Singapore morning news for June 19

Singapore morning news for June 19
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Singapore morning newsMore Covid-19 tests will be done in Singapore as economy reopens
All those aged 45 years and above who are diagnosed with acute respiratory infection will be tested from later next week.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

No mid-year bonus for civil servants for first time since 2009; year-end bonus still up in the air
THERE will be no mid-year bonus for civil servants this year – for the first time since the global financial crisis – and senior public officers will also take another pay cut.
— The Business Times

257 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 4 in the community
Singapore reported 257 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Thursday (Jun 18), including four in the community, bringing the national total to 41,473.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Migrant workers to stay in dorms on rest days at start of Phase Two: MOM
SINGAPORE’S Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Thursday said migrant workers will continue to stay within their dormitories on their rest days in the “immediate period entering into Phase Two” of the reopening starting June 19.
— The Business Times

SFA recalls cheese spread from the UK due to contamination with botulism-causing bacterium
The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said on Thursday (Jun 18) that it has directed food importer Atasco Pte Ltd to recall Primula’s cheese spread from the United Kingdom.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

No physical rallies for GE campaign, candidates will be given more TV airtime
Physical rallies will not be allowed if the next general election (GE) is held during Phase Two of Singapore’s reopening, but there will be more airtime on national television channels for all political parties, the Elections Department (ELD) announced on Thursday (18 June).
— The Online Citizen

COVID-19: S’pore’s systematic flaw revealed by U-turn on face mask policy
While hailed locally and internationally as the “gold standard” for its management of the COVID-19 pandemic in the initial stages, the Singapore government has drawn flak from observers for what many have perceived as taking a “reactive” approach to the outbreak–including its stance on mask-wearing.
— The Online Citizen

14 digital bank applicants to move to next stage of assessment: MAS
THE Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on Thursday said that 14 out of the 21 digital bank applications will progress to the next stage of assessment.
— The Business Times

Drones, kite flying, not allowed over parts of Singapore due to NDP and rehearsals
Aerial activities such as flying kites and drones will not be allowed over parts of Singapore on certain days in June, July and August leading up to the National Day Parade (NDP).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MPA to prioritise crew change for Singapore-registered ships; ease pleasure craft restrictions
MARITIME and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Thursday said it will accord priority to Singapore-registered ships (SRS) when it comes to crew changes in the Republic.
— The Business Times

Local scientists develop test to gauge pregnancy outcome in women at risk of miscarriage
Local researchers have developed a test that can gauge a pregnancy outcome in 30 minutes or less in cases of threatened miscarriage.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Mixed reactions from netizens over Education Minister’s move to equip all secondary school students with a personal laptop or tablet by 2021
All secondary school students will be equipped with a personal laptop or tablet for learning by next year, said Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Wednesday (17 June).
— The Online Citizen

New commercial project planned in Changi
AFTER opening Jewel last year, Changi Airport Group (CAG) has begun planning for another commercial project, although it may be some time before plans come to fruition.
— The Business Times

14 public transport staff have caught Covid-19
Fourteen public bus or train staff members have caught Covid-19, but none has been found to have infected commuters, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Malls and stores gear up to manage crowds when phase 2 reopening starts
While many shoppers may be cautious about heading out on Friday (June 19) – the first day of phase 2 of the re-opening of the economy – shopping malls and their operators are going all-out to ensure everything is safe and ready should the crowds return.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore, Shenzhen ink MOUs for smart city initiative
SINGAPORE and Shenzhen have inked eight memoranda of understanding (MOUs) which will deepen digital collaboration and linkages between both cities.
— The Business Times

Phase 2 of Singapore’s reopening: All you need to know from June 19
From eateries and retail shops to tuition centres and sports facilities, here’s a look at how everyone is gearing up for a new normal in business operation and what you can do to stay safe.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Bus industry aims to hire 1,200 Singaporean drivers this year: Khaw Boon Wan
The public bus industry is looking to increase the hiring of local workers, with the aim of employing 1,200 Singaporean bus drivers in 2020, said Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan on Thursday (Jun 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COE bidding exercises to resume from Jul 6
The Certificate of Entitlement (COE) bidding exercises will resume from Jul 6, as motor vehicle dealerships and showrooms open for business in Phase 2 of Singapore’s reopening on Friday (Jun 19).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

CDAC pledges another $5 million to help the needy during Covid-19 pandemic
From raising income caps for tuition assistance schemes to doing away with annual means-testing, the Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC) is changing the way it helps more low-income families at a time when Covid-19 has hit hard, said its chairman and Education Minister Ong Ye Kung on Thursday (June 18).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

OCBC to reopen all branches over next two weeks during Phase 2 of Singapore’s reopening
OCBC Bank will reopen all its branches progressively over the next fortnight during the second phase of Singapore’s post-circuit breaker reopening, it said on Thursday (Jun 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Data on the survey in relation to a TraceTogether device may be presented in a misleading manner
As Singapore continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic amid opinions from experts that “Singapore is one of the greatest failures in the world now,” the government has announced the imminent arrival of a “TraceTogether” wearable device.
— The Online Citizen

Netizens question the need of a new opposition party after Red Dot United gets approved as a new political party
On Monday (15 June), the Ministry of Home Affairs’ (MHA) Registry of Societies approved the application of Red Dot United, a political group formed by former Progress Singapore Party (PSP) members.
— The Online Citizen

Grooming services overwhelmed, gyms grapple with distancing measures ahead of Phase 2 re-opening
News of Singapore’s Phase 2 re-opening from Friday (Jun 19) was a shot in the arm for many fitness and wellness services, but some were caught off-guard by safe distancing measures they are required to implement.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore can cut emissions through energy efficiency, solar energy, clean energy research: MTI
Boosting energy efficiency, accelerating deployment of solar panels, and investing in research on emerging clean energy options are still Singapore’s key strategies in cutting its carbon footprint.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Women more disproportionately affected by COVID-19 pandemic due to increased ‘unpaid’ work at home
The COVID-19 pandemic has doubled women’s burdens as Singapore’s circuit breaker has forced them to juggle their professions and their family lives, the latest research from Singapore Management University (SMU) revealed.
— The Online Citizen

NS defaulter who stayed outside Singapore without permit for more than 8 years gets jail
A Singapore-born Australian citizen was jailed for four months on Wednesday (Jun 17) for defaulting on his National Service (NS) obligations and staying outside the country for more than eight years without a valid exit permit.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commercial en-bloc sellers try their luck post circuit breaker
Some building owners here are trying their luck for a collective sale despite the battering the commercial property investment market has taken in recent months.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PSP’s candidate: Gigene Wong, the $30 CEO and CFO of multinational corporations
On Thursday (18 June), the Progress Singapore Party (PSP) announced six of its candidates who will be participating in the upcoming General Election.
— The Online Citizen

Man charged over pushing trolley against transport ambassador who advised him on mask
A man was charged in court on Thursday (Jun 18) over allegedly pushing a supermarket trolley against a transport ambassador who had asked the man to wear his face mask properly.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘We had to kiss through masks’: 35 couples marry at National Museum instead of ROM building
Monday was the first day the in-house civil ceremonies were moved to the National Museum to ensure safe management measures were maintained.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Foreign expats eagerly await to return to Singapore amidst reopening of international travel
It was reported in the media yesterday (17 Jun) that many work pass holders and their dependents have been stuck abroad for months because their applications to return to Singapore have been repeatedly rejected by the authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic (‘Stranded overseas, foreigners await return’).
— The Online Citizen

Temasek, CapitaLand, NTWU to pilot table separators in some food courts, canteens
TEMASEK Foundation on Thursday said it is partnering CapitaLand and the National Transport Workers Union (NTWU) to install and pilot tabletop separators for over 500 dining tables in participating outlets as Singapore resumes dining-in at eateries under Phase Two of its reopening.
— The Business Times

COVID-19: Selected Kopitiam, Food Junction food courts to test table-top separators for safe dining
Table-top separators will be installed on more than 500 tables at selected Kopitiam and Food Junction outlets as well as canteens for transport workers, as part of a trial to create a safe dining solution during Phase 2 of Singapore’s post-circuit breaker period.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

NParks to give packets of vegetable seeds to households to encourage home gardening
Interested households will be able to receive free packets of seeds that they can use to grow their own vegetables at home, under a Gardening with Edibles initiative launched by the National Parks Board (NParks) on Thursday (Jun 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Canon Singapore launches self-service safe entry solution for retail stores and offices
Imagine an eight-inch tablet that works as an infrared thermometer, camera, barcode scanner and near-field communication (NFC) reader, and is linked directly to Singapore’s SafeEntry digital check-in system.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Indian national jailed 18 months for corruption, fraud and money laundering
A 41-year-old Indian national was sentenced to 18 months’ jail and a penalty of S$66,981 for Goods and Services Tax (GST) tourist refund fraud, corruption and money laundering on Thursday (Jun 18).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

First woman appointed head of interfaith hub Harmony Centre
The Harmony Centre will get its first woman leader next month, when Ustazah Liyana Rosli Asmara takes over the interfaith hub at An-Nahdhah Mosque in Bishan.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man gets jail and caning for molesting girlfriend’s 9-year-old daughter
A man who molested his girlfriend’s nine-year-old daughter while his girlfriend was in the toilet was sentenced on Thursday (Jun 18) to 20 months’ jail and three strokes of the cane.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Student gets more charges for sexual offences against underage girls
A student who was charged with a sexual offence against his underage girlfriend was on Thursday (Jun 18) handed three more charges for similar offences, with a second victim involved.
— Channel NewsAsia (very 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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