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Singapore property firms dangle cash incentives to lure agents to jump ship amid hot market

The hot property market has sparked a recruitment war between real estate agencies, with all manner of inducements rolled out to entice agents to jump ship. Agencies are offering hefty cash incentives for agents to sign on with…

Take in sights and food of Geylang Serai with heritage trail and book

Have you ever walked past some buildings in the Geylang area without knowing their significance? The 2021 edition of the Geylang Serai Heritage Trail Book, launched last Sat, not only provides walking routes for those interested in exploring…

Singapore Pools Toa Payoh outlet shuts after employee tests positive for Covid-19

A Singapore Pools branch in Toa Payoh has been closed until further notice, after an employee there tested positive for Covid-19 on Fri. A spokesman for the betting operator said deep cleaning has been carried out at the…

Ayer Rajah Food Centre closed until Wednesday after Covid-19 cases detected

Ayer Rajah Food Centre in West Coast will be closed until Wed after some stallholders and cleaners there tested positive for Covid-19 during their regular testing. In a FB post on Sun, Transport Minister S. Iswaran, who is…

McDonald’s to continue running Ridout Tea Garden outlet in Queensway after winning tender

Happy meals will still be a treat for fans of McDonald’s outlet in Ridout Tea Garden in Queensway, with the 32-year-old branch reversing a previous announcement of closure in Dec. A check on SLA website showed that the…

Covid-19 delays work to rebuild collapsed viaduct in Changi

A long-delayed road project in Changi will be further delayed, another in a list of infrastructural projects derailed by the Covid-19 pandemic. In response to queries from ST, LTA said the TPE-PIE Changi viaduct project has been affected…

Name more streets after women, urges S’pore Council of Women’s Organisations

The road to greater recognition for women can lie in naming more streets here after women, with a list of only about 40 so far, according to SCWO. But some 540 roads in the country are named after…

Luxury properties in S’pore selling like hot cakes

Singapore may have leapfrogged many advanced cities, including Hong Kong, to be one of the most popular investment destinations for the rich and famous. Over the past decade, efforts to build the country’s economic infrastructure and financial hub…

F&B outlets in CBD hardest hit as people avoid social gatherings

Eateries have seen a drop in business over the last two weeks, following the Government’s advisory on Sept 6 for the public to cut down on social gatherings. The impact was felt most among F&B outlets in CBD,…

Singaporeans still out and about but more cautious as daily Covid-19 cases rise

Although Singaporeans continue to go out, many are taking more precautions like avoiding crowded areas as daily Covid-19 cases rise. Mr Edward Pang, 64, a retired taxi driver, fearing he would catch Covid-19 and infect his children. He…

Some parents call for HBL to start from Sept 20, others would prefer less disruptions

Some parents of pri school children have called for HBL to start earlier – next Mon, instead of Sept 27 as mandated by MOE. Some expressed concerns about their children being potentially exposed to the coronavirus in school…

Fire at Shell’s Pulau Bukom plant leaves 4 with minor injuries

An early morning fire at Shell’s manufacturing site on Pulau Bukom on Fri left four of the oil giant’s emergency response team members with minor heat-related injuries. SCDF said in a FB post on Fri that it received…

How residents can teach others to promote public hygiene: Panel

Asking others politely to pick up their litter and teaching children to practise good hygiene habits were some suggested ways to promote public hygiene at a virtual discussion on cleanliness in Singapore. Organised by PHC, the virtual event…

Man dies after getting trapped under truck at construction site in Bedok; another man arrested

A man died after he was trapped under a concrete pump truck at a construction site. SCDF received a call for assistance at about 5.55pm on Fri, an SCDF spokesman said. The incident happened at 1 Bedok North…

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…

Two concept masterplans for future town at Paya Lebar Airbase to be ready by April 2022

Two concept masterplans for the Paya Lebar Airbase area are in the works, and findings from these plans will be shared with the public next year, said Second Minister for National Development Indranee Rajah on Thurs. The plans…

LTA launches initiatives to cut red tape and approval times for builders and developers

The authorities are looking to cut red tape and shorten approval times for construction works that impact the roads, rail and other transport modes by adopting initiatives proposed by a joint government-industry panel. Architects, engineers and builders will…

New marine climate science programme in S’pore to call for proposals in November

As a small island nation surrounded by the sea, Singapore is vulnerable to changes in the realm of the blue as the world warms. Sea level rise brought about by the melting of land ice, for instance, is…

Higher electricity bills for Singapore households likely to be the norm due to rising fuel costs

Households are becoming all too aware that electricity has got pricier in recent months and it is looking increasingly likely that these higher charges will be the norm for quite some time. Industry players and observers point to…

HP Singapore to take workforce, business partners on journey to sustainability, smart manufacturing

There are only a handful of companies in the world like HP Inc that have shown how technology can be used to pursue aggressive sustainability goals without compromising the interest of their shareholders. HP has a sustainable impact…

Easing off privileges in school registration

MOE announced changes to the Pri 1 registration framework from next year to help more children obtain a place in a school near their home in Phase 2C, which is for those who have no prior connection to…

Singapore to trial import of renewable hydropower from Laos in cross-border power trade deal

The Republic will begin trialling the import of renewable hydropower from Laos via Thailand and Malaysia, following an agreement between Keppel Electric and Electricite Du Laos (EDL) announced on Wed. The exclusive framework agreement between the two is…

S’pore top in broadband speed in world digital quality of life index, but slips in mobile speed

Singapore ranked sixth globally in the digital quality of life index, with Internet access and stability, and digital government services among the best provided in the world. Now in its third year, the index analyses how digitally advanced…

Woman charged with harassing neighbours claims ‘injustice’ over 14-day IMH remand

A woman who had been remanded for psychiatric assessment after she was charged for harassing her neighbours – a hospital nurse and his family – argued on Wed that she had been wrongfully detained. Lim Sok Lay, 48,…

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