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Beekeeper pushing for greater protection of Singapore’s bee population

For years, conservationist Xavier Tan has been trying – and failing – to convince people and pest control companies that beehives should be relocated instead of exterminated. So, last month, Mr Tan, 55, started a petition calling for…

New online database details rare bird species in Singapore

How many times has a rare bird been seen in Singapore and in which parts of the Republic? Answering such questions could help to establish population trends in rarely encountered birds and over time, it could indicate if…

More rare birds make landfall in Singapore – some for first time

Rare winged creatures have been making landfall in Singapore in recent months, exciting birdwatchers keen on getting a glimpse of these unexpected visitors. At least seven unusual bird species have been seen here since Oct. They include the…

Security industry faces manpower crunch, especially in dorms

Jaded by the increasing hours on the job and the heavy workload, many security officers working in dormitories quit last year as the number of Covid-19 cases among foreign workers rose steadily. While cases of abuse of security…

Abuse against security officers in Singapore on the rise amid Covid-19 pandemic

For security officers on duty, saying no can lead to tense encounters with members of the public. And Covid-19 safety measures have made officers on duty more susceptible to abuse as they try to enforce rules like safe…

Dine-in suspended at Bishan Junction 8 foodcourt till Dec 13 after diners flout Covid-19 rules

Patrons of Bishan Junction 8 mall will not be able to dine at its Food Junction foodcourt until next Tues. The dine-in option for the foodcourt was suspended for 10 days from Sat after multiple instances of patrons…

SUTD students to design and build eco-friendly library in Bukit Panjang void deck

A group of engg and architecture students will design and build a library made from cardboard and felt in the void deck of a block of flats in Bukit Panjang. The pilot project, a collaboration between the North…

German pharmaceutical giant Bayer may build new plant, partner start-ups in Singapore

Bayer AG may build a new production facility in Singapore to support the ground-breaking cell and gene therapies it is developing to cure Parkinson’s disease. The German multinational, one of the world’s top pharmaceutical companies, told ST that…

Singapore Recreation Club raising funds in revised levy plan to remain at Padang

SRC has started a fund-raising drive to collect money from members so that it can remain at the Padang after its lease expires in July 2024. It needs to pay a sum of $18,404,070 to SLA by Jan…

Mice sector expected to rebound by 2023 following recent high-profile events

The business events sector here will rebound to pre-pandemic levels by 2023, according to the industry’s peak body. Saceos cited the string of high-profile intl conferences last month, and noted that it is “confident that 2022 should be…

Few cyclists follow rules at pedestrian-only zone

The stretch of walkway from Blk 206 to Blk 209 Bedok Central is designated as a pedestrian-only zone. It is one of the best amenities available to Bedok residents. With cycling prohibited in the zone, pedestrians can move…

Everyone can lend a hand to save the land

In recent times, the idea of sustainability has gained much attention. Of course, everyone wants to be sustainable, individually or as a business. But what exactly does this mean, and why is it so important? One way to…

Residents should have some leeway to place items outside front door

I refer to Mr Martin Frois’ letter and accompanying photo (Common space treated as own backyard, Dec 3). For as long as HDB flats have existed, their occupants have been using the space in front of their door…

Consistency needed on how common spaces can be used

I refer to the letter by Mr Martin Frois, “Common space treated as own backyard” (Dec 3). It does seem that the use of common spaces in HDB estates as an extension of one’s own property is rather…

4 S’pore property trends to watch in 2022

Singapore’s property market will end 2021 with its best sales performance in recent years, with prices of private homes rising six consecutive quarters to a historical high in the third quarter of this year. More than 25,000 private…

New dialysis centre in Punggol to involve patients in own treatment for better health outcomes

A new dialysis centre was officially launched in Punggol on Sun that will see its patients take responsibility for their dialysis sessions by measuring their own vitals and laying out medical supplies before starting treatment. This self-responsibility has…

Opinion divided in Malaysia on reviving Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR

After two years of Covid-19 movement restrictions, the owner of the famed Kluang Rail Coffee will gladly welcome a boost to local tourism. But the KL-Singapore HSR is not quite what Mr Barney Lim needs right now. There…

Retail takes off at airport terminals and Jewel amid looming headwinds

Shops at the airport terminals and those at Jewel Changi Airport mall are starting to see some signs of life again, bolstered by the easing of social restrictions and the launch of VTLs. But the looming threat of…

Integrated community hub One Punggol to open from mid-2022, 700-seat hawker centre among facilities

One-stop community hub One Punggol, which features a host of facilities from a library and a 700-seat hawker centre to childcare and senior care centres, will open in stages from the middle of next year. Expected to serve…

All Yio Chu Kang estates to be dementia-friendly by 2025

Yio Chu Kang will become a colourful town by 2025, with vibrant colours and bigger block numbers to be painted on its flats, making it easier for people with dementia to find their way home. It is set…

Migrant worker health plan a right move

Singapore is pressing on with improvements to the working and living conditions of migrant workers here, the latest move being the provision of primary healthcare specifically for them, paid for largely by employers and provided by four healthcare…

Do more to manage crowds at SkyVille@Dawson’s rooftop gardens

I’m a resident of SkyVille@Dawson. Having seen several of my neighbours volunteering to assist the RC in checking the rooftop gardens to ensure there is no overcrowding, smoking, littering or noise pollution and that people adhere to safe…

Use of leaf blowers driving people away from park

I agree with the sentiments expressed by Mr Mahinder Singh (Visitors should be considerate in nature reserves, Dec 1). Noise is driving the elderly from the normally peaceful and tranquil Bedok Town Park. The park has many mature…

Objective and purpose of a new HSR project should be clearly defined by both sides

PM Lee held a press conference recently with Malaysian PM Ismail Sabri Yaacob after they launched the land VTL. PM Lee said that construction of the cross-border RTS Link between Woodlands and JB is ongoing, and both countries…

Macaque too smart for anti-pilferage bin

During my regular evening walks at Admiralty Park in Woodlands, I often spot long-tailed macaques in large numbers with adults and babies. They are known to be an intelligent species and now I know why. On Wed, I…

Vaccination-differentiated measures are better than mandating Covid-19 jabs

A local survey released recently found that 70 per cent of people here would like to see the Government make Covid-19 vaccination compulsory, with only 14 per cent disagreeing with such a move. While one might argue that…

Common space treated as own backyard

I share some common space with my neighbour which is the only passage to my home. My neighbour has used the space to hang laundry and store shelves, boxes and other personal items. I raised this issue with…

First Jewish museum in Singapore opens in Waterloo street

Few know that the Maghain Aboth Synagogue in Waterloo St, meaning “Shield of Our Fathers”, is Asia’s second-largest and SEA’s oldest synagogue. Built in 1878, the initially one-storey building has over the years been made bigger and become…

Sentosa uses mirrors and warning signs to prevent peacocks from attacking visitors, cars

Peafowl draw attention with their plumage but they can turn aggressive when their feathers are ruffled, so warning signs have been put up on Sentosa. The island, which is home to more than 60 peafowl, comprising male peacocks…

Town council acted quickly on pigeon problem

I recently provided feedback to AMKTC on pigeon droppings in front of the lifts at Blk 630 Hougang Ave 8. Within three weeks, mesh wires and spikes were installed to prevent pigeons from nesting. Stains caused by the…

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