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S’pore restaurants frustrated by extension of Covid-19 rules, ask for clearer goals

Restaurateurs have greeted the extension of Covid-19 rules restricting dining-in to two persons until Nov 21 with frustration and resignation. In a Zoom meeting with ST on Thurs, about 20 members of the savefnbsg chat group spoke about…

Covid-19: No visitor rule at hospitals, residential care homes extended till Nov 21

Visitors will not be allowed at hospital wards and residential care homes for another month to protect healthcare capacity and vulnerable seniors during a period when Covid-19 community cases are on the rise, MOH said on Thurs. The…

Better to bite bullet and roll back Covid-19 curbs than delay the inevitable

Even as Singapore extended its Covid-19 restrictions for a month, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung had some good news to share. Cases have stabilised and infection numbers are no longer doubling every few days the way they were…

Primary school students must do COVID-19 antigen rapid tests once every 2 weeks until end of term

Pri school students will be required to take an ART once every two weeks until the end of Term 4, MOE said. The testing will “inculcate social responsibility” among students and keep schools safe for learning, the ministry…

‘Safer, more efficient and less labour intensive’: Drones to be used to conduct building facade inspection

How does one begin to inspect the facade of a 37-storey building, such as The Gateway, the pair of towering skyscrapers located along Beach Road? For now, physically and without a drone. But the use of drones will…

Still ‘too risky’ to allow households of five to dine in, but authorities studying move: Lawrence Wong

It is currently still “too risky” to allow five people from the same household to dine in together, but it is a move authorities will look into, said co-chair of the MTF Lawrence Wong on Wed. He said…

Implementation of Covid-19 dine-in rules at hawker centres, coffee shops will be fine-tuned

The way in which vaccination-differentiated dine-in rules are implemented at hawker centres and coffee shops will be fine-tuned, taking into account feedback from the ground, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said on Wed. Diners and coffee shop stallholders who…

Covid-19: ‘Stabilisation phase’ restrictions extended by a month to Nov 21

Due to continuing pressures on the healthcare system, the Government will be extending the stabilisation phase by another month, until Nov 21, from its original end-date on Oct 25. At the same time, the authorities will also extend…

Transport workers’ union calls for more enforcement against errant cyclists in bus lanes

A transport workers’ union has called for more enforcement against errant cyclists using bus lanes, shortly after MOT announced new rules for cyclists on Wed. Cyclists are currently allowed to cycle in bus lanes, but must ride in…

Queenstown to become new health district to support residents’ health through life stages

Singapore’s first satellite town, Queenstown, will soon also become the country’s first Health District – aiming to support residents’ well-being across their life stages, through tools such as better design and community programmes. The goal is for the…

Fines for errant road cyclists to be doubled, new rule to cap size of cycling groups

Cyclists caught flouting traffic rules will have to pay a $150 fine from Jan 1 next year, up from $75 now. The composition fine will apply to those who break existing rules while on the road, including not…

Most S’poreans want HDB priority schemes removed, buyers limited for resale flats in prime areas: MND report

Removing HDB priority schemes and limiting those who can buy prime HDB resale flats on the open market are two ideas the majority of Singaporeans in public consultations support to keep public housing in prime areas accessible and…

IMDA to open up 4 5G testbeds to all businesses

All businesses that wish to trial 5G use cases will now be able to do so at 4 testbeds located at Maritime Drone Estate, Singapore Science Park, PIXEL and Sentosa. IMDA announced the opening of 4 testbeds to…

Solar power, imported cleaner energy among focus of Singapore’s low-carbon future: Gan Kim Yong

The Republic is looking at various strategies to decarbonise its electricity grid, including increasing solar power and importing low carbon energy from the region, MTI Minister Gan Kim Yong said. He spoke at the inaugural Singapore Green Plan…

Singapore takes ‘extraordinary’ steps to safeguard energy supplies, with standby fuel facilities to be set up

Singapore will take several measures to safeguard its energy supplies amid global disruptions that have pushed prices up. On Tues, EMA laid out three pre-emptive measures, which include setting up standby fuel facilities for power gencos to draw…

Singapore needs to further diversify its energy sources

The current gas supply crunch happening worldwide has unfortunately laid bare Singapore’s vulnerability to energy price shocks. Natural gas, whether the piped natural gas from our neighbours or from LNG imported through the nation’s LNG terminal, forms 95…

Tackle serious breaches in road safety rules by errant cyclists

I think it is imperative to highlight additional serious breaches of road safety rules by errant cyclists. On numerous occasions, I have witnessed many cyclists, especially those riding electric bikes, riding in the fastest lanes on arterial roads.…

Essential goods and services best run as public operations

Free market economics cannot work effectively in a small captive market, particularly the energy market, in which all raw materials are imported and processing costs are constrained by technology and supply chain limitations. Essential goods and services are…

Cautious reopening protects kids who cannot be vaccinated

As the father of a two-year-old boy, I appreciate the Government “hitting the brakes” and not rushing Singapore’s reopening. My son, who has spent most of his life in a world living with Covid-19, is currently ineligible for…

Efforts on to reduce security officers’ long working hours

We thank Mr Pavithran Vidyadharan for his letter (Reduce security officers’ shift from 12 to 8 hours, Oct 16). USE, SAS and ACSA are part of the STC committee. STC is the body that introduced the PWM for…

Jury still out on Singapore’s bus contracting model, five years on

For many commuters, a poll in 2016 to decide what colour new public buses should be painted was the first sign that a major shake-up of the bus sector was afoot. It marked the start of a bus…

No ‘flip-flop’ on COVID strategy, ‘massive deaths’ averted: Ong Ye Kung

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung has denied that Singapore’s COVID mgmt strategy amounts to a “flip-flop”, claiming that its “middle-of-the-road approach” and strict controls throughout the large part of the past 20 months of the pandemic has helped…

Difficult trade-offs in ensuring public transport system remains financially sustainable

I am puzzled by ST senior transport correspondent Christopher Tan’s conclusion in his commentary, “Balance of fares, subsidies and commercial returns key to sustainable transport system in S’pore” (Oct 11). Contrary to his claim that public transport operators…

Experts see less need to test migrant workers in S’pore who do not have Covid-19 symptoms

Migrant workers who do not show any symptoms of illness may not need to be tested regularly for Covid-19 as Singapore moves towards living with the virus, infectious diseases experts said. This comes after a surge of Covid-19…

Worth keeping track of number of condos with smoke-free by-laws

Recently, I wrote to BCA to ask for data on how many “smoking ban at balcony and/or patio” by-laws have been lodged by MCSTs in Singapore to date. I introduced myself as a 16-year smoke-free advocate, so such…

Electricity retailer exiting market should compensate customers

I have two contracts for electricity supply from iSwitch, one for me and the other for my mother. On Wed, we received e-mails from iSwitch saying that it will be ceasing its electricity retail operations from Nov 11…

No automatic requirement for noise barriers at worksites

We refer to Mr Kang Kim Seng’s letter, “No explanation for why noise barrier can’t be put up at construction site” (Oct 9). NEA has closely monitored construction work at the Mayflower Pri School worksite. In the last…

Reduce security officers’ shift from 12 to 8 hours

It is heartening to note the amendments to the Private Security Industry Act. SIC)in its forum letter also affirmed its commitment to continue to improve the skills, productivity, wages and career pathways of officers. There is another aspect…

Bollywood Veggies loses court appeal over property tax

Local farm and eatery Bollywood Veggies has lost its court fight with the taxman over property tax to be paid on the Lim Chu Kang property. Bollywood Veggies had challenged the method used to determine the AV of…

Covid-19: No exceptions for unvaccinated caregivers to enter malls to take children to tuition, enrichment classes

The authorities have clarified that unvaccinated caregivers will not be granted exemption to enter malls to pick up or drop off their children for tuition and enrichment classes under the new vaccine-related controls that began on Wed. Exemptions…

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