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LEE HSIEN LOONG GIVING OUT “CARE PACKAGES” TO THE POOR & ELDERLY

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Dr Intan Azura Mokhtar, who are both grassroots advisers in Ang Mo Kio GRC, launched the WeCare Packs initiative at the annual Jalan Kayu Day. These packs contain non-perishable foods and items such as N95 masks, and are meant to help vulnerable residents tide over the impending spate of hazy days. Overall, more than 5,000 Community Emergency Response Team members and grassroots volunteers will distribute the packs to about 26,000 households islandwide in the next four weeks.

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WATER AGENCY: REBATES GIVEN TO RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY BROWN COLOURED TAP WATER

The national water agency said some could still be experiencing the problem today (June 13) and recommended that affected residents run their taps until the water is clear. PUB had explained the discoloured water was caused by suspended mineral sediments due to valve operations on a potable water pipe along Tampines Expressway yesterday to facilitate the connection of a newly-laid pipe. The water mains were flushed throughout last night, which also caused some residents to experience lower than usual water pressure, it added.

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DR VIVIAN BALAKRISHNAN: WE WILL GIVE YOU DAILY HAZE FORECAST & HEALTH ADVISORIES

Singaporeans will get daily haze forecasts and health advisories from Monday (jun 16) with the start of the south-west monsoon season. The National Environment Agency said on Friday that drier weather has affected parts of the region in the past few days, and isolated hotspots were visible in some areas of Sumatra and Kalimantan in Indonesia. "In the coming weeks, the south-west monsoon is expected to strengthen and persist with winds forecast to blow mostly from the southeast or southwest," said the agency. This could carry smoke haze from fires in Indonesia to Singapore.

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WATER AGENCY: “SMELLY WATER FROM TAP IS SAFE FOR DRINKING”

SINGAPORE — The Public Utilities Board (PUB) has said that the tap water at Raffles City is safe for consumption, following reports of cloudy and foul-smelling water in at least five restaurants at the mall last Friday (Oct 4). In a statement today, PUB said it took water samples from the distribution pipe, the water mains and the water storage tank of the building on Sunday for tests, and the lab results have showed that the water is safe for drinking.

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PUB: “BROWN WATER FROM TAP IS SAFE TO DRINK”

Residents in 50 blocks in Punggol received a shock when they turned on their taps this afternoon (June 12) and saw brownish water running out. However, the national water agency PUB said the discoloured water is safe for drinking. In a press statement, it explained that the discolouration was caused by sediments in a water pipeline that were stirred up during valve operations it carried out at noon today. These sediments are actually minerals in tap water that settled down over time in the pipes, it added.

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THE HAZE MAY BE BACK NEXT MONTH

Indonesian officials are bracing themselves for more widespread fires in the coming months, with Australian meteorologists predicting the return of the El Nino phenomenon as early as July.. FOREST fires in Sumatra may flare up as early as next month, the Indonesian authorities warned as cloud-seeding and water-bombing operations resumed this week to curb the threat of haze, which blanketed the region last year. The head of emergency response at Riau province's disaster management agency, Mr Ferialdi, said a Hercules aircraft and three helicopters made 20 sorties yesterday to put out fires. "Conditions are very much under control now. We also do patrols and get regular updates of conditions on the ground from local residents," he added.

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DR VIVIAN BALAKRISHNAN’S GADGET BOXES

Kids can also learn programming skills from online communities and YouTube videos, he said. In a Cashew Constituency Edusave Awards Presentation Ceremony in January, he brought in techies who taught kids and parents how to make simple robots. He is also considering a Makers' Fair around mid-year to expose his constituency to made-in-Singapore technologies. "If I can learn to program, many out there can probably do it too. If we give our children the right tools, it will blow our minds as to what they can do."

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NEA OVERRULES LTA INSPECTION CHECKS

One was for a S$70 fine for visible white water vapour emission and the second ordered us to go to any LTA vehicle inspection centre for an exhaust emission test before using the motorcycle on the roads. The next day, we took the motorcycle for another exhaust emission test — and again it passed. The LTA has found the motorcycle to be roadworthy twice, so why did the NEA appear to think otherwise? I have contacted both agencies about this. So far, I have not received any reply from the NEA and calls to it have proven fruitless.

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Asean haze meeting ends with little progress made

A computer system developed by Singapore to monitor the haze and identify culprits behind fires has also been stymied by Indonesia's inability to provide maps that can pinpoint who is responsible for the land plots where the fires occur. Speaking to the media after the meeting, Singapore's Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan said he was "frustrated at the very slow pace of progress" and "disappointed at the lack of transparency".

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