Residents of a 132-unit apartment complex in Sydney were given just two hours to grab their belongings and leave their homes last month. The evacuation was prompted by the discovery of large cracks in the building's support structure. Engineers later reported that the building also appeared to be moving. The residents have yet to return. The incident prompted widespread alarm because it was the third evacuation of a defective apartment building in Sydney in less than a year. Last December, the residents of a 392-apartment complex were evacuated after the discovery of cracks in the concrete. And it emerged last month that an inner-city set of apartments had been evacuated due to water damage and fears of a fire risk. The units have remained empty for more than eight months. The evacuations have led to growing calls to improve building quality and safety standards. Sydney is in the midst of an apartment construction boom, but concerns about safety are reportedly leading to some home … [Read more...] about Fears grow over cracks in Sydney apartment blocks
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Watch more in iWant or TFC.tv MANILA – SM Prime Holdings Inc is committed to serve the affordable property market while exploring opportunities in the high-end space, its chief financial officer said Friday. SM Prime tapped Federal Land for a project involving a “very prime property” in Makati, CFO John Ong told ANC. “We have a very prime property… We thought of realizing the value of this property by looking at exploring this particular project with Federal Land,” Ong said. “It is rather exploratory, not really moving towards high-end, prime segment… We are in the affordable market. We continue to maintain our view towards the affordable segment,” he added. When asked if SM Prime would soon offer real estate investment trusts or REITs, Ong said, the group was “interested.” … [Read more...] about SM Prime ‘exploring’ high-end space, taps Federal Land
Despite constantly complaining about the high cost of living and acting like passive aggressive trolls whenever financial issues are discussed online, Singaporeans are often guilty of some rather baffling practices that cost them huge amounts of money, even when they can't afford to. We're all for spending money you do have on things that benefit you in a meaningful way. But these five expensive Singaporean practices are either not worth the price people pay for them, or don't bring the benefits people think they will. In fact, very often, Singaporeans spend on them simply because everyone else is doing it. 1. PRE-WEDDING PHOTOSHOOT For many Singaporean couples, getting married means they have to get the whole shebang - pre-wedding photoshoot, solemnisation package, gatecrashing and wedding banquet. But few question the origins of the pre-wedding photoshoot or realise that in most countries, photos are only taken on the day of the actual wedding and it's deemed pretty weird to … [Read more...] about 5 Singaporean practices that are a complete waste of money
A satellite report cited 107 hotspots in the region on Monday with 35 locales in Chiang Rai and 15 sites in Chiang Mai. With forest fires contributing to the high levels of PM2.5 pollution – airborne particulates 2.5 microns or less in diameter – the 24-hour average of PM2.5 in the nine provinces at 9am on Tuesday ranged between 29-109 micrograms per cubic metres of air, according to the Pollution Control Department. The Thai safe limit is 50 mcg of PM2.5. The air in Tambon Wiang Phang Kham in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district was worst off at 109mcg, followed by Tambon Wiang of Muang Chiang Rai (102mcg), Tambon Ban Tom in Muang Phayao (66mcg), and Tambon Chang Pheuk in Muang Chiang Mai (62mcg). In Phayao’s Muang district, officials and volunteers continued to battle the forest fire near Doi Luang for the second day on Tuesday, in a bid to prevent it from reaching farmlands after it had already damaged 100 rai (16 hectares) of forestland. It was … [Read more...] about Air pollution still high in North as burning ban ends
ENJOY discounts of up to 70% from April 29 to May 5, 2019 during the Watsons 5.5 Online Shopping Festival. During the sale period, Watsons is offering special three-hour flash deals daily from 8pm to 11pm, with prices starting from as low as RM5.50. Watsons is also offering a line- up of flat-priced item deals at RM15, RM25, RM35 as well as buy three at RM55 and buy 1 free 1 bundle deals. The campaign will culminate in a Mega Sale on May 5, 2019, where Watsons will be offering additional discounts, free delivery and other special offers. Shoppers can save up to RM100 when they purchase items from Bio-Essence, Biore, Cetaphil, Dove, Ensure, L’Oreal, Maybelline, NanoWhite, NH Detoxlim, Pantene, Pure Beauty, Alia, Safi and Watsons Brand during the sale. Those who opt to pay with Boost, stand to gain more, as they can enjoy RM5.50 in cashback when they make purchases amounting to RM55 during the campaign period. This offer is limited to the first 5,555 shoppers only. Customers who … [Read more...] about Watsons’ 5.5 online shopping festival starts today!