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Louis Ng steps down as CEO of ACRES

Louis Ng, the founder of ACRES, has stepped down as CEO. He will now focus on his duties as MP. Mr Ng is Singapore’s most prominent politician focused on sustainability issues. He has pushed for a reduction in…

‘High-fliers’ cross Himalayas before Singapore stopover

Those familiar with migratory birds in Singapore would probably have heard of the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Nestled in the country’s north-west, the mudflats of the reserve serve as a buffet spread for flocks of migratory birds, especially…

Use non-slip materials in HDB toilets

Singapore is a greying society. The risk of slipping in the toilet is greater for the elderly. But non-slip tiles are still not the default option in HDB flat toilets. HDB should be forward-looking and supply non-slip tiles…

News of HSR project’s cancellation disappointing, but ties still intact

The news about the KL-Singapore HSR project is disappointing. My family and I had been looking forward to the completion of the HSR project, as we have close relatives and friends living in KL and Melaka, and we…

Parliament: S’pore-Johor RTS Link project progressing well, says Ong Ye Kung

The cross-border rail line between Singapore and Johor is progressing well, said Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung on Mon. “The JB side has broken ground. On our side, we will break ground soon and we hope the project…

Singapore’s rail corridor offers an escape from city living and a nostalgic view of the past

While the sound of passing trains is but a memory and the tracks have been removed, a different kind of travel is now possible on the trail formerly occupied by the KTM railway in Singapore. At present, a…

Buildings, firms in Singapore tap smart tech to monitor operations

The pandemic is turbocharging the adoption of smart technologies in commercial buildings and workplaces across the island. Going digital is not only reducing physical touchpoints but is also allowing firms to team up with industry partners to better…

New bus terminal for Bukit Panjang opens on Jan 23

A new bus terminal for Bukit Panjang will open from Jan 23, according to a FB post by LTA on Mon. The Gali Batu Bus Terminal, located in Woodlands Road, replaces the Bukit Panjang Temporary Bus Park. With…

TPE slip road towards Loyang Avenue affected by landslip partially reopened

The slip road on TPE affected by a landslip triggered by heavy rain over the weekend has been partially reopened. Repair work has been completed and one lane reopened to traffic while the lane nearer the landslip is…

Gardens by the Bay restarts full light and sound show from Friday

Visitors to Gardens by the Bay will get to enjoy the full suite of its light and sound show from this Fri as Singapore moves into phase three of its reopening. Garden Rhapsody, the popular light and sound…

Parliament: Singapore’s beaches cleaned twice a day during monsoon seasons, says Grace Fu

Singapore’s beaches are cleaned twice a day during the north-east and south-west monsoon periods when more trash is brought in to the shore and debris increases, said MSE Minister Grace Fu on Mon. For the other half of…

Parliament: Fewer hygiene inspections of food stalls, caterers in 2020 due to circuit breaker, says Grace Fu

Fewer hygiene inspections of food stalls and caterers were carried out in 2020, partly due to the disruption caused by the two-month circuit breaker, which led to a number of food establishments ceasing operations. However, SFA resumed its…

Hotel staff in contact with SHN individuals to be rostered for routine Covid-19 testing

To prevent Covid-19 transmission from designated Stay-Home Notice (SHN) hotels, all hotel staff in contact with individuals serving their SHNs in such facilities will now be placed on a 14-day rostered routine testing (RRT) regime. This was announced…

Singapore’s construction, marine and process workers among priority groups for vaccine

Workers “in jobs or settings where risk of a super-spreading event is high”, including migrant workers, will be among the priority groups for Covid-19 vaccination, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong in Parliament on Mon. These include the…

Tough 2021 for residential landlords as rent budgets, foreign workforce shrink

It’s going to be another gloomy year for private residential landlords as cuts to tenants’ rental budgets continue while more foreigners lose their jobs in Singapore. And don’t hold out for the Chinese tech companies which are expanding…

Noise from renovations: HDB could do more to notify work-from-home residents via digital means

With working from home being part of our new normal even as we move into the third phase of reopening the economy, HDB needs a better system to inform residents of ongoing renovations in their block. Typically, the…

Clementi Forest to remain zoned for housing, but no ‘immediate need’ to develop site: Desmond Lee

The Clementi Forest, which became a recent talking point after a drone footage of it went viral, will remain classified for residential use, MND Minister Desmond Lee said. Images of the green space caught the attention of online…

Failed HSR project: M’sia wanted to remove AssetsCo, which was needed to protect both countries’ interests, says Ong Ye Kung

The KL-Singapore HSR project was terminated because Malaysia had proposed to remove an assets company that had previously been agreed on, Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung said. Speaking in Parliament on Mon, he said that the original agreement…

COVID-19: Singapore reports 24 new cases, all imported

MOH has confirmed the detection of 24 new cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore as of noon on Mon, taking the country’s total case count to 58,721. All the cases are imported and asymptomatic, and they had already…

Vaccinated travellers still subject to border rules, SHN: Lawrence Wong

Vaccinated travellers will continue to be subject to prevailing border measures and Stay-Home Notice (SHN) requirements, said multi-ministry taskforce (MTF) co-chair Lawrence Wong in Parliament on Mon. “There are several ongoing studies on the effectiveness of vaccines in…

78% of residents participating in TraceTogether programme – Lawrence Wong

More than 4.2 million people, or 78 per cent of Singapore’s resident population now participate in the government’s TraceTogether (TT) programme. Of these, around two million people use just the TraceTogether app on their mobile phones. To date,…

Singapore incurred above $270m for terminated high speed rail project: Ong Ye Kung

Singapore has incurred more than $270 million for the terminated KL-Singapore HSR and received so far about $15 million of compensation from Malaysia, Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung told Parliament on Mon. As the HSR bilateral agreement (BA)…

TraceTogether data can be used for criminal investigations: Desmond Tan

SPF is empowered under the CPC to obtain TraceTogether data for criminal investigations, said Minister of State for Home Affairs Desmond Tan in Parliament on Mon. He was responding to a question raised by Holland-Bukit Timah GRC MP…

No local COVID-19 cases from people who entered Singapore without pre-departure tests from Nov 18 to Dec 27

Among the travellers from higher-risk countries and regions who entered Singapore without pre-departure tests between Nov 18 and Dec 27, none of those who tested positive for COVID-19 resulted in local transmission, said Minister Lawrence Wong on Mon.…

2 family COVID-19 clusters a ‘sobering reminder’ about how easy it is for clusters to break out: Lawrence Wong

The two COVID-19 family clusters identified in recent days are a “sobering reminder of how easy it is for clusters to break out”, said Minister for Education Lawrence Wong on Tues. Speaking at Waterway Pri School in Punggol,…

Singapore private home prices increase by 2.1% in fourth quarter

Private property prices in Singapore rose 2.1 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2020 from the previous quarter, according to flash estimates by URA on Mon. This compares with a 0.8 per cent increase in the previous…

HDB resale prices climb 4.8% in 2020

Resale prices in the public housing market climbed 4.8 per cent in 2020, an increase from the 0.1 per cent rise in 2019, according to flash estimates released by HDB on Mon. Prices in the fourth quarter of…

Third CDL director resigns in relation to Sincere Property investment

Tan Yee Peng, an independent non-executive director of City Developments Limited (CDL) has resigned from her position effective Dec 30. The announcement was made on the morning of Jan 4, 2021. Tan’s resignation comes after non-executive and non-independent…

Mustapa: Compensation for Singapore over HSR project cancellation not finalised

The compensation figure for the cancellation of the KL-Singapore HSR project cannot be disclosed as both Malaysia and Singapore are bound by a confidentiality clause in the bilateral agreement. Minister in the PM’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa…

LHN Group to launch mixed-use development with communal living experiences

LHN Limited says it will be launching a mixed-use development at 1557 Keppel Road. The integrated space will comprise three blocks spanning over 96,299.05 sqft. It will be utilised for both commercial and residential purposes. The property is…

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