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Budget debate: 2 new transitional shelters set up for rough sleepers in January

Two new transitional shelters for rough sleepers were set up in Jan this year, said Minister-in-charge for Social Services Integration Desmond Lee on Fri. About 250 residents have moved from Safe Sound Sleeping Places (S3Ps) into these shelters,…

Mandatory tests for e-scooter and e-bike riders from mid-2021; all bicycles must have brakes from September

Mandatory theory tests for escooter and electric bicycle riders will begin from the middle of this year, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Baey Yam Keng said on Fri. This will ensure all riders of such motorised devices know…

Engineering for a healthy planet

Climate change is the greatest existential threat facing mankind today. The only way to prevent this catastrophe is for the world to reach a state of net-zero emissions before global temperatures rise by a further 2 deg C,…

Yes, invest more money to reduce class sizes in schools

I applaud Sengkang GRC MP Jamus Lim’s suggestion to put funds raised from the issuance of new government bonds towards reducing class sizes in schools. As a mother of pri school pupils, I have seen first-hand how more…

Find a way to keep alive The Substation’s and Kuo Pao Kun’s vision and legacy

The Substation’s announcement of its closure in July, together with the closure of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore at Gillman Barracks this month, indicate how dire Singapore’s cultural landscape is. Are we sacrificing these two arts…

Commonwealth Secondary School nurturing next generation of environmental stewards

For Miss Swapna Haresh Teckwani’s students, learning takes place not only in the classroom but also among the green shoots of the school’s endangered species nursery. After discussing biodiversity and sustainability with the Secondary 4 class during a…

Budget debate: Sentosa to become carbon-neutral destination by 2030

Sentosa will be transformed into a carbon-neutral destination by 2030, as part of its long-term sustainability plan. Announcing this in Parliament on Thurs MTI Minister Chan Chun Sing said the move is part of Singapore’s efforts to capture…

Budget debate: Electricity prices likely to go up, but efforts will be made to ensure a gradual rise

Electricity prices are likely to increase as Singapore’s electricity overcapacity situation normalises and fuel prices rise, said Second Minister for MTI Tan See Leng on Thurs. However, he noted that price surges and volatilities will be managed. “Even…

Budget debate: Pandemic will change Singapore’s land-use plans and designs, says Indranee

The coronavirus pandemic will change Singapore’s land-use plans and designs, and has already raised questions on how much office and retail space is needed, in view of the shift towards e-commerce and telecommuting, said Second Minister for MND…

Budget debate: Limiting resale buyers, longer MOP among ideas to prevent lottery effect for future HDB flats in prime areas

Limiting the pool of resale buyers or imposing a longer MOP are some ideas being looked at for future public housing projects in prime locations, said MND Minister Desmond Lee on Thurs. Another suggestion for a new housing…

Hawker centres to become greener, starting with 3 new ones at Bukit Canberra, Fernvale and Senja

Three new hawker centres will be opened in 2021 and early next year, adding vibrancy to Singapore’s hawker culture. The Bukit Canberra Hawker Centre in Canberra off Sembawang and the Fernvale Hawker Centre and Market in Sengkang are…

Budget debate: S’pore must tackle climate change while balancing trade-offs, says Teo Chee Hean

Climate change poses an existential challenge for Singapore, but the country’s unique constraints mean the trade-offs it faces in cutting its emissions are much starker than what most other nations face, Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean said on…

Right balance of nature, development

Aerial footage circulated on social media last month revealed that large swathes of vegetation flanking the Rail Corridor in Sungei Kadut had been cleared – and prompted a public outcry. There is no doubt that a regrettable and…

Free parking at HDB carparks can be offered only after residents’ needs are met

We thank Mr Roland Chan for his letter (Still waiting for carpark review after two years, Feb 20). HDB carparks in public housing estates are provided primarily to serve the parking needs of residents. In offering the free…

Rooftop farm’s small plot serves only a small group of residents

It seems that urban farms are now the trend. I welcome this creative initiative to increase local agricultural produce, whether through commercial or community efforts. I would like to know if there are any standard guidelines for selecting…

Improve quality of personnel responsible for workplace safety

I refer to NTUC assistant secretary-general Melvin Yong’s call for a dedicated WSH monitor at each worksite. I have been a certified safety practitioner in the construction industry for more than 20 years and I would like to…

Budget debate: More clarity needed on Singapore’s great green transition, say MPs

The country wants to recover from the economic fallout of Covid-19 in a sustainable way, but there are still plenty of unknowns surrounding this great green transition, especially on the employment front, MPs said on Wed. They noted…

Detrimental to remove cash completely from payments ecosystem: Experts

Cash is still the go-to payment method for some groups of people despite the digital shift, and it might be detrimental to completely remove it from the payments ecosystem, experts told ST. Assistant Professor of Finance Aurobindo Ghosh…

Eateries keen to go on board with AirAsia’s food delivery service

Eateries say they are keen to go on board with airasia food because of its low commission and islandwide delivery. Other food delivery platforms like Deliveroo and Foodpanda charge commissions of 30 per cent to 35 per cent…

All dorms to be regulated under Foreign Employee Dormitories Act: MOM

To help the authorities prevent and more quickly contain disease outbreak in the dormitories, all dormitories will be regulated under a single law – the Foreign Employee Dormitories Act (Feda), Second Minister for Manpower Tan See Leng said…

Kebun Baru pilots tech-integrated facility for the elderly living alone

A pilot integrated aged care facility with video-based technology to monitor elderly residents in a non-invasive manner has opened in Kebun Baru. The Integrated Dementia Assisted Living (Ideal) facility, which began operations on Mon in a HDB unit,…

Budget debate: SLA to find ways to optimise use of state properties, including at Changi Point

From engaging the public on how to reuse state properties in areas like Changi Point, to converting under-utilised state land into community spaces, SLA will continue to work closely with the community to optimise the use of spaces…

Forum: Option of culling wild boars has been too readily dismissed

The number of wild boar incidents involving humans so far this year has raised concerns about personal safety near nature reserves as well as in HDB estates. NParks and nature activists have given advice on how to reduce,…

Wildlife important, but protect humans and property too

The increased incidence of wild boar attacks is disconcerting. While it is important to protect wildlife and maintain wildlife diversity, at some point, we need to balance this with the impact on humans and property. Wild animals pose…

NParks conducts regular enforcement on reckless cycling at East Coast Park

We thank Mr Kevin Sng for his letter (Reckless cyclists raise risk of accidents at East Coast Park, Feb 24). East Coast Park receives more than 7.5 million visits a year, and is much loved for its marine…

Why we need to see nature with new eyes

When news of the accidental destruction of a Kranji woodland plot was reported recently, nature lovers reacted with shock, anger and bewilderment, describing it as a tragedy. Ironically, we were just celebrating the launch of the Singapore Green…

Ozone, not haze, caused unhealthy air quality in northern Singapore

Air quality in Singapore hit unhealthy levels in the north over the weekend because of higher levels of a pollutant known as ozone, and not because of transboundary haze. “At 7pm on Sat, the PSI in the north…

Pilot project to outsource municipal services in Tampines to single third party contractor

Residents in Tampines will get major municipal services delivered cheaper, better, faster and smarter, under a new pilot project to outsource these services to a single third-party contractor. These services include the cleaning of common areas, pest control…

Unsightly ‘Christmas tree’: SafeEntry stickers creating eyesores in public places

Whenever medical technologist Nur Nabillah Shaid, 30, walks past a tree outside CCK Polyclinic, it reminds her of a Christmas tree. That’s because it is dotted with many colourful stickers on its leaves. The stickers are given to…

1,000 digital ambassadors help hawkers and seniors adopt technology

Meet Mr Michael Hon, 63, who has persuaded scores of seniors – who once shunned e-payments – to use them on a daily basis. The semi-retired businessman, who signed on to become a digital ambassador during the circuit…

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