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Property tool review: PG’s virtual reality showroom

On June 27, PG showcased its latest technology of showflat viewing using virtual reality (VR). So when I read that the PG VR roadshow would be in Jurong Point, I couldn’t wait to have my first-hand experience viewing…

A leg-up for ex-inmates at Step-Up Centre

Former drug offender Mohammad Ridzwan had no savings and struggled to support himself after his release from jail in June last year. Looking for financial help, he decided to visit the Step-Up Centre in the Sengkang Community Hub…

Second phase of study on MRT extension to Johor

A project to extend the Thomson- East Coast Line (TEL) north into Johor Baru is gaining traction, with the second phase of an advanced engineering study under way. In response to queries from ST, MOT said the study…

Behavioural change can drive sustainability

Apart from a minority of die-hard climate change deniers, there are few in the world who oppose efforts to increase sustainability. Generally, it is recognised that cutting waste, saving energy and improving efficiency make business sense, even before…

Returning SMRT to the state

If Temasek delists SMRT Corp and takes it private, it would have come full circle to a point in time 20 years ago when it mooted the idea of floating the transport operator to unlock its value. The…

Second CBD must be viably different

The call for masterplan proposals, to turn Jurong Lake District into a second CBD, offers scope to create something viably different from the island’s southern urban core. It is an ambitious step that needs to be thought through…

Singapore-KL High Speed Rail: MOU a significant step forward

A MOU may not be legally binding, but it represents a significant step for Singapore and Malaysia as the two countries work towards their most ambitious infrastructural venture to date. It indicates that most of the major issues…

Singapore-KL high speed rail: Both side committed to meeting tight timeline

By slashing travel time between Singapore and KL to just 1 1/2 hours, the high-speed rail will draw the people and economies of both sides closer, PM Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday. Singaporeans can zip up to KL,…

6-month trial to allow all-day access to foldable bicycles on public transport: Khaw Boon Wan

A six-month trial that will allow commuters to bring foldable bicycles and PMDs on buses and trains at all hours, will be launched soon, in what observers say is a significant step in encouraging commuting by bicycle. Transport…

Closure of California Fitness in Singapore: What went wrong?

When California Fitness first opened in Singapore in 1998, former members like Mr Melvin Ng were attracted to its convenient locations, and added frills like saunas and shower rooms. “It was a new concept then, and there was…

Temasek offers to take SMRT private for S$1.18b to give transport operator more flexibility

In a widely expected move, Temasek Holdings, the Republic’s investment firm on Wed offered to take listed SMRT private to allow the public transport operator to focus on its primary role and free it from costs and distractions…

Another sheltered linkway at Bukit Batok damaged by crane

A sheltered pedestrian linkway at Bukit Batok St 52 was damaged by a crane on Wed. The incident occurred at around 2.50pm between blks 504 and 506. According to the Chua Chu Kang Town Council (CCKTC), a haulage…

OCBC offers free WiFi hotspots on Orchard Road, Sports Hub and bank branches

OCBC Bank now offers free WiFi at hotspots along Orchard Road, at the Sports Hub and at 33 of its branches. The hot spots will provide free Internet access to anyone. The bank said the intent of the…

Bike-sharing pilot to start next year in Jurong East

A tender will be called next week for an operator to run a bike-sharing pilot in Jurong Lake District, which will see 1,000 bicycles available for use across 100 docking stations 24 hours daily. The bike-sharing pilot in…

BCA launches world’s first high-rise rotatable lab

To better test new energy-saving technologies amidst real-world tropical conditions, BCA launched the world’s first rotating high-rise laboratory on Wed morning. The S$4.5 million SkyLab, which rests on the rooftop of BCA Academy at Braddell, houses a suite…

More than 20 residents evacuated from early morning fire at Sengkang flat

More than 20 residents were evacuated from their block after a fire broke out in a flat at Blk 257B Compassvale Road early Wed morning. A man was conveyed to SGH due to breathing difficulties. SCDF said that…

Terminus cities will reap rich rewards: Analysts

Buying a second home or even working in Malaysia will be a much more attractive prospect for Singaporeans when the high-speed rail (HSR) is completed in 2026, said analysts, though they noted the advantages the link brings will…

Commuters welcome HSR, but stay sceptical

While several Singaporeans and Malaysians interviewed by TODAY are looking forward to using the Singapore-KL high-speed rail (HSR) for holidays and short-term visits, it remains to be seen whether the new transport link will serve as an incentive…

California Fitness closes all branches in Singapore

California Fitness has ceased all its gym operations in Singapore, it was revealed just after midnight on Wed. In a media announcement, Tim Reid and Theresa Ng of Ferrier Hodgson said they have been appointed as Provisional Liquidators…

Escalators under maintenance need notice showing timeline, BCA hotline

The new rules to beef up escalator safety are good but still overdue, since they have yet to commence (“Escalators to get their own maintenance regime, starting in Nov”; July 9). Further, to ensure that neglect of escalators…

Orchard retail rentals slip 1.1% in Q2

Orchard retail rentals continued to take lashing in Q2, extending its decline for the sixth consecutive quarter. According to a report by UOB Kay Hian, Q2 saw retail rentals in Orchard Road slip 1.1% QoQ, reflecting an acceleration…

June home sales lag as new launches fizzle out

Home sales in June have slowed on back of a lack of new launches, according to a report by CIMB. In June 2016, home sales totaled 536 sans EC (768 with ECs), which is 43% YoY jump but…

Singapore is world’s 7th best destination for data centres

Singapore was ranked as the seventh best destination for data centres in the world in Cushman & Wakefield’s 2016 Data Centre Risk Index given the low-risk environment it offers. According to Cushman & Wakefield, the index is designed…

Real estate heads shine at corporate sector’s Oscars

Real estate industry chiefs clinched some of the top awards at this year’s Singapore Corporate Awards, considered the Oscars of the local corporate sector. Frasers Centrepoint’s Lim Ee Seng won the Best CEO award for large-caps, while William…

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