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National Gallery receives largest individual donation of S$5m

A hedge fund manager has donated S$5 million, the largest individual contribution, to the National Gallery Singapore. National Gallery Singapore said that Mr Danny Yong’s donation will go towards art acquisitions for the national collection. “We are deeply…

Why expats with families prefer S’pore

In the midst of the global financial crisis in 2009, investment banks in London were shedding thousands of jobs. A Chinese friend of mine in Britain fell victim to the cuts and was considering a move back to…

SMRT rail reform may be imminent

Strong signals have emerged that the much-anticipated major rail reform involving SMRT Corp which has been in talks with the government for over a year to sell its rail assets is imminent. If market wags are to be…

Climate change could force 745,000 Singaporeans underwater

Rising sea levels could have disastrous effects on coastal cities around the world, including Singapore, according to results published by Climate Central. The report detailed the implications of different global warming scenarios of 1.5, 2, 3 and 4…

The Interlace crowned World Building of the Year

The Interlace condominium at Depot Road has won the Building of the Year award at this year’s World Architecture Festival. Designed by OMA/Ole Scheeren, the 1,040-unit project by CapitaLand Singapore comprises 31 apartment blks, stacked in a hexagonal…

Better connectivity for Jurong residents with new bus service and route extension

Commuters living in Jurong West will get a new bus service on Nov 21. Service 258, operated by SBS Transit, will ply Upper Jurong Road, Pioneer Road North and Jurong West St 63, 61, 71, 81, 82, 75…

Go beyond rewards in push for green buildings

BCA wrote that Singapore’s building regulations require developers and key stakeholders to meet the minimum standards for thermal performance and effective natural ventilation performance, and that the BCA’s Green Mark scheme encourages building projects to minimise energy use…

Tap commuter volunteers’ help during train breakdowns

Instead of just relying on service staff at train stations, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan can tap some of the commuters as volunteers during train failures (“Rail failures: Kampung spirit can help”; Oct 25). They can be the…

MOM issues stop-work orders following two fatal accidents

MOM has ordered two companies to stop work at their worksites because of safety lapses that led to two workers dying in separate accidents in the last fortnight. In the first case at Zoom Engineering’s metalworking factory on…

Asian Civilisations Museum unveils new galleries, new apps on Nov 14

Come Sat, the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) will mark the end of the first phase of its S$25 million revamp with a round-the-clock extravaganza featuring a mix of concerts, film screenings, craft making, museum tours, mass tai chi…

Housing, community building among plans for Rail Corridor

Under the concept plan for the Rail Corridor, a 16ha site in Choa Chu Kang will be transformed into a housing site, with up to 3,000 units in a forest-type environment. The former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station will…

Iconic steel bridges along Rail Corridor to be gazetted for conservation

Two iconic steel bridges along the Rail Corridor are up for conservation and could be gazetted by the end of the year or early next year. URA has proposed the two bridges, near the Rail Mall at Upper…

No guarantee multi-beam sensors would prevent lift accidents: BCA

There is no guarantee that multi-beam sensors would be “absolutely foolproof” in preventing lift accidents similar to the one last month which caused an elderly woman’s hand to be severed, BCA said today. This is because objects that…

Slow take-up at dishwashing facility ‘shows productivity push needs mindset change’

Despite being set up in Mar, the first on-site centralised dishwashing facility in Singapore is facing slow take-up in a setback for the drive towards higher productivity, with fewer than 20 F&B outlets utilising its services even though…

Yishun nursing home to step up daycare service for the elderly

Within six months of its opening, a new nursing home in Yishun has seen a tenfold increase in its number of patients and is now running at almost full capacity. And going forward, to cater for the growing…

70-year-old hawker stalls win heritage award

To recognise long-standing hawker stalls that have been run by the same family for at least 50 years and that serve food popular with Singaporeans, a new awards category, the Heritage Hawker Stall was introduced at this year’s…

86 community arts clubs showcase works in Orchard

Artworks made by residents across the island were brought to Ngee Ann City over the weekend for Singapore’s biggest community-driven visual arts exhibition, the Singapore W.O.W.! (Works of Wonder). These included works that have decorated the facade of…

Allow open prams on buses, trains on limited scale

As a mother and grandmother respectively, we agree with the letter “Allowing strollers on buses would aid parents” (Nov 2). It requires two people to fold a pram, plus carry the baby, the pram and probably the shopping.…

Larger than trains

When I joined MND 4 years ago, I spent a lot of time thinking about public housing, but I was mindful that MND is more than HDB, much more. While HDB and housing were hot, I also could…

Does selling real estate remain a good career choice in Singapore?

You may be young and ambitious and the real estate may be just the thing for you. You have good social skills and enjoy meeting people. The prospect of receiving high commission fees of more or less $1…

Here’s more proof that office space dealers are finding no takers

There seems to be no bright spot in Singapore’s murky office market, as its CBD’s occupancy rate fell by 0.4ppt to 95.8%. Prime Grade A rents also fell 3.5% to S$10.90, from S$11.30 psf pm in 2Q. According…

Don’t count on office space demand to improve next year, say analysts

Singapore’s office space market is trapped between a rock and a hard place, as office properties continue to balloon, while more companies are having second-thoughts about leasing. According to a report by Knight Frank, companies are turning a…

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