SINGAPORE: The mood at Grace Assembly of God was jubilant a few weeks ago, judging by the posts on the church's Facebook page as it prepared to celebrate its 70th anniversary. When cases of the new coronavirus were reported in Singapore in end-January, there were social media reminders for people who felt unwell to rest at home. Some face-to-face sessions were halted as a precaution. About a week before the anniversary celebrations, the church implemented mandatory temperature taking for children and youth services, encouraged "no hand shaking" and increased frequency of cleaning. READ: 3 more confirmed COVID-19 cases in Singapore; mother and 6-month-old baby discharged Explore our interactive: All the COVID-19 cases in Singapore and the clusters and links between them In the weekend of Feb 8, the church marked the launch of its 70th year celebrations by live-streaming a joyous service live from its Tanglin branch. It was largely business-as-usual. THE FIRST … [Read more...] about Grace Assembly of God COVID-19 cluster: How it unfolded
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My husband and I are first-home buyers and we’ve missed out on three properties so far. Getting all these building inspection reports is proving to be expensive and it’s delaying how quickly we can get our offer in. Is getting a building report actually worth it? Buying a home is a massive purchase and skipping a building report can turn out to be an expensive mistake. When buying a property, it’s important to think about the long-term costs and obligations that come with it. The real estate market is pressured right now and competition for homes is high. The pace of the market is driving a sense of FOMO, or fear of missing out, among some buyers. While missing out on a house can be hugely disappointing, it’s essential not to cut corners when it comes to doing your research on a home. A property inspection report, sometimes called a building report, should be right up there on your list of must-haves when it comes to doing your due diligence. Real Estate Authority research … [Read more...] about Do we really need a building report for every house?
SAN FRANCISCO: Airbnb said on Thursday (Mar 26) it would provide free or subsidised housing for up to 100,000 relief workers responding to the coronavirus pandemic around the world. The home-sharing platform said it would subsidise the stays for health professionals and other emergency responders to enable them to live closer to their work locations. READ: Airbnb holds meeting with bankers to extend US$1 billion debt facility The move is being made in cooperation with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Rescue Committee, International Medical Corps and other non-profit organisations, Airbnb said in a statement. Chief executive Brian Chesky tweeted that Airbnb hosts may opt in to offer homes that respect safety and cleanliness protocols. The company - which is expected to see a massive hit from the pandemic - asked its hosts to offer housing for free, and also said it would be waiving all its fees. READ: Airbnb … [Read more...] about Airbnb to offer housing to 100,000 crisis responders
REUTERS: Wall Street's main indexes dropped on Tuesday after a strong start to March as bond yields pulled back from a one-year high, while investors also looked to cues on progress in the next round of fiscal stimulus. The S&P 500 on Monday logged its best day since June as markets cheered approval of a third COVID-19 vaccine in the United States and the U.S. House of Representatives' green light for a US$1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. The U.S. Senate will start debating President Joe Biden's relief bill this week when Democrats aim to pass the legislation through a maneuver known as "reconciliation," which would allow the bill to pass with a simple majority. "The market works like a pendulum and has a tendency to go down after seeing gains like in the previous session," said Randy Frederick, vice president at Charles Schwab in Austin. "But concerns over lofty valuations and inflation persist even as the overall trend seems to be positive." The technology … [Read more...] about Wall Street retreats after solid start to March
MUMBAI: The start of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament has been postponed until April 15 as a precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) said on Friday. It had been scheduled to begin on March 29. The Indian government said late on Wednesday it would cancel almost all visas issued for travel to India until April 15 to try to prevent the spread of the virus, and the country's sports secretary said on Thursday the national cricket team's coming matches should be played in empty stadiums. "The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to suspend IPL 2020 till 15th April 2020, as a precautionary measure against the ongoing Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) situation," the board said in a statement. "The BCCI is concerned and sensitive about all its stakeholders, and public health in general, and it is taking all necessary steps to ensure that, all people related to IPL including fans have a safe cricketing … [Read more...] about Start of Indian Premier League Twenty20 postponed to April 15
OPINION: I’ve half-joked for nearly 20 years that New Zealand doesn’t have an economy: it has a housing market with bits tacked on. In response for most of those 20 years, economists and exporters have rightly rolled their eyes in exasperation at this characterisation. They argue an awful lot of activity and effort and aspirations are directed at generating real products, services and value for their customers, shareholders and successors that has nothing to do with the housing market. How dare you demean all these real businesses, they have protested. I half-chuckled along with those protests. Until now. READ MORE: Should Reserve Bank overheat economy to blast free of low interest rate trap? Three large elephants remain despite RMA overhaul and higher deposit rules Property investors 'working hard, taking risks' - or are they? Petrol is on the inflation bonfire, we're just waiting for the spark Landlords racing to beat the return of loan-to-value restrictions … [Read more...] about New Zealand’s economy is a housing market with bits tacked on