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30 years after Mount Pinatubo eruption, scientists look at how S’pore can be better prepared

Three decades after Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines billowed enough ash to blanket Singapore and cut out enough sunlight worldwide to cool the Earth for years, NTU scientists are looking into how the Republic can better prepare for…

Are $1m HDB resale flats going to be ‘normal’ from now on?

A record number of HDB resale flats changed hands for at least $1 million so far this year – and we are only halfway through 2021. This performance would have been remarkable in any year, let alone a…

Future of Mandai public golf course uncertain as site put under review

The long-term future of Mandai Executive Golf Course – one of three public golf courses here – is up in the air, with plans for the site under review. Without giving a specific date, a spokesman for PUB…

Two teens get electric shock from lamp post in Lorong 5 Toa Payoh on Sunday

Two teenagers received an electric shock from a lamp post in Lorong 5 Toa Payoh on Sun. The incident occurred at about 8.25pm, when the pair attempted to retrieve a football from the fitness corner in front of…

Wayfinding murals help residents find their way home in Kebun Baru

Madam Shirley Cheong was at the void deck of her HDB block when she noticed an elderly woman, who she knew lived in a nearby block, walking up the stairs. Speaking in Mandarin, Madam Cheong, 78, said: “I…

Yio Chu Kang is 3rd town to feature dementia-friendly murals

Visitors to certain HDB blocks in Yio Chu Kang will be greeted by paintings of creatures like the Merlion and sports icons like footballer Lionel Messi. The colourful murals on the walls are part of efforts to help…

All Saints Home in Hougang undergoes cleaning after staff member tests positive for Covid-19

All Saints Home in Hougang underwent cleaning and disinfection after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19 last Sat. The 23-year-old male Indian national, who works as a nursing aide, tested positive for the virus during the home’s…

Vaccination begins for ITE students as 3 out of 4 MOE centres open

Vaccination has begun for all ITE students on Mon now that three out of four MOE vaccination centres have opened. Vaccination centre operations started at ITE College Central in Ang Mo Kio on June 7, at ITE College…

Easing of Covid-19 measures: Larger groups seen at parks; beauty services in high demand

Larger groups of people were seen at some parks and several beauty salons were fully booked on Mon, the first day of the relaxation of Covid-19 curbs imposed since last month. When ST visited Bishan Park and Jurong…

Businesses in S’pore prepare for larger group sizes, higher capacity limits as Covid-19 rules eased

Businesses are gearing up to welcome more customers, with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions from Mon, which includes an increase in the cap on social group sizes from two to five. Some are looking forward to welcoming more…

Million-dollar HDB flats: Half of S’pore’s 24 towns have them, including Hougang, Geylang and Ang Mo Kio

While The Pinnacle @ Duxton is arguably the “poster boy” for million-dollar HDB flats in Singapore, such flats are not exclusively located in the central area. Half of Singapore’s 24 HDB towns are home to million-dollar HDB flats,…

Easing up towards a return to normality

After almost a month of tightened measures, Singaporeans will welcome the easing of some restrictions today following a steady drop in the number of Covid-19 community cases. If numbers stay low and stable, more activities can resume from…

Seepage through wall not fixed after six months

In Jan, I discovered a leakage in one of my bedrooms as the floor became wet whenever there was a downpour. I informed my town council, and a representative visited my home on Jan 19. He took some…

Industry needs notice before wage increases take effect

I refer to the forum letters “Bring forward well-deserved wage adjustments for cleaners” and “Extend wage increases for cleaners to migrant workers” (June 10). The previous set of PWM recommendations by the TCC has been agreed upon and…

More cargo and passenger flights at Changi Airport as traffic picks up amid Covid-19

The recovery of Changi’s aviation hub remains a work in progress, though cargo traffic has picked up and more flight connections are available for passengers. Passenger flights to 70 cities are now available at the airport, up from…

5 taken to hospital, 120 evacuated after fire in North Bridge Road HDB block

Five people were taken to hospital after a fire in North Bridge Road on Sat night. A SCDF spokesman said it was alerted to the blaze at Blk 8 at about 10.15pm. The fire involved contents of a…

Largest integrated transport hub in Singapore opens in Woodlands

Commuters in Woodlands can look forward to a smoother and more comfortable journey with the opening of the Woodlands Integrated Transport Hub (ITH) on Sun. The ITH – a term for fully air-conditioned bus interchanges linked to MRT…

How rents and business in S’pore are affected as people work from home

Working from home is making many smaller businesses rethink whether they need to pay the same monthly rent just to retain empty offices. So when their leases expire, some move their operations to shared office space while others…

4 S’pore mosques to offer more Friday prayer spaces from June 25 under pilot

Mosques are working on offering more spaces for prayer during phase three (heightened alert) by creating a new zone for Fri prayers in four such places of worship. Muis said the four mosques will start the pilot for…

Man falls 40m to his death at Tuas warehouse construction site

A man was found dead at the building site of an upcoming warehouse on Thurs after falling some 40m, the equivalent of 14 floors of a housing block. The 25-year-old Bangladeshi was working on the building of a…

S’pore’s transition towards a sustainable economy requires a collective effort

Policymakers worldwide have woken up to the costs that climate change will inflict and are trying to smoothen the transition to a green economy. Environmental scientists believe 2020 to 2030 is the decisive decade for climate change action.…

Let’s talk about higher wages in S’pore’s cleaning sector

The PWM of my industry, cleaning, is in the news again. This time the adjustments and increments of the wage floor for 2023 to 2028 are a lot steeper than previous years, with basic cleaner wages to reach…

Allowing walk-in admissions at swimming complex has created more problems

As someone who has spinal and knee injuries, I have benefited from swimming three times a week at Toa Payoh Swimming Complex. Under phase two (heightened alert) measures, 17 online bookings and 11 walk-in bookings are allowed for…

If smoking is personal choice, then smoke should remain in personal space

I am one of the many sufferers who have to live with breathing in toxic second-hand smoke every day. While I acknowledge that both smokers and non-smokers should have the freedom to do as they wish within their…

Cleaners deserve reward for their work

That cleaners will see their wages increase over six years from 2023 calibrates the PWM in a way that benefits them substantially, while giving employers time to absorb the higher cost and ensure that the increase will be…

Condo residents suffer second-hand smoke due to actions of irrational few

Most smokers residing in condominiums usually go out of their homes to an open area away from the dwellings to take their smoke breaks, which is the right thing to do. However, in every community, there are always…

Patients who mingle with visitors outside hospital while unmasked pose risk to others

During the Covid-19 pandemic, it is not surprising that hospitals are allowing fewer visitors in their wards. Ever since my elderly mother was admitted to SGH earlier this year, the number of registered visitors allowed has been reduced…

No Covid-19 cases found as mass testing exercise in Hougang ends

A mass testing exercise for visitors of Block 506 Hougang Ave 8 and residents and visitors of nearby blocks of HDB flats is complete with 4,384 people testing negative for the virus. There were no positive tests, said…

Covid-19 restrictions, visitor capacity in public libraries, National Archives to be relaxed

Public libraries and NAS can be half-full again from Mon, up from the 25 per cent cap on capacity that is currently in force as the country gradually eases social restrictions. In-person programmes are also set to make…

CapitaLand sets up $50m fund to spur sustainable innovations, help green its buildings

CapitaLand, one of Asia’s largest real estate groups, is setting up a $50 million fund over five years to encourage more innovation and to achieve its 2030 sustainability targets, which include greening all its buildings in Singapore and…

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