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How do we deal with the “unfairness” of prime region HDB flats?

What is the big deal with prime region HDB flats, and why now? This discussion really goes back to around 2013, with the unveiling of the Greater Southern Waterfront (GSW). This is one of the biggest-ever undertakings in…

Kopitiam at Changi Airport Terminal 3 visited 4 times over 5 days by Covid-19 cases

On Tues, MOH said that the infectious persons had visited Heavenly Wang cafe at Changi Airport T3’s public area on Nov 19 between 9.15pm and 10.15pm and Nov 20 between 9.20pm and 10.35pm, Wak Min Foodcourt at Junction…

Covid-19 cases in and around Tekka Centre not recent infections but Singapore remains vulnerable to community spread, say experts

Singapore will remain vulnerable to transmissions within the community as long as there are imported cases, health experts told TODAY after two people were found to have been infected by the coronavirus during a community testing of stallholders…

Gas manufacturing firm, CEO plead guilty over their part in 2015 fatal lab fire in Jurong

A 2015 laboratory fire that caused multiple explosions at a gas manufacturing firm’s factory in the Jurong industrial area – killing a 30-year-old chemist and injuring at least seven other employees – broke out as an unqualified weld…

Household debt-to-income ratio expected to rise as wages are depressed on weak job market: MAS

With wages depressed due to the weak labour market, household debt in Singapore as a percentage of income is expected to rise slightly in the near term, MAS said on Tues. Household debt has been twice that of…

10 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including Changi Airport cleaner and dormitory resident

Singapore reported 10 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Tues, including two locally transmitted infections. One of the local infections was in the community, involving a 66-year-old woman who works as a cleaner at the transit area…

Households urged by MAS to stay prudent when taking up debt or buying property

Most households in Singapore remain financially resilient amid the COVID-19 pandemic, although those that are highly leveraged or employed in badly hit sectors may be more vulnerable as economic uncertainties persist, said the country’s central bank on Tues.…

Recycling food with insects takes flight

Local company Lam Tak is in the business of recycling food waste. But here’s the catch: the firm does so with legions of flies. Lam Tak started out as a wheat bran distributor before dipping its toes in…

Marina Bay to be lit by a different sort of light show for the New Year

Instead of the bright blooms of fireworks, this year’s end-of-year celebrations at Marina Bay will feature 60 moving beams of light. The bay will be lit up every night in Dec by the circular formation of 60 lights…

New safety measures at Marina Bay Sands ahead of Mice events restarting

New tug machines to transport 60 chairs instead of 10. New electric vans to replace old ones powered by diesel. New mechanised sweepers to reduce overnight shifts for cleaning staff. These are examples of measures put in place…

Injured motorcyclist sues LTA, NParks over sambar deer collision in Upper Thomson

A motorcyclist, who said he collided with a large sambar deer that he alleged was dashing across Upper Thomson Road, is taking LTA and NParks to court for negligence. Mr Muhammad Aliff Mohd Jeferee, who had head, shoulder…

Singapore commercial property investment deals dive, but should pick up next year: Savills IM

Singapore’s commercial property investment volumes have plunged as expected this year, with US$2.7 billion achieved in the first nine months, against US$8 billion for the same period in 2019. The volume for full year 2019 was US$10 billion,…

Singapore’s office market will never be the same again

Post-covid-19, Singapore’s workforce is adapting to the new normal of flexible working. As in other parts of the world, 2020 has laid bare some truths: office work can be done from home, and workers’ wellness is indispensable to…

OCBC adopts risk-management framework Equator Principles for infrastructure projects

OCBC on Tues said it has adopted the Equator Principles, an internationally recognised risk-management framework for financial institutions worldwide. The framework guides banks on how to determine, assess and manage environmental and social risks in large-scale development projects.…

‘They simply don’t care’: Tampines family incensed after neighbours insist on burning offerings right under their window

The issue of smoking in HDB flats has been a hot issue in Parliament recently. One family in Tampines, though, is at their wits’ end dealing with constant smoke from a different source — their neighbours burning joss…

S’pore in ‘very sad state’ if I depend on living in Oxley Rd house to ‘exude magic aura’: PM Lee in libel trial

If he still depended on living in his late father Lee Kuan Yew’s home at 38 Oxley Road to “exude a magic aura and impress the population”, both he and Singapore would be in a “very sad state”,…

2 upscale hotels call in pest control experts after guests serving stay-home notices complain of cockroaches in rooms

Two upscale hotels have brought in pest control experts after guests serving stay-home notices (SHN) there complained of cockroach infestations in their rooms. Guests at both the Grand Copthorne Waterfront and Swissotel The Stamford posted photos of the…

Road safety: Clamp down on cyclists who flout the rules, too

I read with concern Mr Lawrence Seow’s letter, “A cyclist’s plea for drivers to slow down at road crossings” (Nov 27). There was a recent report about a man driving along Punggol Drive who was taken aback by…

Online to Orchard Road: why some Singapore e-retailers are opening physical shops amid the coronavirus pandemic

Even in an atypical year for retailers, Jay’s business has taken an unusual trajectory. In Aug, as the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic forced many businesses to fold, he launched Got Drip?, an online coffee business that…

J&T Express opens third warehouse in Singapore

J&T Express announces the opening of its third warehouse in Singapore as part of its plan to develop a nationwide warehouse network. Housed in the west of Singapore, the new warehouse will allow J&T Express to improve efficiency…

JLL sells two District 9 residential sites worth $62 mil

Two adjoining collective sale sites in District 9, namely, Fairhaven and Sophia Ville, have been sold for $62 million or a unit land rate of $1,239 psf ppr by JLL to a local developer. Totalling 23,828 sqft, the…

Office occupancy levels decline with only 30% back in offices: Savills Singapore

Grade A CBD offices in Singapore saw occupancy levels decline from 94.3% in 2Q2020 to 93% in 3Q2020, according to a Savills forecast report on prospects for office occupation in key global cities in 2021. This could be…

Five-room HDB unit at Ang Mo Kio sold for $1.01 mil

A five-room HDB flat at Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, measuring 1,302 sqft, changed hands for $1,008,888 ($775 psf) in Nov. It is the second unit in the HDB town of Ang Mo Kio to have crossed the…

Residential price index dips 0.3% m-o-m in October: NUS

NUS SRPI reported that its main index, SRPI Overall fell 0.3% m-o-m in Oct. Nicholas Mak, head of research at ERA, says, “After increasing 3.5% for three consecutive months from June to Sept this year, the Overall SRPI…

Taronga Ventures partners with Singapore’s Smart Urban Co-Innovation Lab led by Capitaland

Real estate innovation and technology investment platform Taronga Ventures will be collaborating with Smart Urban Co-Innovation Lab. The collaboration will aim at helping major real estate owners and operators identify new revenue streams, reduce costs and operate sustainably.…

Safety rules for new food inventions as demand for meat substitutes grows

SFA has a set of guidelines to assess the safety of “novel foods” such as plant-based proteins and cultured or lab-grown meat, amid growing demand for meat substitutes. Under the regulatory framework, which has been in place since…

Covid spurs F&B sector’s digital move

Hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, this Peranakan eatery had to shut two of its six outlets. Both were located in CBD, where footfall had dropped drastically. That was when the mode of operation changed for the family-business HarriAnns…

Why the delay in Bishan-CBD cycling route?

In mid-2015, URA announced that it was commencing a study into the improvement of connectivity between Bishan and CBD for greener modes of transport such as cycling (Bishan to CBD on a bicycle?, July 1, 2015). But more…

Selfish use of public toilets

Despite the many posters put up outside and in public toilets for so many years, the same selfish habits remain among Singaporeans. I was at VivoCity last week, and visited a women’s toilet on the ground floor. The…

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