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Residents became wildlife observers during circuit breaker

With many staying home during the two-month circuit breaker period from Apr to June, some used their spare time by acting as lookouts for nature projects. And this has not only made them appreciate the environment more but…

100 lower-income households in MacPherson to get electricity rebates

One hundred lower-income households in MacPherson will pay only half their electricity bills for one year, with the other half footed by Sunseap Energy. A local company that is a subsidiary of solar energy solutions provider Sunseap Group,…

CBD Grade A office rents moderate 1.2% in Q2

Average grade A office rents in CBD moderated 1.2% QoQ in Q2 to $10 psf, whilst grade B rents slid 1.8% QoQ on a like for like basis, according to Colliers Intl. Its Head of Research for Singapore…

Coronavirus: More people getting infected at workplaces following phase 2 reopening

The place where people are getting infected with Covid-19 has changed since the phase two reopening on June 19. Workplace infections have risen from 22 per cent before phase two, to 36 per cent now. Prior to that,…

The 99.co housing manifesto for Singapore (Part 1 – HDB flats)

1) Keep the EIP for now, but enact remedies for minority owners unable to sell flats at equitable pricing. What we propose is for the government to start looking at possible a rebate for minority sellers who sell…

You can cook eggs at Sembawang Hot Spring Park because of Ong Ye Kung

Ong Ye Kung of PAP outlined all the new developments that have been established in Sembawang GRC under the party’s helm since last GE today. The Minister for Education is anchor minister for the PAP team in Sembawang,…

GE2020: WP to push for more shops in Sengkang GRC, PAP to prioritise creating new Town Council in area

The WP candidates running in Sengkang GRC at the upcoming GE said on Tues that they will push for more neighbourhood shops and F&B establishments in the constituency, and more good jobs for Singaporeans. WP candidate Jamus Lim…

Great World City and Jem malls, StarHub shop at Tampines Mall among places visited by Covid-19 cases while infectious

A StarHub retail outlet at Tampines Mall, several shops at Great World City mall and an ActiveSG gym in Jurong Lake Gardens are added to the list of public places that had been visited by Covid-19 cases during…

157 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, including students and teacher from 5 schools

MOH on Tues reported 157 new cases of Covid-19 in Singapore, with 20 of these being cases in the community and three that were imported. Among the new cases are four students and a teacher from Assumption Pathway…

Covid-19: No second wave of infections in Singapore yet, despite rise in community cases, says Gan Kim Yong

More workplace Covid-19 cases have been reported since Singapore entered Phase 2 of the circuit breaker exit but the uptick in community transmissions does not amount to a second wave, as the numbers are still low and stable,…

Govt has achieved ‘clear’ positive outcomes in dealing with Covid-19 so far, says Lawrence Wong

It is “quite clear” the Government has managed to achieve several positive outcomes in its battle against Covid-19, including bringing down infection rates in the community significantly and maintaining a fatality rate that is among the lowest in…

COVID-19: No active plans to go back to Phase 1 after election, says MOH director of medical services

There are no active plans to return to Phase 1 of the post-“circuit breaker” period immediately after GE, MOH’s director of medical services Kenneth Mak said on Tues. “There has been some talk, I understand, on social media…

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

Another 384 foreign worker dormitories were cleared of COVID-19 on Tues, said MOM. As of Mon, about 180,000 workers had either recovered or had been tested to be free from the coronavirus, it said. The figure was more…

Symptomatic, unlinked COVID-19 cases in the community a ‘greater concern’ even as number of daily cases fall: Gan Kim Yong

While the number of daily COVID-19 cases in Singapore has declined, the number of symptomatic, unlinked cases in the community is of “a greater concern” as a significant increase could signal underlying community transmission, Health Minister Gan Kim…

About half of unlinked COVID-19 community cases detected after circuit breaker were from construction sector: Lawrence Wong

About half of the unlinked COVID-19 community cases detected after the “circuit breaker” was lifted are from the construction sector or linked to construction-related activities, MND Minister Lawrence Wong said on Tues. He shared that about 60 per…

46 SG Digital community hubs to be launched islandwide by end August

Anyone facing difficulties with their digital devices will soon be able to get help from new SG Digital community hubs that will be set up across Singapore. Located in community centres and public libraries, the 46 one-stop help…

Coronavirus: Contact tracing app update fixes battery drain in iPhones

An app update rolled out at the weekend allows TraceTogether to run in the background on iPhones to exchange Bluetooth “handshakes” with nearby devices for contact tracing. Previously, the app had to run in the foreground, which drained…

NParks probing venomous box jellyfish sighting

One of the most deadly animals on earth, usually found off the coasts of Malaysia, Thailand and Australia, has been spotted in Singapore’s waters. A box jellyfish was found swimming in what was purportedly the waters at One…

Masks should always be worn inside cinema halls

I read with uneasiness that masks are mandatory inside cinema halls except when consuming food and drink. The exception for consuming food and drink gives patrons a licence to go without masks for the duration of the movie.…

Reopening cinemas may create clusters

It is disconcerting to learn that cinemas can reopen from next week. I don’t want to put a damper on the gradual reopening. However, even though there will be safeguards in place prior to reopening, asymptomatic cinemagoers who…

Frequent fogging in area a cause for concern

In recent months, there has been heightened concern over the number of people who have been coming down with dengue, and this year’s dengue outbreak is set to be Singapore’s worst on record. While more frequent mosquito fogging…

Push to use new tech must not leave seniors behind

The current generation is rarely awed by new gadgets or new media, but for the older generation, new technology seems like a brand new world. For example, my parents thought it was peculiar to see fishmongers selling their…

Singaporeans’ guide to understanding town councils and their service & conservancy charges

The consideration that has been raised for voters during this GE 2020 is whether the elected representatives can run a town council (well). For the roughly 80% of people in Singapore who live in HDB flats, town councils…

Sustainability reporting during Covid-19 times

As we enter the next phase of Covid-19 with the gradual reopening of borders and the resumption of more economic activities, issuers need to reevaluate how they can operate safely in the new environment. This goes beyond just…

Colliers appoints Stephen Bruce as head of real estate management services

Colliers Intl has appointed Stephen Bruce as head of real estate mgmt services for its Singapore business, with effect from July 6. As the executive director and head of real estate mgmt services for Colliers, Bruce – who…

Hishammuddin: Announcement on Malaysia-S’pore border opening expected early August

Malaysia and Singapore are expected to reach a firm decision early next month on the reopening of its borders under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) categories, following fruitful discussions on the matter. Foreign…

Singapore’s global schoolhouse upbeat beyond short term

The coronavirus pandemic has been a spanner in the works for the intl student market here, which had been picking up in recent years. Higher-education players, especially private-sector schools, will likely take hits to their enrolments from the…

Singapore finds staycations can’t fill $20 billion tourism hole

In Indonesia, locals can soon fly from Jakarta to the beaches of Bali for a domestic vacation. Tokyo residents can hike up Mount Fuji, and New Yorkers can head to the Hamptons on Long Island. Residents of Singapore…

First batch of TraceTogether tokens distributed to 10,000 seniors

The face mask is not the only item that Mr Ng Cheong Hwee has to remember to take with him whenever he leaves home – he now carries the TraceTogether token as well. Even though the 82-year-old retiree…

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