Environment Singapore 

Singapore’s largest reef structure installed

Singapore’s largest man-made reef structure being installed in the waters off Small Sister’s Island yesterday. This 10m-high structure will form a three-storey ”terraced house” upon which corals may take root and grow, and double as a new home for other forms of marine life, said Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin, who witnessed the structure’s installation. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN Man-made reef in waters off Small Sister’s Island will boost marine conservation efforts In an effort to preserve Singapore’s marine biodiversity, the Republic’s largest man-made reef structure to date was installed…

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Environment Food Singapore 

KFC to be the first fast food chain in Singapore to ditch plastic caps and straws

There’s been a ramping up of anti-plastic waste measures by huge companies recently. For example, furniture megachain IKEA announced at the start of June that it was working to “stop selling single-use plastic products such as straws, cups and freezer bags by Jan 1, 2020”. Locally, food delivery service Deliveroo also announced that plastic cutleries are now on an ‘opt-in’ basis – meaning that by default, your orders won’t come with any plastic cutlery. Today, fast food giant KFC Singapore announced that it is also hopping onto the bandwagon –…

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Environment Things to do 

Water lilies, walking trails and cycle paths added to Jurong Lake Gardens plan after public feedback

An aquatic garden, walking trails and cycling paths have been added to the masterplans for the central and eastern segments of the Jurong Lake Gardens, based on public feedback about the proposed designs.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM SINGAPORE – Jurong Lake Gardens, Singapore’s next national gardens, will have an aquatic garden feature showcasing the largest collection of water lilies here, as well as walking trails and cycling paths. These have been added to the masterplans for the central and eastern segments of the development, based on public feedback about the proposed…

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Environment HDB Singapore 

No explosives or swinging balls: How high-rise demolitions go down in Singapore

A worker operating a breaking machine. (Photo: Aqil Haziq Mahmud) SINGAPORE: When a high-rise building in Singapore needs to be demolished, contractors don’t come in with a wrecking ball. At least not now. “Last time, they used a concrete ball,” Ginlee Construction managing director Tommy Lim told Channel NewsAsia. “But of course, last time, the HDB (Housing and Development Board) blocks were 10 storeys tall.” With demolition works for the iconic, multi-coloured Rochor Centre set to begin early next year, what exactly goes on when a building is pulled down? File photo…

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Environment Farming Property Singapore 

More urban farms, rooftop gardens in Singapore with enhanced greenery scheme

Urban farms, like this one at Raffles City, help to optimise under-utilised roof spaces. (Photo: Edible Garden City) SINGAPORE: Urban farms and communal rooftop food gardens might soon be a more common sight in Singapore, with the enhancement of an urban greenery scheme. This was announced by Second Minister for National Development Desmond Lee on Thursday (Nov 9), at the opening of greenery and landscape design event GreenUrbanScape Asia. The Landscaping for Urban Spaces and High-Rises (LUSH) programme, which aims to replace greenery lost during a building’s development or redevelopment,…

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Asia Education Environment Homeless News Singapore 

Extraordinary People: A friend to the homeless

Twice a month, Abraham Yeo and his informal group of volunteers spend their Saturday nights seeking out and befriending homeless people on the streets of Singapore. (Photo: Howard Law) SINGAPORE: It is a Saturday night, and the glitzy shopping mall is lit up with sparkling lights, the storefronts tempting passers-by with special offers of goods within. It is easy to miss those who don’t fit in, among the well-dressed crowds thronging the mall. But move a little closer, and the tell-tale signs are there: Unkempt hair. Feet encrusted with dirt.…

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Economy Environment Jobs Singapore 

Redesigning jobs to suit older workers

Technician Mohsin Khan, 73, has been working at Aerospace Component Engineering Services (Aces) for 10 years. The firm redesigned his job in November 2015 so he could continue to perform at work.PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN Brought to you by the Ministry of Manpower Age will not slow technician Mohsin Khan down, despite his weakening eyesight and hand-eye coordination. Mr Mohsin, 73, has been working at Aerospace Component Engineering Services (Aces) for 10 years, and is the poster boy for career longevity. He says: “Since I first joined the firm when I…

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Environment Health Maylasia Singapore Haze 

The haze fight: Upgrading skills and technology

In the second of a four-part series on Indonesia’s haze fight, we discover how a new generation of firefighters spot and tackle the hazard PEKANBARU: Mr Roganda Manalo has had many brushes with death in his 20 years of fighting fires. But the 45-year-old fire marshall, who is part of Asia Pulp & Paper’s (APP) firefighting team in Indonesia, remains undaunted. “It’s a noble profession,” he says. “I can help guard others from the threat of burning forests and land.” His worst experience to date was in 2013, when he…

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Asia Economy Environment Health Selangor 

RM10,000 for smoking in parks in Selangor

SHAH ALAM (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Those caught smoking in parks in Selangor will be hauled up under the Control of Tobacco Product (Amendment) Regulations 2017 beginning today. They will face a maximum fine of RM10,000 (S$3233) or up to two years’ imprisonment. The ban also includes e-cigarettes. Selangor Health director Datuk Dr Zailan Adnan said that enforcement, although starting today, will be carried out in stages. “To gazette a park as a non-smoking area is a separate process, we need to know how big the park is and…

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1MDB Asia China Economy Environment Job Kuala Lumpur Maylasia News 

Chinese deals in Malaysia under scrutiny

China’s growing involvement in Malaysia has been praised and panned in recent years. The Sunday Times looks at how its widening presence is drawing increasing attention in the first of a two-part series. Tomorrow, why the promise of new ports in Malaysia with help from China may not materialise. Shannon Teoh Malaysia Bureau Chief and Trinna Leong Malaysia Correspondent In Kuala Lumpur The slew of projects and investments by China’s state-owned enterprises and their soft loans have been a major talking point in Malaysia since 2015, when they helped prop up state…

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