SINGAPORE: This Saturday, May 8, was supposed to be an auspicious date for Mr Dittaya Mhosomboon. It would have been the first day of business at his new gym along Hong Kong Street. He had set aside slots for clients to attend training sessions and to view the new facilities, with classes lined up from 8am to 4pm. Instead, the 31-year-old will now remember it for different reasons, after it was announced that indoor gyms and fitness studios will have to close from May 8 to 30 as Singapore tightens COVID-19 measures amid a rise in community cases. “It was definitely unexpected … It happened to be so unlucky that it was on the first day, the launch,” said Mr Mhosomboon. “The initial first thing that I could think of was: ‘What am I going to do?’” READ: Cap of 5 people for social gatherings, household visits to return as Singapore tightens COVID-19 measures In announcing the new measures on Tuesday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said: "Based on overseas and local experience, ... » Learn More about Gym and fitness studio owners disappointed at mandated closures as they find ways to adapt
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INQUIRER.net stock photo I have always wanted to be an astronaut since I was a kid. Well, I think every kid has at least once dreamt of lounging about in zero gravity, in the vastness of space. Who wouldn’t, right? Hey, I’d still love to be one right now, but I know that’s never going to happen — this fact I realized about a decade ago when I was still in my later years in elementary. Heck, by the time I was in sixth grade, it was still two years too early for Chino Roque – the first Filipino astronaut – to even enter the program that will eventually launch him into space. I instead thought of a new dream: I wanted to be an artist — an architect, specifically. Having artists for sisters, their hobbies rubbed off on me at a pretty young age. They draw, I draw — albeit mine appearing as mere scratches on paper when compared to theirs. Still, I drew and drew until I could somehow form persons that actually look like humans. One day, in the sixth grade, I was at home getting a ... » Learn More about Dream-hopping, then finally, daring
SINGAPORE - Singapore is gearing up for a temporary disruption to its re-opening plans, as it raises its defences against the coronavirus following the worst spate of Covid-19 community infections in close to a year. Pre-schools will impose curbs on parents entering their premises, restaurants are scrambling to rearrange bookings made for Mother's Day this weekend while more people will start working from home even before restrictions are tightened on Saturday (May 8). At firms such as UOB and power generation company Senoko Energy, workers who are able to do so are already telecommuting full-time. They had embarked on these arrangements earlier this week. This is above and beyond the demands of the new rules, which allow for up to 50 per cent of employees who are able to work from home to be in the office at any one time. Currently, the capacity limit is 75 per cent. There was some respite on Wednesday with just one new Covid-19 case in the community being reported, ... » Learn More about Singapore gets into gear for return of phase 2 Covid-19 curbs
(Reuters) -Facebook Inc's oversight board on Wednesday upheld the company's decision to ban former U.S. President Donald Trump from the service, but called on the company to decide within six months whether to permanently ban him or restore his account. Here are some key facts about how the board works: WHAT DOES THE OVERSIGHT BOARD REVIEW? The board, which some have dubbed Facebook Inc's "Supreme Court," can overturn the company's decisions on whether some individual pieces of content should be displayed on Facebook or its photo-sharing platform Instagram. It can also recommend changes to Facebook's content policy, based on a case decision or at the company's request, but these are not binding. The board, which only makes rulings on a small slice of Facebook's content decisions, has said it aims to pick cases with wider relevance. It said it has received more than 300,000 cases since it opened its doors in October 2020. Cases so far have involved issues such as hate ... » Learn More about Factbox-What is Facebook’s oversight board?
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More than 12,000 viable, but coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic-hit micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) have benefitted from the loan guarantee program of the government, according to the Department of Finance (DoF). In a statement on Wednesday, the DoF said this was based on the report of Philippine Guarantee Corp. (PhilGuarantee) President and Chief Executive Officer Alberto Pascual to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd. In his report, Pascual announced that beneficiaries of PhilGuarantee’s MSME Credit Guarantee Program (MCGP) ballooned by 312 percent to 12,122 enterprises as of the end of March this year from 2,948 that were reported to have availed of the program as of December 2020. He said traced the uptick to the implementation of improved processing and evaluation parameters of the program starting this year. The Finance department explained that the MGCP grants a 50-percent guarantee for working capital loans and a guarantee of up to 80 percent of the ... » Learn More about 12,000 MSMEs benefit from guarantee program
SINGAPORE: One community case is among the 16 new COVID-19 infections reported in Singapore as of noon on Wednesday (May 5), said the Ministry of Health (MOH). The new community case is linked to three previous dormitory infections who tested positive last month. They form a new cluster, bringing the number of active clusters in Singapore to 10. This is the first time in a week that no new cases have been linked to the Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) cluster, which is currently the country's largest active cluster with 40 cases. NEW CLUSTER FORMED, CASES WERE AT PASIR PANJANG TERMINAL The sole community case reported on Wednesday is a 59-year-old Singaporean who is linked to previous cases. The man, known as Case 62824, is employed by GKE Express Logistics as a trailer truck driver at Brani Terminal and Pasir Panjang Terminal. He was last at work on May 1. He developed a fever and sore throat on May 2 and remained at home. The next day, he sought medical treatment at ... » Learn More about 1 community case among 16 new COVID-19 infections in Singapore; new cluster formed