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Need some space? Landlords hike rents over office space dearth

Landlords have been raking in profit over the spike in office rental growth in 1Q14. No relief is in sight for careworn tenants, as office demand is expected to reach 2.2m sqft this year. Office occupancies hit a…

Evictions? Regulations? Taxes? How can Singapore deal with sites like Airbnb?

Faced with rising hotel room rates, many tourists in Singapore have turned to shorter-term, far cheaper accommodation offered by sites like Airbnb and Roomorama, which have lots of rooms for rent listed in Singapore. Most recently, HDB confiscated…

Why not put an ATM at Jalan Membina?

I have been writing to the town council as well as engaging the grassroots and HDB on behalf of some seniors, including several with mobility problems, to request that a POSB or DBS ATM be placed at Block…

Windy weather from a Sumatra squall left a trail of fallen trees in various parts of Singapore

The strong winds that toppled trees and smashed flowerpots across Singapore on early Thurs morning were the result of a Sumatra squall, says NEA. The squall affected Singapore between 2.15am and 3.30am, bringing rain and gusty winds to…

Singapore confronts peril of please-all economics

Singapore is confronting the perils of please-all economics. Ageing citizens are pushing the Government for bigger nest eggs and more subsidised health care and housing. There is also popular resentment against letting more foreigners in, and not much…

Residents in Punggol report brown-coloured water

Residents in Punggol reported having brown-coloured tap water for a few hours on Thurs. One person who called MediaCorp’s news hotline says HDB blocks with the numbers 200+ and 600+ were affected. PUB says it received reports of…

Balestier is more than just home to delicious local fare and has a rich heritage that Singaporeans should know about. With that objective in mind, Miss Yeoh Siew Hoon, the founder and editor of online portal for travel…

See the massive spike in Singapore’s home vacancy rate

Analysts fear that the government’s efforts to scale down residential supply may not be enough to avert a looming oversupply in 2015 to 2017. A report by Barclays Research noted that the vacancy rate could hit 9.9% by…

Stricter Primary 1 priority rules for grassroots workers

Parents who become grassroots volunteers in the hope of getting priority for their children in the Primary 1 registration exercise will have to serve twice as long as before. They will have to do at least two years…

Clarify types of home security cameras allowed

A few years ago, I installed manually adjustable CCTV cameras inside and outside my house for the safety of my children. Some months ago, I found that my neighbour had installed an IP camera outside his own unit.…

A dedicated space for learning

Enter a classroom at the Credit Suisse Wealth Institute and one is greeted by interactive teaching aids that allow trainers to engage participants with more dynamic visuals. When synced with voting devices, participants are able to respond to…

5 types of horrible financial advice from your friends that could screw you over

A rule of thumb, if doing something can be a paid profession that requires a license (e.g. surgery, flying a plane, being a financial advisor), then avoid taking advice about it from lay people. You wouldn’t listen to…

Over 7,100 dengue cases this year, with 63 active clusters

More than 7,100 people have been infected with dengue so far this year and more than 1,000 have needed to be hospitalised, new official figures reveal With the onset of the hotter months from June to Oct, the…

Do more curb smoking at nightspots

NEA may want to pay special attention to night entertainment places which have been blatantly violating smoking laws (“Smoking laws: NEA replies”; Mon). The larger Chinese night clubs and Thai discos provide ash trays, encouraging customers to light…

Hospital upgrade under way

We thank Mr Kammo Liu for sharing his experience with us (“A tale of two hospitals”; last Sat). Indeed, as Mr Liu has pointed out, our current patient volume has, over the years, outgrown our infrastructure. While capacity…

URA: Green elements a must for more developments in Singapore

In its push to introduce more greenery in the Republic’s urban landscape, URA unveiled enhancements to its Landscaping for Urban Spaces and High Rises (LUSH) programme. URA said LUSH 2.0 will cover more geographical parts of Singapore, and…

What’s in store for H2 2014?

What strategy should real estate agents adopt to succeed during the next six months? Agents can get answers to these questions and more at the PropertyGuru Agent Summit tomorrow, which will provide insights from experts in the real-estate…

LUSH programme by URA is helping spread the “green message” in Singapore, said MND Minister Khaw. He said the LUSH initiative has supported the development of 40 hectare of new high-rise and urban greenery, equivalent to the size…

Trace the history of MRT station names too

It is encouraging that we are holding an exhibition to trace the history of our islands (“New exhibition harks back to S’pore’s island idyll”; June 11). The same could also be done to detail the history of our…

More LUSH

URA has a Landscaping for Urban Spaces and High Rises ( LUSH) programme to encourage skyrise greenery. The programme provides incentives for building owners and developers to provide well-planted communal green spaces at both ground and upper levels…

Analysts: Holland Village shops should innovate

Property analysts say existing shops at Holland Village will have to innovate and keep pace with changing demands when a new mixed-use development in the area opens in the future. They said the new development is likely to…

Govt mulling over prospect of combined recycling facility

Faced with the land crunch and a need for a sustainable recycling system able to handle the increasing waste generated in the city state, the Government is considering the construction of a facility that can house various recycling…

Efforts to boost library experience

We thank Mr Heng Cho Choon for his feedback (“Time to upgrade public libraries”; Forum Online, last Fri). Like Mr Heng, NLB believes in nurturing a habit of reading among Singaporeans. We promote reading and learning through the…

Man fined $2,000 for setting fire to neighbourhood items

Waiter Phui Jun Ming had finished his shift at karaoke chain K Box one early morning last Dec and was back in Bukit Panjang where he lived when he decided to de-stress – by setting fire to his…

IMF launches index to avert property bubbles

In a development seen as being of global importance for recording property price movements and preventing asset bubbles and financial crises, IMF yesterday announced the launch of an index to monitor prices and how these are moving across…

Let HDB landlords enjoy their rent

When the owner of a HDB flat moves to private property, should he be allowed to keep – and profit off – his old flat? This question resurfaced in both the print and online ST forum pages last…

Holland Village mall: Parking, rents among top worries

A mall set to be built in the heart of the leafy Holland Village could make the charming enclave even more vibrant and popular. But businesses are concerned about disruptions in the interim and the possibility of higher…

Establishments in Singapore screening World Cup matches are getting ready for the big kick-off

Establishments in Singapore screening World Cup matches are getting ready for the big kick-off. The tournament begins at 4am Singapore time with host nation Brazil taking on Croatia. Holland Village Food Court, one of the few coffee shops…

Vertical garden at CDL condo is world’s largest

CDL has set a world record for the largest vertical garden, a feature in its condominium project completed last year. Tree House’s 2,289-sqm vertical garden has entered Guinness World Records, trumping the last record set by Keppel Land’s…

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