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Are fire emergency plans factored into buildings’ safe entry measures?

A recent visit to a mall made me realise how efficient the building mgmt was in implementing safe entry measures. The majority of entries/exits were closed with perhaps only one or two doorways left open for access. After…

Why is hunting of wildlife in nature reserve being promoted?

I was forwarded an event announcement by telco Circles.Life on “How to catch a wild boar in Seletar Reservoir”. The $257 workshop will “take you to the wilderness surrounding Upper Seletar Reservoir to hunt wild boar”, where participants…

Digitalisation will aid construction companies in keeping to safe distancing rules onsite

To facilitate the ease of meeting safe distancing measures put in place at construction sites as a result of Covid-19, JTC has been testing out various technologies that will help employers and workers alike. They include the use…

2 COVID-19 cases visited HomeTeamNS Khatib on 5 occasions during their infectious period

Cleaning and disinfection at HomeTeamNS Khatib has been stepped up after two individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 visited the newly opened clubhouse, HomeTeamNS told CNA on Thurs. The two COVID-19 cases who visited HomeTeamNS Khatib, located at…

Golden Village cinema in VivoCity mall visited by Covid-19 cases while infectious

GV cinema at VivoCity mall was added to a MOH list of public places that had been visited by Covid-19 cases during their infectious period. On Thurs, the ministry said that the infectious patients had visited GV cinema…

COVID-19: MOH confirms 102 new cases, 2 Singaporeans among 6 imported infections

MOH has confirmed 102 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Thurs noon, taking the country’s total case count to 55,497. Of the new cases, five are in the community, six are imported, and the remaining 91 are…

HDB flats in latest BTO exercise oversubscribed one day after their launch

Demand is high for HDB’s latest BTO exercise, with flats in both mature and non-mature estates in Geylang and Woodlands being heavily oversubscribed just one day into their one-week launch for sale. As of Thurs evening, there were…

CDL first-half profit sinks 99.1% on Covid-19 hit; sees possible divestments of non-core hotels

City Developments Limited (CDL) saw earnings plunge in the first half-year as the prolonged Covid-19 pandemic “severely impacted” across its businesses, especially its hotel operations. Revenue for the first half-year fell 32.8 per cent to $1.07 billion, from…

SBS Transit remains profitable for 1HFY20 – thanks to $61.6 mil government grant

SBST has recorded earnings of $32.6 million for 1HFY20, down 27.4% y-o-y. The bottomline was supported by government grants of $61.6 million which helped subsidise wages. If not, the company would have reported an operating loss of $29.4…

OUE Commercial REIT Management bags SBR Listed Companies Awards for Real Estate

OUE Commercial REIT (OUE C-REIT) successfully completed a transformational merger in 2019 with OUE Hospitality Trust (OUE H-Trust) to become the 4th largest diversified REIT listed on SGX-ST. With the combination of portfolios, OUE C-REIT’s total AUM stands…

PropNex’s profit spiked 96.1% to $7.26m in Q2

Propnex has recorded a $7.26m profit attributable to shareholders in Q2, skyrocketing 96.1% YoY from $3.7m in Q2 2019. For H1, its profit surged 160.2% YoY to $14.84m from $5.7m in H1 2019. Revenue likewise rose 15% YoY…

Aug 2020 BTO launch in-depth review (part 1): Pasir Ris and Tampines

Pasir Ris – Name of project: Costa Grove. It borders the massive Pasir Ris Park. Plus, this is within walking distance of the Pasir Ris MRT and the upcoming integrated hub. For a BTO project that’s located at…

Man who rented properties later used as brothels jailed 45 weeks, fined

A 49-year-old man rented 21 properties under his name on behalf of other individuals, after being told by them that the units would be used to house foreign students or workers. It turned out that 13 of the…

Keep outsourced essential workers safe and pay them fair wages amid Covid-19, firms told

During the circuit breaker period, cleaning company Anergy Building Services managed to keep elderly cleaners at home while ensuring their salaries would continue to be paid. It also worked with the building manager to reduce its manpower deployment…

Police investigating 2 men for allegedly lodging false report that 1 of them was injured by killer litter

Two men are being investigated by the police after they are believed to have lodged a false report in relation to an incident of killer litter in Punggol. On Thurs, the police said that they had received a…

Singapore startup launches first-of-its-kind machine to brew kopitiam-style coffee

Avid kopi drinkers could soon find that the next cup of coffee they order from their local coffee shop is brewed by a homegrown automated coffee machine, rather hand-brewed by a skilled kopi “tao chiew”. The machine —…

New Woodlands BTO project wows would-be buyers with rooftop gardens, terraces, and even a sky bridge

HDB announced the launch of more than 7,000 BTO flats across eight locations in Singapore on Wed. Among the bunch, however, there appears to be one standout development that has gotten the most interest from netizens. On HDB’s…

Singapore Vehicle Growth Rate to stay unchanged until 31 January 2022

The current Vehicle Growth Rate (VGR) in Singapore will be unchanged until 31 Jan 2022, LTA said on Thurs. Given the uncertainty over how travel demand patterns will evolve amid the COVID-19 situation, LTA said it will extend…

Critically endangered Hawksbill turtles hatched in two locations across Singapore

Over the past week ahead of the country’s 55th birthday celebrations, over 180 critically endangered Hawksbill turtles were hatched in two different locations in Singapore, and were carefully guided back into the sea. A batch of 41 hatchlings…

Foodpanda collaborates with ST Engineering on drone food delivery trials

Can chickens fly? On Thurs, five packets of ayam penyet did, when food delivery service Foodpanda used a drone to deliver the popular fried chicken dish from the Marina South Pier to a ship located 3km offshore. It…

Changes to Bukit Panjang bus services postponed to Aug 30, mitigation measures to be introduced: Chee Hong Tat

A series of unpopular changes to bus services in the Bukit Panjang area, which were to come into effect on Sun, will now be delayed by two weeks while mitigation measures are being introduced. The changes will now…

Best defence against Covid-19 second wave is caution

Given the crowds out for a relaxing time at the beaches or thronging Orchard Road and shopping malls over the weekend, one might think we have put the threat of Covid-19 behind us. The only giveaway is the…

Appeal of live online auctions at Tekka Market short-lived

Introduced in the midst of Singapore’s circuit breaker period in May, Tekka Market’s live online auctions promised much as an innovative and digital way to buy wet market essentials. But the appeal of live wet market auctions has…

New flats in Bishan after 14 years

For the first time in 14 years, 472 new units are up for sale in Bishan, a mature HDB estate. The two-room flexi, three-room and four-room flats in Bishan Towers, which is bounded by Bishan St 11 and…

DBS launches construction industry’s first automated supplier payments solution; Tiong Seng Group first to adapt processes

In a first for the construction sector in Singapore, DBS and fintech company Doxa have introduced the country’s pioneer automated supplier procure-to-pay solution. Named Doxa Connex, the solution aims to help contractors improve cashflow management with their suppliers…

Impossible Foods eyes retail sales for further growth in Singapore

Impossible Foods, the maker of the realistic-tasting plant-based beef patty, is gunning for retail sales in Singapore to accelerate its growth. The Temasek-backed company has yet to launch in grocery stores in Asia but in US, its retail…

Construction firms tell of the delays and triumphs in managing workers

Companies BT spoke to said the easing of measures is welcomed but hoped for better implementation going forward. Some expressed unhappiness about how the government agencies have managed the foreign-worker community during the Covid-19 outbreak. A main contractor…

After four months in lockdown, some workers just want to go home

With all dormitories declared Covid-cleared on Tues, it is hoped that the ordeals suffered by many foreign workers will be alleviated as they gradually emerge from prolonged periods of lockdown and confusion. Singaporeans cheered when the nation exited…

Killer litter: Man taken to hospital after being hit by glass bottle falling from Punggol block

A 35-year-old man was taken injured to hospital after he was hit by a glass bottle falling from height on Tues evening. The high-rise killer litter incident happened at Blk 227A Sumang Lane in Punggol. The police said…

Construction firms welcome easing of rules on workers’ housing

Builders like Kori Holdings heaved a sigh of relief yesterday at the lifting of a rule that had made restarting work on a project more cumbersome. With the change, Kori – a MNC Singapore-based construction company – can…

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