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Dyson opens Singapore technology center

British technology company Dyson has invested $413 million into a new R&D center in Singapore, the largest such facility aside from its headquarters in Malmesbury, UK. The center will focus on both software and hardware development, in a…

NTUC Health opens new elder daycare centre at Hougang

Senior citizen Karim Idris Abdullah’s new daily routine includes chairing bingo sessions in an elder daycare centre. It beats spending most of the day watching TV at home, said Mr Karim, 78, who is a wheelchair user. Speaking…

Developers should accept investment risk

I am concerned about Redas’s comments on tweaking the property tax policy to help developers sell their projects later (“Redas calls for review of property tax policies”; Feb 11). This request is to help developers make a profit.…

Return town council management to MND

After the prolonged saga involving AHTC and the recent CPIB probe into the GM at the Ang Mo Kio Town Council, I suggest that MND consider taking over the management of town councils. First, if a new political…

Assure motorists that trees along roads are safe

Singapore has, of late, been experiencing strong winds which could potentially uproot more trees and cause more death and destruction, like in the Botanic Gardens. I notice that there are places where huge tree branches overhang the road,…

Calling it a ‘gallery’ sanitises history

One cannot help but feel let down by the choice of the new name for the Memories at Old Ford Factory war museum (“Revamped war museum’s name sparks questions”; Feb 10). Using the term “gallery” makes it sound…

askST: Can able-bodied drivers park briefly at handicapped space?

Reader Alan Lim asked if able-bodied drivers could park briefly in a handicapped parking space if they are ferrying old or young passengers. Senior transport correspondent Christopher Tan answered. The short answer is “no”, unless the old and…

66 fatal accidents at workplaces in 2016, injuries on the rise

There were 66 fatal accidents at workplaces in Singapore in 2016, representing a fatal injury rate of 1.9 per 100,000 employed persons, similar to 2015, said MOM and WSH Institute. Last year’s figures, they said the number of…

Windy conditions on day of Tembusu tree accident ‘not unusual’: Met Service

It has been windy in Singapore the past week – something that is not unexpected as NEA had said in its latest advisory last Thurs that there would be “windy conditions with widespread rain” on some days. The…

Traffic marshals, extra signs to be deployed when Tuas Viaduct opens

Traffic marshals and additional direction signs will be deployed when Tuas Viaduct finally opens to the public on Feb 18, LTA said on Tues. The viaduct is the first in Singapore to integrate both road and rail components…

First sign of trouble – when trees shed leaves

The first sign a tree is sick is when it loses its foliage. When its trunk dries up, it means it could topple over soon, said Mr Ng Tze Peng, an arborist of 12 years, from TP Arbo…

Fire breaks out in bedroom of Sengkang flat

A fire broke out in a bedroom of a Sengkang flat on Tues, causing thick black smoke to billow out of the flat. SCDF were alerted to the blaze in the 13th floor unit at Blk 248 Compassvale…

Sungei Road Thieves’ Market to close for good on July 10

The Republic’s oldest and largest flea market at Sungei Road, popularly known as Thieves’ Market, will shut for good on July 10, a joint statement from various agencies said on Tues. Located between Jalan Besar and Rochor Canal…

4,056 BTO flats launched for sale in Punggol, Clementi, Tampines: HDB

Some 4,056 BTO flats in Punggol, Clementi and Tampines have been launched for sale on Tues under Feb’s BTO exercise. These flats in six projects – Waterway Sunrise II, Northshore Cove in Punggol, Tampines GreenBloom. Tampines GreenFlora, Clementi…

Why are chickens elsewhere in S’pore not culled too?

I refer to the letter “Free-roaming chickens culled for public health reasons, not noise” (Feb 14). So, AVA is anticipating bird flu and has culled the chickens as a preventive measure. There are more such fowls in the…

Spend more on hawker centres to widen their appeal

About 20 hawker centres will be built by 2027, and the Hawker Centre 3.0 Committee made good recommendations for upgrading them. Centralised dishwashing was one of the ideas (“‘Tasting portion’ among ideas to get more into hawker trade”;…

The Merlion’s power as a symbol for Singaporeans

Kaya toast and kopi, Singlish, the Merlion — all iconic symbols of the Singaporean identity. A Singaporean expatriate is drawn immediately to sights, sounds and smells that remind him of home. Whether it is food, art or language,…

$6.6 million loss at Seascape mortgagee sale

On Feb 7, a 4,069 sqft at Seascape in Sentosa Cove was sold at a $6.6 million loss. The loss works out to 52% or 10% annualised over a holding period of 6.6 years. The previous owner, a…

Belmont Road GCB for $25.5 mil

On Jan 19, a Good Class Bungalow (GCB) on Belmont Road was put up for auction by Colliers Intl. A mortgage sale, it had an opening price of $25.5 million ($1,562 psf), based on land area of 16,327…

Relearning retail

Last year was a challenging one for the Singapore retail market. The island-wide vacancy rate for retail space climbed to 8.4% in 3Q2016 — the highest level in more than five years since the time series commenced in…

SMRT partners NTU and JTC in Transport Research

Newer, and better urban solutions for the future, and integrating multiple modes of transportation for better connectivity and accessibility- that is what SMRT Corp, NTU, Singapore and JTC Corporation are hoping to achieve. The three organisations signed a…

Yishun property shopping – which of these three condos would you buy?

Some time back, we did a review of three Woodlands condominiums which we thought were worth looking at. We are back with an article on condos worth considering in Yishun, an estate located in the Northeastern Singapore. Yishun…

Ethical issues in Singapore’s real estate industry

As real estate prices started to increase from 2009, there were growing criticisms over a lack of affordable housing in Singapore. The clamour for more affordable housing led to the government taking action to cool the market. However,…

SRX: Condo resale prices up 1.1% in Jan, rising for third straight month

Resale prices of non-landed private homes in Singapore rose 1.1 per cent in Jan from the previous month, according to SRX Property’s flash estimates released on Tues. This is bigger than the 0.5 per cent gains seen in…

The Prospex back on the market, with lower price tag

The Prospex, a nine-storey retail and office building next to Bugis+, is back on the market, this time with an indicative guide price “in excess of S$70 million”. This appears to be lower than the S$80 million asking…

Over 55% of The Peak @ Cairnhill II sold at launch

The Peak @ Cairnhill II, a freehold 18-storey luxurious development by TG Development, received robust response during its launch in Jan, with 34 out of 60 units snapped up at an average price of S$2,700 psf. This brings…

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