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Fish & Co at Park Mall to close: 5 things you may remember about the Glass House

Remember dining at the Glass House, and taking photos with the ‘Love’ sculpture in front of it? Park Mall and the Glass House will soon join other bygone Singapore landmarks in Singaporeans’ memories as redevelopment for the site…

SPCA begins big move from Mount Vernon to Kranji

After spending 32 years at Mount Vernon Road, SPCA started its move to its new home in the Kranji “countryside” this week. The move started on Mon and will be completed next Tues. By yesterday, about 140 of…

A budding community of green thumbs

Urban farming has taken root in Singapore, with the number of amateur gardeners and gardening enthusiasts growing over the years. However, such gardens are still largely confined to individuals’ own properties, with each person or group doing their…

Drinking fountains along park connectors: NParks replies

The Park Connector Network (PCN) is a 300km islandwide network of linear open spaces linking major parks, nature sites and housing estates. Currently, drinking fountains are provided where a piped water supply is present (“Install more water coolers…

Safety risk if the elderly can’t control bikes with throttles

I support the continued ban of e-bikes, or power-assisted bicycles, with throttles (“Older e-bike users still hit by throttle ban”; last Sat). Recently, I saw an elderly man attempting to cross a pedestrian junction on his illegally modified…

A Constitutional Gallery to open at National Gallery Singapore

A Constitutional Gallery showcasing the nation’s key constitutional documents is expected to open at National Gallery Singapore in Aug. This is in line with efforts to make the Republic’s history and archival heritage more accessible to Singaporeans, following…

North-South Expressway to be redesigned with cycling trunk route, dedicated bus lanes

In a decisive step towards making cycling one of the Republic’s key transport modes, LTA will be studying how to turn the impending North-South Expressway (NSE) into a North-South Corridor. The reconfiguration will feature a 21.5-km cycling trunk…

Reviving the kampung spirit for all to feel at home

High on MND agenda will be to create inclusive communities and inculcate the “kampung spirit” among Singaporeans. In an addendum released today in response to last Fri’s President’s address, the ministry highlighted several priorities including the vision to…

Fish & Co to shut Glasshouse outlet in June

Seafood restaurant chain Fish & Co said it will shut its Glasshouse outlet at Park Mall in June. The outlet was opened in 2002 and is the chain’s most popular outlet. To commemorate its closure, Fish & Co…

Bring back eco-friendly way of managing food waste

I am glad that MEWR Minister Masagos Zulkifli brought attention to the issue of food wastage during a recent SGFuture dialogue. Individuals and households have to play a huge part in reducing and managing food waste. Currently, most…

New SMRT trains to provide more info for commuters

New SMRT trains on the NSEWL will provide more information for commuters. The SMRT Active Route Map Information System 2.0 (STARis) is an upgrade from existing train maps which use LED lights to show the progression of trains…

Cyclists applaud LTA’s bike-friendly initiatives, but raise concerns about congestion

Local cyclists and motorists have welcomed new projects unveiled on Thurs by MOT and LTA in bid to foster a culture of walking, cycling and public transport in Singapore. But several individuals CNA spoke with also outlined their…

Estates to be revitalised, with homes nearer to green spaces: MND, MEWR

The Government is committed to providing a range of public housing options so there is “a home for every budget and need”, said MND on Thurs. The living environment will also be improved: Older estates will undergo makeovers,…

Hawker centres, neighbourhood centres, libraries to be transformed

In his opening address to Parliament, President Tony Tan Keng Yam called on the Government to transform Singapore’s urban landscape. As part of the process, three common heartland spaces – hawker centres, town plazas and public libraries –…

No one will be left behind in Smart Nation journey: MCI

The Government will ensure that no one will be left behind as the Republic moves ahead in its Smart Nation journey, even as it safeguards the country from cybersecurity threats with measures including the introduction of a Cyber…

Make walking, cycling and public transport the Singaporean way of life: MOT

The aim is to have three in four commuters choose public transport as their main mode of travel by 2030, a proportion rising to 85 per cent by the 2050s. To make this “car-lite” vision come to pass,…

2 hawker centres to pilot food waste recycling systems

A two-year on-site food waste recycling pilot at two hawker centres, Ang Mo Kio Blk 628 Market and Tiong Bahru Market, was launched on Thurs. NEA estimated that each market generates two to three tonnes of food waste…

High-end property market promising despite lack of foreign demand: Analysts

The private home market in the Republic is in the doldrums, with the prime residential segment especially quiet. However, with a lack of new supply expected in coming years, some analysts have said the prime segment could be…

How much further will prices fall?

This year has seen some startling transactions in the high-end condominium segment, with some sellers sustaining staggering losses. This could be seen in St Regis Residences and The Orchard Residences in the prime Orchard area, Seascape and Turquoise…

Further decline in prime office rents expected this year

New office supply in Singapore is high, with around 3.4 million sqft of new office space expected to enter the market this year, said JLL. However, office take-up is at a historical low as financial institutions cut back…

JLL: Home price recovery in 2017

Singapore’s annual population growth fell from 3.2 percent in the 2006 to 2012 period to 1.2 percent in 2015, which implies that annual housing demand plummeted from 38,000 to 16,000 units, according to JLL. Nonetheless, housing supply remains…

CCT says it is sticking to Singapore focus

Many Reits have expanded overseas, but CapitaLand Commercial Trust (CCT) says it will keep its sights on Singapore in the short- and medium-term, citing risks in overseas markets. CCT, the properties of which are all in Singapore, signalled…

Over 100 property agencies closed shop, over 3,500 agents left the industry: CEA

As a reflection of current property market conditions, a total of 104 property agencies closed shop and 3,573 real estate agents left the industry, following the latest licence renewal exercise with CEA. As of Jan 1, the CEA…

Singapore office landlords have that empty feeling

Singapore’s office landlords are among the world’s most luckless right now, and they have builders to blame. The market already has an empty feel to it, and as developers add more space in a slowing economy, property owners’…

Foreigner buying of Singapore homes hits 7-year low as Chinese sales plunge

Foreigners including the Chinese have cut their purchases of Singapore private homes to the lowest since the global financial crisis, leaving the market to depend on local buyers at a time when domestic interest rates are on the…

New Novena Church surprises many with grand look

A magnificent dome high above the altar. Towering pillars and high arches. Beautiful stained glass windows. It looks like a Gothic cathedral somewhere in Europe, but this will be the new look of a Catholic church undergoing a…

Pilot air-con system may cut energy costs

A cheaper, more efficient air-conditioning system that could cut energy costs by 40 per cent is being piloted at UWCSEA’s Dover campus. The system saves energy by recovering thermal energy from exhaust air that is then used to…

Mid-tier hotels to suffer as massive room supply floods the market

Almost 4,000 new hotel rooms are expected to become available in Singapore’s already-saturated hospitality market this year. The hefty new room supply will drag average daily rates and hotel occupancy over the next few months, according to a…

Landlords grapple with shrinking budgets as private rents sink

Homeowners who are relying on rental income to service their mortgage loans will face significantly smaller budgets this year, according to a report by PG. Although rental volume rose significantly in the past year, the report noted that…

Singapore crowned as the world’s second best country to invest in

Singapore has been crowned as the second best country to invest in, bested only by India, according to the inaugural Best Countries ranking. Meanwhile Vietnam, Indonesia, and Ireland ranked third to fifth, respectively. The survey noted that the…

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