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8 hacks to improve your HDB BTO ballot chances

1) Choose a non-mature (less popular) estate – Applying for a flat in Tengah would see a higher probability of getting a queue number compared to applying for a unit in Ang Mo Kio; 2) Stay near your…

Private housing projects facing delays of six to nine months

Private home buyers looking forward to moving into their new homes may have to wait a little longer as builders are still trying to restart their construction works. Construction activity is picking up since the economy re-opened last…

Golden Village cinema, FairPrice Xtra at VivoCity mall among places visited by Covid-19 cases while infectious

GV cinema as well as the Fairprice Xtra supermarket at VivoCity mall were added to the list of public places that had been visited by Covid-19 cases during their infectious period. MOH said that the infectious persons had…

4 locals among 354 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore; crosses 49,000 mark

MOH confirmed 354 new COVID-19 cases as of Thurs, bringing the total to 49,098. Of the new cases, eight – including four Singaporeans – are classified as cases in the community, while five – including two PRs –…

Task force guiding S’pore to post-Covid-19 recovery urges Govt to be open to private sector-led recommendations

Concerns about protecting lives amid the Covid-19 pandemic have evolved to the protection of livelihoods, and the Emerging Stronger Taskforce on Thurs urged the Government to be open to the solutions it will offer by early next year.…

Covid-19 deaths kept low in dorms because older and sicker migrant workers were isolated first: Prof Dale Fisher

Although around 247,000 migrant workers living in dormitories have either recovered or tested to be free of Covid-19, the daily new cases continue to remain in the few hundreds. This is because when infections started to spike in…

Covid-19 unlikely to be spread through air-conditioning: Expert

It is unlikely that Covid-19 can be spread through air-conditioning, even if the virus causing the disease is airborne, said infectious diseases experts here. Professor Ooi Eng Eong, deputy director of Duke-NUS’ emerging infectious diseases programme, said on…

Singapore Botanic Gardens’ 5th anniversary as Unesco site to be marked with SSO virtual concert

To celebrate the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ 5th anniversary as a Unesco World Heritage Site, NParks has teamed up with SSO to hold a virtual concert this year. While the SSO has held many concerts in the park’s Shaw…

A “Natural Disaster”: Teo Heng KTV to close 7 S’pore outlets but founder plans to raise $1m

Karaoke outlets and other entertainment venues in Singapore have been forced to close down since end Mar following the government’s COVID-19 advisory. It’s been an undoubtedly difficult time for these businesses as the cease in operations meant no…

Industrial property prices down 1.7% in Q2

Prices of industrial properties fell 1.7% YoY in Q2, whilst its rents dipped 0.8% over the same period, according to JTC’s quarterly report. On a QoQ basis, prices and rents slipped 1.1% and 0.7%, respectively. However, these does…

CapitaLand Commercial Trust’s NPI down 4.5% to $151.1m in H1 2020

CapitaLand Commercial Trust’s (CCT) NPI declined 4.5% YoY to $151.1m in the first half of 2020, from $158.19m in H1 2019. Gross revenue dipped 2.2% to $196.4m from $200.75m over the same period. In Q2, NPI fell 9.7%…

Covid-19: Prime office rents expected to fall by at least 10 per cent in 2020, say analysts

The economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting not just tourism and other customer-facing sectors. Office rents are also taking a hit with property analysts projecting that rents for prime space will drop by at least 10…

Fed up with cigarette smoke, man throws eggs into neighbour’s flat, punches him

A 39-year-old man was fined S$4,500 on Thurs for beating up his neighbour, whose cigarette smoke had constantly wafted into the man’s flat. Out of frustration, Teoh Yee Leong threw eggs into his neighbour’s flat before punching him.…

Why ActiveSG cannot prioritise freelance coaches in booking of badminton courts

We refer to Mr Hu Hao’s letter, “Give coaches priority to book ActiveSG badminton courts” (July 20), and thank him for his feedback. Our badminton courts are in high demand and we have to cater to the needs…

The Great Singapore Sale revamps as eGSS 2020, combining online retail with virtual activities

SRA announced today that the national sales event, the ‘Great Singapore Sale’, will return this year, running from 9 Sept to 10 Oct 2020. Themed ‘eGSS: Shop. Win. Experience’, the campaign will combine online retail with virtual activities…

Pandan-smelling water traced to Malaysia; affected water has been isolated: PUB

Tap water reported to smell like pandan came from Malaysia, said PUB on Thurs, adding that the affected water has since been isolated. In a FB post, PUB said the “pandan smell”, which is detected after the water…

Marina Bay Sands reports Q2 loss of US$113m; expansion project ‘likely’ delayed

MBS has reported an EBITDA loss of US$113 million in the second quarter of 2020, a period that coincided with Singapore’s COVID-19 “circuit breaker” period. The figure is in contrast with the US$346 million EBITDA profit it made…

Innovation challenges launched to create solutions for post-virus era

Solutions envisioned in a post-Covid-19 world include better tracking and tracing of cargo, tapping an augmented VR platform to create new tourism experiences and pioneering a system that can ensure a safe work environment for the construction industry.…

Staycation, F&B deals rolled out to drive local spending

Dining and staycation deals are among the 80 promotions that have been created for local residents on the new SingapoRedis-covers microsite, with more to be added over the next nine months. Precincts such as Chinatown and Little India…

Suntec Reit posts 31.3% drop in H1 DPU to 3.293 S cents

Suntec Reit’s DPU fell by 31.3 per cent to 3.293 Singapore cents for the six months ended June 30, from 4.795 cents a year ago. Gross revenue was down 16.1 per cent to S$149.4 million for the half…

Naiise to shutter Paya Lebar outlet on July 26

Multi-label lifestyle and design retailer Naiise will close its store at PLQ this weekend following a lease expiry. The last day of operation for this outlet is July 26, a company spokesperson confirmed in an e-mailed response on…

Positive outlook for infrastructure demand as countries try to boost economies

Construction companies have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, but analysts and market players said demand for infrastructure is expected to remain strong and will drive the recovery of economies and the construction sector. Singapore’s construction sector…

CapitaLand Mall Trust mulls over lease restructuring amid bleak Q2 results

Capitaland Mall Trust (CMT) is considering flexible lease structures that will allow it to share risks with both existing and new tenants going forward, said Tony Tan, CEO of the Reit’s manager. “The Reit has to be more…

3 commercial shophouses in district 1 & 2 launched for sale

Knight Frank has been appointed by a trust company to offer a portfolio of 3 conservation shophouses for sale via EOI, for $30.5m. The properties can be purchased individually or as a portfolio. The EOI for all 3…

Fogging provides false sense of security

Nineteen people have died of dengue fever this year, just eight fewer than the number of Covid-19 deaths. NEA has reported a staggering 413 active clusters. The number of fogging operations has increased indiscriminately despite experts being unclear…

Tourism Board guided by MOH ’s judgment on second wave risks

Singapore Tourism Board will stand guided by MOH’s assessments on the risks of Singapore facing a second wave of infection, its agency CEO Keith Tan said on Tues. He was responding to queries from the media about concerns…

More than a third of coffee shops get ‘clean’ certification

Around 400 of the 1,100 coffee shops islandwide have received the SG Clean certification since it was introduced in Feb, said PHC yesterday. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, there is a greater urgency for coffee shops to improve…

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