Singapore morning news for June 18

Singapore morning news for June 18
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Singapore’s exports fall 4.5% in May, after three months of growth
Singapore’s non-oil domestic exports (NODX) fell 4.5 per cent year-on-year in May after seeing unexpected growth in the previous month, mainly due to declines in the petrochemicals sector.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Test costs waived for those who left before March 27 advisory
Singaporeans and permanent residents who left Singapore before an advisory against travelling out of the country was issued on March 27 and who are returning in the near future will not have to pay for their Covid-19 tests.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore ranks 2nd in Asia, 18th worldwide for ease of doing business: report
SINGAPORE has come in second in Asia and 18th worldwide on a ranking of simplest places to do business, beating countries such as India, China, and Korea.
— The Business Times

Singapore scientists discover 5 antibodies that can combat COVID-19, human trials to commence in coming months
A team of Singapore scientists has discovered five antibodies that can block COVID-19 infection and protect against key mutations, Singapore’s defence research and development organisation said on Wednesday (Jun 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MOH preliminarily confirms 247 new cases of COVID-19 infection; Total tally at 41,216
As of Wednesday noon (17 June), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 247 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

Pioneer, Merdeka Generation seniors to get S$255m in MediSave top-ups in July
PIONEER and Merdeka Generation seniors will receive a total of S$255 million in MediSave top-ups in July under the Pioneer Generation and Merdeka Generation Packages, the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Health said in a joint statement on Wednesday.
— The Business Times

Nearly a third of private security officers say they have been abused: Survey
Nearly a third of security officers who were surveyed in Singapore have faced some form of abuse, as industry observers call for greater respect for this group of workers.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Hawker centre, coffee shop diners will be reminded to return their trays by safe distancing ambassadors: NEA
Efforts to raise hygiene and cleanliness standards at hawker centres, coffee shops and public toilets will be ramped up from Friday (June 19), when restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19 are eased and people can eat out.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Schools to resume CCAs gradually, PE group activities limited to 5 students per group
Schools will try to resume co-curricular activities (CCAs) gradually and ensure safe distancing measures are in place even during physical education (PE) classes, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said on Wednesday (Jun 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Security officers’ median basic pay has increased to $1,420 over past two years: Survey
The median basic pay of security officers has increased by $120 to $1,420 a month compared to two years ago, according to a recent survey of the industry.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Nursing home residents to be allowed 1 visitor a day from Jun 19
Nursing home residents will be allowed to have one visitor a day, with the visit capped at 30 minutes, after Singapore enters Phase 2 of its reopening on Friday (Jun 19).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

All swimming pools, water fountains must be disinfected and tested before reopening in phase 2: NEA
All swimming pools and water fountains must be thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and tested to make sure water samples meet regulated limits before reopening to the public, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Wednesday (June 17).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Government service centres, libraries among more public facilities to reopen progressively in phase 2
Programmes and activities which require physical presence will resume in small groups with reduced density, intensity and duration.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Town councils step up prevention measures amid rising number of dengue cases
Town councils in Singapore are adopting a proactive approach by intensifying cleaning, inspection and education efforts within estates as dengue infection rates continue to climb.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Activist Jolovan Wham: MOM discriminates against domestic workers by limiting their freedom for Phase 2
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced earlier today (17 June) that as Singapore enters Phase 2 of its reopening, domestic workers will be permitted to go out into public spaces, but there are strict conditions to adhere to.
— The Online Citizen

MOM declares additional 42 migrant workers’ dorms free from COVID-19
An additional 42 dorms housing migrant workers in Singapore were declared free from COVID-19 on Tuesday (16 June).
— The Online Citizen

Singapore will ‘redouble efforts’ to strengthen social compact amid economic challenges: Tharman
The economic challenges Singapore faces underscore the need for the country to strengthen its social compact and make sure no-one is left behind, said Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Wednesday (Jun 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MUIS: Halal Unit officers not part of investigation panel on allegations of corruption related to certification
The investigation panel on allegations of questionable certification practices in the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS)’s Halal Certification Strategic Unit does not include officers from the unit, said the Council.
— The Online Citizen

IKEA to open with strict safe distancing measures, without F&B and kids’ facilities
Furniture giant IKEA will open on Friday (Jun 19) with strict safe distancing measures, although its food and beverage offerings and kids’ facilities will remain closed for now.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore must defy loss of social cohesion, polarisation and despair seen elsewhere: SM Tharman
WHILE Singapore cannot escape the global economic downturn, it must absolutely defy the loss of social cohesion, polarisation and despair that is taking hold in other countries, Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said on Wednesday.
— The Business Times

NTU scientists use antimicrobial extract from seeds in reusable masks
Scientists from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have developed a sustainable way to extract antimicrobial compounds from seeds that can be used as a fabric finishing in reusable masks.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Changi Airport Terminal 5 project to continue but paused for at least two years due to “great uncertainties” amid COVID-19
The construction of Changi Airport Terminal 5 will be paused for at least two years due to the “great uncertainties” about the future of the aviation and travel sectors in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Tuesday (16 June).
— The Online Citizen

AIA Singapore staff to get $1,000 each as part of work-from-home assistance
Insurer AIA Singapore on Wednesday (June 17) said all employees will get $1,000 each as part of the company’s work-from-home assistance.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Doctors in Singapore eager for full results of drug trial that promises to cut Covid-19 deaths
Early indications suggest that dexamethasone, an anti-inflammatory medication, could significantly reduce the mortality rate of Covid-19 patients.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Can Singapore continue its foreign labour policy in light of COVID-19 pandemic as it did after the SARS in 2003?
On Tuesday, shared a clip from 2003 of then-Prime Minister late Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) responding to the public’s concerns about the Singapore economy during the SARS crisis.
— The Online Citizen

2 weeks’ jail for man who breached stay-home notice to deliver newspapers
A newspaper vendor was sentenced on Wednesday (June 17) to two weeks’ jail for breaching his stay-home notice (SHN) to deliver newspapers in March this year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NUS’ Paul Tambyah to lead US-based International Society of Infectious Diseases in 2022
National University of Singapore (NUS) professor and infectious disease expert Paul Tambyah will be leading the Massachusetts-based International Society of Infectious Diseases (ISID) in 2022 as its president, the university said on Wednesday (June 17).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore must not despair, but stay cohesive: Tharman
WHILE Singapore cannot escape the global economic downturn, it must absolutely defy the loss of social cohesion, polarisation and despair that are taking hold in other countries, Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said on Wednesday.
— The Business Times

KidZania Singapore closes permanently after four years, lays off 103 employees
Indoor family attraction KidZania Singapore has closed its doors permanently after four years, laying off 103 employees, the company said on Wednesday (Jun 17).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man who allegedly threw popsicle at safe distancing ambassador among 4 charged over Covid-19 related offences
A man allegedly hurled vulgarities and items at a safe distancing ambassador (SDA) and a Ministry of Health (MOH) officer in April after they approached him for not wearing a mask.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

DBS banks on urban farming and launches own community farm
DBS plans to transform one of its buildings into a community farm, and give its employees a chance to try urban farming, it said on Wednesday (June 17).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s Popsical raises US$5M Series A for its cloud-based karaoke platform
Singapore-based smart streaming karaoke startup Popsical announced today that it has secured US$5 million in Series A round of investment, led by local VC firm Quest Ventures.
— e27

HSBC still growing in Singapore even as bank restarts plan to axe 35,000 jobs globally
HSBC is resuming plans to cut around 35,000 jobs over the medium term as part of a major overhaul the bank announced earlier this year. But there will be no redundancies in Singapore this year, The Straits Times understands.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Over 250,000 eggs were destroyed due to oversupply of imported eggs from Malaysia, Thailand, and Poland
Singapore’s egg supply had been affected in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and Malaysia’s movement restriction order which was implemented back in March, creating fluctuations in the price of eggs.
— The Online Citizen

Motorcyclist rescued from under taxi in Jurong West accident
A dramatic rescue took place on Tuesday night (June 16) as Singapore Civil Defence Force officers used hydraulic tools to rescue a motorcyclist pinned under a taxi after an accident.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

21 months’ probation for poly student who tried to watch schoolmate shower in toilet
Yet another tertiary student is in trouble over a voyeuristic act that took place in school.
— 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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