Monday, 26 March 2018

Exceptional people: Barber's breakthrough in cutting autistic boy's hair

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The first time 10-year-old Jordie Rowland, who has autism, came into the barber shop, it was a "disaster", barber Lisa Ann McKenzie said.

But two years later, she gave him a full haircut for the first time. Everyone cried.

By the time Jordie's haircut was a success, he was far from her only autistic customer.

Word had gotten around town that she was pretty good with special-needs children and she had started cutting the hair of many other "special kids", as she calls them.

Ms McKenzie, who is a cancer survivor, said she believes that she beat cancer for a reason. "Maybe the reason is to do something like this," she said. "To increase understanding for these kids."


Obesity is killing off people’s taste buds

Scientists are puzzled as to why people lose their taste, until now.

Researchers at Cornell University report the discovery that, in mice, a tiny amount of inflammation driven by obesity actually reduced the number of taste buds on their tongues. Their work was published in the journal PLOS Biology, and it may wind up aiding the development of new therapies to alleviate what’s called “taste dysfunction” among people who suffer from obesity.

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21 Classic Books That You Can Read For Free Online

These books are in the public domain, meaning they have no more copyrights, so you can read or download them legally for free.

Some of the books include:

1. Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen
2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
3. Dracula by Bram Stoker
4. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
5. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare


Forum: Volunteering offers invaluable lessons

Volunteering is a major part in everyone's life, whether one is young or old (No time to volunteer? You can do something as simple as picking up groceries for an elderly neighbour, says Grace Fu; ST Online, March 9).

As a teenager, I strongly believe that volunteering is something everyone should do, as it can shape a person and bring one joy and pleasure.

The meaningful experiences one can get are priceless, and can never be gained from textbooks and social media.

With more volunteering opportunities available now, it has never been easier to volunteer. Many schools have started their own volunteering projects as a way for students to give back to society.

In my school, we have an activity called "Community Education", where each class is assigned to a social welfare organisation that they are interested in working with.

For example, as my class is mostly made up of art elective students, we were assigned to Metta School, a school for children with special needs. It has a wide variety of art classes for its students, which we help to facilitate. This helps us to put our knowledge and talents to effective use.

Our voluntary sessions at Metta School may not be the "coolest" thing to do in the eyes of many teenagers. But, if they would only put down their gadgets and interact with the real world, they would find more meaning in their lives.

Shyna Gunalan, 14
Secondary 2 student