community during their infectious period, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on Sunday (Jul 19).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

GE2020 results show Singapore politics has changed permanently, says Tharman
The senior member of Peoples’ Action Party (PAP) Tharman Shanmugaratnam admitted in a Facebook post on Sunday (19 July) that the results of GE2020 was “good for Singapore” but it has changed the country’s politics “permanently”.
— The Online Citizen

Netizens call on Govt to help unemployed Singaporeans instead of paying over S$4 billion wage support to employers
More than 140,000 employers will be receiving the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) payouts which totalling over S$4 billion from 29 July, the Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Sunday (19 July).
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus: SingHealth’s free online lessons fill learning gap for overseas medical students back in Singapore
Although Covid-19 has put a pause on the studies of Singaporean medical students studying abroad, a free lifeline provided by SingHealth ensures that the learning carries on.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Doctor Covid – Chatbot Improving Care for COVID-19 Patients at Community Care Facilities.
SingHealth and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), with support from the Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS), have co-developed a chatbot known as “Doctor Covid” to improve care for COVID-19 patients at community care facilities.
— Open Gov Asia

Changi Airport’s passenger numbers edge up
Passenger movements at Changi Airport rose last month, buoyed by the opening of a green lane between Singapore and China, as well as the resumption of transit flights.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PAP’s Lee Hsien Loong: Vote share of GE2020 “not as high” as he hoped despite not setting any target earlier
Following the results of GE2020, the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) secretary-general Lee Hsien Loong said that the percentage of the popular vote that the party garnered in the election was not as high as he had hoped for.
— The Online Citizen

NLB removes Chinese-language children’s book from libraries after complaint about ‘racist’ content
The National Library Board (NLB) has removed all copies of a Chinese-language children’s book from its libraries as it conducts a review following a complaint about racist content.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

WP’s Jamus Lim scouts for location of future MPS sessions for Anchorvale; Sengkang GRC town council handover ongoing
In the midst of transitioning the town council, Workers’ Party (WP) Sengkang GRC team has started its ground work and walkabouts to meet the residents.
— The Online Citizen

PwC executive chairman Yeoh Oon Jin to succeed Lim Sim Seng as SLA board chairman
Mr Yeoh Oon Jin, executive chairman of PwC Singapore, will succeed Mr Lim Sim Seng as board chairman of the Singapore Land Authority (SLA).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

CCCS says some competitors’ tie-ups on essential goods allowed during pandemic
THE Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) will “generally” not investigate certain collaborations between competitors when it comes to the supply of essential goods or services in Singapore, amid the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak.
— The Business Times

WP will continue to question Government, release working papers on issues affecting Singaporeans: Pritam Singh
The Workers’ Party (WP) will continue to question the Government while advancing forward-looking suggestions for the welfare of Singaporeans, party chief Pritam Singh said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New training scheme by Google, government agencies for 3,000 job seekers in Singapore
GOOGLE has joined hands with three government agencies – the Economic Development Board (EDB), Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) – to launch a new jobs and skills initiative for 3,000 local entry-level and mid-career job seekers.
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: SBS Transit trials transparent plastic shields to protect bus drivers
The aim is to minimise potential contact between bus drivers and their passengers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MOH & MOM apologise for ‘administrative error’ that led to three-weeks delay in informing a migrant worker he tested positive for COVID-19
The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) have issued an apology for only informing a migrant worker in Toh Guan Dormitory that he had tested positive for COVID-19 three weeks after he was swabbed.
— The Online Citizen

Marina Bay Sands said to end lawsuit with $9.1 million payment to former patron
Marina Bay Sands, the Singapore casino run by billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp, has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a former patron, meeting his demand for $9.1 million, according to a person familiar with the matter.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SPH Radio to manage and operate FairPrice Finest Radio in store
Shoppers at FairPrice Finest will now be able to tune in to music and content from Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Radio stations when they go to the supermarket.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PAP’s Aljunied candidate to give more space to WP, won’t be too involved in groundwork
They will channel the residents they are supporting to the programmes organised by the WP after November.
— Mothership

Two company directors jailed, ordered to pay penalties for tax evasion and failing to register for GST
Two Singaporean directors of a plastic cards company were on Monday (July 20) found guilty of income tax evasion and failing to register their company for goods and services tax (GST).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s NDR Medical raises US$5.8M to expand its smart surgical robots business to China, US
Singapore-based surgical robotic company, NDR Medical Technology, announced today it has raised SGD$8 million (US$5.8 million) in a Series A round of investment, led by Chinese medical devices maker Microport Scientific Corporation.
— e27

Muji US bankruptcy protection filing does not affect Singapore and Malaysia businesses
Businesses in Singapore and Malaysia will go on “as usual” even after Muji US operations filed for bankruptcy protection on 10 July.
— The Online Citizen

Tower Transit hires wheelchair user in role to promote inclusivity on public transport
Wheelchair user Kishon Chong has been riding a lot of Tower Transit public buses lately.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

DBS, Singapore Judiciary organise hackathon to enhance social justice
DBS and the Singapore Judiciary are jointly organising an inaugural hackathon to encourage those with a passion for the law to use it as a “force for good” by exploring innovative solutions to enhance social justice.
— The Business Times

If only we treat our national identity with the same enthusiasm as we do our food
Amid a tumultuous year of a global pandemic and the greatest economic downturn, it is an opportune time to rethink what it means to be Singaporean.
— The Pride

WP’s Yee Jenn Jong wishes for the ruling party to “play fairer”
Agreeing with People’s Action Party (PAP) MP of Jurong GRC Tharman Shanmugaratnam’s three wishes for the evolution of Singapore’s politics, Workers’ Party’s (WP) Yee Jenn Jong took to Facebook to say that he also wishes for the ruling party to “play fairer”.
— The Online Citizen

Netizens denounce light sentence for NUS student who assaulted an ex, but lawyer says it was a just verdict
There was public outcry when it was reported that a National University of Singapore (NUS) student will only have to complete community-based sentences for physically assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus: International schools offer parents relief
International schools in Singapore have extended financial help to students, as families feel the effects of the global economic slowdown.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man who raped 2 teenage girls gets additional 12 months’ jail in lieu of 24 strokes of the cane
Due to a medical condition, a sex offender had his current jail term extended by another 12 months on Monday (July 20) in lieu of being caned 24 strokes.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Attempt to smuggle 6,119 sachets of chewing tobacco foiled by ICA
A total of 6,119 sachets of chewing tobacco were found hidden inside tyres of a Malaysia-registered lorry at Tuas Checkpoints on Friday (17 July).
— The Online Citizen

Father jailed for betraying daughter and molesting her repeatedly
The teenager should have been safe in her own home, with her biological father.
— 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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