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Big retailers in green push

Major retailers in Singapore are moving towards reducing plastic bag usage, some more tentatively than others. At the forefront is FairPrice, which began its Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) initiative in 2007, called the “FairPrice Green Rewards” scheme.…

Singapore works on rearing fish in closed systems

Most fish in Singapore are reared in net cages submerged in the sea. But these open-net cage systems leave the fish susceptible to the elements. Over the past five years, Singapore’s fish farmers have seen an oil spill…

Study to gauge Singapore’s fish-farming capacity

An ongoing study to determine how much fish can be sustainably reared in the farms off Singapore’s northern coast could have long-lasting implications for the budding aquaculture industry. The two-year research study on aquaculture zones is the first…

WP giving ‘irrelevant, confusing info’ to explain actions

WP town councillors who are being sued for allegedly making millions in improper payments have raised confusing and irrelevant information to explain away their actions, said AHTC lawyers. In fresh documents filed in the High Court on Wed,…

Timely move in cashless drive

Imagine if every credit card on the market was accepted by only a few merchants, and that different merchants took only certain cards. If you wanted to use credit cards for all your purchases, you would need maybe…

Different kind of response needed for fire in tunnels

When a car catches fire in in a tunnel, as in the case on Tues, it is not a normal vehicle fire and it calls for a different response. If no one does anything, the fire could spread…

Fire code has strict safety standards for materials

We thank Mr David Tan Kok Kheng for his letter (Re-examine process of approving fire safety-related materials, Aug 28). The Fire Code has stringent fire safety requirements for building materials. Under it, composite panels used for different purposes…

Workplace safety must go beyond regulations

Singapore can be proud of the improvement in workplace safety since 2004. This did not happen by accident but is the result of efforts by MOM and WSH Council. The recent PIE viaduct collapse has raised several questions,…

Elderly commuters try using machines for first time as 11 MRT stations stop cash top-ups at service counters

Seeing that there was no queue at the passenger service centre at Admiralty station on Fri morning, 78-year-old Lim Chew Hock walked up, cash in hand, ready to ask a station staff to top up his fare card,…

Lift issues continue to plague three Punggol West estates

After an overall decline in lift-related complaints in Punggol West since last Oct, “unacceptable” incidents have cropped up again at three estates, prompting the ward’s MP Sun Xueling to take matter up with HDB. “It is unacceptable that…

No more ‘divide and conquer’, as banks face up to e-payment disruption

Amid the soul searching over why digital payments have yet to take off here, one should arguably look no further for the main culprits than the lucrative credit card business, and the plethora of systems and products that…

All new public housing blocks to have ‘solar-ready’ rooftops: HDB

All public housing blocks from May this year will be designed with “solar-ready” roofs, HDB said on Fri. The blocks will come with features that enable solar panels to be easily mounted and maintained, in a move to…

Sharp rise in DC charges for non-landed homes amid en bloc fever

With collective-sale fever heating up in Singapore, the development charge (DC) rates for non-landed residential use has been raised by a sharp 13.8 per cent on average. DC rates went up in 116 of the 118 geographical sectors…

High time for construction industry to embrace high tech

Singapore likes a plan. Its success was largely built on having a master plan that linked city planning with business and social requirements. This year, the real estate industry gets its own plan: an Industry Transformation Map (ITM)…

Buyers zoom in on most expensive condos

At Le Nouvel Ardmore, a 4,004 sqft, four-bedroom unit on the seventh floor of the 33-storey luxury condo tower was sold for $16 million ($4,000 psf), according to a caveat lodged on Aug 22. This brings the total…

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