Interior designers to get accreditation scheme, Singapore News & Top Stories

The Society of Interior Designers Singapore (Sids) will launch an Interior Design Accreditation Programme by next year to uphold the level of professionalism in the industry and help consumers make more informed choices before engaging designers.

This was announced by Ms Indranee Rajah, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Finance and National Development, at the fourth Singapore Interior Design Awards yesterday.

Speaking as the guest of honour at the event held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Ms Indranee said “this will be a significant milestone in the transformation journey to enable the accredited design professionals to collaborate and build stronger trust with the clients”.

Sids and the DesignSingapore Council started developing a transformation road map for the interior design profession in 2018, as there was a growing appreciation for and awareness of interior design in Singapore, but still a distinct lack of skills and

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Kris Jenner to give an online Christmas decorating lesson | People

Kris Jenner to give an online Christmas decorating lesson

Kris Jenner is set to give a Christmas decorating lesson for charity.

The 65-year-old reality star is known for her extravagant holiday season decorations, and has teamed up with celebrity floral designer Jeff Leatham and Airbnb to offer an exclusive decorating class as an Airbnb Experience.

Kris and Jeff will offer their tips on “more is more” holiday decorating during the one-time virtual experience, and interested participants can book their place from Wednesday (09.12.20) for $100 per person.

The event will only be taking 10 guests, but a livestream will also be available on YouTube on December 15.

In a description for the event, Kris wrote: “More is more, I always say – especially when it comes to holiday home décor. The bigger, the brighter, the bolder, the better. But you can do a lot with a little, too.

“Join me and Jeff Leatham – friend, collaborator and artistic decorator

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How to Earn Certification from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry

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What is the National Association of the Remodeling Industry?

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has a history that goes all the way back to 1935 and the formation of the “North East Roofing, Siding and Insulation Contractors Association,” part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s National Recovery Act. Several decades and a few name changes later, NERSICA became NARI, an organization with 44 nationwide chapters of remodeling professionals in the construction industry.


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NARI serves as a support system for remodeling professionals, providing members with business development resources, advocacy platforms, and connections to clients.

According to organization’s web site: “NARI is an organization of high-quality remodeling professionals. Its members are committed to integrity, high standards, professional education, ethics, and market recognition.”

What is NARI Certification?

NARI certification can mean many things. There are six types:

  • Master Certified Remodeler;
  • Certified Remodeler;
  • Certified Kitchen and
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Mayor apologizes for going to Mexico while urging residents to stay home

The mayor of Austin, Texas, has apologized for traveling to Mexico during the pandemic.

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Responding to a story first reported Wednesday in The Austin American-Statesman, the mayor, Steve Adler, admitted he traveled in early November to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — and while abroad, he even recorded a message urging Austinites to stay home to combat the spread of the coronavirus.


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In a video posted online Wednesday, Adler said, “I need to set a clearer example so that my message is unambiguous, and for the failure to do that I sincerely apologize.”

In the message, Adler said that his daughter, “like many other brides,” had to cancel her wedding plans because of public health rules, and “instead she had a small, mostly family, very private wedding.”

“Most importantly, she was happy,” Adler said. “Afterwards, a small, mostly family group traveled to Mexico.”


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DecorTrail India Pvt Ltd launches e-commerce portal for Home Decor Products

NOIDA, India, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — One of India’s premier export houses Sidra Homestyles, specialising in exporting home furnishing products to clients in France, Holland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden, UK, Latin America, USA and Canada, has now decided to focus on the domestic market with the launch of their new venture DecorTrail. 

DecorTrail has been founded by two brothers, Safa Azhar, alumni of Pennsylvania State University, USA, and Hamza Azhar, alumni of Delhi University, India; who came up with the idea for business after realising a gap in the Home Furnishing market.

“We had noticed that we Indians are very enthusiastic about decorating our homes and want to leave an imprint of our personal style while pursuing this passion. However, the landscape of home furnishing market in India has often priced their products in a

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Mayor was on vacation in Mexico while urging residents to stay home

The mayor of Austin, Texas, on Wednesday apologized for attending a wedding and traveling to Mexico for a vacation after urging residents to stay home in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

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“I want you to know that I regret that travel,” Mayor Steve Adler said in a video statement. “I wouldn’t travel now. I didn’t over Thanksgiving, and I won’t over Christmas, and no one should. Everyone should be avoiding non-essential travel now because we are in the orange area.”

Adler, the two-term mayor of Austin, said he attended a small, private wedding for his daughter in November and then traveled with his family to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. In a video filmed from his vacation, Adler urged residents to stay home, citing the rising number of coronavirus cases. “We need to stay home if you can,” he said. “Do

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Gov. Gavin Newsom Widens California Stay-at-Home Order

Citing soaring COVID-19 case rates and the lack of hospital beds, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has widened the state’s stay-at-home order.

The order is based on a region’s available hospital capacity where ICU capacity falls below 15%. Once a region falls under the intensive care unit threshold, it will have 48 hours to comply with the order and must follow the new rules for at least three weeks. The new stay-at-home order bans nonessential gatherings and requires people to stay at home as much as possible to avoid transmitting the virus.

“The bottom line is if we don’t act now, our hospital system will be overwhelmed,” Newsom said at a news conference announcing the new stay-at-home order.

Newsom announced the restrictions Thursday, three days after warning that the state’s hospital system could be overwhelmed by record numbers of COVID-19 patients. The rules will allow people to continue essential activities like

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Design 1st Named to Clutch 2020 Top Global Creative & Design Agency Listing

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OTTAWA, Dec. 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Design 1st, one of the most trusted full-service product design-engineering firms across North America, today announced it was recognized by ratings and review platform Clutch as one of the top B2B Creative & Design Agencies for 2020. Design 1st was named a Leader in the Product Designers category.

For the listing, Clutch released rankings for the top 210 creative and design companies on their platform. Results showcase the top 15 companies across 14 categories. Companies were selected for Leaders Awards based on set criteria, including Clutch team’s evaluation of a company’s industry expertise and ability to deliver.

“Design 1st is steadfast in its commitment in fostering a true collaborative partnership with clients and providing the necessary services and expertise to bring product

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Axiom Space Grows Commercial Space Station Architecture

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HOUSTON—Axiom Space, selected by NASA to berth the first element of an eventual commercial low Earth orbit-crewed free flyer at the International Space Station (ISS) in 2024, has significantly upgraded the architecture of its planned Axiom Station, providing an initial four-person crew capability…


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6 Tips for Hiring the Right People

This article was written by Mitchell Terpstra, a member of the Entrepreneur NEXT powered by Assemble content team. Entrepreneur NEXT powered by Assemble is a freelance-matching platform leading the future of work. If you’re struggling to find, vet, and hire the right freelancers for your business, Entrepreneur NEXT will help you hire the freelancers you need, exactly when you need them. From business to marketing, sales, design, finance, and technology, we have the top 3 percent of freelance experts ready to work for you. 

Depending on your personality (and HR bandwidth at the time), the recruiting and hiring process may be an exciting project to grow your team — or a draining endeavor of resume reading, interviewing, appraising and repeating ad nauseum.

Either way, the risks are real. Hire someone who’s overqualified for a position or otherwise an ill fit for your company’s culture and they might soon leave

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