Thursday, 14 September 2017

How Republic Poly aids students with disabilities

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Green buildings filter out more pollutants

Those who work in such buildings are less likely to suffer from fatigue and skin irritation, or the other ills of "sick building syndrome", according to a new Building and Construction Authority (BCA) study which shows that the benefits of such buildings stretch beyond energy-saving.

Compared with other buildings, green buildings are better equipped to filter out more pollutants as well as harmful bacteria and fungi.

The result - workers are 60% less likely to get headaches, for instance.

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BCA has tied up with the Health Promotion Board to develop a new Green Mark scheme to encourage healthy lifestyles at workplaces, with features such as indoor greenery, exercise facilities and access to healthier food and drink options.

The scheme will be rolled out next year.


People and Singapore news in photos

1) No more parking coupon needed

A mobile app will be available for download from October 2017 as replacement for parking coupons.

The app will replace the use of paper coupons at about 1,150 car parks, including kerbside parking spaces.

2) All new HDB public housing roofs are "solar-ready"

HDB had announced that all public housing blocks from May this year will be designed with "solar-ready" roofs that enable solar panels to be easily mounted and maintained.

3) Misleading News

Netizen complaining of policeman illegal parked police car without checking the facts. The police officer accused of illegally parking to buy prata was attending an urgent case. This is an example of FAKE news.

4) Ground handlers at Changi Airport to get smart glasses to help speed up operations
About 600 of its ramp handling staff will get the smart glasses, which would provide them with information such as loading instructions in real-time.

5) Singtel to shut down ADSL network in April 2018

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About 47,000 customers still on Singtel's ageing asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) broadband network have until March next year to migrate to faster broadband technologies.

6) Russian leaves homeland for Singapore heartland tuition venture
The heartland tuition centre at Blk 632 Yishun St 61, Math Pilots, belongs to Dr Alexander Kuznetsov, 46, who moved to Singapore in 2014 with his wife and four sons, aged five, eight, 11 and 12.

The centre started out with his own children, then grew to 60 students within four months of its opening and now has 200 tutees. It has closed registration as the centre is full.

7) Halimah Yacob formally elected as Singapore's first woman President

Madam Halimah Yacob and husband Mohamed Abdullah
Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament, was declared elected as Singapore's first woman President on Wednesday, after the returning officer announced she was the sole candidate to qualify for the contest.

Forum: Baffling that SOS helpline is manned by volunteers

Given that the Samaritans of Singapore's suicide-prevention centre's hotline plays an important role in our society and deals with life-and-death situations, it is baffling that it is manned by volunteers and not by fully paid staff (SOS: More volunteers needed to lend an ear; Sept 11).

Suicide prevention requires not only someone who can provide a listening ear, but also someone who can give proper counselling to the callers and, in some instances, dissuade them from possibly ending their lives.

This role requires a well-trained professional.

It is a heavy responsibility that requires someone who is resilient and who can offer good advice even in a challenging situation.

Thrusting such a critical task into the hands of volunteers signals that we underrate its importance.

It also speaks volumes about how we treat those who are on the verge of ending their lives.

Seah Yam Meng


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Why tattoos could give you cancer

Tattoos could give you cancer, new research suggests.

Chemicals in tattoo ink travel in the bloodstream and accumulate in the lymph nodes, which may cause them to become swollen and therefore hinder their ability to fight infections, a study found for the first time.

Controversial chemical titanium dioxide, which is added to tattoo ink to create certain colours, even dyes lymph nodes, and has previously been linked to cancer, itching and delayed healing.

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