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Community smart screens to be installed at all HDB blocks

The lift landings of all public housing blks are set to be installed with community smart screens providing useful information on transport and weather, announced MEWR Minister Vivian Balakrishnan today. These screens will project information on bus timings,…

Small fire breaks out at Westgate shopping mall, no injuries reported

A fire broke out in a food stall at Westgate shopping mall at Jurong East on Wed morning, but no one was hurt in the incident, said a mall executive. Mr Eddie Lim, Centre Manger of Westgate, said…

HDB estates, living rooms to play a part in SIFA 2015

This year’s SIFA will feature a variety of local and overseas productions to reach out to a wider audience. The full line-up of programmes was revealed on Wednesday (Apr 8) at a media briefing. Its newest addition is…

A future powered by high foot traffic

In the year 2065, cars on Singapore’s roads would be able to communicate with one another to prevent accidents and reduce traffic jams. Areas with high foot traffic, such as shopping malls and MRT stations, could have smart…

LTA to install CCTV cameras in 60 more locations by mid-2017 to catch those who park illegally

LTA will be installing CCTV cameras at 60 more locations across the island. This is on top of the 40 that will be switched on next week, and 30 that have been in operation since last Apr. When…

OCBC looks to sell over 30 shophouses and shop units

OCBC is poised to divest a portfolio of more than 30 shophouses and strata shop units across Singapore which market watchers estimate could be worth around S$150-200 million. OCBC is believed to have arranged the properties in several…

GrabTaxi opens S$136m R&D centre in Singapore

Mobile phone transport app GrabTaxi has invested US$100 million (S$136 million) into its first R&D Centre in Singapore. The centre opens today in Cecil Court in CBD and will eventually house 200 engineers and data scientists. It will…

Build modern cafeterias, not hawker centres, in Singapore

By 2027, Singapore will have 20 new hawker centres. However, society should drop its dated image of hawker centres to raise the profile of the hawker workforce. (“Ten more hawker centres to be built in next 12 years”;…

Amount of feedback received on animal-related issues is minimal

In the report “Only a minority support culling of stray animals: Poll” (Apr 7), AVA mentioned that last year, it received feedback 750 times on monkey-related issues and 2,500 times on stray dogs. That is minimal, bearing in…

How Big Data algorithms can bolster Singapore’s mortgage system

Big Data algorithms give Singapore a unique opportunity to strengthen its home loans financing system. Let me explain. In June 2013, MAS introduced TDSR framework to strengthen the credit underwriting practices of financial institutions, encourage financial prudence among…

The ultimate MoneySmart guide to CPF Housing Grants in Singapore

I’ve never tried skydiving. I guess it’s fun and exciting. But only if you’ve got a parachute strapped to your back when you jump out that plane. Buying a HDB flat is like skydiving. The parachute is the…

Online petition to rename Changi Airport as LKY Airport closes with about 12,500 signatures

An online petition to rename Changi Airport to Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) Intl Airport was submitted to Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew on Tues with about 12,500 signatures. The signatures were collected between Mar 25 and Mar 30,…

Rat problem plagues Bedok South residents

Residents at a cluster of blks in Bedok South Ave 3 are worried that their area may become “the next Bukit Batok hill” if the growing number of rats there is left unchecked. Many rodents have been spotted…

Monkey complaints fall by over half after a third of them culled

If you have seen fewer monkeys in your neighbourhood recently, you are not alone. The amount of monkey-related feedback more than halved last year, after an estimated one-third of the animals were killed. Last year, AVA received 750…

Geylang apartment in deadly blaze was ‘unauthorised dorm’

A Geylang apartment which caught fire, killing two workers, last Fri was an unauthorised dormitory. “The residential unit does not have URA’s planning permission to be used as workers’ dormitories,” said a URA spokesman. “We do not allow…

Gems World Academy to enrol 3,000 students here by 2017

The newest kid in the intl school scene here, Gems World Academy in Yishun, has just over 200 students, and will grow its enrolment to 650 in Sept. When the school’s $220 million campus is completed by 2017,…

Wheelock reinvents struggling Scotts Square mall with posh new tenants

Wheelock is undergoing a re-tenanting exercise at its struggling Scotts Square retail mall, as the shopping centre continues to grapple with dwindling rents and lower occupancy rates. According to OCBC, the mall will welcome several new F&B and…

Business parks are the next big thing in real estate

The business park sub-segment is the underappreciated rising star of the real estate sector, according to a report DBS. With reports that large MNCs are mulling a shift away from their CBD locations to the upcoming Mapletree Business…

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