Home Briefs: Record haul of pre-loved goods for charity sale

EcoBank collected 17,500kg of items that would have been incinerated. Its sale is at City Square Mall this weekend. Proceeds go towards helping disadvantaged children and the environment.
EcoBank collected 17,500kg of items that would have been incinerated. Its sale is at City Square Mall this weekend. Proceeds go towards helping disadvantaged children and the environment.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

Record haul of pre-loved goods for charity sale

An annual drive to collect pre-loved goods, including toys, clothing, books and accessories, has pulled in its biggest haul yet.

EcoBank collected over 17,500kg in goods this year. Had these been incinerated, they would have produced carbon emissions equal to what 1,121 homes produce in a year.

The total collection was up from 10,770kg last year and 6,100kg in 2016, when it began.

The public donated the items at eight collection points in Singapore. They went on sale this weekend at City Square Mall to benefit disadvantaged children and the environment.

Organised by sustainability firm Eco-Business and property giant City Developments, the sale is to encourage conscious consumption and raise awareness of waste generation.


Eight cases of illegal dealings in tiger parts

There have been eight cases of tiger parts being traded illegally and smuggled in Singapore since 2015, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said on World Wildlife Day yesterday.

AVA said tigers are the most endangered of the big cat species.

In 2016, it imposed a $1,000 fine for the illegal sale of two pieces of tiger teeth, while in 2015, a $5,000 fine was meted out for the possession and sale of five pieces of tiger claws.

Anyone who sells, offers, or exposes for sale or display to the public any tiger parts and products can be jailed for up to a year and/or fined up to $10,000.


17 arrested in checks on entertainment outlets

Seventeen people aged between 26 and 70 were arrested during enforcement operations at gambling spots, clubs and pubs.

The eight women and nine men were arrested last Friday in a series of enforcement checks by the Central Police Division, the police said yesterday.

Most of the women were arrested during checks on public entertainment outlets in Jalan Sultan, Jalan Besar and Marina Bay.

Six of them were arrested for employment-related offences - One woman was employing workers without a working permit, while the other five were working without permits.

Another woman was arrested for obstructing a police officer in the course of duty.

Action will also be taken against the operators of these outlets for contravening licensing conditions.

The remaining woman and nine men were arrested for gambling in public in Geylang Bahru and Kelantan Lane. A total of $6,977 in cash was seized.

Investigations are ongoing.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 04, 2018, with the headline 'Home Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe