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Current approach to helping rough sleepers the way to go

Homelessness is a problem in Singapore as it is in every other part of the world. That we must be gracious and receptive towards the homeless is without question – they are a part of Singapore as much…

Small number of homeless people means problem can be tackled

Western societies have given up solving the problem of homelessness. Acceptance of sleeping rough on the streets as part and parcel of urban life has fuelled the call for public spaces to be homeless-friendly. Singapore must not echo…

Smoking policies should be created for the greater good of citizens

I agree with Ms Denise Chong’s points (Smokers get their unmasked breaks, unlike most of us, Nov 29). I have previously written to NEA to highlight the issue of residents smoking at their balconies, and its officers told…

Reconsider ban on ‘heat-not-burn’ cigarettes to reduce second-hand smoke

I refer to Ms Denise Chong’s opinion piece (Smokers get their unmasked breaks, unlike most of us, Nov 29). Such perceived unfairness of how smokers are, for instance, allowed to puff on cigarettes with their masks off outdoors…

Forget sentimental value. What’s the real value of Golden Mile Complex?

With the recent announcement that Golden Mile Complex (GMC) was to be gazetted for conservation by URA, Singaporeans reacted with a curious mix of nostalgia, apathy, and resentment. “This ugly building you save, but you tear down the…

Left vacant by COVID-19, can offices become homes to fix housing shortages?

The coronavirus pandemic has increased pressure on governments to address shortages in housing and allowed authorities more freedom to convert empty offices, urban experts said on Tues. Last month, the South Korean government said it will add 114,000…

Dell backtracks on Singapore retail exit

Computer maker Dell appears to have changed its mind about quitting physical retail stores in Singapore. After news broke that the company was ending reseller agreements in Malaysia and Singapore last month, it issued a statement to commercial…

Beware of real hazards – not ghosts – at closed cemeteries, says NEA on fake signage photo

Though the deceit was amusing for a brief moment in time, NEA assured that no, they have not warned members of the public to watch out for ghosts when entering cemetery grounds. NEA was recently alerted to a…

Midview City ‘landlord’ attacks tenant’s wife and toddler after lies exposed

Navigating landlord-tenant relationships can often be frustrating. For one couple, though, an attempt to lease an office space turned into a dramatic ordeal involving illegal subletting, assault and theft after encountering a “landlord” from hell. Taking to FB…

Mosques near Harbourfront, Pasir Panjang visited by Covid-19 cases while infectious

Two mosques in the southern parts of Singapore were added to a list of public places that had been visited by Covid-19 cases during their infectious period. On Wed, MOH said that the infectious persons had visited Temenggong…

PM Lee, Muhyiddin discuss KL-Singapore HSR project in video call

PM Lee and Malaysian premier Muhyiddin Yassin held a video conference call earlier on Wed on the status of KL-Singapore HSR project. The discussion was in view of the Dec 31, 2020 deadline for the second round of…

The Animal Resort in Seletar to close after 20 years

After 20 years of bringing joy to animal lovers and families in Singapore, The Animal Resort will be closing down next year. This rustic farm at Seletar is known for allowing visitors to get up close and personal…

24 people investigated for breaching COVID-19 measures in unlicensed entertainment outlet

Twenty-four people have come under investigation for allegedly failing to comply with safe distancing measures in an unlicensed public entertainment outlet. On Wed, SPF said they conducted an enforcement operation at the outlet along Genting Lane on Nov…

Man charged with keeping 7 tarantulas in Yishun flat, importing spiders from Malaysia

A man was charged on Wed with keeping seven tarantulas and two protected iguanas in his Yishun flat, and is also accused of importing a few of the spiders illegally from Malaysia. Andy Wong, also known as Wong…

Three mosques closed for cleaning after visits by COVID-19 cases: MUIS

Three mosques were temporarily closed for cleaning on Wed after they were visited by individuals who tested positive for COVID-19, said MUIS. In a FB post on Wed, it MUIS said the individuals had visited Masjid Ahmad, located…

Restaurant industry has yet to tap full potential of technology, say industry players

The restaurant industry has digitalised at an unprecedented rate amid the Covid-19 pandemic, but restaurateurs still have a long way to go in maximising the benefits of technology and data in their businesses, said regional key industry players…

The mall is dead, long live the mall

It survived multiple economic depressions, two world wars and a catastrophic fire. But after 162 years, Robinsons will be no more. The iconic Singapore department store may have been the pandemic’s latest casualty, but the truth is that…

Retail landlords must reinvent the shopping mall to thrive in new normal

In recent years, retail landlords have been working to tweak their tenant mix by bringing in more activities and F&B tenants, but the pandemic has shown that landlords have not been moving nearly swiftly enough to reinvent the…

Equinix injects US$144m initial investment into fifth Singapore data centre

Nasdaq-listed Equinix has made a US$144 million initial investment for the first phase of its fifth data centre in Singapore, it said on Tues. Named SG5, the nine-storey facility will be located at Tanjong Kling data centre park…

Sabana Reit: ‘Nothing unusual or improper’ about merger’s voting process

There is “nothing unusual or improper” about the voting procedures adopted for the proposed merger of Sabana Reit and ESR-Reit. Sabana Reit’s manager made that point in a bourse filing on Wed morning in response to concerns raised…

Singapore residents willing to spend more on staycations, food delivery: Survey

Singapore residents are willing to spend more on staycations and go for them more frequently, according to a survey conducted by SMU’s Institute of Service Excellence. Sixty-three per cent of the 450 participants surveyed said they would maintain…

Feedback sought on proposal to expand IMDA’s powers ahead of parcel network roll-out

The authorities are seeking feedback on proposed changes to the law that would empower IMDA to install and manage the nationwide parcel locker network ahead of its planned roll-out next year, as well as set out rules relating…

Get ready for a light collective sale season

Collective sale activities typically take place over short and intensive cycles, whenever developers’ appetite for land surpasses supply. Their appetite for land surges when their inventory runs low and the outlook for the market turns positive. Both of…

Singapore becomes first country to approve sales of lab-created meat

Eat Just Inc, a maker of meat and egg substitutes, has been approved to sell its laboratory-created chicken in Singapore, which becomes the first government to allow the sale of cultured meat. The product, created from animal cells…

Infineon pumps $20m into establishing Singapore as AI hub

German chipmaking giant Infineon Technologies on Tues announced Singapore as its base for developing AI applications for its global operations. The company, among the 10 largest semiconductor manufacturers in the world, will initially invest S$27 million to establish…

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