Friday, 29 March 2019

Changi the first to win World's Best Airport for 7 straight years

Crown Plaza Hotel

Singapore’s Changi Airport has been named the world’s best airport for the seventh straight year, becoming the first airport in the world to do so.

It was announced as the award winner during the World Airport Awards at the Passenger Terminal Expo in London on Wednesday (27 March), after a global survey done by London-based research firm Skytrax, which involved more than 13 million travellers.

Coming in second was Tokyo International Airport (Haneda), while Incheon International Airport in South Korea was third. The top six airports in the world are all in Asia, with seventh-placed Munich Airport being the best among the rest of the world.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport was also named World’s Best Airport Hotel, as well as Best Airport Hotel in Asia.


Best foods to keep your liver healthy

A functioning liver processes food, detoxifies your body, makes important proteins and keeps you healthy all-round.

Yet, more and more Singaporeans are getting fatty liver disease, no thanks to obesity, belly fat, high cholesterol and other chronic health conditions.

The good news is that fatty liver disease can be reversed. Food plays a huge part in keeping your liver healthy.

Load up on wholesome food like these:
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Oatmeal
  • Almonds
  • Blueberries
  • Herbs and spices like oregano, sage or rosemary. Other herbs include artichoke, dandelion, milk thistle.


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Toddlers gain more from printed books than e-books

When grown-ups are reading to toddlers, they have more meaningful conversations when the stories are in traditional printed books than when stories are in e-books, researchers found.

Results of the small experiment suggest story time with tablets may not be as good for kids' development.

Pediatricians recommend against any screen time at all for children under age two. They warn that tablets, smartphones and digitally enhanced toys and games can get in the way of creative play and interactions with caregivers that are essential for social, emotional and cognitive growth.

That is not to say there is no benefit to electronic book, just less than when you compare it with a print book.


Forum: Do more to help vulnerable victims of phishing scams

There have been a number of news reports on the rise in phishing scams targeted at customers of local banks.

These cybercrimes are carried out by sophisticated and tech-savvy criminals out to mislead and ensnare unsuspecting victims who are no match for them.

It is also likely that investigations by banks and the police would have found out how fast these fraudulent transactions are made, or how well the money tracks are concealed, making most cases difficult to prosecute.

Those who fall prey to fraudulent scams are invariably reminded that the public has been repeatedly warned. This smacks of an "I-told-you-so" approach that does little to help anyone.

It is akin to a bank customer being told he should have been more careful with his savings after his bank is robbed.

Young or elderly bank customers who have little or no income, in particular, are vulnerable as they may need to borrow money and end up in debt as a result of not being able to recover the money they lost.

Bank customers are left helpless when they are cheated by skilled fraudsters. Maybe it is time that banks and the police go a step further to consider ways to help bank customers who are no match for very smart cyber criminals.

Eve Loh Chin Pey (Ms)