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Art galleries need help to stay sustainable

Art gallery Chan + Hori Contemporary has been a model for local galleries, helping star artist Ruben Pang, among others, make it internationally. Even with the success it has had, it could not sustain itself with the traditional…

Probe dorm operators’ balance sheets before covering their costs

Before the Government utilises tax money to cover the increased operating costs incurred by dormitory operators housing foreign workers, perhaps their profit and loss accounts should be audited. There is some disquiet among Singaporeans over the living conditions…

Coronavirus: Singapore must tread carefully as circuit breaker measures are eased, says expert

Singapore will need to tread carefully as it eases its circuit breaker measures amid the Covid-19 outbreak, as there could still be a “large peak” in infections down the road, an expert has warned. “It is unlikely we…

New daily high of 958 Covid-19 patients discharged in Singapore; 6 new clusters found

There are 675 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore as of Wed noon, with most of the new patients being migrant workers living in dormitories. MOH said in its daily update that the new cases comprise two Singaporeans, two…

Nearly 700 fines issued for smoking in prohibited areas in a month since start of circuit breaker: NEA

Close to 700 fines have been handed out to people found smoking in prohibited areas between the start of the “circuit breaker” on Apr 7 and May 6, said NEA on Wed. This is a 65 per cent…

Fengshan, ABC Brickworks stallholders grapple with extended closure as renovations stopped during circuit breaker

With circuit breaker measures in place to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Singapore, stallholders at two popular markets and food centres are feeling the pinch as their stalls remain close for at least another month as renovation…

COVD-19: Mindef’s mobile swab station to aid in testing efforts at dormitories

Mindef has rolled out a Mobile Swab Station (MSS) to assist in conducting swab tests at migrant worker dormitories. Essentially a modified Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Cross Country Ambulance, the MSS is fitted with a swab protection screen.…

Why more and more expats are moving to the HDB heartlands

Push factors for expats: 1) Shrinking housing allowances/expatriate packages – Almost all the property agents we spoke to cited shrinking expat packages as a cause, and the trend has made the news a few times; 2) Peace and…

Prime grade office rents down 1.1% in Q1

This chart from Knight Frank shows that prime grade rents dropped by 1.1% QoQ in Q1 2020, as occupancy rates for prime grade offices in Raffles Place/Marina Bay declined by 0.6 ppt QoQ to about 96%. In addition,…

Cleaner air in Singapore with reduced activities but it’s unlikely to last

The island experienced its cleanest air in a long while earlier this week, although most Singaporeans would not have enjoyed it to the fullest while staying home for the better part of five weeks. Mirroring a trend of…

Developing online business strategy with millennials through partnership with university

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a significant shift in shopping behaviour from offline to online among Singaporean consumers. According to data from Nielsen, 37 per cent of Singaporean consumers have increased online shopping activities since the outbreak.…

Reflections on attitudes towards migrant workers

There have been calls, on the one hand, for an apology from the Government. NMP Anthea Ong and others have questioned whether the Government will apologise to the foreign workers for their dismal conditions, especially since they are…

Economy to be opened in phases after end of circuit breaker

The reopening of Singapore’s economy will happen in phases after the end of the circuit breaker period on June 1, with the Government monitoring the number of new Covid-19 cases each time to decide how soon more restrictions…

Mother’s Day mayhem as online orders fall through

Those who had to celebrate Mother’s Day this year amid safe distancing found themselves in the lurch after their food orders via various platforms fell through. Mrs Heng had ordered food from Sing Yi Seafood Garden for her…

M1 fibre broadband services restored after outage lasting almost a day

M1 said on Wed morning that it has restored all fibre broadband services, after it carried out an urgent fibre system maintenance in the early morning. Thousands of M1 fibre broadband users in many parts of Singapore were…

Specially-retrofitted SMRT buses deployed for COVID-19 operations

Specially-retrofitted SMRT buses have been deployed since 6 May for COVID-19-related operations, such as transporting passengers among hospitals, dormitories and various community facilities. On Tues, SMRT said that the buses, which are called COVID-19 Multi-Passenger Enhanced Transporter (COMET…

COVID-19: Singapore records 3rd straight day of single-digit community cases

New COVID-19 cases in the community remained in the single digits for the third consecutive day on Tues, the first time since Singapore entered its “circuit breaker” period. Four community cases were reported on Tues, comprising three Singaporeans…

Reconsider need to wear masks beyond circuit breaker period

Singapore’s proposed extension of the wearing of masks beyond the circuit breaker period is unnecessary. Getting hawkers and food handlers to permanently wear masks is neither effective nor practical. First, the circuit breaker period has seen a vast…

Make SafeEntry easier to use to bring about greater adoption

In order to rein in the spread of Covid-19, contact tracing measures have been implemented in many places. And one of the ways this is being done is through the use of digital check-in system SafeEntry. It is…

Do more to boost take-up of contact tracing tools

I applaud the Government for introducing the TraceTogether app and SafeEntry digital check-in system to help keep us safe. Unfortunately, the take-up seems disappointing. I understand that some people have privacy concerns about TraceTogether, but I see no…

Rein in pollution from developments on Jurong Island

I read that satellite analysis of nitrogen dioxide emissions during recent lockdowns and movement restrictions showed drops in the pollutant produced from burning fossil fuels (Some cities in S-E Asia see bluer skies during movement restrictions, May 8).…

Extra care needed before reopening of sports facilities

We thank Mr Tan Yi Han for his views (Reopen swimming pools for benefit of seniors, May 9) and appreciate his concern for the well-being of seniors in Singapore. Without a doubt, our seniors are very much looking…

Frasers Property CEO warns ‘business as usual’ is not an option as 2Q earnings drop

Frasers Property reported 2Q20 earnings of $74.5 million, down 38.1% y-o-y, with weaker contributions from its hospitality business and associates. Revenue for 2Q20 increased 2.2% to $954.7 million. “’Business as usual’ is not an option,” warns group CEO…

Singapore among top 10 for Covid-19 response in global survey

Singapore has come in ninth place in a survey of 23 countries gauging citizens’ sentiment towards their countries’ Covid-19 responses. The survey measured the sentiments of citizens of these 23 countries on their national Covid-19 crisis mgmt efforts.…

Legal relief extended to those buying or leasing properties from developers during Covid-19 outbreak

An act to provide temporary relief for individuals who are unable to fulfil legal contracts due to the Covid-19 outbreak has been extended to include contracts involving the purchase and leasing of properties. The act provides temporary legal…

IMDA investigating M1 for internet service disruption

IMDA is investigating the disruption to telecommunication company M1’s internet services, the agency said on Wed, adding that it will not hesitate to take ‘strong enforcement action’ if lapses are found on M1’s part. “IMDA takes a serious…

70 firefighters brave ‘intense heat’ to put out massive blaze at Tuas warehouse

A fire broke out at a warehouse in Tuas early on Wed morning, with heat so intense that it caused the walls of the building to break off. A total of 16 emergency vehicles and 70 firefighters were…

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