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Coronavirus: Plans in place to turn normal wards into isolation wards, quarantine facilities into care centres for patients, says Gan Kim Yong

There are plans to convert normal wards into isolation wards, and quarantine facilities could be converted into care centres for Covid-19 patients with less severe symptoms if the number of cases here continue to rise, said Health Minister…

Malaysia lockdown: Overnight boom for hostels as M’sians working in S’pore scramble for rooms

After weeks in the doldrums, business for hostels and low-cost hotels has boomed overnight, with hundreds of Malaysians holding Singapore work permits taking rooms ahead of Malaysia’s lockdown on Wed. The overnight spike in demand for temporary accommodation…

Confirmed: Malaysia lockdown to affect condo and HDB BTO completion

If you’re a prospective homeowner eagerly awaiting the keys to your under-construction condo or HDB BTO flat, you might have to wait a little longer due to the Malaysia lockdown, which has affected manpower and stalled shipments of…

Why new condo sales are going UP despite Covid-19

1) Attractively priced new condo units – From late 2019 right up to Feb this year, we’ve seen a surge of (comparatively) low priced units in good locations. Developers seem sure that people are willing to buy smaller…

St Andrew’s Cathedral closing until April 3 after worshipper tests positive for Covid-19

St Andrew’s Cathedral will be closed for more than two weeks from Wed, after a male member of its congregation tested positive for Covid-19. In a notice that was posted on its website, the Anglican cathedral said that…

Man charged with importing and keeping over a dozen tarantulas in Bedok flat

A 24-year-old man has been charged in court with illegally importing more than a dozen tarantulas from UK and keeping several of the eight-legged spiders in a Bedok North flat. Herman Foo Yong He, who faces 39 charges…

Covid-19: 3 teens arrested for spitting on man from above in shopping mall; second such arrest in less than a week

For the second time in less than a week, the police have arrested three male teenagers for their suspected involvement in a spitting incident in a shopping mall along Victoria St, they said on Wedn. The youths —…

NUS scientists make aerogels from old rubber tyres, possibly helping to cut back on waste in Singapore

NUS scientists have found a way to give old car tyres a new lease of life by turning them into aerogels. The discovery is a potential leap in closing a waste loop in Singapore. The team from the…

Panel to shed light on plight of the homeless in Singapore

An estimated 921 to 1,050 people are homeless and sleep rough in Singapore, a nationwide count by NUS’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy found last year. But how did these people become homeless, what is being…

S-REITs’ stock price plunges 22.4% from January peak

The price of S-REITs has dropped 22.4% from its peak in Jan, in line with the fall of STI, according to DBS Group Research. This is said to be caused by S-REITs’ fund outflows prevailing over fundamentals. “In…

Singapore, Hong Kong, Osaka hailed world’s costliest cities for expats

Singapore, Hong Kong and Osaka are sharing the throne as the most expensive cities for expatriates globally, according to EIU’s Worldwide Cost of Living 2020. The cities’ index score is at 102. The report noted that Asia’s key…

Rusty rods in Toa Payoh block raise concerns over spalling, building’s structural integrity

Right now, a few blocks in Toa Payoh estate where I live are undergoing electrical-load upgrading by SP Group. It entails drilling a hole through the ceiling along the corridors for the trunking of electrical cables. When I…

COVID-19: People’s Association scraps Geylang Serai and other Hari Raya bazaars

PA has scrapped this year’s Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and is also cancelling all the other Hari Raya festive bazaars that it usually organises. “For the well-being and safety of our residents, PA will…

First standalone M&S Food store in Singapore opens

Marks & Spencer has opened the first standalone M&S Food store in Singapore. Located in One Raffles Place, the store features take-away hot food, ice cream and coffee, besides M&S-branded groceries. The store also features self-checkout machines, digital…

Include rental rebates for office tenants in second stimulus package

Singapore’s excellent all-out measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus through efficient and effective contact tracing have won praise from many around the world. Local experts say deeper wage offsets and foreign worker levy waivers for certain…

Gyms have room to accommodate seniors

We thank Mr Nigel Marcus Ong Chin Hock for his feedback (Keep free entry to gyms, pools for seniors to off-peak hours, Mar 14). We appreciate his support for the initiative, which will encourage seniors to live active…

Ideas to boost food security in Singapore

More can be done by the Government in relation to the announcement to meet Singapore’s nutritional needs. First, give Singaporeans the authority and incentive to produce their own food. Given the advancements in food-producing technology, would it not…

Coronavirus: Malaysian workers staying in Singapore after lockdown being supported, says Iswaran

With the start of the two-week Malaysian border lockdown, the Government will look for ways to provide accommodation to Malaysian workers who have chosen to stay in Singapore, and help employers with the cost. On Wed morning at…

Malaysia travel restrictions may fuel short-term demand for budget hotels

Singapore’s rental market is unlikely to see a significant spike in demand from Malaysia’s two week movement control order, but budget hotels could see a short-term bump in demand, say market watchers. With Malaysia restricting movement nationwide until…

Post-Covid 19, flexible workplaces with dedicated spaces will be preferred

There is no doubt co-working has become a global trend, as much on view here in Singapore as anywhere else. But a new trend will dominate the office landscape in post-novel coronavirus Singapore: Flexible workplaces that emphasise dedicated…

‘It’s crazy’: Businesses in Singapore rush to find housing for Malaysian workers before lockdown for Covid-19 kicks in

For the 18 hours after Malaysia ordered a nationwide lockdown starting from Wed to end of Mar, all that Mr Amos Kng could do was to contact every available accommodation service provider. He was trying to find temporary…

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