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Affordable city fringe homes

If a home in central locations costs the same as one in the mass-market, which would you pick? Past studies have harped on the narrowing price gap between high-end and mass-market homes. Notwithstanding, the absolute quantum for high-end…

Surge in rat complaints last year

Last Dec, a hill near Bukit Batok MRT station came under scrutiny for being overrun with hundreds of rats. But the “tail” does not end there. For the whole of last year, NEA received about 4,000 complaints about…

Balancing act: What’s needed to grow an active cycling culture in Singapore?

Mr Lim Eng Hwee, Chief Planner and Deputy CEO at URA shared his experience of cycling in New York, which has a culture he believes Singapore should emulate. “The different users on the road, whether you’re a cyclist,…

Singapore’s mobile download speeds fastest in South-east Asia and Oceania: Report

Singapore mobile download speeds have been found to be the fastest in SEA and Oceania, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report. The median download speeds for Singapore mobile devices was in excess of 20Mbps, while peak download…

Free guided tours to 50 places that define Singapore as home

Did you know Dakota Crescent was named after the model of an aircraft that had crashed into the area in the 1940s? Or that East Coast Park was built entirely on reclaimed land? These are some of the…

Photo exhibit on Old Airport Rd showcases idea of home

What photographs tell the story of home in Singapore? One showing the facade of a public apartment blk and its corridors and windows, or photos of the view you see when you open your window? Photos that detail…

When bus rides are a challenge for seniors

I take the bus regularly. For us seniors, jerky rides and drivers who stop away from the kerb, such that commuters must step down and then up the kerb, makes getting on and off buses a challenge. There…

Improve public transport by making car use prohibitive

Most research on transport suggests that more efficient public transport would not curb car use, as a car is more than only transport. A car offers independence in terms of time, routes and stops. It obviates the need…

Shops take hit as sales drop in wake of new rules

Liquor sales have fallen by as much as 50 per cent for some retailers in the wake of Apr’s alcohol curbs, especially for those in Geylang, where the restrictions are stricter. Eight Geylang retailers told ST that over…

New business models set to shake up solar energy sector

The high upfront cost of solar energy has long dampened its prospects on sunny island Singapore. But the clouds may have finally cleared with a wave of business models that is sweetening the prospects of solar energy. Now,…

Private property prices may fall another 10% in next two years: report

Private property prices in Singapore could fall a further 10 per cent from current levels over the next two years, said BNP Paribas in a research report on Mon. “Our central case is for a relatively orderly unwind.…

Work begins on Punggol bicycle network

Construction works to give Punggol its own bicycle network have officially started, following a ground-breaking ceremony held at Punggol Central yesterday. The estate will have an 8.8km network of intra-town dedicated cycling paths in 2017, the seventh town…

Plan to save Singapore freshwater crab from extinction

Experts here have come up with a detailed conservation plan to help the Johora singaporensis crab claw its way back from the brink of extinction. The effort, likely to be the first of its kind in the world…

In Singapore, all roads led to the General Post Office

Before the road system of modern-day Singapore was introduced, people meant it quite literally when they said they had reached a milestone. They used to find their way across the island with the help of large stone markers…

Over 600 cow figures to be placed around the island to celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday

Over 600 life-size cow figures will be placed around the island in celebration of Singapore’s 50th birthday. They will be placed by Moove Media, the advertising arm of transport company ComfortDelGro. The cows will be placed in 68…

Global music firms tuning in to Singapore

The music industry here has been moving to a livelier beat over the past year as global firms tune in to the region’s growth potential. Heavyweights such as record label Sony, digital music streaming service Rdio and artist…

Time for transport operators to aim higher

The HDB Sample Household Survey 2013 shows that among the various types of facilities provided in an estate, transportation facilities fared the worst, with only 80 per cent of residents satisfied, a drop from 84 per cent in…

Why water costs more despite unchanging price

Last Tues’s article (“Time to tighten the tap on cheap water”), argued that while prices for Singapore’s electricity and gas are higher than for water, the price for water has not increased since 2000. Such comparisons are inaccurate.…

Swim schools shouldn’t hog pools

When I visited Ang Mo Kio swimming pool recently, I was shocked to find that six lanes of the main pool were reserved from 4pm to 7pm for swim schools, while only two lanes were open to the…

Kra canal? Just another challenge for Singapore to overcome

I would be stunned if Thailand allows small-time business interests to split their nation in half with a grand waterway that has been bandied about for centuries. Beijing has denied official participation in the project, but some port…

Go for hearts and minds, not the wallet

Professor Asit K. Biswas and Ms Cecilia Tortajada suggested that the price of water be increased to reduce consumption (“Time to tighten the tap on cheap water”; last Tues). This may be not only controversial but also futile.…

42 years, 500 million TEU containers, one PSA

So it was with great foresight and vision that Mr Howe Yoon Chong, chairman of the then Port of Singapore Authority, made the decision to build a container handling terminal during those early days. Like the man himself,…

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