Monday, 27 November 2017
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An agency that helps former inmates and their family members cope with life after prison wants to offer its services to them earlier, once the courts have passed judgment.
Starting in January, as part of a six-month pilot, the Singapore After-Care Association (Saca) will set up a booth at the State Courts to answer questions from family members of those who will be jailed soon.
Saca director Prem Kumar said its work with young children whose mothers are in prison highlighted the need to help and support affected families. He said: "It makes sense to reach out and offer help to these families at the point of sentencing rather than wait until the loved one is in prison."
Staffed by experienced volunteers, the booth, called family-connect @ State Courts, will run every Monday and Wednesday from 10am to 2pm. It is a stop for families who want to know the type of help they can receive, particularly at the State Courts, which handle about 99 per cent of Singapore's criminal caseload.
Black (glutinous) rice contains anthocyanins, a natural antioxidants common among dark colored fruits like berries and grapes. Other types of rice do not have anthocyanins. Studies have shown that anthocyanins help to prevent heart disease, control obesity and alleviate the symptoms of diabetes. TCM believes black food can benefit kidneys, stomach and liver, which in turn, benefits the whole body.
Black rice contain more iron than the other types of rice. Iron is important for the making of blood in our body.
Black rice is a naturally gluten-free food. So if you think you are gluten sensitive, black rice is another alternative food for you.
Black glutinous rice is cooked or eaten with coconut milk, a good fat. Coconut contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), which increases metablism and helps weight loss. A trend now is drinking bullet coffee or butter coffee, in which MCT oil or butter is added to coffee. In Singapore, old folks have been drinking coffee guyou (butter) for ages.
Sadly, black rice has the most calories of all rice, so control your consumption.
Young talents took to the stage last night to raise more than $2.1 million at the 13th edition of the annual charity concert ChildAid.
More than 190 performers aged five to 18 dazzled an audience of 1,325 at Resorts World Theatre with martial arts, Bollywood dance and more in the concert, organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times.