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Build park in Irwell Bank Road

I learnt with much dismay that the plot of land at the corner of Irwell Bank Road and River Valley Road is being put up for sale for future residential development. I am not sure if we need…

Why allow peak-hour parking fees?

Why do HDB and URA allow outsourced operators to charge higher parking fees during so-called peak hours during lunch and dinner time? I would like to understand the rationale as this sounds to me like profiteering.

Lack of civic-mindedness apparent in Singapore

Littering and a lack of graciousness are just two reasons why I am suffering from a reverse culture shock after 12 years of living in Taiwan. Litters are strewn all over the streets and grass patches, even when…

New observatory on top of tallest supertree at Gardens by the Bay

A new observation deck at Gardens by the Bay giving unobstructed views of the Marina Bay area is open to the public from Fri. The 50m-high observatory on top of the tallest of 18 supertrees has two storeys…

Watch that cigarette butt and BBQ embers – firestarters to feel more heat from the law from Jan 1

Anyone who does not properly dispose of lighted materials such as cigarette butts, incense and embers, and causes a fire will be taken to task from Jan 1 next year, under a new law. This will apply if…

New robotic arm at Funan allows shoppers to pick up their goods after hours

Shoppers who are sick of carrying their haul around with them will soon be able to find comfort through Funan’s latest technological installation – a robot controlled collection point. Customers at any of three shops in the trial…

Man operated drone without permit in Punggol open field despite knowing it is a ‘no-fly zone’

A man who flew a drone without a permit in an open field in Punggol was aware the area was a “no-fly zone” but admitted it had “slipped his mind” when confronted by an officer from RSAF. Tay…

Five more hawker centres to do away with disposables for dine-in meals

Five more hawker centres have done away with disposables for dine-in meals, NEA said on Fri. This brings to 12 the total number of hawker centres that have dumped disposables for such meals. The five hawker centres are…

Singapore cuts industrial land supply again for first half of 2020

The government has once again trimmed industrial land supply for the first half of 2020 under its IGLS programme. Industrial land supply fell to 7.11 ha in total site area. MTI announced on Fri that there are three…

Second Chance Properties 1Q net profit surges to $2.12 mil on absence of fair value loss

Second Chance Properties, the property owner and retailer of gold ornaments and baju kurung, reported a net profit of $2.12 million in 1QFY2019 ended Nov, versus the net profit of $0.22 million posted in the same period a…

Yanlord marches closer to delisting of United Engineers as free float falls under 10% threshold

Yanlord Investment announced on Fri that it now owns, controls or has agreed to acquire 90.27% of UEL as at 5pm on Dec 26. This means that UEL’s publicly held shares has fallen below the 10% threshold. Singapore…

Institutional investors seen on the hunt for CBD deals but mind the price gap

Investors swooped in on Singapore’s office and hospitality assets this year as residential investment deals came off a high following the government’s property cooling measures in July last year. According to Colliers Intl, investment deals above $10 million…

Beach Road-Bugis area: The makings of the next tech hub?

The transformation of the Beach Road-Bugis area is likely to accelerate with several development sites sold under the GLS programme and commercial buildings changing hands this year. The rejuvenation of the Beach Road-Bugis area, however, began long before…

The hottest deals that drove Singapore’s luxury residential market in 2019

This year saw a number of big-ticket deals in the luxury residential market. Han Huan Mei, director of research at List, attributes the phenomenon to “the desire of ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) investors for big units”. This is evidenced by…

Singapore’s housing market in 2020: What will the leap year bring?

New private home sales for the first 11 months of 2019 totalled 9,547 units (excluding ECs). “The figure has already surpassed the 8,795 units for the whole of 2018,” says Ismail Gafoor, CEO of PropNex. He estimates new…

Co-working spaces, lower mall supply and MICE the bright spots in tough year ahead

The retail industry has seen much better days. Globally, brick-and-mortar shops are struggling to stave off the threat posed by online retailers. Consumers are also more careful when it comes to non-discretionary spending. And industry watchers say the…

Flexible workspaces to continue growing in 2020

Co-working spaces are the new norm and they’re set to get bigger. A recent CoworkingResources study estimates that by 2022, there could be more than 25,000 shared office spaces worldwide – a 42% increase from 2019. In Singapore,…

Businesses should cut down on paper receipts

I would like to appeal to businesses to cut down on the use of paper to print receipts for customers. Make printed copies available only upon request. Receipts can also be e-mailed to customers. Supermarket receipts are long.…

Single-use plastics still being used in food production chain

Many food manufacturers and food operators continue to use plastics extensively as the main form of packaging, despite the well-known dangers of plastics to the environment and to our health. Food manufacturers wrap food such as chee cheong…

Many factors affect strength of Wi-Fi signal

We thank Mr Kevin Tan for his feedback on the expansion of Wireless@SG coverage in Singapore (Shortfall of wireless network, Dec 20). Wireless@SG was introduced to complement existing mobile networks. To date, the Wireless@SG network covers major public…

Having footpath between road and cycling lane is impractical

The designation of footpaths is inconsistent in different housing estates and even within the same town. Examples of this include Simei, Tampines and Bedok housing estates. From a practical point of view, why is the footpath for pedestrians…

PMD numbers set to plunge, but devices can still play a role in urban transport, say experts

Following a boom in their popularity in recent years, the number of PMD such as e-scooters looks set to plunge in the coming year with the deadlines for several schemes affecting their use either ending or kicking in…

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