Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Forum: What financial model is 'social enterprise' hawker centre following?


When I read that social enterprises were running hawker centres, I wondered if someone had confused them with quangos, or Quasi-Autonomous Non-Governmental Organisations.

According to Britain's national body for social enterprises, a social enterprise makes its money from selling goods and services, covers its own costs in the long-term, puts at least half of any profits back into making a difference and pays reasonable salaries to its staff.

Quangos, on the other hand, are organisations that are funded by taxpayers but not controlled directly by the central government, as defined by the BBC.

There is, thus, no accountability to the taxpayers, because quangos are not controlled by a government body. If things go wrong, it is not the fault of the government.

Thus, I was mystified when I read of hawker centres being run by social enterprises.

Which model of financial governance are they following?

Are at least half the profits ploughed back to the hawkers and associated staff, or directed to other social causes? Or are the profits solely to feed the well-heeled and well-placed owners?

Unlike charities, social enterprises are not required to run annual general meetings, where their finances can be publicly scrutinised.

I have stopped supporting charities whose chief executives are paid salaries several times that of the British Prime Minister. But at least their salaries are published and I can make that choice.

Social enterprises, on their other hand, as privately run companies, are not required to disclose these details.

Will the real social enterprises please stand up?

Lee Siew Peng (Dr)

Ref: http://str.sg/ohE3

You may want to read the reply from NEA regarding some concerns raised by Singaporeans.

Singapore suspends frozen pork imports from Japan's Gifu prefecture: AVA

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The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) said on Saturday (Oct 27) that it suspended the import of frozen pork from Japan in September, after the country saw its first outbreak of swine fever in 26 years.

In the month since the initial suspension, AVA has worked with Japan to adjust the import restriction to the affected prefecture, the authority said in response to questions from Channel NewsAsia.

Currently, only frozen pork imports from Gifu prefecture in central Japan are suspended; those from unaffected prefectures are now allowed into Singapore, AVA said.

The disease found in central Japan's Gifu prefecture is called classical swine fever (CSF), also known as hog cholera, and is a different strain from the deadly African swine fever that has broken out in China.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-suspends-frozen-pork-imports-japan-gifu-swine-fever-10870108

Few smokers know about added sugar in cigarettes


Very few smokers know there is sugar added to cigarettes, a new survey suggests.

Cigarettes contain natural and added sugars to reduce the harshness of smoke, making it easier to inhale. This also increases the amount of harmful chemicals in smoke and the addictive potential of smoking, lead researcher Seidenberg said.

The researchers found that 5.5% of survey takers knew sugar was added to cigarettes. The proportion who knew this was never higher than 10% when respondents were grouped by characteristics like gender, age, income, education level, race and ethnicity.

And only 3.8% of survey respondents knew added sugar increases toxins in smoke.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/health/few-smokers-know-about-added-sugar-in-cigarettes-10869538

Video: Dancing in LED costumes

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Marina Barrage 10th Anniversary Celebrations (27 Oct 2018)

1) Free river cruise

Queueing for tickets

Boarding the boat

All ready to move

A different perspective from the boat

Video: River cruise



Boat being moored

2) Carnival

Food stalls

Live entertainment

Food truck

Ice cream truck

Other booths

Tents for other booths

Kite flying

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Microplastic found in humans for first time


Microplastics have been found in humans for the first time leading to fears they could be causing a raft of health and fertility problems.

Although previous studies have calculated that Europeans could be ingesting as many as 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic a year, by consuming seafood or accidentally eating bits of packaging, it has never been proven until now.

Scientists at the Austrian Environment Agency and the University of Vienna who analysed the stool samples of people from eight countries around the world, including Britain, found every one contained microplastics.

In some cases nine different types of plastic were found in just one sample. On average, the researchers found 20 microplastic particles per 10g of human waste.

Ref: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/microplastic-found-humans-first-time-220000093.html

Heartbreak can kill you


The grief of losing a loved one can cause life-threatening inflammation, new research shows.

Researchers at Rice University interviewed 99 people who had lost a spouse in the last two weeks, and took blood samples.

Those who were struggling to move on, depressed, and pining for their lost loved one had significantly higher levels of bodily inflammation than those who were not.

Compared to the most composed, grieving people had 53.4% more inflammation in their bodies.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6307795/Heartbreak-kill-Grief-losing-loved-one-causes-deadly-inflammation-study-reveals.html

Video: F-22 aerial refueling

Omega 3 fatty acids found in seafood tied to healthy aging

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People may be more likely to age without health problems when they have more omega 3 fatty acids in their blood, a recent study suggests.

The study authors focused on so-called healthy aging, or the number of years people live without developing disabilities or physical or mental health problems. They examined data on 2,622 adults who were 74 years old on average, following them from 1992 to 2015. Only 11 per cent of participants experienced healthy aging throughout the entire study period.

"We found that older adults who had higher levels of omega 3 from seafood were more likely to live longer and healthier lives," said lead study author Heidi Lai of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston.

"These findings support current national dietary guidelines to consume more seafood," Lai said by email.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/health/omega-3-fatty-acids-found-in-seafood-tied-to-healthy-aging-10857796

Coconut oil caused newborn's skin ACNE 'worse than a teenager's' to disappear

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A mother whose newborn's acne was 'worse than a teenager's' revealed how his skin miraculously cleared up within just a day of using coconut oil.

Henry Holdsworth was just three weeks old when his stay-at-home mother Alex, 31, noticed red spots on his cheeks and were swiftly followed by white heads that covered his entire body, including several pus-filled spots on his face.

After trying multiple remedies, including washing his face in breast milk, a friend recommended Alex try a coconut oil from a baby skincare range.

Mrs Holdsworth, from Kettering, Northamptonshire, said: 'I couldn't believe it when I could see the redness disappearing before my eyes.'

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6306911/Newborn-skin-erupted-ACNE-clear-complexion-thanks-7-99-coconut-oil.html

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Polio Day, 24 October

Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5.

Most know it as poliovirus. The virus is spread person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can attack the nervous system, and in some instances, lead to paralysis. Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine – one which Rotary Club and our partners use to immunize over 2.5 billion children worldwide.


3 countries - Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria.


Ref: 
1) https://www.endpolio.org/rotary-and-the-fight-against-polio
2) https://www.endpolio.org/world-polio-day

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Exceptional people: 6 young people received the Singapore Youth Award 2018

(From left) Singer-songwriter Inch Chua, Lien Foundation co-lead of early childhood development Jean Loo, state counsel Amanda Chong, SingHealth associate consultant orthopaedic surgeon Hamid Rahmatullah, para-athlete Jason Chee and social entrepreneur Daniel Teh. TNP PHOTO

6 young people received the Singapore Youth Award 2018 at the Istana from Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean yesterday.

The award is the nation's highest accolade for young people who have excelled in their fields of pursuit and demonstrated a strong passion to make a difference in the community.

They are: state counsel Amanda Chong, 28; SingHealth associate consultant orthopaedic surgeon Hamid Rahmatullah, 32; singer-songwriter Inch Chua, 29; para-athlete Jason Chee, 34; and Lien Foundation co-lead of early childhood development Jean Loo, 33 and Mr Daniel Teh, 29, runs Thai restaurant chain Pope Jai, a social enterprise.

They embody resilience, courage, service, leadership and inspiration, said chairman of the award panel Sudha Nair.

Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/young-singaporeans-hailed-giving-back

New SingPass Mobile app allows users to access government e-services with fingerprints


Singaporeans can now log into government e-services on their phones with just their fingerprints, faces or a six-digit passcode, removing the need for passwords.

This was made possible with the launch of the SingPass Mobile app on Monday (Oct 22).

“Every month, we receive about 150,000 requests from SingPass users to reset their passwords,” said Mr Kok Ping Soon, chief executive of Government Technology Agency (GovTech) in a media release. GovTech is responsible for developing digital solutions to support Singapore as a smart nation.

“The new SingPass Mobile app will offer a more convenient login option, as users no longer need to enter their passwords,” he added.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singpass-mobile-app-login-government-e-services-fingerprint-face-10851414

The art of ocean wave

Try these if you have eczema


Source: TNP, 22 October, 2018

Best workouts for every age


Our bodies and lifestyles change as we age, and so should our exercise routines. Here is a decade-by-decade guide on exercise regimens that will help keep you feeling healthy.

IN YOUR 20S

TRY: RESISTANCE TRAINING
TRY: YOGA
TRY: HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING (HIIT)

IN YOUR 30S

TRY: CIRCUIT TRAINING
TRY: PILATES
TRY: WEIGHTLIFTING

IN YOUR 40S

TRY: WEIGHT-BEARING EXERCISES
TRY: LOW-INTENSITY CARDIOVASCULAR ACTIVITIES
TRY: PLANKING


Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/health/best-workouts-every-age

Monday, 22 October 2018

New study says not exercising is pretty much the worst thing you can possibly do

Do not be a couch potato. Do some simple exercises sitting is better than none.

It is no secret that there are a lot of things that can potentially impact your overall health. What food you eat, what habits you adopt or drop, and even how much sleep you get can have serious impacts on your wellbeing, but a new study by cardiologists reveals that of all the things you can do that might negatively impact your health, a sedentary lifestyle is the most deadly.

The research, which was published in JAMA Network Open, surveyed a whopping 122,007 patients between early 1991 and late 2014. The doctors recorded fitness levels of the individuals and then followed up to track mortality rates. The numbers were, as one of the authors of the paper put it, “extremely surprising.”

According to the data, lack of cardiovascular fitness is a huge risk factor for death. That might not sound shocking, but keep in mind that it is being compared to things like hypertension and even being a smoker. Lack of exercise is, as far as this study is concerned, actually worse than being a current smoker.

Read more @ https://sg.news.yahoo.com/study-says-not-exercising-pretty-much-worst-thing-010324028.html

You may want to read Just 10 minutes of light exercise a day instantly boosts memory organization

Adult bones healthier when kids participate in organized sports

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Young adults who played in organized sports as children and teens have stronger bones than peers who were less active as kids, a new study suggests

Australian researchers found boys and girls who consistently participated in sports between the ages of 5 and 17 ended up with better bone density at age 20 than those who dropped out or never played, according to the results in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

Bones respond to the loads placed on them," McVeigh explained in an email. "There is convincing evidence that the growing skeleton has a better ability to respond to mechanical stresses - loads - than the adult skeleton does. Therefore being part of organized sport during these critical developmental periods allows for optimal bone acquisition, leading to higher bone mass in young adulthood, and later life, according to ead author Joanne McVeigh of the School of Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Social Work at Curtin University in Perth.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/health/adult-bones-healthier-when-kids-participate-in-organized-sports-10842666

Drop in Australia HIV sparks call for greater drug roll-out


HIV transmission rates among gay and bisexual men fell by almost a third in the Australian state of New South Wales following the wide-scale introduction of a daily anti-HIV drug, sparking calls for other health authorities to follow suit.

According to research by the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales, new HIV infections among Australian-born gay and bisexual men fell by almost 50% following the mass introduction of PrEP, an oral prophylactic.

For gay and bisexual men living in inner-city Sydney, the research, published on Wednesday in respected health journal the Lancet HIV, revealed HIV transmission rates dropped by just under 52%.

The study, based on the EPIC-NSW trial which provided 9,714 HIV-negative people with PrEP between March 2016 and April 2018, offers further evidence of the drug's efficacy, experts said.

Read more @ https://sg.news.yahoo.com/drop-australia-hiv-sparks-call-160338973.html

US tops global competitiveness rating, Singapore takes 2nd spot


The US economy topped the World Economic Forum's annual global competitiveness survey for the first time since the 2007-2009 financial crisis, benefiting from a new ranking methodology this year, the Swiss body said on Tuesday (Oct 16).

Singapore came in at 2nd ahead of Germany (3rd), Switzerland (4th) - which was top last year - and Japan (5th).

The WEF, which hosts the annual Davos conference of business and political elites, said it used a new methodology for the 2018 edition of its annual Global Competitiveness Report to reflect shifts in a world increasingly transformed by new, digital technologies.

This year's report studied how 140 economies fared when measured against 98 indicators organised into 12 pillars, including institutions, infrastructure, macroeconomic stability, business dynamism and innovation capability.

Ref:
1) https://www.humanresourcesonline.net/singapore-ranks-2nd-among-140-countries-on-wefs-competitiveness-index/
2) https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/us-tops-global-competitiveness-rating-world-economic-forum-10834810

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Forum: Time to learn lessons and put things right



Something that is labelled "not-for-profit" should be affordable and economical not only to consumers, but also - in the case of the recent discussion on the new hawker centre model - to the hawkers as well.

I agree with calls from some circles that the National Environment Agency (NEA) should take back the operation of hawker centres if the objective is truly non-profit and the preservation of the hawker culture (Time to end not-for-profit hawker centre experiment; Oct 16).

The experience of similar ventures in the past - Sports Hub comes to mind - has shown that these hybrid systems or private-public partnership operations have met with too many stumbling blocks for them to be considered viable, especially in the initial stages of implementation.

We have witnessed how such collaborations have often become embroiled in intractable management problems as conflict arises between different interests.

Sacrificing the hawker centre enterprise at the altar of private operators whose sole interest is the bottomline wastes the efforts of hawkers who put their hearts and soul into their work.

It is time for us to retrace our steps, learn the lessons and put things right.

Seah Yam Meng

Ref: http://str.sg/ohiG

You may want to read NEA reviewing not-for-profit hawker centres

SMRT Feedback and KF Seetoh rail against unfair clauses in Our Tampines Hub hawker centre contracts


Makansutra founder KF Seetoh continues his campaign against the allegedly unjust conditions that hawkers working at Social Enterprise Hawker Centres (SEHC) are subjected to. This time around, the outspoken local food guru highlighted how the contracts signed by SEHC hawkers includes some pretty harsh clauses that would be daunting to anyone.

These newer hawker centers are different from standard open-air food complexes in Singapore; SEHCs are run by social enterprises with the purpose to keep dishes affordable. But Seetoh believes that hawkers at SEHCs are on the losing end, thanks to rigid stipulations on how vendors can operate, on top of incompetent management.

In his post, Seetoh uploaded samples of a 51-page long contract that vendors of Kopitiam-run Hawker Centre @ Our Tampines Hub. In it contained some questionable clauses that make it hard for hawkers to operate at the 24-hour hawker center.

Read the full article @ https://sg.yahoo.com/news/smrt-feedback-kf-seetoh-rail-092622768.html

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Exceptional people: Man commended by police for directing traffic when lights failed at road junction

Mr Sukarno Arsad directing traffic at the junction of Paya Lebar Road and Macpherson Road. (Photo: Facebook/LiTing TaRa)

A man received the Singapore Police Force's public spiritedness award on Friday (Oct 19) for taking the initiative to direct traffic when he saw that the traffic lights were faulty.

The incident happened last Thursday at about 6pm, at the junction of Paya Lebar Road and Macpherson Road.

Mr Sukarno Arsad was riding his motorcycle along Paya Lebar Road at the time and decided to step up to manage the situation.

"He was concerned that motorists may not be able to make their right turn safely and exercised his initiative to direct traffic," said the police in a media release.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/man-directed-traffic-payar-lebar-macpherson-junction-commended-10844790

Forum: Upgrade ferry link between Singapore, Johor

I read with interest the recent proposal by Johor's Menteri Besar to build a third bridge from southern Johor's Pengerang district to Singapore's Pulau Ubin (Crooked bridge plan may be revived: Johor chief minister; Oct 17).

Instead of spending huge sums of money as well as jeopardising Singapore's last few nature sanctuaries as a corollary of having a new bridge, I propose that the two governments look into improving the current ferry links between Pengerang and Changi.

ferry @ changi
Changi point ferry

Currently, passengers can either take a bumboat from Changi Village to Tanjong Pengelih or an air-conditioned ferry which runs only twice a day from Changi Ferry Terminal - which is interestingly, operated by Johor Port Authority - to Tanjong Belungkor.

The former is an uncomfortable, non-air-conditioned ride and departs only when the full capacity of the bumboat is filled, while there is hardly any information on the latter when one searches for it online.

This is a pity as there is a lot of untapped tourism potential in south-east Johor.

To improve the transport links between both countries without spending a bomb, we should improve and upgrade the current ferry links.

Additionally, it would be even better if there are vehicular ferries that travel on a fixed schedule between Changi and Pengerang.

Lee Yong Se

Ref: http://str.sg/oh4B

Canada becomes second country to legalise recreational cannabis


Canada has become the second country after Uruguay to legalise possession and use of recreational cannabis.

Medical marijuana has been legal in the country since 2001.

Legalisation fulfils a 2015 campaign promise by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the leader of the governing Liberal Party.

The prime minister has argued that Canada's nearly century-old laws criminalising use of the drug have been ineffective, given that Canadians are still among the world's heaviest users.

He said the new law is designed to keep drugs out of the hands of minors and profits out of the hands of criminals.

Ref: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45806255

India reports 80 Zika cases, 22 pregnant women


India has reported an outbreak of the Zika virus with 80 confirmed cases since last month including 22 pregnant women in the western state of Rajasthan, officials said Wednesday.

Since Zika erupted on a large scale in 2015, more than 1.5 million people in more than 70 countries have been infected, with most in South America.

In rare cases, if pregnant women contract the virus their babies can develop brain defects.

Ref:
1) https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-10-india-zika-cases-pregnant-women.html
2) https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/india-reports-80-zika-cases-22-pregnant-women-affected-10836678

Friday, 19 October 2018

Words you would not believe were actually added to the dictionary - updated

  1. bro hug - men hugging
  2. yolo - you only live once
  3. adorbs - adorable
  4. selfie - photo taken of oneself
  5. fuhgeddaboudit - forget about it
  6. yas - great pleasure or excitement like shiok
  7. vom - vomit
  8. gaydar - gay darling
  9. phablet - between a smart phone and a tablet
  10. glam-ma - glamourous gramma
  11. worstest - worst than worst
  12. dance-off - compete against each other with dancing
  13. emoji - small digital image
  14. bestie - best friend
  15. bookaholic - 
  16. twerk - sexy dance
  17. vlog - video blog
  18. glamping - luxurious camping
  19. hangry - hungry and angry
  20. binge-watch - watching shows in succession
  21. add oil (加油)- encouragement, support

Ref: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/20-words-won-apos-t-074421151.html

For Stronger bones, diet trumps exercise


Researchers looked at mineral supplementation and exercise in mice, and found surprising results—nutrition has a greater impact on bone mass and strength than exercise. Further, even after the exercise training stopped, the mice retained bone strength gains as long as they ate a mineral-supplemented diet.

“This was done in mice, but if you think about the progression to humans, diet is easier for someone to carry on as they get older and stop exercising, rather than the continuation of exercise itself,” Kohn says.

The second important finding is that the diet alone has beneficial effects on bone, even without exercising. This surprised Kohn, who expected exercise with a normal diet to fuel greater gains in bone strength, but that was not the case.

Read more @ https://www.futurity.org/bone-strength-nutrition-exercise-1890722-2/

Singaporeans’ average life expectancy forecast to rise to 85.4 years in 2040

Singaporeans will be living longer lives in 2040, according to a study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).

The result of the study released on Wednesday (Oct 17), ranks Singapore third in the world, with an average life expectancy of 85.4 years in the year 2040.

Those living in Spain are forecast to have the longest life expectancy, at 85.8 years, followed closely by Japan at 85.7 years.


The increase in Singaporeans' life expectancy can be attributed to its health system and how key health issues are addressed, says the study on health and life expectancy.

Ref:
1) https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singaporeans-average-life-expectancy-forecast-to-rise-to-85-4-10834628
2) http://str.sg/onFb

Exceptional people: 2 members of the public commended for helping police nab upskirt video suspects

Assistant Commissioner (AC) of Police Koh Wei Keong, Commander of Public Transport Security Command presenting the award to Mr Yusman Yusoff. (Photo: SPF)

Assistant Commissioner (AC) of Police Koh Wei Keong, Commander of Public Transport Security Command presenting the award to Mr Yap Zuo Peng. (Photo: SPF)

Both of them had helped the police detained two men suspected of taking photos of up-skirting women in separate cases, Mr Yap at Hougang MRT station while Mr Yusman was at Toa Payoh MRT station.

Ref:
1) https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/2-members-of-the-public-commended-nab-upskirt-video-suspects-10836734
2) http://str.sg/onFV

Technology: Some Linksys wireless routers found with vulnerabilities, warns SingCERT

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Some of Linksys' wireless routers have been found with vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to hijack the devices and perform malicious activities such as installing malware on them without users knowing.

This was according to an advisory by the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCERT) on Thursday (Oct 18), which pinpointed the brand's E series line of routers as those affected.

Specifically, the affected systems are E series routers with firmware versions such as E1200 Firmware Version 2.0.09 and E2500 Firmware Version 3.0.04, the agency added.

Users were advised to update the affected devices' firmware to the latest version released by the manufacturer.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/technology/linksys-wireless-routers-found-with-vulnerabilities-singcert-10839716

Technology: StarHub prepaid customers to enjoy free local outgoing calls


StarHub mobile prepaid customers will be able to make local outgoing calls for free with immediate effect.

StarHub said the initiative is a first in Singapore and that customers will be able to enjoy the free calls every day as long as they have an active data plan.

Customers can continue to have free local outgoing calls until their data plan expires, even when they run out of data, StarHub added.

Ref: 
1) https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/starhub-prepaid-customers-to-enjoy-free-local-outgoing-calls-10834972
2) https://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/tech-news-psa-starhub-mobile-prepaid-customers-now-get-free-outgoing-calls

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Tackling that itch: Demand for help with skin issues on the rise in Singapore

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The incidence of eczema in Singapore is one of the highest in the world.

Dr Lynn Chiam, a dermatologist at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, attributed the increase in demand to a combination of factors. This includes a greater awareness of skin problems and treatments available. In addition, the use of many different skin products at the same time can create problems.

Travelling overseas frequently exposes an individual to different climates and conditions which can also trigger skin problems, Dr Chiam said.

Severe eczema and psoriasis often result in reduced self-esteem, sleep disturbance, loss of concentration at school or work, social withdrawal, depression, increased leave from school or work,” he said, adding that caregivers may be faced with fatigue looking after the needs of sufferers as well.

Dr Chiam said that research has shown that skin diseases can impact a person’s quality of life more significantly than other medical conditions, as it is visible to other people.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/skin-issues-eczema-increase-singapore-rashes-10760004

First care centre for children with special needs to open in 2019


Caregivers of children with special needs will receive more help with a new before-and-after school care centre within MINDS Woodlands Gardens School.

The Special Students Care Centre, which will open by January next year, is a first among MINDS' special education schools.

This was announced at the school's 50th-anniversary celebrations on Friday (Oct 12).

The centre will help caregivers - usually working parents and housewives - take care of their charges. Teachers will coach the students with homework, while taking them through their daily tasks.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/first-care-centre-for-children-with-special-needs-to-open-in-10822336

Two new nursing homes to open in Bukit Batok, Bukit Panjang by 2020

Bukit Batok nursing home. Image by channelnewsasia

Senja nursing home. Image by channelnewsasia

Two new nursing homes, with a total capacity of 570 beds, will open in Bukit Batok and Bukit Panjang by the end of 2020.

The homes, operated by Vanguard Health, will include facilities to cater to patients with dementia, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in a press release on Tuesday (Oct 16).

Both homes will also be co-located with senior care centres within the Housing Development Board (HDB) estates.

This "provides a continuum of options for our seniors, ranging from day care to residential care in the same precinct", said the ministry.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/nursing-homes-open-in-bukit-batok-bukit-panjang-2020-10831776

Burger King Singapore to stop providing plastic lids and straws for drinks


Burger King announced that it will no longer provide dine-in customers plastic straws and lids for their cold drinks at its 42 outlets in Singapore.

The initiative began on Monday (Oct 15).

Replying to Channel NewsAsia's queries, Burger King said that customers can however still request for the plastic lids and straws at the counter.

"We understand that some guests with children will still require straws, so we are happy to accede to their request," said a spokesperson, adding that the lids and straws will still be provided for takeaways and deliveries.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/burger-king-singapore-to-stop-providing-plastic-lids-and-straws-10831992

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Record $8.3m raised at President's Star Charity 2018


A musical performance by President Halimah Yacob and her husband Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee was among the highlights of the President's Star Charity show last night. The event raised about $8.3 million - a record since the event began in 1994.

All proceeds will go to the 59 charities under the President’s Challenge 2018.

The public are still encouraged to donate to the President’s Challenge beneficiaries through

1) online at www.giving.sg/psc2018, or

2) by calling
  • 1900-112-8821 (S$10), 
  • 1900-112-8822 (S$50) or 
  • 1900-112-8823 (S$100). 

Donation channels will close at 11.59 on Oct 31.

Ref:
1) http://str.sg/onbz
2) https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com/trending/presidents-star-charity-2018-raises-record-83-million-10827386