Home Briefs: Prizes given to 48 winners of family history contest

Prizes given to 48 winners of family history contest

Certificates and cash prizes ranging from $300 to $1,000 were presented to 48 winners of the Singapore Family History Writing Competition in a ceremony at the National Library yesterday.

Some 590 participants - the oldest aged 95 - submitted compilations of their family histories, stretching back to the first generation to settle here.

The competition, jointly organised by the Genealogy Society Singapore and National Library Board, with support from the Singapore Memory Project, was launched in November last year as an SG50 campaign, to encourage Singaporeans to be more conscious of their roots.

All entries can be viewed at www.singaporememory.sg.

Move to help businesses reduce their packaging

Businesses will now be able to compare the weight of their products' packaging against those by other companies, with a new database launched by the National Environment Agency.

The database hopes to encourage businesses to reduce the packaging in their products.

Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Amy Khor, speaking at the 3R Packaging awards presentation ceremony yesterday, said NEA will be engaging stakeholders from December to gather feedback on introducing requirements for more sustainable packaging waste management.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 23, 2015, with the headline 'Home Briefs: Prizes given to 48 winners of family history contest'. Print Edition | Subscribe