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Wealthy buyers continue to shop for luxury homes in Singapore even as overall private home sales plunge

With no travel plans in the near future due to Covid-19, Mr David Yong is planning to sample the resort life instead in Sentosa Cove, an upscale residential enclave on the southern island. The 33-year-old bachelor has been…

Supermarkets and wet markets a potential weak link in war against Covid-19, chains here take precautions

Supermarkets and wet markets have emerged as a potential weak link in the war against Covid-19 as people who had tested positive for the virus over the past week visited such spots for 30 minutes or more, according…

COVID-19: Phase 2 of post-circuit breaker reopening could begin before end-June, says Lawrence Wong

Phase 2 of Singapore’s post-circuit breaker reopening could start before the end of June, MND Minister Lawrence Wong said on Thurs. The move from Phase 1 to the next will depend on the number of COVID-19 transmissions in…

COVID-19: More than a third of Singaporean or PR cases in May linked to dormitory clusters

More than a third of Singaporean or PR COVID-19 cases in the community in May have been linked to dormitory clusters, an analysis of MOH daily updates has shown. As of Thurs, there have been 123 Singaporean or…

Why we should act now to save the Raffles’ banded langur

I refer to the report, “Researchers call for protection of SAF training area to preserve feeding ground for Raffles’ banded langur” (May 26). It is of the utmost importance that, as Singaporeans, we protect our natural heritage and…

Upper Thomson forest patch home to various critically endangered wildlife and is worth conserving

NSS would like to comment on TODAY report, “Researchers call for protection of SAF training area to preserve feeding ground for Raffles’ banded langur” (May 26). It has become even more important to wildlife in the Upper Thomson…

Poster asking GrabFood riders to ‘use stairs’ at River Valley condo not what it seems: Grab, condo management

Grab and the firm managing a condominium in River Valley have clarified that a poster asking GrabFood delivery crew to refrain from using the lifts at the property, and to take the stairs instead, was put up in…

49-year-old preschool staff among 373 new Covid-19 cases

Singapore confirmed 373 new cases of Covid-19 on Thurs, MOH said. This brings the total number of infections here to 33,249. It said there was one case in the community — a 49-year-old Chinese national whose case was…

Prices of residential properties fall 0.6% m-o-m in April: NUS

NUS’s SRPI reveals that the main index, SRPI Overall fell 0.6% m-o-m in Apr 2020. On a y-o-y basis, SRPI Overall fell 1.2%, according to Nicholas Mak, head of research & consultancy at ERA. The SRPI data shows…

JTC launches six Industrial GLS sites for 2H2020

MTI has launched its IGLS programme for 2H2020. There will be three sites on the Confirmed List and three on the Reserve List, with a total site area of 4.4 ha. Due to “circuit breaker” measures, tenders for…

Government land site in Tanah Merah could see healthy demand despite Covid-19 pall

The government launched a private residential site at Tanah Merah Kechil Link for sale by tender on May 28. It is located between two existing private condominiums, namely the 582-unit Urban Vista, which was completed in 2016; and…

Relook class sizes, school start time for new normal

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred examination of the challenges of density. First, given our propensity for large school and class sizes, the current crisis is the ideal time to review the Government’s longstanding argument that smaller classes do…

New Bill could level playing field between landlords and tenants

Landlords will have to dig deeper to help their pandemic-battered tenants under an upcoming Bill that some observers feel could level the playing field between commercial owners and tenants. The Government will provide a $2 billion cash grant…

How Covid-19 is inspiring the hospitality sector to raise the bar

The world certainly feels odd right now. Everyone’s plans are no longer existent, from weddings to staycations to overseas holidays. Even though we can go get our haircuts and slowly return to our work lives, staying home still…

Almost three-fifths use mobile payments as contactless cards maintain hold

More than half (56%) of Singaporeans are now using mobile payment methods, 12% higher than last year, a Visa consumer study revealed. Contactless card payments are still the most popular option (84%), especially amongst millennials (92%). Singaporeans prefer…

MinLaw’s proposed bill on rental relief could hurt S-REITs’ cash flow

S-REITs may likely see its cash flow deteriorate in the near term as MinLaw’s upcoming new bill requires landlords to share equally the burden of rental reliefs to qualifying SME tenants, according to an analyst note by DBS…

In otter-loving Singapore, growing calls for crackdown after animals raid spa during coronavirus circuit breaker

Life was already hardscrabble for the seven river otters known as the Zouk family. Prime land next to Singapore’s sparkling waterways brimming with fish had been seized by other clans, forcing the hapless group to wander the city-state…

Singaporeans knocked offline again by MyRepublic outage

MyRepublic telco reported broadband connectivity issues today in the third such incident to hit Singaporeans since they were told to stay home in Apr. Subscribers living in the north and west were among those affected, the telco announced…

Covid-19 puts flexible space markets under strain

The global Covid-19 outbreak has had serious negative effects on commercial real estate, including flexible space. Of late, many operators have experienced the flexible nature of the business working against them, as many occupiers have opted to surrender…

Travelling or telecommuting – how COVID-19 could affect public transport costs in Singapore

It could be more expensive to take the bus or train in future if telecommuting becomes the norm in the long term, even after the COVID-19 pandemic dies down. Lower ridership means a drop in fare revenues for…

CapitaLand obtains $500 million sustainability-linked bilateral loan from UOB

CapitaLand has secured a $500 million sustainability-linked loan from UOB. The loan is regarded to be the largest sustainability-linked bilateral loan in the real estate sector of Singapore. The four-year $500 million sustainability-linked loan from UOB represents CapitaLand’s…

PropertyGuru offers 360 degree walkthroughs of project with StoryTeller

PG has launched a new digital feature that allows 360-degree walkthroughs of a project, its units and the surrounding cityscape. “Social distancing measures implemented amid the pandemic have reshaped consumer behaviours – and with it, expectations around property…

Ascott to redesign serviced apartments to make them future-ready

The Ascott is set to review the design of its lodging products and services to ensure that make them future-ready for continued growth in a post-Covid-19 landscape. The move is aimed at redefining the guest experience to take…

Heartland merchants offered help with digital push

Her women’s fashion store in Clementi, Mymitmat, has suffered a 90 per cent drop in sales ever since it had to close because of the circuit breaker. Even though she has already listed some of her store’s products…

IMDA reviewing resilience of telcos’ systems

We refer to ST tech editor Irene Tham’s commentary (Redundancy should not be an afterthought for the telcos, May 19). Telecommunications network operators, as part of network and service resilience requirements, must provide adequate redundancy, backups and diversity…

Offshore dorms? Put the humane component in the equation

Mr Joshua Boo Jin An brought up a poignant point about migrant workers in Singapore (Moving migrant workers offshore distracts from deeper social issues, May 26). Mr Lim’s proposal seemingly leaves the social aspect at the door. He…

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