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Property stories 14 “special” spaces that make a place home: What makes a home for you?

1) Outdoor spaces provide respite from city life – G favourite spot in his neighbourhood is the rooftop garden of Clementi Mall. While the rest of the heartland is constantly crowded with families and senior citizens, the garden…

Analysts positive on Starhill Global REIT as occupancy remained stable despite weaker 1H results

Analysts are generally positive on Starhill Global REIT (SG REIT) following its latest 1HFY2021 results announcement. During the first half ended Dec, DPU stood at 1.88 cents, 16.8% lower than the previous year, largely due to rental assistance…

MINT sees uptick in high-tech segment, but faces challenging conditions: Analysts

New leases within the high-tech segment of Mapletree Industrial Trust (MINT)’s Singapore portfolio have contributed to an uptick in the REIT’s performance, says CGS-CIMB Research analysts. Lock Mun Yee and Eing Kar Mei are maintaining their “hold” call…

Ascendas REIT declares 0.9% drop in 2H20 DPU to 7.418 cents, 6.1% lower FY2020 DPU of 14.688 cents

The manager of Ascendas REIT (A-REIT) declared DPU of 7.418 cents for the 2HFY2020 ended December, 0.9% lower than DPU of 7.485 cents in the year before. The lower FY2020 DPU was also partially attributable to the negative…

HDB price guide: 5 most expensive HDB estates in 2020

With headlines proclaiming that HDB resale prices hitting a 8-year high in 2020 and private property prices increasing by 2.2%, Singaporeans’ interest in property is undoubtedly on the rise in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the…

Barrier hinders movement up and down ramp

This barrier at a ramp in Fernvale Link that leads to a private residential estate is causing a lot of frustration to people using it, particularly seniors who use wheelchairs and PMAs. They often get stuck at this…

Small working space constrains hawkers

There has been a lot of talk about recognising our hawkers since the inscription of Singapore’s hawker culture on the Unesco Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. I think none is more practical than to…

CoAssets in the crosshairs of MAS, CAD on ‘suspected misconduct’

The beleaguered CoAssets Group is now officially in the crosshairs of MAS and CAD, in what is believed to be one of the highest-profile fintech investigation cases here following years of exponential growth in the fintech space. Industry…

MPs back carbon tax hike to fight climate change

The carbon tax is one of the most important policy tools Singapore has to combat climate change, and raising it is the right approach, MPs said in Parliament yesterday. There was broad agreement on this among the 18…

Balancing stewardship of green spaces with land constraints

Singapore is committed to stewarding and protecting its green spaces, but the country’s physical constraints mean that some undeveloped sites will have to be tapped to meet land use needs. MND Minister Desmond Lee said this in Parliament…

Importers phasing out diesel-powered light commercial vehicles ahead of new emissions scheme

Diesel vans and light trucks may be reaching the end of the road as a new emissions scheme starting in Apr makes them significantly costlier. Vehicle importers are taking the cue, with at least two having phased out…

30 to 70 hotels used as dedicated SHN facilities at any one time: Desmond Lee

At any one time, there are usually 30 to 70 hotels serving as designated facilities for people serving Stay-Home Notices (SHN), said MND Minister Desmond Lee on Tues. Flexible arrangements have been put in place, allowing for these…

Safeguards in place to ensure contact tracing data used only when necessary: Desmond Tan

Only senior police officers can request the use of data from Singapore’s national contact tracing programme to investigate serious crimes, and even then, each request has to be approved by the police’s CID. These are among the multiple…

TraceTogether data was accessed in May 2020 for Punggol Fields murder investigation

Police had sought – and got – access to TraceTogether data in their investigation into a murder last May, Minister of State for MHA Desmond Tan said. ST understands that this was the Punggol Fields murder. However, investigators…

Progress Singapore Party objects to use of TraceTogether data for criminal investigations: Leong Mun Wai

PSP on Tues opposed a Bill tabled in Parliament, which will allow police to use contact tracing data to investigate serious crimes, calling on the Government to “keep its original promise”. Data collected by TraceTogether, as well as…

Singapore limits contact-tracing data access after outcry

Singapore’s parliament passed a law on Tues limiting the use of data collected for coronavirus contact-tracing after the government admitted it could be accessed by police, sparking privacy concerns. The city-state last year rolled out a programme called…

350 asked to have TraceTogether data deleted over past month: Vivian Balakrishnan

Over the past month, 350 people have written in to the authorities to request that their TraceTogether (TT) data be deleted. However, over 390,000 people have come on board the system during the same period, said Dr Vivian…

WP prefers police not to use contact tracing data, but supports Bill’s restrictions to protect privacy: Pritam Singh

WP prefers that contact tracing data is not used in police investigations at all, but is prepared to support a Bill that restricts this use to investigations for serious offences, Leader of the Opposition MP Pritam Singh said…

Public transport satisfaction dips in 2020, MRT safety scores largest improvement: Survey

Overall satisfaction with public transport dipped in 2020, with MRT safety and security scoring the largest increase, PTC said on Fri. The percentage of people who said they were satisfied with public transport was 97.6 per cent, lower…

HDB identifies two new repair methods for ceiling leaks

HDB has been exploring new technologies to improve on current repair methods for ceiling leaks, and has identified two new options, said Minister of State for MND Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim on Tues. The two new repair methods –…

13 towns identified for Remaking Our Heartland scheme since 2007

A total of 13 towns/estates have been identified for the ROH scheme since the programme was launched in 2007, said MND in Parliament on Mon. The towns are identified based on their potential and opportunities for rejuvenations, said…

3 F&B operators charged with breaching Covid-19 safety measures; firm which held staff dinner also charged

Three F&B operators were charged on Tues with breaching Covid-19 safety measures, while another company was charged with holding a staff dinner at one of the operator’s premises. They are the first operators to be charged for such…

Covid-19: 367 stay-home notices, 130 quarantine orders breached as of Jan 25

A total of 367 stay-home notices (SHN) and 130 quarantine orders had been breached as of Jan 25. This was out of a total 308,442 SHNs and 268,385 quarantine orders issued by that day during the Covid-19 pandemic,…

More than 1,000 enforcement actions against high-rise litterbugs in 2020: Amy Khor

There were more than 1,000 instances of enforcement against high-rise litterbugs last year, Dr Amy Khor told Parliament on Tues. The Senior Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment said that the Government had increased enforcement against…

TraceTogether data use: Vivian Balakrishnan takes ‘full responsibility’ for error, says it would be ‘unconscionable’ to inhibit police work

The Government made an error in not stating that data from the TraceTogether contact-tracing system is not exempt from the CPC, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said on Tues, adding that he takes full responsibility for this mistake. “Perhaps I…

Use vacant plots, Sers for housing needs instead of clearing Dover Forest: MP Christopher de Souza

Calling on the Government to preserve Dover Forest, MP Christopher de Souza proposed a few alternatives in the Ghim Moh and Ulu Pandan areas for housing needs, including the site of the old Raffles JC. The MP for…

NEA received an average of more than 3,000 smoking complaints a month in 2020: Amy Khor

NEA received an average of about 2,900 reports a month on smoking in prohibited areas, and 210 on smoking in non-prohibited areas in 2020. Senior Minister of State for MSE Amy Khor said this in Parliament on Tues…

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