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Dining in at Institutes of Higher Learning canteens and dining halls allowed under Covid-19 rules: MOE

Dining in at IHL is allowed, provided that safe mgmt measures are in place at canteens and dining halls on campus. However, how this policy is implemented differs across the universities here, students said. Unlike eateries and hawker…

SFA seeks views from public and industry on masterplan for Lim Chu Kang food hub

Plans are afoot to turn the rustic Lim Chu Kang area into Singapore’s high-tech food bowl, but the authorities are also calling for ideas to turn the area into an attractive destination in its own right. SFA is…

More breaches of safety, health rules at workplaces in S’pore

More than 3,200 WSH contraventions were found during inspections between January and April, almost double the 1,800 contraventions recorded the same period last year. MOM said the rise is due partly to more enforcement operations this year. Some…

Concern over workplace safety mounts as S’pore firms grapple with Covid-19 pressures

The squeeze on manpower as well as the disruption brought about by the Covid-19 crisis to projects in sectors like construction have raised fears about safety being compromised at worksites of late. Latest figures from MOM indicate that…

Emerging Stronger Taskforce: Establish S’pore as carbon trading and services hub, seize green opportunities

Singapore should establish itself as a carbon trading and services hub, as part of a broader push to seize growth opportunities in the area of sustainability. This was among a set of recommendations made by the EST to…

Tuition, enrichment classes in S’pore must move online till June 13 amid Covid-19 spike

All centre-based tuition and enrichment classes must move activities online till the end of Phase 2 (heightened alert) on June 13, or until further notice is given, Education Minister Chan Chun Sing announced on Sun. This will prevent…

Smaller crowds at migrant worker hangouts on first day of tightened Covid-19 measures

Public spaces usually abuzz with the chatter of migrant workers enjoying their days off were quiet on Sun afternoon, the first day of stricter Covid-19 measures. When ST visited Little India at around noon, the streets were emptier…

Thinner crowds at parks, markets as people stick to groups of 2 on first day of tighter Covid-19 rules

Fewer people were out and about at parks, hawker centres and markets on Sun morning, the first day of the new tightened Covid-19 restrictions. Until June 13, people are allowed out only in groups of two, and dining…

Condo, HDB rents up amid disruptions caused by Covid-19

Disruptions arising from the Covid-19 pandemic have altered renting patterns, and helped boost rents in both the private and public housing markets in Singapore. With vacancy low and the supply of new completed homes limited, rent growth has…

Paying more rent for a bigger house to fit work from home needs the new norm?

Canadian national Sayjel Patel and wife Joy have had to radically reassess their property needs in the wake of the work from home trend that has rapidly taken hold. The couple used to rent a one-bedder in Eunos…

New transitional shelters provide more housing for rough sleepers in S’pore

When Mr Wong, 48, lost his cleaning job after Covid-19 hit Singapore last year, he also lost the roof over his head. The bachelor, who is estranged from his family, had been sleeping on a makeshift bed at…

Hidden hut in army training area in Mandai cleared

A hut hidden in the middle of a SAF training area in Mandai has been removed after about 100 expended blank ammunition cartridges were found there, along with animal snares and tools for gardening. Mindef said the hut…

2 students at The Learning Lab in United Square, 1 at HCL Education Centre in Katong V test positive for Covid-19

Two students from The Learning Lab (TLL) tuition centre in United Square and one student from the HCL Education Centre in Katong V have tested positive for Covid-19, prompting both centres to shift their classes online. TLL operates…

Restaurants in S’pore prepare to meet Covid-19 dining in ban with delivery menus

As Covid-19 cases rose once more in Singapore, restaurants braced themselves for dining in to be taken off the menu. When the blow fell, however, they did not expect it to be so soon – and for so…

Libraries to reduce operating capacity to 25%, limit visits to 1 or 2 hours as part of Covid-19 measures

All public libraries will reduce their operating capacity to 25 per cent and cut dwelling times to minimise the spread of Covid-19 in the community. All physical programmes, including tours, will also be suspended at public libraries and…

Parents cannot enter pre-school premises, field trips suspended under tightened Covid-19 rules

External visitors, including parents of newly enrolled children, will not be allowed to enter pre-school premises and early intervention centres from Sun. Only those who are needed to support the centre operations, such as for urgent repairs, or…

Builder Woh Hup among firms that use buses for workers: NTUC’s Melvin Yong

There is at least one major contractor which transports its workers in buses, instead of on the back of lorries – the usual mode for industries here which is sanctioned by the authorises. NTUC Assistant Secretary-General Melvin Yong…

Normal train services resume at Orchard MRT after platform door fault resolved

A fault that prevented the platform screen doors at Orchard MRT station from closing on Sat morning was rectified in the afternoon. Operator SMRT said in a post at about 9.30am that platform doors on trains in both…

Cleaning firm gives Covid-19 pandemic bonus of close to $1m to front-line workers

One cleaning firm is handing out a special pandemic bonus of close to $1 million to its cleaners and other employees. Mr Abdul Aziz Yusof, CEO of Cleaning Express (Atalian Global Services Singapore), said: “During Covid-19, there was…

Wedding banquets banned from May 17 to June 13; those on May 16 can continue with new conditions

Ms Eunice Sim, 29, and her fiance Mr Wilson Foo, 31, had planned to get married in Dec last year. But they pushed it back in the hopes that safe mgmt measures would be more relaxed in phase…

F&B businesses in S’pore brace for plunge in earnings after latest no dining in rule

With the sudden announcement that no dining in is allowed at F&B establishments from Sun to June 13, businesses like restaurants, hawkers and even nightlife establishments that pivoted to F&B, are bracing for a huge financial impact as…

Give the public access to the original Changi murals

I read with great delight about the reopening of the Changi Chapel and Museum. Tucked away in a quiet site in Changi, this is a little-known gem of a museum. The artefacts displayed in the museum, many of…

Change ward structures to improve infection control in hospitals

The outbreak of Covid-19 at TTSH highlights a lesson we should take to heart and do something about. The nucleus of the outbreak is Ward 9D, a C class ward with 35 to 40 patients. About two-thirds of…

S’pore to get in touch with Shangri-La Dialogue, World Economic Forum organisers after jump in local Covid-19 cases

The authorities will get in touch with the organisers of intl conferences such as the Shangri-La Dialogue and WEF, in view of the jump in local cases and new clusters, said Minister Lawrence Wong on Fri. “The organisers…

Thomson-East Coast Line’s new Mayflower station to have bird sculptures, Springleaf station gets tree of memories

The six TEL stage two stations, from Springleaf to Caldecott, have each been carefully designed with unique features. On Fri, Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung, in a FB post, gave a sneak peek of the six stations that…

NUS and Shell team up to research converting CO2 into cleaner fuels

NUS and Shell are teaming up in a $4.6 million research project to convert carbon dioxide (C02) – a major greenhouse gas – into cleaner fuels and other chemicals for everyday use. The three-year research programme into a…

Do the right thing to avoid second circuit breaker in Singapore, urge experts

Experts have warned that the Covid-19 crisis in Singapore could worsen quickly amid a growing number of unlinked cases and expanding clusters, but some here are still not seeing a doctor after developing symptoms. The Covid-19 situation here…

Service road not a designated accessway

We refer to Mr Loong Chik Tong’s letter, “Road design hampers access for emergency services” (May 3). HDB estates are designed with designated entry and exit points and accessways for emergency vehicles. The section of the service road…

Property agencies accountable for managing their agents

We refer to Ms Angela Xu’s letter, “No help in contacting missing property agent” (May 7). CEA requires all property agencies to be accountable for the mgmt of their property agents. Property agencies have a duty to supervise…

Demand for interim rental flats under HDB scheme doubled last year amid BTO construction delays

Demand for interim rental HHDB flats almost doubled last year as more families were affected by construction delays to BTO units due to the pandemic. The board received 2,350 applications under the PPHS compared with 1,370 in 2019,…

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