Sunday, 6 August 2017

Second Zika cluster reported at Serangoon North Avenue 1

A second Zika cluster has been reported at Serangoon North Avenue 1, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said.

There were four cases of the locally transmitted virus infection in this cluster, with all of them involving residents of blocks 109, 115 and 116, NEA added.

The first Serangoon North Avenue 1 cluster, which was announced on Jul 26, comprised three cases made up of residents living in blocks 125, 126 and 127.

As of Aug 3, more than 940 premises in the first cluster have been inspected. Nine breeding habitats - six of which were in homes and three in common areas - were found and destroyed, it said.


Eating protein at all three meals could help seniors stave off muscle decline

New research from Canada suggests that over-60s should eat protein at all three daily meals to help stave off age-related muscle decline, which can contribute to loss of independence and  falls.

Older adults tend to get most of their protein from just one of their daily meals -- dinner -- whereas to help preserve their physical strength, protein consumption should be spread out throughout the day, the researchers conclude.

Food with high contents of protein include:
  • oat,
  • soy,
  • milk, cheese, 
  • yogurt,
  • dried spirulina seaweed,
  • egg, 
  • cauliflower, 
  • spinach,
  • fish - salmon, cod, herring,
  • meat - chicken, pork,
  • cashew nuts, 
  • wheat germ,
  • chia seeds.


Exceptional people: Rizan wins WBC Asia Continental bantamweight title

Singaporean boxer Mohamad Nor Rizan's never-say-die spirit was rewarded when he knocked out Thailand's Piched Chianawa in the ninth round to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) Asia Continental bantamweight title at The Pavilion at Far East Square last night.

The boxer turned 39 last month while his opponent is 24.


Exceptional people: Hand-stitched with love: Tote bags to raise funds for ChildAid

1,324 Pupils, with parent volunteers and teachers from Yu Neng Primary School have been sewing buttons on eco tote bags with owl motifs to be sold to raise funds for ChildAid, an annual charity concert jointly organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times.

The bags will be put up for sale at urban food hall Timbre+ and at the year-end ChildAid charity concert, held at Resorts World Sentosa on Nov 24 and 25.

The tote-sewing initiative at the school is part of its Pay-it-Forward programme, a collaborative effort between Yu Neng Primary School, its parent support group and non-profit arts and culture organisation The Rice Company Limited.