SINGAPORE – For most of the last two years, Covid-19 was a smouldering fire that Singapore struggled to put out. To prevent stray embers – that is, unlinked cases – from reigniting the blaze, infected people were taken to designated recovery facilities and their contacts ordered to stay home and test themselves regularly.
SINGAPORE – The vulnerabilities of global supply chains became apparent in the early days of the pandemic. As countries and territories began to engage in panic buying or protectionist behaviour, imposing restrictions to protect their own citizens’ interests, some found themselves struggling to fulfil their needs for raw materials or finished products.
SINGAPORE – Coordinating security for visits by heads of states and handling major events such as the Shangri-La Dialogue are just another day on the job for hotel security director Pinto Edwin Alexius. The 63-year-old is responsible for Shangri-La Singapore’s security operations and works closely with his team of 25 officers to ensure the safety […]
SINGAPORE – With the Covid-19 pandemic springing frequent surprises amid already imperfect information about the rapidly changing global situation, difficult decisions had to be made about the industries that would get more help and how businesses could navigate the tumultuous times. Policymakers were decisive and made tough calls when it came to protecting the public […]
SINGAPORE – At some points, Singapore was held up around the world as the gold standard in its handling of the pandemic. At other points, the bouquets turned to brickbats as some commentators cited the country as a cautionary tale about how best-laid plans can be scuttled by the coronavirus. Such ups and downs could […]
SINGAPORE – As businesses saw their operations disrupted and halted during the pandemic, the slew of measures introduced to provide financial relief and liquidity for businesses came in handy. This included a myriad of financing schemes to ensure credit access despite the uncertainty, loan moratoriums and legislation to provide relief for contracts and those facing […]
SINGAPORE – Singapore’s last General Election, held in 2020 at the height of the pandemic, was a defining moment for the nation that demonstrated how it could react when all was not business as usual, said political analysts. Associate Professor Eugene Tan of the Singapore Management University said the election turned out to be about […]
SINGAPORE – Those driving into Singapore via Woodlands Checkpoint from now till October may be asked to use a new automated clearance system, allowing them to clear immigration without having to interact with an officer. Instead, the driver will scan the passports of everyone in the car, and cameras will identify the travellers using facial […]
SINGAPORE – The demand for Covid-19-related products has increased amid the recent spike in infections in Singapore, but retailers assure consumers that there is no shortage in supply. Lianhua Qingwen capsules, a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) touted as a Covid-19 remedy, have seen sales increase by up to 10 times. Mr Terrence Ng, the managing […]
SINGAPORE – His son succumbed to Covid-19 six days ago, but for Mr Basharath Ali Ashraff Ali, the memory of the child is everywhere he looks. “We still keep seeing him running around,” the 33-year-old told The Straits Times on Thursday (June 30). Mr Basharath described Zaheer Raees Ali as a cheerful, active child who […]
SINGAPORE – A new Bukit Gombak walking trail enhanced with virtual reality (VR) features was launched on Saturday (July 2). Using smartphones, residents and visitors to the neighbourhood can learn more about 15 community landmarks such as the scenic Little Guilin and other locations by scanning displayed QR codes and playing games at the spots. […]
SINGAPORE – Owners of flats undergoing the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers) in Ang Mo Kio will be given two more rehousing options that address their concerns about having to fork out cash for similarly-sized replacement units. The Housing Board on Saturday (July 2) said it will offer affected residents at the four Sers blocks […]
SINGAPORE – The Republic’s fight against dengue is set to receive a further boost, as community-led efforts to educate residents on ways to prevent and protect against it are ramped up. This comes as the nation is facing a serious dengue situation. Close to 18,000 cases have been reported so far this year, over three times […]
SINGAPORE – A social media influencer has failed in her legal bid to stop another woman from obtaining correspondence between her and two men she is accused of being intimate with. The influencer, Ms Rachel Wong, had appealed against a State Courts’ order to provide such documents to Ms Olivia Wu, whom she is suing […]
SINGAPORE – Singapore’s largest nightclub, Marquee, reopened to snaking queues that spilt over two floors at Marina Bay Sands’ (MBS) The Shoppes on Friday (July 1). The line started forming at 8.30pm, with those in it undeterred by the expected long wait – they knew those who snagged sold-out tickets to the reopening would be first […]
SINGAPORE – The Republic made further strides in space with the launch of three new satellites for national, research and commercial uses on Thursday (June 30). The two larger satellites – developed by government agencies and firms – will act as eyes on the region for various uses such as enhancing maritime security, detecting oil […]
SINGAPORE – Singaporeans must brace themselves for high electricity and petrol prices over a protracted period as the global supply of motor fuels such as petroleum and diesel remains tight due to limited production capacity, while Europe scrambles to replace energy imports from Russia. Prices were already elevated due to increased economic activity amid the […]
SINGAPORE – Renewable energy sources can supplement only a small portion of Singapore’s energy mix and are unlikely to completely replace traditional fuels such as oil and gas in the next two decades, according to industry sources. Rystad Energy, an independent energy research and business intelligence company, said that based on its current forecast, Singapore […]
SINGAPORE – As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its fifth month, food and beverage (F&B) business owners in Singapore are concerned about survival as operating costs rise. Businesses said they are absorbing costs for now, but they cannot hold on for much longer.