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Details matter when designing public transport infrastructure

Some areas in our public transport infrastructure fall short of expectations, from a human-centred design perspective (When public walkways, shelters fall short of expectations, Dec 28). Human-centred design thinking requires designers and engineers to fundamentally consider how people…

Coffee-shop and foodcourt fare just as cheap and good

I often hear people praising hawker food, saying it tastes nicer and is cheaper compared with food sold at foodcourts and coffee shops (Build hawker centre in Bukit Batok town, Dec 25). This is not necessarily true. Gone…

NEA reviewing approach to table cleanliness in hawker centres; schemes in place to sustain hawker trade

We agree that cleanliness in our hawker centres can be improved. Since 2013, we have introduced several tray return initiatives, including behavioural nudges (with visual and audio cues), publicity campaigns and infrastructural improvements, such as the automatic tray…

Cleanliness of hawker centre toilets needs to be improved

I refer to the letter by PHC (Hawker centres: No letting up on drive to cultivate cleanliness culture, Dec 31). The council says it has worked hard to educate a wide spectrum of society on the importance of…

Count the costs: Which comes first, wages or rents?

As companies saw their business dwindle when Singapore entered circuit-breaker mode to stem the spread of the coronavirus, calls grew for rental rebates from landlords. Their frustrations boiled over at what they perceived as “unfair” rentals and wanted…

A missed opportunity to bolster KL-Singapore connectivity

The new year was barely nine hours old when a joint statement released by Singapore and Malaysia on Fri morning delivered the unfortunate, but not entirely unexpected, confirmation that the planned HSR linking the two neighbours has been…

Police investigating 44 people who took part in New Year’s Day gathering at industrial building

The police are investigating 44 people for flouting safe-distancing rules at a gathering on New Year’s Day. At about 1.20am on Fri, police received a report that there was a gathering at an industrial building along Boon Lay…

Malls and restaurants buzzing on first weekend of Singapore’s phase 3 reopening

Strong winds and wet weather did not deter Singaporeans from making the most of the long weekend, judging by the busy shopping malls and queues that formed outside major attractions. New Year’s Day also marked the start of…

Capturing Pasir Ris Park’s wild residents in short film

Grounded by the Covid-19 pandemic, two photographers who usually spend most of their time travelling outside Singapore decided to document the wild residents at Pasir Ris Park in Sept. On Christmas Eve, they released a video entitled Residents…

Singapore’s security agencies adapting to Covid-19’s changes and challenges

As countries locked down their borders and intl travel ground to a near halt, one might assume national security required less resources as crowds thinned and people stayed home. But the security forces of Singapore continued with key…

Broken cable caused six-hour disruption on Downtown Line

A broken signalling cable has been identified as the cause of delays over a period of about six hours on DTL on Mon. Commuters had faced longer travelling times along a stretch of 12 stations from Expo to…

Not flooding but draining at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Photos of high water levels in the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park have caused some netizens to assume it is flooded, but the park is functioning exactly as intended – with a canal that channels rainwater downstream. The spike…

Risk of Covid-19 community spread by SIA steward who drove for Grab small because of measures taken: Experts

Concerns about the risk of Covid-19 transmission to passengers by SIA steward who worked as a Grab driver are valid, but mask wearing and other precautions taken, as well as the robust contact tracing system here, will mitigate…

Existing measures in Singapore can contain fast-spreading Covid-19 strain: Experts

Measures for containing the spread of Covid-19 would still hold for the fast-spreading strain circulating in UK which may show up in more cases here, unless it gets loose in the community, said infectious disease experts. “The community…

PUB issues flash flood warnings for 3 areas on Jan 2 as temperatures dip below 22 deg C on New Year’s Day

PUB has warned of flash floods occurring in three areas due to heavy rain on Sat. They are at Pasir Ris Farmway 3, Lor Halus (towards TPE) and Jln Seaview. At about 9.30am on Sat, it stated that…

2 COVID-19 cases in marine sector may have breached safety measures; action taken against employer

Authorities in Singapore are investigating if two marine sector employees who recently tested positive for COVID-19 had breached safe mgmt measures at work. The two employees are the marine surveyor at Lloyd’s Register Singapore who tested positive on…

Wet start to New Year continues as mercury falls to cool 21.1°C in Singapore

Temperatures dropped to a low of 21.1°C on Sat as cool and rainy weather from a monsoon surge continued on from Fri, said NEA. In a FB post, NEA said widespread continuous rain and some thundery showers were…

Takashimaya, Bedok Mall, Tang Plaza and various eateries among places visited by Covid-19 cases while infectious

On Fri, MOH said that the infectious persons had visited Tomi Sushi Restaurant at Millenia Walk between 7pm and 8pm on Dec 31, 84 Marine Parade Central Market and Food Centre between 930am and 1020am on Dec 29,…

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