Additional $5.1b of support to help firms, workers and households cope amid stricter Covid-19 measures

SINGAPORE – An additional $5.1 billion will be set aside to save jobs and support businesses and families as Singapore implements heightened safe-distancing measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced an unprecedented third round of support measures in Parliament on Monday (April 6) as the Covid-19 pandemic prompted the […]

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'He's a total disgrace': Trump defends firing U.S. intel watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Saturday defended his decision to fire the top watchdog of the U.S. Intelligence Community, saying Michael Atkinson did “a terrible job” in handling the whistleblower complaint that triggered an impeachment probe of Trump last year. “He took a fake report, and he brought it to Congress,” Trump said during a briefing on the […]

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Keir Starmer appeals for unity in first speech as new Labour Party leader

Keir Starmer pledged to work together with the British Government through the coronavirus pandemic minutes after being confirmed as the new leader of the Labour Party. Sir Keir secured a victory in the first round of voting after a three-month contest against Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy. The new Labour Party leader urged the country to come together across the […]

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Trump negative for coronavirus again, says wearing masks okay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said he underwent a second coronavirus test on Thursday, using a new diagnostic that produced a result in less than 15 minutes, and it determined he has not been infected. “I think I took it really out of curiosity to see how quickly it worked,” said Trump, who also tested negative last month after […]

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Pelosi announces select committee to oversee U.S. coronavirus relief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday she will form a bipartisan select committee on the coronavirus crisis to oversee the spending of $2.3 trillion that Congress has approved to respond to the pandemic. In a conference call with reporters, the Democratic House leader also said she believed the administration of Republican President Donald […]

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MPs review home visits amid coronavirus concerns

Long queues formed at the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) Nee Soon South branch at Block 850 Yishun Street 81 last night. But this is a common sight on Mondays at the centre where Nee Soon GRC MP Lee Bee Wah holds her Meet-the-People Session (MPS). Coronavirus or not, the number of residents seeking help has stayed constant at about 60 […]

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Coronavirus: Penticton cracks down on social-distancing rule breakers

The City of Penticton says it’s cracking down on people and businesses who don’t follow social-distancing rules, now that bylaw officers have new powers to enforce public health orders to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic.  From March 25 to Monday morning, bylaw officers responded to four complaints of businesses breaking an order, three complaints related to people at or inside […]

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Historic $2.2 trillion coronavirus bill passes U.S. House, headed to Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved a $2.2 trillion aid package – the largest in American history – to help people and businesses cope with the economic downturn inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic. The massive bill also rushes billions of dollars to medical providers on the front lines of the outbreak. Republican President Donald Trump […]

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Enhanced financing schemes, $20 billion in loan capital to give businesses access to credit during Covid-19 crisis

SINGAPORE – Around $1.7 billion drawn from past reserves will be used to finance several enhanced schemes to provide businesses with access to credit amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Temporary Bridging Loan Programme, which was rolled out to the hard-hit tourism sector at last month’s Budget, will be made available to enterprises across all sectors from April 1. Businesses can […]

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World's ailing airlines appeal for aid as U.S. offers $58 billion

DUBAI/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Global airlines urged the world’s major economies to act quickly to prevent irreversible damage to an industry that has seen demand decimated almost overnight by the coronavirus crisis. Several states have already stepped in to help airlines hammered by the travel slump, with the United States offering $58 billion in aid, Singapore announcing support for aviation and […]

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