Saturday, 29 September 2018

Steroids found in 2 juice drinks from Malaysia

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has warned the public to avoid buying and consuming two juice drinks from Malaysia after they were found to have caused serious steroid-induced side effects in at least five people, including a child.

The HSA said yesterday that the two products, Jus Al Sunnah Gold 1001 Khasiat Jus Alternatif and Jus Al Sunnah 1001 Khasiat Jus Alternatif, were tested and found to contain potent medicinal ingredients.

The undeclared ingredients included dexamethasone and prednisolone, which are potent steroids usually prescribed for inflammatory conditions that should only be taken under strict medical supervision.

Long-term unsupervised use of oral steroids can cause Cushing's syndrome, diabetes and high blood pressure, the HSA said. Users may also be susceptible to bone disorders and an increased risk of infections and muscle weakness.


2.8 million Singaporeans to get S$700 million in SG Bonus: MOF

Eligible Singaporeans will receive an SG Bonus of up to S$300 by December, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said on Friday (Sep 28).

A total of 2.8 million Singaporeans will receive letters from Oct 2 onwards, informing them of their SG Bonus benefit, MOF said. The roughly S$700 million in bonuses will be paid out to citizens by December.

Eligible citizens will receive S$100 to $300, depending on last year's Assessable Income.

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Exceptional people: Charity golf event raised $600,000 for Rainbow Centre

A charity golf event at the Singapore Island Country Club yesterday raised $600,000 for the new Rainbow Centre campus. The event also saw artwork by four Rainbow Centre students auctioned off for $138,288, which will also go towards the new campus.

The new campus will be able to serve 300 students with autism aged between seven and 18 .


PMD users, cyclists among groups to enjoy free entry into Sentosa from 1 October

Personal mobility device (PMD) users and cyclists will be able to enjoy free entry into Sentosa from 1 October onwards, said the Sentosa Development Corporation in a press release on Friday (28 September).

The initiative, which allows PMD users and cyclists to explore the island resort’s on-road and off-road cycling trails, is part of SDC’s “commitment to cultivate a car-lite Singapore”.

In addition, organisations, community and school groups entering Sentosa via chartered coaches on weekdays - excluding public holidays - will be able to enter the island for free from 1 October as well.

Entry fees via the Sentosa Express will be halved to $2 for selected Transitlink concession card holders include senior citizens, persons with disabilities, workfare transport Transitlink concession card holders, as well as primary, secondary, junior college and ITE student Transitlink concession card holders. TransitLink child concession card holders can enter the island for free.

The free entry is good for 2 years.