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Singapore and Hong Kong’s airport dominance is under threat

For decades, Singapore and Hong Kong have reigned supreme: as key transit points connecting travelers in Asia to and from the rest of the world. But now, a $1 trillion global airport spree is threatening the status quo.…

Amazon storms Singapore with Prime Now

Online retail giant Amazon kicked off its eagerly awaited Prime Now service in Singapore on Thurs. The service offers two-hour delivery on tens of thousands of items, from toys to cold beer. For a limited time, the company…

Collapsed PIE viaduct designer was also supervisor; experts say such arrangements may pose conflict of interest

The consultant who designed the PIE viaduct that collapsed on July 14 was also the supervisor who checked the construction works, ST has learnt. While industry experts say it is neither uncommon nor illegal for the same person…

AVA to take over Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre management from 2018

From the first quarter of next year, Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre will be managed by AVA. HDB, which has been managing the centre since 1983, announced the transfer of management on Thurs with MND and AVA. Located just…

New polyclinic opens in Jurong West

When Mrs Shenbagam Bala’s family members fell ill, they would usually visit Jurong Polyclinic about half an hour away, or visit a pricey private clinic nearby. Not anymore. Now, they can go to Pioneer Polyclinic, which opened on…

Preserving the magic of colonial-era Raffles Hotel

Every day without fail, a man with a can of white paint in one hand and a paintbrush in the other will make his rounds along the exterior of Raffles Hotel. Any hint of discolouration or dirt on…

Urban solutions adding 2,000 digital-related jobs

Over the next four years, projects already secured in the urban solutions field alone will add 2,000 new digital-related professional jobs to the economy, EDB has estimated. The lucrative urban solutions domain covers infrastructure, the built environment, security,…

Panel wants to put AHTC’s arbitration case on hold

The independent panel bringing a lawsuit against members of AHTC also wants to suspend an arbitration case between AHTC and its former MA firm. The arbitration is over payments that the firm, FMSS, is claiming from AHTC for…

Mandai Eco-Link: All you need to know about the wildlife bridge

Native animals living in the forests of Mandai will be able to use an overhead bridge of their own by the end of 2019. The bridge is among efforts by MPH – which is developing a nature precinct…

Worrying trend of problems with buses, trains

Train breakdowns and delays have been happening so regularly that commuters no longer know for sure if they will get to work or other appointments on time. While we can accept that the authorities are working hard behind…

Khaw slams media coverage of train delays as ‘unfair’

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Thurs hit out at the mainstream media’s coverage of recent MRT train delays linked to the trial of the new signalling system on the North South Line (NSL), saying it has “magnified…

Only users of bulky mobility aids may use accessible car park lots from Nov

Amid growing demand for accessible carpark lots, people using mobility aids like crutches and quad-sticks will no longer qualify for a special vehicle label distinguishing them as persons with disabilities from Nov 1. Only those who use “bulky”…

Bukit Panjang CC recognised for green features

Bukit Panjang CC has become the first upgraded community club to be certified Green Mark Gold Plus, following the implementation of a raft of green features, such as a real-time energy monitoring platform. The Green Mark scheme is…

AHTC lawsuit: Case puts councillors’ duties in spotlight, say lawyers

The independent panel acting on behalf of AHTC to recover improper payments is arguing that the town council members named in the civil lawsuit are fiduciaries — or persons placed in a position of trust — of the…

AHTC lawsuit pins most of the blame on Low Thia Khiang, Sylvia Lim

WP leaders Low Thia Khiang and Sylvia Lim were singled out for the most blame in a civil lawsuit filed by AHTC against its councillors and former employees over improper payments to various parties. Based on the statement…

HDB looking into civil claims made against WP town councillors

HDB said yesterday it is studying the civil claims filed against several WP town councillors — for alleged overpayments totalling S$33.7 million —and seeking advice from the AG’s Chambers on the matter. Among the eight defendants being sued…

AHTC calls for S$33.7m worth of contracts to be voided

AHTC wants contracts worth over S$33 million with former MA FMSS and service provider FMSI to be declared void, owing to the supposed breach of fiduciary duties by its town councillors. The town council wants to claim back…

Tweak HDB income ceiling to help sandwiched couples buy BTO flats

I refer to the report “Attractive pricing draws strong interest at property launches”. That the EC in Hougang sold out in seven hours could signal a need to tweak HDB’s income ceiling upwards, to help more sandwiched couples…

Serangoon North Ave 1 residents ‘concerned’ after confirmed Zika cases

Residents living in the Serangoon North Ave 1 area have expressed concerns after three new cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection were confirmed there on Wed. NEA had urged residents in the area to remain vigilant and…

How Amazon Prime Now plans to deliver on its 2-hour promise

E-commerce giant Amazon on Thurs officially launched its Prime Now delivery service in Singapore, amid anticipation that its two-hour promise would shake up the local online retail scene. It also touted an offering of “tens of thousands” of…

The ugly supply-side dynamics that can temper an en bloc frenzy

The residential en bloc market seems to be picking up steam this year. With the sale of Serangoon Ville along Serangoon North Ave 1 for S$499 million, the number of en bloc deals completed this year has increased…

Changi Airport sees more passengers in June, led by Indian travellers

Changi Airport handled more passengers in June, on the back of increased arrivals from all regions, the airport said on Thurs. A total of 5.21 million passengers passed through its doors last month, 7.7 per cent higher compared…

Main purpose of AHTC lawsuit to account for S$33m: Experts

The main purpose of a lawsuit against some of AHTC’s members is to make them account for S$33 million in payments made to its former MA, according to legal experts. The suit, filed by an independent panel appointed…

A milestone in the disruption of retail – for now

Today, Singapore’s e-commerce witnesses its big bang. The official launch, after months of secrecy and speculation, of Amazon’s premium service Prime Now has the potential to dramatically transform Singapore’s retail scene. It could be one more nail in…

For Singapore retail, a new Amazon challenge

Amazon, the world’s No. 1 online marketplace, is finally here. Singapore shoppers can now buy on Amazon Prime Now, the highly vaunted platform that delivers orders to your doorstep within a hitherto unheard of two hours. Even as…

New MRT signalling system should stabilise before end-2017: Khaw Boon Wan

The new signalling system on the NSL) should stabilise before year-end “if there are no new surprises”, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan even as he raised the 2020 target for the MRT’s reliability. Speaking on Thurs at…

13 hurt after bus crashes into bus stop

Thirteen people in a Mount Alvernia Hospital shuttle bus were injured after it crashed into a bus stop at Braddell Road outside RI yesterday. No one was at the bus stop when the accident happened around noon as…

Swiss Re to set up Asian regional HQ in Singapore

As the Swiss financial sector continues to tap the growing business opportunities in the booming Asian region, one of its leading players, Swiss Re, is upgrading its presence in Singapore significantly. Swiss Re is setting up its Asian…

Here’s why Changi Airport’s new T4 will be the next Insta-worthy hotspot

A theatre of experience. That is what CAG claims about the new T4. Looking at the art installation that the airport has decided to include in the upcoming terminal, it looks T4 will very well be the next…

Why Singaporeans will be rushing for Sengkang HDB flats

Sengkang is a beautiful and peaceful neighbourhood; I don’t want to say most people consider Sengkang to be the Australia of Singapore (i.e. desolate and way down on the other side of the equator). However, Sengkang IS the…

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