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Healthy Venues Grants available for WA sport and recreation centres

  • Healthway’s $100,000 in new Healthy Venues Grants now available 
  • Local sport and recreation centres can apply for up to $5,000 to create healthier food and drink outlets
  • City of Swan first local government to be awarded 
  • Applications for Healthway’s Healthy Venues Grants are now open to local government and State-owned sport and recreation centres across Western Australia.

    Eligible venues can apply for funding of up to $5,000 to implement a range of promotional, educational and environmental strategies to increase healthy food and drink choices.

    The City of Swan is the first local government to be awarded funding under the new grants scheme and will implement healthy food and drink strategies at Swan Active Beechboro, Swan Active Midland and Swan Active Ballajura.

    The Swan Active sites will develop a Healthy Food and Drink Policy to support catering and food rewards, adopt healthier food preparation practices, and offer education activities and events to promote healthy eating in the community.

    The project will be co-ordinated with support from Healthway, local health service providers, venue operators, and the WA School Canteen Association.

    The Healthy Venues project aims to create healthier food environments at sport and recreation venues throughout WA.

    To apply for funding, visit the Healthway website at https://www.healthway.wa.gov.au/apply-for-a-healthy-venues-grant

    As stated by Health Minister Roger Cook:

    “Children and families that attend Swan Active venues will soon be able to enjoy a range of healthier food and drinks while participating in sport and recreation activities.

    “This is a great healthy eating initiative that local governments are well placed to champion.

    “Creating healthier food and drink choices is vital for reducing the high rates of overweight and obesity among the WA community.”

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    PLA’s morale extremely low, China sets up recreation centres

    To boost the troops’ morale, China has started to set up recreation centres comprising a fitness centre, heated swimming pools, hot tubs, library and other facilities, sources said.

    China has deployed thousands of its troops along the LAC with India in a bid to change the status quo on the borders. Now with the winter setting in and the temperature dipping to as low as minus 30-degree Celsius, the troops’ condition has worsened with less rotation on the ground. “This is a matter of concern for the PLA,” said a source, adding that PLA troops’ “morale is extremely low now”.

    The recreational centres also have computers and play stations, sources said. “One such recreation centre has come up near the Moldo Garrison, opposite India’s Chushul,” the source said.

    The sources also said that China is facing a shortage of specialised cold climate clothing and has gone for emergency procurements. Also, PLA troops are struggling to survive in the sub-zero temperatures with poor quality of clothing and accommodation, sources said.

    The sources added that the PLA Joint Logistics Support Force (JLSF) has constituted a quality supervision team for emergency procurement of extreme cold climate clothing.

    This team has been tasked to ensure good quality clothing and fast delivery to forward area troops.

    “Emergency plans such as the setting up of special working classes, scientific planning, factory supervision, on-site inspections and placement of military representatives in factories to supervise production have been put in place,” the source said. This team is reporting directly to the Central Military Commission.

    Chinese and Indian troops are deployed along the LAC in extreme weather conditions. Both the countries are engaged in an eight-month-long standoff along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh. They are also engaged in military and diplomatic talks to resolve the border disputes.

    Eight rounds of corps commander level talks had taken place between both the countries’ military and the ninth round of talks is scheduled very soon to disengage troops.

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    City clarifies 10-person limit inside Hamilton arenas, recreation centres – Hamilton

    The City of Hamilton has issued an update regarding capacity limits within recreation facilities.

    As a result of entering the red control category of the province’s framework, designed to control the spread of COVID-19, it now says a maximum of 10 patrons can be inside of a facility at one time, regardless of size.

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    The restriction, which the city says was confirmed late Wednesday by the province under the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework, applies to Hamilton’s recreation centres, arenas and community halls.

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    The city stresses that there are no special capacity limits for on-rink activity, adding that the arena limits apply to coaches and players; no spectators are permitted.

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    Hockey teams may train with drills only, as no games or scrimmages are permitted, and there is no access to arena change room facilities.

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    The city had previously announced the cancellation of all fall registered recreation programs, including swimming lessons, fitness programs, sports programs and general interest programs.

    All gym, sport, and fitness drop-in programs, including pickleball, badminton, basketball, table tennis, open gym, and water fit, are all cancelled with Hamilton in the red control category.

    Some drop-in recreation programs will continue, including open swim, length swim and seniors general interest, but reservations are required for entry and there is a 90-minute limit of length of stay.

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    Singapore to allow migrant workers from dormitories to visit recreation centres

    Singapore, Oct 29 (PTI) Singapore will allow some foreign workers, who have largely been confined to dormitories since March due to the spread of the coronavirus, to visit recreation centres, as the country eases norms after low infection rates in the community.

    All foreign workers from the dormitory, who test negative for COVID-19, will be able to visit recreation centres on their days off from Saturday, reported Channel News Asia, citing Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

    But these workers from the dormitories, which were the biggest coronavirus spreading points at the peak of local infections, must not be from dormitory that has active COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Manpower said.

    The decision came after more than two months of trials when around 30,000 migrant workers from about 300 dormitories were allowed to visit recreation centres on their rest days.

    The workers will be able to shop for groceries, remit money, get a haircut and dine with their friends at the centres.

    Safe distancing officers will be at the centres to make sure workers adhere to COVID-19 safety measures.

    To visit their dormitory’s assigned recreation centre, workers will have to apply for an exit pass via the SGWorkPass mobile application and can do so seven days in advance.

    The workers must pre-book time slots to prevent overcrowding.

    The low infection rates in the community and dormitories also played a part in this decision, said MOM.

    “We are pleased and heartened to see the initiatives taken by MOM to ensure the workers return to normalcy in a phased manner and this is a welcome step,” said Dipa Swaminathan, founder of ‘ItsRainingRaincoats’, an NGO helping foreign workers here.

    Meanwhile, Singapore reported seven imported COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total count to 57,994.

    The seven imported cases, reported on Wednesday, came from Belgium, Switzerland, Myanmar and the Philippines. They are serving stay-home notice since their arrival here. PTI GS NSA

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    Migrant workers in dorms allowed to visit recreation centres

    SINGAPORE — From Saturday (31 October), eligible migrant workers living in dormitories will be allowed to visit recreation centres (RCs) on their rest days.

    In a media release on Wednesday, the Ministry of Manpower said that this easing of restrictions comes after more than two months of trials, and with COVID-19 infection rates in the community and dormitories maintained at low levels over a period of time.

    From Saturday, recovered workers who still have immunity against COVID-19, as well as those who have been tested negative recently under the rostered routine testing regime, will be allowed to visit RCs.

    They will be able to access amenities and services such as food and beverages outlets, minimarts, telecommunications shops, barbers and remittance services. They will also be able to meet with their friends for activities in the RCs’ communal facilities, with strict safe management measures in place.

    Before this, migrant workers are allowed to leave their dormitories only for work and essential errands.

    Exit passes to visit Recreation Centres

    Eligible workers will be able to book an exit pass via the SGWorkPass mobile application to visit their dormitory’s assigned RC, up to seven days in advance. Checks will be conducted by dormitory operators and the RCs to ensure workers have valid exit passes before allowing entry and exit.

    To mitigate possible overcrowding at the RCs, workers will be staggered to visit the centres at different time slots. The number of exit passes issued for each time slot will be controlled through the application system.

    In addition, MOM has worked with sector agencies and employers to stagger the rest days for workers in the construction, marine and process sectors.

    The ministry has also review and refine the safe rest day measures amid the trials. For instance, time slots were lengthened from two hours to three hours based on feedback from industry associations. An additional 8pm to 11pm time slot will also be added to cater to workers who perform overtime work on their rest days.

    30,000 workers took part in trials

    To date, around 30,000 migrant workers from over 300 dormitories – including a mix of purpose-built dormitories, factory-converted dormitories and temporary living quarters – have booked exit passes as part of the trials.

    “When there is greater assurance that COVID-19 transmission has been sustained at negligible levels, we will work with our stakeholders to review when dormitory residents could be allowed to visit other popular social and recreational spots beyond the RCs,” said Tung Yui Fai, chief of the Assurance, Care and Engagement Group under the MOM.

    “We appreciate the cooperation of workers, employers, dorm operators and NGOs in working towards the goal of letting dormitory residents enjoy their rest days safely.”

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    Migrant workers who test negative for COVID-19 allowed to visit recreation centres from Oct 31

    SINGAPORE: All foreign worker dormitory residents who test negative for COVID-19 will be able to visit recreation centres on their days off from Saturday (Oct 31), said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Wednesday.

    They must also come from a dormitory that has no active COVID-19 cases. 

    This comes after more than two months of trials when around 30,000 workers from about 300 dormitories were allowed to visit recreation centres on their rest days.  

    Eight recreation centres across Singapore will open by the end of the week and workers will choose from one of five three-hour slots from 8am to 11pm. 

    At these centres, they will be able to shop for groceries, remit money, get a haircut and dine with their friends. Safe distancing officers will be on the ground to make sure the workers adhere to COVID-19 safety measures. 

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    So far, workers have only been permitted to leave their dormitories for work and errands.

    To visit their dormitory’s assigned recreation centre, they will have to apply for an exit pass via the SGWorkPass mobile application and can do so seven days in advance. 

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    Workers can shop for groceries at the recreation centre. There is a clothing shop, a hardware store, and two supermarkets – one catered for the Indians, and the other for the Bangladeshis. (Photo: Rachel Phua)

    As part of safety measures, workers – who currently have their rest days staggered throughout the week – have to pre-book time slots on the SGWorkPass mobile application to prevent overcrowding at these centres. 

    “The number of exit passes issued for each time slot will be controlled through the application system,” said MOM.

    Dormitory operators and personnel at the recreation centres will check that workers have valid exit passes before they are allowed to enter or exit.

    Apart from taking company-charted buses to the locations, those who live in the vicinity are allowed to walk or cycle there as well. 

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    Workers can purchase beer and other food items at the centre. (Photo: Rachel Phua)

    JTC Corporation (JTC), which runs five of eight recreation centres, used to welcome between 3,000 and 4,000 workers a day before the pandemic, said the agency’s housing and community division assistant manager S Darison Kumar.

    Mr Darison, who runs the Tuas South recreation centre, said JTC will cap the capacity of each session at an average of 300 workers. 


    Several improvements were made following feedback from workers during the trial period, said MOM’s director of occupational safety and health Christopher Koh.

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    Workers have to get their temperatures measured and check in before entering the recreation centre. (Photo: Rachel Phua)

    The ministry will add an additional time slot of 8pm to 11pm to cater to workers who do overtime work on their rest days, as some of them are unable to make it for the current last slot of 5pm to 8pm. 

    MOM will also extend

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    Eligible foreign workers from dorms allowed to visit recreation centres at staggered times, Singapore News & Top Stories

    SINGAPORE – Eligible foreign workers staying in dormitories will be allowed to visit recreation centres on their rest days at staggered times from Saturday (Oct 31) to buy necessities, get a haircut and remit money home.

    These centres also have food and beverage outlets, mini-marts and communal facilities, and workers can visit only the centre assigned to their dorms.

    There are eight such recreation centres across the island – in locations like Kranji, Tuas, Woodlands and Kaki Bukit – that have been built over the years to serve dorm residents.

    On average, each centre can accommodate about 300 dorm residents.

    The eighth centre will soon be operational, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Wednesday.

    The move is one of the measures to ease restrictions for migrant workers safely within and outside dorms.

    It comes after a two-month trial run since Aug 24 that allowed selected healthy residents from cleared dorms to visit the centres on their rest days.

    The low infection rates in the community and dorms over a period of time also played a part in this decision, said MOM.

    To be eligible to visit the recreation centres, the workers must have recovered from Covid-19 and have immunity from the disease, or tested negative recently under the Government’s rostered routine testing regime.

    Dorm residents have to apply – up to seven days in advance – for an exit pass via the SGWorkPass mobile application to visit their dorm’s assigned recreation centre.

    The dorm that the workers are living in must also not have any active coronavirus cases.

    Workers must also download and activate their TraceTogether app at all times.

    There are currently four staggered three-hour time slots between 8am and 8pm for foreign workers to visit the recreation centres on their rest days.

    A fifth time slot from 8pm to 11pm will be added from next Monday, said MOM. This is in response to feedback that some workers prefer to visit the centre after their working hours.

    The rest days for foreign workers in the construction, marine and process sectors have also been staggered after MOM worked with sector agencies and employers on it.

    For many migrant workers, being able to visit recreation centres marks the first time they will be stepping out of their dorms since March this year.

    Suicides and attempted suicides reported by the media and documented in videos shared online have renewed concerns over the mental and emotional health of workers, many of whom spent the past few months confined to their living quarters.

    On Wednesday, Mr Christopher Koh, director of occupation safety and health unit of MOM’s workplace policy and strategy division, said the recreation centre visits initiative is “important for the mental well-being of our workers and to restore a sense of normalcy to their lives”.

    Speaking at the Tuas South Recreation Centre where journalists were given a tour of the area, he added that staggering the workers’ visit days to the centres helps to spread out the load of visitors at

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