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New AI training programme launched at ITE College Central in partnership with tech firm Nvidia

A new training programme in AI was launched by ITE on Wed, in partnership with technology firm Nvidia. The company is best known for its graphics computing technology, which the metaverse relies heavily on. Under the partnership, ITE…

5 people taken to hospital after fire breaks out in Jurong West HDB flat

Five people were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in a HDB flat in Jurong West early on Wed morning. SCDF said it was alerted to the fire at Blk 723, Jurong West…

Hit by streaming services and COVID-19, cinemas may see further consolidation, analysts say

Singapore’s cinema industry may see further consolidation amid a “perfect storm” of stiff competition from online streaming services and profitability challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, experts said. Last week, Filmgarde Cineplexes announced that it will shut two…

Man dies after ladder slips in Yishun workplace accident

A 59-year-old worker died when a ladder he was on slipped during a workplace accident last month, said MOM on Wed. The accident, which occurred at 1024 Yishun Industrial Park A on Dec 24, happened when he was…

NUS, NTU and SMU reaffirm commitment to climate action, following report highlighting links between fossil fuel industry and universities

NUS and NTU said environmental sustainability and social responsibility are “carefully” integrated in their investment mgmt processes, and reaffirmed their commitment to taking climate action. It comes after a coalition of students in Singapore released a 68-page report…

Sentosa’s Fort Siloso proposed as Singapore’s next national monument

Sentosa’s Fort Siloso could become Singapore’s 74th national monument, after a proposal for it to be gazetted, NHB said on Tues. The historical site will be gazetted next month if the proposal is confirmed, and will become the…

New private home sales down 58% in December on the back of cooling measures

Sales of new private homes in Singapore fell 58 per cent in Dec 2021 compared to the previous month, on the back of fresh cooling measures as well as the seasonal year-end lull. Excluding ECs, developers sold 650…

863 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore; 675 Omicron infections confirmed

Singapore reported 863 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Sun, including 363 imported infections. There were no fatalities, and the death toll from coronavirus complications remains at 843 according to MOH’s website. Sun’s case count was down…

956 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore; 692 Omicron infections confirmed

Singapore reported 956 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Sat, comprising 552 local infections and 404 imported ones. There were three fatalities, according to the latest infection statistics on MOH’s website. This takes the country’s death toll…

More enforcement officers in Chinatown in run-up to Chinese New Year; additional measures to be implemented if needed

More SDAs and enforcement officers will be deployed to Chinatown in the weekends leading up to CNY, Singapore Tourism Board said on Sat. It will work closely with other authorities to monitor the crowd situation in Chinatown. Additional…

Three in five households recycled regularly: NEA survey

While three in five households reported that they recycled regularly and that most knew what items could be placed in recycling bins, households were less aware of items that should not be deposited for recycling, NEA said on…

Biggest opportunity for reinvention lies in post-COVID world; crisis is ‘reset button’: Ong Ye Kung

The biggest opportunity for reinvention lies in the post COVID-19 world, with the pandemic akin to a reset button that has forced Singapore to rethink the way it does things, said Health Minister Ong Ye Kung on Thurs.…

Construction of Serangoon North, Tavistock MRT stations to begin in second quarter of 2022

Construction works for Serangoon North and Tavistock MRT stations on the upcoming CRL are expected to start in the second quarter of this year, said LTA on Thurs. This comes after LTA awarded two contracts worth a combined…

Woman gets jail for buying semi-detached properties for 3 foreigners before they obtained citizenship

A Singaporean woman bought landed properties in Ang Mo Kio under her name for three Chinese nationals despite knowing that the foreigners were not eligible to buy the units. Song Fanrong, 49, was sentenced to two weeks’ jail…

62-year-old driver sustains minor injuries after accident at Mediacorp Campus

A 62-year-old man sustained minor injuries after his car crashed into a building at the Mediacorp Campus early on Thurs morning. SPF said they were alerted to an accident involving a car along Stars Ave at about 1.10am…

882 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore; 797 Omicron infections confirmed

Singapore reported 882 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Wed, including 396 imported infections. There was one fatality, taking the country’s death toll from coronavirus complications to 839, according to the latest infection statistics on MOH’s website.…

Burning smell in eastern Singapore over past 2 days reported, cause not due to industrial incidents or hotspots: NEA

The “burning smells” reported in the eastern part of Singapore over the past two days is not linked to any local industrial incidents or hotspots in the region, said NEA on Wed night. In response to CNA’s queries,…

Growing green talent, green finance and combatting greenwashing among MPs’ suggestions for climate action

Helping Singaporeans seize green jobs, making the country a green financing hub and fighting greenwashing were among the topics raised in a debate on a parliamentary motion that was passed on Wed. The motion on climate change action,…

Firms will have time to adapt to carbon tax changes, authorities to provide financial support: Gan Kim Yong

Adjustments in Singapore’s carbon tax should be calibrated and made carefully so as to allow businesses enough time to adapt and stay competitive, said MTI Minister Gan Kim Yong in Parliament on Wed. Setting the correct carbon price…

Singapore to be ‘more selective’ of data centre investments: Gan Kim Yong

Singapore continues to welcome data centre investments but it intends to be “more selective” of such projects moving forward, said MTI Minister Gan Kim Yong on Tues. “In particular, we seek to anchor data centres that are best…

Don Don Donki to open aviation and travel themed outlet in Jewel Changi Airport in early 2023

Japanese lifestyle retailer, Don Don Donki, and Jewel Changi Airport Devt announced on Tues their plans to open a store at Jewel in the first quarter of 2023. Located at basement one, this aviation and travel themed outlet…

Man charged with not wearing mask at train stations after arrest warrant issued for him

A man was charged in court on Wed, a day after a warrant of arrest was issued for him. British national Mockridge Philip Richard was set to be charged in court in Dec for failing to wear a…

Circle Line 6 tunnelling works complete, 3 new stations set to open in 2026

If you’re travelling from Telok Blangah to the Marina Bay area by MRT, changing trains twice on your journey will soon be a thing of the past. The final stretch of tunnelling works for CCL6 was completed on…

Couple from China discontinue appeals, will begin jail terms for obstructing COVID-19 contact tracing in Singapore

A couple from China who were sentenced to jail for obstructing COVID-19 contact tracers in Singapore have thrown in the towel after almost two years of fighting their case in court. They discontinued their appeals on Tues and…

COVID-19: Encik Tan outlet failed to keep diners’ chairs 1m apart, parent group fined by court

The parent company of an Encik Tan food outlet in the Orchard Road area was fined S$4,000 on Tues for failing to ensure that diners’ chairs were spaced at least 1m away from those at other tables. Fei…

Filmgarde Cineplexes to shut 2 cinemas in Singapore as part of business transformation plan

Filmgarde Cineplexes said on Tues that it is shutting two of its cinemas, as part of a business transformation plan to cope with “changing trends” in the industry. The home-grown cinema operator said it will cease operations at…

750 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore; 389 Omicron infections confirmed

Singapore reported 750 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Mon, including 487 imported infections. There were no fatalities, and the death toll from coronavirus complications remains at 838, according to the latest infection statistics on MOH’s website.…

About 2,600 Omicron infections imported into Singapore so far: S Iswaran

About 2,600 Omicron infections have been imported into Singapore so far, Transport Minister S Iswaran told Parliament on Mon. They account for 60 per cent of the 4,322 Omicron infections recorded in Singapore. The total figure was provided…

Singapore hopes to ride through Omicron wave with measures tightened only as ‘last resort’

The current COVID-19 measures will only be tightened as a “last resort” when Singapore’s healthcare system is under heavy strain, said Health Minister Ong Ye Kung in Parliament on Mon. “It is the (MTF’s) hope that we can…

Orchid that was presumed extinct, new liverwort species among plant discoveries recorded in 2021

A small ground orchid that was presumed extinct in Singapore and a species of liverwort that is “new to science” were among the botanical discoveries recorded in the country in 2021, NParks said on Mon. A total of…

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