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Why we need a self-defending smart city

Humans have been living in cities for thousands of years. Yet, while medieval city walls might have fallen, to be replaced by roads and bridges connecting our modern metropolises, the essence of the city has remained unchanged. As…

Reading into home price data

There is good news and bad news in the range of recent data that points to steadily rising prices in the private home sector. Those price rises will cheer owners who have had a lean few years of…

Singapore corals recovering from bleaching

Singapore’s reefs have got their mojo back. In what the experts see as an encouraging sign of recovery, the annual coral orgy last month was almost three times more intense than last year, when the spawning event was…

The morality of parking fees and a clean wage

Singapore is long overdue for a conversation on how its teachers can truly earn a “clean wage”. And the answer is not to continue providing parking subsidies. In late Mar, MOE decided that teachers will now have to…

The rights and wrongs of discretionary right turns

Knowing when to make a discretionary right turn at intersections is one of the more challenging aspects of learning how to drive. Take it from private driving instructor Gordon Thia, 62, who has been in the business for…

Why aiming high is a must for the MRT

Last July, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan set a target for Singapore’s MRT network – to have no more than one delay in one million kilometres travelled. The intl measure for this is MKBF, which averages the number…

Conversation with a veteran Valuer

When you think of property valuations in Singapore, the name David Ng comes to mind. As a veteran valuer, he has come a long way in the local real estate scene. To many of us, the word ‘valuation’…

Luxury hotels’ revenue hit by room oversupply

The high demand for hotels and the higher RevPAR that comes with it is not being felt by the luxury segment. Colliers Intl previously reported that Singapore needs more hotel rooms in order to accommodate the growing number…

Navigating the waters of Proptech and Singapore’s property market

Picture Big Data and that fancy 2-bedroom condominium you are eyeing in Pasir Panjang. That’s not something you would typically see in the same sentence, much less imagine it. But, Steven Tan, MD of OrangeTee has made it…

Tiong Seng wins $49.9 mil contract to build new primary school in Punggol

Construction group and property developer Tiong Seng Holdings has won a $49.9 million contract from MOE to construct a new primary school at Punggol Way. Construction of the school compound is expected to begin this month. “This new…

Refreshed Bukit Timah Heritage Trail features new sites, thematic routes

Decades before MRT and LRT systems were introduced in Singapore, the country’s first trains ran along the railway in Bukit Timah. It was constructed to ease the traffic flow along Bukit Timah road, whose tendency to be congested…

‘Biggest mistake’ for Parking.sg? Not putting prototype in users’ hands faster, says developer

The team behind Parking.sg, the mobile app that eliminates the need for motorists to pay for parking using physical coupons, should have put a prototype into end-users’ hands earlier than it did, according to one of the key…

‘Wasted opportunity’ if KL-Singapore high-speed rail is cancelled: MyHSR CEO

It will be a costly mistake if the KL-Singapore HSR is aborted, said CEO of MyHSR Corp Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal on Thurs. The project is currently caught in intense election campaigning between Pakatan Harapan and Barisan…

National programme complements informal recycling sector

We thank Mr Nicholas Ng Yu Heng for his letter (NEA can work with karung guni men to boost recycling; Apr 26). The National Recycling Programme (NRP) was established to complement the collection of recyclables by the informal…

Wet, slippery stairs at Bukit Gombak MRT station

On Labour Day morning, I slipped and fell at the Bukit Gombak MRT station. This was at the flight of steps leading from the MRT station to the bus stop along Bukit Batok Ave 5. I was vigilant…

Urgent action needed to counter shrinking apartment sizes

Property developers have been bidding sky-high prices for land, especially with the recent collective sale frenzy, and I fully concur with the view of Madam Kwok So Ha (Singapore must not give in to profit-driven developers; Apr 28).…

Developers encouraged to vary sizes of housing units in new projects

We refer to the recent letters expressing concern over more small apartment units (commonly known as shoebox units) in new developments. URA currently sets the maximum permissible number of housing units for a development outside the central area…

Number of clubs with jackpot machines down one-third as stricter regulations bite

The number of clubs operating jackpot machines have fallen by a third since the Government clamp down last year on clubs paying lip service to conditions for operating slots by making jackpot gambling the main activity on their…

HDB resale prices dipped 0.8% in Apr

The prices of HDB resales in Apr fell 0.8% from Mar, SRX Property revealed. The prices also dipped 2.4% from last year. According to the SRX Property Price Index, the resale prices of HDB 3 Rooms, HDB 4…

Using speed guns to catch errant PMD users

Enforcement officers are now equipped with speed guns to catch cyclists and PMD users who break their speed limits on paths. LTA officially deployed such devices on Tues, the day the Active Mobility Act took effect, giving the…

Falling tree crushes Ulu Pandan CC’s fence

A 15m-tall tree fell near Ulu Pandan CC in Ghim Moh Road at about 10.30pm on Tues. No one was hurt. Mr Leonard Lee, 70, who is semi-retired, said: “I heard a loud thump, but I didn’t expect…

Orange Valley Nursing Homes to trial aged-care technology

Private nursing home operator Orange Valley Nursing Homes is partnering with companies such as StarHub and ST Engineering to trial aged-care technology. One initiative announced yesterday involves Orange Valley working with StarHub to trial a fall prevention management…

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