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Reits band together to form new industry body

Preserve rustic charm of Ubin

The idyllic Pulau Ubin has long been my place of solace when I need to unwind after a hectic week (“Wanted: More modern facilities for Ubin”; Mon). Since the 1970s, I have made countless trips to Ubin to…

Cyclists need to follow rules, too

Pedestrians and motorists used to live in harmony by obeying rules. Those who did not were punished. Then, a new species appeared, the cyclists. The pedestrians and motorists welcomed them, however, the cyclists took them for granted. They…

NParks replies: Community gardens

We thank Miss Victoria Lim Sue-Wei for her letter and suggestions on community gardens (“Help community gardens bloom”; Oct 29). NParks Community in Bloom (CIB) programme aims to promote a gardening culture within the community. We provide community…

Sentosa condos, bungalows feeling the blues

Prices of bungalows and high-end condominiums in Sentosa have fallen significantly due to the series of cooling measures by the government. But the most debilitating factors are the SSD, tax of up to 18 percent for foreign property…

Upper Serangoon tender period extended amid new construction requirements

URA is extending the tender period for a land parcel at Upper Serangoon Road by two weeks until Nov 27, in order to allow potential bidders to take into account new construction requirements coming into effect this month.…

Public housing resale prices up for the first time this year

The public housing resale market has gone up slightly for the first time this year after falling for eight consecutive months and prices hitting a 20-month low in Sept. According to a flash report by SRX for last…

HDB flats designed to capitalise on wind flow

We refer to Mr Edmund Loh’s letter “Design HDB flats such that households can save energy” (Oct 28). With Singapore located in the tropics, the thermal comfort of residents’ living environment has always been a key consideration in…

Sports Hub to be kept accessible to all

We refer to the letter “Profit-driven stadium risks cold shoulder from the masses” (Oct 25). The Singapore Sports Hub is a cluster of multi-use sports facilities built for Singaporeans to watch, play and enjoy sport as well as…

New regulations to improve productivity in construction sector

Productivity in Singapore’s construction sector is set to get a boost with the introduction of new requirements on the use of labour-efficient construction methods and building design. These requirements will included in the Building Control (Buildability and Productivity)…

CPF: Knowing the problem is the start of finding a solution

Fundamentally the CPF is more a savings plan, not really an investment plan. It pays you a fixed interest which is no doubt generous in today’s environment. But it’s a savings plan and relatively simple. The government didn’t…

Reits band together to form new industry body

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Several Reits have banded together to form an association – the Reit Association of Singapore (Reitas) – to promote the growth of Singapore’s Reit sector. It will be headed by a nine-member executive committee, comprising representatives from some…

Tree hits roof of McDonald’s outlet at Ridout Tea Garden

A tree crashed onto the roof of a McDonald’s outlet at Ridout Tea Garden, beside Far East Flora Queensway, following strong winds and heavy rain yesterday. Diners were evacuated from the restaurant. Several pictures were uploaded by a…

Major changes needed for cycling

Cycling advocate Irene Ng yesterday set out major changes the Government needs to undertake to make headway in getting more Singaporeans to pedal, not drive. Ms Ng (Tampines GRC) wants government agencies to coordinate more in producing cycling…

BCA to push getting building owners to tap Accessibility Fund

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The S$40 million BCA’s Accessibility Fund (AF) established in 2007 to promote voluntary upgrading for existing pre-1990 private-sector buildings is set to last till FY2016, but only S$12.4 million has been used to support modifying projects of some…

Making good use of space

The decision by Pan Asia Logistics Singapore to invest in an advanced storage system that could hold more materials in less space turned out to be a critical turning point for the company’s drive to be more productive.…

Oxley Hotel up and single-storey detached house for sale by auction

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Oxley Hotel, a freehold eight-storey boutique hotel sitting on a 3,725 sqft plot of land in Lorong 6 Geylang, has been put up by its owner for sale by auction. The hotel has 56 guest rooms, seven car…

People in Singapore are getting a bad deal in property search. This startup wants to fix that

Property search in Singapore is like a mirage. Yes, sites like PropertyGuru and iProperty are popular among Singaporean property seekers and real estate agents, but they’re more like online classifieds than true-blue search engines like Google. And there…

Billionaire enclave prices drop on singapore property curbs

Australian hedge-fund manager Stephen Fisher says he was lucky to have bought his luxury home on Sentosa, a Singapore resort island that has attracted the wealthy, in 2005, before property curbs kicked in. “I would be very wary…

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