Go back to the enewsletter A luxury landmark set

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterA luxury landmark set in the heart of a historic precinct, InterContinental Singapore is deeply rooted in the arts and cultural districts of Bugis and Bras Basah. Positioned in proximity to established historical enclaves including Arab Street and Kampong Glam as well as the bustling Waterloo and Albert Streets, guests are connected to an established network of more than 20 historical sites, national monuments, art institutions and museums. Embracing this connection to the cultural enclaves that surround the hotel, a specially curated two-hour guided Heritage Trail will be made available for all hotel guests from January 2016.Aimed at providing an experiential stay whilst showcasing the cultural and heritage aspects of Singapore, the Guided Heritage Trail is also designed in conjunction with the launch of newly renovated guestrooms and public spaces at the hotel. Paying homage to the character of the vibrant locale, the exciting journey, launched in partnership with the Society of Tourist Guides, will take guests through areas of interest in the vicinity of the hotel.Key highlights along the route include:Waterloo StreetA two-way street that stretches from Rochor Road to Bras Basah Road, the street was first named Church Street, after Thomas Church, who was resident councillor during the year of its construction. It was later renamed in 1858, and converted into a pedestrian mall to ease the problem traffic along the street, where many renowned religious landmarks currently stand today. These landmarks include the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple, which features a hallmark of traditional Chinese temple courtyard architecture, first built during the Japanese occupation and the Sri Krishnan Temple which was established in 1870. Both temples are known for their intricate façade architecture.Albert StreetForming the junction of several streets, Albert Street started off as an unnamed side road in the early days of Singapore, before it was later built up extensively and named after Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria in 1858. Originally lined with low, two-storeyed shophouses up till April 1981, Albert Street used to be known for the variety of food served till the early hours of the morning, alongside the vibrant night life scene. Today, the street serves as a pedestrian mall peppered with a trail of bazaar stalls and is no longer open to traffic. Trishaws, a common mode of transportation in the past, is a common sight along Albert Street today.National Design CentreThe National Design Centre is centrally located in the arts and cultural district in the Bras Basah-Bugis area. Formerly occupied by the St. Anthony’s Convent and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, the design centre was restored in 2011 and today comprises three pre-war Art Deco blocks and one post-war Modern block which have been gazetted for conservation by the Urban Redevelopment Authority. The National Design Centre is widely used as a venue for designers to hold their discussions and is at the same time an educational space that is open to the public.Church of Saints Peter and PaulThe Church of Saints Peter and Paul, established in 1869, was started by the Chinese Catholic Mission serving congregation for all Chinese dialect groups and Indian community. The church was gazetted a national monument on 10 February 2003 and was in 2006, one of the exhibition venues for the Singapore Biennale, Singapore’s first international biennale of contemporary art. Today, it is currently under the care of the Discalced Carmelite Friars.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

LinkedIn Opens a Volunteer Space

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJanuary 15, 2014; The Next WebLinkedIn’s new volunteer marketplace at volunteer.linkedin.com launched yesterday with searchable postings for unpaid volunteer positions around the world. More than 330 of the initial postings were for positions at U.S.-based, 501(c)(3) organizations, with 22 of the postings for positions in the United Kingdom.Potential volunteers can search for opportunities based on keywords, organization, position title, and location. Volunteers can even “Apply Now” for positions.Volunteering matters, argues LinkedIn. The company indicates on its website that “forty-one percent of LinkedIn hiring managers consider volunteer work equally as valuable as paid work experience when evaluating candidates” and “unemployed people who volunteer are 27 percent more likely to be hired than people who do not volunteer.”The focus, it appears, may be on professional-level volunteer activities. LinkedIn offers instructions to potential volunteers to signal on their personal profile openness to volunteer opportunities. One can signal availability either for board service or for pro-bono consulting. Likewise, nonprofits can post positions for board members with specific expertise. For example, the United Way of San Luis Obispo County is currently looking for a board member with fundraising expertise.Nonprofits pay a “nominal fee” for posting volunteer positions. “Yes, we are charging a nominal fee to help with quality and fraud control when you post,” a LinkedIn spokesperson told Ingrid Lunden of TechCrunch. “We are investing all revenue directly back to the nonprofit sector, to increase the liquidity of the postings.”A number of the initial postings have been populated from other volunteer matching websites. For example, as of yesterday afternoon, the Taproot Foundation had posted 92 positions, CatchAFire had posted 58, and VolunteerMatch had posted 7. This appears to be a strategic effort, but we wonder what relationship has been struck with the excellent Idealist.org, which is now the go-to site for many prospective volunteers and organizations in need of them.Early nonprofit adopters include a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, such as:San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, San Diego, CACare Village, Los Angeles, CAEast Valley, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Chandler, AZGirl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri, Inc., Kansas City, MOAs with for-profit companies, nonprofit organizations have long had the option of setting up LinkedIn company profiles, and given this new development, these profiles may become even more useful. LinkedIn profiles allow the nonprofit to upload a photo and to provide background information on their mission and programs. LinkedIn members—and now potential volunteers—can follow nonprofit profiles and get updates in via the news stream.Some nonprofits argue that setting up social media profiles in general, and on LinkedIn in particular, can be time-consuming and divert staff away from “real work.” This may be true; however, one benefit of profiles to the nonprofit is that it becomes easy to identify who is in your network. As with other LinkedIn functions, the volunteer marketplace allows nonprofits to see what other members are 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-degree connections. This, of course, will appeal to prospecting development directors and volunteer administrators.Volunteers that are matched to nonprofits via LinkedIn postings bring the same risks as would be encountered anywhere. Volunteers need to be screened before placement, especially when the work includes contact with high-risk populations.—Jennifer Amanda JonesShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more