Monthly Archives: February 2017

Is mobile phone insurance worth the cost?

By Valuepenguin.sg According to a survey by the Straits Times, mobile phones are under content threat in Singapore. 18% of Singaporeans reported damaging a mobile phone with water, while 12% have damaged a phone by sitting on it. Another 15% of Singaporeans have damaged a mobile phone after simply bumping into someone. All told, 41% of Singaporeans are currently using …

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IPOS: Lowered application fees for patent and trade mark protection from 1 April

Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has announced that businesses and entrepreneurs will enjoy substantial cost savings when they file for patent and trade mark protection through lowered application fees starting from 1 April. It noted that this is part of IPOS’ efforts to support Singapore innovators and make IP protection more affordable for them, in keeping with its vision …

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Drier and occasionally windy conditions for next fortnight

Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) has announced that the first fortnight of the month would be drier than the last month. It said that in the first fortnight of February 2017, the prevailing Northeast Monsoon season is forecast to enter its dry phase, which is characterised by drier weather and occasionally windy conditions. “During this period, the low level winds are …

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AVA defends culling of Sin Ming Ave “chickens” by stating free-ranging chickens pose threat to public health

According to TODAY, Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) revealed that it received 250 complaints islandwide on free-ranging chickens last year and they were mostly about noise-related nuisances caused by the birds. AVA also disclosed to TODAY that it put down 24 chickens that were wandering around Thomson View and Blocks 452 to 454 Sin Ming Avenue, after getting 20 complaints …

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MAS: More application channels available for Singapore Savings Bonds

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced on Wednesday that the Singapore Savings Bond (SSB) program has exceeded S$1 billion in outstanding amount with more than 37,000 investors. In its findings, it is said that the program has appealed to small savers, with 55 percent of all applications comprising investments of S$10,000 and below. Since the start of the program, a significant …

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Are protections for Cambodian domestic workers in Singapore adequate?

Statement on introduction of domestic workers from Cambodia by Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME), Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) and Legal Support for Children and Women (Cambodia). Last month, the Singapore Ministry of Manpower announced that Cambodia will be a source country for domestic workers from 2017. According to media reports, between 1000 to 1200 domestic workers will be recruited …

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Review Committee and Welfare Homes for destitute persons announced

The Government on its 1 February Gazette announced that in exercise of the powers conferred by section 10 of the Destitute Persons Act, the Minister for Social and Family Development (MSF) has appointed members of a Review Committee in respect of each of the Welfare Homes in Singapore, for a period of 2 years starting from 1 February 2017. A …

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Where’s the transparency, Singapore Environment Council?

By Chris Soh On 10 January, the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) held a media conference to announce its enhanced Green Label scheme for pulp and paper products. The enhanced scheme had taken more than a year for the SEC to implement since it first made an announcement about the enhanced label in 2015, in the aftermath of the haze crisis …

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