SINGAPORE: By the end of this year, a year-long trial of priority cabins for the elderly, wheelchair users and families with young children will start on the North-East Line (NEL), as part of efforts to create a more inclusive transport system. Under the initiative, the two centre cabins of each of the 19km line’s 43 trains will be designated as priority cabins. The trial was announced by Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Baey Yam Keng on Thursday (Mar 5), during the Transport Ministry’s Committee of Supply debate. “Commuters in these cabins, which will be located near station lifts where possible, are encouraged to give way to the more vulnerable commuters, such as the elderly, wheelchair users and families with young children,” he said. Signs will be put up in these cabins to encourage passengers to allow more vulnerable commuters to board and alight first, as well as keep wheelchair spaces free and give up their seats to those who need them more. “Besides … [Read more...] about Priority cabins for elderly, disabled and children to be tested on North-East Line
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As the coronavirus forces many of us to work from home, now is the time to consider the strange hybrid space of the home office. We find ourselves jabbing away at our keyboards in strange places, a kind of interior limbo. I have been working from home for 25 years, and I know what I am doing. Here is my advice for what you will really need over the coming unsettling weeks and months. A DEDICATED SPACE You may not have room at home for a separate office but, if it can be done, make it a priority. If not, then under no circumstances try to make a “home office” out of a hopeless space that cannot be turned to any other use – a half-landing, a bit of leftover corridor. It will feel temporary and uncomfortable, a domestic exile. If you are short of space, try to reimagine a part of the living area as a temporary office – one end of the sofa or a dining table, for example. It is better to be in a decent room with natural light than an ad-hoc corner beside the vacuum cleaner. … [Read more...] about Tips on how to set up a comfortable – and stylish – home office space
SINGAPORE: Parents were slightly spooked last week. After the Singapore Government announced a fresh round of border restrictions, Minister for National Development and co-chair of the multi-ministry taskforce Lawrence Wong had said on Wednesday (Mar 11) he would not rule out the possibility of closing schools to stem the spread of COVID-19 here. However, Mr Wong caveated that authorities would need to be sure that such a drastic measure would be effective in slowing the chain of transmission first. Earlier that same day, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also listed school closures as one potential measure Singapore can call upon in the event of a spike. Referring to a suite of additional measures as “extra brakes” , he said that they may help slow down community transmission of the virus. LISTEN: What's behind the different approaches countries are taking towards COVID-19? As cases of new infections in Singapore rose sharply these past few days, some quarters grew … [Read more...] about Commentary: How prepared are parents for suspension of schools if that happens?
SINGAPORE: The measures used to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Singapore are introduced in tiers and based on risk, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong on Tuesday (Mar 24). When asked why Singapore did not shut schools and “go all the way” into a lockdown like other countries, Mr Wong said it is a term used “very loosely these days”. “It means many things to different people,” the minister, who co-chairs a multi-ministry task force on COVID-19, added. “We like to think of our strategies in different categories and based on risk. At the very baseline level, there are things that we ought to do permanently, and even after COVID-19 is over – and it will be over at some stage – we have to maintain these standards.” This includes an improvement in personal hygiene standards, such as washing hands regularly and not using your hands to touch your face. “Even after COVID-19, these practices will be useful for countering any other infectious diseases as well,” he … [Read more...] about Measures to contain COVID-19 introduced in tiers and ‘based on risk’: Lawrence Wong
close Video Virginia school district removes Dr. Seuss books for 'racial undertones' The sales of six Dr. Seuss books will cease over racist and insensitive imagery , according to the business that preserves and protects the author's legacy. The news comes Tuesday on National Read Across America Day , when schools across the U.S. celebrate reading on Dr. Seuss's March 2 birthday to commemorate the popular children's author, who died in 1991. "These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong," Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement. "Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families," the statement continued. A copy of the book "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street," by Dr. Seuss, rests in a chair, Monday, March 1, 2021, in Walpole, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven … [Read more...] about 6 Dr. Seuss books to stop being published because of racist imagery