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Singapore could handle up to 700,000 flights a year by end of next decade: Josephine Teo

Singapore could handle 700,000 flights a year by the time Changi Airport T5 is up and running at the end of the next decade, said Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo on Thurs. This is double…

Friendships Blossom for condo neighbours

While their homes were being built, future neighbours at Blossom Residences were already building friendships. Two years before the EC in Bukit Panjang was ready, internal auditor Ethan Lim arranged to meet with about 30 of his future…

Cut fibre optic cable fixed, Internet services restored in west of Singapore

A fibre optic cable cut in the Commonwealth and Ghim Moh area on Wed at around 4pm brought down Internet connection for households in the vicinity. The outage is believed to be caused by a JTC contractor performing…

Let Govt do full study on Cross Island Line’s impact

I read with much unease senior transport correspondent Christopher Tan’s commentary (“Cross Island Line debate misses elephant in room”; Feb 16) and the views of nature lovers who are concerned that the Cross Island Line will cut through…

Make safe-cycling lessons compulsory

Mr Leong Kok Seng hit the nail on the head when he wrote that “we need education for all road users on proper rules and regulations”, in reference to the issue of cycling on our roads and pedestrian…

Cycling diagonally across road junctions unsafe

There has been much discussion on riding bicycles in Singapore. Recently, there has been a trend of cyclists riding diagonally across traffic junctions. This is very dangerous for cyclists, as most drivers would not expect to see a…

Why Singapore forests are worth safeguarding

How much do we value our forests, and are they worth protecting? “Not really, there is nothing to see in our forests so I would say, build away,” a banker friend told me. Another added that to get…

Seletar’s turn to spread its wings

Aviation, which already generates S$3.4 trillion annually in worldwide economic activity, certainly offers much promise. Twice as many people as now will get the chance to fly in the next two decades, according to IATA, and global fleet…

Saving forests may uproot residents instead

Like other nature lovers, Dr Chua Ee Kiam has made a strong case against the new MRT line cutting through the MacRitchie forests (“Lessons to be learnt from construction of BKE”; yesterday). Nature lovers fear the irreversible loss…

Partnership breakdown within Sports Hub consortium

Changes are afoot for the S$1.33 billion Sports Hub, which has been affected by a number of issues since its opening in June 2014. TODAY has learnt that Sports Hub Pte Ltd (SHPL) board, led by major equity…

IDA pushes ahead with plans for 4th telco, announces framework for auction

Despite strong objections from incumbent operators, IDA is pushing ahead with plans to introduce a fourth telco in Singapore, announcing on Thurs details for a two-stage auction for mobile spectrum. The first phase of the auction will be…

Yio Chu Kang EC site gets ten bids, highest at S$183.8 million

An EC site on Yio Chu Kang Road has attracted healthy interest from developers, with the highest of ten bids amounting to S$183.8 million, HDB said at the close of tender today. The 99-year leasehold site, released from…

Facing hefty extension charge, developers seek change to property curbs

With property developers facing potential extension charges for unsold units amounting to close to S$100 million, REDAS renewed its call to review the property cooling measures. “The real estate market is reeling from an oversupply situation, rising vacancy…

Sam Kee LRT station opens on Feb 29

The Sam Kee Station on the West Loop of Punggol’s LRT system will open on Mon. The opening of the new station will provide commuters with access to the Punggol Waterway Park and soon-to-be-opened SAFRA Punggol Clubhouse. SBS…

Singapore’s first family-friendly co-working space opens

Singapore’s first co-working space equipped with child-minding facilities officially opened on Wed. Trehaus, which is located on Orchard Road, aims to give working parents a chance to meet like-minded people and grow their business network, while staying close…

More mosquito traps, manpower to combat possible dengue epidemic: NEA

NEA on Thurs unveiled a stepped-up, six-pronged dengue outbreak response plan after it was announced there could be a record 30,000 dengue cases in Singapore this year. Firstly, the number of mosquito traps will be increased from 4,000…

Marine Parade Polyclinic will re-open Feb 22

Marine Parade Polyclinic will re-open on Feb 22 at its original location after it was closed for upgrading works, SingHealth Polyclinics (SHP) announced on Thurs. When it re-opens, the polyclinic will have doubled in size from a single-storey…

Singapore to use space surveillance to augment air traffic management

Air traffic monitoring is set to get a boost with a new system to support flight movement management over Singapore’s air space. CAAS and Aireon on Thurs signed a 12-year deal for the former to use the latter’s…

i Light Marina Bay 2016 to feature most number of local artists to date

Be prepared to see Marina Bay waterfront transformed into a colourful outdoor spectacle next month as i Light Marina Bay 2016 returns for its fourth edition. Organised by URA, this year’s theme is ‘In Praise of Shadows’ and…

Singapore concerned over land reclamation in Johor Strait projects

Singapore is concerned that reclamation work for some Malaysian projects in the Johor Strait have begun without the needed studies on the potential environmental impact, MEWR said on Wed. In cases where EIAs have been done, not all…

Teaching garden that gives and gives

People who believe in the benefits of Chinese herbs do not have to go to some sacred peak in China to pick them. They can obtain them for free right here in Singapore. A herb garden, about the…

Changi to provide $14m support to cargo agents

CAG is introducing a one-time rebate and extending others to help cargo partners tide over challenging conditions in the industry. The operator of Singapore’s commercial airport yesterday unveiled a Special Assistance Package that will offer cost support to…

New search engine to feature reviews of property agents

Banking on the power of customer reviews to prod property agents to deliver better service, a new search engine by OrangeTee will, from Feb 26, let customers rate agents’ performance. The “Property Agents Bank” is possibly the first…

Let 4 traits of monkeys tell you properties in the monkey year

Last year this time, I have written about “The Property Market in the Year of the Goat”. It’ time we reviewed the past year before telling what we will expect in the Year of the Monkey. The strong…

Mortgagee listings surge on the back of staff cuts: DTZ

The economic slowdown and soft leasing market has led to staff cuts, which caused some affected homeowners to have difficulty financing their mortgages, revealed a DTZ Research report. This has prompted new auction listings for mortgagee sales to…

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