Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Exceptional people: Students, public come together to save man’s life

(Back row standing, from left): Mr Ang Eng Choon, Sgt Daniel Wong, Mr Ken Teo Rong Jye. (Front row seated, from left): Zhang Yiying, Ng Wen Min, Mr Koh Aik Koon, Lim Qi Yang, Liau Xuan Xuan Valerie. Source: tnp

He was playing basketball at Dunman High School when he collapsed from a cardiac arrest last month. Luckily, six people, including students, came together to save Mr Koh Aik Koon's life.

Yesterday, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) presented the SCDF Community Lifesaver Awards and the Community First Responder Awards to the six for their heroics.


Forum: Being First World starts with oneself

Opinions differ, but in the ongoing conversation about whether Singapore is a First World country populated with Third World people, my experiences do not match Professor Tommy Koh's harsh words (Why are Singaporeans a Third World people?, Oct 6).

As I leave my home, the Chinese uncle asks how my last trip was, the Indian shopkeeper at 7-Eleven gives me two dining scratch card vouchers , the Malay cashier at the Coffee Bean outlet tells me about her company trip - to Bangkok, no less.

In the 18 years I have been in Singapore, people tend to respond in kind when I treat them with a kind and positive attitude and behaviour. I take an interest in people's lives.

Is there room for improvement? Sure. But it all starts with me, not others.

Jorg Dietzel


My photo - outdoor learning

A public domain photo by me

Experts are warning people to stop holding their phone while running

The obsession with phones has spread to running. They are the perfect accompaniment to a jog outside; providing music to distract you and tracking your route. But experts warn that it is not a good idea to hold your phone in your hand while you go out for a run because it could cause the onset of hip and shoulder injuries.

The habit could be creating subtle imbalances throughout the body, which in turn may lead to strained hip, leg and shoulder muscles. The same goes for water bottles, or anything else you might carry in one hand while on a run.

Professional UK Athletics running coach, Alexa Duckworth-Briggs, urges runners to carry phones in a waist belt instead. "When you hold something in our hands, there are subtle knock-on effects to your gait. It creates muscular imbalances, affects the distribution of weight across your body, and makes you a less efficient runner in general," she tells Cosmopolitan UK.

"This could be happening every time you train, week after week, month after month," notes the expert. "And all of this means you’re more susceptible to strains, particularly in your legs, hips and across your shoulders."