Monday, 20 November 2017

MOE accepts recommendations on compulsory education for children with special needs

The Ministry of Education (MOE) said it has accepted recommendations from a 17-member advisory panel on having compulsory education for children with special needs.

The panel, chaired by Minister of State for Education Janil Puthucheary, was appointed in November 2016 to make recommendations to look into how compulsory education can be implemented in a way that best serves the needs of these children, aged above six and below 15.

Among the recommendations were to provide more guidance to parents before their children start Primary 1 and help them make decisions in placing their child in a school.

Parents will get more support in obtaining a diagnosis for their child, while the ministry will work on improving confidence in special education schools (SPED).

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Singapore is the third richest country in the world

The ranking are based on the International Monetary Fund’s October 2017 data on GDP per capita based on purchasing power parity, which compares the currencies of countries in relation to the cost of goods and is used to weigh a country’s economy in relation to others, according to the IMF.

15 Iceland $52,150
14 Netherlands $53,580
13 Saudi Arabia $55,260
12 USA $59,500
11 San Marino $60,360
10 Hong Kong $61,020
09 Switzerland $61,360
08 United Arab Emirates $68,250
07 Kuwait $69,670
06 Norway $70,590
05 Ireland $72,630
04 Brunei $76,740
03 Singapore $90,530
02 Luxembourg $109,190
01 Qatar $124,930


3 stretching exercises to EASE your walking & lower back pain and aches

1. Piriformis syndrome

a) This is how you can stretch your piriformis muscle:

Grab your left knee with your left hand.
Grab your left ankle with your right hand.
Pull your left knee toward your right shoulder.
Pull your left ankle also towards your right shoulder.



b)  Dr Alan Mandell's method

2) Pelvic Imbalance and Uneven Hips

a) Dr Allan Mandell's method


b) Do the Lajin

3)  Standing back bend for lower back pain

This stretch is good when you have aches at your lower back. Do it whenever
1. you get out of bed every morning
2. whenever you feel your back is aching
3. when you sit or squat too long

Japanese believe stretching backwards exercises benefit your body physically and mentally, extending your life span.  Read more about backwards stretching exercises here.

My 2 cents:
We have been walking since we started to learn how to walk, causing our legs and backsides muscles and tendons to get inflamed and tightened, causing pain. So, no matter how fit you are, these pains will still be there.

80% of leg/foot pain and aches are actually due to a weakened lower back. 20% are due to injuries. If you go to a medical professional for leg/foot pain and never seems to work, it means that doctor is treating you in the wrong place.

I have been doing all these exercises almost everyday to make my aches and pain less. So I hope you will also do some sort of stretching to make yourself more mobile.

This is the most convenient way of stretching when you are sitting down. You can do it in the office, on board MRT and almost everywhere. Complement with the stretching exercises as shown above.

Cross your leg and bend.

Cycling to work makes you as slim as the gym

A study of 130 overweight people found pedalling to work burned off as many calories and achieved close to the same weight loss as regular sessions of high-intensity exercise.

Those who exercised in their spare time lost 9.9 pounds (4.5kg) over the study period, while those who simply cycled lost almost 9.3 pounds (4.2kg).

Professor Bente Stallknecht, from the University of Copenhagen, who was involved in the study, said: ‘This is good news for the many overweight people who may not have the time or inclination to join a fitness centre, because they also have to pick up their children and cook dinner after work.


My 2 cents:
For cycling to be effective, you must cycle long distance. My experience is losing 2-3kg each time I cycle 50km in a day.
Ride with a partner or small group makes cycling more interesting.

Jogging etiquette

Source: thenewpaper, 18 Nov, 2017