Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Enterprise Singapore warns parents: Immediately stop using magnetic toys it has found to be unsafe

Parents who have bought two types of toys for their young children — magnetic building block sets and magnetic balls — were warned on Monday (Sept 2) by Enterprise Singapore to stop using them immediately, as they are unsafe.

A total of 10 toys fitting into these two categories have been removed from sale after Enterprise Singapore conducted tests on them, and found they did not comply with safety requirements, the agency said in a media release. Magnetic balls are commonly known as “Buckyballs”, it said.

It said the toys contained magnetic balls, cubes and building blocks, which may contain high-powered magnets, and can cause harm if several are ingested by children, resulting in injuries.

“The tiny magnets can attract each other through the intestines, and potentially result in injuries such as perforation, scarring or infection,” the agency said.

Read more @ https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/enterprise-singapore-warns-parents-stop-using-magnetic-toys-it-has-found-be-unsafe

How to sneak more fibre into your diet

Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/health/how-sneak-more-fibre-your-diet

Free training programmes for full marathon participants at StanChart Singapore Marathon

Picture for illustration only. Source: Yahoo news

Participants for the 2019 Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) can take part in free training programmes from the Running Department, Garmin Women Squad, or SCSM’s virtual running community on Strava.

Free weekly training sessions led by official pacers from the Running Department have started since 28 August (Wednesday).

All registered female participants of the marathon can also enjoy a dedicated training programme with renowned Garmin ambassadors, leading up to race day. The free programme will include training runs, workouts, talks and exclusive gifts.

To register to train with Running Department as well as the Garmin Women Squad, please visit this website.

Ref: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/free-training-programmes-for-full-marathon-participants-at-stan-chart-singapore-marathon-094114474.html

Almost 3 in 10 people with disabilities who are of working age are employed

Nearly three in 10 persons with disabilities (PWDs) who are of working age are employed, Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad told Parliament on Monday (Sep 2).

The resident employment rate was 28.6% among PWDs in the working ages of 15 to 64, Mr Zaqy said as part of his response to a Parliamentary question by Member of Parliament Chong Kee Hiong regarding employment rates of the disabled.

Another 4.2% of PWDs in this age range were without a job and actively looking for one, translating to a resident unemployment rate of 12.9%.

"The remaining two-thirds of PWDs in this age group were outside the labour force, with most of them citing poor health or disability as the main reason," added Mr Zaqy.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/disability-pwds-in-employment-mom-survey-parliament-zaqy-11863568

Most dengue clusters closed, dengue cases down, says Masagos

The number of dengue cases in Singapore is down and most dengue clusters are no longer classified as hotspots, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli on Monday (Sep 2).

Speaking in Parliament, Mr Masagos noted that as of Aug 24, the National Environment Agency (NEA) has closed 863 of 1,021 clusters formed in 2019, and brought down the number of dengue cases from a weekly high of 664 in mid-July to 478 in the third week of August.

The surge in dengue cases this year is due to three factors: An increase in the mosquito population, warmer weather and lower herd immunity, he said.

To combat this, NEA has increased "housekeeping measures" and its inspections of common areas to eliminate potential breeding areas.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/dengue-clusters-closed-cases-down-wolbachia-masagos-nea-11864374