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Road crossings have to cater to people of all ages

I agree with Mr David Goh Kia Ngan that the increase in the number of deaths among elderly pedestrians is due to the lack of suitable pedestrian crossings for them to use (“Unfair to blame the elderly for…

Noise pollution – let’s see consistency when taking action

I read about the plight of Home United Youth Football Academy and JSSL Singapore with a great deal of interest. What is the criteria used to decide if sounds from activities constitute noise pollution? How did SLA and…

Get tough on management when accidents happen

One wonders why workplace injuries keep rising despite the various safety campaigns and programmes to promote and prevent workplace accidents (“Workplace injuries on the rise”; Feb 15). The current system of fines and punitive measures may not have…

Singapore carbon tax would hit refiners, help renewables

Singapore’s proposed plan to tax greenhouse gas emissions would probably hit oil refiners hard, ramping up costs in an industry that has been central to the city-state’s rapid development over the last half-century. Mon’s announcement that a carbon…

Singapore says factors backing property demand to stay

Singapore’s property demand remains “very resilient,” supported by factors including low interest rates and a stable economy, MND Minister Lawrence Wong said. “Our economy is still growing, so I think demand is still healthy and our assessment is…

New S$8.4m national cybersecurity lab launched at NUS

A national laboratory that provides a realistic environment for cybersecurity research and test-bedding of solutions against cyber threats was launched at NUS on Tues. The National Cybersecurity R&D Laboratory costs S$8.4 million which was funded by the National…

Higher CPF Housing Grant: No big increase in resale market prices, say analysts

Final-year university student Belle Low has been looking to settle down with her boyfriend of four years. So far, her search for a first home has been concentrated largely on BTO flats. But she said the increase in…

Asia’s millennial investors prefer property and cash, just like their parents, says Manulife survey

Millennial investors in Asia are more willing than their parents to borrow money for spending, but in terms of investment their behaviour is similar to the older generation in that they invest mainly in property and like to…

Businesses say they will take water price hike in their stride

When Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced on Mon that water prices would go up by 30 per cent, the news did not give laundromat chain founder Tan Tiong Peng a “heart attack” — thanks to his decision…

Carbon tax could hit companies hard

A carbon tax will put a dent in companies’ bottom lines, but experts say such a measure to reduce the carbon footprint is preferable to other forms of carbon pricing, as there would be minimal price fluctuations for…

More vigilance needed where people, nature come together

It is important that we do not overreact to the falling tree in the Botanic Gardens. There is no need to cut down trees randomly because of this incident. Common sense has prevailed thus far, with checks being…

Adopt safer strategy for trees, plants at roadsides, car parks

Singapore is known for its tree-lined roads, urban ecology and community landscaping. Trees make travel more comfortable by providing shade and beautifying our city. I am unsure, however, whether safety and environmental concerns are still a small price…

Breezy, well-lit and a great sea view from every room

When they decided to apply for a new flat through the HDB Fiance/ Fiancee Scheme in 2012, entrepreneur couple Vinod Nair and Valli Pandit were looking for convenience. Mr Nair, 34, CEO of personal finance portal MoneySmart.sg, wanted…

Why your parents may love property investments, and why it may not work for you

Just when we thought the property market was on the back burner, and starting to become slightly more affordable, comes news reporting of yet another record being broken for a public housing property – this was a DBSS…

Demand for Punggol Northshore Cove highest in Feb BTO exercise


It is his fifth time applying for a BTO flat, but the chances of Mr Ang Teck Peng, 44, getting his desired five-room unit in Punggol are slimmer than before. Five-room flats at Punggol Northshore Cove had the…

HDB resale flat vs mass market condo: Which is better?

There is an increasing number of “sandwiched” Singaporeans, who are faced with a dilemma: they earn too much to buy a BTO flat, but their finances would be stretched if they buy a condo. Most of these Singaporeans…

Industrial prices, rents to fall further in 2017

Industrial property prices across Singapore dropped by three percent on a quarterly basis in Q4 2016, a bigger fall from the previous quarter, and marks seven consecutive months of negative price growth, according to an OrangeTee report. In…

First-time buyers encouraged to get BTO flats in non-mature estates

MND has urged families looking to buy their first BTO flat to apply for flats in non-mature estates, where they have a better chance of securing a home. “Most first-timer families who apply for a BTO flat in…

Higher demand expected for HDB resale flats: experts

HDB resale flats have become more appealing for first-time buyers in light of the higher CPF housing grants announced as part of yesterday’s budget, said Eugene Lim, KEO at ERA. “Buyers who are sitting on the fence may…

Man jailed, fined $23,000 for illegal estate agency work

Shakir Khan, a 56-year-old Singaporean, was convicted in court of two charges of conducting estate agency work without first being registered as a salesperson, or licensed as an estate agent by CEA. Shakir was forced to pay a…

Dril-Quip APAC breaks ground on its new HPHT R&D facility in Singapore

Dril-Quip APAC broke ground on its new High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) R&D Facility on 21 Feb 2017. The new facility will be located on an approximately 2.2 acre site located adjacent to Dri-Quip’s 11.2 acre APAC Headquarters…

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