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Possible delay in trash collection, lower cleaning frequency due to shortage of cleaners: NEA

Residents might see their trash around for longer periods than usual, with waste collection timings being extended from 7pm now to 10pm in the days to come. The cleaning frequency might also be reduced and certain areas might…

Enforcement action taken against 21 workplaces due to lack of safe distancing measures

Enforcement action has been taken against 21 workplaces which have failed to comply with government advisories on safe distancing measures to reduce the risk of local transmission of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, MOM said on Mon. Thirteen…

Reconsider subsidy for firms to house workers from Malaysia

I take issue with the Government’s decision to help companies with the housing of their Malaysian workers – to the tune of $50 per worker per night for 14 nights. Doing business means taking risks, and the current…

Will coronavirus kill bring-your-own-container schemes?

As APAC scrambles to respond to the Covid-19 coronavirus, one of the latest measures by businesses to minimise chances of its spread is to stop BYO container schemes. At the beginning of this month, Starbucks announced that it…

Safe distancing: Do not use trains, buses if unwell, cut unnecessary and peak-hour travel, says Khaw Boon Wan

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Mon suggested several ways that Singaporeans can try to achieve the seemingly “almost impossible” practice of safe distancing on trains and buses amid the Covid-19 outbreak. During a visit to Bright Hill…

Social distancing needed on buses and trains, too

In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government has introduced urgent social distancing measures, with large-scale events suspended, and hawker centres, restaurants and entertainment venues keeping patrons away from one another. While these measures can help slow the…

MAS tells banks to implement safe distancing measures

MAS is asking all financial institutions here to adopt safe distancing measures, as part of the bid to prevent further local transmission of Covid-19. The banks and other financial institutions are to reduce queues at their branches or…

OLA EC’s 30% sales over the weekend may become new reality as Covid-19 looms over project launches

OLA EC’s sales over the weekend of Mar 21 and 22 may be a bellwether for other projects in the new world order under the spectre of the pandemic. Sales at the Spanish-themed EC, located at Anchorvale Crescent,…

Venus Tears opens flagship store in Singapore

Singaporean and Japanese Bridal jewellery brand Venus Tears has opened a flagship store off Orchard Road. Located inside Wisma Atria shopping mall, Venus Tears features wedding bands and engagement rings which are designed and manufactured in Japan. The…

SMRT employee dies following accident at Bishan Depot

An SMRT maintenance employee has died following an accident on Mon at the company’s Bishan Depot. Technical officer Muhammad Afiq Senawi “sustained severe injuries while working in a Rolling Stock workshop” at the depot, said SMRT group CEO…

Sea levels in Singapore 14cm higher than 50 years ago: MSS

Sea levels in Singapore have risen an average of 14cm compared with 50 years ago, while last year’s average temperature of 28.4 deg C equalled that for 2016 – the warmest on record. Meanwhile, the amount of rain…

Local buyers account for 78% of home deals in 2019

This chart by Edmund Tie shows that the majority of property buyers in 2019 were locals, with around 78% of total private home transactions were those with known resident status. Meanwhile, the proportion of foreigner buyers saw a…

Tiong Seng’s new $228 mil private residential contract lifts order book to $1.2 bil

Tiong Seng Holdings has secured a contract worth $227.5 million to construct a private residential development on Tan Quee Lan St. This contract has lifted the group’s order book to $1.2 billion extending to 2023. The contract, which…

Culture of sea nomads the focus of new project

How did the Orang Seletar of Singapore consummate their marriages? Known for doing everything – including cooking – on their incredibly narrow boats, newly wedded Orang Seletar would erect a wooden cross on their boat to signify to…

S’pore landmarks turn blue to mark World Water Day

From Gardens by the Bay to the Helix Bridge to the Esplanade, 39 local landmarks were lit up in blue to mark World Water Day yesterday. The light-up came under PUB’s City Turns Blue initiative, started in 2014,…

A tale of two plants

Singapore’s water reclamation plants run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Officers from PUB are on duty around the clock, making sure the plants continue to operate beyond normal working hours to ensure proper mgmt of…

Coronavirus: MSF shuts Jurong East sports hall used to shelter Malaysian workers due to low demand

The Jurong East sports hall that sheltered Malaysian workers here following the country’s partial lockdown of its borders last week closed on Mon due to low demand. MSF said on Mon that the facility was no longer necessary…

More spaces being looked at for farming

We thank Mr David Cheong for his feedback (Ideas to boost food security in Singapore, Mar 18). Local production will mitigate our reliance on imports and serve as a buffer during supply disruptions to import sources. Singapore’s 30…

Employers’ practices leave foreign workers vulnerable to infection

With Covid-19 now expected to be a danger for many more months, preparedness for various scenarios is key. One possibility is that a cluster breaks out at a foreign worker dormitory. Currently, foreign workers are housed 12 to…

Do more to educate users on correct behaviour in public libraries

I am a frequent user of a few public libraries here. Overall, I have had pleasant experiences because most library users are considerate and maintain a quiet atmosphere conducive to reading and learning (Everyone has a part in…

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