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New hypermart champions local produce

Local produce is getting a boost at a new FairPrice supermarket in Marine Parade that will carry more goods from domestic makers. The new FairPrice Xtra hypermarket on the third floor of Parkway Parade will have a dedicated…

Six polytechnic and ITE students receive first environmental services scholarships

Ms Enrica Ng, 17, knows that aspiring to join the cleaning sector is an unconventional choice for those her age. But it is the path she has chosen, after applying successfully for NEA Agency-Industry Scholarship Programme for Environmental…

Firms in HDB estates should consider hiring residents with disabilities, says President Halimah

More employers in the heartland should look into providing job opportunities for persons with disabilities (PWDs), President Halimah said on Fri. This would allow PWDs to overcome constraints such as long commutes or issues with taking public transport,…

Over 500 truck drivers tested for Covid-19 at checkpoints on day 1 of new measure, all negative: MOH

More than 500 truck drivers have been tested for Covid-19 at Singapore’s two land checkpoints since a new requirement kicked in on Fri, with all results coming back negative, said MOH’s medical services director Kenneth Mak. Compulsory ART…

Call to architects for ideas to redevelop 3 key landmarks in Geylang Serai into a vibrant cultural precinct

Three key landmarks in the Geylang Serai district will be redesigned, with a call to architects to propose ideas in a competition. Local architects aged 45 and below can pitch ideas to transform the area and redevelop three…

Couple fined $7,000 for trespassing on state land next to Seletar house for nearly 15 years

For close to 15 years, an architect and his wife unlawfully occupied 144.2 sqm of state land next to their three-storey house in Jalan Tari Zapin in Seletar, which was built in 2005 but had been left vacant…

194 families affected by construction delays requested interim rental flats from HDB

More than 190 families whose flats are facing construction delays have requested interim rental housing from HDB, as some housing projects have been hampered by work delay as well as labour and supply shortages due to Covid-19. HDB…

Singapore may tighten Covid-19 rules ahead of Chinese New Year, will also prioritise vaccine roll-out

The battle against Covid-19 this year will be fought on two fronts: speeding up the nationwide vaccination programme, and keeping the slate of safeguards finely tuned. This could mean implementing further restrictions ahead of CNY in Feb, when…

Daiso is latest household brand in Singapore to go online, but shoppers also want physical stores

Japanese discount store Daiso launched its Singapore website on Mon to provide more choices to its customers. The online platform lists products in 25 categories including cleaning supplies, daily necessities and personal care. “We have been working on…

Recycling firm fined $250,000 over 2017 Tuas blaze that killed one worker

A recycling company was fined $250,000 on Thurs over a fire and an explosion in Tuas, which occurred on June 24, 2017 and led to the death of one of its workers. Chinese national Chen Qiu, 39, died…

Safety track records of construction firms can be easily compared on new MOM e-service

Construction firms’ safety track records will be more easily accessible from Thurs, with statistics on information such as fatalities and stop-work orders consolidated for easy comparison. The data on MOM’s website will also be updated every fortnight. Senior…

Start-up looks to help smaller commercial facilities reduce energy consumption

Mr Jason Tang, founder and CEO of energy solutions start-up TablePointer, was troubled that commercial facilities left their machines running even when they were not required. While energy efficiency solutions were available on the market, they were mostly…

Tanjong Pagar Distripark to house arts cluster

Plans are afoot to develop a multidisciplinary arts cluster in Tanjong Pagar Distripark, as NAC looks into collaborations with tenants of the Keppel Road warehouse building. The news was announced yesterday by MCCY Minister Edwin Tong at the…

Food security: How S’pore, Israel can ‘feed’ off innovations

As the world grows smaller due to the acceleration of globalisation, a single event on a major scale can disrupt this finely tuned system. And that event has come in the form of Covid-19. As the pandemic gripped…

Staff communication and signage to exhibition at Gardens by the Bay to be improved

We thank Ms Chan Lie Leng for her letter (Access to exhibition: Hard time for elderly parents at Gardens by the Bay, Jan 15). The pop-up exhibition Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express allows our visitors…

Ideas to improve road network and driving experience

As a frequent road user, I commend LTA for Singapore’s excellent road network and infrastructure. However, there is a room for improvement. For example, there are more than 10 traffic junctions within a short distance of 3km along…

Give details of what is being done to improve cleanliness of coffee shop toilets

SMU’s Toilet Cleanliness Index survey revealed the failure of efforts to maintain a culture of clean toilets in Singapore, and showed that toilets in coffee shops and hawker centres have been getting dirtier over the years instead of…

Facility’s quality and maintenance are key to toilet cleanliness

Singaporeans often visit coffee shops and hawker centres, but dirty public toilets are still a problem in these places. There is no proof that users’ behaviour varies depending on the setting and surroundings of the premises (Coffee shop…

Overzealous businesses might have hindered contact tracing instead

The rolling out of TraceTogether-only SafeEntry by some businesses before the official implementation, except for ongoing pilots, is a manifestation of overzealousness. To be fair, all the shopping malls that I visited have allowed me entry by using…

New Baby Shark music video sees PUB mascots teaching children to save water

After teaching children to wash their hands to stay safe from Covid-19, Baby Shark is back – this time with friends in tow – to teach kids here the importance of saving water. A new music video sees…

Changi Airport passenger traffic fell 82.8% last year – from 68.3m in 2019 to 11.8m

Changi Airport saw an 82.8 per cent drop in passenger traffic last year, according to statistics published on Wed on the airport group’s website. Passenger traffic dropped from 68.3 million passenger movements through the airport in 2019 to…

Singapore is second most preferred city for cross-border investments: Survey

Singapore is the second most preferred city for cross-border investments this year, a study noted on Wed. It also cited logistics as the most popular sector for investors, while interest in the office sector has weakened. The findings…

Talk of more private property cooling measures

Talk of another round of property cooling measures has intensified in the wake of recent ministerial remarks that the Government is keeping a close watch on the market, which has so far defied the pandemic-induced recession. This comes…

Tan Chuan-Jin cautions against complacency during Chinese New Year amid latest Covid-19 cluster

In the light of the latest Covid-19 cluster linked to a police para-veterinarian, Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin has cautioned Singapore residents against complacency during the upcoming CNY celebrations. “In many Western countries, extensive celebrations, without paying attention…

Revamped gallery lets visitors explore Singapore’s early link to modern China

As early as 1912, in the wake of the 1911 revolution that overthrew the last imperial dynasty in China, the Singapore Chinese community was already importing items that commemorated the event. A tea set and bowl used by…

Online furniture shop BedandBasics is thriving amid Covid-19 pandemic

There was a time when customers needed to sit on a sofa and check how comfy it was before buying, but the pandemic has made people far more comfortable with shopping for furniture online. Entrepreneur Ryan Wong, 35,…

Covid-19 vaccination centre at Changi T4 can inoculate 4,000 a day

When RMG received the call to set up a vaccination centre at Changi Airport T4, it took just five days to get the whole operation up and running. Last week, more than 1,000 aviation workers were vaccinated there…

S’pore plans for more than 30 new Covid-19 jab centres as it ramps up vaccine drive

Singapore is preparing to take its vaccination programme into high gear as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage around the world, with plans for new centres and roving teams that could potentially deliver more than 70,000 shots daily…

World Economic Forum meeting in S’pore in May: Health and safety of participants will be a top priority

The health and safety of participants will be at the forefront of the WEF meeting in Singapore in May, said WEF president Borge Brende on Mon, adding that Singapore is one of the governments that have handled the…

Clearing forests for flats should be the last resort

I share the sentiments of many nature groups that are calling for the authorities to reconsider zoning Dover Forest (and Clementi Forest too) for residential use (Nature groups raise issues over Dover Forest’s zoning, Jan 17). Take, for…

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