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Buying 5 things singles should know before buying their first private home

1) Affordability concerns – If we go by CPF standards, affordability can be maintained by following the 3-3-5 rule. On a practical basis, few singles would qualify for a condo as a first home; 2) Financing and initial…

Cameras, crime and the use of Covid-tracking data

While the Government has made it known that TraceTogether data may be tapped under the CPC for investigations into serious offences, the operational reason for doing so has not been offered. What is known is that the Government…

Electric car-sharing outfit BlueSG poised to be sold

Home-grown transport and engg group Goldbell is in advanced talks to buy over an electric car-sharing outfit in Singapore. ST understands that discussions for the takeover of BlueSG’s operations have gone on for about a year, and an…

Singapore Parliament declares climate change a global emergency

WP has called on Parliament to declare a climate emergency, and for Singapore to take bolder action to combat climate change. Speaking during Mon’sdebate on a motion on climate change moved by PAP MPs, WP’s Mr Dennis Tan…

Singapore could develop into a carbon services hub to expand emissions-reduction efforts beyond its borders

The Republic may be small, but it can still punch above its weight on the climate change front by helping countries in the region and beyond cut their carbon emissions, said Mr Henry Kwek (Kebun Baru SMC) in…

Curb population growth to cut housing demand, need to clear forests: Leong Mun Wai

Curbing Singapore’s population growth will reduce housing demand and in turn, erase the need to cut down forests to free up land for homes, said NCMP Leong Mun Wai on Mon. This will also offer the country a…

Make condos set aside parking spaces for electric vehicle charging points: Gan Thiam Poh

New condominiums should be required to set aside a certain number of parking spaces as EV charging points, an MP said on Mon. Mr Gan Thiam Poh (Ang Mo Kio GRC) added that existing condominiums should also be…

All primary, secondary schools here to have lifts by 2026

In 2016, the main premises of Kranji Sec School in Choa Chu Kang started undergoing renovation, and the school had to relocate to a holding site for a period of time. That was bad news for Naufal Dzareef…

Businesses in S’pore taking advantage of downtime in tourism to spruce up offerings: STB

Several businesses in the hospitality industry are using the slowdown in tourist arrivals to spruce up their attractions in preparation for a future upswing, said Singapore Tourism Board. Haw Par Villa closed its doors last year for the…

Eldercare shop owner likes sense of familiarity in estate

Shop owner Ronnie Loh’s business journey has been more colourful than most, given that it has taken him from being a big wheel in the music industry to selling wheelchairs to seniors in the heartland. Mr Loh used…

HDB to conduct study on value of heartland shops in Singapore

Proposals are being weighed up to bolster heartland shops with a range of steps in the mix such as lowering operating costs, selling goods online and boosting staff skills. The measures are preliminary at this stage but could…

S’pore on track to phase out diesel buses by 2040

About 2 per cent of Singapore’s public bus fleet now run on cleaner energy, and it is on track to phase out diesel buses in 20 years. The goal to have all 5,800 public buses run fully on…

42 firms in Singapore fined for breaching Covid-19 safety rules

More firms have been penalised for failing to adhere to workplace safe mgmt measures despite repeated calls to make working from home the default and to ensure safe distancing at the office. Between Sept 28 last year –…

Migrant workers in higher-risk dorms to get Covid-19 vaccines first: Tan See Leng

Migrant workers in dormitories will be vaccinated by the end of this year, the same timeline as for the rest of Singapore, Second Minister for Manpower Tan See Leng said in Parliament on Mon. The workers – among…

Betting on bots: How resellers are beating others to book badminton courts

Online marketplaces such as Carousell are the go-to platforms for many Singaporeans to buy anything from beauty products to electronic gadgets. And now, they are also a virtual shop space to purchase bookings at public sports facilities such…

Resellers hawk public facility bookings including tennis courts, football fields for up to $300

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, it was common to see weekend warriors on public football fields around the island enjoying a Sunday kickabout. But this weekend game often came at a premium as the social footballers had to fork…

Here’s the the salary you need to earn to afford these homes in Singapore [2021 edition]

Buying a home in Singapore is expensive. In fact, according to CBRE’s Global Living Report, Singapore is the 3rd most expensive residential property market in the world. For many people in Singapore, buying our home will be the…

These resale condos saw high demand for one-bedroom units in 2020

Somewhat unexpectedly, the Covid-19 pandemic didn’t affect condo demand across the board. In fact, the demand for small-sized one-bedroom units soared among buyers. In the secondary (resale) market, 58 condo units at or below 50 sqm, also known…

Owner of Eng San Ginseng & Birdnest defends food sampling at store

The owner of a Chinese health store accused of unhygienic practices said today that he’s been allowing customers to dunk their hands into bags of snacks since it opened 20 years ago after being accused of violating pandemic…

‘Awkward’ design in new triple door bus not so convenient for some commuters

Just a week into the launch of Singapore’s new triple door buses, some have already pointed out design flaws that could discourage commuters from shuffling to the back of the vehicle. A man was filmed having difficulties trying…

Economic rebound to lift most property sectors

An economic rebound in 2021 is expected to lift most of Singapore’s property sectors to some extent, particularly the residential, office and industrial sectors. The residential property sector, for instance, is expected to post a recovery in private…

2 men to be charged with breaching Covid-19 laws during birthday celebration involving Mediacorp artistes

Two men will be charged in court on Mar 2 with flouting Covid-19 safe distancing rules by celebrating a birthday party with 11 other people last Oct. It is understood that the incident involved four artistes from Mediacorp.…

HDB to extend public consultation on Dover forest by 4 weeks: Desmond Lee

HDB will extend the public consultation on the possible uses of the Dover forest site, which ended last month, by four weeks, said MND Minister Desmond Lee in Parliament on Mon. Referring to the forest as Ulu Pandan…

River Hongbao returns this year in a hybrid format at Gardens by the Bay

Singapore’s annual CNY carnival River Hongbao will go ahead from Feb 10 to 16 at Gardens by the Bay. This will be the first time the event will be held at Gardens by the Bay, a shift from…

Visitor arrivals to Singapore plummet more than 80% in 2020, expected to stay weak amid COVID-19: STB

Singapore’s tourism sector experienced its “toughest year on record” in 2020 due to unprecedented global travel restrictions and border closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic, said Singapore Tourism Board on Mon. Visitor arrivals plummeted 85.7 per cent to 2.7…

Singapore to launch multi-ministry Green Plan to tackle climate change challenges

To address climate change and promote sustainability, Singapore will soon launch a Green Plan that will be a major policy priority for the Government, said MSE Minister Grace Fu in Parliament on Mon. The Singapore Green Plan 2030…

Warm, dry weather in first half of February after coldest January in 30 years

Warm and dry weather is expected in the first half of Feb, MSS said on Mon. “Overall, the rainfall for the first half of Feb 2021 is expected to be below normal over most parts of the island,”…

Bill restricting police use of TraceTogether data introduced in Parliament, with tougher penalties for misuse

The Government moved one step closer to formally restricting the use of personal contact tracing data in police investigations to serious offences, as it introduced a Bill in Parliament on Mon spelling out what these offences are. According…

95% of potholes repaired as of Jan 31, with highest monthly record in January

About 95 per cent of potholes have been repaired as of Jan 31, even as LTA identified 2,570 potholes in Jan this year, the highest ever in a single month. Jan was an “exceptionally” wet month, said Senior…

Mapletree Commercial Trust buoyed by shoppers at VivoCity, healthy balance sheet: analysts

Mapletree Commercial Trust is “recovering well” on resilient occupancy in its office and business park spaces, as well as increased footfall at shopping mall VivoCity, say CGS-CIMB Research analysts Eing Kar Mei and Lock Mun Yee. “We believe…

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