Thursday, 13 June 2019

Police alert public about counterfeit S$100, S$50 notes; 3 men arrested

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) advised people on Tuesday (Jun 11) to be alert for counterfeit Singapore currency notes after three men were arrested and charged for offences related to fake notes.

There have been several reports of counterfeit S$100 notes and S$50 portrait series currency notes being used at convenience stores, restaurants and retail outlets, authorities said.

“These counterfeit notes, which are believed to be photocopied reproductions, lack security features such as (a) watermark (an image that can be seen when held up to the light) and security thread (thread that is interwoven in the paper running vertically down) found on genuine notes,” police said.

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You may be eating a credit card's worth of plastic each week

An average person could be ingesting as many as 1,900 plastic particles a week — more than 100,000 particles a year — from sources such as tap and bottled water, shellfish, beer and salt, a study commissioned by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has found.

This translates to eating about 250 grams of plastic a year. Put another way, it is like consuming 5 grams of plastic a week — the equivalent of munching through a credit card.

The study, which is the first to estimate and combine insights from over 50 studies globally on the ingestion of plastic by people, was done by researchers at the University of Newcastle in Australia and strategy consulting firm Dalberg Advisors.

Publishing the results of the study on Wednesday (June 12), the WWF added that the findings may be “an underestimate” because the microplastic contamination of staple foods such as milk, rice, wheat, corn, bread, pasta and oils has yet to be studied.


Taxi driver encounters faulty carpark gantry barrier; simply removes it and drives off

Source: yahoo news

When machines malfunction, it is up to humans to solve the problem. That is what this one taxi driver did when he encountered what appeared to be a faulty carpark gantry barrier. Unfazed in the midst of a potential delay in exiting a carpark last Friday afternoon, the man simply tugged the barrier out of its holder and tossed it to the side. Then he got back into his cab and drove off.

The incident, which went viral over the weekend, reportedly occurred at a carpark in Jurong East Street 32, according to The Straits Times, which added that the cabbie had been advised to do what he did by the HDB service provider on the intercom.

Now I think all drivers already knew that the barrier arms at carparks are apparently detachable so as to allow for vehicles to enter or exit in such situations.


Sleep habits linked with blood sugar control in diabetes and prediabetes

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Too little sleep - or too much - can be tied to problems with blood sugar levels, not just in people with diabetes but also in people at high risk for developing the disease, a new study finds.

Compared to people who said on the questionnaires that they got 7 or 8 hours of sleep every night, people who averaged less than 5 hours or more than 8 hours of sleep at night had significantly higher levels of hemoglobin A1C in their blood, reflecting poor blood sugar control over the past 2 or 3 months.

This was true whether people had diabetes or prediabetes.

"In the past, the general wisdom was that short sleep duration is bad for you but here we also found that maybe too long of a sleep duration is also not good for you," lead study author Dr Babak Mokhlesi of the University of Chicago told Reuters Health by phone.

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