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URA allows electronic payment for booking fees, deposits of property purchases

URA’s Controller of Housing (COH) has pre-approved the use of digital forms of payment, such as Fast and Secure Transfers (FAST), MAS Electronic Payment System (MEPS) or GIRO for property purchases. It will be allowed for payment of…

Guide price of $2.05 mil for two-bedroom unit at Marina Bay Residences

At Marina Bay Residences, a two-bedroom apartment with unblocked sea views towards Marina South is being sold as a bank sale. The 1,065 sqft, 15th floor apartment has a guide price of $2.05 million ($1,925 psf). The latest…

Hotels survive on corporate bookings and government support as staycation plans go awry

Until recently, staycation deals were one way for Singapore’s hotels to capture local demand, even as tourist arrivals declined to zero due to a ban on short-term visitors from Mar 23. However, this stream of revenue has now…

Seller of Flame Tree Park unit makes $1.3 mil profit

The most profitable transaction during the week of Mar 24 to 31 was the sale of a 2,174 sqft unit at Avon Park, a freehold development on Youngberg Terrace. The unit changed hands for $3 million ($1,380 psf)…

Coronavirus broke the UK property market: Will it happen to SG?

1) An effective freeze on new sales, as viewings are near impossible to conduct – While a virtual property walkthrough might be good for a first viewing, most people won’t want to splash the cash on a big-ticket…

HDB resale prices up 0.7% in March

HDB resale prices rose 0.7% YoY in Mar, despite the 0.3% MoM dip, according to data from SRX. This month’s prices are 13.1% lower than the peak in Apr 2013. Four-room type saw its resale price inch up…

Food delivery support expanded to eateries not on Deliveroo, Foodpanda and GrabFood

More help has arrived for eateries offering deliveries during the month-long dine-in ban. F&B businesses not on board the three major food delivery platforms can now save 20 per cent on their delivery costs if they fulfil orders…

Coronavirus: FairPrice to limit number of people in its stores and urge shoppers to wear masks

FairPrice is limiting the number of shoppers within its stores and also urging mask use while shopping amid the escalating Covid-19 outbreak, the supermarket chain said on Thurs. All FairPrice staff have also since been instructed to wear…

Playmade bubble tea shop first establishment fined for flouting COVID-19 safe distancing measures

A bubble tea shop became the first establishment to be fined for flouting safe distancing measures, while dozens of shops and businesses were shut as they were not supposed to open for business during the COVID-19 “circuit breaker”…

‘Dedicated strategy’ to break COVID-19 spread in dormitories, including housing healthy workers in army camps

Foreign workers who are not sick and working in essential services will be housed separately, and more measures will be enforced to maintain hygiene and food supplies in dormitories, announced MND Minister Lawrence Wong on Thurs. Military camps,…

Covid-19: Stadiums to close as people still exercising in groups, says Lawrence Wong who warns of stricter overall measures if necessary

With Singaporeans still flouting safe-distancing rules by exercising in groups, the authorities will close stadiums, MND Minister Lawrence Wong said on Thurs. He also warned that overall “circuit breaker” measures may have to be tightened further. He said…

COVID-19: Singapore begins active case-finding in foreign worker dormitories, swab-testing started

Singapore has started active case-finding within the foreign worker population who are living in dormitories. At a COVID-19 multi-ministry taskforce press confece on Thurs MOH’s Director of Medical Services Kenneth Mak said that the ministry is conducting swab…

COVID-19: New record of 287 cases, mostly linked to foreign worker dormitories

Singapore on Thurs confirmed an additional 287 cases of the coronavirus – a new single-day high – bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,910. More than 200 are related to clusters at foreign worker…

Amid health crisis, make diners clear their own tables at eateries by law

The widespread practice of not clearing one’s own dishes and trays at hawker centres, foodcourts, coffee shops and fast-food outlets is highly inconsiderate to the next diner who uses the same table, reflects poorly on our collective social…

Work at long-term improvement of foreign worker welfare

The Covid-19 crisis opens up a Pandora’s box of social, public health and humanistic issues regarding how we treat the foreign workers who come here to make a living to support their families back home. These workers should…

Coronavirus: NParks enlists drones to monitor crowds at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

On Thurs morning at about 9.45am, a drone rose slowly from the summit of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in the heart of Singapore. The drone hovered just about 50m overhead, offering a bird’s-eye view of the crowd gathered…

Coronavirus: Nursing homes get care staff to stay on site

Amid growing concerns about nursing homes emerging as coronavirus clusters, at least two nursing homes have their own version of a lockdown, asking their staff to stay on site. Another nursing home has set up “mailboxes” at its…

From tomatoes to grapes, avid gardener treasures home-grown food

Avid gardener Asari Rafie has sure defied the rigours of Singapore’s tropical climate to produce grapes from the vines creeping along his balcony railings. His green thumb has, since 1998, been turning out produce from rice to tomatoes…

While some flout circuit breaker rules, others struggle to find a place to eat

Despite the arrest of an elderly man who insisted on dining outside the confines of his home, many others are still flouting the rules. Photos and a video of a woman dining in an Ang Mo Kio hawker…

Fire breaks out at shophouse in Little India

A fire broke out at a shophouse in Little India on Thurs morning. In photos and videos sent to CNA, plumes of black smoke could be seen billowing into the air. SCDF said it was alerted to the…

Singapore considers solar energy imports to cut emissions

Singapore is considering importing solar electricity as the city-state looks to diversify its energy supply and meet its goal of cutting net greenhouse emissions to net-zero by the second half of the century. Singapore’s electricity regulator told Reuters…

S$300 fine for those found breaching safe-distancing measures a second time: Masagos

Enforcement has been stepped up and anyone found in breach of safe-distancing measures will have their particulars immediately taken down and receive a “stern written warning” the first time. Errant individuals face a S$300 fine on their second…

Takeaway from dabao group: food delivery apps must step up for hawkers

A FB group set up by a local hawker has drawn over 146,000 members as of Wed evening, enabling hawkers to promote their takeaway and delivery services amid a dire business climate with the Covid-19 outbreak. The need…

Pandemic spurs digital payment take-up in Singapore

The coronavirus pandemic is likely to help drive digital payments’ adoption in Singapore, with non-cash payments expected to take a 54% market share in 2020, a report by GlobalData revealed. Coupled with the support of the government, cashless…

OrangeTee distributes over 1000 care packs to elderly and underprivileged amid Covid-19 outbreak

OrangeTee is stepping up its efforts to support the elderly and the vulnerable during the current Covid-19 outbreak. During Mar 28 weekend, 60 volunteers from OrangeTee spent two days packing and distributing more than 1000 care packs to…

Thousands of people in dorms pose new challenge to Singapore virus fight

Tightly packed dormitories housing thousands of foreign workers have emerged as one of Singapore’s biggest challenges in its fight to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The city-state reported a record 142 new infections Wed, and at least…

In Singapore, laws are necessary for trickle-down policies to work

At one level, the unprecedented three-in-one Unity, Resilience, and Solidarity Budgets demonstrate the resolve of Singapore to ensure businesses and households are helped amid the public health concerns and the economic fallout of the COVID-19 global pandemic. But…

COVID-19: LTA to install safe-distancing stickers, thermal scanners in public transport network

All trains and train stations, as well as buses, bus interchanges and bus stops, will be marked with safe distancing stickers, as part of additional measures in the public transport network to be implemented by LTA. On Thurs,…

COVID-19: Sungei Tengah Lodge declared fourth isolation area

Singapore has declared the Sungei Tengah Lodge dormitory premises as the fourth isolation area to prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to a notice by MOH on the Government Gazette on Wed, the premises of the dormitory along…

21 HDB blocks in Redhill Close to house healthy essential foreign workers relocated from dorms

A number of foreign workers are now housed in eight blocks along Redhill Close, with another 13 blocks in the estate in the midst of being refurbished to resettle more. MND said that there is an urgent need…

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