Monday, 30 April 2018

Pigeon population will keep growing unless people stop feeding them: AVA


If you are concerned about pigeon droppings dirtying your laundry or other hygiene issues, it may come as a surprise to hear that it's not the birds which are causing the problem. In fact, their feeders are.

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said that actively feeding pigeons and food litter are the main factors contributing to the growth of the pigeon population.

A spokesperson cautioned that the pigeon population will continue to grow if food is readily available, which will make pigeon-related issues worse, such as droppings on window ledges.

“Enforcement alone will not solve the pigeon-feeding problem,” she said.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/pigeon-population-keep-growing-unless-people-stop-feeding-10178926

HDB to offer wheelchair ramps for flats with multi-step entrances

Source: channelnewsasia
The Housing and Development Board (HDB) will soon offer wheelchair ramps for seniors who live in flats that have steps at their entrances under its Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) programme.

Owners of flats with a multi-step entrance or entrance with two to four steps can opt to install the ramps for wheelchair-bound seniors, HDB said on Saturday (Apr 28). There will be two types of ramps – a portable ramp or a customised fixed ramp, depending on the suitability of the flat.

For flats where neither ramps are suitable, mechanical wheelchair lifts can be installed under a separate pilot scheme. However, these lifters will be costlier and require regular maintenance, said HDB.

Read more and watch video @: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/hdb-to-offer-wheelchair-ramps-for-flats-with-multi-step-10184728

Zero-waste shopping? Packaging-free grocery store opening in Singapore and NO disposable cups in UK coffee chain

In Singapore:
Consumers planning to visit this new grocery store at Jalan Kuras in Sembawang Hills estate, will have to bring their own jars and bags, or pick up one of the store’s recycled containers to fill them with items they want.

Called UnPackt, the store is currently preparing for its soft launch on May 5 and its concept of having no food packaging may likely make it the first of its kind in Singapore.

Ref: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/zero-waste-packaging-free-shopping-unpackt-singapore-10179492


In Britain:
Independently-owned cafe chain Boston Tea Party is to become Britain’s first to implement a complete ban on disposable cups, which will come into effect on 1 June, 2018.

The company, which has 21 branches across the South West and the Midlands, has said customers can bring their own reusable cups, take advantage of a new cup loan scheme or buy a cup in the cafe once the ban comes into effect.

Ref: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/coffee-chain-becomes-first-announce-235543539.html


In Africa: 
African countries are banning the use of plastic bags.

Kenyans producing, selling or even using plastic bags will risk imprisonment of up to four years or fines of $40,000 (£31,000) from August, 2017, as the world’s toughest law aimed at reducing plastic pollution came into effect.

Africa takes the plastic bag problem very seriously; more than 15 countries on the continent have either banned them completely or charge a tax on them.

Ref:
1) https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/28/kenya-brings-in-worlds-toughest-plastic-bag-ban-four-years-jail-or-40000-fine
2) https://study.com/blog/which-countries-have-banned-plastic-bags.html

Rotting durian causes hundreds to evacuate from Melbourne library

Melbourne’s city centre on Saturday (Apr 28) after a rotting durian sparked fears of a gas leak.

Firefighters were called to the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) university campus on Latrobe Street just after 3pm after a gas smell was reported in a library, the city’s fire department said in a statement.

About 500 students and teachers were evacuated by the police while dozens of firefighters donned breathing apparatus and investigated the source of the smell. The building is known to store potentially dangerous chemicals, the fire department added.

You may laugh at this when the firefighters eventually tracked down the stench to a durian that had been left in a cupboard to rot.

This is no laughing matter as not everyone is used to the pungent smell of the durians. That is why DURIANS are banned on Singapore MRT.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/durian-melbourne-library-rmit-campus-evacuate-10186094