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New Era Singapore flagship planned for VivoCity

Edgy cap brand New Era will open its first Singapore store this month at VivoCity. New Era Singapore has built a following of close to 3000 likes on its FB page and 1000 followers on Instagram. Its caps…

‘Business as usual’, shops say despite heightened security for Trump-Kim summit

Businesses in areas affected by next week’s US-North Korea summit have no plans to scale back their operations, saying it would be “business as usual” despite the heightened security and disruptive road closures kicking in from this weekend.…

GBikes ceasing bicycle-sharing service from July 7

Singapore’s bicycle-sharing sector is seeing its first casualty, amidst stiff competition and a new licensing regime for operators taking effect on July 7. GBikes, which started in May last year and had as many as 3,000 rental bicycles,…

White House explains why it chose Singapore to host summit with North Korea

If all goes to plan, US President Donald Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in a tiny but wealthy corner of SEA. The White House explained why Singapore got the nod…

Man who punched town council worker for taking photo of sign jailed and fined

He punched a town council worker who was taking a photo of a sign, as he suspected that he was captured in the photo. Saravanan Arulanandan Pillay, 36, had consumed two cans of beer prior to the incident.…

Ho Ching says Temasek worked hard to kickstart Reits, but it may be killing Singapore businesses

The chief of Temasek Holdings, Ho Ching, has suggested that house investors “can’t really invest in other assets (like Reits) which are in some ways inflation-linked”. She said that it was the reason why Temasek worked hard to…

6 common mistake first time home buyers should avoid

A home is perhaps one of the biggest purchases one will make in their entire life and the number of things one must consider before signing on the dotted line is immense – especially first time home buyers.…

The most life-threatening condo hazard you didn’t know about

If you haven’t already heard, an e-scooter rider is suing a condo developer for negligence after an accident at the condo’s basement carpark. He had hit a raised portion of the floor, which caused him to fly off…

All entry points to Sentosa open to public during Trump-Kim summit

Transport services into Sentosa will operate as usual between Jun 10 and 14, when the island and the linkway from Harbourfront fall under the special event area designated for the Trump-Kim summit. These include bus service 123, shuttle…

Iceberg in the tropics: Art raises awareness of plastic pollution

Ever seen an iceberg in the tropics? To raise awareness of record levels of plastic discovered in the Arctic, with concentrations in samples reaching of more than 12,000 microplastic particles per litre of sea ice found earlier this…

Wasteful habits need to be trashed

Singaporeans face one of the problems of “plenty”, which is already evident in other successful countries as well: a certain blindness among many, if not most, citizens to the incremental impact of habitual economic excesses on the environment.…

State cost of annual permit for transparency’s sake

MCCY Minister Grace Fu’s reply to Ms Chua Mui Hoong’s commentary is not convincing (Elected MPs pay for annual parking permit; June 4). It is my understanding that all grassroots and elected MPs have free parking in the…

Airlines to get some relief when higher passenger and other user fees increase on July 1

Airlines at Changi Airport will receive a temporary reprieve when higher passenger fees, as well as aircraft landing and parking charges, kick in on July 1. The one-year aid package is a bid by Singapore aviation authorities to…

No shame to recognise rules on PMDs are not working

Mr Clemente Escano is correct in saying that it is not right to allow bicycles and motorised devices on pedestrian paths (Shared paths a recipe for accidents; June 7). It is also wrong for the relevant authorities to…

Mall apologises for toilet sign barring construction workers, threatening $107 fine

A shopping mall owner has apologised for putting up a sign banning construction workers from its toilets and threatening them with a $107 fine for unauthorised use. FB user Martha Tara Lee took a photo of the warning…

Bring top schools to students in the heartland

Students may prefer to attend a school closer to home and in more familiar surroundings. So, rather than try to persuade these students to go to the top schools, we should bring the top schools to them. The…

Ample help available at airport for those who need it

We refer to Mr Konidala Perumal Munirathnam’s letter (Changi Airport should offer free buggy rides to passengers who need help; June 3). At Changi Airport, passengers can use the wheelchairs and baby strollers which we provide free of…

Unrealistic to expect bailout for older flats

With the increasing number of properties with a shorter lease balance, there have been calls from certain quarters for the Government to intervene. All buyers of HDB flats or leasehold private properties are made aware, prior to signing…

Volunteer divers remove 110kg of litter from sea around Raffles Lighthouse

It was hardly diving for treasure, but when 20 volunteers emerged from the waters around Raffles Lighthouse with plastic and glass bottles, ropes and an old tyre it was a small battle won in the war against sea…

Trump-Kim Summit: Black curtains go up and additional security cameras added at hotels linked to the meeting

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Preparations are underway for the US-North Korea summit taking place in Singapore next Tues. Floor-to-ceiling black curtains can be seen sealing off a section of the second floor of the Capella hotel in Sentosa, where the meeting between…

Singapore ‘will be top urban real estate market in Asean, regardless of Obor’

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The recent cancellations of several mega-projects in Malaysia, including the HSR connecting KL and Singapore, and the China-backed East Coast Rail Link, have not derailed China’s One Belt, One Road (Obor) project. This is according to a research…

Queenstown HDB flat sold for $1.1m, setting new record for 5-room flats outside Pinnacle @ Duxton

An HDB resale flat at Holland Drive in Queenstown has been sold for a sky-high price of $1.1 million in June, setting a new record for the most expensive 5-room unit sold outside the iconic Pinnacle @ Duxton…

Possible reasons why Toa Payoh BTO flats were so hugely oversubscribed

A BTO project in Toa Payoh was oversubscribed by nearly five times in the latest sale of new flats by HDB in May 2018. The BTO project, Kim Keat Beacon, saw a total of 2,569 applicants for its…

Cooling measures curbed home prices with ‘some success’: S&P Global

Cooling measures and macroprudential policies have had some success in controlling house price inflation in Singapore compared to other Asian cities, S&P Global Ratings said. According to a report, residential markets in Australia and China are moving into…

Home price hikes loom amidst improvement in housing affordability: RHB

Singapore’s price-to-income ratio, a “good’ parameter to judge the current affordability of homes, has improved has shown positive development since 2010, RHB Research said in a report. This particularly reflects the continued improvement of household income, which has…

HDB resale volume shrank 5.3% in May

HDB resale volume continued its downward trajectory in May, both on a month-on-month (-5.3%) and year-on-year basis (-11.7%). OrangeTee & Tie head of research & consultancy Christine Sun noted that without the speculative element of SERS, some buyers…

Better sales likely despite dismal June launches

The availability of options from upcoming property launches in District 19 this year and benchmark pricing may have caused a slow-down in purchases last weekend. Of course, one should not rule out the effect of the school holidays…

Fogging not very effective, says dengue expert

Mosquito fogging may look like the authorities are cracking down on the airborne pests but it is not actually very effective, dengue expert Duane Gubler said yesterday. Professor Gubler added that countries need to move away from such…

Singapore monuments built using Lego bricks go on display

Miniature replicas of eight Singapore landmarks, built using more than 110,000 Lego bricks, are on display at the basement of the National Library Building. They are the Central Fire Station, former Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, Jurong Town Hall,…

322 errant PMD users caught since law kicked in on May 1

More than a month after stricter rules for PMDs kicked in, the authorities have caught 322 errant users for a range of offences. They were caught by Active Mobility Enforcement Officers conducting operations across Singapore, LTA said in…

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