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Good Class Bungalow at Windsor Park bought for $21.68 mil without viewing

The type of deals that do not require physical meetings or property viewings – both of which have been disallowed during this “circuit breaker” period – tends to be of old, landed properties where the owner intends to…

Nisha Menon joins Radisson Hotel Group as Asia Pacific general counsel

Intl hotelier Radisson Hotel Group has appointed Nisha Menon as its new general counsel, APAC. She will be based in Singapore and will sit on the group’s APAC Executive Committee. Menon will report directly to Katerina Giannouka, the…

Freehold commercial unit at Thomson Imperial Court for $19.5 mil

An 11,011 sqft, commercial unit at Thomson Imperial Court is on the market for $19.5 million, or about $1,771 psf on the strata area. The freehold development is located along Upper Thomson Road and was completed in 1999.…

Singapore Expo volunteer among 573 new Covid-19 cases in the country; 3 new clusters found

Singapore confirmed 573 new cases of Covid-19 on Mon, MOH said, among whom is a 52-year-old woman who worked as a healthcare volunteer at the community care facility at Singapore Expo. It also found three new clusters. They…

Ministers defend Singapore’s handling of Covid-19 outbreak as cases surge past 18,000

Singapore’s top ministers on Mon firmly defended the government’s approach towards tackling the Covid-19 outbreak, as MPs pressed them for answers on the spate of infections in migrant worker dormitories. Manpower minister Josephine Teo said the authorities had…

Oxley to clinch $1.4b revenue from Singapore projects

Oxley Holdings will recognise $1.4b revenue from the sales of its Singapore development projects, the company revealed in an SGX filing. These projects have secured a total revenue of $2.3b to be recognised progressively. The company has sold…

Sales of luxury condo rose 72% in Q1 despite market uncertainties

Singapore’s luxury home segment defied the odds of the current market uncertainties, with sales of non-landed luxury homes surging 72% year-on-year to 965 units in the first quarter of 2020, revealed an OrangeTee & Tie report. On a…

King cobra rescued near Marsiling MRT station

A lost king cobra in Marsiling was rescued by a local animal group yesterday. Twitter user @Anymalien shared that she had spotted the nearly two-meter long animal slithering away while she was on her way to Fairprice supermarket.…

Transport guru cuts teeth in commercial sector

Those who can’t, teach may be an unfair adage, but it certainly does not apply to NUS transport researcher Lee Der-Horng. Professor Lee, 52, has completed a year as head of R&D at Chinese tech firm PCITech, which…

Coronavirus: 22 patients in ICU, hospitals have nearly 150 vacant ICU beds and can add another 450 by mid-May

The number of isolation beds has increased from around 550 in Jan to close to 1,500 as of May to ensure hospitals have enough capacity to care for coronavirus patients, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Mon.…

Woman who flouted Covid-19 mask rule, claimed to be ‘sovereign’ arrested

A Singaporean woman who was filmed not wearing a mask at Shunfu Market and engaging passers-by in a heated argument has been arrested for assaulting a member of the public, causing public nuisance and not wearing a mask.…

Man arrested for attempted murder of NParks officer along Sungei Serangoon Park Connector

A 61-year-old man was arrested for attempted murder on Mon after he allegedly stabbed a NParks officer who was installing SafeEntry signs along Sungei Serangoon Park Connector. The police said they received a call for assistance from an…

Safe distancing on public transport to ‘largely remain in place’ after COVID-19 circuit breaker ends

Safe distancing measures on public transport will “largely remain in place” even after the COVID-19 “circuit breaker” measures are lifted and commuter traffic returns. In a written answer, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan told Parliament that all commuters…

Situation at larger foreign worker dormitories stable, but COVID-19 picture in smaller dorms ‘mixed’: Josephine Teo

While the COVID-19 situation within larger foreign worker dormitories was mostly stable for now, the condition at smaller dorms was still “mixed” and “taking up much bandwidth”, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo said in Parliament on Mon. She was…

SMRT should reduce noise from overnight work at Tanjong Pagar MRT Station

Tanjong Pagar MRT Station is flanked by several hotels, public housing estates and condominiums. I live in the nearby Tanjong Pagar Plaza. Since last month, residents have had to put up with noise from what appear to be…

Masagos cites improved situation after MP asks why Govt ‘backpedalled’ on home-based business ban

In an impassioned speech in Parliament on Mon, MP Intan Azura Mokhtar asked why the Government imposed a ban on home-based businesses only to “backpedal”, as she put it, just a week later. In a response, MEWR Minister…

Capping food delivery firms’ commission rates for F&B partners may not have best outcomes: Chee Hong Tat

Rather than using legislation to put a limit on high commission fees that food delivery companies charge F&B businesses, a better outcome would be to provide alternatives for these F&B partners, Mr Chee Hong Tat said. The Senior…

Allowing outdoor exercise an example of Govt’s ‘careful calibration’ of circuit breaker, says Lawrence Wong

Allowing residents to leave their homes to exercise with safe distancing amid the circuit breaker is one example of how the Government has opted for a calibrated approach, not a “full lockdown” as some people have suggested, said…

Former Nexus International School in Ulu Pandan to house healthy foreign workers in essential services

The former Nexus Intl School campus on Ulu Pandan Road has been designated a temporary site to house healthy migrant workers whose jobs provide essential services, MP Christopher de Souza announced on Mon. In a FB post, the…

Contact tracing solutions being developed for elderly and young without smartphones: Lawrence Wong

The Government is working on technological solutions to include the elderly and young people who do not have smartphones in contact tracing efforts, MND Minister Lawrence Wong said on Mon. In his ministerial statement in Parliament, he said…

Firms delivering a range of essential services with fewer staff get priority during circuit breaker: Chan Chun Sing

Firms delivering a range of essential services with fewer members of staff are given priority during the circuit breaker in line with the goal of reducing social interactions, MTI Minister Chan Chun Sing told Parliament on Mon. He…

No good or bad eggs in F&B, only short- and long-term thinkers

Last week when I interviewed Shanmei Lim, owner of Penang Kitchen via video conference, I sensed both resignation and a renewed urgency in her voice. “There’s fire under everyone’s ass,” she stated matter-of-factly. “Can’t give up now.” It’s…

COVID-19: 1,200 employers on average penalised annually for unacceptable housing – Josephine Teo

An average of 1,200 employers are penalised annually for unacceptable accommodation under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act, Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo said. Delivering a ministerial statement in parliament, she said that about 20 operators were also…

Nearly 300 rough sleepers have sought help during circuit breaker period: MSF

Nearly 300 rough sleepers have come forward to seek shelter or assistance during Singapore’s circuit breaker period, said MSF Minister Desmond Lee in Parliament. This number includes many who have been affected by travel restrictions, he said responding…

COVID-19: Some sectors ‘will have to wait’ as Singapore looks to resume normal activities – Lawrence Wong

As Singapore looks to ease its circuit breaker measures, some sectors “will have to wait for a bit more time” before being allowed to reopen, said MND Minister Lawrence Wong on Mon. “For example, entertainment outlets or activities…

COVID-19: Gan Kim Yong outlines 3 indicators for easing circuit breaker measures

Three indicators will need to be looked at in considering when to lift Singapore’s circuit breaker measures, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong in Parliament. First, there needs to be an assurance that local community transmission of COVID-19…

COVID-19: Next phase is to get recovery right for infected migrant workers – Josephine Teo

The manpower ministry is gearing up for the next phase in its fight against the COVID-19 outbreak among migrant workers, which is “about getting the recovery right,” said Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo. The phase would involve building…

COVID-19: Migrant workers were on MOM’s radar since January – Josephine Teo

Foreign workers have been in the authorities’ sight early on in the COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore at the start of the year, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo. Delivering a ministerial statement in Parliament, she explained how MOM helped…

Foreign buyers bought fewer homes in Q1

This chart from OrangeTee & Tie shows that the proportion of non-landed homes bought by foreign buyers slipped marginally from 22.6% in Q4 2019 to 21.8% in Q1. The number of non-landed homes bought by these buyers also…

UOL extends 50% rental rebates to eligible tenants for June-July

UOL Group Limited and its subsidiary UIC will give out 50% rental rebates for its eligible tenants for the months of June and July, the group announced. Combined with the rental rebates the group has given out since…

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