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Carrot-and-stick approach to speeding up electric vehicle adoption

After a series of sweeteners to entice motorists to switch to electric cars, there is now a slightly bitter pill for those who do not. Tues’ Budget included an immediate increase in petrol duty, which will hit owners…

Embrace wildlife – including wild boars – as part of natural heritage

I felt sorry to read about forum writer Angeline Wee’s negative encounters with wild boars (Wild boars scaring residents in neighbourhood, Feb 11). However, I believe that removing the wild boars is not the solution to any human-wildlife…

Small household habits can add up to a lot in water conservation efforts

Mr Philip K.S. Siow’s suggestion to install eco-toilet systems in coffee shops and foodcourts is a novel idea to conserve water (Public action must complement government efforts on water conservation, Feb 12). There are other simple ways to…

Offer rebates to those who use less water

I agree with Mr Philip K.S. Siow’s suggestion that the public must play its part in the nation’s water conservation efforts (Public action must complement government efforts, Feb 12). Mr Siow suggested raising the unit price of water…

Budget 2021: Some govt agencies to make early switch to chillers using refrigerants with low global warming potential

The transition to a more sustainable Singapore requires all hands on deck, with actions by the government, businesses and people a key enabler, said DPM Heng on Tues. And there will be initiatives on all three fronts to…

Budget 2021: New $60m agri-food cluster transformation fund to boost local production through technology

Some $60 million will be set aside for a new fund to help farmers better harness technology in local food production, DPM Heng said on Tues. “Technology is (a) game changer and will open new possibilities. We harnessed…

Budget 2021: Scheme in offing to transform construction, real estate value chain

The Government will launch the Growth and Transformation Scheme (GTS) to digitalise processes and upskill workers through the entire value chain of the Built Environment sector that encompasses the construction, real estate and environment and facility services businesses.…

Budget 2021: S$30m for EV initiatives; electric cars’ road taxes to be adjusted

Singapore is making a big push for cleaner transport, with several schemes relating to EVs unveiled in this year’s Budget. “While we are going car-lite, we can further reduce emissions by switching to cleaner-energy vehicles,” DPM Heng said…

Budget 2021: Singapore to invest in on-arrival and biosafety systems to maintain position as key aviation hub

Singapore will restore Changi Airport’s connectivity and invest in on-arrival testing and biosafety systems, in an effort to secure the nation’s position as a key aviation hub and maintain the airport’s position as a safe, well-connected and trusted…

What’s behind the surge of new launch condo purchases in January 2021?

At this point, the prediction of new cooling measures may have become a self-fulfilling prophecy. New condo sales surged m-o-m, between Dec 2020 and Jan of this year; and while the reasons are varied, one of them may…

Some cheer for REITs unitholders

Unitholders of REITs are likely to cheer the Budget – for something that wasn’t announced. In contrast to last year when the government urged landlords to provide relief to their tenants grappling with the crisis, there was no…

Singapore to fund infrastructure with debt as COVID swells deficit

Singapore will issue up to $90 billion in bonds to finance big infrastructure projects, the government revealed in a budget presentation on Tues in a rare move for the wealthy city-state. The country is bracing for a record…

NParks investigating after swathes of Kranji Woodland along rail corridor were cleared by mistake

Large swathes of Kranji Woodland along the rail corridor were mistakenly cleared while the authorities were in the midst of biodiversity impact assessments there. Aerial photos of the site showing the destruction of the woodland, a 70ha green…

Kranji forest parcel ‘erroneously’ cleared by contractors; firm given stern warning: JTC

In response to widely shared social media posts of images showing the clearing of a forested area in Kranji, JTC said that its contractor had “erroneously” begun deforesting some of the land. This happened before a biodiversity study…

His solo effort to clean up mangroves has grown into 100 volunteers reforesting Kranji Coastal Nature Park

Two decades ago, biological scientist N Sivasothi began a project to clean up the mangroves at Kranji Coastal Nature Park. Today, about 100 people have signed on to help him transform the whole area into a coastal forest…

COVID-19: Singapore confirms one new imported case

MOH confirmed one new case of COVID-19 in Singapore on Tues, taking the country’s total case count to 59,810. There are no new locally transmitted infections. The lone case – an imported infection – is a work permit…

Parliament: Less than 1% of arrivals in Singapore since April 2020 tested positive for COVID-19

Less than 1 per cent of Singapore’s visitor arrivals since 1 Apr last year have tested positive for COVID-19, said Senior Minister of State for Health Koh Poh Koon in Parliament on Tues. “Most of the arrivals during…

Budget 2021: Government to issue green bonds to help enable sustainability efforts

The Government will issue green bonds on select public infrastructure projects, with up to $19 billion of public sector green projects already identified, said Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in his Budget speech on Tues. “Sustainability efforts require…

Budget 2021: Govt to review ‘trajectory and level’ of carbon tax; outcome at next year’s Budget

Singapore will review the “trajectory and level” of its carbon tax, and reveal the outcome at next year’s Budget, DPM Heng said on Tues. Speaking at the unveiling of Budget 2021 in Parliament, he said that the review…

Holding WEF meeting in Singapore will send ‘strong signal of confidence’ in country’s ability: Alvin Tan

WEF Special Annual Meeting being held here will send a “strong signal of confidence” in Singapore’s ability to host major intl events in a “safe and innovative way”, Minister of State for MTI Alvin Tan said in Parliament…

Lendlease Global Commercial REIT is on its journey towards recovery, slowly but surely

Analysts are positive on Lendlease Global Commercial REIT (LREIT) following its latest 1HFY2021 results announcement. Overall, the REIT’s revenue was in line with estimates but NPI and DI exceeded expectations on higher-than-expected NPI margins. In 2QFY2021, occupancy at…

City in a garden brought to life in the CBD at future Guoco Midtown

The upcoming Guoco Midtown integrated development will contain the most extensive privately developed collection of gardens in CBD. Collectively known as Guoco Midtown Gardens, the future development will comprise 30 thematic gardens and landscaped spaces that span a…

January’s strong new home sales likely to be a one-off

Jan’s new private-home sales rose 32 per cent to 1,609 over Dec’s 1,217, on the back of launches of a few mega projects, pulling up prices further. The bulk of Jan’s buyers were locals, but the number of…

Providing smart security for a Smart Nation

A man was exercising alone at a 24-hour gym in Singapore at 3am when he suffered a heart attack. Thankfully, the gym had a panic button which he used to alert a security guard of his plight. The…

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