Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Monday, Sept 14.


Singapore seeks to push the boundaries on sustainability: Desmond Lee

The country is planting one million more trees, which will make the outdoors cooler. Indoor temperatures will be made more comfortable, with improved building design.

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WHO reports record one-day increase in global coronavirus cases, up over 307,000

The biggest increases were from India, the United States and Brazil.

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Battling pandemic fatigue: Some feel burned out as the Covid-19 outbreak drags on with no end in sight

Signs include reduced socialising with others; feeling restless, sad, helpless, unmotivated and frustrated; being irritable and sensitive; and having low mood and energy, and insomnia.

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Risk of bats transmitting Covid-19 low, but precautions still useful: Experts

There is no evidence that bats in Singapore are carrying Covid-19 or related viruses, but a negative finding does not prove a complete absence. 

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Match-fixers used Covid-19 lockdowns to recruit players

Interpol has seen a “marked increase” in online betting related to match-fixing schemes.

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Covid-19 survivors front ad campaign thanking healthcare staff in Singapore

The campaign also aims to put a face and voice to those who fell ill.

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More retired sniffer dogs find homes in HDB flats

Labradors, springer spaniels, cocker spaniels and pointers are the breeds currently eligible for adoption under the scheme.

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New app Spur helps commuters find cheapest rates among 3 ride-hailing providers

Spur was born during Covid-19 to help commuters save money.

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With travel limited, plane cafes take off in Thailand

“With this cafe, I can sit in first class and also mess around in the cockpit pretending to be the captain of the plane,” said a customer.

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Chinatown light-up ornaments with greetings not suitable for Mid-Autumn Festival being replaced

One ornament bore a message in Chinese that translated to “bright and majestic”, which is not a traditional phrase, while another said “joy for the nation”.

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