Monday, 4 September 2017

Forum: Two hawker centres set 'house rules' against choping

House rules on mural at 2 hawker centres
We thank the writers for their letters (Don't put up with choping, by Ms Inderjit Kaur, Aug 26; Encourage table sharing, not confrontation, by Dr Michael Loh Toon Seng, Aug 28; Time for the authorities to step in, by Mr Lawrence Loh Kiah Muan, Aug 28; Let's put stop to 'chope' mentality, by Mr Jeff Tan Hong Liak, Forum Online, Aug 29; Govt shouldn't intervene in everything, by Mr Francis Cheng, Aug 31; and Good to be able to 'chope' seats in a crowded food court, by Mr Tan Kia Yong, Aug 31).

We agree with the writers who raised the point that graciousness and civic-mindedness can help address the practice of seat reservation and encourage the sharing of tables at food outlets.

For hawker centres, the National Environment Agency (NEA) does not have any restrictions against patrons who reserve seats.

However, patrons should always exercise consideration for others when dining at hawker centres and sharing the facilities.

For example, one could politely ask if it is possible to share a table, and not reserve seats beforehand or unnecessarily.

If one is at a table with more seats than needed, the extra seats should be offered to others and the table should be shared.

In this way, all of us would be able to enjoy our meals in a pleasant environment.

Our hawker centres at Our Tampines Hub and Tiong Bahru Market have introduced a set of "house rules", which include "Don't Chope Seats" and "Share the Table".

These house rules are prominently featured in the centres as a constant visual reminder to patrons, and to motivate patrons to be considerate while dining at the hawker centres.

We will continue to encourage patrons at these hawker centres to observe these house rules, and extend the same messages to our other hawker centres where possible.

Ivy Ong (Ms)
Director, Hawker Centres Division
National Environment Agency

Caregivers can turn to over 170 elder sitters

Singapore has more than 170 elder sitters on board, as at last December, to help take care of seniors suffering from dementia and give their caregivers a break, exceeding the initial target of 160 by 2020.

Citing how one in four Singaporeans will be 65 or older by 2030, up from one in seven today, Dr Khor said the Government has been enhancing existing initiatives, introducing new programmes to help caregivers and also reviewing schemes to ensure affordability.

For instance, the Government is on track to achieve its target to grow the number of home- and daycare places from 7,500 and 4,000 places today, to 10,000 and 6,200 places respectively by 2020, and would be increasing the number of dementia daycare services threefold to 3,000 places by 2020, she said.

The number of allied health-led community intervention teams, which provide support to people with mental health conditions and their caregivers, will rise from 14 to 18 teams by 2021.


Lifestyle is at the heart of heart health

Nearly 1 in 3 deaths here due to cardiovascular disease (CVD). But the deadly disease is preventable, either totally or partially, said Dr Alex Teo, medical director of Providence Clinic.

Generally used to refer to conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels, CVD is associated with a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries and an increased risk of blood clots. It can also be associated with damage to arteries in organs such as the brain, heart, kidneys and eyes.

What are some lifestyle habits that can lead to CVD?
  • The more risk factors you have, the greater your chances are of developing CVD.
  • These include high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes and inactivity, which increases the likelihood of hypertension, high cholesterol levels and being overweight. Obesity also raises the risk of developing diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Other risk factors include age, gender, diet and excessive alcohol consumption.

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Obituary: Ex-Boys' Town head dies at age 83

The longest-serving executive director of the Boys' Town died at age 83 on Thursday at Assisi Hospice after a pancreatic inflammation.

Born Gaudette Pierre-Paul in Montreal, Canada, in 1933, Brother Emmanuel came to Singapore as a missionary in 1954. He came from a family of 10 children. When Singapore gained independence in 1965, he gave up his Commonwealth citizenship to become a Singaporean.

Brother Emmanuel is remembered for his strict but caring ways with his charges.