Singapore morning news for May 29

Singapore morning news for May 29
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Phase two post-circuit breaker could happen before end of June
PHASE two of Singapore’s three-phased approach to resume activities safely, post-circuit breaker, could happen before the end of June, said the Multi-Ministry Taskforce on the novel coronavirus on Thursday.
— The Business Times

COVID-19 patients who still test positive but clinically well by day 21 of illness can be discharged
COVID-19 patients in Singapore who are assessed to be clinically well by day 21 of the onset of illness can be discharged without further tests, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong announced on Thursday (May 28).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

No Singaporeans or permanent residents among the 373 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore
Singapore reported 373 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Thursday (May 28), and none of them are Singaporeans or permanent residents.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Testing, contact tracing measures for business travellers as curbs are eased
New measures and procedures such as compulsory testing will be put in place as Singapore looks to progressively ease restrictions on essential business travel.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

1,018 Covid-19 patients discharged in Singapore; 2 new clusters in dormitories
A total of 1,018 Covid-19 patients were discharged on Thursday (May 28), after the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that all coronavirus patients who are assessed to be clinically well and no longer infectious by day 21 of their illness will be discharged without having to undergo further tests.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore pension system scores mid-ranking in global study of 70 pension plans
SINGAPORE’s pension system ranks 30th, middle of the range, in a global study of 70 pension plans by Allianz SE.
— The Business Times

More than 33,100 COVID-19 tests carried out on pre-school staff, positive cases no longer infectious: MOH
More than 33,100 COVID-19 tests have been conducted on pre-school staff members as of Tuesday (May 26), with 12 staff testing positive, said Ministry of Health (MOH) Director of Medical Services Kenneth Mak on Thursday (May 28).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore rates unlikely to stay negative, but may remain low till 2021
SINGAPORE’S one-month Swap Offer Rate (SOR) fell briefly below zero last Wednesday for the first time since 2011, raising the spectre that the Republic could be following in the footsteps of other countries with persistent negative rates.
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: Job security of migrant workers depends on employers
The job security of migrant workers who return to work after quarantine will depend on their employers and the state of the economy, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Catholic and Methodist churches will not reopen for private worship when circuit breaker eases on June 2
Catholic and Methodist churches will not reopen for private worship when Singapore exits its circuit breaker period on Tuesday (June 2).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: More than a third of Singaporean or PR cases in May linked to dormitory clusters
Foreign workers are not allowed to leave their dormitories over concerns of cross infection, but dozens of Singaporean or PR cases in May have been linked to the outbreaks in dormitories.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Argentina withdraws recognition of Singapore’s honorary consul in Buenos Aires, who is under investigation
Singapore’s honorary consul-general in Buenos Aires has been stripped of his position in Argentina, on the heels of an investigation into allegations of fraud and embezzlement of public funds.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More than S$50m to be paid out under enhanced Work-Life Grant (Covid-19)
MORE than S$50 million will be disbursed to help companies implement flexible work arrangements amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said in a press statement on Thursday.
— The Business Times

Sias urges Hyflux to seek clarity on Utico’s ‘bombshell’ revised offer
The Securities Investors Association (Singapore) has called on Hyflux to immediately clarify key aspects of Utico’s revised rescue deal, which the investor watchdog dubbed a bombshell for holders of Hyflux’s perpetual securities and preference shares (PnPs).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore authorities block online trading platform Arotrade linked to fraudulent marketing tactics
An unregulated trading platform believed to be registered in Belize has been blocked by Singapore authorities after the police received complaints from at least 40 people here.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More than S$360 million paid out to self-employed workers under COVID-19 income relief scheme
More than S$360 million is being paid out to eligible self-employed workers under the first tranche of the Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme (SIRS), the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) said in a joint statement on Thursday (May 28).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Standards being developed to ensure AI assessment of bank customers’ credit risk is done fairly: MAS
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)is working with banks and technology firms to develop measures to judge customers fairly when artificial intelligence (AI) is used to assess their credit risk.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore ambassador to US rebuts Foreign Policy article on Covid-19 outbreak in dorms
An article in American publication Foreign Policy (FP) on the spate of coronavirus cases in foreign worker dormitories presents a distorted view of Singapore’s response to the outbreak, the Republic’s ambassador to Washington has said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Workers’ Party calls for clarity on campaigning rules for General Election
The Singapore Democratic Party, meanwhile, urged the Government to extend the campaigning period.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore judge issuing death sentence by Zoom was out of step with global standards
Human Rights Watch Using Zoom video conferencing, a Singaporean judge on May 15 remotely sentenced a man to death by hanging.
— The Online Citizen

DPM Heng: Another S$31 million drawn from past reserves to help S’pore tide over the pandemic; Gov’t must be wise on how it’s spent
Amid the global health crisis, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Wednesday (27 May) said that Singapore has been “very fortunate” because the country has sufficient reserves to tide through a “even more prolonged difficult period” of COVID-19.
— The Online Citizen

DPM Heng says GE is coming soon; adds it is needed for Singapore to deal with challenges ahead
While speaking in an interview with Channel News Asia on Wednesday (27 May), Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said that Singapore may have to go through difficult challenges over the next 10 years.
— The Online Citizen

15 bikers arrested for dangerous riding, illegal racing; police investigating them for breaching safe distancing rules
The police have arrested 15 motorcyclists, aged between 20 and 30, for allegedly being involved in dangerous riding and illegal racing.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

ComfortDelGro to reduce taxi rental waiver to 50%
The full rental waiver for ComfortDelGro cabbies will end next month.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singtel’s annual profit plunges to decades low on Bharti Airtel charges
Singapore Telecommunications’ annual net profit plummeted about 65 per cent to the lowest in more than two decades and it did not provide forecasts for the current year, citing uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Running on empty, the PAP is incredibly able to pull Singaporeans along for the ride
The gas tank is empty. The same old story is repeated, the same old tricks and tactics are regurgitated.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore Exchange’s growth ambitions undermined by MSCI’s HK move
Singapore Exchange faces a threat to its growth strategy after index provider MSCI decided to shift licensing of many derivatives to Hong Kong, jeopardising the status of what was just a month ago one of the best sector performers globally.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Former Noble Group CEO wins appeal in Singapore court over shares
Singapore’s top court ruled in favour of a claim by Noble Group’s former chief executive officer Ricardo Leiman to millions of unpaid shares, overturning an earlier ruling while upholding that he wasn’t entitled to his bonus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Man charged with providing unlawful carpooling service amid pandemic
A man appeared in a district court on Thursday (May 28) after he allegedly provided unlawful carpooling services amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore freighter probed after face masks, other goods wash ashore near Sydney
‘I spent less than an hour at Coogee beach and got 100s of masks and still more washed up.’
— Coconuts Singapore

Eagle Hospitality Trust will use distribution to unitholders to pay sponsor’s liabilities instead
Monies that were originally intended for Eagle Hospitality Trust’s (EHT) maiden distribution to unitholders will now be redirected to fund critical expenses of the US-based hotel trust and its underlying portfolio.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Commentary: Contact tracing aside, you should worry if you have to report your whereabouts to your boss after work
Employees may find the collection of personal data intrusive but laws limit how far the contact tracing measures can go, says lawyer Lee In Hae.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

CapitaLand snags $500m sustainability-linked loan from UOB
CapitaLand said on Thursday (May 28) it has secured a four-year $500 million sustainability-linked loan from United Overseas Bank (UOB).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singtel Q4 profit falls 25.7% to $574m; dividend nearly halved to 5.45 cents
Singtel has posted a 25.7 per cent drop in net profit to $574.4 million for its fourth quarter ended March 31, 2020, from $773 million a year ago.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Wealthy buyers continue to shop for luxury homes even as overall private home sales plunge
With no travel plans in the near future due to Covid-19, Mr David Yong is planning to sample the resort life instead in Sentosa Cove, an upscale residential enclave on the southern island.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man charged with cheating overseas company of S$356,000 for personal protection gowns
A man was charged on Thursday (May 28) with cheating a representative of an overseas distribution company of US$251,250 (S$356,400) for personal protection gowns.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Poster telling GrabFood delivery riders to use stairs, not lift, of a condo gives an incomplete picture, sparking online criticism
A poster put up by GrabFood more than a year ago at a River Valley condominium has been swept up in an online controversy recently after it was posted on social media.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New checkout app lets Singaporeans pay for all kinds of things in installments
A solution – or complication – to your shopaholic tendencies?
— Coconuts Singapore

Surgeon suspended eight months, for the second time, for not giving a patient enough medical leave
An orthopaedic surgeon has been suspended eight months for not giving a patient sufficient medical leave following an accident.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man accused of threatening to kill cop also charged with offences linked to Covid-19 outbreak
A Russian man accused of molesting a woman and threatening to kill a police officer has also been charged with offences related to the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

“I can blame others for the cards I’ve been dealt in life, but I’d rather work with what I have”
Mark (not his real name), 20, has had a tough start in life but is surprisingly matter-of-fact about the immense difficulties thrown at him.
— The Pride

Fresh graduate became family’s sole provider due to Covid-19
The Covid-19 pandemic not only dashed Dian Afiqah Salaihuddin’s hopes of a full-time job, she also could not extend her internship.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)



Feature photo Towards Tobacco-Free Singapore
This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on World No-Tobacco Day, May 31.


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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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