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Singapore Green Building Council names architect Tang Kok Thye as president

SGBC, a non-profit that works to advance the sustainability of the built environment in Singapore, has appointed a new president and executive board. Tang Kok Thye, senior principal at architecture firm ADDP Architects, has been appointed president for…

Four sites in Balestier, Toa Payoh, Bedok and Jurong East to be cleared for housing: A closer look at what it’s like living there

A few weeks ago, it was reported that four sites at Balestier, Toa Payoh, Bedok and Jurong East will be cleared to make way for housing. We wonder how it will be like to have a home there.…

What is the average salary in Singapore and the flat sizes you can afford in the different estates in Singapore

It can be said that the Singaporean dream is own a property (or more properties if you already own one). In a time of rising property prices, the question becomes: what property can an average Singaporean afford? Using…

A million trees more for a City in Nature

With a choke-hold on travel during the pandemic, Singaporeans have been exploring our island’s green spaces more than ever – from visiting nature reserves and parks, to hiking and cycling around the island, or simply taking a walk…

Roads may be too dangerous for delivery riders on e-bikes

I read with concern and dismay about accidents involving delivery riders on e-bikes and vehicles on the road. Most recent was the accident in Kovan, in which a food delivery rider on an e-bike died after allegedly being…

Let all students take part in green plans

I am heartened that the Government is finding new ways to build a sustainable future through the Singapore Green Plan 2030. The Eco-Stewardship Programme in schools gives young people the opportunity to play their part in making the…

Commercial site in Little India back on market, at 22% lower asking price

A cluster of commercial properties in the Tekka/Race Course enclave of Little India are back on the market, but at 22 per cent below the asking price of their first foray in Feb 2019. Showsuite Consultancy placed the…

87 households in Toa Payoh hit by nearly 2-hour power outage

Amid heavy rain on Mon, 87 households in Toa Payoh were hit by a nearly two-hour power outage. In response to queries from ST, a spokesman for Bishan-Toa Payoh Town Council said it was first alerted to the…

Million-dollar HDB flats bank on size, views, location and bullish resale market

Large units on high floors with unblocked views in a convenient location – these are the common attributes of HDB flats that changed hands for at least $1 million. Much also depends on the state of the resale…

Million-dollar HDB flats: Who’s buying them and where are they located in Singapore?

How much would a resale HDB flat with unfettered views of Chinatown heritage shophouses on one side and CBD skyline on the other be worth? Nothing less than $1.232 million. That is the amount Mr Lei, a 40-something…

The role of urban forests in climate change

Trees can help to cool the surroundings for urban dwellers, but how effective are they at soaking up heat-trapping carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas driving global warming? As urban reforestation efforts take hold globally, a research group…

Singapore looks to grow power generation capacity

The Republic is looking to develop its power generation capacity to ensure electricity supply remains reliable, with some power plants here near retirement and appetite for electricity set to grow in view of emerging sectors such as EVs,…

Covid-19 cluster at Mandarin Orchard hotel remains a mystery

Three months on, officials are no closer to solving the mystery behind the cluster of 13 Covid-19 cases that emerged at the Mandarin Orchard Singapore hotel at the end of last year. After two weeks of investigations, MOH…

High ozone levels in northern Singapore on March 28 likely due to weather conditions

The high concentration of ozone in the northern parts of Singapore on Sun was likely the result of a combination of factors such as high ambient temperatures, light winds and elevated UV levels during the day, NEA said…

Trumpet Trees are blooming across Singapore – but not for long

Dreams of witnessing the iconic cherry blossoms of Japan’s Sakura trees in person may have withered on the vine, but Singapore can settle for some very similar-looking trees that showing their colours this month. Singapore’s got pretty pink…

FEHT secures first sustainability-linked loan facility of $125 mil from OCBC

Far East Hospitality Trust (FEHT) has secured its first sustainability-linked loan facility worth $125 million on Mar 29. The five-year loan was secured from OCBC, the sole lender of the transaction. The loan will be used to refinance…

Certis in tie-up with Lendlease to redevelop headquarters

Certis is teaming up with Lendlease to redevelop its ageing headquarters in the Paya Lebar area. Market watchers say it makes sense for Certis to partner Lendlease, which has expertise in property development, construction and mgmt. BT understands…

CapitaLand’s big restructuring: Is this the deal investors have been waiting for?

If I have learned anything from watching CapitaLand over the last two decades, it is that the group never admits to being at a disadvantage; and never tires of imagining what it could become in the future. This…

CapitaLand’s restructuring could provide higher returns for shareholders

CapitaLand has taken the Singapore property sector by surprise by announcing the separation of its property development business and its property investment mgmt business. The separation of CapitaLand into two distinct businesses, while surprising, is not entirely unprecedented.…

Paying it forward and how being a good neighbour can go a long way

Having just recently shifted, I’ve become more aware of the importance of building strong neighbourly relations. Shortly after moving into our new home, my youngest son fractured his arm, and two weeks later, I suffered a bad ankle…

2 train disruptions over 2 days is ‘unfortunate and frustrating’: LTA

Having two train disruptions over two consecutive days is “very unfortunate and frustrating”, LTA said on Mon. LTA issued a response after incidents on two different MRT lines disrupted train services on Sun and Mon. On Mon, NSL…

Independent living, employment among focus of Singapore’s first master plan for people with autism

Singapore’s first master plan for individuals on the autism spectrum was unveiled on Mon, providing recommendations for independent living, including on housing, employment and life after their caregiver dies. The master plan serves as a directional roadmap to…

6 F&B outlets ordered to close, another 3 fined for breaching COVID-19 rules

Six F&B outlets have been ordered to close and three more fined for breaching COVID-19 safe mgmt measures, MSE said on Mon. Two of the outlets – Club Mao by Barcode and Club Bubbery, both located in Oriental…

Why do some Singaporeans treat security officers and maids badly?

A year ago, the phrase “circuit breaker” was introduced to the Singaporean lexicon as a means to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. Our daily routines have all but permanently changed, if not been inconvenienced. Social angst and tensions in…

Signalling fault delays MRT services for more than 4 hours on North-South Line

A signalling fault during rush hour on Mon morning held up MRT services for more than four hours along a stretch of NSL. The fault initially affected eight stations from Raffles Place to Toa Payoh but, as the…

Malaysia compensated Singapore $102.8m for costs from terminated HSR project

Malaysia has compensated Singapore $102.8 million for costs incurred in the terminated KL-Singapore HSR project, both governments said on Mon. “The payment of SGD102,815,576.00 (RM320,270,519.24) has been made by the government of Malaysia to reimburse the government of…

Facebook, Google plan new undersea cables to connect Southeast Asia and America

FB said on Mon it planned two new undersea cables to connect Singapore, Indonesia and North America in a project with Google and regional telecommunication companies to boost internet connection capacity between the regions. “Named Echo and Bifrost,…

3-hour NEL disruption traced to power fault

A power fault led to a three-hour-long disruption between Serangoon and Punggol stations on NEL yesterday. Train services came to a halt between the two stations at about 7am, and resumed after repairs were completed at 9.53am. Services…

New NKF dialysis centre opens at Toa Payoh West Community Club

Residents in Toa Payoh West requiring kidney dialysis will now be able to conveniently go for treatment closer to their homes. The new Seck Hong Choon-NKF dialysis centre, located on the third storey of Toa Payoh West CC,…

Sembawang residents harvest vegetables for the needy

A second batch of vegetables was harvested and given to needy residents living in Sembawang GRC under its Gardens Give Back programme on Sun. The programme, which was first launched on Feb 28, sees residents take turns to…

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