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AHTC saga: What is the end game?

The last chapters of AHTC magnum opus are being written with the end game still anybody’s guess. If it is dragged till the very bitter end, the long-running saga is likely to end with three MPs of the…

Plans for new chain of boutique gyms in housing estates

True Group will be taking on heartland gyms later this year with the launch of a new line of boutique clubs in housing estates. This follows other chains with smaller neighbourhood gyms that have been set up here…

Government mulls trial to give more choice in buying electricity, green energy audit planned

All households in Singapore will, in the second half of next year, be able to shop for electricity the way they do for a mobile phone plan. However, a select group of consumers may be able to start…

Toa Payoh resident finds screws scattered near carpark after one pierces his foot

A police report has been lodged over an incident where a resident in Toa Payoh found screws scattered near the estate carpark after one pierced his foot. The resident said there were eight to 10 screws inserted into…

En bloc fever back in Singapore, with 7 collective sale transactions this year

It’s a fever that last swept Singapore in 2011 before property cooling measures introduced in 2013 cooled it. Now, it looks like the collective-sale fever has hit again, with deals flowing fast and thick in the past two…

Use more meaningful measures in evaluating the MRT

It is easy to hit and exceed benchmarks if one increases the denominator in averages or changes the benchmark (Khaw raises bar on MRT reliability; July 28). Since 2015, more trains have been added to the MRT system,…

Think outside the box to improve eldercare

I was delighted to read that Peacehaven Nursing Home’s Jade Circle facility project for dementia patients is being revived (Peacehaven nursing home gets nod; July 7), and that St John’s-St Margaret’s Church is building an integrated facility featuring…

Two DBSS units at The Peak @ Toa Payoh resold for over S$1m

At least two housing units in the DBSS project at The Peak @ Toa Payoh were sold for more than S$1 million, two months after the five-year MOP ended. The five-room units were sold at S$1.12 million and…

Tours take public on a walk of art

Up to 30 participants a month are being taken on hour-long guided tours around the civic and CBDs to view public art. The tours, spanning three concurrent routes, have been organised by the Public Art Trust, a NAC…

Civic-mindedness key to ensuring success of bike sharing

The bike-sharing schemes set up in recent months aim to motivate more people to pick up the habit of cycling and also complement the public transport system (“MRT stations set to have 4,700 new bicycle parking lots by…

Reveal details on economic cost of MRT disruptions

In “Khaw raises bar for rail reliability, sets new target”, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan asked commuters to be patient, as train delays are bound to happen as teething problems surface. I am glad that commuters are understanding…

Where’s the action plan to meet rail reliability goals?

Setting a reliability target without a corresponding action plan would be meaningless (Khaw raises bar for rail reliability, sets new target; July 28). MOT must demand that the operators come up with a set of steps to satisfy…

53 out of 56 stalls at Golden Shoe food centre to move to nearby hawker centre

Fans of the Market Street Food Centre at Golden Shoe Car Park will find most of their favourite stalls at the interim hawker centre, located about 200m from its original location. Responding to a media query by CNA,…

Singapore-JB RTS to begin passenger service by 2024

A cross-border MRT system which will connect Singapore and Johor Baru in Malaysia will begin passenger service by the end of Dec 2024, ministers from the two countries announced on Mon. A bilateral agreement on the Singapore-Johor Baru…

Double-decker bus crashes into shelter at taxi stand opposite VivoCity

A Tower Transit double-decker bus was damaged after it crashed into the roof of a sheltered taxi stand opposite VivoCity on Mon morning. Tower Transit said the bus captain mistook the sheltered taxi stand for the bus stop…

Tampines library to reopen with new features including cooking studio

A refreshed Tampines Regional Library is set to open its doors to the public at Our Tampines Hub on Aug 5. Sporting a new look and features, it will span five floors with dedicated spaces for people of…

Hari Raya bazaar to be held at Wisma Geylang Serai from 2018

A Hari Raya bazaar will be held at Wisma Geylang Serai from next year, MEWR Minister Masagos Zulkifli revealed on Sun. Mr Masagos said one of the signature events that the PA’s Malay Activity Executive Committees Council (MESRA)…

Property sector leads list of buyouts from SGX

The year 2017 is shaping to be the year of the property buyout. As firms continue to plot their exits from SGX, analysts say this indicates that valuations are still low – though the situation is not as…

Singapore electricity sector to see shake-up with full liberalisation

The future of Singapore’s electricity sector is starting to take shape as the country approaches the last leg of a long journey in the liberalisation of the market. With 25 electricity retailers slugging it out for a pie…

Cigarette sellers ready for display ban but fear drop in sales

Since last week, Yishun minimart owner Toh Eng Lee has been selling cigarettes kept behind closed cupboard doors. These were installed in preparation for new rules on displaying cigarettes for sale, which kick in tomorrow. But Mr Toh…

Install platform rescue systems for high-rise buildings

I refer to the article “Haig Road HDB block evacuated due to fire, 3 taken to hospital” (TNP, July 30). Fires in high-rise buildings in Singapore and elsewhere have been in the news recently. nThe flats affected in…

Buoyant demand for new property launches this year: Analysts

Demand for new private residential homes has improved in the first half of 2017 as compared to the same period last year, largely driven by the perception that the market is bottoming out, according to analysts. URA’s second…

3 reasons why Singapore’s adoption of e-commerce is so slow, according to a Google Singapore exec

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It’s no secret that while Singaporeans love to shop online, there are huge growth potentials for local SMEs when it comes to bringing their services online. The e-commerce market in Singapore is expected to be worth US$5.4 billion…

Unit at Astrid Meadows sold for $3.1 mil profit

On July 11, a 3,800 sqft unit on the second floor of Astrid Meadows was sold for a $1.15 million profit. A day later, a similar-size unit on the fourth floor of the same block fetched a $3.1…

Financing your TOP purchase and eligibility matters

If you are currently a homeowner, you have a possible source of funding for an upcoming TOP purchase. Selling an existing property and channelling the sales proceeds into a new one is one way you can fund a…

TOPs of the property market: What are they?

The sheer variety of property types in Singapore can be confusing for buyers. Not only must a prospective buyer determine whether a property is public or private, freehold or leasehold and landed, strata title or non-strata title, he…

Dunearn Court asking price 75% above unit value

The 12 owners of the Dunearn Court condominium have put the property on the market for $38.8 million, with substantial gains likely from the sale. The tender comes hot on the heels of a slew of collective sale…

Keong Saik’s road from vice to nice

As a teenager, Mr Lee Kok Leong would frequent Keong Saik Road with his father. The younger Mr Lee, 56, a freelance researcher and writer, clarified with a laugh, when he said: “No, I didn’t go there for…

Better prospects for office sector

Singapore’s office property market is anticipated to recover later this year despite the lacklustre performance during the second quarter. According to statistics from URA, the quarterly drop in office rents and prices eased in Q2 2017. The former…

3 historical places in Singapore

At 52-years old, Singapore is young compared to countries like Rome, Greece, even the USA. The relative lack of years however has not dampened its historical significance. Singapore had a baptism of fire of sorts, when the World…

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