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APR 8, 2020
08/04/20 - Making Singapore's cleaning industry more sustainable in wake of coronavirus: Green Pulse Ep 21
Green Pulse Ep 21: Making Singapore's cleaning industry more sustainable in wake of coronavirus 11:52 mins Synopsis: Green Pulse is an environmental podcast series at The Straits Times which analyses the beat of the changing environment, from biodiversity conservation to climate change. Tune in to this episode to find out how Malaysia's restrictions on cross-border movement to help battle Covid-19, will have an impact on the sustainability and future of cleaning services in Singapore.  Do public cleaning companies here have the right business continuity plans, given that the existing pool of cleaners here are seniors? Should cleaners be recognised for their front-line efforts in anti-coronavirus efforts? In the final podcast episode based on The Straits Times' The Big Story video, ST’s environment correspondent Audrey Tan chats with a panel of experts to discuss the importance of personal and public hygiene, as Singapore continues its battle against Covid-19. Subjects covered are the drive for cleanliness amid disease, the existing state of hygiene, the need for a greater appreciation of cleaners and life beyond Covid-19. The panel includes: 1. Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources 2. Professor Wang Linfa, infectious diseases expert at Duke-NUS Medical School 3. Mr Edward D'Silva, chairman, Public Hygiene Council 4. Mr Tai Ji Choong, director of the Department Of Public Cleanliness, The National Environment Agency (NEA) Produced by: Audrey Tan (audreyt@sph.com.sg) & David Fogarty (dfogarty@sph.com.sg) & Ernest Luis (ernest@sph.com.sg) Follow Audrey Tan on Twitter Follow David Fogarty on Twitter Edited by: Adam Azlee Discover more Green Pulse podcast episodes on: Spotify: http://str.sg/oCXj Apple Podcasts: http://str.sg/oyLk Google podcasts: http://str.sg/oyLZ Playlist: https://str.sg/JwRh Website: http://str.sg/stpodcasts Feedback to: podcast@sph.com.sg Thank you for your support! ST and BT Podcasts picked up a silver medal for Best Digital Project to engage younger and/or millennial audiences at 2019 Asian Digital Media Awards by Wan-Ifra: https://str.sg/Jw5T
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APR 7, 2020
07/04/20 - ST: The Big Story, 7 Apr
In The Straits Times The Big Story, multimedia correspondent Hairianto Diman and assistant video editor Olivia Quay spoke to ST associate editor Vikram Khanna about how the third round of Budget measures can help businesses and individuals cope with the economic impact of the pandemic.
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APR 3, 2020
03/04/20 - ST: The Big Story, 3 Apr
In The Straits Times The Big Story, multimedia journalist Hairianto Dirman and assistant video editor Olivia Quay speak to Professor Teo Yik Ying, dean of the National University of Singapore's Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, on the importance of practising social distancing to flatten the infection curve.
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APR 2, 2020
02/04/20 - ST: The Big Story, 2 Apr
In The Straits Times The Big Story, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong joins senior health correspondent Salma Khalik to discuss how Singapore is taking on the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Wong says that even as the multi-ministry coronavirus task force is making tough decisions, at times quickly and with limited information, what remains paramount are the safety and health of Singaporeans.
09:45

APR 1, 2020
01/04/20 - ST: The Big Story, 1 Apr
In The Straits Times The Big Story, multimedia journalist and assistant video editor Olivia Quay spoke to British expatriate Martin Verga, who called for Singaporeans across the island to clap and cheer at 8pm on Monday in a show of appreciation for those on the frontlines of the Covid-19 fight.
02:21

APR 1, 2020
01/04/20 - "I had hallucinations" - Discharged coronavirus patient Ben who spent 13 days in ICU: Health Check Ep 34
Health Check Ep 34: "I had hallucinations," said discharged coronavirus patient, who spent 13 days in ICU 15:10 mins Synopsis: This is a fortnightly podcast series on Wednesdays by The Straits Times. We usually bring you tips and expert advice but in this episode, ST senior correspondent Joyce Teo spoke with Ben, 55, who had tested positive for Covid-19 at Alexandra Hospital on March 5 and developed severe disease. She asked him about his early symptoms and his ICU experience. When Ben sought help at the hospital that day, he was given high amounts of oxygen via an oxygen mask, even though he said he wasn't panting or gasping for breath. Little did he know that on that same day, his condition would worsen so much that he had to be put on life support. Ben spent 13 days in ICU and was discharged on March 21.   Click here to read the full story. Produced by: Joyce Teo (joyceteo@sph.com.sg) and Ernest Luis (ernest@sph.com.sg) Edited by: Penelope Lee Follow more Health Check podcasts and rate us on: Spotify: http://str.sg/oeGY Apple Podcasts: http://str.sg/oeXP Google Podcasts: http://str.sg/oeLN Playlist: https://str.sg/Jw7R Website: http://str.sg/stpodcasts Feedback to: podcast@sph.com.sg    Thank you for your support! ST and BT Podcasts picked up a silver medal for Best Digital Project to engage younger and/or millennial audiences at 2019 Asian Digital Media Awards by Wan-Ifra: https://str.sg/Jw5T
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MAR 31, 2020
31/03/20 - ST: The Big Story, 31 Mar
In The Straits Times The Big Story, multimedia journalist Hairianto Dirman and assistant video editor Olivia Quay speak to assistant business editor Joanna Seow on National Wages Council's guidelines which recommend employers support local staff who want to take on a second job to supplement their income due to the coronavirus pandemic.
04:38

MAR 30, 2020
30/03/20 - Lessons for budding women entrepreneurs in the Covid-19 era: Money Hacks Ep 68
Money Hacks Ep 68: Lessons for budding women entrepreneurs in the Covid-19 era 15:22 min Synopsis: In this fortnightly podcast series on Mondays, The Business Times breaks down actionable financial tips. This episode is aimed at budding women entrepreneurs. Do you feel the burning desire to become one? If you are a mother or a caregiver, and thinking about starting a side business, this episode is for you. Ernest Luis hosts Joyce Tee, the group head of SME banking at DBS Bank. She answers the following questions: What are the top concerns of women entrepreneurs? (2:30) Is this a good time for women "sidepreneurs" to test business ideas as more work from home during this Covid-19 period? (5:10) Ms Tee offers useful tips as she recounts her life story of how she started her own side business in the early 80s at the age of 13 while she was schooling (6:15) Resilience, research, understand your competitive landscape, be clear about your target audience, know what differentiates your service (9:03) How women should approach business and not fall prey to gender stereotypes (10:40) Produced by: Ernest Luis Edited by: Adam Azlee Follow more Money Hacks podcasts and rate us on: Spotify: http://bt.sg/oeGN Apple Podcasts: http://bt.sg/oeXe Google podcasts: http://bt.sg/oeGd Playlist: http://bt.sg/btpodcasts Website: http://bt.sg/moneyhacks Feedback to: podcast@sph.com.sg Do note: Any financial or investment information in this podcast is for use in Singapore only and is intended to be for your general information. Any particular investment or decision should only be made after consulting with a fully qualified financial adviser. Thank you for your support! ST & BT Podcasts picked up a silver medal for Best Digital Project to engage younger and/or millennial audiences at 2019 Asian Digital Media Awards by Wan-Ifra: https://str.sg/Jw5T
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MAR 27, 2020
27/03/20 - ST The Big Story, 27 Mar
In Thursday's special Budget episode of The Big Story, multimedia journalist Hairianto Dirman, CIMB Private Banking economist, Song Seng Wun and Associate Editor of The Straits Times, Vikram Khanna look at the Resilience Budget, aimed at helping Singapore and Singaporeans cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
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