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Singapore will stop increasing car numbers from Feb 2018

Singapore, among the world’s most expensive places to own a vehicle, will stop increasing the total number of cars on its roads next year. The government will cut the annual growth rate for cars and motorcycles to zero…

NEA to audit waste at food places, malls and hotels

As the nation’s battle against food waste intensifies, the authorities are making sure they know their enemy better. In Dec, NEA is expected to start a waste audit of shopping malls, hotels, supermarkets, hawker centres, food manufacturing and…

Freeing up beds without compromising care

TTSH has faced such high demand in the past several years that it had to change many of its routines to free up beds without compromising patient outcomes. Professor Philip Choo, head of the National Healthcare Group of…

Tee Intl wins $56.5m in LTA projects to build MRT noise barriers

Mainboard-listed Tee Intl said on Mon that a wholly owned subsidiary has been awarded S$56.5 million worth of contracts by LTA to build MRT noise barriers. The unit, PBT Engineering, will provide noise barriers along the elevated tracks…

AVA testing laser devices to ease din of roosting birds

Lasers may soon be used to combat the noise and nuisance caused by wild birds roosting, with one trial conducted by AVA recently, though pest control firms expressed doubts about their usefulness. The use of such Class 3A…

Sembcorp Design and Construction fined $95k for breach of WSH

A subsidiary of public-listed Sembcorp Industries was fined $95,000 on Mon for failing to ensure the safety and health of its employees. Sembcorp Design and Construction (SDC), main contractor of a worksite at Jalan Bukit Batok, was deemed…

Use countdown timers at vehicular traffic lights

Currently, only the amber light in the traffic light system acts as a signal for drivers to be prepared to stop their vehicles at junctions and crossings. This is not sufficient. Motorists are taught to slow down and…

Change in consumer behaviour after plastic bag charge

The time has come when we cannot deny the urgency of tackling the impact of plastic waste on our planet anymore. Plastic waste kills over a million animals each year. Every piece of plastic we use and dispose…

Tax shared bikes to pay for clearing parking mess

A while ago, it was announced that the authorities were dealing with shared bikes that were left indiscriminately at road junctions, street corners and bus stops. The process, as I understand it, starts with LTA officers spotting the…

Take steps to manage wild animal population

It seems that more animal attacks are taking place. The feeding of animals such as wild boars and monkeys by the public, which encourages them to wander away from their natural habitats, is one theory that is inevitably…

HDB’s portal signals change

HDB is the latest agency to embrace digital disruption with a revamped portal that can halve the resale flat transaction time to eight weeks. This will no doubt benefit savvy buyers or sellers, who will have a more…

New National Energy Transformation Office to coordinate energy efforts

A new National Energy Transformation Office has been set up to plan and coordinate energy R&D, as well as policies for the adoption of game-changing energy solutions. The office will look at ways to improve industrial energy efficiency…

New property app allows homeowners to ‘test market’

Yet another online property portal was launched here on Mon that allows buyers and sellers to list properties on the market and do without housing agents. Such DIY transactions have been part of a growing trend, with consumers…

Government to look into non-fare business of train operators

Whether the commercial and advertising spaces in stations and trains should automatically come under the line’s operator in the future is under review, as the authorities seek advice on its planned move to outsource non-fare business on the…

SMRT to hire 200 more engineers by 2020

Public transport operator SMRT will increase its pool of rail engineers to 700 by 2020, up from 500 currently, in its latest move to boost rail reliability. Speaking at a post-graduate certificate programme on urban rail engineering on…

BPLRT to start running later on Sun from Nov 12 for renewal works

The Bukit Panjang LRT system will begin operations at 7am, instead of 5.30am, on all Sun from Nov 12 until the end of the year, to allow more time for works to improve service reliability. On Mon, rail…

SMRT still suitable operator to run new TEL?

The new TEL, set to open in stages from 2019, will be operated by SMRT for a nine-year period. With the series of service breakdowns along the NSL, it seems like a good time to review if SMRT…

Are MRT disruptions “normal accidents”?

Singapore’s MRT system has suffered disruptions of increasing frequency and severity in recent years. The latest one occurred on Oct 7 on the NSL, caused by the dramatic flooding of the tunnel between the Bishan and Toa Payoh…

Python on Bukit Batok lamp post captured

A python was caught at Bukit Batok West on Mon evening, with the process captured on a video that has been widely shared on social media. CNA understands that the snake was first reported at about 5am at…

NLB launches new digital business library

Singapore residents with an account with the National Library Board (NLB) can now access business resources in a new digital business library. The new online portal was launched on Mon by NLB, in conjunction with OverDrive, a mobile…

Car-Free Sunday to continue in 2018

The Car-Free Sunday initiative will continue into 2018, MND Minister Lawrence Wong announced in a FB post on Mon. On Car-Free Sunday, which are held on the last weekend of each month, roads in the Civic District are…

Singapore inflation remains at 0.4% in Sept

Singapore’s inflation in Sept came in at 0.4 per cent on a year-on-year basis, according to figures from the Department of Statistics on Mon. Prices in all categories were higher year-on-year apart from housing and utilities, which saw…

S$6.2m research grant awarded to develop Singapore’s solar forecasting capabilities

A S$6.2 million research grant from EMA has been awarded to help develop Singapore’s capability to accurately forecast solar energy output, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Sim Ann announced on Mon. The grant was awarded…

Rochor Centre to be demolished early next year

Demolition works for the Rochor Centre will start early next year, LTA confirmed on Mon. Authorities had earlier said the buildings at the iconic rainbow-coloured estate would be torn down at end 2016 to make way for construction…

No home yet for turtle, tortoise museum

Time is running out for over 500 tortoises and turtles at the little-known Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum at Jurong Lake Gardens Central. Its lease will expire in Mar to make way for the ambitious development of the…

The day I bought my first private property

In the afternoon of 16 Oct 2002, I sneaked out of the office to go for flat viewing. I was so excited: Today I am going to buy the first property in my life! After four years, my…

How to invest REITS in Singapore: A step by step guide

REITs provide an easy way of diversifying an investment portfolio with exposure in the real estate industry. By buying units of a publicly traded REIT, investors get to enjoy the benefits of owning large-scale income-producing real estate, with…

Mayfair Gardens up for en bloc sale at $265m

Mayfair Gardens off Dunearn Road has been launched for collective sale, with the owners expecting offers above the reserve price of $265 million, according to Knight Frank. Built in the 1980s, the 99-year leasehold condominium comprises six walk-up…

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