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     - HDB & URA outsource car park enforcement services


Easier to enter the Sports School from 2006

"...First, the Sports School will admit all students with high sporting potential regardless of their academic ability. This will take effect from 2006..."


     - NKF - Investigations into allegations

     - New NKF Board appointed


Policy changes affecting the property market


increase the housing financing limit to 90% of the property value


lower the cash payment for private residential properties from 10% to 5%


allow CPF members to use their CPF savings to purchase private residential properties with remaining leases of 30 to 60 years


allow non-related singles to use their CPF savings to jointly purchase private residential properties


phase out the Non-Residential Properties Scheme (NRPS) by 1 Jul 2006


allow foreigners to purchase apartments in non-condominium developments of less than 6 levels without the need to obtain prior approval



Deaths of SAF Servicemen Due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Sudden cardiac death or SCD results from sudden cardiac arrest in a person who is usually in a state of normal health. In other words, the person may not exhibit any warning symptoms or signs prior to the attack.
In the SAF, over the period from 1996 to 2005, for these nine years, there were 19 cases of sudden cardiac deaths, that is about 2.1 cases a year.
Of these, five had collapsed during training; the others were not during training. There is no comparative data for the Singapore male population. However, the National Heart Centre study showed that there were 261 cases of sudden cardiac deaths among the Singapore male population aged 18 to 45 over the period 2001 to 2003, that is over a three year period, or an average of 87 cases per year.
To put the issue in perspective, allow me to share some pertinent information on the chances of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest.
Dr Lim Swee Han, Senior Consultant and Head of the Singapore General Hospital Accident and Emergency Department, reported in a January 2005 paper that there was a 4.1% survival rate in 968 non-trauma cardiac arrest cases in a five year period, from 1994 to 1999.
Dr Marcus Eng Ong Hock, in a cardiac arrest and resuscitation epidemiology study in 2003 reported that from a total of 548 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in Singapore, only 2.0% survived to discharge.
Even among patients who suffered cardiac arrest in tertiary hospitals, that is while they were already in hospital where the best care is available, the survival rate to discharge ranged from 18 to 32%, according to studies from various countries. Unfortunately, death as a consequence of cardiac arrest is the most common outcome even with optimal management.
Statement by Minister for Defence Mr Teo Chee Hean in Response to Parliamentary Question on Deaths of SAF Servicemen Due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest - An Excerpt

Full Text of Statement

Source: News Release 18 Jul 2005



     - Police advisory on NKF suit

     - New Board and CEO for National Kidney Foundation (NKF)


Vandalism At NKF Building, Kim Keat Road

On 13 Jul 2005 at 5.20am, Police received a call from the building manager of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Headquarters located at No 81 Kim Keat Road. She reported that the external perimeter walls facing Kim Keat Road have been sprayed with writings. The graffiti, which were in red spray paint, were in English and Mandarin.
The case has been classified as vandalism and investigations are ongoing.
Members of the public who have information on this case are requested to contact the Police Hotline at 1800-2550000.
3 July 2005 @ 8.30 pm
Source: Media Release 13 Jul 2005



NKF - Win back donors' Trust

"...Judging by the hundreds of e-mail messages, letters and phone calls that have flooded The Straits Times since Monday, donors are upset by the size of Mr Durai's salary and bonuses and his travel perks...

"What many ordinary people know of the NKF are its heart-rending fliers, the plaintive pleas by its telemarketers and watching sick children on television.

"They remember digging into their pockets to give.

"Now, they are asking: Giving to whom?




KKH to serve all healthcare needs of women

"...Unlike the past when practically every Singaporean was born in a public hospital, Medisave made it affordable for many mothers to deliver their babies in private hospitals.

"The combined effects of these two structural trends have resulted in the new KKH being under-utilised. Bed occupancy is about 65%, below average. Number of babies born is one-third what it used to do...
"As a government, we should be pleased that Singaporeans are finding private obstetric care affordable. Then our limited resources can be re-deployed to serve more pressing needs, like oncology and geriatrics, where patients may not be able to afford private hospital care. Time to Change.."



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