Singapore morning news for May 14

Singapore morning news for May 14

Singapore morning news

Temporary relief measures to also cover purchases of new homes: MinLaw
PROPERTY buyers are now also given cover under the temporary relief measures from legal action as a result of Covid-19.
— The Business Times

MOH preliminarily confirms 675 additional cases of COVID-19; Total tally reaches 25,346
As of Wednesday noon (13 May), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 675 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
— The Online Citizen

Details out next week on first sectors to re-open after circuit breaker
DETAILS of the economic sectors or businesses involved in the first step of Singapore’s post-circuit breaker re-opening will be shared next week, with many of these likely to be “more essential services”, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong at a Tuesday press conference by the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) on Covid-19.
— The Business Times

Systematic testing strategy to be implemented to ensure that migrant workers are fully recovered before returning to work, say Lawrence Wong
About 20,000 migrant workers will be discharged from care facilities by the end of May, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong at a virtual press conference on Tuesday (12 May), adding that more are expected to recover next month.
— The Online Citizen

Case of euthanised dog to be investigated, AVS should be allowed to do its job ‘without public pressure’: Shanmugam
The case of a dog that was put down is currently pending investigations by the Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS), said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam on Wednesday (May 13), as he called for members of the public to exercise restraint over the matter.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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April home sales dive 62%; May unlikely to see improvement
SALES volumes for new private homes appear to have tumbled sharply in April as developers were forced to shutter sales galleries and prospective buyers stayed home, while the extended circuit breaker could spell a poorer performance in May.
— The Business Times

Covid-19 outbreak has hastened shift to cashless world for Singapore’s migrant workers
Singapore’s accelerated shift to a cashless society amid the Covid-19 pandemic has rippled out into the world of the migrant workers who, being cooped up in their lodgings and dormitories, are being introduced to digital banking in order to get paid or remit money home.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S$16 billion in COVID-19 support given out as of May: Indranee Rajah
The Government has provided more than S$16 billion worth of assistance to Singaporeans and Singaporean companies so far, as the country crosses the halfway point of its extended circuit breaker period, said Second Minister for Finance Indranee Rajah on Wednesday (May 13).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Like a ‘giant N95 mask’: Safer, faster COVID-19 testing of migrant workers with new mobile swab station
A new mobile swab station (MSS) will make it safer and faster for healthcare workers to test migrant workers for COVID-19 at dormitories.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Case tally in Singapore dorms lower than what models predicted earlier
Even as the number of Covid-19 infections in foreign worker dormitories continues to increase, the situation is better than originally expected, said infectious diseases expert Alex Cook.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Singapore on the lookout for different sources of testing kits and testing resources
As Singapore focuses on ramping up COVID-19 test rates, especially among migrant workers, the country is also looking to diversify its sources of COVID-19 testing resources, said the Ministry of Health’s director of medical services Kenneth Mak on Tuesday (12 May).
— The Online Citizen

‘Surreal’ and ‘seamless’: 115 lawyers called to the Bar via video conference in a first for Singapore
In a first, 115 lawyers were called to the Singapore Bar via Zoom video-conferencing on Wednesday (May 13).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Roads become more free-flowing and safer but speeding cases surge
The Land Transport Authority said traffic volume has shrunk on average by 60 per cent since January.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Government to ease circuit breaker restrictions gradually, expects citizens to be “very careful” to avoid new clusters
As the circuit breaker is being set to end on 1 June, the restrictions and precautionary measures are also expected to be lifted.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore’s journey to nearly 1.5 million migrant workers
The massive explosion of Covid-19 cases has cast the spotlight on migrant workers.
— The Online Citizen

Changi to suspend T4 as passenger numbers fall off the cliff in April
CHANGI Airport will be temporarily suspending operations at Terminal 4 (T4) from May 16 in a further consolidation of terminal operations.
— The Business Times

COVID-19: Legal relief for those who buy or lease homes from developers
Property buyers who have entered into agreements to purchase or lease homes from developers can now apply for temporary legal protection should they face difficulties making payments because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

$6 million grant to support S’pore fintech firms, spur hiring of undergrad interns
Fintech companies in Singapore can turn to a $6 million fund to help pay for their day-to-day expenses, including the salaries of undergraduate interns.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Police arrest 26 people, seize $8,450 in illegal gambling blitz; suspects also under probe for safe distancing offences
The police arrested 26 people and seized cash amounting to about $8,450 in connection to suspected illegal gambling activities during a five-day operation.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Correction direction issued to New Naratif and Thum Ping Tjin over video about POFMA
Law Minister K Shanmugam has instructed a correction order be issued to New Naratif and Mr Thum Ping Tjin over a YouTube video about statements made on the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s safe distancing robodog gets a shout-out from Stephen Colbert
It also gets compared to the creepy robot dog in a Black Mirror episode and Colbert brings out his alternative – The Bennybot 9000.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: 45 buses move up to 600 patients daily; fleet size to be expanded to 60
About 45 buses have now been deployed to transport up to 600 Covid-19 patients daily.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Nearly 700 fines issued for smoking in prohibited areas in a month since start of circuit breaker: NEA
Close to 700 fines have been handed out to people found smoking in prohibited areas between the start of the circuit breaker on Apr 7 and May 6, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Wednesday (May 13).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Doctors see huge drop in flu, common cold, diarrhoea and conjunctivitis cases since circuit breaker measures
Good hygiene and social distancing measures are major factors contributing to the slide, say some doctors.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

IMDA launches investigations into M1 fibre broadband disruption
Investigations have been launched after disruptions to M1’s fibre broadband services, affecting those working or studying from home during the circuit breaker period, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) said on Wednesday (May 13).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

IHH Healthcare rolls out telemedicine in Singapore and other key markets
Healthcare heavyweight IHH Healthcare on Wednesday (May 13) said it has made telemedicine available across its key markets globally, including in Singapore, Malaysia, Turkey, India and Hong Kong.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

American pilot jailed for breaching stay-home notice to buy masks, thermometer
An American pilot working for Federal Express (FedEx) was jailed for four weeks on Wednesday (May 13) for breaching his stay-home notice to buy masks and a thermometer from Chinatown.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Condo, HDB rental volumes plunge 36% amid circuit breaker measures
The circuit breaker measures implemented in April have prevented prospective tenants from visiting and viewing properties offered for lease.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Protecting staff is top priority for firms in Singapore amid Covid-19 pandemic
The new normal for work will include a focus on human capital, with companies already taking measures to give better support to employees during this period, according to a survey.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Netizens questioning act of partitioning workers on lorry in light of safe-distancing measures
Netizens are questioning the act of one particular company of partitioning their workers on a lorry due to safe-distancing measures after a photo and a video of the workers have been shared online.
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus: 35th Singapore Book Fair to take place online
Featuring guests like local actor Li Nanxing, Taiwanese television host Sisy Chen and Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of National Development Sun Xueling, the Singapore Book Fair returns in a revamped form for its 35th year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Sinda joins other self-help groups in providing more aid as need grows
Community self-help groups have stepped up assistance programmes as the number of people seeking help grows amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Man charged with lying twice about travel history to enter Supreme Court
A man is accused of lying about his travel history on two separate occasions to enter the Supreme Court, which allows entry only to certain people in specific circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

70 firefighters battle early morning Tuas warehouse blaze; no injuries reported
Contents of the warehouse, comprising machinery and bales of plastic resin, were engulfed in the fire.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Deliveroo Singapore announces further support for its restaurant partners; Customers can now tip their favourite local restaurants
Earlier today (13 May), Deliveroo Singapore announced a string of measures to support its partners during the COVID-19 pandemic after more than 1,000 restaurants islandwide joined the platform.
— The Online Citizen

SocGen extends one-off goodwill over SIA-linked product
Societe Generale (SocGen) is making a one-off payment as a goodwill gesture to investors who bought an investment product linked to Singapore Airlines, after some protested against what they saw as a lack of timely disclosure and unfair pricing.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Dathena closes US$12M Series A led by Jungle Ventures to protect businesses from cyber attacks
Singaporean deeptech company Dathena has told e27 that it has closed a US$12-million Series A financing round, led by early-stage VC firm Jungle Ventures.
— e27

Cleaner at Hougang Mall fined for cursing at safe distancing enforcement officer
A cleaner was fined S$3,500 on Wednesday (May 13) for cursing at a safe distancing enforcement officer who was deployed at Hougang Mall.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

82-year-old among 26 people arrested during illegal gambling operation
Twenty-six people have been arrested for suspected involvement in illegal gambling activities, the police said in a news release on Wednesday (May 13).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Utility blames ‘glitch’ for overcharging man by over S$800
Electricity utility Geneco has apologized for overcharging a customer by more than S$800 (US$560), blaming a glitch for the problem.
— Coconuts Singapore

Judge rejects plea by woman who allowed customer into salon for massage and masturbation
A woman accused of allowing a customer into her salon for massage and masturbation during the circuit breaker period had her guilty plea rejected on Wednesday (May 13) after she could not stop crying in court.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: Man jailed for drunkenly abusing police in public and in court
A man advised against leaving his home to drink alcohol during the COVID-19 pandemic verbally abused police officers and used force to resist arrest.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

For mum of 7 with husband fighting COVID-19 in ICU, home quarantine is an anxious but tight-knit affair
It was still dark on Thursday morning (May 7) when Mrs Sharifah Radiah Ameer, 42, was jolted awake by her son, only to find her husband sitting against a wall looking pale and breathless.
— 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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