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Getting to bottom of town council saga

It is obvious that the Auditor-General’s Office has taken pains with both the audit of AHPETC and its carefully-worded 59-page report. Given the ready assumptions of cynics that the ruling party is out to discredit the opposition-run council,…

Mixing of trash, recyclables taken seriously

We thank Ms Yong Wenya for her letter (“Trash, recyclables mixed together”; Jan 29). Public waste collectors (PWCs) must collect recyclables and waste separately and separate trucks must be used. NEA monitors the collections by the trucks via…

New test bed launched to push S’pore’s Smart Nation vision

Commercial enterprises and public agencies can soon create and test-bed smart city innovations, in the areas of education, healthcare, transport and public safety, in a living new lab. Tech solutions provider NCS launched SURF@NCS on 9 Feb, as…

NEA to take action against public waste collector

NEA is taking action against a public waste collection company found to have mixed items meant for recycling with rubbish for incineration during refuse collection. NEA rules require recyclables and waste to be collected separately and in separate…

S’pore 7th most popular property destination for world’s richest

Singapore is still one of the top cities for the world’s super rich to buy luxury residential property, revealed the recent Wealth-X and Sotheby’s Intl Realty Global Luxury Residential Real Estate Report 2015. The city-state was ranked 7th…

Analysts expect new home prices to be more competitive

New private home units are expected to be competitively priced as developers prepare to roll out new residential projects amid challenging market conditions. PropNex said past transactions indicated prices of new homes moderated by 10 to 12 percent…

AHPETC audit report could lead to strengthening of Town Councils Act: Law expert

The findings of the Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) in its audit of AHPETC could act as a “catalyst” to strengthen the Town Councils Act to deter non-compliance, said Assistant Professor Jack Tsen-Ta Lee from the School of Law at…

Promoting design diversity

At Sembawang Greenvale, a new housing estate near Sembawang Park, we have piloted a new set of planning guidelines. These new planning guidelines by URA, Envelope Control Guidelines, give architects and homeowners greater flexibility in configuring the interior…

New integrated start-up facility for entrepreneurs and investors

A new all-in-one integrated start-up space for entrepreneurs and investors in the tech building community was launched this morning by MCI Minister Yaacob Ibrahim. The new start-up facility, called BASH (Build Amazing Start-ups Here), is an initiative driven…

JTC to integrate manufacturing value chain in single development

JTC today broke ground for the first industrial development in Singapore that will house companies within the entire manufacturing value chain when it is completed in 2017. The development, sited on a 6.4-hectare land in Tuas, will have…

Sturdee Road site to draw strong interest, say analysts

A residential site in the Farrer Park vicinity has been put up for sale by URA, with analysts expecting interest from developers to be strong given the plot’s small size and attractive location. The 65,784 sqft site on…

Rents for condos rose in January as HDB rents dipped

Rents for condominium and private apartment units rose slightly by 0.2 per cent in Jan from the month before, the SRX Property said. Rents dipped 5.9 per cent in Jan when compared to the same period a year…

Jover gives Sim Lim Square a bad name

Do not mention that Jover Chew name at Sim Lim Square. You are likely to get a frown or worse, a business owner spewing vulgarities. Jover is bad for business, and business has been bad at Sim Lim…

5 cleaners take 5 days to clear 10.5 tonnes of filth from Toa Payoh flat

They were dubbed the terror hoarders of Lorong 8 Toa Payoh, stirring fear and disgust with their aggressive behaviour and unhygienic practices. But on Sat, the “terrors”, a family of three appeared subdued as they waited patiently at…

HDB launches 3,995 new flats in first BTO exercise this year

HDB on Wed launched 3,995 new flats for sale under the Feb 2015 BTO exercise. These flats are spread across five projects located in the non-mature towns of Bukit Batok and Hougang, and the mature town of Geylang.…

Workers’ Party ‘needs to clear air over AGO’s report’

The reputation of the WP in managing a town council has been dealt a blow by the Auditor-General’s report this week, but it remains to be seen if its political fortunes will be affected, observers and residents said.…

Town councils’ operating and sinking funds must be kept separate, say experts

Town councils must take care to keep their operating and sinking funds separate because they are meant for different uses, said experts yesterday. They warned that placing money into the wrong fund can cause future problems of overspending.…

Safeguards and steps to avoid conflicts of interest in running town councils

The two worlds of town councils and the companies they hire to manage estates often overlap. Town councils sometimes take on staff from the companies they hire to provide services to make for smoother operations. But in the…

Don’t point fingers, use them to pick up after ourselves

In the past two weeks, the media has given the issue of littering much attention. Many are agitated, from government leaders to ordinary citizens, and not all are in agreement about the root causes or the solutions. However,…

Observers call for Town Councils Act to have more bite

Observers speaking to BT ahead of Thurs’s Parliament sitting have recommended that clear and strong penalties be spelt out if the Town Councils Act is to have any teeth. They have criticised the existing Act as being “without…

New URA guidelines for landed homes to take effect from May

Home owners and developers will soon get to enjoy greater flexibility in configuring the interior space of their landed homes, after URA today released a new set of guidelines for landed houses. The new guidelines will come into…

Building hygiene also landlords’ responsibility, says Balakrishnan

Landlords have to pull their weight in managing all aspects of their buildings instead of merely collecting rent, said MEWR Vivian Balakrishnan yesterday. This includes taking charge of food storage and disposal, added the minister, as he singled…

A clean S’pore requires mindset shift

I refer to the report “Balakrishnan urges stand against littering as summonses double” (Feb 2). Calls for Singaporeans to clean up after themselves, after rubbish was left behind at the Laneway music festival, might have stirred some to…

Constant reminders about litter essential

ESM Goh Chok Tong was right to say that Tokyo has no rubbish even though there are no dustbins in public places. (“S’pore likely to become garbage city without foreign workers: ESM Goh”; Jan 30). He must have…

How CPF changes affect withdrawals

CPF provides lifelong monthly payouts in retirement through the CPF Life scheme. Last Wed, the Government accepted recommendations from a review panel on ways to make the system more flexible. In the last of a three-part series, Joanna…

Some losses on home sales incurred by property funds

A slew of loss-making residential property sales has surfaced in the market lately, but not all involved individuals who got their fingers burnt. A closer look indicates a rather mixed bag, with some sellers being institutional funds cashing…

Designing a new dining experience

The owners of Salad Stop had a great story. Mr Daniel Desbaillets and his children Adrien and Katherine wanted to make a difference in other people’s lives by providing them with a healthy menu. The problem was, no…

JTC launches groundbreaking industrial space at Tuas

Industrial space provider JTC launched another innovative space on Wed. The site, named JTC Space @ Tuas, will accommodate firms in the oil and gas, precision engineering, and general manufacturing industries. At 6.4 hectares and 10 storeys, it…

Room for growth at Starwood spurs hotelier

An accountant by training but hotelier by passion, Mr Rajit Sukumaran has risen through the ranks at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Asia-Pacific to lead the development of its brands across Asia. His latest step up the ladder came…

Making a cohesive impression on customers

DesignSingapore Council, the national agency for design, has been supporting practitioners and companies with a variety of help schemes. In the second of a six-part series, Melissa De Silva talks to three design consultancies that offer value-added services…

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