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607 new COVID cases in Singapore; new Ren Ci home cluster

MOH on Mon confirmed 607 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country’s total case count to 72,294. Of them, 597 are local cases: 534 are in the community, while 63 are dormitory residents. The remaining 10 are…

Pedestrian safety a consideration when installing drain railings

We thank Mr Gopinath Menon for his feedback (Have railings for open drains to protect pedestrians when flooding occurs, Sept 7). Under PUB’s Code of Practice on Surface Water Drainage, railings must be installed at all open drains…

No through road to exit from Covid-19

Singapore has decided to hit the pause button on its reopening plans, in keeping with the need to adapt flexible measures quickly to deal with the evolving nature of the coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19 cases are surging despite the…

Migrant worker enclaves in S’pore transformed after year and a half of Covid-19 curbs

In Little India, jewellers that could count on five-digit takings each weekend are struggling to hold on, while a previously vibrant community space that drew Bangladeshi workers from across the island no longer pulses with fellowship. In Geylang,…

Underwater forensics reveal new shark and ray species in Singapore waters

Singapore’s murky waters hide an abundance of marine life – including a group of creatures that are globally threatened from overfishing. A new study by NUS scientists has found that there could be more species of sharks and…

A census for birds? Why Singapore is counting its winged visitors

There were worms everywhere in the mud, burrowing and wiggling underfoot as we trudged after NParks staff across the Mandai mudflat at low tide. It was July (2021) before the official start of the migratory bird season, which…

Local start-up creates shrimp feed with black soldier flies, sets up pilot R&D site

A Singapore-based start-up, Inseact, has been leveraging the voracious appetite of the black soldier fly to create protein-packed nutrients for shrimp feed and fertiliser for plants. The black soldier fly, in its larval form, feeds on organic waste,…

Project using black soldier flies to break down food waste set to expand in Tampines

An initiative in Tampines Park to convert food waste into nutrients for use in vegetable and fish farming is set to be extended to other parts of the town. The produce from the farms is currently undergoing food…

How 60,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging points in car parks may affect property demand (and Tesla sales)

In early Sept 2021, URA and LTA awarded the pilot tender for more than 600 EV charging points in 200 public car arks to two consortiums. This would definitely benefit homeowners living near these stations, particularly EV owners…

On average 650 diners a day told to clear tables in first 10 days of enforcement: Grace Fu

Enforcement officers approached an average of about 650 diners a day to ask them to clear their tables between Sept 1 and 10. These were the first 10 days following a three-month advisory period when the authorities began…

MP Louis Ng makes another pitch for smoking at windows and balconies of homes to be made illegal

Smoking at windows and balconies at home should be made illegal, said MP Louis Ng (PAP-Nee Soon) on Mon as he questioned why an existing law is not being used to tackle the issue of secondhand smoke from…

Tougher laws to be introduced in October 2022 to reduce construction noise and greenhouse gas emissions

Contractors who carry out work at construction sites near residential areas and hospitals on days they are not supposed to may be required to set up cameras at their worksites. The measure comes as authorities look to toughen…

PUB gets $51m funding, invites proposals including for studying climate impact on water quality

PUB has received $51 million in funding from NRF for water research, and is looking for solutions in two areas – extracting chemicals needed for water treatment and studying the impact of climate change on water quality here.…

Park Hotel Group ends management of Grand Park Orchard, S’pore portfolio shrinks to two

Park Hotel Group has terminated its mgmt contract for Grand Park Orchard hotel, bringing the number of hotels it manages in Singapore down to two from six hotels, ST learnt on Mon. In response to queries from ST,…

Park Hotel Group loses third management contract; Park Hotel Farrer Park rebranded

Park Hotel Group has lost its third mgmt contract – this time, for Park Hotel Farrer Park, following the winding up of a firm that used to own the Singapore-based hospitality group. The 300-room hotel in Little India,…

New launches that dropped prices in 2013/14: How are they faring now?

The most notable recoveries were Sky Habitat, and The Skywoods. The developer of Sky Habitat was overconfident at launch, probably because 2013 saw the property market at dizzying heights. There were units with a quantum that reached $2…

Bids made for Oei Tiong Ham Park Residences

Prospective buyers have already expressed interest in acquiring units at Oei Tiong Ham Park Residences within the first week of its sales launch on Sept 2. It consists of nine private villas that are spread across a trio…

Man charged in Singapore for ‘wakeboarding’ at War Memorial Park

A 24-year-old Singaporean man was charged on Mon after he was recorded wakeboarding at the War Memorial Park in July. Stephan Kovalkov was handed one charge of wilfully interfering with a national monument. His charge sheet states that…

Construction of Loyang MRT station on Cross Island Line to start in Q4

Construction of Loyang MRT station on CRL is expected to start in the fourth quarter of this year, LTA said on Mon. Passenger service at the station is projected to start in 2030. The underground station will be…

HDB took action to recover housing grants wrongly disbursed, to automate eligibility check process

Immediate action was taken by HDB to recover housing grants that were wrongly disbursed to 12 ineligible applicants, said MND Minister Desmond Lee in Parliament on Mon. HDB is also working to verify the eligibility of the remaining…

Man fined S$2,800 for fishing, littering at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

A 59-year-old fish farm worker was fined S$2,800 on Mon after being caught illegally catching fish at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and throwing his cigarette butt into the water. Ab Wahab Ahamad, a Singaporean, pleaded guilty to two…

Stiffer penalties proposed for people who abuse security officers; offenders could face up to a year’s jail, fine for harassment

Security officers may soon have more protection from abuse, with penalties imposed on people who harass, assault or hurt them under amendments to the Private Security Industry Bill tabled in Parliament on Mon. Introduced by Law and Home…

Singapore new private home sales down 24% to 1,211 units in August

New private home sales slipped in Aug after hitting a six-month high the previous month. Based on caveats lodged, analysts estimated that developers in Singapore sold 1,211 new private homes in Aug, down 23.8 per cent from July’s…

61 Robinson purchased by homegrown private equity group

A 20-storey office building at 61 Robinson Road that is nearing the completion of a revamp, is changing hands at S$422 million. A fund managed by ARA Private Funds, part of ARA Asset Mgmt, is selling the property,…

Private commercial landlords to give two weeks of mandatory rental waiver: MinLaw

Private commercial landlords in Singapore will be required to provide two weeks of rental waiver to qualifying tenants under the new Rental Waiver Framework tabled in Parliament on Mon. As part of the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) (Amendment No…

CBD offices filling back up, but hybrid work may be here to stay

As Singapore treads lightly in its transit to endemic Covid-19, the Republic’s CBD is starting to show signs of life once again. Companies are embracing a hybrid working arrangement – albeit cautiously. Since the easing of WFH regulations…

Tuan Sing banks on building ecosystems

The Covid-19 pandemic is reshaping where people live, work and play, raising the profile of mixed-used developments and the ecosystems they create. Tuan Sing fostering ecosystems is a recurring theme at its development projects at home and abroad…

Report filed after woman pulls down safe distance ambassador’s mask

A police report was lodged after a woman allegedly pulled down a SDA’s mask on Sat night at MBS. In a series of videos shared on social media, a woman and a man appear to be in a…

517 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in Singapore, new cluster at DHL building in Tampines

Singapore reported 517 new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections as of noon on Sun, comprising 454 community cases and 63 dormitory residents. A new large cluster, totalling 28 cases, was also identified at DHL Supply Chain Advanced Regional Centre…

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