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Engineering for a healthy planet

Climate change is the greatest existential threat facing mankind today. The only way to prevent this catastrophe is for the world to reach a state of net-zero emissions before global temperatures rise by a further 2 deg C,…

Yes, invest more money to reduce class sizes in schools

I applaud Sengkang GRC MP Jamus Lim’s suggestion to put funds raised from the issuance of new government bonds towards reducing class sizes in schools. As a mother of pri school pupils, I have seen first-hand how more…

Find a way to keep alive The Substation’s and Kuo Pao Kun’s vision and legacy

The Substation’s announcement of its closure in July, together with the closure of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore at Gillman Barracks this month, indicate how dire Singapore’s cultural landscape is. Are we sacrificing these two arts…

Keppel Infrastructure Trust manager appoints Greenpac founder to its board

The trustee-manager of Keppel Infrastructure Trust has appointed Susan Chong to its board as an independent, non-executive director. Ms Chong is the founder and CEO of Greenpac, a knowledge-based company that specialises in re-engg, designing and distributing environmentally…

Hotel Kai at Purvis Street on sale for $28.8 mil

A 32-room boutique hotel at 14 Purvis St in Bugis has been put up for sale at an indicative price of $28.8 million. This translates to $3,345 psf or $900,000 per key. The property sits on a site…

Freehold four-storey building at Kim Keat Road for sale at $9.5 mil

A freehold four-storey building at 8 Kim Keat Road has been put on the market at an indicative price of $9.5 million, or $1,335 psf based on built-in area. It sits on a 2,015 sqft site zoned “residential…

Asset enhancements continue to make UOL attractive to investors: analysts

UOL Group continues to be attractive for investors despite its 97% dive in net profits last year, according to analysts. OCBC Investment Research said notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic, UOL was able to maintain a healthy balance with a…

GuocoLand to launch Midtown Modern on 20 March

Midtown Modern, a luxury residential project at mega integrated development Guoco Midtown on Beach Road and Tan Quee Lan St, is set for launch on 20 Mar. Comprising two 30-storey towers and a retail podium, the 558-unit development…

FJ Benjamin partners with Lazada in new O2O strategy

FJ Benjamin has partnered with Lazada to enhance customers’ retail experience across all channels. The strategic agreement is expected to help boost FJ Benjamin’s performance in its existing markets and open opportunities for e-commerce in markets where Lazada…

Junction 8 mall in Bishan, 2 community clubs in Ang Mo Kio among places visited by Covid-19 cases while infectious

MOH on Thurs added five more locations — among them two CCs in Ang Mo Kio— to a list of public places that had been visited by Covid-19 cases during their infectious period. It said that the infectious…

Why Singapore needs engineering talents more than ever

The world celebrates World Engg Day on Thurs. This is an annual event that aims to pay tribute to and highlight engineers’ and engg achievements in our modern world and improve public understanding of how engg and technology…

19 new Covid-19 infections in Singapore, sole community case is wife of previously diagnosed retiree

The wife of a retiree who was infected with the coronavirus earlier was the sole Covid-19 case in the community on Thurs, MOH said. The 81-year-old Singaporean woman was placed on quarantine on Mar 2 after she was…

A record 23 HDB resale flats sold for over S$1 million in February: SRX data

The number of HDB flats changing hands for above S$1 million in a single month hit a new record of 23 in Feb, according to flash data from SRX released on Thurs. Together with the 13 HDB resale…

Ding Zhou to buy 41-year lease in ex-Mazda, Volkswagen showroom site in MacPherson

For decades until late 2011, the main Mazda showroom used to be at 1 Kampong Ampat. In more recent times, until Mar last year, the site was a showroom and service centre for Volkswagen. The next change at…

Singapore Reits poised for full recovery, says CGS-CIMB

CGS-CIMB believes Singapore Reits are poised for a full recovery on expectations of a continuous improvement in footfall, which would support growth in tenant sales. In a Thurs report, the brokerage singled out three Reits – Frasers Centrepoint…

Higher co-funding quantum and expanded scope in new S$60 million agri-food fund

A new S$60 million Agri-Food Cluster Transformation (ACT) Fund will replace the Agriculture Productivity Fund (APF) which expired in 2020, said Minister of State for MSE Desmond Tan on Thurs. The new ACT fund will launch later this…

Commonwealth Secondary School nurturing next generation of environmental stewards

For Miss Swapna Haresh Teckwani’s students, learning takes place not only in the classroom but also among the green shoots of the school’s endangered species nursery. After discussing biodiversity and sustainability with the Secondary 4 class during a…

Budget debate: Sentosa to become carbon-neutral destination by 2030

Sentosa will be transformed into a carbon-neutral destination by 2030, as part of its long-term sustainability plan. Announcing this in Parliament on Thurs MTI Minister Chan Chun Sing said the move is part of Singapore’s efforts to capture…

Budget debate: Electricity prices likely to go up, but efforts will be made to ensure a gradual rise

Electricity prices are likely to increase as Singapore’s electricity overcapacity situation normalises and fuel prices rise, said Second Minister for MTI Tan See Leng on Thurs. However, he noted that price surges and volatilities will be managed. “Even…

Budget debate: Pandemic will change Singapore’s land-use plans and designs, says Indranee

The coronavirus pandemic will change Singapore’s land-use plans and designs, and has already raised questions on how much office and retail space is needed, in view of the shift towards e-commerce and telecommuting, said Second Minister for MND…

Budget debate: Limiting resale buyers, longer MOP among ideas to prevent lottery effect for future HDB flats in prime areas

Limiting the pool of resale buyers or imposing a longer MOP are some ideas being looked at for future public housing projects in prime locations, said MND Minister Desmond Lee on Thurs. Another suggestion for a new housing…

Hawker centres to become greener, starting with 3 new ones at Bukit Canberra, Fernvale and Senja

Three new hawker centres will be opened in 2021 and early next year, adding vibrancy to Singapore’s hawker culture. The Bukit Canberra Hawker Centre in Canberra off Sembawang and the Fernvale Hawker Centre and Market in Sengkang are…

Budget debate: S’pore must tackle climate change while balancing trade-offs, says Teo Chee Hean

Climate change poses an existential challenge for Singapore, but the country’s unique constraints mean the trade-offs it faces in cutting its emissions are much starker than what most other nations face, Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean said on…

Trade-offs and challenges ahead as Singapore moves towards cleaner energy: Tan See Leng

Singapore needs to obtain energy that is secure and reliable, affordable and environmentally sustainable but seeking to achieve each means trade-offs for the others, said Dr Tan See Leng, Second Minister for MTI on Thurs. He highlighted this…

Sustainability targets for built environment sector under newest Green Building Masterplan

Amid a nationwide push for sustainability, more ambitious targets to green the built environment sector have been set under the latest edition of the Singapore Green Building Masterplan (SGBMP). The fourth edition of the SGBMP comes as part…

Solar power for most schools as MOE aims for 2030 carbon-neutral target

Progressively equipping schools with solar panels over the next decade is one way MOE plans to reach its target of getting at least 20 per cent of schools to be carbon-neutral by 2030. On Thurs, Minister for Education…

S’pore to stop diesel car, taxi registrations, have 8 ‘EV-ready towns’ including Bedok, Punggol, Queenstown by 2025

Singapore will stop all new diesel car and taxi registrations from 2025, by which time eight towns will have EV charging points at all HDB car parks. And, by 2030, all new car and taxi registrations must be…

From setting emissions target to changing behaviour through procurement, public sector to lead S’pore’s green push

From hitting the peak of its carbon emissions by 2025 to encouraging sustainability through procurement and education, the public sector is set to take the lead in Singapore’s green push. A new initiative, dubbed GreenGov.SG, will contribute towards…

SingPass app could soon be used to verify age before buying alcohol from vending machines

While the SingPass app is usually associated with paying taxes or applying for public housing, residents may soon be able to use it to purchase alcohol from vending machines. Ascan, a fintech company that develops payment terminals such…

Hawker centres not falling in popularity, ‘foreign food’ not a concern, Amy Khor tells NCMP Leong Mun Wai

Hawker centres are not declining in popularity, and there is little reason to worry that local food will be overtaken by foreign food, said Senior Minister of State for MSE Amy Khor on Thurs. She was responding to…

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