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August 11, 2019
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Go back to the enewsletter Raffles Singapores re

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterRaffles Singapore‘s reopening is planned for the second half of 2018. Since February 2017, the heritage hotel has embarked on a careful and sensitive phased restoration. Its reopening will see the introduction of new suite categories, lifestyle experiences and refreshed dining concepts.New suite categories For more than a century, Raffles Singapore has offered its guests all-suite accommodations. The restoration will update its suites with new amenities and technology while maintaining the colonial ambience and sense of space.When Raffles Singapore reopens, it will have three new suite categories: Residence Suites, Promenade Suites and Studio Suites. The total suite count increases from the existing 103 to 115.The new Residence Suites, comprising four one-bedroom and one two-bedroom suites, will be located in the Raffles Arcade and are named after famous local cinemas during the early- to mid-1900s: the Alhambra, Diamond, Marlborough, Odean and Theatre Royal Suites. This is in homage to the days when the neighbourhood was known as ‘The Place of Cinemas’.Nestled in the front-most corner of the Main Building are two new Promenade Suites that overlook Beach Road. A tribute to the late-1800s era when Raffles Singapore faced the beachfront, the suites will be named Lady Mountbatten Suite and Lady Sophia Suite, which were converted from existing boardrooms.Lady Mountbatten was the Countess of Burma and wife of Lord Louis Mountbatten who was the Earl of Burma, last Viceroy of India and also Southeast Asia’s Supreme Allied Commander during the Second World War. In September 1945, Lord Mountbatten was in Singapore to witness the surrender of the Japanese Forces.Lady Sophia was the wife of Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Modern Singapore, and for whom Raffles Hotel Singapore is named after.The Studio Suites that are being added aim to complement the array of suites in the Main Building, enveloped by the colonial charm of the Grand Lobby.Raffles Singapore will continue to provide existing suite categories including:Presidential SuitesGrand Hotel SuitesPalm Court SuitesCourtyard SuitesState Room Suites, formerly known as Raffles Inc. State Room Suites. The renaming reflects the conversion of the workspace into a parlour as well as the spaciousness of the suite.Raffles Arcade: A lifestyle destination for the community and SingaporeOnce reopened, the Raffles Arcade will showcase social spaces and lifestyle experiences. This includes a refreshed Raffles Gift Shop that will house a History Gallery to illustrate the heritage of Raffles Singapore. The Arcade will also be home to a brand-new Raffles Spa, a holistic sanctuary for hotel residents and the community to escape the bustle of the city.“The History Gallery exhibits the hotel’s heritage over the past 130 years, and highlights the role Raffles Singapore played as a landmark in the country, and also in the region,” explained Christian Westbeld, GM, Raffles Singapore. “We are confident the local community will enjoy the refreshed facilities within the arcade that would rejuvenate the experiences within our neighbourhood.”Signature dining experiences at RafflesSignature restaurants and bars since the 1900s, Long Bar, Tiffin Room and Writers Bar, will continue to be a part of Raffles Singapore dining experiences when the hotel reopens.Home of the Singapore Sling for over 100 years, the Long Bar’s plantation-inspired decor will be refreshed, and the famous Long Bar counter restored. Visitors and guests will be welcomed to continue the tradition of throwing peanuts on the floor as they sip on a chilled glass of Singapore Sling.A part of Raffles’ history since 1892, Tiffin Room will continue to serve up delectable North Indian cuisine. Offering authentic specialties served in Tiffin boxes, it will also present an interactive dining experience with tableside service by chefs, complete with freshly ground spices to enhance the occasion. The restored interior decor includes reinstating the wooden floorboards in Tiffin Room to bring back features from the early 1900s based on research by heritage consultants.Furthermore, the Afternoon Tea will now be served at the new lounge in the Grand Lobby, allowing guests to enjoy a quintessential Raffles dining experience amid the soft daylight streaming in from the skylight.Established as a tribute to famous writers that have come through the doors of Raffles Singapore over the years, Writers Bar will be expanded to a full bar and be the place for bespoke cocktails, elegance and intimate conversations.The restoration of Raffles Singapore is supported by award-winning interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud, who has worked on numerous restoration projects around the world.Phase Three of the restoration will commence on 13 December 2017, when the hotel will be fully closed. Raffles Gift Shop will move to a temporary location along Seah Street and remain open throughout.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

July 22, 2019
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First Edition April 3 2013

first_imgToday’s headlines include reports about how the latest round of payment rates for private Medicare plans led to stock market gains for insurers. Kaiser Health News: Death Rates Rise At Geographically Isolated Hospitals, Study FindsKaiser Health News staff writer Jordan Rau reports: “For 15 years, Congress has bestowed special privileges to some small remote hospitals, usually in rural areas, to help them stay afloat. Medicare pays them more than it pays most hospitals and exempts them from financial pressure to operate efficiently and requirements to reveal how their patients fare. Nearly one in four hospitals qualifies for the program. Despite these benefits, there’s new evidence that the quality of many of these hospitals may be deteriorating. A study published Tuesday found that during the past decade the death rates of patients at these critical access hospitals were growing while mortality rates at other hospitals were dropping” (Rau, 4/2). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: In South Jersey, New Options For Primary Care Are Slow To Take HoldWHYY’s Taunya English, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, reports: “Camden, N.J., has serious health problems, with too many people going to local emergency rooms unnecessarily. But progress is being made, albeit slowly” (English, 4/3). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Why You May Want To Reconsider That Plan With A Health Savings AccountNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, consumer columnist Michelle Andrews writes about health savings accounts: “Since high-deductible plans often mean you pay more out of pocket for medical care, it might seem like a no-brainer to sign up for a plan that links to a health savings account so you can sock away money tax free to cover your medical expenses. But there are good reasons to think twice before making that choice” (Andrews, 4/2). Check out what else is on the blog.Politico: CMS Reverses Course On CutsThe insurance industry chalked up one of its greatest political victories in recent memory on Monday as the Obama administration reversed course on a proposal to cut Medicare Advantage rates. After intense lobbying, the agency said Monday that it would change the proposed 2.3 percent cut to those plans to a 3.3 percent boost. That’s a significant swing worth billions of dollars to the industry next year alone (Norman and Haberkorn, 4/3).The Wall Street Journal: Health Insurers Prevail In Medicare Fight With WashingtonWashington wants to get tough on spending—but in the latest round of payment rates for private Medicare plans, insurers emerged victorious. Shares of health insurance companies soared Tuesday after federal officials scrapped proposed payment cuts to carriers that run Medicare plans amid pressure from senior citizens and lawmakers (Kamp, 4/2).The Associated Press/Los Angeles Times: Health Insurers Lead Stocks Higher On Wall StreetU.S. stocks closed at a record highs Tuesday after reports on auto sales and factory orders provided the latest evidence that the U.S. economy is strengthening. Traders plowed money back into European stocks as the financial situation in Cyprus appeared to stabilize. Health insurers powered the gains a day after the government released revised reimbursement rates for Medicare Advantage plans. The new numbers suggest that funding cuts will be less severe than analysts and companies had feared (4/2).Reuters/The New York Times: Rate Increase for Private Medicare Buoys an Uncertain MarketStocks rose on Tuesday, led by the health care sector after the government said it would alter payment rates for private Medicare insurers, and helped by data on factory orders that indicated the economy was steadily improving (4/2).USA Today: Stock Indexes Close At New Highs On Medicare NewsThe Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index closed at new highs Tuesday following strong reports on auto sales and factory orders, evidence that the U.S. economy is strengthening. The Dow closed up 89.16 points to 14,662.01 and the S&P 500 finished up 8.08 points to 1,570.25. The Nasdaq composite rose 15.69 points to 3,254.86 (Huggins, 4/3).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Departing WellPoint CEO’s Compensation Ballooned To $20.6M Last Year, As Insurer’s Shares FellThe compensation paid to outgoing Wellpoint Inc. CEO Angela Braly last year rose 56 percent, even as the company’s shares slid on lower enrollment in its Blue Cross Blue Shield health plans. Braly, who resigned in August, received 2012 compensation valued at $20.6 million, according to an Associated Press analysis of the company’s annual proxy statement. Most of the increase came from stock options (4/2).USA Today: Feds Delay Small-Business Health Care ProgramSmall businesses may not have an insurance market set up specifically for them when the state and federal health exchanges begin in January, government officials said Monday (Kennedy, 4/2).Los Angeles Times: State Hires Consumer Group To Health It Review Healthcare RatesCalifornia Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones lashed out Tuesday at another double-digit rate hike for thousands of small businesses getting their health insurance from industry giant Anthem Blue Cross (Terhune, 4/3).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Medicaid Contractor Objects To Cancellation, Says Nothing Improper Done to Get La. ContractThe company whose nearly $200 million Medicaid contract with the state has been cancelled says it didn’t do anything improper to get the work, despite an ongoing federal investigation into the contract award (4/2).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Fight Brewing Over McDonnell Amendment Banning Abortion Coverage Through Va Insurance ExchangeA Senate fight is brewing over Gov. Bob McDonnell’s amendment to ban abortion coverage from being sold through a new federally run health insurance exchange. The bill faces an uncertain outcome in the Senate, where Democrats and Republicans hold 20 seats apiece. It’s likely the most fiercely debated bill in Wednesday’s single-day reconvened legislative session to consider McDonnell’s amendments to 80 bills and vetoes to six (4/3).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Alabama Legislature Passes Bill Setting Stricter Standards For Abortion ClinicsAlabama lawmakers late Tuesday gave final passage to a measure placing stricter regulations on clinics that provide abortions. The state House voted 68-21 to give final passage to the Women’s Health and Safety Act. The vote came hours after the state Senate voted 20-10 to approve the bill after amending the measure to require clinics to tell patients what medications they had received (4/3).NPR: Obama’s Plan To Explore The Brain A ‘Most Audacious Project’President Obama has announced an ambitious plan to explore the mysteries of the human brain. In a speech Tuesday, Obama said he will ask Congress for $100 million in 2014 to “better understand how we think and how we learn and how we remember.” Other goals include finding new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and traumatic brain injury (Hamilton, 3/2). Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. First Edition: April 3, 2013 This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more