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‘Happy toilets’ to teach pre-schoolers good habits

The drive for clean toilets is going down to the pre-school level. A programme was launched on Tues to improve washrooms in pre-schools and teach children good habits such as flushing the toilet after use. The Restroom Association…

Sylvia Lim: Read through AGO’s full report to ‘have a better understanding of the issues’

The lapses flagged in WP’s running of AHPETC will be addressed when Parliament sits on Thurs, said the town council’s chairman Sylvia Lim. In the meantime, she urged members of the public to “look beyond the headlines and…

Auditor-General Report on AHPETC: Examples of key lapses

Under Town Councils Financial Rules, town councils must make the necessary transfers to sinking fund bank accounts within a month of the end of each financial year (FY) quarter. These funds are separately maintained for improvement and long-term…

Auditor-General finds governance lapses at WP-run town council

The financial affairs of AHPETC will be in the spotlight in Parliament on Thurs, after the Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) issued a report finding lapses in governance and compliance by the town council. These lapses, detailed in the report…

Two Germans to plead guilty in Singapore vandalism case

Two young German men will plead guilty to vandalism, an offence punishable by caning, after spray-painting a metro train (MRT) in Singapore, their lawyer said Mon. Lawyer Christopher Bridges said his clients Andreas Von Knorre and Elton Hinz,…

Housing affordability ranks low on satisfaction scorecard

Only 51 percent of Singaporeans are satisfied with affordability of housing in Singapore last year, according to the Blackbox Policy Satisfaction Index. Its Government Satisfaction Scorecard shows that satisfaction on housing affordability remained unchanged throughout 2014. It also…

HSR terminal site may be named soon

The site of the Singapore-KL high-speed rail (HSR) terminus in Singapore could be announced as early as the first quarter of this year. According to a statement by MND, the 11th Malaysia-Singapore Joint Ministerial Committee for Iskandar Malaysia…

Shopping on his mind

How does a grand old dame stay desirable in a challenging retail market, and try to beat competition from not only other shops and malls, but also the ever-growing popularity of online shopping? “By always focusing on the…

Going beyond the global city paradigm

After independence in 1965, Singapore’s government embarked on a development strategy of manufacturing for export to the world market, a major part of the new nation’s transformation from a SEA regional port-city to a “global city”. Singapore’s export…

Sengkang EC site bid lowest since 2011

The successful tender for an EC site in Sengkang is likely to heat up the competition for buyers, given the number of similar projects that have sprung up in the area. A bid of $157.8 million or $280…

Former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station to be open to public on public holidays

The historical former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (TPRS) will be open to everyone on public holidays from Feb 20. SLA said on Mon said that the national monument will be open to the public “to allow more Singaporeans…

Singapore tops global speed index for broadband links

Singapore is now the world’s fastest broadband nation, according to a global speed index watched closely by many intl authorities and Internet service providers (ISPs). The US-based Ookla’s Net Index started in 2008 shows that Internet users in…

Ways to improve water release system in chutes

The plan by SCDF, National Fire and Civil Emergency Preparedness Council, and HDB to test a timer-based water release system in the refuse chutes of 20 HDB blks is a good one (“New system to prevent rubbish chute…

Anti-littering efforts through enforcement, engagement

We thank Mr Lawrence Loh Kiah Muan for his feedback (“Find out causes of littering, then get tough”; last Wed) and agree with him on the need to have a good understanding of the causes of littering and…

On property measures

Here’s what participants at BT’ Pre-Budget Roundtable 2015 had to say about property measures: “I think it is necessary to ease some of the cooling measures. For private property, we already have the TDSR and the SSD. TDSR…

Irresponsible dog owners a bane

Lately, there have been renewed calls for more dogs to be allowed in HDB flats (“Review HDB policy on dogs in flats” by Madam Samantha Ang; Jan 13). As a condominium owner in an estate where many dogs…

What investment opportunities will Geylang’s rezoning create?

On Jan 13, 2015, URA announced a proposal to rezone parts of Geylang from Residential/Institution to Commercial/Institution. This is a proposed amendment to the URA Master Plan 2014. A reader asked if I could kindly share my insights…

Community gardens to revisit good old days

Some of the Republic’s most iconic motifs of heartland life from the bird-singing corners in housing estates to a replica of Toa Payoh’s dragon mosaic playground will find their way into a cluster of five community gardens at…

Toa Payoh rooftop vandalism case: Last teen pleads guilty

The last of five teenagers involved in vandalising the rooftop of a HDB blk in Toa Payoh pleaded guilty today. Goh Rong Liang, 18, pleaded guilty to four charges of vandalism, theft and criminal trespass. He had one…

Zoos endanger future of rare animals

I refer to the letter “Why zoos should house more rare land animals” (Feb 7), which urges the Singapore Zoo to house rare animals from Asia to address the problem of wildlife extinction. Such a move will not…

These suburban areas are the rising stars of the commercial property sector

Gone are the days when good office locations could only be found in the bustling and incredibly high-end buildings of the CBD. Analysts note that Singapore’s initiatives to develop its regional centres will whet tenants’ appetites for suburban…

Soilbuild clinches $25.9m contract for E-commerce Hub at Tampines North

Soilbuild Construction Group has been awarded a $25.9m contract for the design and build of an 8-storey single-user E-commerce Hub at Tampines North. The construction period is approximately 17 months. The contract is not expected to have a…

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