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James Dyson gets a new neighbour downstairs

Billionaire inventor James Dyson has been in the news lately for all the right reasons, with the company he founded joining the fight against Covid-19 by designing a ventilator at breakneck speed. But we think that the British-born…

Singapore residential sales rose 20% in Q1: Huttons Asia

Property is proving to be an enduring asset class for many in times of uncertainty as residential sales in Singapore climbed 20% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020, revealed a Huttons Asia report. After the lull in…

JustCo: Working from home to lead more companies to embrace flexible workspace

Kong Wan Sing, founder and CEO of homegrown flexible workspace provider JustCo works from his balcony in the mornings. “I get to spend 24×7 with my children and my wife, which is something I didn’t have the luxury…

Three-storey conservation terraced house at Mount Sophia for sale at $3.8 mil

A three-storey freehold terraced house on Niven Road, in the Mount Sophia Conservation Area in District 9, is being offered in an owner’s sale with a guide price of $3.8 million. With five bedrooms and a shared kitchen,…

Seller of Cityvista Residences unit incurs $1.99 mil loss

The seller of a four-bedroom unit at Cityvista Residences likely had a more sombre start to the month after the sale of his property resulted in a $1.99 million (30%) loss on Apr 1. It was the most…

Real estate specialists reflect on the industry amid Covid-19 circuit-breaker measures

Bruce Lye, managing partner of SRI, was one of the first real estate agents in Singapore to conduct a property tour on Zoom. He continues to receive enquiries on the properties he is marketing. “A lot of people…

Sales galleries and showflats go online

Since the “circuit breaker” measures came into effect on Apr 7, all developers’ project sales galleries and showflats have to be closed until May 4. However, that does not mean showflat viewings have ceased altogether. GuocoLand has launched…

Premises with confirmed Covid-19 cases to have half of cleaning costs paid for under government scheme

Half of the professional cleaning costs incurred by owners or managers of premises with confirmed Covid-19 cases will be paid for under a new government assistance scheme. The scheme, which is in effect from Apr 1 to Dec…

Covid-19: Some foreign workers feel ‘safer’ in dorms, others lament lack of enforcement, cramped spaces

Efforts by the authorities to implement safe distancing measures in foreign worker dormitories here, after Covid-19 cases surged, have drawn mixed feedback from some of those workers residing at the facilities. Some dorm residents told TODAY on Fri…

Hotels used to house Singapore’s migrant workers as Covid-19 cases continue to surge

Hotels and more private sector players have been deployed in Singapore’s fight to curb the spread of Covid-19 among migrant workers, as confirmed cases continue to surge. The Singapore Tourism Board said on Fri that hotels are currently…

Construction sites still need to be maintained during work stoppage

We thank Mr Foo Sing Kheng for his letter (Dengue threat at empty worksites, Apr 14). Amid the current Covid-19 situation, the high number of weekly dengue cases remains a serious public health concern. In view of the…

5 weak links in Singapore’s Covid-19 battle

1) Foreign worker dormitories – The high density of people living in close proximity and sharing living and sleeping spaces means that infections can spread very quickly, as seen in the big spike in infections in the dorms;…

Lower distributions for S-Reit holders in near term from Covid-19 relief measures: Reitas

Reitas on Fri morning cautioned that distributions to unitholders may be lower in the immediate quarters, but should improve over subsequent quarters as S-Reits receive the deferred rentals owed to them. The association was responding to new measures…

Workers moved to Home Team, MOE, Civil Defence sites

Close to 700 foreign workers are now being housed temporarily at HTA and CDA dormitory blocks, following plans to relocate them to alternative sites, in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus in foreign worker dormitories.…

Coronavirus: Diamond HDB blocks in Taman Jurong to house healthy foreign workers in essential services

Four vacant HDB blocks in Taman Jurong, known as the “diamond blocks”, are being refurbished to house healthy foreign workers working in essential services. In a notice to residents there on Fri, Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who is…

Zaobao forum letters go viral for telling off writer who blamed migrant workers for their dormitory conditions

A forum letter published on Lianhe Zaobao has had social media abuzz over a highly controversial perspective on Singapore’s migrant workers. On Mon, the forum writer urged people not to point fingers at the authorities for the reportedly…

Miss walking around Singapore? This YouTube channel offers immersive virtual walkabout tours

Though the circuit breaker only kicked in last week, it feels like an infinity ago since we walked the streets in town and other buzzy hotspots around the country. In case you’ve already forgotten how Bugis, Little India,…

Some TCM patients struggle without acupuncture, tui na

Without regular acupuncture, Madam Lim Li Chin struggles to sleep comfortably at night. Madam Lim, 50, told TNP she suffers from poor immunity, which leads to hives, high blood pressure and a thyroid problem. Other than the usual…

Serangoon Road hostel, Crave nasi lemak outlet fined for breaching COVID-19 safety requirements

A hostel in the Serangoon Road area and an outlet of the Crave nasi lemak chain have been fined for breaching safety requirements related to the COVID-19 outbreak, said ESG and Singapore Tourism Board on Fri. The Gap…

How did migrant worker dormitories become Singapore’s biggest coronavirus cluster?

Singapore’s coronavirus numbers have more than quadrupled in the past two weeks, propelled by a surge in Covid-19 infections among its migrant worker population. The island nation had 1,000 cases on Apr 1, with 10 infections among workers…

Singapore mulls placing workers who recover from COVID-19 on cruise ships

Singapore is assessing whether migrant workers who have recovered from coronavirus might be safer on cruise ships than back in dormitories that have become infection hotbeds, despite problems controlling onboard outbreaks encountered elsewhere. The city-state has seen virus…

Covid-19: Halls in Singapore Sports Hub to be converted into temporary housing for foreign workers without symptoms

Sports halls in the Singapore Sports Hub will be converted into temporary accommodation to house foreign workers who do not have symptoms of Covid-19. On Fri, the Singapore Sports Hub said about 800 foreign workers who do not…

Covid-19: McDonald’s to scrap takeaway from April 18 but delivery, ‘drive-thru’ options remain

From Sat, those craving a McDonald’s meal during the circuit breaker period can get their fix only via the fast-food chain’s delivery system, GrabFood or “drive-thru” outlets. On Frid, McDonald’s said that all of its restaurants here will…

Over 150 people fined for flouting safe distancing rules; 100 others caught without masks in public: Masagos

More than 150 people will be fined for breaching safe distancing rules, and another 100 people were going about without masks in public, Mr Masagos Zulkifli said on Fri. In a FB post, the MEWR Minister said those…

Changi Airport’s passenger count down 70.7% to 1.65 million in March

Singapore Changi Airport’s passenger movements plunged 70.7% YoY to 1.65 million in Mar, an announcement revealed. This was dragged severely during the last seven days of Mar where passenger movements plummeted 98% YoY. Flight movements similarly declined sharply…

Hong Kong co-working thrives as Singapore struggles in shutdown

On a recent Fri afternoon, dozens of people sat hunched over laptops at TheDesk’s six-story co-working space near Hong Kong’s CBD, while others chatted over snacks at tables on the outdoor terrace – all of them ignoring government…

LTA awards S$640 million contract for construction of train testing centre

GS Engg has been awarded a contract to design and construct the flagship Integrated Train Testing Centre (ITTC) at the former Raffles Country Club site, LTA said on Fri. The $639.5 million contract for the ITTC was warded…

Four employees of Netlink contractor test positive for COVID-19, two visited homes for fibre broadband installation

Four employees of a contractor engaged by NetLink Trust have tested positive for COVID-19, said the fibre network operator on Fri. Two of the workers visited 34 homes for fibre installation work between Apr 1 and Apr 14,…

Some foreign workers to be housed in ActiveSG, Sports Hub halls

Some foreign workers will be housed in sports facilities that have been temporarily closed as part of the “circuit breaker” measures to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. This will address the “urgent need” to provide alternative living areas…

Two weeks and a 70-fold increase: A look into the COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore’s foreign worker dormitories

What was a marginal contributor to Singapore’s COVID-19 situation has quickly become the source of the majority of infections: Of the 4,427 cases here, more than 2,600 can be traced to migrant worker dormitories. The number of dormitories…

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