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HDB to build diverse flat types, keep prices affordable for housing estates in prime locations

A range of housing types will be built in upcoming estates in prime locations such as the Greater Southern Waterfront (GSW) to ensure that all public housing estates will have a good mix of Singaporeans, said MND Minister…

Tekka Centre, restaurants across Singapore among places visited by Covid-19 cases while infectious

On Mon, MOH said that the infectious persons had visited Tekka Centre on Nov 16 between 5pm and 7pm, Hin Sheng Coffee House located at 5 Lorong 18 Geylang on Nov 16 to Nov 17 between 9.30pm and…

Short-term visit pass holder sole Covid-19 case in community, detected before trip to US

The one Covid-19 case in the community reported by the authorities on Mon is a 35-year-old Nepali man here to visit his family members who are Singaporeans. MOH said that the infection was detected when he went for…

Landlord’s situation not considered by assessor determining rent relief

The Rental Relief Framework targets landlords without recognising that there are small landlords who suffer more than the tenants they are required to support. My wife and I operate a Mice business and we invested in a small…

HDB and NEA appoint new chief executive officers

Two stats boards in Singapore on Mon announced changes to their leadership. The current CEO of NEA, Tan Meng Dui, will become CEO of HDB from Feb 26, 2021. This will take place after the public housing authority’s…

Are the Ang Mo Kio and Tengah residential GLS sites worth waiting for?

Perhaps you’ve seen all of 2020’s launches and nothing appeals to you; or perhaps your timeline for getting that condo is a few years down the road. In any case, don’t just look for the named, upcoming developments.…

Owners of Geylang terraces refuse to sell to condo developer, becomes ‘Up’ in real life

If you’ve seen the movie ‘Up’, you might recall the scene where Carl’s old house gets surrounded by new high-rise buildings. Or you might have seen “nail houses” in China belonging to owners who resist development and demolition…

New stamps featuring maps of early Singapore to be released

A new stamp collection featuring maps of early Singapore will be released on Tues, NLB said on Mon. The maps, obtained from the National Library’s rare materials collection, will be featured on four stamps. They will each come…

Singapore’s beloved Dakota Crescent estate finally reduced to rubble

One of Singapore’s oldest housing estates is finally being demolished after sitting unoccupied over four years. Several excavators and demolition personnel were hard at work tearing down the once populated quaint neighbourhood when Coconuts visited on a gloomy,…

Quarantining with cockroaches: SHN residents at 5-star hotels complain of ‘hotel-wide’ infestations

The sight of a single cockroach is enough to make most people’s skin crawl. Now imagine being stuck in a room with a horde of them for 14 days. Singapore Tourism Board is working closely with both Grand…

Innovate now and don’t wait for Covid-19 to blow over, Chan Chun Sing urges food services firms

The authorities hope to lift the economic contribution of the food services sector, which employs 5.5 per cent of the workforce but accounts for just 1.1 per cent of GDP, MTI Minister Chan Chun Sing said on Mon.…

Time to allow foreign workers out of dorms? Health experts weigh in

Nearly three weeks have passed since a Covid-19 case was last reported in foreign worker dormitories, and some health experts now approve of easing the strict movement restrictions on them. The residents have remained subject to more stringent…

Critically endangered songbird finds stronghold in S’pore

A songbird poached to the brink of extinction has found a stronghold in Singapore, with likely more than half of its global wild population making their home here, a new study has found. Conservation experts said the encouraging…

Public service will be reminded to place sustainability at its core: Grace Fu

MSE Minister Grace Fu makes it a point to check the thermostat everywhere she goes – and that includes the Istana. She is checking to make sure the temperature is set no lower than 25 deg C, a…

Diversification of food sources cannot be only strategy in the face of global disruptions

The Republic is stepping up efforts to grow more food locally, with the ongoing pandemic highlighting how diversifying food sources may not be enough to ensure a stable supply. Plans to bump up local food production continued over…

S’pore’s changing urban design an ‘added barrier’ for those with disabilities?

Paralympic medallist Theresa Goh has surmounted a good many challenges over the course of her two-decade swimming career. But in the midst of Covid-19, the 33-year-old, born with spina bifida and paralysed from the waist down, found herself…

Bars, dividers make spaces less welcome to homeless: Observers

Public spaces in Singapore have been designed to be unwelcome to the homeless – and as a response to citizens complaining about rough sleepers in their midst, according to architects and experts. Assistant Professor Ng Kok Hoe from…

How Swee Choon dim sum restaurant turned Covid-19 crisis into a business opportunity

When Singapore entered the circuit breaker period in Apr, home-grown eatery Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant saw its sales plummet by around 30 per cent, while profits declined by about 40 per cent. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, it…

Pines members accuse tycoon of giving incomplete evidence as they sue him over changes to facilities

The 170 members of The Pines club who are suing motoring tycoon Peter Kwee and his company Exklusiv Resorts for relocating and downsizing the club have accused him of submitting incomplete evidence of a dialogue held in 2012.…

Changi Airport turns to online sales to keep retail businesses going

Customers can now choose from about 17,000 items on the iShopChangi platform, more than triple the number available before the coronavirus outbreak struck. That is one of the ways CAG has moved to help retailers at the airport…

Jewel struggling to keep its shine with business still slow; retail sales at Changi terminals plunge 74%

When the $1.7 billion Jewel Changi Airport opened its doors in Apr last year, with much fanfare and large crowds. But a year and a half later, with leisure and business air travel practically disappearing amid the raging…

2 men admit to roles in duping bank into approving $2.84m mortgage loan

Two men admitted in a district court on Mon to their roles in a ruse in which a bank was duped into approving a mortgage loan of $2.84 million. Iswandi Yahya, 38, who was jobless at the time,…

Upgrading to a landed property during Covid-19 pandemic

Being married to a tax consultant helped seasoned property investor Aaron Wan figure out a way to avoid paying ABSD when he bought a more upscale property. They decoupled ownership of their matrimonial home at Watermark @ Robertson…

S’pore residential property market remains resilient despite downturn

The residential property market has proven to be one of the few recession-proof sectors amid a pandemic that has plunged the Singapore economy into its worst-ever contraction. Analysts say this is due in large part to a slew…

Balestier unit fetches S$3.5m profit in October sale; Sentosa apartment records S$6.2m loss

A 5,253 sqft unit at freehold development Rajah Towers was sold for S$4.5 million last month – more than four times the purchase price of S$960,000 – earning the seller a handsome profit. In addition to racking up…

Loss-making private home resales bear watching as stimulus tapers off

The proportion of loss-making residential transactions in the secondary market has eased in recent months after climbing in Q2 of the year, although some analysts say the situation may bear monitoring as policy stimulus and support measures progressively…

Sabana-ESR-Reit merger: Minority unitholders should make voices heard

It is not often that minority shareholders get the chance to determine the outcome of a significant corporate deal, but the proposed merger between Sabana Reit and ESR-Reit is one such instance since substantial shareholders, both managers and…

CDL to report full-year loss as Covid-19 impact lingers

CITY Developments Limited (CDL) expects to fall into the red in 2020 with a full-year loss, reversing from a S$564.6 million net profit in 2019, dragged by the prolonged impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The group noted in…

URA and LTA launch pilot tender for electric vehicle charging points in public car parks

More than 200 public car parks across Singapore may have charging stations for EVs by the third quarter of 2022. URA and LTA on Mon announced the launch of Singapore’s pilot tender for EV charging points at public…

Changes afoot to cut long working hours of security officers but manpower crunch remains

Mr Calvin Lee has chosen a career in the security industry, a move that is considered rather unusual for a Singaporean in his 30s. A senior security officer, Mr Lee said he enjoys the work and wants to…

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