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Have more bicycle bays at void decks

There are not enough bicycle bays in void decks, as shown in this photo taken at Blk 506 West Coast Drive. The bicycle bays can take a maximum of 10 bicycles. This has become a common sight in…

Clamp down on massage outlets in residential areas

It was stated in Parliament that of the 1,200 licensed massage establishments in Singapore, less than 3 per cent were found to operate vice activities based on police discoveries in 2016, and that there were about 300 massage…

Educate people to make sure our homes are quiet oases too

I thank ST associate editor Chua Mui Hoong for bringing soundscape awareness to readers (Quiet zones will make Singapore a more appealing global city, July 23). ST reported on Fri that LCCS, which is running a pilot scheme…

NTU traffic prediction technology bags prizes at Waymo autonomous driving competition

Roboticists from NTU who developed an algorithm capable of predicting a vehicle’s position eight seconds into the future clinched two awards at a competition organised by Waymo, an autonomous driving technology development company from US. The Waymo Open…

Sweet pickings for those on the scent of wild durians

It is 2am in a forest near the former Bulim cemetery in Jurong. Aside from the constant hum of crickets and frogs, it is eerily quiet as nothing is stirring around you. But a violent breaking of branches…

Coronation Road West GCB for sale by private treaty, price above $50 million

In light of recent outsized Good Class Bungalow (GCB) purchases by Singaporean entrepreneurs, the owners of the corner GCB at 1 Coronation Road West have decided to offer their property for sale by private treaty instead. When the…

Singapore eyes September border easing once vaccine rate hits 80%

Singapore is looking at relaxing its border rules this Sept, by which time around 80% of the country’s 5.7 million people should have received two doses of coronavirus vaccines. The city-state’s Finance Minister Lawrence Wong explained the government’s…

COVID-19: Use of community care facilities to be stepped up – Ong Ye Kung

There will be greater use of community care facilities instead of hospitals in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said in Parliament on Mon. He spoke about the shifts in healthcare protocols and…

129 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in Singapore; 10 new clusters

Singapore reported 129 new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections on Mon, including 61 cases linked to the Jurong Fishery Port cluster and six to the cluster in KTV lounges. There are now 858 cases linked to the Jurong Fishery…

Infrastructure projects for 8 schools delayed by up to 2 years due to COVID-19

Eight schools will experience delays, some up to two years, to infrastructure works because of the pandemic’s impact on the construction sector, said MOE on Mon. It said the COVID-19 situation has posed “severe manpower constraints” in the…

TraceTogether vending machines for replacement tokens rolled out at NEX and Sun Plaza

Vending machines that dispense replacement TraceTogether tokens will be deployed at more than 100 CCs and selected malls across Singapore in the coming months. The first two machines were rolled out at shopping malls NEX and Sun Plaza…

More than 17,000 BTO units to be launched in 2022, higher than this year’s supply: Desmond Lee

The number of BTO flats planned for 2022 will “certainly” be higher than the 17,000 units that are set to be launched this year, said MND Minister Desmond Lee in Parliament on Mon. He was responding to a…

Police conducted average of one enforcement operation a day on KTV, illegal nightlife outlets since October: Shanmugam

SPF have been conducting extensive enforcement action against nightlife establishments, said Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam as he addressed questions on the KTV COVID-19 cluster in Parliament on Mon. From Oct 2020 to Jul 10 this…

Students, staff members testing positive for COVID-19 ‘in tandem’ with rise in community cases: MOE

A number of students and staff members have been testing positive for COVID-19 “in tandem” with the increase in community cases in the past weeks, said MOE on Mon. At Raffles Girls’ Pri School, where a Pri 1…

Jail for COVID-19-positive man who lied to contact tracers before confessing in letter to health minister

After testing positive for COVID-19, a university undergraduate was concerned that contact tracing efforts would uncover his illegal gatherings with his friends during the “circuit breaker” period. He told his friends to lie, coming up with fictional narratives…

Return to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) does not change roadmap of treating COVID-19 as endemic: Ong Ye Kung

The recent return to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) does not change the Government’s roadmap towards treating COVID-19 as endemic and living normally with the coronavirus, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said in Parliament on Mon. He acknowledged that…

How will Frasers Property reach net-zero?

Frasers Property, the Singapore-headquartered multinational real estate company, is something of a trailblazer in its sector. In Jan the firm unveiled its ambition to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, making it the first Singapore-listed real estate company to…

Singapore could get more than two 5G standalone networks

A fresh band of 5G wireless spectrum could go up for auction in Singapore late this year, with all four telcos eligible to bid for the frequency, if the Singapore regulator has its way. The latest auction is…

Tap runs dry for Singapore craft beer distributors, breweries as they get sidelined in new Covid-19 support measures

Local craft beer distributors and breweries are reeling from the impact of Singapore’s third dine-out ban as they continue to be sidelined by government support measures. The government had on Fri rolled out a S$1.1 billion support package…

Big boys muscle in on empty space as retail rents slip amid Covid

Smaller retailers and eateries could increasingly be replaced in malls by big brands with the wherewithal to capitalise on rental declines. Even as Covid-19 restrictions chip away at the bricks-and-mortar consumer sector, the retail scene has accelerated an…

Pasir Ris 8 sells 85% of units at up to S$2,000 psf; developer confirms ‘several’ price reviews

Condominium Pasir Ris 8 has sold 415 units or 85 per cent of the total inventory of 487 apartments over its launch weekend, developer Allgreen Properties disclosed in response to queries from BT on Sun. Prices for the…

Jurong Fishery Port situation stabilising; more cases isolated before turning Covid-19 positive: Ong Ye Kung

Over the past few days, there have been more than 100 Covid-19 infections a day in Singapore, including those linked to the Jurong Fishery Port cluster. But the situation is stabilising, with the number of cases falling, Health…

KTV cluster is coming under control; Jurong Fishery Port cluster led to tighter Covid-19 rules: Ong Ye Kung

The KTV cluster is coming under control, with the daily number of infected people over the past three days in the single-digit range, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Mon. As at Sun, the KTV cluster had…

Scientists developing method to detect Covid-19 variants in wastewater testing

Scientists in Singapore are working on a test to detect the Delta (B1612) variant in wastewater surveillance for Covid-19. This follows their success in developing a viable method to detect and quantify the Alpha (B117) variant. Common wastewater…

Singapore firm taps goodness of human milk with cell-based tech

A biotech start-up based here and in US is on a mission to unlock the key ingredients from human milk to enhance infant and elderly nutrition, and nourish athletes. Nutrients in human milk are especially beneficial for strengthening…

NParks to open wildlife rehabilitation facility as Singapore becomes a City in Nature

NParks, custodian of Singapore’s biodiversity, plans to open a wildlife rehabilitation facility at its existing Animal and Plant Health Centre in Lim Chu Kang. This will improve its capabilities in rescuing and treating injured wildlife. Dr Adrian Loo,…

Free Covid-19 test kits for visitors of 2 markets as Jurong Fishery Port cluster grows to 792

Residents living around Geylang Bahru Market and Food Centre and 146 Teck Whye Ave Market will be able to collect free ART self-test kits on Mon and Tues. MOH said it is working with PA to distribute the…

Rise in demand for online grocery deliveries as shoppers avoid wet markets amid Covid-19 surge

With consumers hit by the double whammy of the closure of Jurong Fishery Port and the latest tightened restrictions, online grocers have seen a spike in demand for food items and delivery slots. Major players like RedMart, FairPrice…

Private landlords to be required, not just ‘encouraged’, to provide 2-week rental support to tenants: Lawrence Wong

Landlords will soon be required to provide two weeks of rental support to their tenants due to the latest Phase Two (heightened alert) measures, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said on Mon. This is a departure from the previous…

Evidence ‘doesn’t suggest’ Covid-19 virus jumped from KTVs to Jurong Fishery Port, says Shanmugam

Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam has dispelled the notion that the Covid-19 virus had spread from KTV, lounges to the Jurong Fishery Port, and countered suggestions that the authorities were either in “cahoots” with the lounge…

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