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Is Singapore on the right path with tighter rules for e-scooters and hoverboards?

Singapore on Mon said it would tighten the rules governing electric scooters and other PMDs, joining other major cities around the world that are enacting such measures following public outcries over the gizmos’ potential to trigger fires and…

Huttons Asia revamps website

Huttons Asia launched a revamped website for its service platform. It includes market reports, mortgage calculators, buyers stamp duty calculators aimed to make the website a one-stop information station. Huttons’ website also features an iPortal that allows real-time…

Singapore’s rail reliability continued to improve in first half of 2019

The Republic’s rail network continued to improve in the first half of 2019, clocking an average of 955,000 train-km between delays – up from 786,000 in the first quarter and 690,000 for the whole of 2018. Based on…

Changes to fire safety law passed; MPs call for warning systems in all homes

SCDF will be able to compel building owners to install critical fire safety upgrades after Parliament passed amendments to the Fire Safety Act on Mon. With the introduced changes, the commissioner of Civil Defence can issue an order…

Banning PMDs from footpaths would ‘push riders onto roads’, lead to more deaths: Lam

Banning PMDs from Singapore’s footpaths would push riders onto roads, likely causing more deaths because cars, buses and lorries move at greater speeds, Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Transport, said. Dr Lam on Mon…

Balloting for sites, mobile app for buskers on the cards following MP’s suggestions

Busking in Singapore could soon feature the use of balloting for keenly-contested sites, and a mobile application to help buskers — and audiences — keep track of popular performance spots. The moves are in the pipeline after MP…

Bearing few traces of its past, Clarke Quay’s decades-long search for an identity goes on

When dusk falls, the place comes alive — turning into a vibrant nightspot lined with pubs and clubs, as revellers spill over onto the streets and music blares in the background. But in the day, the place becomes…

More police resources, CCTVs deployed in Orchard Towers area: Amrin Amin

More police resources, including special operations command troops, have been deployed to Orchard Towers, where they maintain a “strong tempo of enforcement operations”, said Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs Amrin Amin on Mon. Mr Amrin said that…

$1.30 dim sum chain opens another 24-hour stall at a coffee shop in Ang Mo Kio

When you’re on the hunt for cheap and cheery dim sum, Kuai San Dian Xin is a decent option. As its name, which translates to “$1.30 dim sum” in Mandarin, suggests, every bamboo basket goes for the affordable…

Pet Lovers Centre Express opens inside FairPrice VivoCity

Pet Lovers Centre Express has opened its first supermarket store-in-store inside VivoCity’s FairPrice supermarket. Under the brand Pet Lovers Centre, the 100 sqft space does not carry the full range of what can be found in a typical…

Pola chooses Changi for first airport duty-free counter outside Japan

Pola will open its first airport duty-free store outside Japan at The Shilla Duty Free Changi Airport Store in a move to strengthen its brand presence in the global market. Pola is accelerating efforts to open new stores,…

‘No fraud involved’ in S$13m waivers of contractual provisions for National Gallery project: Grace Fu

There was no fraud involved in the waivers of contractual provisions, which amounted to S$13 million, for the National Gallery development project, said MCCY Minister Grace Fu in Parliament on Mon. She was responding to a question from…

Making sense of the rise in Singapore’s private property prices

Prices of private residential properties staged a remarkable turnaround in the second quarter of 2019, rising 1.5 per cent quarter-on-quarter to hit a five-year high. This upturn has caught many by surprise given that new cooling measures were…

Auction listings by owners up in Q2 2019

The number of auction listings in Singapore increased 10.5 percent quarter-on-quarter to 400 listings in the second quarter of 2019, revealed a Knight Frank report. On an annual basis, auction listings rose 47.6 percent. The report noted that…

Singapore neighbourhoods that try too hard (or do they?)

Here are some neighbourhoods that perhaps try too hard (but we still love them). 1) Tiong Bahru – Is the ultra-hip grandparent you never had. Beneath the old facade of its war-time architecture lies an upscale cafe-hopping paradise.…

Scrutinising some recent placements and share sales

In early 2017, I bought some units in CapitaLand Commercial Trust to ride the tightening supply of top-end office space in Singapore. Even though stocks were rising, there was a fair amount of nervousness in the market. But…

15 town councils to ban use of PMDs at void decks, common corridors: Lam Pin Min

Fifteen town councils have decided to ban the usage of PMDs at void decks and common corridors, said Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min on Mon. The move comes following a parliamentary discussion in May,…

Transport ministry moves deadline for PMD UL2272 fire safety compliance to 1 July

The deadline for owners of PMDs to meet fire safety standards will be brought forward by six months to 1 July next year, in light of the recent spate of PMD-related fires. This was announced in Parliament on…

Poor planning – root cause behind SMRT Trains’ losses

SMRT Trains’ reported losses are perplexing. System reliability does not come from excessive expenditure on ineffective maintenance work. It comes from regular, scheduled and quality preventive maintenance that ensures train services are running 99.9 per cent of the…

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