Singapore morning news for May 15

Singapore morning news for May 15
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Singapore reports 752 new COVID-19 cases taking tally over 26,000
Singapore’s health ministry reported 752 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, taking city-state’s total to 26,098.
— Reuters

Singapore Airlines posts first annual net loss in 48-year history after COVID-19 cripples demand
National carrier Singapore Airlines on Thursday (May 14) reported the first annual net loss in its 48-year history after COVID-19 crippled travel demand, saying that it has set up an internal task force to review its operations and to prepare for when air travel recovers.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

All pre-school staff to be swabbed for COVID-19 before centres resume full services
All teaching and non-teaching staff at pre-schools will be tested for COVID-19 from Friday (May 15), in order to reduce the risk of transmission when centres resume full services.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SPF: 22 per cent increase in family violence cases since the beginning of circuit breaker
Ever since the “circuit breaker” period started in April, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) revealed on Thursday (14 May) that there has been an increase of 22 percent cases related to family violence in the country.
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus: Physical dividers in lorry to ensure safe distance between workers not secure, say MOM and LTA
The physical partitions installed in a lorry to ensure safe distancing while transporting workers are not secure, said the authorities after a video of the vehicle made the rounds online.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Proposed changes to Singapore’s data protection law seek stiffer penalties for info leaks
In case of a data breach, organisations may soon be slapped with fines of up to 10 per cent of their annual gross turnover, or $1 million, whichever is higher, if proposed amendments go through.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Number of bankruptcy applications at the lowest since October 2016
PERSONAL bankruptcy applications in Singapore have fallen to the lowest since October 2016 with temporary legal provisions having kicked in last month, and as non-urgent proceedings take a hiatus amid tightened lockdown measures.
— The Business Times

S’pore offers monthly salary up to S$3,800 for swabbers; nurses say swabbers with no healthcare background salary higher than theirs
Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) aims to ramp up the country’s COVID-19 testing capacity to 40,000 a day by later this year, adding that it has conducted over 224,262 tests as of 12 May.
— The Online Citizen

COVID-19: Testing all migrant workers living in dormitories could lead to a big jump in cases
National Development Minister Lawrence Wong announced on Tuesday (12 May) that all 323,000 migrant workers staying in dormitories will be tested for the highly contagious COVID-19 in order to be certain that they are virus-free before they return to their dormitories and resume work after the circuit break period ends on 1 June.
— The Online Citizen

Retail, F&B players in Singapore to push for fair tenancy legislation
INDUSTRY stakeholders from the battered retail and F&B sectors will be pushing for the adoption of landlord-tenant legislation in Singapore, when it unveils its list of recommendations on May 21.
— The Business Times

Recovery facilities coming up at Turf Club can house 3,600 workers
The community recovery facilities (CRFs) at the Singapore Turf Club will be able to house 3,600 Covid-19 patients when they are completed by the end of the month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Josephine Teo: Rise of reported COVID-19 cases due to “comprehensive testing” among migrant workers, S’poreans should not be alarmed
Singaporeans should not be “overly alarmed” by the continuous rise in reported COVID-19 cases in the country, which is due to the comprehensive testing among migrant workers, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo in a Facebook post on Thursday (14 May).
— The Online Citizen

Other Singapore labs not using same COVID-19 test kit, instrument that led to 33 false positive cases: MOH
Other laboratories are not using the same COVID-19 test kit and analytical instrument combination as a lab that had 33 “false positive” cases, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore law firm jointly invests US$10 million in global open platform start-up for lawyers
Three law firms from the United States, Britain and Singapore have jointly invested over US$10 million in a US-based legal tech start-up that is developing an open industry platform to enable lawyers to work seamlessly across disparate systems.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

M1 says 33-hour fibre outage caused by ‘network bolstering initiative’, offers one-week rebate to affected users
Telco M1 said the islandwide disruptions to its fibre broadband service that began on Tuesday and lasted more than 33 hours were due to a network bolstering initiative to improve customer experience, and not a shortage of network capacity.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Mount Pleasant Veterinary Group and Singapore Veterinary Association respond on Loki’s euthanasia case
Since the outcry of an incident revolving a euthanised dog named Loki broke out on 6 May, multiple parties had voiced out their opinions on this particular issue.
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus: CCA instructors to get early payment, extension of contract as schools ponder ways to proceed with activities
Instructors and coaches in schools who have had their income disrupted by the suspension of co-curricular activities (CCAs) can opt to get paid ahead of work done, as schools look at alternative ways to hold such classes amid the coronavirus pandemic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NUS to house recovering Covid-19 patients at Prince George’s Park Residences
NUS will offer the temporary use of 28 blocks within the residences from May 18 to July for these patients.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’porean diners spare the land equivalent to three times the size of Changi Jewel by eating Impossible Foods’ plant-based meat during Earth Month
Throughout April, meat-loving diners across Singapore and Hong Kong demonstrated the big difference that individual food choices can make for the planet with Impossible Foods’ Earth Month campaign.
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus tests conducted at 13 labs in Singapore, results audited by Health Ministry
Coronavirus tests are conducted by 13 laboratories in Singapore, the majority of which are located at public healthcare institutions such as hospitals, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Food sellers grapple with container shortage as takeaway orders shoot up
As takeaway and delivery orders shot up after the circuit breaker period kicked in last month, a chicken rice seller drove around frantically in search of disposable food containers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Hotel, restaurant and cafe suppliers’ trade show postponed to 2022
THE specialist industry trade show for hotel, restaurant and cafe suppliers, FHA-HoReCa, will be postponed by two years to 2022, organiser Informa Markets said on Thursday.
— The Business Times

More people buying homes through virtual viewings during circuit breaker period
In August, Mr Fawzi Jaafar will step into the three-room Housing Board resale flat in Ang Mo Kio he bought last month for the first time.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Amid Covid-19 outbreak, some Singapore school leavers rethink overseas study plans
Raffles Institution alumnus Valerie Lu, 19, was all set to head to the United States to start her degree studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art this August, but the pandemic has made her rethink her plans.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

President Halimah Yacob pays virtual visit to Singapore Christian Home
Since Monday (May 11), Ms Tijam Stephanie May Gonzales has had to stay in a hotel as a precautionary step.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

DBS commits to hiring more than 2,000 people in 2020
DBS has committed to hiring around 2,000 people here this year despite the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More men accused in copper wire thefts from ship repair firm and vacant schools totalling S$525,000
More men have been charged with breaking into buildings to steal copper wires, with the total amount involved now topping S$525,000.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Self-help groups address challenges for smaller F&B players amidst COVID-19 pandemic and beyond
There’s no other industry, than F&B, that has a more pronounced impact brought on by Covid-19.
— The Online Citizen

NUS engineers invent hybrid air-conditioner that reduces electricity consumption
A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has invented hybrid air-conditioners that reduce electricity consumption.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Lendlease names Singapore industry veteran to head Asia investment management business
Property and infrastructure group Lendlease on Thursday (May 14) announced the appointment of Gan Chong Min as its Singapore-based managing director for investment management, Asia.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man caught on video ‘skiing’ on road under police probe
A man who was caught on video skiing on the road – using two ski poles to propel himself while on skates – is being investigated by police.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NTU students can earn credits from taking online courses offered by top universities abroad
Students at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) can take up massive open online courses (Moocs) as part of their undergraduate studies.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Pets aren’t just for circuit-breaker. Let’s adopt responsibly
When I first read the news of Loki, a healthy young dog who was put down by the couple who had adopted it, I was devastated.
— The Pride

Mother accused of abandoning baby in rubbish chute has been remanded for 3 months, judge urges haste
A woman accused of abandoning her baby in a rubbish chute in Bedok North in January has been remanded three months, with the judge urging the prosecution to expedite investigations.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

#Stayhome reads: From Anthony Ler to Sunshine Empire, here are Singapore’s most shocking crimes over the decades
Here are five chilling cases that have made headlines in Singapore over the decades.
— 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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