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Will office assets continue to pique investor interest?

The slump in office prices in the Central Area outpaced the decline in rents last year, likely due to the pandemic-linked uncertainties plaguing the office market. While prices and rents for offices have moved in the same direction…

NUS student allegedly stalked woman and trespassed into her property on campus

A NUS student allegedly committed offences, including stalking a woman and trespassing into her property on campus. Ong Jing Xiang, now 25, had been handed three charges earlier this year – one count each of harassment, criminal trespass…

Researcher of giant clams is first from S’pore to receive prestigious fellowship in marine conservation

A local scientist is the first from Singapore to receive a prestigious fellowship in marine conservation under the global research organisation Pew. Dr Neo Mei Lin, 34, a NUS researcher who specialises in giant clams, was on Wed…

Prices at non-central regions grow by 1.8% y-o-y: SRPI

The overall SRPI expanded for four straight months, growing at a steady pace, according to the SRPI for Jan and the flash estimate for Feb, which were released by NUS. The non-central regions enjoyed the strongest rate of…

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…

Are buyers overpaying for freehold properties?

Private freehold lands are scarce in Singapore, where more than 80 per cent of the lands are state-owned. Unlike freehold lands that confer owners the right of use of the property built thereon in perpetuity, the 99-year leasehold…

437 NUS students test negative for Covid-19, one still pending after virus traces detected in wastewater

Of the 438 NUS students swabbed for Covid-19, all the results are negative except for one that is still pending. The university informed its staff members and students about this early on Thurs morning. The affected students, who…

Man admits trespassing into NUS hall to steal student’s sex toy after following her on Instagram

About a year after graduating from university, a man trespassed into a residence hall and stole a vibrator belonging to a woman he was following on IG. Chua Chang Rong, 27, pleaded guilty on Tues to three charges…

437 NUS UTown hostel residents swabbed for COVID-19 after viral material found in wastewater sample

A total of 437 residents of a NUS hostel have been swabbed for COVID-19 in a special testing operation on Tues after viral material was detected in a wastewater sample. All results are currently pending, MOH said on…

The changing geopolitics of clean energy will impact Singapore’s Green Plan

Over the last month, as different ministries debated in Parliament at the COS, two key speeches on the energy component of Singapore’s Green Plan were made. MTI Minister Chan Chun Sing and Second Minister Tan See Leng outlined…

NUS UTown hostel residents to take COVID-19 test after viral material found in wastewater sample

Residents of a hostel block at NUS’ Utown will undergo a COVID-19 swab test, after viral material was detected in a wastewater sample. Low levels of COVID-19 viral RNA were detected in the wastewater sample collected from the…

Keeping public housing in prime locations like Greater Southern Waterfront affordable and fair

Singapore’s public housing model is changing. During the early years of the country’s independence, the national goal was largely an operational one in ramping up construction to provide living spaces for growing numbers of families and resolve overcrowding.…

NUS, Johnson Controls invest $3.7m for smart buildings research in Singapore

NUS and Johnson Controls focusing on smart, healthy, and sustainable buildings, will embark on a collaboration to carry out research on smart buildings. Under the partnership, Johnson Controls will commit about S$5 million into the research program, and…

Hard corals can thrive more on sloping seawalls than vertical ones: NUS Study

Seawalls are increasingly being used as a buffer to protect coastlines from the effects of time and tide, and new research has found that these structures may not be incompatible with life underwater. Sometimes, they can bloom with…

What is the logic of AirAsia entering Singapore’s food delivery market?

The delivery business in food-loving Singapore is a highly competitive market dominated by the likes of GrabFood, Foodpanda and Deliveroo. Considering the presence of these popular and established players in the market, it was a surprise to hear…

Office rents may stay lower for longer

The recovery in office rents could be a protracted one as companies review their office space needs, while rents at older buildings are expected to remain under pressure amid a flight to quality. In the past, the finance…

New firefly species found, first such discovery here in more than a century

Researchers here have identified a new species of luminous firefly, the first such discovery made in Singapore since 1909. The Singapore firefly (Luciola singapura), which is less than 5mm long, was discovered in the Nee Soon Swamp Forest,…

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,…

Spate of workplace deaths and what needs addressing in Singapore’s safety culture

Singapore’s weakest link in the fight against COVID-19 proved to be infections spreading in migrant worker dormitories. As a result, all work involving these men ground to a halt. The relief at restarting the engine however has been…

New common curriculum for incoming NUS engineering, design and environment students

Engg and design and environment students joining NUS from this year will find out more about net-zero buildings and electric cars, as part of a new common curriculum in Aug. They will also take a new compulsory module…

A class apart? Meritocracy, social mixing and effects on national unity

A friend told me that having lived in a condominium all her life, she grew up thinking she was poor. “You see, all my classmates lived in landed houses,” she said. Like her, going to a top school…

Man given probation for trespassing into NUS dorm, taking women’s undergarments

A man was given 21 months’ probation on Thurs for trespassing into a dormitory at NUS and taking items such as women’s undergarments. Goh An Soon, 20, has to attend offence-specific treatment programmes and perform 60 hours of…

En bloc deals may be back in play as developers run down landbanks

Over half the developers here are keen to replenish their landbank, with the en bloc market likely to garner more interest in the first half of this year, according to a survey. However, smaller residential sites yielding 100…

More expecting government intervention to cool Singapore’s property market

More market observers are expecting the Singapore government to step in to cool the private residential market, while spiking construction costs overtook economic woes as the top potential risk factor that may temper sentiment in the next six…

Do butterflies fly farther in forests or urban areas?

With large insect nets in hand, two local butterfly experts ventured into Bukit Timah forest and urban green spaces to chase butterflies for four hours a day. Dr Anuj Jain, 36, and Mr Simon Chan, 58, sprinted after…

Why hasn’t solar energy in Singapore taken off in a big way after so long?

Singapore’s deployment of solar PV panels at significant scale started in about 2009 and accelerated from 2015. By Sept 2020, the total installed capacity was 400 MWp. But this is still only a tiny fraction of the country’s…

Go green over red packets

While traditions such as CNY are cherished, should it be at the expense of leaving an inhospitable Earth for future generations, or endangering the health of the community, and, by extension, loved ones? MAS and ABS last month…

House buying activity in the Year of the Ox

Singapore’s housing market has started 2021 on a bullish streak. Based on the Property Ownership Aspirations Survey 2020–2021, conducted jointly by EdgeProp and IREUS at NUS, 53% of respondents have indicated that they are looking to buy a…

A brighter year beckons for the F&B industry

1) The growth of delivery – In two of the consumer studies I did on restaurant delivery in Singapore, over half of respondents had ordered food delivery at least once a week before the circuit breaker. That increased…

Even with travel at a standstill, home purchases by foreigners improved after circuit breaker

Private home purchases by foreign buyers picked up in the wake of the circuit breaker last year, even as travel curbs remained largely in place. While this may appear counter-intuitive at first glance, it is not as improbable…

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