Singapore digest news (15.08-20.08)

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PM Lee Hsien Loong to deliver National Day Rally 2022 speech from 6.45pm on Aug 21

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will deliver his National Day Rally 2022 speech on Sunday (Aug 21) at the Institute of Technical Education headquarters in Ang Mo Kio.Mr Lee will speak in Malay at 6.45pm, in Mandarin at 7pm, and in English from 8pm, said the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in a statement on Monday (Aug 15).

During last year's National Day Rally, Mr Lee announced a range of measures to help lower-wage workers and addressed concerns about racial and community fault lines.The National Day Rally is seen as the most important political speech of the year. It provides a platform for the Prime Minister to address the nation and share important policy matters.


Foodpanda, Grab and Deliveroo form association, aim to launch industry code of practice

Food delivery platforms Grab, Foodpanda and Deliveroo on Thursday (Aug 18) jointly launched an association aimed at strengthening the frameworks, guidelines, and policies supporting delivery staff and merchants.

Called the Digital Platforms Industry Association (DPIA), it will identify areas of improvement and collaborate with government and industry stakeholders, the three platforms said in a statement.
The association intends to launch an industry code of practice to be adopted by its members. The code will incorporate industry best practices and “principles related to the health and safety” of its delivery staff and merchant development, added the companies.


Baby boomers in Singapore more environmentally conscious, leading greener lifestyles than younger generations: Study

Contrary to the general perception that baby boomers in Singapore are less environmentally conscious than their younger counterparts, a recent study has shown that this group of people aged between 58 and 65 scored the highest in terms of awareness and adoption of greener lifestyles compared with younger generations, and are also doing more to advocate for sustainable behaviours.

The OCBC Climate Index 2022 study also found that baby boomers have become more exposed to environmental news and are more confident in using social media to advocate on climate issues, OCBC bank said in a media release on Tuesday (Aug 16).

Unlike Gen Zs aged 18 to 25, this group of older Singaporeans are more likely to adopt a non-meat diet, purchase local produce and bring reusable containers for takeaways.Releasing its latest findings on Tuesday, OCBC said researchers polled 2,169 respondents between June 4 and 16 this year.

Apart from a survey, researchers also conducted another focus group study to understand why baby boomers, rather than younger Singaporeans, are leading the way in climate action. Said OCBC: "Baby boomers are doing well overall... They have adopted good habits since young and have accumulated awareness and knowledge of climate change over time."


DFI retail group launches initiative to reduce hunger, boost food security

Food retail operator DFI Retail Group is launching a new community initiative to kick start its commitment to provide a million meals to the less fortunate in Singapore across two years.
The “Have You Eaten?” project is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility efforts to reduce hunger and increase food security in the regions where it operates, the group said in a news release on Thursday (Aug 18)

“The #HaveYouEatenProject will spearhead the company’s efforts in reaching its goal of providing the equivalent of one million meals in food donated, supported by its ongoing successful food donation drive which is also in partnership with The Food Bank Singapore,” DFI said.


11 MRT stations along Thomson-East Coast Line on track to open by end of the year: LTA

Eleven new stations along the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL), including Orchard, Great World and Maxwell, are on track to open to the public by the end of the year.

"This milestone marks the completion of all civil and structural works, as well as our systems integration and testing activities, for our TEL3," LTA said in a Facebook post."With the handover, SMRT will carry out operational testing over the next few months to prepare 11 of the stations for welcoming commuters for passenger service by the end of this year."

LTA said commuters taking the MRT directly from Springleaf to Great World City, for instance, can save more than 40 per cent in travel time compared to a 60-minute journey by bus and train.