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.

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

Singapore has introduced the Special Employment Credit Scheme

The educators and employers in Singapore are very happy and support the plan of Government to start the Special Employment Credit and Workfare Income Supplement for graduates who are studying in SPED (Special Education) schools.

The Deputy Prime Minister and the Finance Minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam announced about this initiative when he gave the recent budget speech.

Some students have started working in the shops or companies. Shop owners or companies provide these students training which helps them in sharpening their skills and hence will be beneficial for the future. The students are also enjoying working and some of the owners said that the students do their work with concentration and do not waste their time in talking with each other.

Officials of the company are very happy and are planning to hire more students from SPED schools. Also the Deputy Prime Minister has said that the employers who will be giving employment to the SPED students, will be given Special Employment Credit. According to the sources, the employers will get the credit of 16 percent of the employee’s wages. But the HR department of the company claims that the their focus is not on the incentives part but on the skills of the students. If the students are performing good, they will definitely would like to employ more. This programme is beneficial for the students as well as the organizations.

Also some people believe that the extension of the Workfare Income Supplement to SPED students will help students in becoming independent at such an age.

Helpful Singapore

Singapore is coming up with initiatives to help students who belong to disadvantaged backgrounds in order to provide them the facilities so they also feel the same as their peers feel.

Heng Swee Keat , the Education Minister of Singapore, claims that the plans on this initiatives will be rolled out in the meeting of the Budget.Mr Heng, decided to take such initiatives after he visited the Kheng Cheng School in Toa Payoh.He added that the key for bringing improvement in the educational system is to learn various learning profiles and to analyze the different groups of students that how they learn. After understanding the current learning styles adopted by different students, then only the teachers can mould their teaching styles in order to make students learn better.

According to the sources, the qualifying income ceiling for the Education Ministry’s Financial Assistance Scheme has been hiked to $2,500 from $1,500 per month. Hence, this will cater around 40,000 more students who belong to low income families and hence their student life and career will not be affected as every education facility will be provided to the students.

With increase in money in Education Ministry’s Financial Assistance Scheme, more money will be given to committees in Schools in order to introduce and promote more student programmes that will in turn increase their quality of life.

Also the Education Ministry will take some steps that will allow different communities to participate in order to contribute more money and skills.

Good News!! Singapore to increase subsidies for healthcare sector

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said that there will be higher subsidies for the healthcare sector. There are many centers and providers that are included in this sector. Some of them are nursing homes and home-based care providers, elder care centers etc.

Talking about the community hospitals, they will now be free to use the charity dollars with the decision of increase in the subsidies. But how the community hospitals like Ang Mo Kio-Thye Hua Kwan Hospital, Bright Vision Hospital, Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital, Ren Ci Hospital, St Andrew’s Community Hospital and St Luke’s Hospital are planning to spend the money? Well they will spend money on the improvement of the services, facilities, offering better salaries to the staf to attract more people to join etc.

The CEO of Ren Ci Hospital, Loh Shu Ching, told that when there will be more resources, then the more programmes and services can be organized like community engagement programmes and developing new community-based services. The official from St Andrew’s community hospital claimed that they are already using the charity dollars for the welfare of the people and with the availability of more funds from now, they can deliver more to the people.

MOH, has signed an agreement that there will not be any hike in the fees of the hospitals in spite of increase in the subsidies.

Officials of community hospitals want that they should use the charity dollars according to the needs and requirements of the patients and not by a formal framework.

Singapore is taking steps for Rehabilitation

The all new medicine for Rehabilitation is very crucial and will be beneficial for many people who suffer from hip fracture, heart failure, stroke and traumatic brain or spinal cord injury.

The Minister of State for Health, Amy Khor, claimed at the First National Conference on Rehabilitation that Rehabilitation enjoys an important role in changing the functional outcomes and quality of life of the people for better.

What exactly Rehabilitation does? It allows to decrease the dependency of the patients and hence give them a chance to become the part of the community again.

Also in Singapore, two hospitals have arranged the First National Conference on Rehabilitation specially for healthcare professionals in order to get more insights on the advancements in the Rehabilitation Medicines. Dr Amy Khor announced that around 31 Rehabilitation centers have been given permission officially to meet the needs and requirements of the Rehabilitation service.

The centers which guarantee the availability of requirements like staffing, individualized care plans,needs assessment and monitoring of outcomes , will be given more subsidies from the Government. Also AIC (Agency of Integrated Care) is making plans in order to get more centers for the accreditation.

Also Singapore is planning to launch the TFC i.e. Transitional Care Facility. The first one is within Peacehaven Nursing Home.

What are TFCs? They are for the patients who needs lower intensity of Rehabilitation after they have discharged from community hospitals and before they return to their homes.

Many ministries, government agencies, acute and community hospitals and authorities in rehabilitation engineering and technologies participated in this conference.

The head and senior consultant of Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, of the Singapore’s General Hospital,Ng Yee Sien said that it has been seen growth in the rehabilitation research that includes the medication,health services,engineering services etc.