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KTV cluster will grow, with Covid-19 cases going under the radar: Experts

The nature of KTV lounge operations makes it more difficult for the authorities to test and trace those who are linked to a cluster involving several outlets, while making it easier for Covid-19 to spread, experts say. They…

3 KTV operators under investigation for allegedly providing hostessing services; 20 women arrested

Three KTV operators are being investigated after allegedly providing “hostessing services” within their premises, said SPF on Wed. This is in breach of safe mgmt measures, under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020. The police did…

HDB downpayment guide: How much do you need for BTO, Resale & EC?

Balloting for a BTO flat used to be the standard procedure for first-time home owners in Singapore. But these days, many are considering resale flats and ECs too. That’s largely because of recent delays for BTO flats, but…

4 more KTV lounges to close for 2 weeks due to likely ongoing Covid-19 spread: MOH

Four more nightclubs and karaoke lounges were ordered to close for two weeks from July 15 to 29 to curb a likely spread of Covid-19. This comes after three of such nightclubs were made to close on Tues.…

Police to take action against lounges, hostesses for flouting rules which led to Covid-19 KTV cluster

The police will take action against KTV lounges and their hostesses, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Wed. This was after MOH recorded 56 new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases, 41 of them linked to a rapidly growing…

10 Questions with Mr Marcus Chu, new CEO of ERA Singapore

1) As the new CEO of ERA Singapore, what are some of the tasks or goals you’ll be looking forward to planning for in the immediate term? My immediate task is to align the organisation’s vision, mission, purpose…

Covid-19 KTV cluster: Govt thought ‘long and hard’ but no tightening of community restrictions for now, says Ong Ye Kung

The loosened restrictions allowing groups of up to five persons to dine out since Mon will remain, despite a surge in Covid-19 community cases on Wed, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said. The authorities had thought “long and…

56 new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases in Singapore, 42 linked to KTV cluster involving social hostesses

There were 56 new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases recorded on Wed, 42 of them linked to a rapidly growing cluster involving KTV or karaoke lounges. One of the 42 new infections linked to the KTV cluster is a…

Estimated monthly instalment for an August 2021 BTO flat

In the upcoming Aug 2021 HDB BTO launch, we’ll see seven projects launched in Queenstown, Jurong East, Kallang/Whampoa, Hougang and Tampines. Over the past weeks, we’ve done an in-depth review of each project in the launch, considering various…

Rain over the past two weeks exceeded July’s average rainfall in Singapore

Rainfall patterns this month have been slightly unusual, as the total rainfall recorded over the past two weeks has exceeded the average monthly rainfall for July. At the Changi climate station, the total rainfall recorded this month as…

Sale and slaughter of live turtles, frogs banned at wet markets in S’pore due to health concerns

The sale and slaughter of live turtles and frogs at wet markets in Singapore have been banned since Dec. The move came after a joint appeal by Acres, and SPCA, to raise the safety and welfare standards of…

Singapore can introduce higher carbon taxes and still stay competitive: MAS chief

Singapore is an “outlier” among countries that have introduced a carbon price, and carbon taxes here will have to go up in order to help the Republic meet its climate commitments, said Singapore’s central bank chief. Speaking at…

Singapore to invest in better ways to recycle or dispose of plastic sustainably: Grace Fu

The nation cannot do away with the use of plastic entirely, especially as its functionality has come to the fore amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, solutions should tackle how it can be recycled or disposed of sustainably, said…

Office rent to bottom out by end-2021

Singapore’s office sector saw overall net absorption improve to 649,000 sqft in Q2 2021 from 185,000 sqft in Q1 2021, revealed an Edmund Tie report. The improvement comes on the back of the decentralisation trend, as more companies…

Unit at Grange Residences reaps $3.5 mil profit

The seller of a unit at Grange Residences, located along Grange Road, made the top gain of $3.48 million over the week of June 28 to July 6. The 2,486 sqft unit on the second floor was bought…

Freehold residential building on Upper Serangoon Road selling for $7.6 mil

A freehold building at Upper Serangoon Road is on the market for $7.6 million. CBRE revealed that the sale of the property will be via public tender. The three-storey residential building at 543/543A/545/545A Upper Serangoon Road sits on…

PLife REIT and IHH Healthcare extend strategic collaboration for Singapore hospitals

ParkwayLife REIT’s manager announced (along with sponsor IHH Healthcare) a long awaited Master Lease Agreement renewal of its three hospitals in Singapore, Mount Elizabeth, Gleneagles and Parkway East Hospital on July 14. The increase in rents of the…

Video of angler releasing endangered shovelnose ray at Bedok jetty sparks debate about sport fishing

A recreational angler and his friends believed they were doing the right thing when they released their rare and endangered catch back into the sea at Bedok jetty. However, the incident has recently sparked debate among netizens over…

COVID-19: Singapore to stop entry for long-term pass holders, short-term visitors with travel history to Myanmar

All long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history to Myanmar within the last 21 days will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore, MOH announced on Wed, given what it described as a…

Tengeh Reservoir floating solar farm opens with 122,000 panels that will power S’pore’s 5 water treatment plants

Just before Tuas Checkpoint at the Singapore-Malaysia border, rows of black-and-silver solar panels line one-third of the waters in Tengeh Reservoir. Spanning about 45 hectares these 122,000 solar panels form Singapore’s largest floating solar farm to date. The…

Condo rents unchanged in June while HDB rents rise 1%; rental volumes increase

Rents for private apartments were unchanged in June, while those for HDB flats edged up by 1 per cent from the previous month, according to flash data from SRX released on Wed. Rental volumes for both condominium units…

Singapore’s new private home sales dip in June, but demand stays buoyant: analysts

The absence of new launches in June on the back of heightened restrictions has moderated the month’s new private home sales, but analysts remain optimistic about market demand. Based on caveats lodged, analysts estimated that developers in Singapore…

Residential sector dominates investment sales for Q2 2021

Property investment sales in Singapore increased 15.4% q-o-q to $5.48 billion in the second quarter of 2021, with the residential sector accounting for 56% of the total sales at $3 billion, revealed an Edmund Tie report. Of the…

Acromec enters JV to launch co-working laboratory facilities

Specialist engineering service provider Acromec has entered into a JVA with Tako Ventures to build, own and operate co-working laboratory spaces on July 13. Life Science Incubator was incorporated by Tako Ventures in Oct 2020 with an issued…

Seniors staying together fare better during Covid-19

In a stark reminder of the loneliness and sadness facing seniors aged 60 and above during the Covid-19 pandemic, SOS reported that while there was a 13 per cent increase in suicides last year from 2019, the number…

Carrot-and-stick approach to tray return will change the behaviour of more Singaporeans

PHC is encouraged by Mr Jeffrey Law Lee Beng’s observation that most people are returning their trays and crockery after their meals. Since making it mandatory to return trays at hawker centres, NEA has put up many posters…

If people smoke at home, the problem of secondhand smoke will not go away

The issue of secondhand smoke, drifting into homes from neighbours smoking in nearby units, came into focus yet again when two air-conditioned smoking cabins were launched at public housing estates in Clementi. Complaints about secondhand smoke have been…

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