Daily briefing: Biden appoints US ambassador in Singapore; Employment expands in Q2 but at slower pace

And firms say discount for vaccinated people not discriminatory.

From CNA

US President Joe Biden nominated Jonathan Eric Kaplan as the US ambassador in Singapore, the White House announced.

Kaplan is the chairperson and CEO of FishSix Restaurant Corporation. He previously served as chairperson and CEO of Pure Digital Technologies and president and CEO of Sega.com.

He also currently chairs the non-profit organisation, EducationSuperHighway.

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From CNA

Resident employment expanded in the second quarter, but at a slower pace, following the impact of the stricter restrictions imposed during the return to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert).

The Ministry of Manpower reported the tightened measures led to declines in the food and beverage services and the retail trade.

Meanwhile, resident employment grew steadily in information and communications, health and social work, and professional services.

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From CNA

Business enterprises in Singapore asserted the discount granted to customers who have received their COVID-19 vaccines is not discriminatory.

Enterprises, particularly those in retailers and food and beverage sectors, have extended discounts, vouchers, and freebies.

This is intended as an “additional encouragement” to individuals that have been inoculated by the vaccine.

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