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North West District wins Asean environmental sustainability award for 2nd time

North West District has won a regional environmental sustainability award for the second time, for its numerous successful initiatives towards keeping the district “clean, green, and liveable”. It received the Asean Environmentally Sustainable City award from the Asean…

NEA supports ground-up moves to reduce plastic waste

We agree with Dr Snigdha Sharma that the collective efforts of the people, private and public sectors are needed to reduce plastic waste (Give incentives for recycling plastic; Aug 30). NEA encourages and supports the ground-up efforts of…

Want plastic bags? Pay for them

With all this talk of cutting down the usage of plastic bags, it is surprising and frustrating to see shoppers still asking for extra plastic bags after the cashiers have bagged their items. Often, shoppers help themselves to…

Future of HDB construction

The use of Lego-like technology in construction is set to become more pervasive. HDB announced last week that from 2019, all rooms in one-third of new HDB flats launched will be prefabricated as a whole. Rooms will be…

PUB to study water-efficiency in swimming pool operations

Singapore has no national guidelines on keeping swimming pools water-efficient, and lacks information on how much wastage really occurs in pools across the country. To resolve the issue, PUB called a tender on government procurement website GeBiz for…

KL-Singapore HSR to contribute S$6.7b in GDP to both countries: Malaysia’s land public transport CEO

The KL-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) is expected to contribute S$6.7 billion in GDP to Malaysia and Singapore, as well as create 111,000 jobs by 2060. Delivering his opening keynote address at the 4th Intl Summit of the HSR…

New initiatives under Green Building Masterplan to emphasise healthier work environments

Some employees in Singapore can now look forward to working in a healthier environment as BCA updates its 3rd Green Building Masterplan. Several new initiatives were announced on Tues at the opening of this year’s Singapore Green Building…

Creating an ‘urban village’ in Orchard Road

The concept of an urban village is what Orchard Road should be seeking to achieve, according to Mr Phil Kim, MD of Jerde Partnership, a design architecture and urban planning company. New age giants like Google, FB, Amazon…

Bukit Panjang LRT an ‘afterthought built under political pressure’: Khaw

Deriding the LRT system, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Tues described it as an “afterthought” that was built under political pressure, resulting in a design that makes for uncomfortable rides. “No LRT is designed that way, in…

Occupants of green buildings less prone to ‘sick building syndrome’: Study

Occupants of buildings with a Green Mark certification are less prone to fatigue, headaches, and irritated, dry or itchy skin, otherwise known as the “Sick Building Syndrome”, found a research study here. Jointly conducted by BCA and NUS,…

Rail workers deserve cheers, not jeers, says Khaw

Less than two months ago, he took a swipe at the mainstream media’s coverage of train delays linked to trials of the NSL’s new signalling system. He was roundly criticised by commuters and the online community, who argued…

Strategies to improve digital readiness among S’poreans in the works

By early next year, a workgroup set up by the Government comprising representatives from the public and private sectors will propose strategies to improve digital readiness among Singaporeans. Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Janil Puthucheary…

Worker’s death near Changi Airport site: Unsafe construction method used, no supervision given, coroner says

The use of an improvised construction method led to an accident at a worksite near Changi Airport’s new T4, killing a 43-year-old foreign worker in Mar this year. While working at an excavated pit, Salim Miah was hit…

Cashless system better than cash machines in supermarkets

FairPrice should encourage customers to use cashless payments, as a faster mode of payment, instead of cash. Its deployment of cash machines at its counters seems to have resulted in a longer payment process compared with when the…

S’pore’s payments ecosystem should allow various options

MAS is focusing on a common QR code for mobile payments. We should, however, consider different structures in our payments ecosystem. Unlike China, which PM Lee Hsien Loong pointed to recently, most Singaporeans qualify for formal financial services…

Linked firms vying for same public contracts

Businesses with directorship or ownership links to each other are submitting bids for the same government contracts. This has raised questions by some on whether such links should face more scrutiny under the government’s procurement process for goods…

Most tenants won’t pay higher rents

The transfer of industrial land and properties under HDB to JTC will not translate into higher rents for most tenants and lessees, said MTI Minister Trade Lim Hng Kiang. HDB and JTC rents are set based on similar…

Five hurt in Bukit Batok industrial blast

Ms Lek Kah Noi, 64, was in the kitchen of Da Jia Hao Canteen at Bukit Batok Crescent when she heard an explosion from a nearby factory at 11am yesterday. Shattered glass rained down on her family-owned coffee…

It’s fair to ask students to leave the cafe

Students hogging tables for hours has been a dilemma for cafes in Singapore for as long as I can remember. They occupy too much space for too long and spend too little to compensate for it. A recent…

Expect more reliable MRT services as power rails replaced: Khaw Boon Wan

Fewer power faults and better reliability – this is what train commuters can expect as the power rails on the MRT network’s NSEWL have been replaced. The project took two years to complete, starting from Sept 2015. LTA…

Meet the Singaporean family who are living almost entirely cashlessly

In line with the Smart Nation initiative, Singapore’s dedicated efforts to go cashless are gaining ground. With e-payments proliferating throughout the island, we can buy groceries, hail a cab and have a meal without even touching a physical…

HDB 3gen flats – 5 things you need to know before buying one

In a world where land space is precious and houses are becoming increasingly smaller, we Singaporeans are always struggling to find ways to afford bigger housing. With executive apartments an almost extinct species in BTO exercises, HDB 3Gen…

Why Singaporeans still love buying ECs

Earlier in July this year, Hundred Palms Residences became the most oversubscribed EC in history. Over 2,700 applications were made for 531 units, causing the whole development to be sold out in seven hours. Here’s why ECs keep…

Top condos with en bloc potential: Most affordable outside prime districts

Following our article on the most affordable condos with en bloc potential in Singapore’s prime districts, we’ve identified similar properties within the city fringes and suburban areas. As with before, we used our logit model to identify condos…

United Engineers appoints Yanlord, Perennial CEOs as new directors

United Engineers (UE) on Tues announced the appointment of Zhong Sheng Jian and Pua Seck Guan as its new directors. Zhong, the chairman and CEO of Yanlord Land Group, has been named as a non-independent and executive director…

Private industrial rents shrink by 0.8% in Q2

This chart from MTI shows private industrial space rentals fell by 0.8% QoQ from 0.9% decline in the previous quarter. Occupancy rate in the private sector multiple-user factory space segment stood at 86%. This was lower than the…

GuocoLand forms two indirect subsidiaries

GuocoLand established two indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. According to an announcement, both companies will focus on property investment. GLL Prosper Pte Ltd is incorporated in Singapore and has a paid-up share capital of $1. GLL Thrive Pte Ltd…

Freehold Balestier property launched for sale

A freehold property at 10A Jalan Ampas in Balestier has been launched for sale at a guide price of $16.8 million, Savills said on Mon. Located within an industrial cluster, the approximately 12,070 sqft site is currently zoned…

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