Presenting the Community Garden Festival

 

The world is a better place to see especially with the presence of greenery. There are people who cultivate greenery while there are others who simply marvel over it. Whatever we decide, we have to know that there will be an annual Community Garden Festival.

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This festival seeks to community gardeners at HortPark here in Singapore. On April 4, 2015, the Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee announced that there will be annual Community Garden Festival starting this year. The first festival will happen on September 5, 2015.

The festival is more than the gathering of community gardeners because during the festival, SG50 Community Bloom Gardens will be open to public. SG50 Community Bloom Gardens revolve around themes and centres that celebrate plants and people. Community gardeners should also look forward to the Community Garden Edibles Competition. The competition will feature the talents and skills of gardeners in cultivating the heaviest fruit or longest vegetable.

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According to the Minister, the Community Garden Festival is the legacy of the late LKY. LKY is fondly called the ‘Chief Gardener’. LKY started the greening movement way back 1963 when he symbolically planted the Mempat tree. LKY believed that the gardening will bring the community together in kampong spirit.

Community gardeners are excited for the festival in September 5. We want to live in a lush and verdant environment. This is something that we have to strive so our sons and daughters including their sons and daughters can experience the wonders of green environment. If we want to cultivate vegetables and fruits, it is not too late to consider it.

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Facts About Sustainable Mobility

 

Singaporeans are now becoming aware of the effects of global warming. It is taught in school and measures are being executed to lessen the risk. Global warming is already here. Though the effects are irreparable, we can still do something to lessen its damage or risks. There are many ways we can consider to lessen the damage or risks of global warming. We just need to be serious about it and spread the word.

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Here in Singapore, there are many scientists that join the race for sustainable development. In this case, let us discuss about sustainable transport otherwise known as sustainable mobility. We know that transport systems are the major producers of greenhouse gases. It is therefore crucial that we understand sustainable mobility.

Sustainable mobility refers to transportation in the senses of climate and environmental impacts. In sustainable mobility, it includes vehicles that are used for air, water and road transport in relation to their sources of energy. Furthermore, sustainable mobility is affordable and operates efficiently at the same time limits the waste and emissions.

To help us better understand sustainable mobility, the European Directorate-General for Transport and Energy propelled a programme that focuses on urban transport. There are different measures to include:

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  • Clean fuels and vehicles: Clean fuels and vehicles include hybrid vehicles, biogas, electric vehicles, LPG, hydrogen vehicle, anima-powered transport and human-powered transport.
  • Sustainable transport infrastructure: Sustainable transport infrastructure refers to bikeways, railways, busways and greenways.
  • Access restrictions: Access restrictions include multifunctional areas, parking management, pedestrian zone, speed reduction and car restricted zones.
  • Integrated pricing strategies: Integrated pricing strategies refer to parking management, congestion pricing and integrated ticketing.
  • Collective passenger transport: Collective passenger transport include intermodal transfers, park and ride, accessible transport systems, bus rapid transit, demand responsive transport, integrated ticketing and the likes.
  • Travel information: Travel information refers to journey planner and public transport timetable.
  • Less car intensive lifestyle: Less car intensive lifestyle includes bike sharing, carpooling, car sharing and cycling.
  • Soft measures: Soft measures refer to travel plan, travel blending and walking school bus.
  • Transport management: Transport management includes transit oriented development, transportation demand management and the like.
  • Sustainable freight transport: Sustainable freight transport refers to dry port, fleet, route planning, intermodal freight transport system and the like.

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This is everything we need to know about sustainable mobility. This is a concept that we can easily comprehend but very difficult to execute. Sustainable development is not only the job of scientists, everyone should join the cause.

Google’s Top Searches for the Year 2014

2015 is finally here. Every Singaporean is hopeful of the future and what 2015 has to offer but it would not waste your time to look back in the past and see what it taught you. Google has compiled a list of top searches for the year 2014. This is meant to show its users what they searched about for the past year.

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In 2014, Singaporeans and the whole world searched for trillions of times. Here are some of the top searches:

1. Sochi on Thin Ice: Sochi was the second most searched sporting event for the year 2014. If you can recall, Russia topped with the most medals won (about 33 medals). The most searched athlete for this sporting event is Shaun White, a US snowboarder.

2. Formula One Royalty: There is no doubt that Michael Schumacher is one of Formula One’s Royalties. After his skiing accident in the first quarter of 2014, many people are searching how he is doing. He is after all the seven-time F1 title holder.

3. Ebola: The world was worried when they heard about the risks and dangers of Ebola. The outbreak started in Guinea which eventually spread to its neighbouring countries. The whole world traced the epidemic. Researchers and scientists are still looking for a cure or treatment.

4. Where is MH370: There were more than 200 million searches for the MH370. Many people are trying to understand what happened to MH370. Flight MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur on March 7 carrying more than two hundred people. These people went missing and the search efforts proved pointless.

5. Jared Leto Instagram: Jared Leto became more famous because of capturing the Oscar’s Best Supporting Actor of the movie Dallas Buyers Club. His Instagram account spiked after his award. This is not surprising since Jared Leto is a sociable star.

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6. Unexpected Hero: Perhaps you heard about the “Golden Boy” of Columbia. James Rodriguez finished as the top scorer of FIFA. He is the player to watch and fans will see more because he transferred to Real Madrid.

7. Conchita Wurst: Conchita Wurst won the hearts and of course the votes of Europe. She captured the 59th Eurovision Song Contest after singing “Rise Like a Phoenix”. Conchita became a superstar overnight.

8. Where is Rosetta: 2014 was a remarkable year for the solar systems. Rosetta spacecraft successfully grasped Comet 67P and it landed its Philae module. After posting pictures of the universe, the search soared.

9. Robin Williams: Robin Williams left something that will never be forgotten. In fact, he is one of the most searched personality in the year 2014.

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New Cars for Singaporeans: From A to J

Almost all Singaporeans dream of having a car. There are others who realized their dreams while there are others who are still looking for a specific car. Owning a car entails responsibility. You have to be knowledgeable and well-versed when you are dealing with cars. If in this case you are still looking for a specific car, let this article guide you in making a good choice.

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Whether you are looking for luxury cars or sports utility vehicles, there are many brands that you can choose from. After all, the market out there is vast. You will surely find what you are looking for in time. Here are some cars for Singaporeans from A to J:

  • Aston Martin: Aston Martin is a British manufacturer of luxury sports car. This is the brand of choice of James Bond. This year, the company offers Rapide S model and Vanquish. According to reports, Rapide S is worth $938,000 without COE (Certificate of Entitlement). Rapid S offers power with its 552bhp. Vanquish is worth $1,580,000 without COE. Vanquish boasts of its 568bhp V12 engine.
  • Audi: Audi have a busy year because they have at least six models debuting. The models include A1, A6 and A7 Sportback as well as Q3, TT Coupe and the TT Roadster. There are no prices yet.
  • Bentley: Who will miss Bentley? Bentley will treat you with their new models this 2015. It will offer Continental GT3-R which will be released in the middle of 2015. It is worth $1,200,000 without COE. There is also the Mulsanne Speed. The price for this model is not yet released.

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  • BMW: BMW will only release the 2 series convertible in the middle of the year. There is no price yet. If you do not consider the convertible, you can consider their M brands (X5M and X6M).
  • Ferrari: There is only one Ferrari model to be launched here in Singapore – Speciale A. A stands for “Aperta” which means open in Italian. This is a drop-top version of the famous 458.
  • Jaguar: Watch out for a new Jaguar this year. Jaguar launched this model in 2014 Paris Motor Show. The price is not yet released but it will definitely be available in the last quarter of the year. According to the manufacturer, this is the lightest in its class. It boasts of 340bhp.

If you want to know more about cars, you can catch the CarBuyer’s January issue. This is out on the newsstands near you.

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The Hidden Treasures of Singapore

Singapore is truly blessed with natural sceneries and surroundings. In return, Singaporeans imposes a strict implementation of laws that tackles about environment care. That is why it is tagged as the “Fine City”. In Singapore, “fine” doesn’t only mean good-looking or attractive; Fine also means a penalty.

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Because of this stern execution of laws, tourists from different countries visit the place and obey rules and regulations imposed so that they can have a nice trip. Since Singapore is known for its humid environment, tourists never go and tour in other places where they can experience the lovely nature of the country.

Unknown Places

Although the country is known for its beautiful beaches and extravagant sceneries, there are a lot of places that has never been visited by a lot of tourists as well as locals.

Bukit Timah – This 164-hectare place was once a quarry site. Bukit Timah is a natural reserve that consists of different species of plants which is more than the species of plants than is found in North America. Dealing with species of animals, Bukit Timah has more than 150 kinds of animals. Today, it is the only forest that remains in the islands of Singapore and is oftentimes reach by outdoor adventurers.

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While Singapore is a good English speaker, it doesn’t mean that English their mother language. Although, English is one of their languages, Malay is their national language. Majulah Singapura is the country national anthem and is written in Malay which means Onward Singapore.

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The Commonwealth Citizens

Singaporeans are also called the Commonwealth citizens. This means that have the rights in countries that follow Commonwealth Government like United Kingdom. However, they have limitations as usual.

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Singaporeans Celebrate Singapore Day at London

Nearly 10,000 Singaporeans celebrated Singapore Day at London. Singaporeans who are studying, living and working in United Kingdom specifically at London are able to celebrate the Singapore Day. Last Saturday, Singaporeans on London was joined by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Also, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Grace Fu was on the said event which was held at London’s Victoria Park. During the event, the people are being updated about the development of their dear country.

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This includes the improvement on education, career opportunities, education, sports, landscape and many more. In fact, a real hawker food was built for Singapore day. All Singapore culture, sights and sounds as well as foods are displayed around. Famous celebrities like Michelle Chong, Hossan Leong, the Dim Sum Dollies, The Noose’s Chua En-lai and radio performers’ Jack & Rai are on the place. To add, the Great Spy Experiment and some indie rockers lift the spirits of the crowd with the performances and songs.

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Singapore Day is a joint effort by the Overseas Singaporean Unit together with the private sectors as well as the public. During the past years, Singapore Day have been commemorated in New York, USA at 2007, Melbourne, Australia at 2008, London, United Kingdom on 2009, Shanghai, China on 2011, back in New York on 2012 and last year it was held on Sydney. This was the 49th celebration of the independence of Singapore during the British colonization.

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