Singapore morning news for July 22

Singapore morning news for July 22
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Some ERP charges to resume for first time since COVID-19 circuit breaker
Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) charges at three gantries will resume starting next week after being suspended at the beginning of the “circuit breaker” period, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Tuesday (Jul 21).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MOM: 69 more dormitories cleared of COVID-19, largest PBD with 16,000 workers to resume working
Earlier today (21 July), the Ministry of Manpower released a statement announcing that 69 more migrant worker dormitories have been cleared of COVID-19 with effect from today.
— The Online Citizen

Duke-NUS’ vaccine approved for clinical trials ahead of predicted date; first study to involve 108 volunteers
A vaccine jointly developed by Duke-NUS Medical School and United States pharmaceutical company Arcturus Therapeutics has received approval for clinical trials.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

JB-Singapore RTS Link project signing ceremony to be held on Jul 30, says Malaysian transport minister
Malaysian Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong has confirmed that a signing ceremony will be held on Jul 30 to finalise the agreements between Singapore and Malaysia to proceed with the Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MOH preliminarily confirms 399 new COVID-19 infection; Total tally at 48,434
As of 21 July 2020, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 399 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore, the vast majority of whom are Work Permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories.
— The Online Citizen

About 296,000 households out of 1.37 million have collected NDP2020 packs on first day of distribution
About 296,000 of this year’s National Day Parade (NDP) packs have been collected by households on the first day of distribution, a spokesperson from People’s Association said on Tuesday (21 July).
— The Online Citizen

5 things you need to know about a COVID-19 vaccine
Early data this week from trials of three possible COVID-19 vaccines have raised hopes of a vaccine being rolled out as early as year’s end.

More than 80 hotels approved for staycations; more bookings expected for upcoming long weekends
Hotels said the approvals came in time for the ongoing week-long school holiday and the two upcoming long weekends on Hari Raya Haji and National Day.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Changi Airport passenger numbers buoyed by Singapore-China green lane and resumption of transit flights, but lower than last year
The opening of a green lane between Singapore and China, and the resumption of transit flights have boosted passenger movements at Changi Airport last month, but the numbers are lower than the same period in 2019.
— The Online Citizen

LinkedIn cuts 960 jobs with Singapore affected as pandemic puts the brakes on corporate hiring
Microsoft’s professional networking site LinkedIn said on Tuesday (July 21) it would cut about 960 jobs, or 6 per cent of its global workforce, as the coronavirus pandemic is having a sustained impact on demand for its recruitment products.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

28 people to be charged for social gathering during circuit breaker
28 people will be charged in court for not complying with COVID-19 safe distancing measures during the “circuit breaker” period, as announced by the police on Tuesday (21 Jul).
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus: Average number of new community cases daily falls to 10
The average number of new daily coronavirus patients in the community has been steadily falling, with yesterday being the eighth day in a row that the figure has decreased.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Digibank aspirants have viable path ahead, despite Covid-19 challenge: analysts
DIGITAL bank aspirants in Singapore still have a viable path ahead despite the uncertainties wrought by the pandemic, for the simple reason that there is a flexible timeline for them to set up shop fully.
— The Business Times

At least 2 people in Singapore stung by deadly box jellyfish
A conservation group warned people not to swim at Sentosa, Lazarus Island and St John’s Island for two weeks after sightings of the jellyfish.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MAS proposes new powers to regulate financial services amid emerging cyber risks
THE Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is proposing new laws that will give it more teeth to regulate financial services in the Republic amid emerging risks, such as those brought on by the wider provision of digital services.
— The Business Times

Commentary: More bold measures needed to protect against the job losses heading Singapore’s way
The first quarter domestic unemployment data for this year is the tip of the iceberg since the circuit breaker restrictions only kicked in from April to May 2020, says OCBC economist Selena Ling.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

EMA seeks proposals to develop NB-IoT electricity meters for Singapore households
THE Energy Market Authority (EMA) has issued a call for proposals to develop and test-bed advanced electricity meters which operate on the Narrowband Internet-of-Things (NB-IoT) wireless communications technology.
— The Business Times

Woman fined after failing to inform authorities about employer’s unlawful business activities with North Korea
A secretary was aware that her Singapore-based firm and related companies were unlawfully supplying luxury items to North Korea, but she failed to alert the authorities as she feared losing her job .
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New chief executive officer appointed to Building and Construction Authority
The Building and Construction Authority will have a new chief executive officer this year, with the appointment of Mr Kelvin Wong Wee Siong.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Legal policy of factoring educational background into sentencing to be reviewed: Shanmugam
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will be reviewing the consideration of educational background in sentencing for certain criminal cases.
— The Online Citizen

GE2020: PSP, SDP need to renew ranks, groom new leaders, say analysts
The 2020 General Election saw an overall swing towards the opposition, but not all of the 10 parties that contested against the People’s Action Party (PAP) performed equally well.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Self-care kits distributed by Hush TeaBar, SDI Academy and The Art of Living Foundation brings joy to migrant workers
Migrant workers in Singapore were found to be struggling mentally due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak in their dormitories.
— The Online Citizen

Senoko pilot project to enable individuals, firms in Singapore to buy and sell solar energy
Individuals and companies in Singapore will soon be able to buy and sell solar energy with one another to power their homes and businesses, if a joint pilot project involving power generation company Senoko Energy proves successful.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

GE2020: Possible that Singapore won, PAP won, Opposition won?
We either had the most extraordinary general election or some people are getting ahead of themselves.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore firms plan to invest in supply chain digitisation, lean into intra-regional partners: HSBC
SINGAPORE firms feel the full force of the economic shock more acutely than their global peers, according to survey findings from HSBC released on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

Veteran geriatric nurse, healthcare worker of 4 decades among recipients of top nursing award
As the battle against COVID-19 rages on, nurses in Singapore and around the world have found themselves on the frontlines of the fight against the disease.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Leong Mun Wai and Hazel Poa will step down as PSP’s leaders to focus on NCMP positions
Leong Mun Wai and Hazel Poa from the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) have stepped down from their leadership roles in the party to focus on being Non-Constituency Members of Parliament (NCMP).
— The Online Citizen

Maserati driver who dragged police officer in escape bid misses sentencing for third time
A Maserati driver who was found guilty of dragging a traffic police officer in an escape bid failed to turn up for his sentencing on Tuesday (Jul 21) – the third time he has done so.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Jail for NTUC FairPrice cashier who copied customers’ credit card details for 1,000 EZ-Link transactions worth S$41,000
A woman who held jobs at a supermarket and a halfway house took down credit card information of customers at NTUC FairPrice, created an EZ-Link mobile account with details from a halfway house resident and combined the two to make S$41,330 worth of unauthorised EZ-Link top-ups.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

WP chair Sylvia Lim: Heng Swee Keat not necessarily “charismatic”, but can demonstrate competence in other ways
“Charismatic” may not be a term used to describe Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, but he can demonstrate his competence in other ways, said the Workers’ Party (WP) chair and Aljunied GRC MP-elect Sylvia Lim.
— The Online Citizen

100 people evacuated after fire breaks out in Punggol East HDB flat
A hundred people were evacuated after a fire broke out in a Housing and Development Board (HDB) flat in Punggol East on Tuesday (Jul 21).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

3 arrested, drugs worth more than S$66,000 seized including ketamine hidden in coconut
Three men were arrested on Tuesday (Jul 21) in an operation that took place in multiple locations and involved the seizure of more than S$66,000 worth of drugs.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore-based ANZ trader sues employer for US$20m after being rebuked for social media post
One of Australia & New Zealand Banking Group’s most senior traders is suing the lender for defamation over its criticism of one of his social media posts.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Temasek releases preliminary result of negative 2.3% return 11 days after GE
Eleven days after GE 2020, Temasek Holdings reported today (21 Jul) a preliminary total shareholder return of minus 2.3% for the latest financial year ended 31 March 2020.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore’s Insider raises US$32M Series C to scale up its multichannel growth management platform
Insider, a multichannel growth management platform, announced today it has secured US$32 million in Series C funding round, led by US-based VC firm Riverwood Capital.
— e27

Singapore property tycoon Kishin RK to open 1,000 cloud kitchens across Asia
With restaurants either shuttered or reopening with vastly reduced capacity, and people staying home as second-wave outbreaks erupt, demand for food-delivery services has exploded.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council has sent all the documents to WP’s He Ting Ru for Sengkang Town Council handover, says Janil Puthucheary
As part of the handover process of Sengkang Town Council, Pasir-Ris Punggol GRC MP-elect Janil Puthucheary said that his team has sent all the documents including details about the managing agents and computer systems which were requested by Workers’ Party (WP)’s He Ting Ru.
— The Online Citizen

MHA to review penalty framework following sentencing of NUS student in strangling case
Penalty frameworks, how they are applied and how certain factors like an offender’s educational background are taken into account are among certain policies to be reviewed, said Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam on Tuesday (Jul 21).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S’pore Flyer reopening, up to 54% off tickets for S’pore residents in Aug. 2020
The Singapore Flyer has been closed since the start of circuit breaker.
— Mothership



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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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