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S’pore today: Test-bed for cities of tomorrow

Singapore is increasingly becoming a test-bed for new technologies that will help other fast-growing cities in Asia be more environmentally sustainable. These technologies, ranging from traffic management systems to collecting data on electricity usage, are often tested in…

Visitors try driverless buggies at Chinese and Japanese Gardens

About 250 visitors were at the Chinese and Japanese Gardens in Jurong for the past three days, to experience what it is like to take a ride in Singapore’s first driverless vehicles. More than 110 trips have been…

No recourse over neighbour’s second-hand smoke

The apartment above my family’s unit was recently leased to an occupant who smokes at the balcony. The smoke drifts into our home, endangering our health. I raised the issue with the property’s managing agent, which consulted NEA.…

Bumpy ride for cycling vision

MND Minister Khaw says cycling should be a viable transport option for short trips (“Cycling can be viable transport mode: Khaw”; Thurs). I do not think his vision is feasible. First, there are no rules and regulations for…

Industrial estates need good cycling infrastructure too

I work in Chin Bee Drive in the Jurong industrial area. Pavements in this industrial estate are poorly maintained and not wide enough to accommodate both cyclists and pedestrians. I am deaf and often startled by passing cyclists…

Segregate ‘fast and slow’ footpath users

Widening pavements (“Don’t ban electric devices, widen pavements instead” by Mr Leong Kok Seng; Thurs) and educating users of electric transport devices to make them more considerate (“Education is the key” by Mr Tay Leong Tiong; Thurs) are…

Electric and motorised bicycles vex park users

More electric and motorised bicycles are zooming along park connectors and their surroundings, breaking the rules and aggravating other park users who say they are a safety hazard. Even with signs prohibiting the use of such bikes in…

Clear litter on seabed too

Besides clearing litter on the beach, NEA should also clear litter on the seabed, especially at East Coast Park and Pasir Ris Park, which are popular with beachgoers (“Rising tide of litter on S’pore’s shorelines”; Thurs). When the…

Fall in HDB resale prices brought buyers back to the market

Prices of HDB resale flats fell by 1.7 per cent in the third quarter of the year, the steepest decline since 2005, with analysts attributing it to the loan curbs and the strong supply of new flats. The…

Analysts: Prices of private homes could soften further in coming months

Prices of private homes in the Republic fell for a fourth consecutive quarter between July and Sept, but the pace of decline was more moderate, in what analysts said signals a market that is stabilising. Still, they cautioned…

Private transport scene shows S’pore’s foresight

Singapore’s reputation as a city of foresight precedes it internationally. World leaders have praised the basket of excellence it commands, which yields a rare, powerful combination that has garnered it prosperity. A fundament to the Republic’s progress that…

Profit-driven stadium risks cold shoulder from the masses

Since our new National Stadium opened, the focus seems to have been on its sandy pitch and what an embarrassment it has become for Singapore. Not enough attention, though, has been given to the manner in which commercial…

Book to feature stories by Sembawang GRC residents

Heartwarming stories by Sembawang GRC residents on Singapore will be featured in a book. Chronicles of Remembrance will feature interesting stories by 50 residents on how Singapore has changed and the challenges it faced. It is part of…

Fire at Punggol Drive construction site

A fire broke out at a construction site near Blk 677 along Punggol Drive today. SCDF received a call from a member of the public at 10.48am requesting assistance for the fire. SCDF despatched two fire engines, one…

S’pore Reits ride out swings in stock market

Local Reits have generally held on to the gains made over the past nine months, despite wild share market swings in recent weeks, said SGX My Gateway. The SGX education portal found that some trusts have posted resilient…

Traffic at Marina Bay Cruise Centre area to be studied

Road traffic at Marina Bay Cruise Centre (MBCC) is not always smooth sailing, but a new study aims to tackle this problem. To be conducted from next month, the study will survey traffic there, assess the effectiveness of…

$15m in grants awarded for research on clean energy

A total of $15 million in government grants has been awarded to seven research teams here to develop clean energy sources and small-scale power grids. The teams from NTU and NUS will focus on better harnessing of solar,…

Acres proposes trained guards to shoo monkeys away from homes

They call it monkey herding: stationing a specially trained guard at a hot spot to shoo monkeys away from residential areas. The guard may tap a stick, an umbrella or a net on the ground, or just tell…

Record wave of new homes could swamp prices and rents

with a record number of new private homes being completed this year and the next, it could be a while before prices and rents hit bottom, property consultants say. More HDB flats entering the rental market could further…

Office segment the star performer but what’ll happen when the party ends?

The office segment has emerged as the star of Singapore’s property market in terms of prices and rents, going by third-quarter data released by URA. The ongoing office rent recovery story, fuelled by tightness of available supply in…

Jurong regional centre a growing magnet for the cost-conscious office tenants

Office tenants seeking affordable rentals are looking west. Strong occupancy rates at new and upcoming office towers in Jurong East bode well for the development of Jurong regional centre, property consultants say. Westgate Tower achieved almost 60 per…

Park with ‘S’pore DNA’ a model for urbanisation push

The anniversary posters are lining the streets and commemorative activities are set to be rolled out to mark the 20th year of the Sino-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) later this month. But the celebratory mood has been dampened…

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