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When will we start ferrying migrant workers like human beings?

It’s 5.30 am on a foggy Tuesday morning. Siva and 12 other migrant workers sit huddled at the back of a lorry, squeezed between several pieces of heavy-duty machinery and long metal pipes. With 45 minutes to go,…

How much do you need to earn to buy a new or resale Executive Condo (EC)?

Thinking of upgrading from an HDB flat, but find that buying a condo is too expensive? Your best bet is to get an EC. Just like HDB flats, you can take CPF Housing Grants to buy a new…

Home recovery for fully vaccinated COVID patients aged 12-69: MOH

From Sat, home recovery will be the default care mgmt model for fully vaccinated COVID-19 patients aged 12-69, who have no severe co-morbidities or illnesses, said MOH on Fri. Only those aged up to 50 were eligible previously.…

Covid-19: 934 new locally transmitted cases; 1 cluster discovered at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard

Singapore reported 934 locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 on Fri, with a shipyard in Admiralty added to a list of active clusters under close monitoring. The cluster at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard has 26 cases after two were…

15 F&B outlets ordered to shut for breaching safe distancing measures, allowing unvaccinated patrons to dine in

Fifteen more F&B outlets were ordered to shut and 18 others have been fined, for breaking Covid-19 regulations, MSE said on Fri. Another 36 people were fined for not adhering to the rules as well. The businesses and…

Test the unvaccinated visiting Kusu Island

SLA has announced a limit of 500 visitors a day to Kusu Island during the upcoming pilgrimage season. There was no mention of differentiation between vaccinated and unvaccinated people. I feel strongly that there should be a differentiation…

Pace of reopening amid Covid-19 depends on price Singapore is willing to pay, say experts

How Singapore moves forward in dealing and living with Covid-19 depends on the price the country is willing to pay to achieve this. There is no perfect option and it is a matter of choosing “the best set…

Scientists keep getting Covid-19 predictions wrong: Here’s why

If scientists have learnt anything about Covid-19 over the past 20 months, it is that they don’t know enough. The disease is so different from anything humanity has ever dealt with that it is important for people to…

Agri Tech 4.0 is the new buzzword in agriculture, says food security expert

Smart farming on the other side of the world includes drones buzzing over a 300km stretch of farmland in Chile, checking for pests as well as for sick or parched crops. In Singapore, plastic sheets covering greenhouses and…

Dorm operators raise concerns about higher costs due to improved standards for new dorms in S’pore

Dormitory operators raised concerns about higher costs from improved standards for new migrant worker dormitories announced Fri, while employers expressed uncertainty about the impact on their bottom line. Migrant worker groups welcomed the move to impose the standards…

NUS clinches top BCA award for green buildings after picking up 50 Green Mark certifications

NUS picked up the top BCA award for sustainable developments on Fri. Named the Green Mark Platinum Champion after clinching 50 Green Mark certifications for buildings across its campuses this year, NUS was among 18 winners at the…

Teen caught on video doing backflip in rhino enclosure in remand after breaching bail conditions

A youth who was caught on video last Dec doing a backflip inside a white rhinoceros enclosure at the Singapore Zoo has had his bail revoked and is now in remand at Changi Prison after he breached his…

Sentosa aims for net-zero carbon emissions by 2030; roadmap rolled out focusing on renewables, sustainability

Sentosa island is known for its golf courses, beaches and luxury hotels. But visitors will soon be able to appreciate another aspect of the island of fun – its luxuriant nature and green initiatives – through biodiversity tours…

COVID-19: Shorter stay-home notice period for travellers from Poland, Saudi Arabia

Those with a 21-day travel history to Poland and Saudi Arabia who wish to enter Singapore from Sept 23 will be allowed to serve a 7-day stay-home notice at a place of accommodation. This comes after MOH reviewed…

100 vending machines to be set up for collection of COVID-19 self-test kits

People who received a COVID-19 health risk warning or health risk alert via SMS will be able to collect ART kits at 100 vending machines across Singapore from Sat. The test kits will be available for collection round…

Larger living spaces, en-suite toilets among improved standards for all new migrant worker dormitories

All new migrant worker dormitories will have to meet improved standards so as to “strengthen resilience” against future pandemics and “enhance liveability”, MOM said on Fri. These standards were developed by MOM, MND and MOH, in consultation with…

Singapore’s daily COVID-19 cases likely to hit 1,000 soon: Ong Ye Kung

Singapore should be prepared to see its daily COVID-19 cases hit 1,000 soon, said Health Minister Ong Ye Kung on Fri, as numbers have doubled every week. “This is day 26 of the current wave. Daily cases, as…

Over S$200m in rent support to be doled out to 35,800 tenants, owner-occupiers

More than 35,800 tenants and owner-occupiers will receive their second RSS payouts a month early, starting from Sept 22. The latest round of payouts total more than S$200 million, Iras and MOF said on Fri. Eligible tenants and…

New solutions are needed for more sustainable food: Grace Fu

The need for sustainable food production has “never been more urgent”, and new solutions are needed to drive this, said MSE Minister Grace Fu on Fri. She noted that the topic of food security came into greater focus…

Community spaces in mixed-use projects are great, but who pays?

With developers incorporating greenery and community spaces in upcoming mixed-use developments, the question begs to be asked – who ultimately foots the bill for such features? Notably, Far East Organization and sister company Sino Group recently snagged the…

Surge in demand for Internet services boosts demand for data centres worldwide

The surge in demand for Internet-based services over the past few years has boosted the demand for data centre developments around the world, especially in major cities such as Singapore. The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the use of…

Riding the collective sale wave

The collective sale momentum has recovered from the depths of Covid in the middle of last year. “While there were just a few developments where owners were exploring a collective sale last year, the number has picked up…

TEE Building in Bukit Batok for sale at $20 mil

An industrial building at 25 Bukit Batok St 22 is up for sale by EOI. The property has a guide price of $20 million, which translates to about $715 psf on the land area. Knight Frank said the…

Fraxtor offers investors opportunity to co-invest in real estate for as little as $20,000

A bungalow sitting on a sprawling 30,659 sqft, freehold site at 21 Mount Rosie Road in prime District 11 was sold for $43.8 million ($1,429 psf) at the end of May. The plan is to redevelop the property…

Innovative turnkey retail creates a win-win solution

Retail sales remain below pre-pandemic levels as footfall in malls continues to be hit by ongoing capacity limits, border controls and WFH arrangements. From dine-in bans to the cap on group sizes, restrictions in the F&B sector have…

Chinatown Complex reopens to few visitors after closure

Most stalls remained shuttered and patrons were sparse at Chinatown Complex on Thurs morning after it reopened following a closure of 3½ days. The cluster has since grown to 197 cases as at Wed, most of whom are…

Deepavali festivities to feature light-up, TikTok dance challenge

Deepavali celebrations starting next week will have something for everyone even as festivities take place for a second year amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Lisha will kick off its Deepavali 2021 line-up of online and hybrid activities on Sept…

Singapore’s Naiise resurrected and back online

Singapore’s home-grown gift and homewares retailer Naiise has been brought back by WestStar Group after being put in liquidation last Apr, unable to pay debts. WestStar Group said it has acquired Naiise’s online marketplace together with its accompanying…

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