Thursday, 3 May 2018

Exceptional company: SICC raises $1m for charity

Source: thenewpaper

The Singapore Island Country Club (SICC) brought out sunshine smiles from 22 beneficiaries yesterday. At the 47th SICC May Day Charity event, the club raised almost $1 million in line with its "Giving from the Heart" banner.

Ref: http://www.tnp.sg/sports/golf/sicc-raises-1m-charity

Physical fitness linked to language skills in older adults

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Older adults who exercise regularly may have an easier time finding words to express themselves than their peers who aren't as physically fit, a small study suggests.

Researchers examined results from 28 volunteers, mostly in their late 60s or early 70s, who played word games on a computer and performed aerobic fitness tests on an exercise bike. They also studied a control group of young adults in their early 20s who completed just the language evaluations.

Overall, compared to the younger participants, the older adults had more "tip-of-the-tongue" moments, when they thought they knew a word but were unable to produce it.

But older participants with higher fitness levels based on cycling tests had fewer of tip-of-the-tongue experiences than their similarly-aged peers who had more difficulty riding the exercise bikes.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/health/physical-fitness-linked-to-language-skills-in-older-adults-10193346

Chinese dress at US prom wins support in China after internet backlash

Image from Keziah's twitter account

An American teenager has received support from internet users in China after being criticised for wearing a traditional Chinese dress to her school prom.

“It is not cultural theft,” one wrote. “It is cultural appreciation and cultural respect.”

Weibo users added that Daum looked beautiful and criticised those who have accused her.

“Culture has no borders,” one wrote. “There is no problem, as long as there is no malice or deliberate maligning. Chinese cultural treasures are worth spreading all over the world.”

Ref: https://sg.style.yahoo.com/chinese-dress-us-prom-wins-103253594.html

My 2 cents:
One should appreciate that other cultures are appreciating or learning more about their cultures by wearing their traditional costumes. Is there any harm done by wearing Kimono (Japan) or Hanbok (Korea) or European costumes. Unless they modified or copied some of the designs, it is not a crime. 

Why did someone associate cheongsam with religion? Unless it was worn by a priest or used in a religion, it is not sacred.

Video: Dolphin hits stand-up paddleboarder in Western Australia

A paddleboarder was body-slammed by one of the dolphins in a group that was enjoying the big waves. You do not know how big a dolphin is until you meet one.