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New dorm standards good for workers but will come with inevitable cost hike: Dorm operators

New standards for migrant worker dormitories will enhance workers’ well-being, said dormitory operators here, but will come with a cost increase of at least 50 per cent to implement them in existing dorms. Under new specifications announced by…

Going cashless pays off in the long run for soya bean hawker

Mr Goy Thuan Heng introduced cashless payments at his soya bean stall in West Coast Hawker Centre five years ago, but it was more trouble than it was worth at first. “No one used the cashless system for…

What Covid-19 has taught me about life and investment

1) We don’t need much to live and be happy – Now I doubt whether things I used to do and places I used to visit are really necessary. When our habits have changed, the office, retail, F&B…

‘No shame in manual jobs for Singaporeans’: MPs call for rethink on essential services workers

With the Covid-19 pandemic putting a spotlight on the low value that society places on essential service workers, two MPs called for the Government to restructure the economy in ways that could address this discrepancy. Mr Zainal Sapari,…

Drive-through testing may be set up at Gleneagles, Mount Elizabeth and Parkway East hospitals

Drive-through testing may soon be available at Gleneagles, Mount Elizabeth and Parkway East hospitals, following the launch of the service at One Farrer Hotel. The three hospitals are operationally ready to begin drive-through swab testing if required, said…

Transaction volume by foreign home buyers fall 26.1% in 1Q2020

Based on the residential status of home buyers in Singapore, the number of foreign home purchasers have fallen the most by 26.1% to 215 units in 1Q2020, compared to other statuses, according to ETCO’s Private Homes Report for…

Broker’s take: Jefferies says further reliefs for landlords, tenants positive for S-Reits sentiment

Further reliefs for landlords and tenants are likely to “invigorate the current positive sentiment” for S-Reits, while hospitality Reits are expected to take the lead with the implementation of the Singapore-China fast-lane arrangement, according to Jefferies. Under new…

GSM Building on Middle Road launched for en bloc sale

GSM Building at 141 Middle Road has been launched for sale by tender. This comes after the minimum consent level required for the site to be launched for an en bloc sale was achieved, Mount Everest Properties said.…

Singapore reports 517 new COVID-19 cases, including 15 asymptomatic cases in the community

Thirteen of the 15 new COVID-19 community cases reported in Singapore on Thurs live in a shophouse on Veerasamy Road with an earlier confirmed case, said MOH. The 15 community cases, all asymptomatic, were among the 517 new…

Singapore landlords need a post-COVID remake

Every third dollar changing hands-on SGX is because of someone buying or selling units in a reit. But has the city’s REIT mania gone a bit too far? The coronavirus pandemic has raised hard questions that have only…

Checkout time for the department store?

It is no secret that the fortunes of department stores have been dwindling, amid changing consumer preferences and the rise of e-commerce. As the Covid-19 pandemic forces retailers worldwide to shut their doors, the department store model of…

3 companies fined $32,000 for colluding to rig bids for Wildlife Reserves Singapore quotations

Three construction companies were found to have colluded to rig the bids for eight tenders and quotations called by WRS, said CCCS on Thurs. The companies – Shin Yong Construction, Geoscapes and Hong Power Engg – had exchanged…

Coronavirus: Rental waivers, wage subsidies help F&B group stay afloat

It has been a year of both highs and lows for Mr Indra Kantono. Last month, cocktail bar Jigger & Pony, which he co-founded with his wife Gan Guoyi in 2012, clinched the top spot on Asia’s 50…

Work from home if possible as S’pore has hidden reservoirs of coronavirus infections: Experts

With six out of the seven new community cases announced yesterday being asymptomatic, it is clear there are hidden reservoirs of Covid-19 infections in the community, experts said, as Singapore enters the third day of its reopening this…

Update market, hawker centre design in the name of hygiene

Covid-19 has upended many things that we take for granted. A lot of attention has been placed on the foreign worker dormitories, but let’s not forget other areas that are potential hot spots, namely, hawker centres and markets.…

Allow natural greenery in public spaces to flourish

As an advocate for regenerative public spaces, I, along with green space experts such as Professor Yun Hye Hwang of NUS, am thrilled to observe the abundant life that has flourished during the cessation of normal maintenance routines…

32,000 foreign workers have been moved from dormitories to temporary housing: Zaqy Mohamad

About 32,000 healthy workers have been moved from dormitories to Government-provided temporary housing to “further control the transmission in the dormitories”, said Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad in Parliament on Thurs. Each location has an on-site…

Employees injured while working from home are eligible for compensation: Zaqy Mohamad

Employers have to compensate their employees for injuries sustained during work-from-home arrangements, said Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad in Parliament on Thurs. “Work-from-home arrangements do not change an employer’s responsibility for work injury compensation,” he said.…

Third Shake Shack outlet in Singapore to open at Orchard Road

Shake Shack announced on Thurs that it will be opening its third outlet in Singapore – this time at Liat Towers. The new outlet will be taking over the space from another burger restaurant, OverEasy. The branch at…

First Michelin-starred restaurant to close due to Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has claimed its first Michelin-starred victim, with Vianney Massot Restaurant set to close permanently by the end of this month. The one-starred fine-dining French eatery in Hong Kong St, which has already stopped its takeaway…

Mandate for landlords’ rent waivers exception to the norm

This year is turning out to be a rather bad year for landlords. First, most of their tenants had to be shuttered to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Then, landlords were told to exercise leniency when it came…

HDB resale volume dips to 30-year low but prices edge up

HDB flat resale volumes tumbled still further last month, following the already record low number of flats resold in Apr, and dropping to levels not seen in the last 30 years, SRX figures showed on Thurs. Just 364…

Singapore’s private home prices likely to rebound after Covid-19

Private home prices in Singapore are likely to recover and surpass their past levels after Covid-19 has passed. Citing historical data, Alice Tan, senior director, research & consulting at ET&Co, says private residential prices have typically rebounded higher…

PropNex appoints Wong Siew Ying as head of research and content

PropNex has announced that Wong Siew Ying will be assuming the position of head of research and content effective from June 3. Wong will be in charge of leading her team to establish thought leadership and create value-added…

COVID-19 testing at migrant worker dorms may take up to September: Gan Kim Yong

Proactive COVID-19 testing and screening of labour workers in dormitories may take up to Sept before they are completed, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong. He was responding to a supplementary question in Parliament on Thurs by Murali…

Singapore may see biggest dengue outbreak, with more than 9,000 cases so far in 2020

NEA has called for urgent community effort in prevention of dengue cases, as Singapore is facing the prospect of its biggest dengue outbreak in recent history. As of Tues, there have already 9,261 reported dengue cases this year.…

COVID-19: 3 workplaces told to stop operations for inadequate safe management measures

Three workplaces have been told to stop operations after they were found to have not implemented adequate safe mgmt measures for their employees to return to work in Phase 1. In a post on its FB page, MOM…

Singapore restaurants rail against 30% delivery app fees

With Singapore’s restaurants relying more than ever on delivery platforms due to coronavirus-related restrictions, concerns are growing that the astronomical fees charged by these apps could drive many eateries out of business instead of saving them. “You call…

Confusion among businesses over evolving, unclear workplace safety rules: MP

Businesses are finding it hard to keep up with the evolving rules and discrepancies over safe mgmt practices at the workplace as they resume operations after the circuit breaker, assistant secretary-general at NTUC Melvin Yong said on Thurs.…

Man, 20, pleads guilty to criminal trespass and peeping at boys in toilets

A 20-year-old man lied to a security guard at a pri school and said that he was visiting a teacher when his intention was to peep at boys using the toilet. On Thurs, Bryan Tee Jian Peng pleaded…

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