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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…

Beds set aside for foreign workers with Covid-19, over 97% of dormitory residents fully vaccinated

More than 5,000 beds have been set aside for foreign workers to recover from Covid-19 in centralised facilities that are typically located in larger dormitories, since the start of Oct. There are also some 6,000 beds in dormitory…

Over 60 people evacuated after fire in storeroom of Choa Chu Kang flat grew into blaze

Mr Aung Myo Thant’s day at work was upended after he received a call from his wife that the HDB flat they were living in caught fire. The blaze, which started from a fire in the unit’s storeroom,…

S’pore at risk of heatwaves, more dengue outbreaks as climate change worsens health woes: Report

Health problems caused by climate change, such as heat stress and mosquito-borne diseases, will continue to worsen unless countries do more to slash planet-warming emissions, a global group of researchers has warned, according to top journal Lancet’s sixth…

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…

Step up enforcement to curb the problem of idling vehicles

Singapore should now move on to tackle vehicular emissions (a deadlier type of smoke) which I feel is a larger problem. We should now crack down on inconsiderate motorists who still let their engines idle, many doing it…

More can still be done to manage Covid-19 situation in foreign worker dorms

Reading the article “Workers at Jurong dorm allege neglect and lack of medical care” (Oct 15) left me feeling disappointed. It showed that even more can be done in the fight against Covid-19, in addition to the vaccination…

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…

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…

All bus interchange Covid-19 clusters closed, 99% of public transport front-line workers vaccinated: LTA

All eight bus interchange Covid-19 clusters have been closed, with the last cluster at Tampines Bus Interchange having closed on Oct 15, LTA said on Tues. This was around two months after the first two clusters involving bus…

NLB’s new 5-year road map promises digital libraries on your doorstep

Walk into a lift at PS, IMM and PLQ Mall from Thurs and you could find yourself in a digital library. Decals with QR codes will point you to e-book recommendations by NLB. The initiative is part of…

Some S’pore households taking steps to slash energy use amid spike in electricity prices

Some households in Singapore are taking steps to cut down on energy consumption, amid a spike in electricity prices here. These include limiting the use of air conditioners, with one family saying they would try to gather in…

Sun Cable taps five firms to help deliver solar energy to S’pore via undersea link

Australia’s Sun Cable is plugging into the expertise of five companies for one of the world’s most ambitious solar energy projects, aimed at supplying up to 15 per cent of Singapore’s power needs. The A$30 billion (S$30.2 billion)…

Make sure SafeEntry enforcers are properly trained and equipped

I am disappointed at how the SafeEntry system is being administered in some places. I was happy when SafeEntry readers were introduced to let us just tap our TraceTogether token, or smartphone with the TraceTogether app open, on…

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…

Measures to boost energy security in S’pore may not lead to lower electricity prices now: Experts

The recent measures taken by EMA to safeguard energy security in Singapore amid the global energy crunch may not immediately translate to lower electricity prices here, experts told ST. This is because the measures which include the establishment…

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…

Pawnshops here see record redemptions amid pandemic

The pandemic has upended many industries here so it’s no great surprise to see plenty of upheaval in the staid corridors of the 100-year-old pawnbroking industry. Customers have become markedly more risk-averse over the past two years and…

Seven more nursing homes planned in next two years in estates such as Tampines, Punggol

Plans are under way to build at least seven more nursing homes over the next two years in housing estates such as Tampines and Punggol. These are part of efforts to beef up Singapore’s eldercare support system in…

New attraction to be developed in Somerset; part of broader plan to rejuvenate Orchard Road

A new attraction in Somerset will be developed on a vacant plot of land next to the existing skate park opposite Orchard Gateway. The authorities are seeking proposals from developers to offer “an attraction concept with differentiated and…

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…

Solar power is a good source, but people need to use less energy

Last month, Solar for Dover, a student-led team at UWCSEA Dover, completed its eight-year goal of raising funds for more than 2,000 solar panels. As a leader of the team for the past two years, I had thought…

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…

Making military camps more ready for pandemics on the agenda: DSTA CEO

Buildings in military camps are being made safer to defend against future pandemics, including with better ventilation and making security measures touch-free, said DSTA CEO Mervyn Tan. Another area being studied is the greater use of simulators and…

Cats invade Senoko Power Station after neighbouring facilities close

About 30 stray cats have invaded the Senoko Power Station in Sembawang after neighbouring factories and warehouses shut amid Covid-19. The influx of unsterilised cats at the protected site has raised concerns that it may lead to an…

A purr-fect solution to cat boom on Pulau Bukom

A population boom since 2019 has catapulted the number of cats up to about 400 on offshore island Pulau Bukom, oil giant Shell’s manufacturing site off southern Singapore. The surge made “Bukomites” – what the staff call themselves…

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