Climate change is anticipated to worsen the spread of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue. It facilitates the spread of mosquito vectors, viruses and epidemics. There is thus a need to continually innovate and design sustainable solutions to deal with these environmental public health challenges. Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) has established a new, highly automated facility that will allow researchers to eventually increase their production capacity of Wolbachia-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquitoes by more than 10-fold, compared to its previous production facility.
This boost in capacity is critical for NEA’s plans to scale up Project Wolbachia – Singapore, in preparation for future deployment of the novel vector control technology. The new facility, located at Techplace II in Ang Mo Kio, was officially opened on 2 December 2019 by Dr. Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR).
NEA’s Project Wolbachia involves the release of male Wolbachia-Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to suppress the urban Aedes aegypti mosquito population. Aedes aegypti is the primary vector of dengue, chikungunya and Zika in Singapore. When the released male Wolbachia-Aedes aegypti mosquitoes mate with urban female Aedes aegyptimosquitoes that do not carry Wolbachia, the resulting eggs do not hatch. Over time, continued releases of male Wolbachia-Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are expected to bring about a gradual reduction in the urban Aedes aegypti mosquito population, and hence lower the risk of dengue transmission. Read more about this project here.
Arc Children Centre on Lorong Limau is an independent charity centre dedicated to enriching the daily lives of children who are braving life-threatening illnesses, and their families too.
Arc's new 5,000 sq ft centre features an indoor play area complete with slides and climbing wall, as well as multi-sensory corner and custom-made library with cosy reading nooks for the children. The open, modular setup that allows versatile maximization of space for both educational and enrichment activities to take place.
Arc Children's Centre is a registered charity with the Ministry of Social & Family Development.
They support children between the ages of 3-18 years with cancer and other life-threatening conditions. Younger or older children may be reviewed on a case by case consideration. They accept all children regardless of religion, race or culture. They also provide support for family members of these children.
Since July 2011, Arc has helped more than 150 children with cancer or a life-threatening illness.
HSBC Bank (Singapore) has opened its 2nd Jade Centre at Jewel Changi Airport to further cater to the growing international retail banking and wealth needs of its affluent customers who live and/or bank in Singapore.
HSBC Jade Center is equipped with amenities such as private rooms, complimentary wifi and beverage options. HSBC clients can look forward to performing their banking conveniently in a private environment with their HSBC Jade Relationship Managers or simply just relax in the lounge before moving on to their next destination.
Jade is HSBC’s affluent proposition for individuals who have at least SGD1.2 million in cash and/or investments with the bank. Geared especially for customers with international needs, Jade provides personalised investment solutions and advice, and global concierge services.
In 1982, Sonata Dancewear started in a little brown store in Singapore, designing and manufacturing high quality dancewear because every dancer deserves the best, to perform at their best. With a vision to be part of everyone's dance journey, the Sonata Community Studio was founded to bring dance to everyone, and help dancers be better dancers. You can find dancewear, activewear, dance-inspired lifestyle products, and also a 1,500 sq ft dance studio for you to learn, train, and play. They'll always dance with you.
A quick bite to eat? Some comfort food? A smile? A gift for your host? A power snack before the gym? You can find pretty much whatever you need at Jasons Deli.
Jasons Deli at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is a supermarket and delicatessen founded with the simple mission of bringing good food to good people in a good place. Ideal for busy professionals and gourmets on the go, it offers a wide array of freshly prepared and ready-to-eat western and Asian meals together with hot and cold drinks and a carefully curated selection of alcoholic beverages.
Convenient self-service and self-checkout facilities are supported by friendly, informed staff who are on standby to help with queries and requests. The store is committed to reducing waste and encourages customers to bring their own bags or purchase a biodegradable bag.
Simmons Gallery at Capitol Piazza is Simmons' flagship store. It is on a class of its own as it takes on a luxurious lifestyle showroom concept. Stunningly fused together, each bedroom is graced with its own signature theme. The new flagship gallery also introduces 45winks, the first-of-its-kind, allowing you to experience the revitalizing benefits of a 45-minute powernap on a Simmons mattress in total comfort and privacy. There is no better way to recharge yourself and spring back into action. Book your appointment today and wake up to the benefits of better sleep.
Simmons is the renowned mattress brand amongst premium hoteliers in Singapore and worldwide.
Located in the heart of the city, the 45winks by Simmons concept within the newly unveiled Simmons Gallery treats sleep-deprived professionals to a hotel-quality sleep experience in a private suite decked with renowned Simmons mattresses and pillows, luxurious sheets, comfortable pyjamas and assorted sleep aids. Patrons will be gently woken up after 45 minutes.
Part of dnata and owned by the Emirates Group, Marhaba Lounge at Changi Airport Terminal 3 is available to all ticketed passengers in any class and on any airline for a small fee.
The 24-hour Marhaba Lounge can accommodate more than 130 passengers.
Established in 1991, the Marhaba brand is part of the Dubai National Air Transport Association (dnata), a major air services provider. It offers airport meet and greet services in Dubai and now operates 12 departure airport lounges in various airports around the world.
Whether you choose to relax in their dnata Lounge at Terminal 1 or to chill out in the brand new Marhaba Lounge in Terminal 3, you’ll find a quiet space to unwind before your flight.
Catch up on work using their business services, or simply enjoy a meal and a drink from their buffet and full service bar.
Join them in the lounge before you fly from Changi Airport to enjoy:
Open 24 hours daily
Large selection of international cuisine, including local favourites
Goodpack Limited, a worldwide leader in the provision of supply chain solutions, has opened its Global Technology Laboratories at their newly relocated world headquarters in Singapore’s East Changi District Hub. The Global Labs enable Goodpack to support its customers with a wider array of supply chain solutions and products that are grounded in research and engineering, while the company’s relocation strategically positions Goodpack within minutes of its key partner base as well as Changi Airport.
The establishment of Goodpack’s state-of-the-art technology facility better enables the company to deliver innovative solutions that are integrated with its patented container design. In addition to acting as a center of excellence, the Global Labs serve as a hub for Goodpack’s customer-focused engineers and its partners to explore creative business solutions and opportunities for collaboration.
Goodpack Limited is a world leader in the provision of supply chain solutions delivered through a network of strategically located global deports and fleets of intelligent, returnable containers. Goodpack is an innovator in developing safe and cost-efficient transportation and storage solutions for challenging payloads, including natural rubber, food and liquids and specialty industrial goods such as tires and automotive parts. We have team members, operations and depots around the world dedicated to simplifying our customers’ supply chain processes. The Company is headquartered in Singapore with regional offices in 22 countries and operational depots in 31 countries covering six continents.
FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial and industrial property insurers, will be opening a new loss prevention training and operations center in early 2019, located in Singapore Science Park.
The six-story, 125,000 sq ft (11,610 sqm) facility will house the FM Global Asia SimZone, the company’s first hands-on training facility in Asia and the first of its kind on the continent. The S$80-million building will be constructed by Ascendas-Singbridge, Asia’s leading provider of business space solutions. Read more about the new FM Global centre here.
Equipped with a new "gentle-on-skin" filtration, the pool has temperature controls so that the kids can enjoy "shiver free" swimming lessons.
SWISH! Swimming is a swimming school, for children aged 4 months and above. Founded on the philosophy that learning to swim is an essential life-saving skill and not something that is only required for those who want to swim competitively. Learning to swim is about communicating with water – not being fearful of it, but instead using it as the building block for a whole load more of fun times in your life.
Nestled in the lush surroundings of Dempsey Hill, SWISH! offers a variety of Aquatic Enrichment Classes for all ages. The temperature controlled indoor and outdoor, salt-chlorinated pools are purpose built to optimize the learning experience.
The Yard Dempsey is a state-of-the-art, acrobatic sports centre at Loewen Road which offers programmes for kids ranging from 18 months to 10 years.
Surrounded by a wide variety of food, activity and educational options, The Yard Dempsey aims to add a new flavour to the already bustling community at Dempsey. Programs at Dempsey are aimed at the younger age frame with classes from parent accompanied GymTots to the independent Kinder and JuniorGym levels.
With an emphasis on fun and fitness, their recreational gymnasts are encouraged to achieve a personal-level of success in skill-development and an enjoyment of gymnastics.
The Yard's 1st facility started in 2016 at Science Centre Road. You can read about it here.
Expected to be ready in 2023, Singapore General Hospital's new Emergency Medicine Building on the SGH Campus will be equipped with facilities and services to better manage patients with emergency conditions. As the new building has easy access to the expertise of many disciplines, the hospital is able to initiate expedient and coordinated care for its patients.
SGH constantly builds capabilities in emergency medicine to stay ahead of changing healthcare needs. This includes preparedness to handle national emergnecis including mass casualty incidents and disease outbreaks. They enhance diagnostic and treatment abilities through education, research and collaboration.
Strategically located on the SGH Campus, the Emergency Medicine Building will be connected with the main hospital complex to allow pateints timely access to multi-disciplinary care. Besides emergency medicine related facilities, the building will also house the Acute Medical Ward, Hospital Decontamination Station and other support services.
This new 2-hectare test facility will support the Centre of Excellence for Testing & Research of AVs – NTU (CETRAN), which was launched on 1 Aug 2016 to spearhead the development of testing requirements for AVs. Together with CETRAN and its partners, LTA will work towards developing the necessary standards and testing regimes for the safe deployment of AVs on our public roads. As there are no existing international test standards or international certification bodies for AVs, CETRAN will anchor Singapore’s position as an industry leader in supporting the testing and eventual widespread deployment of AVs.
Jointly developed by LTA, NTU and JTC, the centre in the Jurong Innovation District will be managed by the Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N).
In order to be integrated onto public roads, AVs need to be tested on their communication with other vehicles, road infrastructure as well as dispatch and routing systems. To facilitate the testing of AV navigation controls in a real-world environment, the test centre is designed to replicate the different elements of Singapore’s roads, with common traffic schemes, road infrastructure, and traffic rules. The circuit also features a rain simulator and flood zone to test AVs’ navigation abilities under different weather conditions.
To monitor the progress of AV testing, LTA has installed a network of seven 360-degrees close circuit television (CCTV) cameras at strategic locations across the test centre. Real-time footage from these cameras will be streamed back to the AutOnomous VehicLe MonItoring and EValuation SystEm (OLIVE) at LTA’s Intelligent Transport Systems Centre. Through OLIVE, LTA will be able to integrate data from AVs and the CCTVs to evaluate the readiness of AVs for public use. Please refer to the Annex for the Test Centre’s layout and detailed features.
Pixel Studios by The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) is the first dedicated facility in Singapore to spur the next generation of digital content creators and media professionals to explore innovative ways of content creation and storytelling.
Spearheaded by IMDA and managed by Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP), the 25,000 sq ft space located at the Pixel building in one-north, is one of IMDA’s PIXEL (Promising Innovations and Experiential Learning) innovation spaces.
By providing a full suite of facilities and resources backed by capability development programmes with industry partners, Pixel Studios aims to build a community of creators and create opportunities for collaboration across the creative ecosystem.
Collaborative areas, production and technology tools at Pixel Studios will support content creators to experiment and innovate with content and technology. Facilities at Pixel Studios include thematic spaces that can double up as sets for filming and production purposes. For example, meeting and seminar rooms are dressed up as a vintage diner, a kopitiam-themed area with a stage for meeting and presentations, a bar-themed area, a kitchen studio, a relaxation corner and screening area, hot desking spaces, and make-up and changing rooms.
The space will also cater to a larger community of game start-ups. They will enjoy more physical space, with an approximate forty per cent increase in floor area compared to the former Games Solution Centre’s premises at Block 71.
Production and technology tools to support experimentation will include a green screen studio equipped with professional video equipment, editing tools such as video post-editing, recording and audio post-production suites; VR/AR gear, as well as game engines.
To grow the community, digital content creators and professionals interested in creating experimental content or pilots, are welcome to explore and use the space by submitting a proposal on the official website, www.IMPIXEL.sg.