Tuesday, 22 May 2018

More mosquitoes, more dengue cases expected in warmer months ahead


The mosquito population is expected to increase along with the number of dengue cases in the warmer months ahead, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a media release on Sunday (May 20).

Through its Gravitrap surveillance system, NEA said it found that the mosquito population remained high with 22% more Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the first quarter of this year compared to the previous quarter, thus posing a risk of an increase in dengue cases.

The warmer months of June to October usually see higher transmission of dengue in Singapore, due to accelerated breeding and maturation cycles of the Aedes mosquitoes and shorter incubation periods for the dengue virus.

The agency urged members of the public to continue to work together as a community to stem dengue transmission.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/dengue-mosquitoes-nea-cases-expected-in-warmer-months-10251670

Community Chest Charity TV show raised over $9.6m


The act of giving was demonstrated at the Community Chest Charity TV Show 2018, where children with special needs, student volunteers, local and international artistes, local partners and the community came together to raise over $9.6 million for ComChest supported social service organisations!

Ref: https://www.facebook.com/comchest/photos/pcb.2102065329808755/2102062113142410/?type=3

What happens when you go vegan


Source: tnp, 7 May 2018

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The importance of lunch naps for busy workers

Lunch nap is a very important ritual for blue collar workers

According to the Ministry of Manpower, Singaporeans worked 45.9 hours a week. That is an average of slightly over nine hours a day. It is one of the highest averages in the world – no wonder you are pretty much drained and looking like a zombie by 3pm.

But while coffee is everyone’s perk-me-up, there might be a better way to recharge and get over that afternoon slump: A power nap.

“Compared to coffee or energy drinks, power naps can give the body much-needed rest rather than trying to sustain energy or concentration, which can be counter-productive,” said Dr Tripat Deep Singh, a Philips International Sleep Specialist at the Philips’ Sleep and Respiratory Education Centre.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/lifestyle/power-nap-work-singapore-where-to-go-how-it-works-10245470

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Asbestos-containing debris’ found at Big Sister’s Island, monthly guided walks suspended


Monthly guided walks at the Sisters’ Islands will be suspended for May and June, after asbestos-containing debris was found at several areas on Big Sister’s Island.

In a notice on its website on Saturday (May 19), the National Parks Board (NParks) said “asbestos-containing debris” was found at “four isolated areas along the beaches at the lagoons on Big Sister’s Island".

As a safety precaution, the affected beaches have been cordoned off for asbestos removal works.

Ref: 
1) https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/asbestos-sister-s-island-walks-suspended-debris-10250098
2) https://www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/sisters-islands-marine-park