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SingPost’s drone delivery trials: Some key takeaways

Are drones the future of Singapore’s postal service and do they have the potential to be used to deliver mail across the country? In Sept 2015, SingPost successfully tested a mail run from mainland Singapore to Pulau Ubin…

LTA rolls out bicycle parking zones

LTA has introduced new bicycle parking zones in seven new locations as amid a push for Singapore to be a car-lite city. The parking zones – demarcated by bright yellow lines – provide about 750 additional parking spaces…

LTA launches initiative to get elderly commuters to take the lift instead of escalators

To reduce the risk of elderly commuters getting hurt while using escalators at MRT stations, LTA on Tues rolled out a series of public education activities to encourage them to take the lift instead. The initiative, which was…

Bike-share firms need to build their own racks

Bike-sharing service operators must build and provide their own bicycle racks (Bike-sharing firms face parking woes; Mar 18). Public bicycle racks are built and maintained with public funds or funds from town councils. Private bike-sharing services are profit-driven…

Alternatives to bike-sharing schemes

I commend LTA for making a quick decision to shelve a government-run bicycle-sharing scheme. However, I hope the reason for doing so is not that there are three private firms already looking to offer thousands of bikes over…

Do away with auto-flush systems

In the interest of conserving water, it is surely time to consider a return to manually operated lavatory flush systems. More than two decades ago, I recall sitting next to an expatriate water engineer at a dinner, who…

A little foraging for fruit and plants won’t hurt

I am bemused that SLA and NParks do not allow people to freely harvest fruit or plants from public land such as parks and nature reserves and along roads, while many other countries do allow this practice (Hungry?…

Engie, Senoko to offer electric vehicle charging plans in tie-up with Bolloré

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With an electric car-sharing scheme set to start in Singapore in the middle of this year, French energy company Engie and local utility Senoko Energy are planning to offer retail plans that bundle services for the charging of…

Intl schools in Singapore still growing

Expatriate growth in Singapore may have tapered off due to tighter control of the inflow of foreign labour, but demand at intl schools here continues to climb, going by a study by Intl School Consultancy (ISC) Research. In…

Still searching for her beachfront dream home

Restaurant owner Sofi Sui has always been drawn to nature and would love a home filled with flourishing flora. The investor runs the 25-year-old Italian restaurant Pasta Brava, which sits in a quaint 5,000 sqft shophouse, in Craig…

Property companies turn to VR to save costs

Visiting property showrooms could soon become a thing of the past. Thanks to virtual reality (VR), you can now view certain showflats anywhere with a VR headset. This concept was used by creative technology start-up Immersively for the…

Surge in foreign buying in Singapore assets: JLL

Foreign investments in Singapore property assets surged 441 per cent year on year in 2016 to US$4.1 billion on the back of mega deals such as Qatar Investment Authority’s purchase of Asia Square Tower 1 for US$2.45 billion.…

Former HUDC estate Rio Casa to be up for en bloc sale

Amid the recovering market sentiment, Rio Casa, a privatised HUDC estate at Hougang Ave 7 (formerly called Hougang N3), has reached the requisite 80 per cent consent needed for a collective sale. The sales committee is targeting to…

Leonie Towers case: Condo owners want to take cooling towers spat to court

The spat between Leonie Towers residents and a lone dissenter over the bid to tear down the condominium’s cooling towers is set to be taken to the High Court for a final decision. At an EGM held last…

Train signalling trial goes smoothly; SMRT to hold another on Thurs

Rail operator SMRT will carry out another trial of its new signalling system on the North South Line (NSL) on Thurs, after a temporary switchover on Tues went smoothly, with trains running on the new system for more…

NSL signalling fault; LRT train breaks down on Tues night

Hours before a new signalling system was due to be tested on the North South Line (NSL), the NSL service was disrupted and part of the Bukit Panjang LRT service went down. At 8.44pm on Tues, SMRT tweeted…

Resale prices for non-landed private homes down 0.3%

The decline in resale prices of completed non-landed private homes picked up pace last month, according to SRPI flash estimates released on Tues, with analysts saying the downtrend is expected to remain intact as the recent easing of…

HDB leases: Buyers’ short-term focus may lead to future woes

It may serve as a “wake-up call” to buyers that not all old flats will be eligible for the Sers, as MND Minister Lawrence Wong reminded Singaporeans last week in a blog post. But analysts believe the warning…

Employ cleaners, do not close coffeeshop toilets to public use

After reading “Toilets at coffee shops, food courts should not be open for public use” (Mar 24, online), I wish to comment that it would be absurd and a waste if the public and customers cannot use the…

Samsung store at AMK Hub catches fire, surrounding stores temporarily closed

A fire broke out at the storeroom of Samsung Experience Store in AMK Hub in the early hours of Tues morning, causing surrounding stores in the shopping mall to temporarily close for safety reasons and cleaning. AMK Hub…

Co-working unicorn WeWork heading to Singapore, Tokyo next

WeWork’s expansion into Asia is in full swing. From our checks, it looks like branches in Singapore and Tokyo will open soon. So far, the company has made forays in Asian cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong,…

How have Executive Condo sales fared so far in Q1 2017?

329 EC units were sold by developers in Feb 2017. This was indeed an improvement in EC sales compared to the month prior. Improved EC sales in Feb itself could be a result of pent-up demand after the…

Private Enclosed Spaces (PES): Why do we pay so much for them?

A ST report just revealed that, every year, Singapore’s home buyers pay an estimated $780 million for air-con ledges. That’s about the price of three F-16 fighter jets per year for these Private Enclosed Spaces (PES). The latest…

JTC launches Tuas site for sale

JTC has launced a confirmed-list site at Tuas South Link 3 (Plot 24) for sale by public tender. It is the third of the six confirmed-list sites for the 1H2017 IGLS Programme. The 50,456 sqft site is zoned…

Construction activities in Singapore to grow 0.8% this year

RHB expects construction activities to grow 0.8% this year, on the back of a low base effect, ramp-up of ongoing infrastructure projects, and accelerated public civil works as announced in the Budget. “The sector declined 2.8% in 2016,…

CapitaLand inks mall management deal with SingPost

CapitaLand Limited, through its wholly owned shopping mall business CapitaLand Mall Asia, has signed its first third-party mall management contract in Singapore with Singapore Post (SingPost) for its upcoming mall at the new SingPost Centre. This is the…

Office market pops the champagne on high pre-commitment rates

The lower GDP growth and economic uncertainty continue to weigh on the office market but the market in Singapore is showing signs of bottoming, according to CBRE. “Notwithstanding Singapore’s exposure to concerns around the geopolitical landscape in the…

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