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Home Nursing Foundation celebrates 40th anniversary with photo exhibit
Home Nursing Foundation (HNF) will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year with a series of events, the first of which is a photo exhibition called "Portraits of Love" at Raffles City shopping centre. "Portraits of Love" began with the simple idea of giving the charity's patients a photograph of themselves to liven up their homes. In the course of taking those photos, HNF, which provides home-based nursing and medical-care services, learnt more about its patients' life stories, including love found and love lost. - LINETTE LAI
Nations to sign climate action plan
More than 160 governments, including some 50 heads of state and government, are to sign the historic Paris climate accord during a ceremony at the United Nations on Friday (April 22), which is also Earth Day.
The pact aims to keep global warming within 2 deg C above pre-industrial levels. It will come into force as soon as 55 countries responsible for 55 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gases have ratified it.
French President Francois Hollande will be the first to sign the accord. The United States and China – jointly responsible for 40 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions – will not be represented at the highest level, but are sending Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli.
The event will be the largest signing of an international agreement since the Convention on the Law of the Sea in 1982.
Private home price data
The Urban Redevelopment Authority will unveil on Friday (April 22) the finalised numbers relating to the performance of the private property market for the first quarter. Preliminary data released on April 1 showed that private home prices fell an estimated 0.7 per cent in the three months to March 31 from the end of last year, marking the 10th straight quarter of price decline. Prices are now 9.1 per cent below their last peak in the third quarter of 2013.