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Artist and hotel sort out copying of artwork

A Singaporean artist who found his work used without permission in the publicity materials of an upcoming hotel has settled the matter amicably with the hotel’s owner. Mr Richard Lee Xin Li, 27, discovered last month that his…

8 siblings settle wrangle over late parents’ property assets worth $20 million

Eight siblings have managed to settle a $20 million wrangle over the estate of their late parents, a school principal and his teacher wife, without proceeding to a High Court trial. Six siblings had sued their two brothers…

NUH makes room for sick kids’ parents

At NUH, parents now have an extra room where they can get some rest but still stay close to their critically ill children. The new Ronald McDonald Family Room was set up after more than 130 families were…

Should teachers continue to get free parking in schools? MOE looking into matter

Teachers may soon have to pay to park in schools. It is understood that MOE is looking into whether public schools should continue to not charge staff for parking space in school compounds. Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao had…

Singaporeans can give their views on building a cleaner, greener and smarter Singapore

While Singapore can look back proudly on its achievements over the last 50 years, including becoming a city in a garden, the next phase of development will hold new possibilities, challenges and questions. Challenges include how to cut…

What’s in a name? Eunoia JC spells it out in a letter

The principal of Singapore’s newest JC has defended its unusual name, Eunoia, after many said that the word with Greek roots is not the best choice for a local school. In a letter to CHS students on Tues,…

Giving those without cars a fair share of time on the road

Seven years ago, I ran headlong down the middle of Robinson Road. Flanked by skyscrapers, this artery through the heart of CBD would ordinarily be coursing with cars, but that morning it was full of sweaty bodies on…

Getting to the heart of great public spaces

URA has flagged the start of car-free Sun in the Civic District and CBD this year. This move to make the area people-friendly is part of a $740 million plan, announced in the 2015 Budget, to revitalise the…

Prudent to maintain property curbs

Singaporeans have always been advised to own their homes, as these are one of the main asset classes that store wealth (“Too early’ to lift property curbs, says minister”; Dec 31). Hence, the long-term sustainable growth in property…

Help ease long walk between train station and bus stop

I concur with Dr Peter Charles Norman Hardstone’s suggestion of a covered path from the bus stop at the Upper Bukit Timah end of Jalan Jurong Kechil to the Beauty World MRT station (“Add covered path to Beauty…

Boost dementia-friendly landscape in nursing homes

Associate Professor Gerald Koh and Dr Philip Yap rightly highlighted the need for nursing homes to move away from the current institutional model to a person-centred care approach (“Would you want to grow old in today’s nursing homes?”;…

More anti-smoking enforcement action must be taken

There have been many suggestions on how to deal with the smoking problem among Singapore’s youth. Many have suggested education and highlighting the health issues surrounding smoking. Such measures are already plentiful in our current system. The weak…

Downtown Line 2 – It’s closer than you think

On the last week of 2015, LTA was calling everyone to “Give Your Car A Break” and take a free ride on the newly opened DTL2. To show my support, I took a bus to the first station…

Blackstone, Gaw Capital weigh bids for Ascendas Hospitality Trust: sources

Private equity investors Blackstone Group and Gaw Capital Partners are weighing separate bids for Singapore’s Ascendas Hospitality Trust, people familiar with the matter said, eyeing a target with a market value $600 million. The potential offers are being…

MND, HDB slam town council chair over ‘misleading’ statement

AHTC chairman Pritam Singh issued a “misleading” statement after a court hearing today involving WP-run entity and HDB, MND and HDB said. The hearing was to resolve the deadlock on the choice of accountants to help fix WP-run…

Private housing site near Tanah Merah MRT to be put up for sale

URA will put up for sale a private housing site near Tanah Merah MRT in about two weeks, with analysts saying the public tender will likely draw developers due to its attractive location. The 99-year leasehold site at…

HDB resale volume dips 4.3% in Dec

The resale volume of HDB decreased 4.3 per cent month-on-month in Dec after shrinking 15.9 per cent in Nov, SRX Property said today. A total of 1,404 HDB resale flats were sold last month, down from the 1,467…

AHTC ordered to give HDB more details on choice of accounting firm

The Court of Appeal has asked the former AHPETC to give HDB more information on the accounting firm it wishes to appoint to fix its deficient practices. The apex court’s intervention today came after the HDB blocked the…

Nearly 230 babies born to couples living in Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme flats

Close to 230 babies were conceived in HDB’s Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme (PPHS) flats, revealed Senior Minister of State at PM’s Office Josephine Teo in a blog post today. Citing the example of these babies born to couples…

4 merged secondary schools begin new academic year

Four secondary schools began operations this year with students and staff from other schools, after they were merged due to low enrolment. The mergers were first announced in July 2014. To integrate the students and build a new…

Mobility Park to help patients ease back into daily routines opened

A first-of-its-kind physical rehabilitation facility that allows patients to practise moving around in public using life-size replicas of trains, buses, and taxis was officially opened today. Wheelchair-bound patients, for instance, can learn how to board and navigate their…

650 more day activity places for adults with disabilities by 2021

With the average waiting time to get a place at a day activity centre stretching from three to six months in some cases, MSF is looking to add 650 more places by 2021 to meet demand. This will…

Add museum, carriages to Tanjong Pagar Railway Station

Tanjong Pagar Railway Station has a great, long history like the Fullerton Building. But to make its preservation a success, it should be complemented by a railway museum and some train carriages. For a short period in the…

Home buyers go for price and location

Developers pondering what might lure buyers back to the market this year already seem to have the answer, reasonably priced homes in good locations. They only have to look at the turnout at the launches held last year.…

Value of shophouse deals rises 8 per cent in 2015

The value of shophouse transactions last year reached S$655.6 million, up 8 per cent from S$606.2 million in the previous year. However the number of transactions eased in 2015; a total of 103 caveats were lodged last year…

S’pore as global hub for infrastructure finance

The global infrastructure finance market will grow to US$9 trillion (S$12.8 trillion) by 2025, according to projections by PwC, with half of that amount accounted for by emerging markets. This is three times greater than the current notional…

760 buses added to public transport network under Government programme

The public bus network has had about 760 Government-funded buses added to it under BSEP, and about 240 more are expected by 2017, LTA said today with SMRT and SBST. A total of 61 new buses were deployed…

Transfers the way to go for more commuters now

When distance-based fares were rolled out in 2010, policymakers expected it to change travelling patterns. But how exactly? Now they know, thanks to a study conducted by LTA using a random sample of more than 90,000 ez-link cards.…

Treasure trove of culture and history

Tucked away somewhere in the industrial area in Jurong Port Road, and unknown to many, sits a modern building which is a treasure trove of cultural relics and historical artefacts. Established in 2000, the Heritage Conservation Centre (HCC),…

Step out to learn about Singapore’s heritage

MCCY’s activities and highlights during Singapore’s Golden Jubilee last year will continue well into 2016. The Singapore Botanic Gardens clinched the prestigious Unesco World Heritage Site title last July. A part of the Learning Forest in the Tyersall…

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