Singapore Art Museum opens new space at Tanjong Pagar Distripark

Art lovers can look forward to an enriching experience when the Singapore Art Museum’s new space at Tanjong Pagar Distripark opens on Jan 14. To celebrate the occasion, visitors will enjoy free admission for a month.

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Singapore unlikely to have 2-party political system: Ong Ye Kung

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung has said that Singapore is unlikely to have a two-party political system like those in the US and the United Kingdom. He notes that unlike larger countries where political views can differ greatly depending on where one lives, Singaporeans do not have vastly different views. He added that Singapore has an accountable government that serves its people and ensures policies are acceptable for the majority. Mr Ong made the observations at the Singapore Perspectives forum, where he was asked if the need for a strong state is compatible with having a strong opposition.

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Singapore retains spot as world’s top maritime city

Singapore has kept its spot as the world’s top maritime city for the fifth time in a row, according to a leading global index. The country’s container throughput reached a new high last year. Its ports moved 37.5 million units despite the COVID-19 pandemic and global shipping congestion. It is already planning the next steps to transform the industry even more.

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Singapore retains spot as world’s top maritime city

Singapore has kept its spot as the world’s top maritime city for the fifth time in a row, according to a leading global index. The country’s container throughput reached a new high last year. Its ports moved 37.5 million units despite the COVID-19 pandemic and global shipping congestion. It is already planning the next steps to transform the industry even more.

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Vertex Technology to start trading in Singapore on Jan 20

Vertex Technology, a special purpose acquisition company, will start trading in Singapore on Jan 20. It will be Asia’s first blank cheque listing. Backed by state investor Temasek, Vertex is issuing 11.8 million shares at S$5 each. Reports say it aims to raise about S$170 million in the IPO.

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Comprehensive approach in place to identify and nurture athletes in Singapore: MCCY

Singapore has put in place a comprehensive approach to identify, nurture and develop its athletes. This is to enable every Singaporean to have a fair chance in pursuing a career in sports. The goal is also to provide a holistic and personalised support to elite athletes to maximise their potential. Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong highlighted the High-Performance Sport (HPS) system as an example. The system provides athletes with end-to-end support and development and allows for the individual needs of athletes to be addressed.

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Singapore amends law to allow lawyers to undertake conditional fee agreements

Clients in certain types of legal cases can now arrange with their lawyers to have their fees waived, if they lose in court. This conditional fee agreement will apply to international and domestic arbitration proceedings in Singapore, and are meant to improve the country’s reputation as a dispute resolution hub. Lawyers can also charge an "uplift fee" on top of the usual bill if they win. During a debate in Parliament on Jan 12, MPs were concerned if this could mean higher fees.

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Over 5,000 preschoolers in Singapore have been registered for COVID-19 vaccination

Over 5,000 preschoolers in Singapore have been registered for their COVID-19 vaccinations since slots opened last week (Jan 6). At Our Tampines Hub on Jan 12, a vaccination exercise took place for children aged five and above. Parents said they were satisfied with how the process was carried out, and most children found it manageable.

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Singapore Environment Council, Water Association ink MOU to boost sustainability

Singapore’s water sector wants to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 10% in 2022. An industry group that represents over 300 members is getting help from the Singapore Environment Council through an agreement inked on Jan 11. The SEC will give regular sustainability training and work with the Singapore Water Association to get firms certified on global green standards. The signing was witnessed by Senior Minister of State for Sustainability and Environment Amy Khor.

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Singapore will study New Zealand’s implementation of cohort smoking ban: Koh Poh Koon

Singapore will study how New Zealand implements its lifetime ban on smoking for those below the age of 14. Senior Minister of State for Health Koh Poh Koon said the Health Ministry is open to such a policy and will see if it can be applied here. However, he said certain factors must be considered before making such a move. For instance, youths in Singapore are aware of the harms of smoking and generally do not take it up, but Dr Koh pointed out that e-cigarettes pose a bigger issue.

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