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Guidelines on enhancing people’s connection with nature being drafted

Should the future Jurong Lake Gardens be chockful of features that enable people to connect with nature on many levels, chances are that this did not happen by accident. Guidelines on how developments in Singapore can nurture such…

Mortgagee sale listings exceed total put up for sale last year

Fifty-four homes were put up for mortgagee sale in the first nine months of this year, exceeding the 47 for the whole of last year, according to a DTZ report. In Jan to Septlast year, only 33 homes…

Jurong Town Council to take responsibility for lift accident: Tharman

The Jurong Town Council will take responsibility for the lift accident that severed an elderly woman’s hand in Taman Jurong last week, said Jurong GRC MP and DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam today. “There’s nothing to hide, there must have…

High-rise mist sprinklers a waste of money

I refer to the letter, “Mist sprinklers on high-rises can alleviate haze” (Oct 2). Installing sprinklers to alleviate the haze would not work, as the atmosphere gets equalised continually. The moment the sprinklers are stopped, the constant draft…

Singapore among top five cities to attract creativity and enterprise: report

Singapore was among the top five cities in the Global Power City Index which ranks 40 global metropolises on their power to attract creativity and enterprise from around the world. London took the top spot in the overall…

Private home rents dip another 0.3% in September, HDB rents unchanged: SRX Property

While HDB rents saw no change overall in Sept, those for private apartments and condominium units weakened by 0.3 per cent in Sept over the previous month, making it the eighth straight month of declines. Sept rents for…

Making rides on public transport more enjoyable

I note that free Wi-Fi is accessible only within MRT stations and not in the trains (“Free Wi-Fi on the go by 2020”; Oct 13). Most commuters spend little time in the stations, as they board the train…

Time for a novel idea

As a former environmental health officer, I support the implementation of a reward system to catch litterbugs (“Get rewarded for catching a litterbug?”; yesterday). Despite the Government’s decades-long efforts at trying to arrest the littering problem, many parts…

Challenges in reward system for catching litterbugs

While the suggestion by MP Lee Bee Wah is a noble one, there are practical issues that need to be considered (“Get rewarded for catching a litterbug?”; yesterday). Unless a litterbug is caught in a video throwing a…

Don’t strain cohesion in community

MP Lee Bee Wah’s idea works against cohesion within the community (“Get rewarded for catching a litterbug?”; yesterday). Litterbugs should be appropriately punished. But any such punishment should not also generate ill will or antagonism within the community,…

Cash poor and living in a depreciating asset

I am a 64-year-old Singaporean. I own a former HUDC unit at Tampines Court, bought from the open market before privatisation. Unlike the current generation, I did not receive any grants or baby bonuses. HDB considers that I…

How much are HDB resale prices really dropping by?

For almost every week the past few weeks, we have been reading on mainstream media that HDB resale prices are dropping. For example, here is a news report from CNA last week about the recent decline of prices.…

CapitaLand confirms talks with Asia Square Tower 1 vendor

Capitaland issued a statement on Wed saying it is, with other parties, in negotiations with the vendor of Asia Square Tower 1 for a potential transaction. “As negotiations with the vendor of Asia Square Tower 1 and the…

Technology adoption still slow among smaller builders

Site surveillance using drones, and 3D visualisation and modelling of buildings before the start of construction are among several breakthrough technologies that BCA is pushing for the built environment sector to adopt. But while bigger companies, especially MNCs,…

LTA, SMRT and SBS Transit hold train disruption exercise at 3 MRT stations

LTA, SMRT and SBS Transit conducted a ground deployment exercise at three MRT stations to test their management and readiness plans in the event of major train service disruptions, on Wed. The emergency drill codenamed “Exercise Greyhound” was…

Energy management important to Singapore’s economic strategy: S Iswaran

Ahead of the upcoming Singapore Intl Energy Week (SIEW), MTI Minister S Iswaran said energy management is an indispensable part of Singapore’s economic strategy. He also talked about how Singapore’s energy landscape had evolved in the last 50…

Over 300 premises with CERTs in Singapore: SCDF

Premises that store more than five metric tonnes of petroleum and flammable materials must have Company Emergency Response Teams (CERT) to respond to fire and hazardous materials emergencies. There are currently over 300 of these premises in SCDF…

Free Wi-Fi should be on trains, buses instead

I refer to the report “Free Wi-Fi at all MRT, LRT stations by 2020: LTA” (Oct 13). When travelling by MRT on some occasions, I tried to use the free Wi-Fi at Jurong East station but was unsuccessful.…

Bukit Panjang hawker tender factors in more than just rent

We refer to the report “Hawker slams tender for stalls at Bukit Panjang” (Oct 9). NTUC Foodfare had shared the selection criteria for cooked food stalls in July, at the tender launch of the upcoming Bukit Panjang Hawker…

HDB rentals down 3.2% in Sept

An estimated 1,736 were rented this month. HDB rents continued its flat trend in Sept, while it is now down by 6.7% from its last peak in Aug 2013. According to SRX property, HDB 3, 5 and executive…

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