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No more crowds at some reverse vending machines after rewards reduced

On Mon, there was no one using the reverse vending machines at Our Tampines Hub at 7.30pm. The machine dispenses supermarket vouchers in return for plastic bottles and aluminium cans. The sight was a stark contrast from the…

After body mix-up, NEA issues rules requiring funeral parlours to tag bodies, lock embalming rooms

Less than two weeks after a mix-up at a funeral parlour led to the cremation of a wrong body, the authorities are imposing tougher rules on licensed parlour operators, including a requirement for them to use body identification…

No strollers on stadium track? Sport Singapore explains

There’s just something about sports that gets people all heated up. But this latest kerfuffle at a local stadium was not over football. Instead, the unlikely source of conflict was a jogging stroller. A video capturing the commotion…

Leaving feuding neighbours to sort out issue may not be best approach

The impasse that arises when an agreement cannot be reached in disputes involving difficult neighbours is symptomatic of the values of our society (New process needed to tackle neighbour disputes quickly, Jan 13). For Mr Daniel See to…

Multi-pronged approach to tackle disposable, packaging waste issue

We thank Mr Martin Lee Ming Han for his views (Focus on reducing waste, not changing from plastic to paper, Jan 7). We agree that substituting plastic packaging materials with other materials may not be better for the…

Vital to prepare for a post-oil economy

In discussions about green energy transitions, the sensitive topic of economic trade-offs and impact on the population cannot be swept under the carpet (Can S’pore really transit to a post-oil economy?, Jan 10). We should be thankful that…

Condo resale prices rose 1.7% in 2019

Condo resale prices rose 1.7% YoY in 2019, according to data from SRX. On a monthly basis, overall prices remained flat in Dec compared to Nov’s figures. OCR saw the sharpest growth in prices for the year at…

5G not likely to be a game changer for Singapore telcos, says RHB

While fifth generation wireless technology for digital cellular networks, or 5G, has been the buzzword in the telecommunications industry, RHB Group Research believes it is not likely to be a game changer for Singapore telcos. “While Singapore will…

Hong Kong funds eye Singapore offices to dodge protest woes

Hong Kong’s protests are spurring more asset managers from the city to ask about opening offices in Singapore, according to consultants. While the unrest isn’t the only factor, the development adds to signs that Singapore is picking up…

Singapore’s lost palaces: Researcher locates 20 former istanas

Singaporeans generally know of two istanas in Singapore – the office of the Republic’s President and Istana Kampong Glam, the present-day Malay Heritage Centre. Heritage buffs might be familiar with another two: the Istana Woodneuk and the torn-down…

Cattle, coloured lights in Little India to mark Pongal

Visitors young and old got to see and feed cattle in Clive St over the weekend as part of preparations for the annual Pongal festival, traditionally celebrated by farmers in India to give thanks for a year of…

Young activists plan to compile ‘climate scorecard’ for political parties during GE

When GE comes around, young climate activists in Singapore plan to assess and rank political parties based on how their manifestos and campaigns address various aspects of climate change. Called Greenwatch, the campaign is a joint initiative of…

Reits association appears to support move to half-yearly reporting

Members of Reitas are assessing if they should switch to semi-annual reporting, but the association appears to support the move, with its president saying “mandatory quarterly reporting may potentially distract both investor and manager”. No decision has been…

WeWork to continue expansion in Singapore; market profitable despite global layoffs, says MD

Co-working space operator WeWork has been dogged by cash flow problems and was forced to lay off about a fifth of its workforce last year, but it remains in robust health in this region, it seems. The layoffs…

Citizens from new markets among buyers of top condos here

The cooling measures introduced in July 2018 have dampened overall home-buying demand but in the top end of the condo market, foreigners may have shown more resilience. Drawing data from URA’s Realis, a report by ERA Research &…

Entity linked to Chinese investor buys Casa Sophia en bloc for $29 mil

The owners of the 12-unit Casa Sophia have collectively sold their apartment block for $29 million in a private treaty deal, according to a caveat lodged with URA Realis on Dec 26 of 2019. The 25-year-old, apartment block…

Buyers snap up 10 units at Van Holland on opening weekend of sales

Over the weekend of Jan 11-12, 2020, Koh Brothers sold 10 out of a total of 69 units in its luxury, freehold project Van Holland. The number of units that have been spoken for at Van Holland is…

Worker killed after gas cylinders fall on him at construction site

A 34-year-old man was killed after a pallet of gas cylinders toppled on him at a construction site in Hillview last Wed. The Indian national employed by Guan Chuan Engg Construction was pronounced dead at the scene by…

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