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Hate Singapore’s pigeons? Poisoning them achieves nothing. Please stop

A flock of poisoned pigeons has been found in a residential area in the Jalan Besar district over the last two days. The birds were found in varying degrees of distress, some convulsing and shaking, others floppy-bodied and…

My First Skool at Rivervale Crescent to close for 2 weeks after teacher contracts COVID-19

The My First Skool campus at 49 Rivervale Crescent would be closed for two weeks, after a female teacher there tested positive for the novel coronavirus. All affected staff and children will be placed on a leave of…

Bus driver tests positive for COVID-19, vehicles and premises ‘thoroughly cleaned and disinfected’: SMRT

An SMRT bus driver has been hospitalised after testing positive for COVID-19, the transport operator said on Thurs. The bus driver was last at work on Mar 27 operating service 972, said president of SMRT Road Holdings Tan…

COVID-19: NEA to conduct crowd management trial at Serangoon Garden market, delays expected

There may be queues and delays at Serangoon Garden Market this weekend during the morning peak hour, as NEA starts a trial to study how crowd mgmt can be conducted in a market setting. On Thurs, NEA said…

Covid-19: MOM issues 129 stop-work orders, as firms move to comply with segregation, telecommuting measures

Telecommuting, or working from home using technology, has been possible for years and some firms were ready for it during this Covid-19 pandemic, but others are scrambling to make the switch now that the authorities are cracking the…

More than 31 hawker centres get SG Clean approval for maintaining hygiene standards during Covid-19 crisis

As of Mar 30, more than 3,700 hawker and market stalls and 31 hawker centres have been certified with the SG Clean quality mark, NEA said. The agency added that during this period, stallholders have been stepping up…

All HDB lift buttons treated with coating agent said to help fend off likes of Covid-19 for up to 3 months

An antimicrobial coating product that its makers say helps to protect against microbial surface contaminants such as the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, has been applied to 1.5 million lift buttons at 26,000 lifts at HDB estates. This was…

Covid-19: Seeking fun and solace from worries in wide open spaces, Singaporeans turn to the outdoors

Since the Covid-19 outbreak started, both Mr Rosli Haron, a coach driver, and his wife, who worked at the airport, have lost their jobs. These days, the pair and their three children spend up to five days a…

Dormitory operators required to adopt additional measures to minimise risk of COVID-19 transmission: MOM

Operators of workers’ dormitories have been required to adopt additional measures to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission since Wed, said MOM. These measures include no inter-mixing of workers between dormitory blocks, with workers “strongly advised” to stay…

COVID-19: Care packages for all hawker centre stallholders to maintain cleanliness

All stallholders across the 114 hawker centres in Singapore will receive care packages to help them maintain cleanliness amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 14,000 packages will be given out, as part of a collaboration between NEA…

Underwater World Singapore charged with safety violations on day stingray killed its head diver

Defunct Sentosa attraction Underwater World Singapore was charged on Thurs for failing to ensure the safety and health of its employees at work on the same day that its chief diver was killed by a stingray in 2016.…

Coronavirus: Singapore clubbing goes online as contagion fears shut nightspots

Strobe lights flash across a near-empty dance floor, as a DJ live-streams thumping e-music from a Singapore nightclub to revellers confined to their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic. The outbreak sweeping the globe has closed once lively…

Help for SME retailers to start selling online

Retailers that are new to e-commerce can have 90 per cent of their costs of being on online shopping platforms covered. The E-Commerce Booster Package was launched to help SME retailers which are new to, or have little…

Vital to cultivate local food production sectors

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a wake-up call, not just in terms of public health, but also in relation to Singapore’s dependency on food imports. It is fortunate that essential lines of supply have remained open despite major…

Consumers pay the price in tenant-landlord tussles

There has been much discussion recently, especially online, between tenants and landlords over rental rebates and support. An informal group called Singapore Tenants United for Fairness is pressing for help from landlords and calling for a more level…

NEA should suspend house visits for dengue checks

Whampoa, where I live, is a red alert zone for dengue. NEA officers have been going door to door checking for mosquito breeding grounds and will come to my block in due course. With all of MOH’s Covid-19…

Expat rents in Singapore increase for the first time in five years

The average monthly rental for expatriates in Singapore rose 1.4% from last year to $6,069 (US$4,233) – its first increase in five years, showed a study by ECA Intl. Its Regional Director for Asia Lee Quane attributed the…

CBD area much quieter as more employees work from home

Amid the CBD’s gleaming skyscrapers, the streets were much quieter and unlike the hustle and bustle of a normal workday. Instead of the huge crush of shirt- and dress-clad office workers during midday lunch break, there were just…

Local attractions stepping up safe distancing measures

Local tourist attractions are stepping up their safe distancing measures following the announcement made by MOH on Mar 26. WRS has suspended all shows, animal interactions and token feedings at its zoos. Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, WRS’ deputy CEO…

Singapore seeks to push property owners to pass on property tax rebate in full to tenants

Non-residential property owners were to receive a property tax rebate of up to 100% for the tax payable in 2020, as part of the FY2020 Budget and Supplementary Budget. Now, they could soon be required to pass on…

REITs at risk as government mulls temporary relief measures bill, say analysts

While the government’s proposed Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Bill is likely to alleviate the financial pressure on local tenants, analysts are wary of the adverse impact this could have on the performance of S-REITs. The iEdge S-REIT 20 Index…

SPH REIT becomes latest casualty of analyst downgrades as Covid-19 risks persist

Despite a fairly strong set of 2QFY2020 results, SPH REIT held back on distributions to unitholders in anticipation of near-term challenges brought about by the Covid-19 outbreak. In a Thurs report, Maybank Kim Eng Research analyst Chua Su…

HDB temporarily closes Bukit Merah branch after second employee tests positive for Covid-19

HDB’s Bukit Merah branch is temporarily closed after a second employee tested positive for Covid-19. In a FB post on Thurs, HDB said its Bukit Merah branch will be closed until further notice. Customers with appointments there will…

Centurion delays Toh Guan dormitory redevelopment in light of new Covid-19 cluster

Housing operator Centurion Corp will be holding off redevelopment plans for its workers’ dormitory at Toh Guan after the site was declared a new Covid-19 cluster on Tues. The reconstruction of an existing block at its Westlite Toh…

Analysts predict up to 8% full-year drop in private home prices

The Covid-19 outbreak and economic slowdown have started to bite; URA’s flash estimates for the first quarter shows its benchmark overall private home price index shrank 1.2 per cent over the previous quarter. Analysts expect private home prices…

Temporary relief from contract obligations hit by Covid-19 to come

A new bill that may give businesses a reprieve from contractual obligations including rent payments has drawn initial support from landlords and tenants, but also underlying concern about whether they are just kicking the can down the road.…

Contract relief proposal a big help for construction, but costs still key worry

Contractors say the upcoming relief Bill will be a big help but they continue to worry about costs as projects slow down or come to a stop because building materials have run out. But, according to contractors, while…

‘Singaporean or Malaysian, they’re people’: How shelter volunteers rallied to help workers sleeping rough

Sam slumped in defeat on a bench near Kranji MRT station. The 43-year-old had come to Singapore on the eve of Malaysia’s Mar 18 lockdown, with the promise of a job at a vegetable wholesale centre in Woodlands…

COVID-19: Visitors not allowed at nursing homes until 30 April following new cluster

Visitors are not allowed at any nursing home in Singapore from Thurs to 30 Apr, following the announcement of a new cluster linked to 11 cases at the Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home. Caregivers will instead be…

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