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Global contest to design Changi Airport’s T5 kicks off

A global contest to decide who will design Changi Airport’s future T5 has kicked off, with a list of shortlisted firms expected soon. The development is a significant milestone for the T5 project which has so far focused…

Well-trodden paths unearth what pedestrians desire

Every day, as church cleaner Goh Lian Huay walks from her workplace to Plaza Singapura for lunch, she eschews the concrete paths that the authorities have meticulously laid out across Dhoby Ghaut Green. Instead, she treads on a…

Punggol centre boasts plenty of room for learning and play

Bigger seems to be better for children at an E-Bridge Pre-School in Punggol. The two-storey campus in Edgedale Plains sits on 5,000 sqm of land, or the equivalent of four Olympic-sized swimming pools. It has five play “pods”…

Mobile app launched to improve safety at work

The Singapore Contractors Association Limited (Scal) launched a new mobile app yesterday, in a bid to improve safety at the workplace. The app shows photographs of good and bad safety practices at worksites and covers nine topics, including…

Workplace safety situation ‘can be tackled with tech’

Technology can help companies address the “worrying” workplace safety and health situation, Minister of State for Manpower Sam Tan said yesterday. His remarks came as he announced that preliminary findings indicate 66 workers had died in workplace accidents…

Woodlands Checkpoint needs more washrooms

The lack of toilet facilities at the immigration checkpoint at Woodlands heading to Johor Baru is concerning. I am a 71-year-old retiree. Normally, I would use the ground floor washroom beside the bus bay after clearing immigration. But…

Local self-driving expertise needed to develop public transport

We thank Mr Kelvin Leong Moon Kit for his views on the value of conducting local R&D on self-driving vehicles (“Is researching driverless tech the right road to take?”; Jan 12). There are indeed many automakers and technology…

HDB cat ban no longer relevant

In Singapore’s early years, we were plagued with a multitude of issues, including public hygiene concerns and the possibility of tensions among neighbours due to free-roaming cats (“Spotlight on cat ban after HDB notice”; Jan 13). Hence, it…

Won’t high bids drive up hawker food prices?

NEA recently awarded a tender for a hawker stall in New Market Road at a $10,000 per month rental. While I can appreciate the tender being awarded to the highest bidder, I question the wisdom of it. In…

Give caregivers ability to activate Green Man Plus

Green Man Plus is an initiative by LTA to address the needs of elderly pedestrians and people with disabilities (PWD), who may require more time to cross the road. This is a good initiative, but I do not…

NTU campus to test smart mobility

Universities do a lot of R&D, but it is not often that an entire university campus – all 200 ha of it – becomes a laboratory for a single project. But this is so for 12 companies which…

HDB, town councils and who best to run estates

When a lift malfunctions or a slab of plaster falls off the side of a HDB block, the relevant town council – not the HDB – must pick up the pieces. Town councils are officially responsible for maintaining…

Surbana Jurong explains terminations in e-mail to staff

Surbana Jurong group CEO Wong Heang Fine told his staff in a strongly-worded e-mail that the group cannot allow a small proportion of poor performers to be a drag on the rest of the organisation. That was why…

Woman injured after crow attack in Pasir Ris

She was in the shower when she heard a scream. Her daughter then told her she saw crows attacking a woman. The birds targeted the woman’s head, and by the time the crows were done, she had to…

Singapore in top 10 of most expensive cities to relocate to

Singapore has come in as the eighth most expensive city in the world to move to, with a basic first month living cost of US$2,148.45, according to the 2017 Relocation Price Index. In a study by online moving…

Guidelines being developed to protect marine animals from recreational boaters: NParks

The authorities and NGOs are working together to develop a set of guidelines for recreational boaters to minimise the impact of their activities on the rich marine life found in Singapore waters. NParks said it is working with…

Second flash flood at Upper Thomson Road in less than a month

Flash floods have hit Upper Thomson Road after heavy rain on Thurs afternoon. PUB first issued an alert at 3.44pm, informing the public of flash floods at the junction of Upper Thomson Road and Jalan Lembah Thomson. The…

Property agency fined for failing to warn investor of risks in buying foreign property

A Singapore property agency that marketed a US hotel project to an investor has been fined S$7,500, for failing to inform him in writing of the risks involved in buying foreign properties. The US developer was later charged…

Heritage and gentrification: Is there a win-win for neighbourhoods?

When Ms Hidayah Amin walks around her old neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, she does not hide her disappointment. To her, it “has no spirit anymore”. “Last time, this used to be a residential area. Today, it is just…

Punggol Waterway Point play areas closed after HFMD outbreak at pre-school

An outbreak of HFMD at NTUC’s My First Skool pre-school at Punggol Waterway Point has prompted the mall to close its play areas for children as a precaution while cleaning operations get underway. The two play areas, Wonderland…

Steps taken to curb flooding at Upper Thomson Road

Sato Kogyo, the construction firm whose unauthorised work on the public drainage system contributed to flash floods along Upper Thomson Road on Christmas Eve last year, has changed drain covers to open ones to facilitate the flow of…

Track fault at Clementi causes long delay along East-West Line during peak hour commute

A track fault at Clementi on Thurs morning caused long delays along the East-West Line towards the city, with many commuters complaining on Twitter about under-reporting by SMRT. The track fault first began at around 7.46am, according to…

Faster Tuas commute: New viaduct to open Feb 18, 4 MRT stations to begin service in 2Q

Those who commute to Tuas for work or business can look forward to a smoother journey this year, with a new 4.8km viaduct to open from Feb 18 and four new MRT stations to begin operations from the…

Bayshore may see 6,000 new HDB flats as URA seeks makeover for precinct

The prime Bayshore precinct is set to yield 6,000 HDB flats — a first for the vicinity — as URA called for private consultants to submit a blueprint for a makeover to create a “vibrant and sustainable garden…

Taxi stuck under HDB block at Jurong West after accident; no injuries reported

A Citycab taxi got stuck between two pillars of a HDB walkway in Jurong West on Thurs morning, though no one was injured in the incident. SCDF said it was alerted to the incident at Blk 816, Jurong…

The Nassim deal a win-win: Analysts

While developer CapitaLand had to give veteran banker Wee Cho Yaw an attractive discount when he bought 45 of its plush condominium units, analysts say it was a win-win deal for both parties. On Mon, it was announced…

Park Hotel Group to launch new mid-scale brand

Hotel owner and operator Park Hotel Group will open its sixth hotel in Singapore under new brand Destination in the second quarter of this year. This comes as it was awarded a hotel management contract from FG Property…

Hong Kong property tax may help end Singapore’s housing slump

Singapore’s three-year decline in home prices could see relief from an unexpected quarter in 2017: Hong Kong. So says Cushman & Wakefield, which expects the slide in the city-state’s home prices to end this year as foreign investors…

Bedok: 5 places you should hunt down and explore

Bedok might be a mature estate which doesn’t have the same cool factor that some of the other neighbourhoods do (we’re talking: Tiong Bahru), but don’t judge it too soon. This mature estate still has a few tricks…

Should CCT enter a JV for its Golden Shoe Car Park project?

As CapitaLand Commercial Trust expects the redevelopment of Golden Shoe Car Park to commence by Aug this year, RHB Research noted that it could use some hand from Mitsubishi Asia to reduce development risks. “We expect a JV…

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