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Proposed tweaks to Wildlife Act will help local biodiversity thrive

Mr Lee Chiu San suggested that exemptions be made to the complete ban of all feeding of wildlife to conserve them, allowing people to attract birds and other charismatic wildlife species to gardens through measures like feeding tables…

‘Physical distancing’ a better term to use

In Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the third level of human needs is social and involves feelings of belonging. In addition, according to a new report from NASEM, social isolation has been linked to a 50 per cent…

Used electric car batteries may pose problems few years from now

There have been several articles highlighting the merits of electric vehicles in the papers in recent weeks (Plugging into the future, Mar 22). While I am aware of the plus points of EVs, such as less pollution and…

Resilience Budget: Government freezes all fees and charges for a year till March 2021

The government is freezing all government fees and charges for one year starting from Apr 1, 2020, in a bid to offer greater flexibility on its fees and loans amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, DPM and Finance Minister…

Covid-19: Authorities spell out ways for malls to limit number of shoppers, ensure safe distancing

Come Fri, malls would have to take steps to limit the number of shoppers on their premises, in order to comply with the stricter safe distancing measures announced earlier this week by the Government. The measures take effect…

Hotels in Singapore to stay in (at discounted rates) if you are issued a stay-home notice

By now you should be familiar with a couple of coronavirus-related lingo, such as social distancing, quarantine order and stay-home notice (SHN). Unlike the previously implemented SHN, Singaporeans returning from US and UK arriving from Mar 25 onwards…

Singapore to co-fund 75% of tourism sector wages, sets aside $90 mil to boost rebound

Singapore is putting in place measures to help workers and businesses in the tourism industry, which have been ravaged by a ban on intl visitors amid efforts to curb the number of imported coronavirus cases. In a Ministerial…

Government unveils 3 C’s to offer additional help to businesses combat Covid-19 downturn

The Singapore government is dedicating some additional $48 billion under its resilient budget to help Singaporeans tide through the negative effects from the Covid-19 outbreak. One of the thrust of the resilience budget is to help businesses in…

Midsize condos took a bigger share in deals in Q4 2019

This chart from Edmund Tie shows that the share of condo units sized 1,000 to 1,500 sqft expanded to 19% in Q4 2019, compared to 16% in Q3. At the same quarter, the highest proportion of new sale…

OUE to rebrand Mandarin Orchard Singapore as Hilton’s flagship

OUE Limited and OUE Commercial REIT (OUE C-REIT) will re-brand Mandarin Orchard Singapore to Hilton Singapore Orchard following an agreement with Conrad Intl Mgmt Services (Singapore). Conrad International, also known as Hilton, will have the hotel as its…

$433 million Tuas Water Reclamation Plant contract awarded to Sembcorp

A $433 million contract to build a biosolid treatment facility for the Tuas Water Reclamation Plant (WRP) has been awarded to Sembcorp Design and Construction (SDC). PUB said on Thurs that SDC will construct Tuas WRP’s energy-efficient biosolids…

Coronavirus: Operators scramble to meet new rules

As the clock ticks down on bars to close shop and public venues to restrict crowds, operators are scrambling to prepare for the new rules. Some bars told ST yesterday that they remain unsure whether the latest measures…

Fatal accident: MOM alert on press machines

MOM is calling on industries using press machines to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment following a fatal accident at SMRT’s Bishan Depot earlier this week. On Mon morning, 30-year-old technician Muhammad Afiq Senawi died while he was operating…

Fire breaks out at Liat Towers on Orchard Road

A fire broke out in Liat Towers on Wed night. SCDF said it was alerted to the fire at about 10pm. “Firefighters, donning breathing apparatus sets, entered the smoke-logged building and conducted firefighting and rescue operations. Forcible entry…

Singapore’s economy contracts by 2.2% in Q1 as COVID-19 outbreak hits construction, services sectors

The Singapore economy contracted by 2.2 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter, as the COVID-19 outbreak and global measures to prevent its spread threw a wrench in the construction and services industries, according to flash estimates released…

All PCF Sparkletots centres to close for 4 days after 14 staff including principal infected with COVID-19

All of PCF Sparkletots’ centres will be closed from Thurs to Sun after 14 staff including a principal of its preschool at Fengshan tested positive for COVID-19, ECDA said on Wed. During the closure, PCF Sparkletots will review…

What’s a bar? New containment measures spark confusion among operators

Some F&B establishments – including restaurants that also house bars – have expressed confusion as to whether they will be affected by tightened safe-distancing measures announced on Tues. SNBA president and 1-Group founder Joseph Ong said it was…

Safe distancing for Covid-19: Small prayer spaces at some mosques to accommodate just 10 people

From this Fri onwards, small prayer spaces at some mosques here will allow only a maximum of 10 congregants at any one time, Muis said. The latest detail comes several days after the council announced that during the…

‘One last night of fun’: Revellers throng nightspots before closures, but merrymaking masks worries over shattered livelihoods

On Wed, diploma student Shane Lee, 19, who usually clubs thrice a week, headed to Zouk with four other friends for what would be one last night of merrymaking in a long while. It was their last chance…

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