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Tough code of conduct needed for cyclists

Bicycles share footpaths with pedestrians. We also cannot assume that all cyclists are considerate and responsible. Personally, I have encountered cyclists zooming past at high speeds – and bells being suddenly sounded from behind, causing shock and momentary…

Pedestrians, cyclists sharing paths will lead to accidents

What is the difference between allowing cyclists to use the same paths as pedestrians and allowing escooter riders to use those paths? As I see it, the onus to ensure safety is being put on pedestrians and not…

Dangers of bad habits at hawker centres not taken seriously

Many Singaporeans still have the wrong mindset that it should be left entirely to the cleaners to clear the tables at hawker centres. Even with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, people still do not realise the danger of leaving…

JustCo welcomes L’Oreal, Foodpanda and Riot Games to its coworking space

Businesses such as L’Oreal, Foodpanda and Riot Games will work from JustCo’s new co-working centres at OCBC Centre East and The Centrepoint once they open in Aug and Oct, respectively. The three firms will house some 300 employees…

Shophouse sales drop 47% to $253 mil in 1H2020: Knight Frank

In 1H2020, there were a total of 52 shophouse transactions totalling $253.2 million, a 47.1% decline from 2H2019, according to Knight Frank’s Shophouse H12020 Update. Average unit price for freehold shophouses has also declined by 32.7% on a…

Three shophouses along Syed Alwi Road on sale for $8.8mil

Three adjoining shophouses at 65, 66 and 67 Syed Alwi Road in the Jalan Besar thoroughfare have been put up for sale via tender, carrying an indicative price of $8.8 million, revealed Edmund Tie. With a 17m frontage…

Warren Golf and Country Club, HomeTeamNS clubhouse in Khatib among places visited by Covid-19 cases while infectious

The Warren Golf and Country Club in Chua Chu Kang as well as various restaurants at the HomeTeamNS clubhouse in Khatib were among the new locations added to a list of public places that had been visited by…

COVID-19: Singapore confirms 42 new cases, including 3 Singaporeans

MOH has confirmed 42 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Wed noon, taking the country’s total case count to 55,395. Of the cases, there is one community case, 11 imported cases, and 30 foreign workers residing in…

COVID-19: Foreign workers from some cleared dorms can run personal errands on rest days

Foreign workers from selected cleared dormitories will be allowed to visit Recreation Centres on their rest days for personal errands this month, MOM said with 14 organisations on Wed. During the trials, the workers can run errands such…

Longer wait for flat buyers as some projects in latest BTO sales exercise may take up to 5 years to complete

A number of projects in the mega BTO sales exercise on Wed may take up to five years to complete due to safety measures introduced at construction sites to curb Covid-19. HDB said home buyers keen on the…

Plans to set up recycling association with international experts here by October

SGC announced on Wed plans to establish a Plastics Recycling Association and a Centre of Excellence for recycling here, with the eventual goal of turning Singapore into a regional hub of excellence in plastics recycling. This will in…

Guide to understanding HDB Ethnic Integration Policy (EIP) and Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) quota

If you have heard of stories where you cannot buy a flat from family of a different ethnicity, mostly it is because of the EIP. Likewise, SPRs may find themselves out of luck even if they meet all…

He almost went bankrupt with $100k debt, now founded S’pore’s first shipping container hotel

The Tiny House concept has been on a rise, which was one of the propelling factors for serial entrepreneur Seah Liang Chiang to build Singapore’s first Shipping Container Hotel. People around the world are choosing to downsize their…

S’pore is betting big on electric cars, but here’s what it needs to do to increase adoption

Singapore aims to phase out petrol or ICE vehicles by 2040. As part of LTA’s pilot programme on a national-level EV Car Sharing initiative, electric-car sharing service BlueSG was launched in 2017. The government’s dual objective is to…

S’pore startup QIQ to launch shared electric “Microcars” rental for short trips by 2021

Instead of walking home, you might be able to shuttle to your HDB block in an electric car by 2021. Singapore startup QIQ Global unveiled today its plans to launch electric microcars for rent. Called the QIQ Pods,…

Adventure travel in Singapore: How to explore the city state’s wild side and connect with nature

Before the Covid-19 pandemic closed the door on intl tourism, Singaporean travel entrepreneur Scott Tay journeyed to some of the world’s most remote places. Now confined to Singapore thanks to global travel restrictions, the adrenaline junkie has found…

Security industry has potential to provide more jobs

It is easy to see where forum letter writer William Adam Morton Jr is coming from in suggesting that the authorities expedite the process for the hiring of retrenched workers as security officers (Let job seekers keen to…

Hiring untrained, unlicensed security officers would send wrong message

While I applaud Mr William Adam Morton Jr’s enthusiasm in his quest to overcome the shortage of personnel in the security sector by hiring untrained and unlicensed officers, I do not share his sentiments (Let job seekers keen…

S’pore not in a hurry to ban plastic bags, exploring new ways to recycle plastics: Grace Fu

A ban on plastic bags is not a move that the Government will make “in a hurry”, given that Singapore already incinerates its plastic waste and harvests energy from that process, said MSE Minister Grace Fu. Therefore, unlike…

Construction firms, foreign workers may resume home renovation, other types of work without seeking approval

Construction firms and their migrant workers may now resume home renovation and other types of work done outside construction sites and premises such as prefabrication factories without seeking approval from the authorities. Types of work that can be…

Temasek backs US$30m firm for vertical farming innovation to boost Singapore’s food supply

A new S$41.2 million company has been formed to develop breakthroughs in vertical farming, a move that will help to further reinforce Singapore’s food supply. Called Unfold, it is a tie-up between Singapore state investment firm Temasek and…

New guide on smart home tech for people with disabilities

Smart home technology has helped 26-year-old Isabelle Lim, who is deaf, to live more independently. The full-time photographer began using smart home devices last Sept, and has an app that links her home’s smart doorbell and smart lighting…

Coronavirus: Tracking workers’ health with mobile apps, wearable devices

As the economy and travel gradually restart, migrant workers re-entering both the country and the workforce pose potential Covid-19 risks. To address this, the authorities have turned to digital technology, using tools like apps and wearable GPS devices…

Former Sats officer jailed 10 months for offering contracts for cash involving over $150,000

A former Sats officer was sentenced to 10 months’ jail for eight corruption charges involving a total sum of more than $150,000 on Wed. Lim Koon Chuan, 59, was a cargo technical supervisor at Sats, the chief ground-handling…

Human-like autonomous driving beyond today’s tech, says newly-formed Motional

The technology to allow a driverless vehicle to move fully autonomously is not ready yet, according to a leading AV company. Mr Karl Iagnemma, CEO of Motional – a newly rebranded JV between Hyundai Motor and Aptiv (previously…

5G in Singapore — is the tide turning against Huawei?

Amid the ongoing US–China technological and geopolitical rivalry, decisions to award 5G contracts to Huawei — or to their competitors Nokia and Ericsson — continue to garner much press. In Singapore, Huawei was edged out after Singtel and…

5,400 hawkers have adopted digital e-payments with at least 60% logging more than 20 transactions a month

Digital e-payment solutions are now available in at least 5,400 hawker stalls as part of the Hawkers Go Digital programme. The programme, which was launched in June by IMDA, aims to help 18,000 stallholders adopt digital tools such…

Centurion reels from Covid-19 as earnings dip 10% from costs to manage infection spread

Earnings of dormitory operator Centurion Corp slipped 10% to $9.1 million in 2Q2020 ended June 30, from the $10.2 million posted a year ago. This comes on the back of a 5% dip in its revenue to $31.1…

Singapore’s luxury non-landed home sales plummet 52.9% to S$659.2m in 1H20

Knight Frank notes that demand for prime landed and non-landed homes were hit by the economic uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak, but sales are expected to rebound in the second half of 2020 as restrictions ease…

Koufu Group’s profits plunged 82% to $2.54m in H1

Koufu Group saw its profits attributable to its owners shrink 82% YoY to $2.54m in H1 2020, from $14.11m in H1 2019. Revenue fell 23.2% to $88.97m over the same period. The weaker revenue was largely blamed on…

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