Thursday, 27 June 2019

Police warn of scams involving SMS threats to burn down home

If you receive an SMS message threatening to burn down your premises unless you pay a ransom, do not panic.

It is most likely a scam, the police said in a public alert yesterday.

No monetary loss from such scams has been reported, the police said in a statement.

They advise people who receive such messages to remain calm and to ignore the instruction to transfer money.


Say what? Singaporeans may be losing their hearing as early as their 40s

While the average outdoor noise level alone is not likely to cost you your hearing, there is growing evidence that listening to music on your mobile phone or music player at a high volume for prolonged periods can permanently damage it, said Lee.

And get this: Singaporeans may lose their hearing early – as young as in their mid-40s – because of such factors, he said.

“Some of these music players can produce sounds of up to 120 decibels, which is equal to sound levels caused by a commercial airliner taking off from a runway,” he said. “Exposure to sounds of that level for even 30 minutes can result in permanent hearing damage for the listener.”

If you were guilty of blasting your ears with heavy metal in your teenage years, you may also be paying the price for it now, said Lee. “The excessive usage of these devices can stack up and bring forward permanent hearing loss earlier in life.”

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New research shows coffee improves overall health and longevity whilst fighting obesity

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Your body has two kinds of fat:
1) white adipose tissue (WAT) and
2) brown adipose tissue (BAT)

BAT improves your body's ability to handle blood sugar, increases bone health and density, helps build lead muscle mass, increases longevity, and helps you burn WAT (the normal fat stores in your body that makes you look fat) more efficiently.

The problems with BAT are:
1) adult humans do not have much of it but babies have a lot, and
2) BAT only works when it is activated

Now, according to groundbreaking research conducted at the University of Nottingham, drinking coffee (but not water) stimulates BAT.In other words,coffee literally helps to burn fat.


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Keep Spiders and Mice Out of Your House, All You Need Is One Tea Bag

Mother Nature has several remedies to counter these pests, the most effective being peppermint! Peppermint is an incredible force for good in your body, especially freshening your breath. But the same natural oils that make it smell so good to humans also make it effective in keeping mice and spiders away.

Once you are done drinking your tea, all you need to do is place the used tea bag where you have seen mice or spiders, or where you are worried that they might be.

If you are not a tea drinker, you can also use peppermint essential oil. Simply mix it with a little water and spray it along the baseboards to ward off pests.