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Inform AVA when you sell or give away your dog

February 1, 2017

TODAY, 31 Jan 2017, New pet dog licensing rules to kick in from March 1: AVA

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SINGAPORE – From March 1, pet businesses must ensure that all dogs intended for sale are licensed by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) before they are sold, the authority said on Tuesday (Jan 31). Pet businesses include pet importers, dog farms and pet shops.

To ensure that pet dogs continue to be licensed and traceable when they are sold, pet businesses must also transfer the ownership of the dogs to their new owners upon sale, which can be done using the AVA’s online Pet Animal Licensing System (PALS).

In addition, individual dog owners who sell or give away their dogs will have to inform AVA that they are no longer keeping the dogs. These owners will also be required to provide AVA with the particulars of the dog’s new owners, which can also be done using PALS.

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For example, the licence fee for one to 10 dogs is S$50 per annum, while the fees for having 101 to 200 dogs is S$1,000 per annum.

Those convicted of keeping an unlicensed dog face a fine of up to $5,000, while recalcitrant pet businesses may have their licences suspended or revoked, said the AVA.

For more information, visit the AVA’s website or call the 24-hour hotline at 1800 476 1600.

Giant clam shells are protected species

February 1, 2017

TNP, 1 Feb 2017, NUS students lambasted for taking giant clam shell
ST, 31 Jan 2017, NUS sailing trip draws flak after students return with giant clam shell

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Last month, 12 NUS students and alumni sailed to Indonesia’s Riau Islands for a week with Associate Professor Martin Henz, who teaches at NUS’ School of Computing and Faculty of Engineering.

They returned to Singapore with shells, including a giant clam shell, as keepsakes.

Environment groups and researchers pointed out that the giant clam is a protected species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) and proper permits are needed before any animal parts can be imported across borders, including dead clam shells.

Giant clams play an important role in the building of coral reefs. Even after they die, their shells are deposited on the reefs, attracting marine life and enhancing biodiversity.Prof Henz, an avid sailor who has taken NUS students sailing in the region since 2013, said: “This has been a learning experience, and we will be more mindful of our actions in the future to neither leave anything behind nor remove anything from nature.”

Singapore mirrors Malaysia’s toll charge

January 17, 2017

TNP, 17 Jan 2017, Singapore mirrors Malaysia’s toll charge

Foreign cars entering Singapore will be levied a new entry charge from Feb 15, in line with earlier government pronouncements that the Republic will match similar fees implemented by Malaysia.

In an announcement yesterday, the Land Transport Authority said a reciprocal road charge of $6.40 per entry will apply at both the Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints.

It said the fee mirrors Malaysia’s road charge of RM20 (S$6.40) for non-Malaysia registered cars entering Johor, which was implemented on Nov 1 last year.

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Difference between arbitration and mediation

January 10, 2017

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In an arbitration, the arbitrator looks into the legal rights and wrongs of a dispute and makes a decision. Once the arbitrator has arrived at a decision, it is binding on parties whether they agree with it or not. It is very much like the way a court case is decided by a judge, except that the process does not take place in a court room, and it is not open to the public. As in a court case, there is usually a winning and a losing party in an arbitration.

In a mediation, the mediator, essentially, helps parties to settle their disputes by a process of discussion and narrowing differences. The mediator helps the parties to arrive at an agreed solution. He does not decide the dispute. A successful mediation results in an agreement signed by the parties, whereas a contested arbitration results in a decision by the arbitrator himself without the agreement of the parties. In a mediation, there is no such thing as a winning or losing party, because there is no binding decision without both parties agreeing to one.

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre handles arbitration cases in Singapore. Mediation is managed by the Singapore Mediation Centre.

Salaries of poly grads across courses

January 10, 2017

ST, 9 Jan 2017, Poly grads’ starting pay rises after flat two years

The graduating class of 2015 who landed full-time jobs were hired on a median monthly salary of $2,100, compared with $2,000 in 2013 and 2014.

The monthly pay of graduates who had completed national service (NS) after finishing school in 2012 also moved up by $100 to $2,500.

The survey, which involved 10,513 graduates from last year and 4,876 post-NS graduates who completed their diploma course in 2012, also compared the pay levels of polytechnic graduates across different courses. Those with diplomas in built environment, engineering and maritime, and health sciences were the best paid.

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Past Results
Demand for Polytechnic graduates has consistently been strong.

GES 2015
– Press release for GES 2015 (Dated 8 Jan 2016)
– MOM Report on Graduate Starting Salary 2015
GES 2014
– Press release for GES 2014 (Dated 15 Jan 2015)
– MOM Report on Graduate Starting Salary 2014

Source of MOM reports: MOM Statistics & Publications

Jobs, Training Options Available in ICT Sector

January 10, 2017

TODAY, 7 Jan 2017, Too old? Not a tech geek? The ICT sector welcomes you

Amid the slowing economy and uncertain job market, many Singaporeans have said they are unsure of where to start looking for opportunities in several growth industries. To that end, TODAY has launched an eight-part weekly series that looks at the openings available, the prospects and how workers can equip themselves with the skills for these positions. In the previous instalments, we looked at the logistics, food manufacturing, hotel and early childhood industries.

This week, in the fifth part of the series, we focus on the fast-growing information and communications technology (ICT) sector, which has generated numerous jobs and seen many mid-career entrants — both young and old — successfully making the switch, and proving that age and a lack of familiarity with ICT are no significant barriers.

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SingPost offers festive postage rates for Chinese New Year

January 4, 2017

Singapore, 3 January 2017 – Singapore Post Limited (SingPost) is offering festive postage rates for Chinese New Year. The rates will be applicable for stamped and franked greeting cards posted between 7 January 2017 and 29 January 2017.

This is the 16th year SingPost is offering promotional postal rates to encourage the sending of greeting cards during Singapore’s four major festivals: Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa, Deepavali and Christmas.

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Singapore Electricity Tariff Revision for Q1 (2017)

December 30, 2016

Singapore Electricity Tariff Revision for Q1 (2017)

TODAY, 30 Dec 2016

For the quarter 1 Jan to 31 Mar 2017, electricity tariffs will increase by an average of 5.7% or 1.07 cents per kWh compared to the previous quarter. This is due to a 10.6% increase in the cost of natural gas for electricity generation.

Beneficiaries can use CPF monies for funeral expenses

December 14, 2016

Beneficiaries can use CPF monies for funeral expenses

FROM
IRENE KANG, GROUP DIRECTOR (COMMUNICATIONS), CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND BOARD AND JILL TAN,
PUBLIC TRUSTEE, INSOLVENCY & PUBLIC TRUSTEE’S OFFICE, MINISTRY OF LAW
PUBLISHED: 11:15 PM, NOVEMBER 9, 2016

We refer to Mr Marcus Tan’s letter “Allow CPF use for funeral expenses” (Nov 1, online).

When a Central Provident Fund member who has made a valid nomination dies, his/her CPF monies would be distributed to the beneficiaries according to the nomination.

Nominees who are responsible for the deceased member’s last rites can use the bequest to pay for the funeral expenses. If there is no nomination, the Public Trustee’s Office (PTO) would disburse the monies according to intestacy laws.

If the monies are needed for funeral expenses, a beneficiary can apply to the PTO for a reimbursement of funeral expenses, capped at S$6,000, from the deceased member’s non-nominated CPF monies.

For more information or to download the online application form for the reimbursement of funeral expenses, the public may visit the PTO’s website. We thank Mr Tan for the opportunity to clarify.

New PAssion Silver Concession Card

December 14, 2016

 

PAssion Silver Concession Card

A new PAssion card exclusive to seniors will be issued free to all Singaporean citizens aged 60 years and above from Monday (Dec 5) onwards. It will combine the functions of their senior citizen concession card with the PAssion card.

Senior citizens who want to use the card for transport must activate it by the end of May at a Transit Link ticket office, by producing their identity card or existing concession card. Temporary booths will also be set up at selected train stations and bus interchanges to make activation more convenient for seniors.

All seniors who turn 60 by Jan 31 will receive their cards by the end of March. Citizens who turn 60 after the cut-off date will receive their invitations in their birthday month.

Holders of the new card will enjoy discounted rates at PA Community Clubs’ courses, activities and facilities, and at merchants such as Giant and Cold Storage (3% off at Giant on Tuesdays and 3% off at Cold Storage on Wednesdays). KrisFlyer members also get 5 per cent off Singapore Airlines fares.

Seniors will also be entitled to a five-year National Library Board (NLB) Partner Membership, which allows them to borrow up to 10 items, and to concession fares on public transport, with at least 25 per cent off the adult fare.