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Maybank Singapore launches green loans for home mortgage and home renovation

Maybank Singapore has launched two new green loans for retail customers’ home mortgage and home renovation on Oct 6. The loans are part of the bank’s five-year “M25” plan, where sustainability is one of its strategic priorities. The…

Keppel Corp targets to halve carbon emissions by 2030, achieve net zero by 2050

Keppel Corp has announced its commitment to halve the company’s Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 2030, compared to 2020 levels, and achieve net zero by 2050. The company on Oct 6, states that the target is…

Tuas blast inquiry: Expert argues machine was not safe enough and blast occurred inside it

A chemist testifying for the company whose machine caused a blast that killed three workers in a Tuas workshop said he believed it did not have sufficient safety features. Dr David Rose, regional director of Hawkins, a forensic…

Singapore to host Asia conference for leaders of multi-billion-dollar Mice industry

A new annual summit for regional leaders in Mice industry will be hosted by Singapore over the next three years. The first iteration of the Asia CEO Summit will be held at The Fullerton Hotel next year, with…

Man confronts restaurant staff in Bishan after failing to provide vaccination status for dining-in

A furious patron was filmed confronting restaurant staff in Bishan after he was unable to provide his vaccination status for dining-in. In a video uploaded on IG on Mon, it shows a man wearing a chequered shirt yelling…

Is there still a chance of cheaper resale HDB flats in 2021?

1) HDB’s response to construction delays will play a major role – The worries about construction delays have gotten more intense; from initial six to nine-month delays in around 85 per cent of projects; 2) If private housing…

Covid-19: 3,577 new cases in Singapore; rise in number of patients in ICU, need oxygen support

There were a record 3,577 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed on Wed, the second day in a row that the daily caseload has breached the 3,000-mark. Of these, 2,932 cases were in the community, 630 were workers’ dormitory…

NUS steps up Covid-19 self-testing; students call it a ‘minor inconvenience’ and appreciate being able to return to campus

NUS on Mon stepped up the frequency of Covid-19 self-tests for its staff members and students, before they can return to campus for physical lessons. The students did not seem to mind it, with a number of them…

Spike in complaints from Woodlands residents over foul odours like ‘rotten eggs’, ‘dead cats’

In the past couple of months, growing numbers of Woodlands residents have reported foul odours wafting through town. They have described them variedly as smelling like cow dung, rotten eggs, natural fertiliser or even dead cats. However, the…

Former BCA inspection officer jailed 8 weeks for accepting S$600 bribe via payment to his private firm

A former temporary inspection officer from BCA was jailed for eight weeks on Wed, after accepting a S$600 bribe from a construction firm in exchange for showing leniency during checks on a worksite. Tan Ming Lie, 32, pleaded…

Lift Covid-19 curbs on social group sizes for vaccinated family members from same household

At present, Covid-19 rules stipulate that people may dine out or visit public places only in groups of no more than two persons. People from the same household are also subject to this rule. Hence the odd scenes…

Administrator of cat Facebook group charged with illegally selling kittens from his home

The administrator of a FB group for cat lovers was charged in court on Wed with using his flat as a pet shop to sell two kittens. Derek Chew Keng Khoon, 45, is also accused of failing to…

Man fined for using home as a pet shop; sold dog he had adopted for free

A man who wanted a dog for companionship adopted a Jack Russell terrier for free before selling it for S$1,000 because it damaged his furniture, he said. He later adopted another two Maltese dogs, but lost one of…

New regional cybersecurity training centre opens in Singapore

A new regional cybersecurity training centre that will see ASEAN member states work together to conduct research, share knowledge and train to respond to cyber threats, opened on Wed, three years after it was first announced. Located in…

World’s 50 Best Restaurants: Singapore’s Odette breaks into the top 10

French fine dining restaurant Odette from Singapore has broken into the top 10 list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, an annual list that celebrates the best names in gastronomy from around the world. The restaurant, helmed by…

Woman who kept exercising at boyfriend’s house during circuit breaker given probation

A woman who kept leaving her residence to exercise with her boyfriend during Singapore’s partial lockdown last year was given six months’ administrative probation on Wed. According to her charges, May Moe Kyi, 23, a Myanmar national and…

Suspension of residential care home visits extended to 24 October

The suspension of in-person visits at all residential care homes has been extended to 24 Oct, MOH said on Tues. The suspension which was announced last month, was to end originally on next Mon. However, MOH said that…

Singapore must embrace global ESG movements to stay competitive: SGX sustainability head

To remain competitive as an Asian financial hub, Singapore companies must ride a “seismic shift” in capital and embrace the systemic push towards ESG investments, said Herry Cho, MD and head of sustainability and sustainable finance at SGX.…

Show will go on for Covid-hit cinema business, says mm2 Asia CEO

MM2 Asia CEO Chang Long Jong is optimistic about the silver screen industry’s recovery prospects, even as the group plans to dispose of its cinema business. He said mm2’s cinema business is in a stronger position from having…

JustCo Singapore suffers legal defeat, contract terms ‘grossly unfair’ to tenant

Co-working operator JustCo (Singapore) has lost a lawsuit brought by cybersecurity software company Dathena Science, in what might be the city-state’s first such case that resulted from pandemic-related measures. And with some of the contract terms – such…

Brokers’ take: AA Reit remains an attractive industrial, logistics play, RHB says

Recent concerns over Aims Apac Reit’s (AA Reit) mgmt changes, major shareholder sell-downs and acquisition delays or pricing are likely to be “transient in nature”, said RHB in a report on Wed. Although these concerns have led to…

Singapore premier’s estranged brother selling resort-style home

The estranged younger brother of Singapore’s premier is selling his resort-style home amid a surge in demand for luxury properties in the city-state. The two-story bungalow is on sale for S$16.8 million, according to a listing on PG.…

Singapore to remain as key data hub in Southeast Asia — Fitch Solutions

Singapore will still be the “preferred choice of investors” to build their data hubs in SEA, as the region sees a rapid rise in data centre construction in the coming years, analytics firm Fitch Solutions said. In its…

CBD Grade A office rents rebound 0.7% in Q3

In Q3 2021, CBD Grade A office rent is at $9.59 psf, registering a modest q-o-q increase of 0.7% after five quarters of consecutive drops. After five consecutive quarterly drops, Grade A office rents in Singapore’s CBD rebounded…

HDB not to provide direct financial subsidies for open market rental

The decision by HDB not to provide direct financial subsidies for rental units on the open market was made to prevent driving up market rentals and inducing demand. HDB has no plans to provide flat buyers with direct…

PPHS income ceiling allows gov’t to prioritise families in greater need of temporary housing

Delays in the construction of BTO flats, increased competition for open market rental, and the growing number of those who work from home have led to more demand for PPHS flats. The income ceiling of $7,000 for HDB…

Crocodile spotted at East Coast Park caught, relocated to Sungei Buloh

A 1.53m-long crocodile spotted by anglers at East Coast Park on Tues has been caught and relocated to the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. It was filmed swimming in a canal near Fort Road. The clip was shared on…

No evidence firms were involved in ABSD evasion case

We refer to Mr Samuel Jacob’s letter “Why no penalty for property firms” (Oct 1) regarding the prosecution of two property agents for their involvement in backdating an option to purchase a property to evade the higher ABSD.…

HDB should go back to building flats based on projections

I read with concern reports regarding Singapore’s lower birth rates and number of marriages last year, and HDB resale flat prices exceeding their previous peak in 2013. I think that the two are correlated. Though the current Covid-19…

Happy with Covid-19 curbs if they mean low death figures

A lot of us are dismayed by the roller coaster of Covid-19 restrictions we have been on since Apr last year. I note that Denmark is now fully open and the Danish people have learnt to live with…

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