Day: September 7, 2020

Coronavirus: Singapore, Brunei launch green lane for essential travel, applications open from Sept 1, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Essential travel between Brunei and Singapore has been made possible following agreements by both countries to establish Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) facilities at both ends.

Applications open on Tuesday (Sept 1), with travellers required to observe some restrictions including controlled itineraries, a negative Covid-19 test prior to the trip and a swab test on arrival at their destination.

In a joint statement, Brunei’s Foreign Affairs Ministry and Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “Both sides have agreed on an arrangement to allow the safe resumption of cross-border movement of a limited number of people, with necessary safeguards in place to ensure the public health concerns of both countries are addressed.”

How to apply

For those travelling from Brunei to Singapore, a Singapore government agency or the company sponsoring the travel will apply for a SafeTravel Pass on their behalf.

When the SafeTravel Pass is approved, an approval letter

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First hotel run entirely by Emiratis in Dubai aims to provide feel of an Emirati home

DUBAI: When an Emirati family business began working on establishing The Manor Hotel in Dubai, they decided to bring along a little piece of their ‘home’.

Mohammed Hanif, managing partner and founder of the hotel located in Al Furjan, said: “The contractor was from an Emirati company. The designer was an Emirati as well. The operator — JA Group — is also Emirati-owned in an industry that is usually dominated by international players.”

The family realised that local partners and companies had a good understanding of the market. They believed that showcasing local expertise is an essential part of any business. “Throughout the process, Emirati business and talents are showcased successfully, since we are an Emirati company ourselves. Our general manager is an Emirati too, one of the firsts. The entire culture of Emirati hospitality has been a success for us and we are sure that in the future, this

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Gallatin County sets aside open space funds for conservation, recreation | County

The money from a 2018 voter-approved tax hike for open space is now being divided into separate funds for conservation and recreation projects.

Most of the revenue from the tax increase — about $1.1 million this year — will go to conservation projects, such as conservation easements and the purchase of land.

Applications for conservation projects for this year will open soon. The open lands board will then review the applications and make recommendations to the commissioners, who decide which projects to fund.

A small portion of the tax revenue — about $264,000 this year — will be allocated to recreation projects, such as maintaining trails and purchasing trail easements.

The open lands board will likely solicit applications for recreation projects this winter, said county planning director Sean O’Callaghan. The commissioners will then award funding for specific projects in the spring, so work could begin next construction season.

As in

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