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R.I.P. Robinsons — 17 businesses that closed down thanks to COVID-19

1) Robinsons – After 162 years in Singapore, beloved department store will close down its last two stores; 2) BooksActually – After nearly a decade in Tiong Bahru, indie bookstore finally decided to call it a day on…

Margin calls: Possibly the most overlooked risk in high-quantum properties

You could say that the Singapore private property market has left many people puzzled. Despite Singapore seeing its worst recession in over 55 years, home sales and prices are rising across the board. HDB resale flats are at…

Clothing shops in Jem mall, tech store in Westgate among places visited by Covid-19 cases while infectious

On Fri, MOH said that the infectious persons had visited H&M store at Jem mall in Jurong East on Oct 16 between 7.35pm and 8.35pm and Oct 28 between 5.10pm and 6pm, Uniqlo store at Jem mall in…

Tears flow, sadness prevails as Robinsons employees eye empty shelves, serve customers before closure

Those who have been around Robinsons long enough could sense that things were not looking good, but not Mr Andy Ng, a sales supervisor who has been there for just two years. “We found out this morning during…

Afternoon of fun and games in campaign to welcome migrant workers to the community

For the first time in months, nine migrant workers living in a temporary dormitory in Bukit Batok had the chance to head to a nearby park, meet and mingle with residents in the neighbourhood. As part of a…

Valuable lessons from first brush with Covid-19 helps Lee Ah Mooi home deal with second incident

Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home had a brush with Covid-19 twice this year, but the two incidents could not have been more different. In Mar, it became the first nursing home to report a coronavirus case at…

Nursing home staff worked longer hours, faced more stress but kept Covid-19 numbers low: Report

The condition of some seniors in nursing homes has deteriorated, and staff are working longer hours while coping with the stress of keeping up with fast-changing government advisories and rules for the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite these challenges, the…

Shoppers flock to Robinsons outlets after it announces store closures

After Robinsons announced on Fri morning that it will close its last two stores here at The Heeren and Raffles City Shopping Centre, shoppers flocked to the outlets, with no certainty when the shutters will eventually come down.…

ESR-REIT reports 20.2% y-o-y drop in 3Q DPU to 0.798 cents

The manager of ESR-REIT has announced distributable income for the quarter stood at $24.8 million, down 15% y-o-y and up 6% q-o-q. This includes the distribution of $3.5 million retained in 1QFY2020. 3QFY2020 gross revenue fell 8.2% y-o-y…

Sabana reports portfolio occupancy of 80.2% in 3Q business update

In its 3QFY2020 business update, Sabana REIT signed 304,622 sqft of new leases and renewed 586,043 sqft after the circuit breaker measures were lifted. As such, the REIT saw an increase in its portfolio occupancy to 80.2%, up…

Far East Hospitality Trust reports 36.4% lower NPI in 3Q business update

Far East Hospitality Trust (FEHT) has reported gross revenue of $20.6 million for 3QFY2020, down 33.2% from the $30.9 million a year ago. This was due mainly to a decline in master lease rental for the hotels and…

CDL Hospitality Trusts reports 57.4% drop in 3Q NPI to $15.2 mil

CDL Hospitality Trusts (CDLHT) has reported gross revenue of $38.1 million, down 38.7% y-o-y, and NPI of 38.7% y-o-y to $15.2 million. The lower figures were primarily due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has caused…

Ascott Residence Trust’s RevPAU down 70% to $47 in Q3

Ascott Residence Trust’s (ART) portfolio RevPAU dropped to $47 in Q3, a 70% YoY decline compared to Q3 2019 but 27% higher than the previous quarter, the trust revealed in an SGX filing. Average portfolio occupancy also rose…

All 9 new COVID cases in Singapore asymptomatic; 1 in the community

MOH confirmed nine new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Fri noon, taking its total case count to 58,003. Of them, seven are imported cases. The remaining two are locally-transmitted COVID-19 infections, with one classified as in the…

Bank lending in Sept down for seventh straight session: MAS data

Singapore’s bank lending in Sept dipped for the seventh straight session on weaker business loans, preliminary data from MAS showed on Fri. Loans to businesses fell 0.3 per cent to S$421.28 billion in Sept, from S$422.54 billion in…

Restrict use of petrol-powered blowers, mowers

The sound of petrol-powered leaf blowers and mowers can be heard clearly from as high as the eighth storey of a residential building. With more people working from home these days, such noise affects concentration and adds stress,…

Learn to live with nature in Singapore

As Singapore develops, an unintended side effect may be increased encounters with nature. The video of a bat eating bananas at a supermarket was not unprecedented. In Aug, a video posted on social media showed a monkey stealing…

Unparking to reclaim lots of space in cities

Hidden in cities, vast swathes of land are waiting to be reclaimed. It is the space devoted to parking cars, which sit idle for 95 per cent of the day. In Singapore, 5.6 million people can count on…

Distribute TraceTogether tokens first, mandate its use at venues later

Are there enough TraceTogether contact tracing tokens for everyone? Did the Government put the cart before the horse when it announced mandatory use of the system for checking in at all public venues even before everyone had the…

Fine raised from $88,000 to $158,000 for ex-property agent who provided illegal short-term stays on Airbnb

A former property agent who sublet six residential units in Geylang for illegal short-term stays through Airbnb had his fine raised from $88,000 to $158,000 on Fri following an appeal by prosecutors. The sentence was increased after Chief…

TraceTogether check-ins rolled out at 40 mosques in Singapore

Congregants are now able to use either the TraceTogether app or token to check in at 40 of Singapore’s 71 mosques, with Muis gearing up for the end of the year, when TraceTogether check-ins will be made compulsory…

Full protective gear, routine testing for Changi Airport front liners

Staff at Changi Airport who come into close contact with passengers – such as swab assistants – will have to don full PPE at work and be tested for Covid-19 every two weeks. About 2,500 airport workers have…

Covid-19 test lab at Changi Airport slated to open in the first quarter of 2021: Ong Ye Kung

A new Covid-19 testing lab at Changi Airport is slated to open in the first quarter of 2021, and it will use a test kit that can shorten the time needed for results from 2.5 hours to 1.5…

Goodbye Robinsons: A look at the department store’s 160 years in Singapore

Originally known as Spicer and Robinson, it was founded in 1858 by Australian immigrant Philip Robinson and former jailkeeper in Singapore James Gaborian Spicer. The two men opened the business as a “family warehouse” at Commercial Square, now…

Property agent jailed for bribing witness in husband’s trial, giving illegal loans to client

After her husband was hauled to court for giving illegal loans to borrowers including a client of hers, a property agent bribed her client to give a false statement for her husband’s trial. Sally Lai Guek Ling, 45,…

Instaworthy HDB blocks, old-school Teochew porridge and national monuments: Unique spots to visit in Hougang

If you scroll through a list of IG spots in Singapore, it’s nearly inevitable that a HDB block with a huge rainbow mural will pop up. And if you weren’t aware yet, that very rainbow block can be…

No parking for visitors? Netizens argue over banner at public multi-storey carpark

If there’s one thing that’s the bane of every driver’s life, it’s finding a parking space. So when one netizen took to FB yesterday to share a photo of a banner requesting for visitors to “refrain from parking”…

Robinsons closing a loss, but also a reminder that companies need to continue to transform: Josephine Teo

The closure of the two remaining Robinsons department stores here is a “strong signal” that companies will have to continue to transform to meet the changing needs of consumers, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo on Fri. Mrs Teo,…

In safe Singapore’s ‘cursed’ town, ghosts and odd happenings

With a torch in one hand and an electromagnetic meter in the other, paranormal investigator Charles Goh scours some shrub land in suburban Singapore, looking for hidden graves that could give clues to a ghostly encounter he had…

Dengue cases still high as Aedes mosquito numbers rise, with landed homes the hardest hit: NEA

The number of dengue cases in Singapore remains high, with the adult Aedes aegypti mosquito population increasing over seven consecutive weeks, said NEA on Fri. It also singled out landed houses as having a markedly higher incidence of…

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