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191 construction sites face $156,000 in fines for WSH Act contraventions

A three-week long inspection targetting the construction sector has found 191 worksites out of 214 that have violated the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Act. These worksites received 272 Notices of Non-Compliance (NNCs) and 147 fines totalling $156,000.…

Pedestrians, like drivers, also distracted by smartphones: Survey

Much has been said about the dangers of distracted driving but pedestrians distracted by smartphones are as much responsible for accidents on the road, reported a survey by NTU students. A study of 419 youth aged 17 to…

Vivian Balakrishnan: Environmental CSR must make business sense

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) focusing on the environment must make business sense if more companies are to adopt such sustainable approach, said MEWR Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Tues. The minister made the point at a consultation session with…

SMRT looking to install charging points at more MRT stations

Public transport operator SMRT is looking at installing charging points at more MRT stations after receiving positive feedback about its trial which started last year. To date, SMRT has five stations with charging points. They were first launched…

Savills: S’pore offices among markets with highest yields

Singapore offers one the highest returns for offices among the world’s major markets, showed a report by broker Savills, while Hong Kong and New York offer the worst. Grade A commercial properties in Singapore’s CBD have an effective…

Parliament to discuss AHPETC audit, call for stronger laws on town councils

When Parliament next sits on Thurs, it will discuss the accounting lapses found in a recent audit of AHPETC and support stronger laws to govern town councils. It will also call on all town councils to “uphold high…

Efforts to curb littering at big public events

We thank Mr Tham Tuck Meng for his feedback (“Beef up anti-littering enforcement at big events'”; Jan 31). NEA has been deploying enforcement officers at large public events. These include events such as the Chinese New Year Countdown,…

Why build new carparks?

I have noticed that at least three green spaces have been converted to carparks in my HDB estate along Yishun Ring Road. These green spaces were previously used for community purposes and as buffer zones between the carpark…

Resale prices of non-landed private homes fell 0.2% in Jan

Resale prices of non-landed private homes fell by 0.2 per cent in Jan, said SRX Property in a report. When compared year-on-year, resale prices of non-landed private homes fell 6.5 per cent. Dips of 1.7 per cent and…

URA releases residential site in Farrer Park

URA has released a residential site at Sturdee Road for sale today under the Confirmed List of H1 2015 GLS programme. Measuring 6,111.5 sqm, the site has a maximum GFA of 21,391 sqm and is estimated to yield…

SIBOR remains on the uptick

The Singapore Interbank Offered Rate (SIBOR) continues its steady upward movement touching 0.67863 percent Tues last week and remained around the same level towards the end of the week, posting a rate of 0.67288 percent. SIBOR is a…

Asian cities lack sustainability

Asian cities trail their European counterparts when it comes to sustainability, taking seven of the top ten places in the first ARCADIS Sustainable Cities Index published this week. Frankfurt sits in first place, followed by London and Copenhagen.…

30% of Smart Nation project to involve local innovation

A burst of local innovation, in terms of products and services, is expected as the push to make Singapore the world’s first Smart Nation gathers pace. BT understands from industry sources that while the underlying building blocks for…

Restrict the use of CPF for property to boost retirement savings

As worries over retirement adequacy come to the fore, Singapore has to embark on the politically challenging debate of whether to introduce restrictions on the amount of CPF savings that can be used to purchase property. There will…

Replace poor-quality manhole covers

As we move towards an improved quality of life, and as cycling as a mode of transport and sport catches on, it is time to consider a replacement of the light, thin steel manhole covers that are used…

SG Heart Map collects more than 43,000 stories in three months

Having spent most of her life living in Toa Payoh, Mrs Chia-Nge Tak Heng, 54, has watched it flourish and grow into the bustling estate that it is now from the time when she arrived at age seven…

53 per cent spike in accidents within school zones last year

Despite tougher measures against errant motorists within school zones, the number of accidents spiked last year, compared with previous years. Statistics from TP showed there were 29 accidents including two fatalities —within these zones last year, up about…

Various ownership interests ‘should have been disclosed’

The sole proprietor of a company that was engaged to provide services to AHPETC is also the secretary of the town council, with the power to co-sign cheques. Mr Danny Loh Chong Meng is also a director and…

Analysts: Conflict of interest, lack of internal controls most serious lapses

Even though no evidence of fraud or criminal wrongdoing was flagged by the Auditor-General’s report on AHPETC financial affairs, observers TODAY spoke to raised concerns about the town council’s management of business transactions with companies in which council…

What more can be done to keep littering at bay?

Hefty fines, Corrective Work Orders (CWOs) to shame litterbugs, as well as many years of educational campaigns… yet, Singapore is still plagued by rubbish woes. What more can be done to banish the problem to the bins?

Current measures against littering in Singapore

From slapping higher fines on litterbugs to mobilising volunteers to help deter them, Singapore has a range of measures in place in its efforts to keep the country clean. NEA issued about 19,000 tickets for littering last year,…

Why is littering still a problem in Singapore?

Complacency is the likely reason for Singapore’s litter woes. Experts say that when people know there will be an army of cleaners to pick up after them, they become too lazy to do the right thing. Singapore residents…

Rubbish woes persist, but experts say Singapore’s ‘clean city’ image can be reclaimed

An in-depth study to figure out the cause of littering, getting young students to try being cleaners for a day and heavier penalties are among the suggestions made to stop Singapore from becoming a “garbage city”. Academics, civil…

Lack of a proper record-management and accounting system at Workers’ Party town council

The lack of a proper record-management and accounting system was why AHPETC failed to produce accurate financial statements, said the Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) yesterday. The AGO said AHPETC did not adequately safeguard accounting documents for Apr to July…

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