Friday, 2 August 2019

Forum: Every little act counts in building a gracious Singapore

I thank Mr Anthony Lee for his civic-mindedness (How we can be better as a society, July 23).

He has shown us how we can all take individual and collective responsibility to create a more considerate and gracious society.

Everyday situations present opportunities for us to be kind and gracious. Mr Lee provided a succinct, thorough yet easily achievable list of six key thoughts and examples.

To these, I add: Watch what you post. We are too quick to make judgments on social media.

Let's be circumspect before posting a knee-jerk comment. Better yet, let's not comment, but just help fix the situation if it's in our power to do so.

Acts of kindness need not be grand gestures. Every little act, every little nudge to do the right thing for the common good counts.

Hai Yang, an 18-year old student, was nominated for the Good Neighbour Award in 2017 for helping to pick up litter in his neighbourhood and consistently cleaning up the basketball court after he and his friends had finished their game.

Today, his acts of consideration have inspired his neighbours and friends to follow his example.

When we respond to opportunities around us - in our neighbourhoods, schools and workplaces - giving and receiving kindness can become second nature.

We become less hindered by doubts or self-consciousness. We learn to be considerate in our shared spaces, and kindness becomes part of our national identity and we can take pride in this.

To celebrate Singapore's 54th birthday as well as the Singapore Bicentennial this year, the Singapore Kindness Movement, in collaboration with Raffles City Singapore, is organising an exhibition - Arts in the City: We Love Singapore.

It will be held at Level 3 of Raffles City shopping centre and will be open to the public from Aug 1 to Aug 18.

As we journey forward together as Singaporeans, let's be kind.

William Wan (Dr)
General Secretary
Singapore Kindness Movement


Recaledl: Salmon from Norway recalled due to bacteria:

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has issued a recall for fresh Atlantic salmon from Norway after a batch produced on July 25 was detected with listeria monocytogenes.

In a press release on Wednesday (July 31), the SFA said that it had directed the importer, Yu Fish Pte Ltd, to recall the products, with the process currently ongoing.

Consumers who have purchased the Atlantic salmon from Norway should cook the fish thoroughly before consumption as it kills the listeria monocytogenes bacteria, the SFA said.

Listeria monocytogenes may cause a bacterial infection called listeriosis.


S$12 million fund to help vulnerable persons gain access to sporting programmes

Inclusive Sports Festival. Source: cna

Vulnerable youths, seniors and persons with disabilities (PWDs) may get stronger support as well as access to sporting programmes with the help of a new S$12 million fund by SportCares, the philanthropic arm of Sport Singapore.

Culture, Community and Youth Minister Grace Fu, who announced the Communities of Care Fund at this year's Inclusive Sports Festival, said this will go some way to improve their physical and socio-emotional wellbeing.

Under the fund, organisations that wish to design and develop inclusive sports-based programmes can tap on a starter grant to kickstart their project.

“The fund aims to support more ground-up initiatives; whether you are a volunteer group or a group of basketball players who want to extend the sport to at-risk youths. If you want to start something and don't know how to do that, to provide some basic amenities and facilities, the fund is there to support,” said Ms Fu.

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Children born to older parents are better behaved and less aggressive, scientists discover

Children born to older parents are better behaved, according to a new study.

Researchers found the offspring of more mature mothers and fathers tended to be less aggressive.

Study co-author Professor Dorret Boomsma, of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, said: 'It's possible some of the reason why older parents have children with fewer problems like aggression is that older parents have more resources and higher levels of education."

Note that delayed pregnancies come with a higher risk of complications such as miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, or a need for caesarean section, they are increasingly common.


Can diet help cancer treatment? Study in mice offers clues

Image for illustration only. Fruits and vegetables

Diet is already a key part of managing diseases like diabetes and hypertension, but new research adds to a growing body of evidence that it could help cancer treatment too.

The study, published Thursday (Aug 1) in the journal Nature, found restricting intake of an amino acid found in red meat and eggs significantly enhanced cancer treatment in mice, slowing tumour growth.

"What this study is showing is that there are many situations where a drug by itself doesn't work, but if you combine the drug with the diet, it works. Or the radiation therapy doesn't work well, but if you combine ... with the diet, it works well," he told AFP.

The study focused on restricting intake of the amino acid methionine, which is key to a process called one-carbon metabolism that helps cancer cells grow.

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