Monthly Archives: September 2015

Facebook “unfriending” incident is workplace bullying: Australian tribunal

In an unusual case in Tasmania, Australia, a government agency has found that unfriending someone on social network platform Facebook can constitute workplace bullying. That was what the Fair Work Commission (FWC), a workplace tribunal, had found in a case involving two workers in a real estate agency. The FWC is “responsible for maintaining a safety net of minimum wages …

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Sg Gov’t gets tough with errant companies responsible for haze

“Ultimately, errant companies must know there must be a price to be paid for damaging our health, the environment and economy,” Singapore’s Minister of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR), Vivian Balakrishnan, warned on Friday. He was speaking at a media conference on the haze situation in Singapore and Indonesia, which is the source of the annual smog. Dr Balakrishnan revealed …

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6 areas Singapore could improve on to become a great city

This week at the Calling It Out Show, Sean and Ben present a list of six reasons why Singapore may not be the greatest country in the world. While certainly many would want to come here (and indeed many have) to live and play, the city-state’s ranking in some areas nonetheless might hint that the paradise that we are told we …

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Taxi driver’s act of kindness amidst smog brings cheer

A screencap of a message from a taxi driver has gone viral, with Facebook shares hitting 3,000 and 9,000 “likes”. Mr Joshua Ng had booked a taxi at a time when the haze situation in Singapore was at its worst in recent weeks. Mr Ng posted on his Facebook page, “Booked a cab and got this message. Act of Kindness …

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Is S’pore helpless about the haze? Not really

Are you wondering why companies have gone unpunished despite the yearly forest fires and why Singapore seems to be helpless when it comes to it? Well, one would definitely be puzzled by the above questions given the myths that surround the annual haze faced by Singapore, such as the cause of the haze and Singapore’s inability to take action on …

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HAZE – PA to distribute masks, open air-con rooms in RCs and CCs to public

Grassroots volunteers of the People’s Association (PA) will be distributing N95 masks on Friday, 25 September 2015, from 10am to 10pm at all 108 Community Clubs islandwide. These masks will be given to vulnerable and needy Singaporeans and Singapore PRs with blue CHAS Card or Pioneer Generation Card, as well as ComCare recipients above 62 or with longer term medical issues, …

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Shocking statements from “senior people” in Indonesian gov’t: Shanmugam

Singapore’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, K Shanmugam, has slammed some “senior people in government” in Indonesia for statements made about the current haze situation. Writing on his Facebook page on Thursday, when the air quality in Singapore crossed into the hazardous zone for the first time in recent weeks, Mr Shanmugam said while the Indonesia government said it was taking …

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Schools closed as haze worsens in Singapore

Kindergartens, primary, secondary and special education schools will be closed on Friday after the 24-hour PSI forecast suggested that the air quality would be in the ‘Very Unhealthy’ range, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced on Thursday. Due to the short notice, parents who are unable to make alternative childcare arrangements may still send their children to school, where they will be …

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Refer to PM2.5 readings, not PSI

While there has been much hullabaloo about the Pollution Standard Index (PSI) in this unfolding haze saga – what with its inexplicable fluctuations, mismatch between what is observed and the figure published on the National Environment Agency (NEA) website, and the stubborn decision to issue 3-hour PSI average figures instead of the hourly measurements upon which these averages are calculated …

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