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Adventure charity Raleigh International ends run; Singapore chapter not affected

It is the end of yet another era. Adventure charity Raleigh International has called it a day.  A statement on its website says Raleigh International Trust has ceased operating “from Thursday 19 May 2022 and will be entering Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation”. A sustainable development charity with ties to the British royalty, Raleigh International says, “the combination…
20 May 2022 5 mins read

Tokyo recognises same sex partnerships from November

Tokyo will start recognising same-sex partnerships from November, making it the largest city in Japan to do so. The move comes amid growing calls in Japan for equality for sexual minorities. But they still cannot get legally married. What this means is same-sex couples in the country’s most populous area will be issued certificates to…
12 May 2022 2 mins read

SMU calls the bluff of assistant professor, academic fraud discovered

She applied for a position with the Singapore Management University (SMU) and her appointment as an assistant professor of finance with the Lee Kong Chian School of Business was even announced in the institution’s newsletter. But 11 months after working there, Ms Margaret Zhu is gone. Her profile had been deleted from the official SMU…
6 May 2022 4 mins read

Delayed, disrupted, dispirited: Homeowners in an age of uncertainty

Since border control measures between Singapore and Malaysia were relaxed in April, over a million people have crossed the Causeway, particularly Malaysians making the long anticipated trip home to be with family.  But to the consternation of many homeowners and buyers in Singapore, these Malaysian workers and tradesmen, who make up an essential part of…
30 Apr 2022 4 mins read

What is the future of sustainable construction in Singapore?

Home, green home. In the eco-conscious community of today, sustainability has become the new buzzword and Singapore has also taken the message to heart. Even the construction sector is not left out. Measures have been taken to have eco-friendly buildings and sustainable construction practices. In BCA’s 2016 survey of 610 homeowners in Singapore, between 90…
30 Apr 2022 4 mins read

The way ahead for Singapore’s construction industry

Drones are changing the way buildings are designed.  One of the benefits is their application of surveying. The small sizes of these drones make them easily maneuverable and in turn, they are ideal for accessible into difficult to reach spots.  The aerial photography helps architects, developers and even the clients visualise how the finished product…
30 Apr 2022 2 mins read

Navigating the rising costs within Singapore’s construction sector?

As Singapore eases its Covid-19 restrictions, and moving towards opening the economy, the construction industry is also bursting to start working again after two years of forced hiatus. Labour restrictions due to restricted movement within the island republic, and the halting of imports of essential foreign labour have forced many construction firms to either reduce…
30 Apr 2022 3 mins read

How can local construction sector cope with the coming accelerated building boom

The construction sector in Singapore slowed to a mere crawl when the country was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions put in place. This resultant restrictions in movement led to import restrictions of foreign labour, a critical aspect of the industry. But with the current lifting of restrictions since April 2022, there is a…
30 Apr 2022 3 mins read

Global community continues to plead for clemency for Malaysian drug trafficker

(UPDATED on 27 April 2022) Malaysian drug trafficker Nagaenthran Dharmalingam, 34, was hanged at Changi Prison at dawn on Wednesday, 27 April. The news of his execution was confirmed by his sister Sarmila. Nagaenthran’s brother Navin Kumar told Reuters news agency that the body would be sent back to Malaysia where a funeral would be held…
25 Apr 2022 2 mins read

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