Singapore digest news (22.08-27.08)

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Google will provide US$1 million to Singapore's Mandai Nature to tackle climate crisis

Google will commit US$1 million (S$1.4 million) to Mandai Nature as part of the tech giant's push to tackle the ongoing climate crisis.

This is the first sustainability-focused grant from Google in Singapore, the company announced on Tuesday (Aug 23).

The grant will come under Google’s philanthropic arm,, and will help Mandai Nature to “accelerate investment into climate solutions that benefit nature and people in Southeast Asia”, said Google.


NDR 2022: TODAY roundtable — what do Singapore youth think about the issues raised in PM Lee's speech?

On Sunday (Aug 21), TODAY organised an online roundtable with several young Singaporeans aged 35 and below to talk about what they gleaned from this year’s National Day Rally delivered by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The participants were Mr Barry Yuen, 30, co-owner of the Subway sandwich franchise in Singapore and the country marketing lead of food technology company Tiffinlabs; Mr Yuvan Mohan, 34, a public servant and National Youth Council member; Ms Esther David, 26, founder of tuition centre The Spark of Creation; Ms Jayasutha Samuthiran, 31, global brand manager at distillery Glenfiddich William Grant & Sons; Ms Nabillah Jalal, 30, founder of music school NJ Studio and council member on the People’s Association Youth Network.


NDR 2022: 'New business and lifestyle destination' to be developed next to Changi Airport Terminal 5

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday (Aug 21) announced plans for a "new business and lifestyle destination" to be built next to Changi Airport Terminal 5 and gave updates on the latest airport terminal, Tuas Port and the relocation of Paya Lebar Air Base, which could see 150,000 new homes built on the site.

"This will be a new business and lifestyle destination, creating more jobs and opportunities for Singaporeans," Mr Lee said of the area next to Terminal 5, which would be called Changi East Urban District.

Mr Lee spoke of the importance of continuing to upgrade the nation's airport and seaport given that they are critical to putting Singapore on the world stage.


NDR 2022: Mask-wearing to be required only on public transport and in healthcare facilities

With the Covid-19 pandemic situation stabilising in Singapore, the Government will further relax rules on wearing of face masks in public to "prevent people from getting tired", Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced on Sunday (Aug 21).

Delivering his annual National Day Rally, Mr Lee said that the wearing of face masks will soon be required only on public transport, "where people are in prolonged close contact in a crowded space" as well as in healthcare settings such as in clinics, hospitals as well as residential and nursing homes, where there are vulnerable persons.


NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences signs MOU with Temenggong Artists-in-Residence to collaborate in areas of arts, culture and heritage

The NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) and Temenggong Artists-in-Residence Ltd (Temenggong) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote joint research and development activities in the areas of arts, culture and heritage.

Temenggong is a non-profit arts charity that strives to inspire arts, heritage and cultural appreciation through presenting quality works.

The partnership will create opportunities for FASS students to do internships at Temenggong, participate in field trips and other joint learning activities related to Temenggong’s artifacts and premises, as well as allow students and faculty members to gain access to a wider pool of artwork in the form of Temenggong’s research collection.