Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Four reasons to walk the weight off

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Juggling work and personal commitments can be hard. Sometimes, it just feels impossible to keep to your exercise routine. But there is something you can do every day to help you lose or maintain your weight - walking. Here are four reasons to start walking more.

1. Fast-paced walking, when combined with a healthy diet, is effective for weight loss
2. Power walking is easier on the joints than running
3. Walking will improve your health
4. It is super easy to add walking to our daily routine

Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/health/four-reasons-walk-weight

Company cuts off ties with NUS, students express 'deep concern' as fallout from peeping tom incident widens

On Sunday (April 21), OnHand Agrarian, an urban farm that has taken in NUS students for internships, said in a Facebook post that it has made "the monumentally stupid decision" to compromise its product and clients by "allowing a criminal" to continue to use its facilities.

Therefore, the company said that it will "suspend all dealings" with NUS until the perpetrator is expelled.

Meanwhile, the victim's mother has called the 12-month conditional warning issued by the police to the perpetrator as "completely ridiculous".

"What this means is, the police are giving him a slap on his hand and say don't do it again within 12 months," Mrs Mary Baey commented on Facebook.

"I was given to understand that this is not the first case, there have been many cases, some reported to NUS and some that went unreported," Mrs Baey said.

"How can we place our trust in NUS, a national and international institution? This trust is now broken."

Ref: https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/company-cuts-ties-nus-students-express-deep-concern-fallout-peeping-tom-incident-widens

Forum: Unfair to knock TCM because of one mistake

The letter by Dr Ong Siew Chey (What is TCM diagnosis based on?, April 18) was an unnecessary attack on the very core of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatment philosophy. One mistake by a TCM practitioner does not justify throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

To leap from this complaint of the uncertain utility of TCM to the conviction that it must then be useless is, according to physicist Carlo Rovelli, the failure to grasp the utility of uncertainty, bringing about the "origin of much silliness in our society". Is science-based medicine the iron-clad practice that it is made out to be? Albert Einstein was humble enough to proffer that "if we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research".

While experts revel in their scientifically proven practices, people should acknowledge that they do not know everything.

Thus, to denigrate TCM just because it had its roots in primitive and herbal cures is to commit the fallacy of argumentum ad ignorantiam, or arguing from ignorance, that something is false simply because it has not been proven true.

Amos Wu Pom Hin

Ref: http://str.sg/orPH

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Source: the new paper, 22 April, 2019

NTUC FairPrice to slash prices of 50 housebrand products; extra discount for Merdeka Generation shoppers - updated with more freebies

Two new initiatives to help alleviate daily living costs for Singaporeans were announced by NTUC FairPrice on Monday (Mar 18).

1) The first initiative 

The supermarket chain hold the prices of 50 housebrand products from now until Jun 30, 2020. This offer will be extended to all customers.

FairPrice will also lower the prices for 50 other housebrand essentials by at least 20% cheaper than other comparable leading brands, the company said.

2) The second initiative

Starting from Jul 1, people from the Merdeka Generation will be offered a 3% discount on all FairPrice purchases when they shop on a Wednesday.

The Merdeka Generation is anyone born between 1950 and 1959. To qualify, shoppers would need to show their Merdeka Generation cards or a valid ID. This discount will be valid for a year.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/ntuc-fairprice-slash-prices-housebrand-products-merdeka-discount-11355074

Gardens by the Bay

Pioneer and Merdeka generations will enjoy free admission to the Flower Dome on the second Tuesday of every month for a year. This free entrance starts from June 2019.

Forum: Long wait for drinks not acceptable at world-class venue - updated with reply

Last week, I attended the Singapore Badminton Open held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

I found that spectators had to queue for 45 minutes to buy a cup of coffee or tea, or a bottle of water.

As there was only one booth, the queue was the same for both food and drinks, and it extended and snaked outside the immediate area.

At such venues, there should not be any queue that is 50 or 60 people deep.

This is completely unacceptable in a world-class sporting venue.

It is the responsibility of the management at the stadium to ensure the provision of adequate services to patrons commensurate with the quality of the events being hosted.

In order to enhance the spectator experience, those tasked with the management of the stadium should require the vendors or concessionaires at such events to staff the food and drinks booth adequately.

Also, there should be more than one food and drinks vendor to provide choice, or a vending machine for simple drink offerings at least, as no drinks from outside the venue are allowed in the stadium.

The experience ought to have been so much better for the patrons.

Eng Siang Cher

Ref: http://str.sg/oKyy

Reply by Sports Hub: Committed to delivering best event experience

We assure Forum contributor Eng Siang Cher (Long wait for drinks not acceptable at world-class venue, April 16) and members of the public that the Singapore Sports Hub is committed to ensuring that we deliver the best event experience to all our patrons.

We apologise for the food and beverage experience at the recent Singapore Badminton Open held in the Singapore Indoor Stadium. We did notice a surge in demand for food and drinks at intermission periods, which resulted in longer waiting times.

Additional serving stations were added on Sunday's match.

We thank Mr Eng for the feedback and suggestions, and we will continue to improve our patrons' experience at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Jacqueline Lau
Chief Experience Officer

SportsHub Pte Ltd

Ref: http://str.sg/orfo