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While Singapore sleeps: 12:30 am in the CBD

Once upon a time, I did an internship in CBD. I was young and so I had a prescribed idea of what ‘success’ looked like: pressed business suits, 6-inch high heels, and eating lunch on the go while…

EtonHouse to set up school in Orchard Road area, further expands footprint beyond pre-schools

EtonHouse Intl Education Group, known for its pre-schools, is further expanding its footprint into pri, sec and pre-university education. It is seeking approval to open another intl school offering pri, sec and pre-university classes in Tanglin Road, opposite…

First day of full operations at T4: New signs, video, to guide travellers at boarding gates

The initiative, following ground observations and feedback from airlines, aims to reduce confusion for travellers and channel them to the correct counters to facilitate smooth boarding. CAG will monitor the situation and assess if more needs to be…

Pipe leaks in Bukit Batok not related: Masagos

The two corroded water pipes that burst in the space of a week in Bukit Batok about a month ago were unrelated incidents, checks by PUB found. MEWR Minister Masagos Zulkifli, revealing this yesterday in a written reply…

Taxi stands altered after spate of bus crashes

Changes have been made to a sheltered taxi stand along Telok Blangah Road – such as making a height limit sign a more prominent yellow – to prevent buses from crashing into it. This comes after three incidents…

Steps to plug holes in SMRT as questions over tunnel flooding remain

Thirty years ago to the day (Nov 7, 1987), Singapore’s MRT system started operations, making the Republic the first South-east Asian country to have a metro. But the mood in Parliament on Tues was far from celebratory, dampened…

Ensure outdoor floor tiles are slip-resistant

While visiting new and newly redeveloped projects lately, I increasingly see signs reading: “Caution, floor slippery when wet.” This is understandable if it is referring to polished floor tiles inside buildings during periods of routine cleaning. However, most…

Understand root cause to solve human-macaque conflict

I commend Mr Russell Ng for finding a way of dealing with the problem of wild macaques roaming into the urban area (Resident takes steps to co-exist with macaques; Oct 22). While this problem has historically been dealt…

Changi Airport has sufficient capacity

We thank Mr Michael Lum Yan Meng for his letter (Is Changi Airport ready to handle more flights?; Nov 2). SilkAir flight MI238 was scheduled to depart at 7pm on Oct 27 but was delayed by about 45…

Malls can influence customers to cut waste

The increase in Singapore’s efforts towards becoming an environmentally friendly society through reduced wastage is worthy of commendation. I especially applaud the Government’s endeavour in using a rewards system as a tool, incentivising shopping malls and their tenants…

Monkey taskforce a good move

I am heartened by Singapore’s efforts to promote a greater understanding of macaques and how to deal with conflicts between them and humans, through the establishment of an interdisciplinary panel. Between Jan and Sept this year, AVA received…

Many benefits to be reaped with rental garden plots

The new initiative by NParks to lease out space in its parks for people to grow their own plants is fresh and exciting. This can not only give gardening enthusiasts a space to flex their green fingers, but…

Logistics company fined S$190,000 after fatal workplace accident

Poh Tiong Choon Logistics has been fined S$190,000 for an accident which resulted in the death of a worker in 2015, said MOM on Tues. Mr Tan Siau Tsing, an assistant manager of yard operations at the firm’s…

LTA, SMRT will work as a team but not ‘blur boundaries’: Khaw to WP

Despite working as a team, public transport operators and regulators can keep up checks and balances, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said in Parliament on Tues in response to questions by opposition leader Low Thia Khiang. Mr Low…

Are work lapses a systemic problem at SMRT? Analysts weigh in

The near hour-long statement by Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Tues may give SMRT a “temporary reprieve”, but it is unlikely to be enough to quell public frustration and restore confidence in the rail operator, observers told…

LTA, SUTD set up new Transport Research Centre to address challenges

A fourth Transport Research Centre (TRC) will be set up through a partnership between LTA and SUTD. The centre, announced on Tues by LTA chairman Alan Chan at the LTA Future Mobility Symposium, will use technology and innovation…

Design of S’pore’s oldest MRT lines not ideal and improvements will take time, says Khaw

Due to budgetary considerations faced by the government decades ago and the island’s land scarcity, the design of the NSEWL — Singapore’s oldest MRT lines which were first opened in 1987 — is not ideal. And overcoming the…

NSEWL will ‘likely’ see shortened operating hours on weekdays: Khaw

It is “likely” that Singapore’s two busiest MRT train lines – the NSEWL – will see shortened operating hours on weekdays to give rail workers more time to carry out maintenance and asset renewal work, Transport Minister Khaw…

Minister Khaw, Low Thia Khiang spar over root of SMRT’s maintenance woes

Pushing back against WP chief Low Thia Khiang’s assertion that the profit motive was at the heart of SMRT’s maintenance woes, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said the rail operator was corporatised so that it could operate with…

SMRT Group CEO Desmond Kuek volunteered for job, has ‘heart in the right place’: Khaw

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan has thrown his weight behind SMRT’s senior management amid questions about how they were taking responsibility for the flooding incident at Bishan MRT station last month. He revealed that SMRT group CEO Desmond…

Khaw expresses reservations about SMRT amnesty, calls for employer-union engagement

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan has expressed misgivings about an amnesty that SMRT recently offered to encourage errant staff to own up, saying that it could cause working relationships to deteriorate if not managed well. Speaking in Parliament…

Faulty water pumps uncovered at two other MRT tunnel portals

Follow-up checks in the aftermath of last month’s tunnel flooding incident at Bishan MRT station turned up faulty anti-flooding pumps at two of the four other locations with these systems, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said in Parliament…

No evidence of falsification of records in core maintenance groups: Khaw

Beyond the building and facilities maintenance group whose members have been taken to task, SMRT has not found any evidence of “falsification or wilful dereliction of duties” in its core railway maintenance and engineering departments. This was revealed…

No COI into MRT tunnel flooding as cause of incident ‘clear’: Khaw

No Committee of Inquiry (COI) will be convened to look into the recent tunnel flooding on the NSL because the facts of the incident are “not complicated and the cause of the incident is clear”, Transport Minister Khaw…

Bishan SMRT flooding incident preventable and due to poor maintenance, says Khaw

Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan has reiterated in Parliament that the tunnel flooding incident that shut down a segment of the NSL for about 20 hours last month was preventable and due to poor maintenance and neglect by…

Paying for plastic bags when shopping: Consumers should adapt intuitively

It was reported that out of 822,200 tonnes of plastic waste generated here last year, only 7 per cent of it was recycled. With the ongoing discussions about the use of plastic bags at retail outlets, and how…

S’poreans can learn to get close to nature, wildlife

Habitat loss, lack of natural predators, and the effects of humans feeding wild animals have been attributed to the incidences of wild boars or macaques pestering or attacking people. Singapore is highly urbanised and the 9 per cent…

Jervois Green up for sale by tender for $48m

The redevelopment frenzy remains in high gear with freehold estate Jervois Green going up for sale today, just weeks after nearby Jervois Gardens found a buyer. Jervois Green has an asking price of $48 million, which works out…

Investing in physical Property vs investing in REITS: Here’s when you should pick one over the other

REITS have been in existence since the 1960s. They have been listed in Singapore since 2002 and according to a report by Ernst and Young (EY), Singapore is the world’s sixth largest REIT market. Real Estate Investment Trusts,…

Things you should consider when buying an older HDB resale flat

We talk about buying a BTO flat like it’s a rite of passage, but more than ever, Singaporeans are increasingly choosing to forgo the BTO scheme, and purchase an older resale flat instead. The pros of resale flats…

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