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2020年10月12日新加坡水域发现罕见粉色海豚

Oct 17, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

新加坡常被称为城市丛林。

但事实是,这个岛上和我们人类生活在一起的野生动物数量惊人。

它们的存在为我们原本平淡无奇的城市生活增添了许多色彩。

在南部水域发现海豚

继一只猕猴在滨海湾惊奇出现后,在新加坡南部海域又发现了一只海豚。

海洋公园之友协会主席Stephen Beng分享了一只罕见的粉色印度-太平洋驼背豚(中华白海豚)的照片。

Stephen Beng还在10月14日的Facebook帖子中分享说,这只海豚游得离海滩很近。

出于娱乐和保护的目的,海洋公园中有几类人士,例如划船者、皮划艇者和研究人员。

像印度-太平洋驼背豚这样的当地濒危动物的出现,表明了平衡不同人士的需求,同时确保海洋野生动物安全的重要性。

因此Stephen Beng说,让在自然保护区的休闲人士参与到保护工作中来是十分重要的。

有关印度-太平洋驼背豚的更多信息

在新加坡水域,不时能看到印度-太平洋驼背豚。

它们是害羞的动物,会远离船只。

根据Wiki.nus的资料,这些海豚一般群体规模较小,通常在3到8个之间。

据新加坡野生动物协会称,在城市化的新加坡看到海豚可能是水质良好的标志。

根据新加坡的濒危动物红色名单,印度-太平洋驼背豚在当地已经濒临灭绝。

国际自然保护联盟将其列为“易危物种”。

海豚正受到水污染、栖息地丧失以及因被废弃的渔网和鱼线所困而溺死的威胁。

它们的数量正在减少。

以上图片来自Stephen Beng

PSP's Tan Cheng Bock voted out as Sec-Gen after alleged party infighting

Apr 01, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

Former Republic of Singapore Air Force colonel Francis Yuen has been appointed secretary-general of the Progress Singapore Party (PSP), taking over from party founder Tan Cheng Bock.

Dr Tan, 80, has become party chairman. This was announced by the PSP on Thursday (April 1), after its central executive committee (CEC) met on Wednesday.

In a Facebook post, PSP Non-Constituency MP Leong Mun Wai said Mr Yuen was the committee's unanimous choice to "lead PSP to the next level".

"Francis will lead and galvanise the party while (Dr Tan) concentrates on strengthening external support for PSP," he wrote.

Chairman role is basically a glorified flower pot

In many organisations around the world, the Secretary-General position has the authority to make all the decisions of running the organisation - or party. The Chairman generally does not have any more power pe se than any other voting member of the Executive Committee, except the power to run board meetings.

Comparatively, the Secretary-General is like the Chief Executive Officer of the company.

For example, the People's Action Party chairman is Gan Kim Yong while the Secretary-General is Lee Hsien Loong.

Party infighting?

The change comes amid reports of a rift in the party. An online news site, the RedWire Times, said in March that some party cadres have demanded for Dr Tan to step down as secretary-general, and allow for "more talented rising stars" to take over.

Commenting on the Redwire Times report, PSP member Kumaran Pillai said the new CEC line-up is in no way a reflection of any disagreement over the leadership of the party. Rather, Mr Yuen assuming the secretary-general role is part of a planned transition, he added.

“When Dr Tan started the party, he said he will mentor someone younger, and he hasn’t deviated from his original mission. People shouldn’t be reading too much into it.”

Mr Pillai added that he had a long dialogue with the party cadre who was quoted anonymously by Redwire Times as saying that some cadres are mustering support to demand for Dr Tan to step down from his post.

“His intention is not to stage a coup within the party. I think people have misinterpreted it and misunderstood what he said, sometimes it's like playing broken telephone, you say one thing and by the time you get to the last person, the whole story gets distorted along the way... there’s no infighting, there's no malice,” he said.

In other words, the flower pot needs watering.