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HDB resale prices flat in Dec as volume falls

Further to HDB flash estimates showing the resale prices of public flats stabilising, SRX’s latest data on Thurs confirms the trend of what consultants call a “soft landing”. HDB resale prices were unchanged in Dec 2015 compared to…

Have a say in tackling green challenges

While Singapore has grown into a sterling city in a garden in 50 years, the next phase will be fraught with more acute challenges, driven by increasing land constraints that could mean trade-offs between commercial, residential and green…

Day centre in Clementi for adults with autism

Adults with moderate to severe disabilities will soon have more day activity centres (DACs) to go to when caregivers are at work. There are now 23 DACs, one of which was opened officially yesterday. Eden Centre for Adults…

Temasek Poly opens new training facility for aviation industry

TP has opened a new facility to train students and working adults to meet the manpower needs of the aviation industry, in line with the national SkillsFuture initiative. The 6,000 sqm Temasek Aviation Academy comprises aircraft technical training…

Faulty escalator at The Arcade serviced about a week before near-accident

The escalator at The Arcade in Raffles Place that malfunctioned earlier this week, causing one of its steps to break, was recently serviced, the building’s management said on Fri. On Tues, a woman riding on the escalator narrowly…

Mangroves play key carbon storage role in S’pore

Mangroves may cover just 960ha or less than 1 per cent of Singapore, but that is enough for them to store 450,571.7 tonnes of carbon. This is equivalent to the annual per capita emissions of 621,089 people, local…

IDA looking into having more fibre cable contractors

Mr Chai Koh Leong, in his letter (“End monopoly on fibre-optic cabling works”; Dec 23), asked IDA to consider allowing other contractors to work on fibre-optic cabling within homes. IDA is seeking to facilitate more qualified installers of…

Strong planning culture needed post-SG50

The post-SG50 era will be more challenging in all aspects economic, social and political. Rigorous forward planning is crucial for surviving the next 50 years. In the early years of our nationhood, great efforts were made by the…

Take escalator maintenance more seriously

I hope the escalator malfunction at The Arcade will alert all technicians to be more careful when they do maintenance work. I once saw four technicians screwing on the plates of the escalator flooring panel at an MRT…

Get tough on handicapped parking abuse

The abuse of handicapped parking spaces is a common occurrence in Singapore (“Cab leaves no room for wheelchair user”; Tues). This says a lot about our Singapore society. Such matters are unlikely to improve unless the authorities take…

Fines alone not enough of a deterrent

A fine is necessary to deter people from misusing parking spaces meant for drivers with disabilities (“Cab leaves no room for wheelchair user”; Tues). But given Singaporeans’ affluence, $100 or $500 is not sufficient to deter irresponsible parking.…

Don’t stick to rules blindly

The levying of a parking fee should be viewed from the demand and supply perspective (“MOE reviewing free school parking”; Jan 8). While other government buildings have limited carpark spaces for the public and for visitors, schools have…

It’s about an employer’s kind gesture, not hidden subsidies

I hope MOE listens to its school staff and not implement its idea of charging for parking in schools (“MOE reviewing free school parking”; Jan 8). Teachers are well-educated professionals and are doing their best in schools. They…

Don’t begrudge teachers free parking

I read the report on Jan 8 (“MOE reviewing free school parking”) with interest. When read plainly, it sounds logical that teachers who drive to work, like the rest of us, should be made to pay their share…

Paid parking in schools supports car-lite goals

Imposing parking charges in schools for teachers, if implemented, would be fair and would support the Government’s drive for Singapore to go car-lite (“MOE reviewing free school parking”; Jan 8). In fact, the Government can do a lot…

Record $19 billion set aside for science and technology research over next five years

A record $19 billion has been budgeted for Singapore’s science and technology research for the next five years. This works out to about $4 billion annually, equivalent to around 1 per cent of the nation’s GDP. PM Lee…

Colliers Singapore’s senior executives for industrial services quit

The exodus of executives from Colliers Intl Singapore has continued this week. This time, some senior executives in its industrial services team including the division head are leaving for a rival firm. Colliers’ executive director and head of…

Prices at Scotts Square sink below $3,000 psf

The two most recent transactions at Scotts Square saw prices at the luxury condominium on prime Scotts Road fall below $3,000 psf for the first time in the 8½ years since the project was launched. On Nov 23,…

Five years on: Best projects by capital appreciation

Here is more evidence why properties located in the city fringe or near regional centres may be investors’ best bets, at least in terms of capital appreciation. In this study, we identified 10 projects with the highest capital…

Dengue fight: More breeding sites found in Tampines, says Masagos

A total of 86 breeding sites were found in a cluster in Tampines, MEWR Minister Masagos Zulkifli said in a FB post on Fri. The Tampines Polyview cluster is located near Temasek Polytechnic. The cluster has 195 reported…

Launch plans for serving drones at Timbre grounded

Diners hoping to be served by “flying waiters” will have to wait a little longer, as plans to launch the use of aerial drones at Timbre Group’s largest restaurant venue at Gillman Barracks have been pushed back until…

River taxi services scaled back as one operator shuts down

Three years after river taxis were launched to provide commuters working or living near the Singapore River with an alternative to land transport, one operator has bowed out while another has scaled back operations and increased its fare.…

Revamped heritage centre takes visitors down memory lane in Chinatown

Today, Ms Low is running a F&B outlet at the rooftop of People’s Park Complex in Chinatown, where she also organises community events that have “a little bit of heritage and youth elements” in a bid to rebuild…

Red or green: Public can now vote on bus livery colour

The public now gets to vote on whether future public buses will be red or green, as the Government moves to give buses under its new contracting model a “unified” identity. Senior Minister of State for Transport Ng…

Some East-West Line stations to close earlier from Feb 14

Some stations along the East-West Line (EWL) will close half-an-hour earlier from next month to facilitate the ongoing sleeper replacement exercise, said SMRT today. The early closure, from Feb 14 to the end of Aug, will affect stations…

More weakness in the residential sector in 2016

The number of vacant private residential units remained high throughout last year, due to a second consecutive year of near-record-high completion of about 19,000 units. On the demand side, the population increased at the slowest pace in more…

Everything wrong with the industrial property market in one scary chart

This chart from CBRE painfully illustrates the problem that industrial landlords are facing. Industrial land supply, excluding business parks, is forecasted to surge in the next three years, while demand is steadily softening on back of slowing growth.…

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