Friday, 24 March 2017

World TB Day - updated

World TB Day, falling on March 24th each year, is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year, mostly in developing countries.


You may want to read Rise in new tuberculosis cases in Singapore last year (2016)

Exceptional people: Shoe donation campaign for needy youth - updated with video

In My Shoes movement was yesterday launched at the Ministry of Education (Evans) Stadium to redistribute up to 5,000 spruced-up used shoes to youths each year to allow them to play sports,

Co-founded by national hurdler Dipna Lim-Prasad and James Walton, Deloitte Singapore’s Sports Business Group Leader, the initiative takes unwanted sports shoes, cleans them up and redistributes them to disadvantaged youths in Singapore.

Youths from CareRunners, LoveSG and Northlight were the first to receive the spruced-up second-hand shoes from the movement at the launch.

Contact the co-founders at to donate your shoes, or make a donation at


Exceptional people: Singaporean runs orphanage in Vietnam to help street kids

When he lost his mother to stomach cancer seven years ago, Singaporean Poh Wei Ye took a six-month break to travel around South-east Asia and worked with various non-governmental organisations to help underprivileged children.

Mr Poh, 33, recalled: “(During) those six months, I fell in love with helping the kids. I felt that in developing countries like Vietnam and Cambodia, the kids are very vulnerable.”

In 2011, he set up the Thi An Orphanage — its name means “to accept everyone” — together with a Catholic nun in Vung Tau.

It started with 3 children, but now they provide shelter for 20 children aged 5 to 16.


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Scam warning: Singtel subscribers hit by phishing e-mail

Some Singtel subscribers have received phishing e-mails, seemingly sent by the telco, telling them "Your Singtel bill is now available for download".

A Singtel spokesman said these are phishing e-mails and are not from Singtel. She advises recipients of these e-mails to delete them immediately.

Cybersecurity experts warn: Don't click on links or malware will infect your computer.


Scam warning: Credit for sex scams

The first 16 days of the month saw at least 53 credit-for-sex scam cases reported to the police, with victims losing at least $304,000 through such scams from the start of the year, police said yesterday.

The victims are usually men, who fall for the scammers through social media platforms such as WeChat, Locanto and OkCupid.

Members of the public are advised to call the police hotline on 1800-255-0000 if they have any information on these scams, or dial 999 if they need urgent police assistance. The police also advised the public to take the following precautions:

•Be wary of strangers who befriend you online.

•Do not provide personal details when engaging with other users online.

•Do not share your payment receipts, e-mails or purchase cards containing details such as PIN numbers that can be used to redeem online credits.