Haze in Singapore worsened Tuesday as the 3-hour PSI reading hits the highest level so far this year.
The hazy conditions were brought about by northeasterly winds from hotspots in southern Johore, the National Environment Agency said in its haze forecast and health advisory.
The agency’s website showed the 3-hour PSI reading within the moderate band at 84 at 8pm, the highest level for this year so far, said Channel NewsAsia.
“The haziness is expected to gradually improve overnight,” NEA said. “Hazy conditions can also be expected if the hotspots in Johore persists.”
NEA said that the number of hotspots in the Malaysia increased Tuesday to 149 from 86 on Monday and those in Sumatra jumped to 259 from 228.
The agency noted that the 24-hour PSI reading ranged between 31 and 56 at 8pm, still between the good and moderate band.
At the current PSI level, most people can continue engaging in their normal activities. However, NEA advised those who are feeling unwell, especially the elderly,
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Singapore sends submarine rescue vessel, aircaft to search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370By Nurul Azliah Aripin | Yahoo Newsroom – Sun, Mar 9, 2014
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has sent more aircraft and vessels to assist Malaysia in efforts to find the missing Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines plane that was carrying 239 people.Read More »from Singapore sends submarine rescue vessel, aircaft to search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370
In a statement Sunday, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said that a submarine support and rescue vessel with divers onboard has been sent.
Also, two additional C-130 aircraft, a Formidable-class frigate (RSS Steadfast) with a Sikorsky S-70B naval helicopter onboard and a Missile Corvette (RSS Vigour) have been deployed.
The first Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) C-130 deployed Saturday returned to Singapore Saturday night, according to the ministry.
The deployment comes after Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen told Channel NewsAsia Saturday night that he offered assistance to his Malaysian counterpart.
“We have a vessel which is equipped to perform underwater search and assist in the search and locate operations. It also has divers on the vessel,” Ng said, adding that Malaysia Defence Minister
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Thousands of people, many from Southeast Asia, have expressed their concerns and worries over the fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 after news broke Saturday morning that the Boeing 777 carrying 239 people onbard had gone missing.Read More »from People cling to hope as hunt for missing Malaysian jet continues
More than 24 hours into the search for the plane, which was last detected in the South China Sea, many remain hopeful that the plane can still be found, and they are dedicating their prayers to the passengers and crew on board the flight. Photos with the words “Pray for MH370” have been shared widely.
However, frustrations are growing as no signs of wreckage have been found even after an overnight search. Following a press conference led by Malaysia’s Civil Aviation Chief Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman on Sunday morning to give an update, many netizens felt that he was being too “defensive”, subsequently arousing suspicions that the authorities might be hiding more information from the public.
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[UPDATE: 5 March, 4pm: Adding details of latest NEA statement]
The National Environment Agency (NEA) clarified on Wednesday that cooking oil extracted from grease traps was in fact sent for processing into biodiesel.
Witnesses reported seeing people extracting the oil from grease traps serving nearby eateries last month, sparking fear online that the oil was being re-used to cook food.Read More »from NEA on ‘gutter oil’ scare: Waste oil from grease traps sent for biodiesel processing
Local discussion forums were abuzz with other “gutter oil” sightings in Singapore. In one photo, a man and a woman in civilian clothes were spotted extracting waste oil in Jurong West with the use of an oil drum and tubes. A passerby named Justin sent the video on local site STOMP, saying that he was concerned that the duo was drawing out gutter oil. “Who knows if they’ll use it as cooking oil”, he was quoted as saying.
However, the NEA said it is still investigating an incident in Toa Payoh earlier this week of two men fleeing from police while they were extracting oil from the grease trap near a food
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The government has set aside S$1 billion for the Tourism Development Fund to help upgrade the sector in Singapore, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday.Read More »from PM Lee announces S$1 billion war chest to boost Singapore tourism
Making the announcement during the grand opening of the new wildlife park River Safari, he said the amount will be used to help develop new tourism concepts, fund new events for leisure and businesses, as well as upgrade the entire industry.
The amount the government has set aside is much higher than the previous S$905 million pumped into the fund in 2012 and PM Lee encouraged companies and workers to “take full advantage” of the schemes under this fund.
Underlining the importance of refreshing the attractions and events in Singapore to keep the city-state as a relevant must-see destination, he said” consumers’ tastes will change, facilities and attractions will age and competitors are stepping up their game – opening new attractions, organising new events”.
PM Lee also announced the Ministry of Trade and Industry will be
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Read More »from SingTel draws flak for proposal to charge challengers WhatsApp, Skype for network usage
SingTel’s call on regulators to give telco carriers the right to charge WhatsApp and Skype for using their networks has not gone down too well with Singaporeans.
“Come on SingTel. Don't be greedy. Indirectly, we are already paying to use WhatsApp and Skype. You’re already charging us for 3G/4G data usage and at home and work, we are already paying you for Internet access through broadband and fibre optics,” said Facebook user Violet Lim-Leong, responding to a Facebook post by local blog The Real Singapore.
Another Facebook comment by Richard Lim said, “Whichever app any user wants to utilize or to download for their own use is none of her darn business. The use of WhatsApp and other msging apps are reliant on internet services, and aren't people already paying for the internet services provided by the telcos?”
“What a joke! They should charge the whole world for using the internet. Why not charge apple for iTunes and charge Google and charge everyone. Time to reinvent Singtel business
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[UPDATED 27 Feb, 1pm: Details of latest service disruption on Thursday]Read More »from Third service disruption on SMRT this week caused by signal fault
A signal fault on SMRT's Circle Line on Thursday morning caused another service disruption -- the third this week alone.
SMRT tweeted at 736am that a signal fault would cause an additional delay of 20 minutes travelling time from Paya Lebar to Dhoby Ghaut.
At 853am, it tweeted that train services between the two stations were operating normally again.
On Wednesday, an SMRT spokesman said that the upgrading programme to update the signalling system across the entire SMRT network would take up to two years, and warned commuters that delays would continue in the meantime. She said it would eventually "address many of the signalling-related incidents we are facing today"
On Tuesday, another track fault struck the North-South Line, causing passengers to suffer delays a day after thousands of commuters saw their travel disrupted in the morning rush hour on Monday.
The latest disruption lasted about half an hour and affected
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SMRT has come under fire for downplaying Monday’s 90-minute train delay on the North-South Line which affected thousands of commuters during morning rush hour.Read More »from SMRT under fire for trying to downplay Monday’s peak hour train delay
In its statement explaining the service failure, it said “there was no service disruption although trains ran at a slower speed.”
“We were alerted of a track circuit failure on the south bound between Yew Tee and Kranji MRT stations this morning. As a result, our trains were travelling at slower speeds to ensure the safety of our passengers until the problem was rectified at 8.32am. Passengers were asked to allow for longer travelling times while engineers accessed the track, and free bus services were activated between Admiralty and Ang Mo Kio MRT stations, while additional trains were deployed to ease congestion. There was no service disruption although trains ran at a slower speed. We apologise for the inconvenience caused,” read the statement in full.
But netizens strongly disagreed with the statement, saying a spade should be
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No, your nose isn’t playing tricks on you.Read More »from What’s that smell in the air, Singapore?
If you or you friends have smelt a slight “burning” smell in some parts of Singapore recently, it may be down to minor vegetation fires that have occurred as a result of recent dry weather conditions, said the National Environment Agency on Monday.
And the vegetation fires were caused by a prolonged lack of rainfall, which have caused 17 reservoirs on the island to partially dry up.
In the first three weeks of February, the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) reported that about half of the island’s 64 rainfall stations had recorded rainfall totals below 10.0mm. This is well below the long-term average.
“There were localised showers, mainly in the western areas, on seven days this month [February]. Jurong Island received the highest rainfall total of 87.8 mm. However many parts of Singapore remain dry, particularly in the south and east,” said NEA.
“At the Changi climate station, the daily relative humidity is significantly below the long-term