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Oxley Holdings sells retail podium of former Chevron House for $315 mil

Property developer Oxley Holdings has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Oxley Beryl, has entered into an EOI with a buyer for the retail and banking units that make up the retail podium of the former Chevron House at…

Building dementia village: Focus on affordability

I believe we can provide a safe and affordable place where elderly people with dementia can live their remaining years in a dignified way. But how can the proposed dementia village provide affordable care if there is already…

Aim for peaceful coexistence with otters

Mr Ong Junkai claims that confining otters to our nature reserves is better for their conservation in the long term (Time to rein in S’pore’s otter population, May 18). But habitat loss and the resulting food scarcity is…

Extend leases of SMEs hit by pandemic

Recent government budgets have helped SMEs to weather the challenges faced during the circuit breaker period. However, the two months have had financial consequences for SMEs, some of which have suffered losses. Most SMEs signed shorter-term leases, and…

Disinfection tunnels ineffective, may be harmful: Experts

Experts have warned against the use of disinfectant tunnels that many countries, including Singapore, are setting up to spray on people as they enter certain premises. The idea is for people to walk through these tunnels or chambers…

Singapore postpones packaging reduction deadline for companies in light of Covid-19 disruption

In light of Covid-19 pandemic disruptions, the government has given companies another year before they must submit plans for reducing the amount of packaging they use. In an email from NEA, companies were told on Tues that the…

COVID-19: Among 448 new cases, 13 are S’poreans including family linked to Cochrane Lodge II dorm

MOH confirmed on Thurs 448 new coronavirus cases in Singapore, bringing the total to 29,812. The ministry also reported its 23rd fatality from COVID-19 complications here, a 73-year-old Singaporean man who died on Thurs. Of the 448 new…

3 pre-school employees contract COVID-19, leave of absence issued to ‘small group’ of children, staff

Three pre-school staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 under a proactive testing regime before centres reopen after the “circuit breaker” period, said ECDA on Thurs. The first is a 40-year-old Singaporean woman who went to work at…

Businesses call for fair tenancy law to solve ‘growing’ imbalance in landlord-tenant relationship amid COVID-19 outbreak

Five business groups in Singapore have banded together to call for landlord-tenant legislation to be adopted to address a “growing imbalance” of power that has brewed years of unfair leasing practices. In a position paper put out on…

Long queues outside Geylang Serai market ahead of Hari Raya Puasa

Every year without fail, homemaker Darasiah Md Ali, 56, and her family would cook up a feast and visit her parents who live in Marine Parade for Hari Raya Puasa. But this year is different, said the 56-year-old,…

Developers’ sales galleries excluded from Phase One post-circuit breaker reopening

The Singapore government has announced that the safe reopening at the end of the “circuit breaker” period from June 2 will be done in three phases. Phase one will include the reopening of economic activities that do not…

PropNex sells 113 new homes during 6 weeks of circuit breaker

PropNex has sold 113 new homes in the first six weeks of the “circuit breaker”, accounting for an impressive 74.3 per cent market share of top-selling projects as buyers get comfortable with virtual viewing. That makes for almost…

Covid-19 pandemic hastens Smart Nation drive

1) Cashless dream finally a reality – Physical handling of coins and notes is viewed as a viral risk, spurring many to go for cashless options; 2) Working from home the new norm – Having adapted to these…

Rising risk of dengue during Covid-19

As the Covid-19 pandemic engulfs both the world’s attention and healthcare resources, less attention is being given to large disease outbreaks from a more familiar viral pathogen – the dengue virus. NEA has reported more than 7,000 cases…

Otters in Singapore: Let’s live with and protect them

I refer to the forum letter by Mr Ong Junkai, who suggested that otters be better managed to minimise human-wildlife conflict (Time to rein in Singapore’s otter population, May 18). It is ironic that we want to build…

Let dormitory operators face the music themselves

I applaud Mr Cheng Shoong Tat for his letter (Why foot the bill for dorm operators that have profited for years?, May 16). He is correct to question why taxpayers should foot the bill to clear up a…

Reconsider whether so many restrictions are needed in schools

While I acknowledge Mr Lee Cheng Ho’s concerns about precautionary measures when schools reopen, we should keep in mind that during the coronavirus pandemic, school closures in countries have not been based on scientific evidence (Have more precautionary…

Dining in at eateries proven to be highly infectious activity

It comes as no surprise that dining in at eateries will remain prohibited when the circuit breaker ends next month, given that the coronavirus has proven highly infectious in such settings, Professor Teo Yik Ying said yesterday. Prof…

Sampling used water for pathogens being studied as possible early warning system for disease outbreaks

The authorities are looking into the possibility of “sewage surveillance” – or the sampling of used water for pathogens – as an early warning system for viral outbreaks like Covid-19, ST has learnt. PUB said in response to…

Grass cutting prioritised for some areas for public health and safety, says NParks

In a matter of weeks, they have sprouted by the roadside, next to canals and on the beaches. Weeds and wildflowers have run rampant throughout Singapore where previously they were not allowed to bloom. Mimosas, dandelions and coatbuttons…

Hotel RevPAR dropped 62% YoY in Q1

Gazetted hotel RevPAR plunged by approximately 62% YoY to $69 in Q1, according to CBRE Singapore Hotel Insights. Occupancy declined 50% YoY to 40% whilst average daily rate (ADR) levels dropped 20% YoY to $171. The impact of…

Time for Singapore’s strategic planners to better tap the wisdom of the crowds

Could Singapore, with its strategic foresight capability, have predicted Covid-19? It is reasonable to ask this, since Singapore is admired globally for its strategic foresight capability. Was Covid-19 inherently unpredictable? Was it a “black swan” that would have…

Post-circuit breaker, public transport firms could cut capacity, operating hours to ease financial stress: Experts

With restrictions on economic and social activities to be eased over three phases, financially strained public transport operators and the authorities could adopt different measures during each phase to alleviate the firms’ predicament, transport analysts said. This could…

Facebook user apologises over false corruption claims about Josephine Teo and husband

A FB user apologised on Wed for making corruption claims about Manpower Minister Josephine Teo and her husband over the development of COVID-19 facilities. Mr Donald Liew said in a FB post that he “apologises unreservedly” to Mrs…

COVID-19: Work permit holders living outside dormitories now included in community cases count

COVID-19 cases among work permit holders living outside dormitories have been added to the daily count of community cases, MOH said on Wed. Work permit holders residing outside dormitories were previously listed under a separate category in the…

Six-year-old boy hurt by falling concrete at home

A piece of concrete fell from the toilet ceiling in an HDB flat and hit a six-year-old boy, resulting in a cut on his back. In a FB post on Tues, the boy’s mother said her son had…

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