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Vacancy rate of CBD grade A office space fell to 5.6% in Q2

This chart from Savills shows that the vacancy rate of CBD grade A office space continued to slip 1.2% QoQ to 5.6% in Q2 from 6.9% in Q1. Overall, vacant stock in the period is about 1.8 million…

Remaking Singapore: After Jewel, 5 other big projects set to raise the game

1) The super-sized T5 could be a game changer for Singapore’s competitiveness as an air hub. When completed by 2030, the terminal will increase Changi’s annual capacity by 50 million passengers initially and up to 70 million if…

No Signboard shuts hawker-themed fast food outlets due to losses

Seafood restaurant operator No Signboard is closing its hawker-themed fast food outlets due to “continuing losses”. The Hawker QSR outlets are located at Esplanade Mall, Jewel at Changi Airport and Kent Ridge. The group said it expects an…

Singtel customers hit by two-hour long islandwide landline service disruption

Singtel customers across the island were hit by disruption to their landlines for about two hours on Thurs evening, before it was restored just after 8pm. The telco first alerted its customers at around 6pm on its social…

Did you know the Merlion was recently closed for 11 weeks? Here are 5 little-known facts about Singapore’s national icon

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The Merlion is finally open again for Instagram shots, after recently going through a 11-week restoration project. These five facts about Singapore’s national icon may come as an even bigger surprise to you. 1) It was built in…

Then vs Now: 10 iconic Singapore landmarks that didn’t exist before 2009

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Singapore’s changed a lot in the past decade. So much so, it’s easy to forget that many of our now-iconic landmarks didn’t exist just a decade ago. BI rounded up 10 beloved spots for a before and after…

NDP returns to the Padang: 5 things you need to know

The Republic’s annual birthday bash will return to the Padang on Aug 9 this year, as the country commemorates its bicentennial. 1) The Padang was first planned in 1822 as a civic space, around which politically and culturally…

Singaporeans want to go green but not sure how to use blue bins, survey finds

Singaporeans are generally quite proactive in taking steps towards a more sustainable way of living but more education is needed to teach people how to recycle properly, a recent online straw poll has found. The online survey, which…

Soul-searching in Singapore

URA’s Singapore Master Plan is a well-thought-out, comprehensive, and sensible plan to ensure Singapore is ready for the future of city living and working. The city state is not alone in its concerns about the future. All major…

Boutique hotels in Singapore: The best places to stay in the city, from budget to luxury

1) Ann Siang House – For a trendy stay, this heritage shophouse establishment features 20 rooms and suites, with studios that offer facilities catering to fitness buffs and culinary enthusiasts; 2) Hotel G – From the outside, it…

Avenue South Residence: Live-work-play along the Greater Southern Waterfront

Singapore-listed property firm UOL Group is set to launch the 99-year leasehold Avenue South Residence later this year. With 1,074 residential units and 13,993 sqft of commercial space, the project on Silat Ave will have twin 56-storey towers.…

HDB resale prices down 0.2% in July

HDB resale prices fell 0.2% in July from June, SRX Property Research revealed. On a YoY basis, prices were down 0.8%. Prices of HDB Executives also rose 0.3%, whilst prices of three- and five-room flats fell by 0.9%…

CDL profits slide 26.4% to $162.4m in Q2

City Developments (CDL) reversed the massive gain in the previous quarter as earnings crashed 26.4% YoY to $162.4m in Q2 from $220.7m in 2018, largely due to lower gross profit generated by the property development segment, according to…

Want to do more to fight climate change? Cut down on driving, buying stuff and eating meat

In the battle against climate change, environment experts have urged individuals to look beyond single-use plastic and make bigger changes in their daily lives: Drive and fly less, and change what they eat and buy. “Most of the…

Hyflux’s waste-to-energy project in Tuas ‘closely’ monitored by NEA as firm’s restructuring drags on

As Hyflux’s bid to restructure its debt continues, authorities have been keeping a close eye on developments around one of the company’s assets – a waste-to-energy plant in Tuas that is on the cusp of completion. In response…

Telling the stories of convicts, ordinary folk who built early Singapore

The present-day narrative on Indian convict labourers of 19th-century Singapore generally focuses on their material contributions – their role in building monuments such as St Andrew’s Cathedral and the Istana, and infrastructure such as North and South Bridge…

Keeping Singapore mobile and safe

The parliamentary discussion on PMDs this week had two aspects: pedestrians’ safety and safety from fires. The latter threat is being addressed by bringing forward the deadline, requiring PMDs to be certified safe, by six months to July…

Cost-fare revenue gap too big to bridge

Mr Paul Chan Poh Hoi’s letter (Poor planning – root cause behind SMRT Trains’ losses, Aug 5) contained two inaccuracies. First, he claimed that: “Just last year, SMRT reported that it could recover 101 per cent of spending…

Expand ban on PMD use

Kudos to the 15 town councils for banning the use of PMDs at void decks and common corridors. I hope the rest of Singapore will follow their lead. There have been too many accidents involving PMDs, and this…

Make headlights mandatory for PMDs

While many issues have been raised regarding PMDs, no one seems to have highlighted one important safety feature that is currently lacking – headlights. This can be easily implemented, and there is a dire need for it based…

Concerns about PMD safety not adequately addressed

The many questions raised by MPs and the overwhelming complaints from the public underline one fundamental concern and problem regarding the use of PMDs – that of safety. Yet the issue of safety seems to not be a…

Pull out all the stops to fight mosquito breeding

I read with deep concern about the unrelenting surge of dengue cases. Nine people have died of dengue so far. And as of last Fri, there were still 190 active dengue clusters islandwide. Every conceivable action has been…

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