Friday, 30 June 2017

2017: Celebrate 50 years of National Service (NS50) - updated

Source: SAF facebook

NS50 vouchers - National servicemen to receive $100 vouchers from May

Singapore Mint launches commemorative NS50 Silver medallions

Art exhibition launched to commermorate NS50

National servicemen to get free travel on June 30, 2017

National servicemen to get discounts at 160 hawker stalls, shops, community clubs, PA from July, promotions

Stamps to mark 50 years of National Service launched in March

SAFRA celebrates NS50

Exceptional people: Late Singaporean couple leave $6 million to NKF, SPCA and Assisi Hospice


Jo and Gerry Essery always had a heart for animals and people, especially the sick and needy.

When they passed on, they left behind $6 million to be distributed equally to three Singapore charities, namely the Assisi Hospice, National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

NKF will be using its share of the money – $2 million – to build a new dialysis centre in Marsiling, which will feature 22 dialysis stations and serve up to 132 kidney patients who live or work in the area.

SPCA has used $300,000 of its amount received on its new building fund and for sponsorship of an open-air education pavilion, which has been named the “Essery Education Pavilion” in honour of the couple.

Assisi Hospice will use its share of the money to help its needy patients. Its renamed “Essery Hall” will also be utilised for various activities such as staff clinical training, tasks and seminars.

Ref: https://sg.yahoo.com/news/late-couple-leave-6-million-nkf-spca-assisi-hospice-065425065.html

Painless patch could replace flu jab

Source: ST
Vaccines delivered via a painless, throwaway patch could one day eliminate the need for needle-and-syringe flu injections, researchers said yesterday after completing a preliminary trial.

In Phase 1 clinical trials, all the active flu vaccines worked equally well for at least six months, regardless of whether they were delivered by professionals or the patient, or whether they were administered by a syringe or a micro-needle.

The manufacturing cost for the patches is expected to be about the same as for pre-filled syringes. But the patch is expected to be cheaper because it can be sent through the mail and self-administered.

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/painless-patch-could-replace-flu-jab-study

Sports: Compressionwear 'does not help'

Cyclists wearing compression wear

The sale of sexy, slick compression garments across the webpages of Adidas, Under Armour, Asics and more is almost ubiquitously associated with phrases such as "increase muscle power", "go further and faster" and "optimise performance".

However, a recent study funded by Nike found no such benefits.

Putting 20 experienced runners on a treadmill for 30 minutes at 80% of their maximum effort, while completing a series of fatigue tests before and afterwards, they found no difference in the levels of fatigue between those wearing compression garments and those wearing normal shorts.

But the good thing in wearing compressionwear is to showcase the toned body of the athletes.

Read the full article @ http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/fashion/compressionwear-does-not-help

You may want to read Beetroot able to improve athletes' performances

Fights against terrorist attacks on pedestrians and Ransomware

1) Anti-terror barriers go up in Australia

Source: ST

2) Vaccine for Petya (NotPetya) Ransomware

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Voices: Install water coolers at more public places

Water coolers should be installed at public places, such as shopping centres and MRT stations, besides tourist destinations (Water coolers at tourist spots can help reduce plastic waste; June 22).

In our hot and humid country, the best way to stay hydrated is to drink enough water.

While I have noticed more people drinking from water bottles as they walk around, getting a refill may be difficult because water coolers are available only at key bus termini.

In countries such as Britain, France and Italy, water dispensers are easily available in shopping centres, public transport stations and office premises.

If European countries can do it, I see no reason that we who are living in the tropics cannot follow suit.

Drinking water from dispensers would help to cut down the consumption of sugary drinks, besides reducing the use of disposable plastic bottles.

Jeffrey Law Lee Beng

Ref: http://www.todayonline.com/voices/install-water-coolers-more-public-places

How can I help my special needs child in selecting a primary school?


Ref: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/guide-picking-primary-school

Bed-sharing raises risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (Sids)


The debate over whether parents should share beds with infants was ignited online, following the death of a 36-day-old baby last Tuesday.

Local paediatricians The Straits Times spoke to said young infants should not share a bed with their parents.

Dr Lim said bed-sharing puts infants less than four months old or born premature at risk of suffocation, strangulation and Sids.

KKH's Dr Arun Kumar Pugalenthi said that studies have shown that bed-sharing is associated with a five-fold increase in the risk of Sids in the first three months of a baby's life, as compared to infants sleeping in a supine position in a cot in the parents' room.

He said: "Currently, there is insufficient evidence to recommend any bed-sharing situation as safe."

Ref: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/bed-sharing-raises-risk-sudden-infant-death-syndrome-experts

Breastfeeding for a year also reduces a mother's chances of heart disease and stroke later in life by nearly 10%

Image from babycentre
Breastfeeding for a year reduces a mother's chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke later in life, according to new research.

A study found that the longer a mother breastfeeds, the greater the cardiovascular health benefit appears to be.

Previous studies have suggested that mothers get short-term health benefits from breastfeeding, including weight loss and lower cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose levels after pregnancy. But the long-term effects of breastfeeding on the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases in mothers are unclear.

Now a new study has found that women who breastfeed for 12 months have nearly a 10% lower risk of developing heart disease or suffering a stroke later in life.

Ref: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4625696/Breastfeeding-year-reduces-chances-heart-attack.html

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

$1.2 billion worth of GST Vouchers and Medisave top-ups for eligible Singaporeans



Ref: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/s12-billion-worth-gst-vouchers-and-medisave-top-ups-eligible-singaporeans

Ask the Experts: Getting rid of dark brown spots


Melasma is a common skin pigmentation that usually presents as brown spots on the cheeks. It can also be seen on the forehead, nose, upper lips, chin and, occasionally, on the arms.

Although it is mainly a cosmetic problem, most people are troubled by it and will go to great lengths to have it treated.

Unfortunately, melasma cannot be cured. The causes are multifactorial and dependent on one's age.

Read the full article @ http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/getting-rid-of-dark-brown-spots

Parenting: Is my kid too fat?


The number of overweight children in Singapore has been on the rise. According to the Ministry of Education, obesity in children was 10 per cent in 2000. In 2013, this number rose to 11 per cent, and then 12 per cent in 2014.

But sometimes, even parents are unable to see that their own children are overweight, according to a study published in the British Journal of General Practice. Said mum of two Mabel Lee: “No one likes to hear that their child is fat. And honestly, if you see the child every day, it’s hard to notice any gradual weight gain.”

To find out whether your child has weight problems, look at the charts in his health booklet, said Kinder Clinic paediatrician Dr Vera Oh.

Do note that while percentile charts do not necessarily point to a problem, it gives you an idea as to how heavy your child is compared to his peers. If you see a sharp rise in your offspring’s position on the chart, check with a doctor if you need to improve his eating habits and activity levels.

Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/lifestyle/is-my-kid-too-fat-8961928

Work stint gives students a taste of life on the job

Spectra Secondary student Asad Ali Zainol Abidin during his two-week-long work attachment at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, where he did room-service functions such as delivering fruit to guests as well as clearing plates and utensils. Image - ST
A growing number of young students took on short-term work attachments or job-shadowing stints during the June school holidays.

This comes as schools here beef up their education and career guidance programmes. From career talks to industry visits, schools have been putting in place initiatives to help students make sensible education and career choices.

For young students, the strategy is to encourage them to discover their interests and learn about the occupations out there.

Mr Sam Ho, vice-principal (vocational education) at Crest Secondary, said work attachments allow students to "continue their learning in a real-world scenario".

Read the full article @ http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/work-stint-gives-students-a-taste-of-life-on-the-job

Beetroot


Most beetroot on sale is round and red, but yellow, white and stripey versions are available.

The beetroot taste is described as sweet, earthy and tender to eat once cooked or pickled. It’s a root vegetable related to turnips, swedes and sugar beet.


Benefits

1. Blood pressure

Beetroot is a great source of nitrates, which when consumed, is converted to nitrites and a gas called nitric oxides. Both these components help to widen the arteries and lower blood pressure. Researchers also found that having just about 500 grams (2 glasses) of beetroot every day reduces a person’s blood pressure in about six hours.

Some blood pressure medicine are using this principal to lower patients' blood pressure. If you are taking blood pressure pills,  be sure to let your doctor know as beetroot juice and bp medicine may lower your blood pressure to a very dangerous low level.

2. Stamina
Athletes since 2009 (that is when it was discovered) have been drinking beetroot juice to enhance their performances. As more blood flows and carries more oxygen, the athletes' performances are enhanced and it takes a longer time before they are exhausted.

Beetroot contains flavonoids called anthocyanins that can help with recovery from the stress of exercise during training and competition.

3. Sexual health

Nitrites and nitric oxides gas from nitrates in beetroots help to widen the blood vessels and increasing blood flow to the genitals, a function Viagra pills replicate.

Another factor is that beetroot contains a lot of boron, a chemical compound that is important for the production of the human sex hormone. So the next time, ditch the blue pill and have some beetroot juice instead.







4. Brain and dementia
Studies have shown drinking beetroot juice increases blood flow to the brain for a short while in older people. Maintaining good blood circulation to the brain is associated with a reduced risk of vascular dementia, one of the main causes of dementia.

[You may want to read Do you want a 'younger' brain? Drink beetroot juice.]


High nitrates in other vegetables

The following vegetables also contain a high level of nitrates. If you do not like to have red urine or poo, you may want to eat:
  • arugula
  • spinach
  • lettuce
  • radish
  • Chinese cabbage

Ref:
http://www.thehealthsite.com/diseases-conditions/amazing-health-benefits-of-beetroot/
https://www.trainingpeaks.com/blog/using-beet-juice-to-improve-performance/
http://www.webmd.boots.com/healthy-eating/guide/beetroot-benefits
https://authoritynutrition.com/foods/beetroot/

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Scam warning: Beware of phishing emails from fake courier companies


It may look like a legitimate email from "DHL Express", but click on the attachment and a malicious code would be downloaded onto the recipient's device, infecting it with malware.

Reports of such phishing emails from fake logistics companies have been on the rise recently, the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCERT) warned on Friday (Jun 23).

Phishing emails are becoming increasingly well-written and appear legitimate. Hence, users need to exercise caution.

It said that in most cases, the fake emails asked for payment to be made for products bought online, before the goods can be delivered.

"Please be advised that DHL does not request payment in this manner. DHL only collects money due for official DHL related shipping expenses," said the courier company.

Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/beware-of-phishing-emails-from-fake-courier-companies-singcert-8975302

Kuding cha (苦丁茶) helps in weight loss


Kuding cha is derived from its appearance and taste. It is an alternative tea to the common green tea, which is cooling and may help in weight loss.

Kuding cha is much cooling and it is very bitter. As the leaves are rolled into a spike with sharp ends like a nail, hence its name.

Benefits of kuding cha


Its property of weight loss is much more profound. You can actually see yourself slimming, starting from your waist when you first notice your pants keep dropping. You do not have to spend a lot money to get slim. Drinking this inexpensive tea will give you the same results as going for expensive spa, drinking expensive herbal tea or acupuncture treatment.

Its cooling effect will help those with heatiness constitution like sore throat, flu, etc.

Another property of kuding cha is its alkaline property. Hence people with acidity problems like gastric, heartburn can benefit from drinking kuding cha.

Another name for kuding tea amongst Chinese is 降三高, which means “to lower three highs.” Kuding tea contains many beneficial elements, like vitamins, zinc, flavonoids, polyphenols and acids, which are good for lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.

One important benefit of drinking kuding cha is its ability to resolve toxin. Just like Sabah snake grass which can cure cancer because of its ability to neutralise cancer toxin, kuding cha is able to treat cancer too as it can detox our bodies.



Kuding cha can be bought from the internet. In Singapore, it can be bought from Gainswell Trading / Bee's Brand Bird's Nest and health products at 64-66 Smith Street.

Better quality kuding cha can be bought from China. Hainan Island is famous for this type of tea.

Side effects

1. Kuding cha is very cooling. The coolness will bring you aches and pains, especially the lower back. To reduce such effects, you may use a small part of the leaf instead of the whole leaf. Another way is to drink the tea 2 to 3 times a week instead of every day.

2. Fats from our body is turned into carbon gas and water, hence you may fart a lot and relieving yourself more frequent than usual. Just do not drink this tea in the evening or you will get up to pee in the middle of the night more frequently, which will disturb your sleep.

3. Some people may not be able to handle the bitter taste. To reduce the bitterness taste, steep the leaf for 2-3 minutes and remove the leaf from the water. The longer you steep the leaf, the tea will be more bitter.

Ref:
1) http://www.itmonline.org/arts/kudingcha.htm
2) https://happyhomemaker88.com/2012/12/06/amazing-kuding-chatea-for-effective-weight-loss-type-2-diabetes-remedy-high-blood-pressure-high-cholesterol-improving-brainheartdigestive-functions-alleviating-body-heatinesssore-throatheada/
3) http://zenithsblog.blogspot.sg/2017/03/kuding-tea-benefits-and-side-effects.html

Exceptional people: SAF medic saves baby’s life at Somerset MRT

ME2 Chua Sen Yan (second from left) was presented with a commendation letter for saving a baby's life. He is an instructor at the SAF Medical Training Institute. (Photo: The Singapore Army)

A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) medic has been commended by train operator SMRT for saving a baby’s life at an MRT station.

Noticing that the baby’s lips were turning blue, Mr Chua immediately cradled the baby in his arms and applied back blows between the baby’s shoulder blades to clear the airway.

“His quick response and proficient medical aid saved the child’s life,” wrote the Singapore Army in the post.

ME2 Chua Sen Yan (second from left) was presented with a commendation letter for saving a baby's life. He is an instructor at the SAF Medical Training Institute. (Photo: The Singapore Army)

Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/saf-medic-saves-baby-s-life-at-somerset-mrt-8977200

Exceptional people: Traffic Police officer praised for going extra mile to help stranded biker


A Traffic Police officer has been praised online for going the extra mile to help a stranded biker on the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE).

In a post on the Singapore Police Force’s Facebook page on Saturday (Jun 24), Muhammad Fithri commended the officer's actions after he used his police car to protect the stranded biker from any potential mishaps.

Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/traffic-police-officer-praised-for-going-extra-mile-to-help-8977126

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Selamat Hari Raya 2017

Wishing all Muslims Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri
May this special day bring joy and happiness for you and your family.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Australian senator breastfeeds while debating a motion, making history


Australian senator Larissa Waters feed her baby in the most perfect way, breastfeeding her not only in the chamber, but while she was passing a motion.

People on social media have praised the senator for “making history,” being “inspiring,” and “normalizing women’s bodies.”

Exceptional people: Singapore darts veteran Paul Lim back to winning ways


Veteran player Paul Lim added yet another achievement to his long and illustrious professional career when he won Stage 2 of the Soft Darts World Championship — The World in La Rochelle, France.

The 63-year-old emerged champion from a field of 157 competitors when he defeated Belgium’s Francis Emonts in the final.

Paul’s latest triumph means that he has risen to the top of The World rankings, overtaking Stage 1 winner Alex Reyes of the United States, with four more stages left to go.

Ref: http://www.todayonline.com/sports/spore-darts-veteran-paul-lim-back-winning-ways

Dangerous toy - handheld crossbow


Handheld crossbows that can fire out needles and nails are the latest must-have toy in China, but anxious parents want them banned before a young child gets blinded or worse.

Each crossbow can be bought online for as little as 7 yuan or S$1.40, was originally meant to fire toothpicks.

Technology: The real reason we are ‘drowning in oil'

If you are hoping to see oil climbs to US$100 per barrel again, the day may not come.

Advances in technology have contributed to higher production rates in the U.S. as demand world-wide may increasingly suffer from the use of alternative energy sources.

Alternative energy sources like electric battery, hydro-dam, solar and wind.

electric car

electric bicycle

electric motor bike

hydropower

wind and solar energy

leg power, cycling to work

Ref: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-is-the-real-reason-were-drowning-in-oil-says-ed-yardeni-2017-06-21?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo

New Zika cluster at Kensington Park Drive


Two new cases of locally transmitted Zika have been confirmed at Kensington Park Drive at Serangoon Gardens, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Wednesday (Jun 21). Both cases involve residents in the vicinity.

"Residents and stakeholders are urged to maintain vigilance and continue to eliminate mosquito breeding habitats, as there could be asymptomatic or mild, undiagnosed cases which might result in further transmission of the virus if there are mosquitoes in the vicinity," NEA said.

Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/new-zika-cluster-at-kensington-park-drive-8965994

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Exceptional people: Singaporean teenager sets new powerlifting world record

Watch the video here.

Singaporean teenager Matthew Yap has set a new squat world record at the World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Minsk, Belarus.

Yap, an 18-year-old Republic Polytechnic student, lifted 208kg in his final attempt under the men’s Under-66kg sub-junior division, which is for 14- to 18-year-olds. The previous world record of 207.5kg was set by Swede Eddie Berglund in Texas last year.

Ref: https://sg.yahoo.com/sports/news/singaporean-teenager-sets-new-powerlifting-world-record-021951015.html

An egg a day helps babies stay healthy

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Feeding an egg each day to children helps healthy growth in babies, a study has found.

The often messy ritual of feeding a baby a daily runny egg has fallen out of favour in the UK.

But the latest independent research by Washington University suggests eating an egg a day prevents babies becoming stunted or underweight.

It has another beneficial effect too in that babies fed them were found to eat less sugary food.

Ref: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4579228/An-egg-day-helps-babies-stay-healthy.html

Sharp rise in breast and prostate cancers here


There has been a sharp rise here in two cancers associated with wealthy countries, more sedentary lifestyles and greater obesity: breast and prostate cancers.

Breast cancer accounts for one in three cancers in women, while prostate cancer has gone up five fold in the past 40 years and now causes one in seven cancers in men. But the most common remains colorectal cancer.

The good news is that with better treatment today, people with cancer have better chances of survival.

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/breast-prostate-cancers-rising-sharply-in-spore

‘Unglue’ those ears to prevent hearing loss, speech delays

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Otitis media with effusion (OME), or glue ear, in which the infant’s middle ear was blocked due to a build-up of sticky fluid, is estimated to affect some 84,000 children here every year.

It may occur when the child contracts an upper respiratory tract infection such as a cold, when fluid or mucus accumulates in the middle ear. Children who are born with a cleft lip or palate, or other craniofacial abnormalities, are also more vulnerable to glue ear.

More worryingly, glue ear is the leading cause of hearing loss and doctor visits among children worldwide.

Symptoms to watch out for include communication and speech problems, but the signs are not always so straightforward.

Ref: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/unglue-those-ears-prevent-hearing-loss-speech-delays

Tampines hub's way to cut food waste and cost

At Our Tampines Hub (OTH), an investment in two food waste digesters half a year ago has been bearing fruit. Not only has it reduced the amount of waste produced at the community and lifestyle hub by two-thirds, it has saved the management about $40,000 per annual.

Image from ST

The resulting fertiliser converted from the waste has also been used to help grow a range of vegetables, fruit and herbs at a rooftop garden.

The savings will later be channelled back to the food outlets and supermarket in the form of rebates.

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli, who is also an MP for Tampines GRC issued the invitation that anyone can visit the hub to better understand how its food waste management and other eco-sustainability efforts work.

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/tampines-hubs-way-to-cut-waste-and-cost

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Singapore at risk of becoming fat nation

If nothing is done, Singapore could hit obesity rates of 15% in just seven years, said Dr Annie Ling, HPB's director of policy, research and surveillance.

That was the point at which obesity increased rapidly in the United States, where it is now considered an epidemic.

Obese people are at higher risk of developing health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Today, the average Singaporean is heavier and more likely to overeat.

Even children here are putting on weight and, unsurprisingly, the biggest weight gain occurs when people start work.





Ref: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/singapore-risk-becoming-fat-nation

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1) Chubby kids are more likely to be fat as adults
2) Most adults overeat, many gain weight after starting work

Half of Singapore’s elderly found to be frail, mostly due to malnutrition


A study spanning 14 years and counting has found that half of the elderly here are frail — especially the low-income, and those who are single, divorced or widowed — due to factors including malnutrition, lack of exercise and having chronic diseases.

“There is much that older people can do for themselves to avoid becoming frail and disabled, so it is vital that they pay attention to a good-quality diet and nutrition, engage in physical exercise, and participate in socially and cognitively stimulating activities,” said Associate Professor Ng Tze Pin, who is the lead researcher.

At the same time, voluntary welfare organisations and healthcare providers should also work together and roll out programmes for the elderly to have more nutritious meals, or do strength-building exercises such as tai chi or squats.

Ref: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/half-spores-elderly-found-be-frail-mostly-due-malnutrition

Exceptional people: Students help paint homes in time for Hari Raya


41 student leaders from Clementi Town Secondary School helped to paint the homes of five underprivileged Muslim households in the Bukit Batok East constituency yesterday as part of a youth-driven community service project by the People's Association.

Student council president Quek Xin Hui, 14, who painted a unit in Block 240, said: "This is a great platform for us to understand that there are underprivileged people around us, and we should use such community work to help them."

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/students-help-paint-homes-in-time-for-hari-raya

Could this explain why Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa are so good at scoring goals?


Premier League footballers have superior EYESIGHT.

The findings show they are much faster at changing their gaze between objects that are close and a long way off - known as 'near-far quickness'.

They also have sharper vision and can pick up things against a background - such as a crowd - easier, British experts said.

Read the full article @ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4587622/Could-explain-Wayne-Rooney-scores-goals.html

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

3 cases a day of sudden cardiac death in Singapore

There are about 1,000 cases of sudden cardiac death among Singaporeans every year. That's around three cases a day.

Though it is rare, even the young and fit can be struck by this condition.

They could be athletes who do extreme sports or take part in endurance races, putting their heart under a lot of stress and the weekend warriors, says heart specialist Dr Hong.

A 2016 study done in the US has found that sudden cardiac death is the most common medical cause of death in athletes.

Ref: http://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/health/3-cases-day-sudden-cardiac-death-spore

Forum: People with intellectual disabilities need jobs, not sympathy

I hope global companies such as Google, Facebook and Goldman Sachs can show as much support to employing people with special needs as they do for previous Pink Dot events, in line with their policies on diversity and inclusion (Pink Dot draws 120 local sponsors; June 11).

I teach at a school that caters for children with autism and/or mild intellectual disability.

In my five years on the job, I have seen many young people stuck at home upon graduation because they are not able to secure meaningful employment. It is an inevitable downhill road to a poor quality of life for them.

Schools try their best to prepare students for a productive and meaningful life, but the missing piece of the puzzle lies in the hands of the employers.

I applaud companies which employ people with special needs.

However, I have also come across employers who only pay lip service, are not prepared to make accommodations for our students, or offer our students jobs so they can enjoy special incentives but stop hiring them when the incentives are taken away.

I appreciate that employers have bottom-line considerations and that, in today's world, productivity is paramount. People with intellectual disabilities may not be as productive as other workers, but it is a matter of how flexible employers are willing to be.

Perhaps they can pay such workers according to their level of productivity, with a neutral party determining what that level is.

I urge employers to truly embrace diversity and inclusion.

People with intellectual disabilities can contribute to our society, too. What they need is not sympathy but opportunity.

"Employment gives people with disabilities financial freedom and a sense of self-worth when they are a contributing member of the society." - SPD. Image from SPD.

Lum Kwai Yeow (Ms)

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/forum/letters-in-print/people-with-intellectual-disabilities-need-jobs-not-sympathy

Low carb diet to go if you want to lose weight - according to Harvard researchers

If you want to lose weight, what's on your plate is often more important than the minutes you spend in the gym. And if you want to see the most change, a new study from Harvard says you should be cutting carbs, not fat.

try to avoid carb food
Image from https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb

This latest study on the weight-loss benefits of a low-carb diet adds further evidence that if you want to lose weight, ditching bread - not olive oil - can help you see success. Another recent study, for example, showed that dieters who ate fewer than 40 grams of carbohydrates per day lost about eight pounds more than dieters who were put on a low-fat diet.

Ref: 
https://sg.yahoo.com/news/diet-want-lose-weight-according-161500345.html
https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb

More young people in Singapore get sexual infections

After seven years of decline, recent figures show there has been an increase in adolescents getting diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections (STIs).


And it is not that young people are clueless about protection, but many simply choose to forgo using condoms, say experts.

Also observed among this group are teens who had sex at an early age - before they reached 16 - as well as those who had several sexual partners before they hit adulthood.

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/more-young-people-get-sexual-infections

Probe into bone marrow charity widens after police report against trio


A probe into a healthcare charity has widened after a police report was lodged against three people linked to the Bone Marrow Donor Programme (BMDP) for falsifying records to deceive officers from the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Commissioner of Charities.

Some of the concerns about EMDP include:
  • BMDP's reserves have grown from $1.6 million in 2012 to $16.7 million last year,
  • Auditor questioned if the services of BMDP's Patient Services and Donor Centre were considered "charitable" since the cost of the services offered to patients was recovered from patients, with a "mark-up",
  • Excessive use of donations on marketing and entertainment.

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/probe-into-charity-widens-after-police-report-against-trio

Exceptional company: StanChart donates $250k to ST fund for needy students

Participants enjoying Community Play Day

Standard Chartered Bank (StanChart) donated $250,000 to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) at the Singapore Sports Hub's Community Play Day yesterday.

Mr Goh Beng Kim, StanChart's head of transaction banking in Singapore, presented the cheque to STSPMF chairman Warren Fernandez, who is also The Straits Times' editor and editor-in-chief of Singapore Press Holdings' English/ Malay/Tamil Media group.

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/stanchart-donates-250k-to-st-fund-for-needy-students

Monday, 19 June 2017

Exceptional company: Free clothes and food for migrant workers on Father's Day


Snaking queues formed at Punggol Dormitory yesterday evening as the migrant workers living there were given food, clothing and other necessities that Singaporeans had donated.

There were shirts, pants, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, Milo sachets, bags and shoes.

The distribution was organised by a volunteer group called Migrant Matters.

Ref: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/free-clothes-migrant-workers-fathers-day

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Happy Father's Day 2017


May all you wonderful Dads enjoy a Happy Father's Day

Sabah Snake Grass can treat cancer

Watch this video if you want to see the grass clearer.

As the name suggests, Sabah Snake Grass was initially used to treat people bitten by snakes. It is believed that the grass could neutralise the toxin of the snakes.

But lately, many stories of people with cancer have been cured by this herb as it is believed that the grass neutralises the cancer toxin, allowing the body to heal.


Where to buy the grass
Most nurseries have this grass for sale, about S$10-$15 per pot. You can also get this grass for free from many community gardens.


How to grow your own Sabah Snake Grass
This grass is easily grown. Get a few cuttings and put them in a container with water. After a few days, roots would have grown. You may plant the grass now.

Or, you could just plant the cuttings of the grass but the chances of the grass surviving is lower than when the cuttings have roots.


How to eat the grass

  • Pluck the leaves, as many as you can. Soaked them in water for a few minutes and then clean them. Make sure there are no bugs as you have to eat them raw.
  • You may then blend the leaves with fruits or other vegetables so that the smoothie is not that bitter.
  • Drink a cup of the smoothie a day and keep the rest in the fridge.


Other uses for Sabah Snake Grass
It is also good for kidneys. Even if you do not have cancer, you may eat the leaves for good health.

Ref:
http://herbal--medicine.blogspot.sg/2012/11/sabah-snake-grass-leaves-cure-cancer.html
http://www.anaturalcure.com/sabah-snake-grass-for-cancer-cure/
http://www.asiaone.com/health/can-sabah-snake-grass-cure-cancer