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Under one roof: How the covered walkway conquered Singapore

In Dec last year, I was returning home from Yio Chu Kang swimming pool when I saw something which took my breath away: a brand new covered walkway. Not any regular ol’ covered walkway, but a covered linkway…

Covid-19: The Idle restaurant in One-north told to shut for 10 days for flouting safe management measures

A restaurant located at the Media Circle near One-north MRT Station has been ordered to shut down for 10 days from Wed onwards for violating safe mgmt measures on several occasions. On Mon, SFA said that it has…

No community cases among 91 new COVID-19 infections in S’pore; 94% of total recovered

MOH confirmed another 91 COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Mon, taking the country’s total to 55,838, as well as 397 more recoveries. Of them, six are imported – including two Singaporeans – while there are no community…

Reforestation may not be a cheap climate fix; nature-based solution must consider trade-offs: Study

Reforestation has been touted as a relatively quick and easy fix for dealing with climate change, with plans afoot both in Singapore and around the world to harness the cooling and oxygen-giving power of the humble tree. Indeed,…

Hyundai’s Singapore car assembly plans viable and positive for economy: Experts

Despite the relative high cost of land and labour here, industry observers are cautiously optimistic that Hyundai’s plans to make electric cars in Singapore will be viable. They also said the venture will add value to the Singapore…

Wet markets go digital: Ride-hailing app TADA launches market delivery service in S’pore

In July 2018, MVL Foundation Pte Ltd (Mass Vehicle Ledger, MVL) launched its blockchain-based ride-hailing app in Singapore. Today, it announced the launch of TADA Fresh Market, an online multi-wet market shopping platform. It delivers grocery from wet…

Johor wants to provide free shuttle bus from CIQ complex to border with Singapore

The Johor government will be sending a proposal to the Federal government to run a free shuttle bus service for pedestrians between the CIQ Sultan Iskandar Building (BSI) here and the border with Singapore. Johor Public Works, Infrastructure…

Foot Locker launches Singapore’s largest store on Orchard Rd

Foot Locker Singapore has opened its largest store yet on Orchard Rd, celebrating basketball culture. Located at Orchard Gateway @Emerald, the Foot Locker store spans five storeys, three of which are retail spaces, offering a multi-branded basketball collection.…

Singapore adds $8bn to COVID-19 response, including $320m in credits to boost local tourism

The Singapore government on Mon unveiled another $8 billion in financial support for workers and businesses as part of its response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This amount includes $320 million in credits for citizens to encourage local…

COVID-19: Singapore’s Jobs Support Scheme to be extended up to 7 months – Heng Swee Keat

The Singapore government will be extending its JSS by up to seven months in an effort to protect jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic, said DPM Heng Swee Keat on Mon. He noted, however, that adjustments to the portions…

Defending food security in Singapore: Could food forests protect our future?

While Singapore diversifies its food sources, the threat of impending food shortages in the region is real, as changing weather patterns, droughts, and monsoon, increase the unpredictability of harvests. In 1960s Singapore just after independence was fully self-sufficient…

House catches fire, some 30 people evacuated from estate off Mountbatten Road

About 30 people living around a landed property that caught fire on Mon afternoon had to be evacuated by firefighters. SCDF said that it was first alerted to the fire at a house on 4 Clacton Road, off…

Selected StarHub subscribers to be first in Singapore to have access to 5G network

Some of StarHub’s customers will be the first in the country to tap the 5G network when the telecommunications company rolls out its services on Tues. On Mon, StarHub said that customers on its Mobile+ and Biz+ subscription…

Step up public education on recycling to tackle lack of awareness

Last year, a government survey showed that as much as 40 per cent of items thrown into recycling bins could not be recycled, because they were either soiled or non-recyclable. Even foreign media outlets have reported on our…

Alternative protein a boon for food security. What can S’pore do to this end?

The world’s population is growing and expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050. Correspondingly, the demand for food, particularly for meat, is expected to increase rapidly. But with a rising focus on environmental sustainability, there is immense pressure…

Ex-manager gets jail for conspiring to cheat facilities arm of Surbana Jurong Group in S$1 million case

A then-manager at the facilities arm of Surbana Jurong Group conspired with two others to cheat his company, in a case that spanned seven years and involved more than S$1 million. Former SMM principal facilities manager Ong Kah…

Dog left bleeding after getting stuck in Vivocity escalator

A weekend shopping mall jaunt with his dogs went awry for one pet owner when he learnt the hard way that furkids and escalators are not a good mix. A pet dog was left bleeding after its hind…

Freehold shophouse in Geylang sold for $3.7 mil

On Aug 12, a freehold shophouse at 219 Geylang Road was sold for $3.7 million. The agent for the seller was Cruz Phua, associate senior sales director at SRI, who says that the property took less than a…

Consecutive office floors at Samsung Hub going for $104.88 mil

Two consecutive office floors at Samsung Hub in CBD are going for $104.88 million. The office spaces at level nine and 10 will be sold in an EOI exercise. The owner is Sun Venture. The office floors have…

Adjacent factory sites at Jalan Lembah Kallang for $17 mil

Two adjacent factory sites at 1 and 3 Jalan Lembah Kallang are on sale for $17 million and will be sold in an EOI exercise. Both plots are zoned under Business 1 Industrial, and the surrounding area includes…

UOL Group suffers $82.1 mil loss in 1H2020

UOL Group has reported a loss of $82.1 million due to “fair value losses on its investment properties, including retail malls and serviced suites, which were severely affected by Covid-19” on Aug 13. Property development remains the largest…

Private home sales up 8.2% in July, second consecutive m-o-m increase

New private home sales in Singapore continued to climb for the second month in a row after the government allowed the reopening of showflats. Excluding ECs, new home sales rose 8.2% m-o-m to 1,080 units in July from…

Most seek relief from property lease, licence agreements

The vast majority of those who sought relief from their contractual obligations, under laws passed earlier this year, did so regarding property leasing and licensing agreements. According to figures released by MinLaw, as at Aug 5, 6,587 notices…

Firms modifying or doing away with office space in new normal

Some companies are modifying their office space in the light of the increasing prevalence of people having to work from home. Creative agency DDB Group Singapore, whose office is in the Kallang area has removed old cupboards and…

Cleaners adapting to more rigorous standards

Cleaners at malls, foodcourts and toilets have had to adapt to the more rigorous cleaning standards since the start of the pandemic. “I feel like our jobs are more valued now, because by keeping places clean, I’m protecting…

Pandemic spurs transformation in Singapore’s cleaning industry

The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered rapid changes in the cleaning industry, as the overwhelming demand for more cleaners and better cleaning services is likely to extend far beyond the outbreak. One indication of these changes as the industry…

Safety requirements, new metrics to shape post-pandemic events landscape

When business events resume in Singapore, the landscape for MICE will be reshaped by not just physical restrictions on attendance and other safety measures, but also the advent of the “hybrid” event where digital and physical versions of…

Pent-up demand lifted Singapore’s residential market

Despite limits imposed by the Circuit Breaker period during the most of Q2, pent-up demand gave the local property market a rebound when showflats reopened in June, PG reported. According to its market index Q3, the second quarter…

How much can you save by opting for a BTO flat over a resale flat

Most people generally accept that BTO flats are cheaper compared to resale flats in the same area. Thus, it’s usually advisable for first-time Singapore homeowners to apply for BTO flat as long as they can wait for the…

Deep technology drives industrial spaces in Singapore

With its vibrant start-up community and strong government support, Singapore is at the forefront of becoming SEA’s deep tech hub. Several hubs are being developed across the island that will provide the necessary ecosystems to facilitate synergies and…

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