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Stop seeing migrant workers as threat to Singaporeans’ job security

I was heartened recently to see many people calling for better treatment of migrant workers in Singapore and for there to be real reforms in their employment conditions. I used to work for a shipyard that employed many…

Look into natural forms of mosquito control

Dragonfly populations near urban areas should be increased to help battle mosquito populations in the fight against dengue. This could be done by building gardens with suitable emergent plant species that will attract dragonflies. Dragonfly nymphs prey on…

Build hawker centres with centralised dish collection and washing system

Much has been done to upgrade hawker centres, yet a lot remains to be done (Present state of hawker centres leaves much to be desired, by Mr Lim Kock Lian, June 13). Among the resistant-to-change habits that haunt…

Revisit projections made in developing Changi East

DPM Heng Swee Keat, in his recent round-up speech on the debate in Parliament on the Fortitude Budget, said that “the Government will guarantee the borrowing by CAG to fund the development of Changi East, including T5”. This…

All foreign workers have to download and activate TraceTogether app by June 19: MOM

All workers staying in dormitories will have to download and activate the national contact tracing app TraceTogether by Fri, MOM said on Tues. The requirement also applies to work permit and S Pass holders in the construction, marine…

Record number of 1,158 dengue infections last week as outbreak shows no signs of slowing

The number of weekly dengue infections has soared past the 1,000 mark for the first time in Singapore’s history. The 1,158 cases last week is a huge 33 per cent increase over the 870 people infected in the…

Building design standards such as air-con rules could be changed post-Covid-19: BCA

Design standards for new buildings could change as BCA looks into whether rules on air-conditioning and mechanical ventilation need to be revised in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The aim of any such move is to boost…

Coronavirus: Ella helps keep Alexandra Hospital clean

Meet the newest member of Alexandra Hospital’s housekeeping staff: Ella the robot. The made-in-Singapore robot has been deployed at the hospital since early Mar to boost the hospital’s cleaning regime in order to keep staff and patients safe…

Glass partitions and ‘gloves on request’: Retailers scramble to put measures in place before stores reopen on June 19

Retailers in Singapore are taking precautionary measures up a notch as they prepare to welcome customers into their stores for the first time in more than two months on Fri. Some are installing glass partitions around cashier counters…

Is there such a thing as “first mover advantage” in property?

“First mover advantage” is a favourite catchphrase in showflats. In theory, being first to an area often results in a scenario where you can “buy low and sell high”. To illustrate this, let’s look at four ECs that…

Grocery shop, Prime supermarket in Jalan Besar added to places visited by COVID-19 cases

Two more public places visited by confirmed COVID-19 cases were listed by MOH on Tues. The places are Sri Murugan Trading, a grocery shop, in Syed Alwi Road and Prime supermarket in King George’s Ave. MOH also added…

42 more foreign worker dorms cleared of COVID-19: MOM

Another 42 dormitories for foreign workers in Singapore have been cleared of the coronavirus disease, taking the total to over 130. MOM on Tues said the 42 dorms housing around 4,000 residents include one purpose-built dorm, 39 factory-converted…

Choa Chu Kang cemetery, state-run columbaria to open to public from Friday

Choa Chu Kang cemetery and all government-managed columbaria will be opened to the public from Fri, in line with Phase 2 of Singapore’s reopening. Visitors to the facilities should remember to wear masks, and maintain safe distancing of…

Youth admits to colliding into LTA officer while trying to escape for speeding

An e-scooter user who collided into a LTA officer while trying to escape admitted to committing a rash act causing hurt on Tues. Muhammad Faiq Ahnaf Khairul Nizam, 18, was speeding on a shared path at a park…

151 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore; daily tally falls below 200 for first time in over 2 months

Singapore confirmed 151 new cases of Covid-19 on Tues, MOH said. This is the first time the daily tally has fallen below 200 in more than two months, since 191 cases were reported on Apr 11. MOH said…

Phase 2 reopening: F&B outlets gear up for returning diners, reservations pour in ahead of Father’s Day weekend

At the stroke of midnight on June 19 when Singapore enters the second phase of its circuit breaker exit, Mr Prata at Tampines St 44 will open its sitting area to allow customers to dine in for the…

Phase 2 reopening: Authorities issue advisory for retail outlets, lifestyle services to prepare for resumption of business

The Government has issued a set of guidelines for retail establishments and lifestyle-related services as Singapore moves to enter the second phase of reopening its economy on Fri. On Tues, URA, Singapore Tourism Board, HDB and ESG outlined…

Singapore retains top spot in world competitiveness rankings for second year running; US tumbles to 10th

Singapore has retained its position as the world’s most competitive economy for the second year running in the latest yearly report by the IMD World Competitiveness Centre, a Switzerland-based think-tank. Singapore wrested the top spot from US last…

Companies reopening in Phase Two will have to rethink business models: Chan Chun Sing

Companies will have to change their business models to adapt to safe-distancing rules when Phase Two of Singapore’s reopening starts on Fri, said MTI Minister Chan Chun Sing. For example, he noted that some F&B outlets are already…

Open letter calls on new economic task force to have more diverse representation

A task force set up to guide Singapore’s economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic should have greater representation from women, minorities, vulnerable communities and those committed to green causes, said an open letter to the Government on Mon.…

‘A great relief’: F&B and retail businesses welcome Phase 2 but say it will take some time to recover

Retail and F&B businesses are looking forward to Phase 2 of Singapore’s reopening following the COVID-19 “circuit breaker”, but told CNA on Tues it will take some time for them to recover. Mr Joey Lee, the founder of…

Changi Airport Terminal 5 construction ‘paused’ for at least two years: Khaw Boon Wan

Singapore will pause the construction of the fifth terminal (T5) at its Changi Airport for at least two years, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said. Speaking in a group session with MOT scholars hosted on Zoom, he cited…

Businesses scramble to meet earlier reopening date

The earlier-than-expected Phase Two of Singapore’s reopening, though a pleasant surprise, may see some frontline businesses scramble to prepare to reopen. Some of them had expected this to come around the last week of June. It means frontline…

Businesses warned of rough road ahead despite Phase Two

Even as economists agree that Singapore’s moving into Phase Two of reopening from Fri is a welcome confirmation that the worst is over and the economy can start recovering, they warn that the going will still be tough…

Improving standards for foreign workers could be a new opportunity for business

Not long after, as global air travel ground to a virtual standstill in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, Sats found itself in a business it did not expect – feeding migrant workers in makeshift care facilities around…

Broker’s take: DBS upgrades Koufu to ‘buy’ on expected rise in food court footfall

DBS Group Research, in a note on Mon, upgraded its rating on Koufu Group to “buy” from “hold” amid expectations of higher footfall at its food courts, as dining in becomes permitted once more during the upcoming phase…

Phase 3 businesses resigned to waiting their turn to reopen

Large-scale events and venues, as well as indoor and outdoor attractions, will still remain shut when Phase 2 kicks in on Fri. But operators and owners of those businesses said they were neither surprised nor caught off-guard by…

Bukit Sembawang’s price cut at 8 St Thomas has some agents in a tizzy

Amid slow sales of new homes, an unlikely discounter has emerged, with price cuts of up S$500,000. Bukit Sembawang Estate has been promoting its discounts discreetly for 8 St Thomas, a freehold development with 250 units in District…

May new home sales rebound with more local buyers drawn to lower quantums

More locals braved the circuit breaker last month to buy their dream homes though most were prudent in their decision. Developers in Singapore sold 486 new private homes in May, a sharp 75.5 per cent rebound from 277…

Suntec REIT expects better performance in H2

Suntec REIT’s manager ARA Trust Mgmt expects the performance in H2 to improve, according to its AGM. This comes as the economy reopens and additional contributions were received from completed developments. Its Singapore office portfolio also remained resilient,…

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