Friday, 8 September 2017

Forum: Teachers must learn to detect abused children

Incorporating virtual reality to make training more interactive and fun for young trainee teachers is a good initiative (Making pre-school spaces safe using VR; Sept 4).

It is good to equip our young new teachers with the knowledge of how to check for potential hazards in the environment.

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But, more than this,they need to be equipped with the ability to spot risk factors and symptoms of child abuse and neglect, including physical and sexual abuses.

Children’s psychological safety, well-being and protections ought to be given equal, if not more, attention.

It is important to be able to get a feel of how caregivers are treating the children both verbally and emotionally – whether the children are being subjected to threats to withdraw love or attentive caregiving, comments which belittle them, and name-calling.

Over time, such abuses create self-doubt in the child and a negative self-image which impacts the child’s psychological well-being and development.

Children thrive when they are in a socially- and emotionally-secure environment where there is age-appropriate structure and routine, and where they  feel loved and respected.

All pre-school teachers should also be reminded to stand up for children.

Their top priority, above all relationships with parents, guardians and colleagues, should be the protection of children and ensuring no harm comes to them.

Rebecca Chan (Dr)


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IKEA offers month-long paternity leave to Southeast Asia employees

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New fathers working in IKEA's stores and offices across Southeast Asia will get four weeks of paternity leave, the Swedish furniture giant said.

“This year, throughout our stores and offices in Southeast Asia, we are introducing one month of paid paternity leave to enable new fathers to take a more active role at home after the birth of a new baby,” IKEA said in a news release. “It’s a small step that makes a big difference to the dads in our business, and their partners.”

Ms Song added that IKEA has no immediate plans to review the 16 weeks' paid maternity leave for mothers.


Exceptional people: OCBC employee stops man from losing $17,000 in internet love scam

Ng Lay Kheng, who works at OCBC Tampines Branch, was commended by police for preventing a 55-year-old man from falling prey to an online scammer.

The victim went to the bank on 30 August and wanted to remit $17,100 to a person in Malaysia to pay for an “Anti-terrorism certificate” in order for a parcel to clear immigration. Ng alerted the police when she heard this.

Police intercepted the remittance and stopped the victim from suffering further losses.

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Tainted eggs not sold in Singapore; egg supply safe for consumption: AVA

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The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) reiterated that eggs in Singapore are safe for consumption, in the wake of recent reports that named Singapore as one of the countries affected by a scandal involving eggs tainted with insecticide in Europe.

"We have verified with the Singapore shipping companies that the eggs were meant for their shipping crews' consumption. The eggs are not distributed or sold in Singapore. We have advised the shipping companies to discard any remaining eggs and not to consume them."

AVA added that it has tested locally produced and imported eggs, as well as samples of egg products and poultry from Europe, and found them free of the insecticide fipronil.

The agency reiterated that Singapore's egg supply comes from local and Malaysian hen farms, and are regularly inspected.


Biting your tongue

Medical research has found that the tongue has connection with the BIG Brain. When our body becomes old and weak, the first sign to appear is that our tongue becomes stiff and often we tend to bite ourselves.

[Note: People who tend to bite their tongue often on the same spot when eating, sleeping or talking is normally due to the position of the teeth and mouth. See a dentist first. If this does not help, then you may want to see a neurologist or other specialist.]

The tongue exercise is effective to reduce the onset of Alzheimer's and may also be useful to reduce / improve
  • Body weigh
  • Hypertension
  • Blood-Clot in Brain 
  • Asthma
  • Farsightedness
  • Ear buzzing
  • Throat infection
  • Shoulder / Neck infection
  • Insomnia
  • Tasting and digestion

Each morning, when you wash your face, in front of a mirror, do the exercise as below :

1. Stretch your tongue and move it to the right, then to the left for 10x.

You may also want to do the following exercises. They are good for tongue and vocal relaxation.

2. Stick your tongue out, go from relaxed, to pointed, to relaxed, and back and forth, without tensing the rest of the face.

3. Keeping the tip of the tongue behind the front teeth, do some tongue push ups, or push outs.

Your tap water may contain plastic, researchers warn

People may be ingesting between 3,000 and 4,000 microparticles of plastic from tap water every year, said a study based on samples from 14 countries.

Samples were collected in the first three months of the year in Kampala, Uganda; New Delhi, India; Jakarta, Indonesia; Beirut, Lebanon; Quito, Ecuador; several cities in the United States and in seven European countries.

While the health risks are unknown, the researchers pointed to previous findings that plastic particles can absorb, and release, potentially harmful chemicals and bacteria.

For the survey, 159 tap water samples were analysed of which "83 percent were found to contain plastic particles," researchers from the University of Minnesota and the State University of New York wrote in a report entitled: "Invisibles: The plastic inside us".

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