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What makes Marina Bay Sands GREEN

HDB resale market 2015: Anticipation for an upswing?

2014 has raised a few concerns with regards to the HDB resale market. After experiencing consecutive months of decline in prices and transactions, many have accepted the downward trend to be the ‘new normal’, with modest dips likely…

The MRT effect: How it will affect your property’s value

Fast forward to 2030 and Singapore would have become more interconnected with two new MRT lines; the TEL and DTL and three extensions (Tuas West,NSL and NEL). Some would argue that when all the new lines and extensions…

Futuristic ‘smart homes’ soon to be a reality

Amid the Republic’s Smart Nation drive, a developer here has teamed up with technology giant Samsung to build future “smart homes” which recognise owners’ lifestyle patterns, turn on the lights and make coffee when they wake up for…

One sent to hospital following fire at New Bridge Rd

A woman was sent to hospital after a fire broke out at the Jean Yip Loft building at New Bridge Road on Wed. SCDF said it was alerted to the fire at about 12.50pm, and it sent three…

Takeda Pharmaceutical moves into new office in Biopolis

On 25 Feb, Japanese pharmaceutical giant Takeda announced the inauguration of its new office in Biopolis. The expanded space will host key Takeda functions – its Emerging Markets Business Unit headquarters (which was previously based in Zurich), Takeda…

Singapore, India launch urban water management programme

Singapore Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam witnessed the signing ceremony of a joint water management programme between Singapore and the Public Health Engineering Department of the Government of Rajasthan in Jaipur on Wed. The document was…

SMRT announces bus stop changes

Bus operator SMRT has advised its passengers that its services 75 and 184 will no longer call at stops ‘opposite the Ministry of Defence’ (43109) and ‘before Cashew Road’ (43091) from Mar 1. It will follow the reinstatement…

Clash of suburban malls old and new – Bedok: Survival hinges on keeping regular customers

When Bedok Point opened in Dec 2010, there was much excitement among residents of the area, one of Singapore’s oldest residential estates. The four-storey mall, developed out of the old Bedok and Changi theatres, has small speciality shops…

Clash of suburban malls old and new – Jurong: Losing to neighbours despite a year’s head start

Walk through JCube mall in Jurong East on a weekday during lunchtime and the crowd is thin. Tenants such as ice-cream chain Marble Slab and chicken joint Nando’s are empty except for a few teenagers. Business took a…

Clash of suburban malls old and new – Holland Village: Old centres no match for breezy newcomer

After more than a decade in Holland Village, cheongsam-maker Brigid Pang made the painful decision to move out and set up shop at the nearby Star Vista mall last Aug. Faced with dwindling crowds and the fading popularity…

Sketching secrets of S’pore’s shores

Singapore’s skyscrapers extend beyond the mainland. Giant gas tanks, towering submersibles, and massive oil rigs as tall as 12-storey buildings dot the Republic’s waters. Few have seen these looming water giants up close as they lie in private,…

Behind the scenes at new natural history museum

A rare golden babirusa specimen stood encased in glass in a dusty little corner of the NUS for decades. The pig artefact, collected in 1913 in Indonesia, will soon be watching over something bigger and better when it…

What makes Marina Bay Sands GREEN

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Marina Bay Sands was awarded BCA’s Green Mark Platinum Award last month. Since 2013, 31 energy-savings projects have been implemented at the 6 million sqft integrated resort (IR) to reduce energy usage. This has resulted in energy savings…

Home ownership continues to be a social security pillar: Tharman

DPM and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said in the Budget 2015 statement on Mon, home ownership is one of Singapore’s four pillars of social security system. He said the government has been systematically strengthening the social security system,…

Reits investors cheered by Budget measures

The Budget move to end a waiver on stamp duty may cause Reits to be more cautious in making local acquisitions but the continuance of other tax concessions lifted the sector yesterday. The FTSE ST Reit index rose…

Sibor rises to 0.734% – almost double the year-ago rate

The key three-month Sibor or Singapore interbank offered rate continues to rise at 0.734 per cent on Tues, it’s almost double the rate one year ago due to continued US dollar strength. The three-month Sibor was 0.389 per…

Do more to keep pools in good shape

Swimming is a favoured pastime of many in Singapore. However, many are also turned off by the poorly maintained facilities at the swimming complexes. Many public swimming pools have been in place since the 1980s. Since then, there…

Engage workers on littering problem, not just issue fines

The efforts made by NEA to engage and educate foreign workers in keeping the environment clean are commendable (“Anti-littering efforts through enforcement, engagement” by NEA; Feb 9), and most of these workers are aware of Singapore’s social norms.…

Change Singaporeans’ mindset towards the environment

The mindset of Singaporeans is that the environment is the responsibility of someone else, be it the Government or the cleaners (“‘5 million people, 70,000 cleaners… that’s ridiculous!'”; Feb 14). Such a mindset must change before we can…

Complete S’pore Story with pre-colonial heritage

I was intrigued to read about the archaeological evidence that has been unearthed, pointing to Singapore being a kingdom with a bustling port in the 14th century until it was attacked by Javanese forces in the 15th century…

Raise standards first, then fares

For public transport operators, profits from rental of retail space or advertising sales should be channelled towards improving the efficiency of their trains and buses. Profits should be an incentive to improve efficiency, but not at the expense…

Loft living HDB-style

This airy living room may look like it belongs in a private apartment, but it is actually part of an HDB unit in the SkyTerrace @ Dawson project. The “loft concept” living room was touted as a new…

Singapore’s housing loan demand to stay listless in 2015

Home buyers remain cautious and employ a wait-and-see approach. According to a report by Maybank Kim Eng, after four years of double-digit loan growth, SGD loan growth slowed to 5.8% in 2014. Analysts expect housing loan demand to…

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