Saturday, 29 December 2018

Lower fees in independent schools for children in low and middle-income families

Primary school pupils

From next April, children from low and middle-income families will receive higher subsidies to attend independent schools, with their fees being slashed by more than half in some cases.

The move, announced by Education Minister Ong Ye Kung on Thursday (Dec 27) at a principals’ appointment ceremony, is aimed at promoting greater diversity in these elite schools, while ensuring youths are not deprived of opportunities due to their financial backgrounds.

The new subsidies apply to these eight independent schools – Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), Hwa Chong Institution, Methodist Girls' School, Nanyang Girls' High School, Raffles Girls' School, Raffles Institution, Singapore Chinese Girls' School and St Joseph's Institution; and two specialised independent schools – NUS High School and the School of Science and Technology .


No time to work out? Try express weight training

An inspiring new study of how much – or little – weight training is needed to improve muscles’ strength and size finds that we may be able to gain almost the same muscular benefits with a single, brief set of each exercise.

The general program was simple and familiar, consisting of seven common exercises, including the bench press, lateral pull-down, machine leg press and others. A set of any of these exercises would require lifting to failure through eight to 12 repetitions.

  • One group to do 5 sets of each exercise, total time 70mins
  • One group to do 3 sets of each exercise, total time 40mins
  • One group to do 1 set of each exercise, total time 13mins

After 2 months, the strength improvements were essentially the same, no matter how many – or few – sets the men completed. Only the size of the men’s muscles differed. Those who had completed five sets per session sported greater muscle mass than those who had done three sets or one.


My photo - water lily

a public domain photo by me

Exceptional people: Off-duty cop nabs thief who dropped own phone and wallet

A suspected thief who ran from Choa Chu Kang Stadium last month left behind some valuables, including his own phone and wallet.

When he returned to the scene later, he got detained by an off-duty police officer, Sgt Muhammad Aizat.

Sgt Muhammad Aizat said: "Always lend a helping hand when you can and look out for others.

"If the community can do this, then we can help prevent crime and keep everyone safe."

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Thailand approves medical marijuana

Thailand approved marijuana for medical use and research on Tuesday, the first legalization of the drug in a region with some of the world’s strictest drug laws.

The junta-appointed parliament in Thailand, a country which until the 1930s had a tradition of using marijuana to relieve pain and fatigue, voted to amend the Narcotic Act of 1979 in an extra parliamentary session handling a rush of bills before the New Year’s holidays.

Marijuana traffickers can be subject to the death penalty in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.