Saturday, 29 July 2017

Higher taxi subsidies for more people with disabilities

From Aug 1, more people with disabilities travelling to school and work will be able to claim Grab or Uber fares from the Government’s Taxi Subsidy Scheme (TSS).

They will also get up to 35% more in overall taxi subsidies, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) said.

Monthly per capita

Singaporeans with a monthly per capita household income of
  • S$700 and below will receive 80% in subsidies, up from 50% currently
  • Between S$701 and S$1,100 will get a 75% subsidy, up from 40%
  • Newly expanded households with a monthly per capita income of up to S$2,600 from current S$1,800, will be eligible for a 30% subsidy.


Potatoes: Are they healthy or not?

Potatoes are an incredibly versatile root vegetable that’s consumed in a variety of dishes around the world.

There are many varieties but they belong to the nightshade family of plants.

Nevertheless, many varieties are similar in composition, consisting of a starchy flesh covered by a thin, nutrient-rich skin.

Nutrient content

The way you prepare your potatoes can influence their nutrient content.
  • Peeling the potato can remove a significant portion of the fibre and mineral content in each serving.
  • Frying potatoes can increase their fat and calorie content, compared to other cooking methods like baking or boiling.
  • Processed potato products are also less nutrient dense and contain more calories, fat and sodium than whole potatoes.

Benefits of eating potatoes
  • Potatoes are a good source of antioxidants, including specific types, such as flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acids.
  • They provide resistant starch, a non-digestible food for beneficial bacteria in your gut for blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity.
  • Potato skins contain a good amount of fibre. Eating skin and starchy flesh may promote fullness and decrease hunger.

Eating potatoes may contribute to weight gain

Processed French fries and chips contain more calories and fat than potatoes that have been boiled, steamed or roasted. Excess calories, regardless of the food source, can lead to weight gain.

When eaten in moderation and as part of a balanced diet, it is unlikely that whole, unprocessed potatoes will lead to weight gain.


Exceptional people: Singaporean wins international award for humanitarian work

The Singaporean founder of a volunteer group providing hot meals to the poor is among this year’s six winners of the Philippines’ Magsaysay awards.

Mr Tony Tay’s Willing Hearts group distributes thousands of meals everyday in the wealthy city state, where about 10% of a population of 5.7 million live in poverty, the Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation said in a statement.

The winners of the awards, widely seen as Asia’s equivalent of the Nobel prizes, will receive a sum of US$50,000 (S$67,881) at a ceremony set for late August.

Past Singaporeans winning the award were Mr Lim Kim San (1965) and Mr Goh Keng Swee (1972).


Health tip: Honey can make you lose weight

Hibernation Diet

By consuming honey before going to bed, you are actually doing 2 important things at the same time - have a good sleep and lose weight.

Honey is a proven natural sleep aid. By consuming honey before bedtime, it restocks the liver’s glycogen supply and prevents the brain from triggering a crisis search for fuel, which can wake you up.

By stimulating your liver, it speeds up your burning fat metabolism, and easing the amount of stress hormones which are in your system. As the name implies, it helps you lose weight during hibernation.