Singapore – Smart Business City

Yes you read it write!!! The famous Jurong Lake District will allow Singapore to become a good business place as Singapore gives good municipal services, promote engagement among citizens and most important, it use the precious resources optimally for the benefit of the country.

Also Singapore has been chosen as a Recipient of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant for 2012.

What is Smarter Cities Challenge? Well it is a challenge that had been started in 2011 and covers 100 cities and the challenge costs US$50 million.

The top management and experts of IBM come together and study the local urban issues and then make recommendations on such issues in order to improve the conditions.

The EDB (Economic Development Board), URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) and the other agencies who are partners of IBM, will work with the experts of IBM.

Also the experts will change the Jurong Lake District into a sustainable, smart and connected high density district.

Jurong Lake District is a 360ha place in West Singapore and is expected to support the Economic Growth of the Singapore in the coming 10-15 years.

Also the Jurong Lake District will make use of the resources efficiently, land optimization and increase the quality of life of the workers , residents and visitors.

Singapore is known for innovative solutions to the problems.

MoU between Singapore and C40

Singapore has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) in order to participate with the International climate action group and will act as an Observer City.

According to the sources, the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) told that Singapore has been invited to be a part of the C40 as Singapore has got many achievements and has proved itself in attaining the Economic Growth and Environment Sustainability.

Also C40 has shown interest in the Singapore’s land transport and water management. It has been claimed that Singapore will be participating as an OBSERVER as it has unique things in itself as a city and will not participate in the communiqu├ęs that will be issued by the C40 group.

Both Singapore and C40 group will focus on the ways in order to reduce the emission of the Green house gas in the World and hence will support the measures, ways and ideas to prevent the impact of climate changes.

There will be 58 cities in the C40 group and some of them are Seoul, Tokyo, Los Angeles, London, Sao Paulo, New York, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Jakata, Berlin etc.

Student care centres in Singapore

Ministry for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Singapore want schools to start the student care centers. This will be very beneficial for the students as they will be able to reap the benefits of he student care services in the school itself after the lessons come to an end.

Also the Ministry gives development grants to encourage such initiatives and hence open up such centers that will be operated by Voluntary Welfare Organizations.

The schools that will face the shortage of space, can go to the Ministry for funding as well as for developing already developed modular structures.

Halimah Yacob, Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports,claimed the same at the opening of the AMP-Mercu Centre at Fuhua Primary School.

he advantage of the Student Care Centers will be that they provide constant support and care to the children and specially those who have nobody at their homes when they reach home after school.

Tobacco – free Young Generation in Singapore is the need of the hour

How sweet is have an upcoming generation free from Tobacco, various medical practitioners and
researchers have started a campaign in order to propagate the harmful effects of Tobacco and hence keep the
generation away from tobacco.

The movement is also the first one for the Singapore’s two medical schools – the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and
the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School.

The campaign will focus on children who are below 12 years of age or those children born after January 2000.The main goal is to aware the children about the harmful effects of the Tobacco and hence prevent them from even lighting up the cigarettes.

According to the results of the searches, it has been found that the children of age 12 to 13 years start smoking.Despite of the fact that the cigarettes can be sold to the people of age greater than 18 years.

Also it has been found that the fashion of smoking among the youngsters in Singapore of age 18 to 29 years, has seen
33 percent hike from 2004 to 2010.

Koong Heng Nung, Associate Professor, Head of Surgical Oncology at the National Cancer Centre, claimed that his team
will cover many schools and International audience as and when the campaign will gain attraction.

There are many campaigns that are running in Singapore for current smokers but what makes this campaign different is
that there is an extra focus on the gap that has not been looked into by anybody yet. With this movement, the focus
will not be the youth of Singapore only but all the youngsters in the World.

The students who are doing a medical course, will be organizing a Young Summit for upper primary and lower secondary

Also they will give the proposals to the delegates who belong to different countries at the 15th World Congress on
Tobacco or Health from March 21 to 24 and also will sell the collar pins and car decals in order to raise funds for
this noble cause.

Lemon Law in Singapore

Lemon Law will be in effect from 1st September 2012 in Singapore and will be for the sale of pets also. Under the Lemon law, the people can return the product, if found defective, to the retailer with the first 6 months of the purchase and also can ask for the repairs, a replacement or a refund.

But there is no specific definition for the defect.But yes, it should follow the Sale Contract. The law will provide flexibility to the retailer as well as the consumer to come at a mutually acceptable agreement.

The CASE (Consumers Association of Singapore) will support buyers who can prove that the pet was not well at the time of purchase.

Also animal welfare groups like the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is very happy with such decision. The Executive Director of SPCA, Corinne Fong, that the above move will definitely improve the retail industry of the pet.

Partnership between Singapore and Australia to fight against Tuberculosis

Yes..its true!!!! Singapore and Australia are joining their hands in order to prevent the spread of the dreadful disease named Tuberculosis as this is the main health problem in the region.

Both the countries will focus on the development of the vaccines that will help the adults to save them from the disease.

The news has been announced at a symposium that was organized by Singapore’s national research agency, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) and Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council.

The WHO’s (World Health Organization) data for the year 2008 estimated that around 1.3 million people died from this disease and the Southeast Asia witnessed the most number of deaths.

Residents of Singapore also suffer from the Tuberculosis and the last figure that was obtained in 2010 was 1478 out of which 60 percent were above 50 years of age. It is a matter of concern and the Health Ministry pointed out the reasons for decreased immunity could be increased global travel and a rising ageing population.

So in order to prevent more deaths, the National Health and Medical Research Council and A*Star will dig deep into the issues and will develop a S$3.5 million joint grant especially for research purpose.

Benevolent Singapore…Really!!!

People’s needs are being catered to great extent by the companies, organizations and individuals in Singapore as they donated to a greater amount this time.

According to the sources, the five CDCs i.e. the Community Development Councils got S$10.9 million as a community and corporate donations in 2011. The figure is greater than 5 percent from the year 2010.

It would be great to know that the donations from Corporate has hiked to one-third of the overall donations, when compared to a Quarter in 2010.

It is interesting to know that the use of the donation is towards supporting the food drives and rice programmes for needy people in Singapore.

Also CDCs claimed that they have imparted the assistance in employment and training to around 27300 people in Singapore, which is an increase of 13 percent from 2010.

With such initiatives by CDCs, around 10,775 people searching for jobs, were placed. As the economic conditions of Singapore is improving, CDCs claimed that it has become easy to get a job easily for a person who is possessing the right skills.

Around 69,600 applications were received by CDCs in order to get the financial assistance, which is an increase of 14 percent from 2010.

New Terminal at Changi Airport in Singapore

Yes!!! This is true… The budget terminal of Singapore will be closed on 25 th September 2012 and will be destroyed in order to construct the new terminal 4 at the airport.

CAG (Changi Airport Group) says that the construction of the Terminal 4 will start from 2013 and is expected to be completed by 2017.

The features of the new terminal are

1. Larger Passenger building that will accommodate the capacity of 16 million passengers in a year.
2. Also there will be facilities for efficient passenger processing.
3. There will be quick turnaround of aircraft.
4. There will be no aerobridges.
5. Also there will be a wide variety of retail and food and beverage facilities.
6. Passenger Amenities will be there in order to cater the needs of the travellers.

The airlines that are operating in the Budget Terminal, will be shifted to Terminal 2 and will start operating from 25th September 2012

The airlines like Berjaya Air, Cebu Pacific, Firefly, South East Asian Airlines and Tiger Airways will need to manage their operations.

According to the sources, the passenger traffic at the Changi Airport hiked at the annual growth of 5.2 percent compounded. Also in 2011, the airport served 46.5 million passengers which is an increase of 10.7 percent from the previous year.

With this news of new terminal, Singapore based carriers like Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia and Scoot have ordered the new aircrafts and the carriers that are outside Singapore, have shown their interest in increasing their links of air with Singapore