Friday, 22 September 2017

Plastic debris is now discovered in SEA SALT as litter reaches oceans and contaminates our food

Tiny pieces of the material have been found in sea salt on sale in the UK, Europe, the US and China.

It confirms that plastic litter reaching oceans is being broken down and getting in to our food.

Previous studies have found that fish such as cod, as well as shellfish and crustaceans including scampi caught off the British coast, contain plastic particles.

Studies by experts at the University of Exeter have found that the entire food chain of sea creatures – from zooplankton through to crustaceans or copepods, mussels, crabs, lobster and fish – have effectively become contaminated by microplastics.

Shocking video shows just how much rubbish ends up in the sea


More funds for students with severe disabilities

Students with severe hearing, physical and visual disabilities will now get more help as they pursue their studies at Polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE).

They can now each receive up to $70,000 over the course of their studies, to buy assistive technology devices and support services, such as note-taking and signing interpretation.

It will be disbursed as part of a new high-needs category under the existing Ministry of Education Special Educational Needs (SEN) Fund, launched in 2014.

Forum: Token fee can fix tray-return problem

I recently had dinner at Timbre+ in Ayer Rajah Crescent and was impressed with the cleanliness of the establishment.

It is styled like a hawker centre with a number of individual stalls.

You simply order your food and collect your meal on a tray, all self-service.

An additional charge of $1 is imposed, on top of the cost of the food (Charge nominal fee for trays at hawker centres, by Mr Damian Ng Swee Beng; Sept 19).

When a person finishes eating, he simply returns the tray on a conveyor belt at a tray collection area and the dollar is returned through the machine.

There are two cleaners whose duty is to wipe up any spills on the tables. No additional staff is needed.

It is true that years of appeals and education have done little to entice diners to return their trays after their meals.

Where persuasion and other methods have not produced the desired outcome, the one implemented by Timber+ is worth considering.

Bennie Cheok


Newly open Yishun Park Hawker Centre is also run by Timbre. It has Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tray return system and cashless payments.

Exceptional people: Clarissa Song is the youngest winner of the NEA's EcoFriend Award

Image: ST

At most canteens, vendors use plastic disposables for takeaway orders.

Not at Anderson Secondary School.

This is the result of campaigning led by 14-year-old Clarissa Song, the youngest-ever winner of the EcoFriend Awards given by the National Environment Agency (NEA).

With the help of her fellow Green Club members, she approached the canteen vendors in March to get them to stop using plastic disposables in her Refuse Plastic Project.

Plastic disposables are no longer used in the canteen. Those who want to pack their food orders have to bring their own lunchboxes. Including the teachers.


Exceptional people: Three remittance staff commended for foiling impersonation scams

Mr Sameer Malik, Ms Novianti and Ms Li Fang were commended for foiling two impersonation scams.

In the first case, Mr Sameer Malik and Ms Novianti stopped a 75-year-old victim from remitting S$40,000 to a granddaughter in China. A woman accompanied the victim to withdraw the money was arrested by police. She claimed to be the daughter of the victim.

In the second case, a 61-year-old woman was stopped from remitting S$15,000 to a Chinese bank account, thanks to Ms Li Fang who works at Zhongguo Remittance which is also located at People’s Park Complex.

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