Wednesday, 23 January 2019

The depressing '10-year challenge' against antibiotic resistance

Dr Kate Flavin did not post pictures of what she looked like 10 years ago versus now, but of what antibiotics effects on resistant bacteria were in 2009 versus today.

As can be seen in year 2019, the antibiotics have lost much of its effectiveness.


Forum: Teachers should not give up on 'difficult' students

I recently attended a parent-teacher meeting at a neighbourhood secondary school, as the son of a relative had to repeat a year in Secondary 3.

The purpose of the meeting was to solicit the help of the teachers, and to understand how best to coordinate with the teachers to help the boy make progress in his studies and improve his behaviour in school at the same time.

During the conversation, the teachers shared that there are a handful of students in the same class who belong to either dysfunctional or single-parent families, or have parents who are overly busy with their work or have somehow lost control over their child.

The teachers hinted that this group of boys will not be getting as much help from the teachers due to their behavioural issues and uncooperative parents.

It was extremely disappointing to hear that the teachers have given up on these students as they are the ones who would need help the most.

It begs the question: Who bears the responsibility of educating difficult students who are both academically weak and are having behavioural problems at the same time?

I would like to urge teachers to never give up guiding these troubled youth as that is the minimum one would expect from an educator.

It is widely understood that a teacher's role, apart from imparting knowledge, involves being a mentor.

If every teacher were to continue to mentor and guide the students to the right path despite the lack of parental support, our society would definitely be a better place.

Aisling Ong (Miss)


Singaporean scientist-engineer devises waterless car wash solution

Like every engineer, Dr Joseph Sun saw a problem and started devising a solution to solve it. In this case, the 52-year-old materials scientist noticed that the car-washing industry is plagued by the issue of excessive water wastage.

To date, he estimates his firm — which is backed by Mr Richard Li, the son of prominent Hong Kong business magnate Li Ka-shing — has saved between 12 and 13 million litres of water. This is roughly equivalent to five Olympic-sized swimming pools.

He said that the potential amount of water saved can “help us achieve our national target” of consuming around 130L each person daily by 2030.

To use the service, car owners first have to download the EWash app and create an account. Then, they can select the type of service required; apart from washing, the company also provides other services such as polishing, waxing and interior care services. The washing will be done from 7pm to 1am at the customer’s car park.


Reasons why your lips are always dry

  • Dehydration
  • Breathing through our mouth
  • Allergic reaction
  • Licking your lips
  • Medication
  • Strong toothpaste
  • Vitamin B deficiency