Saturday, 12 October 2019

Exceptional people: ITE students win top prize in international aviation contest

Lee Kern from Hwa Chong Institution (left) with ITE College Central's Steven Muthukumar, Nicole Ng and Mr Michael Cham. Source: tnp

A plane with a hybrid engine and an ejectable cabin built into a squid-shaped design has become a global winner for three Institute of Technical Education (ITE) students who envisioned it.

The trio from ITE College Central walked away with the top prize in the prototypes category of a world competition organised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

The team comprised Steven Muthukumar and Nicole Ng, both 17, and Mr Michael Cham, 57, who enrolled at the ITE last year to pursue his passion in product design after working 33 years in the retail sector.

Another 17-year-old student, Hwa Chong Institution's Lee Kern, took the top prize in the concepts category in the Asia-Pacific region. He designed a passenger drone that can connect to other drones and transport nodes.


Hepatitis E cases rise in Singapore, and undercooked pork liver may be the cause: SGH

A research study by Singapore General Hospital (SGH) has found a rising trend in Hepatitis E virus (HEV) cases among Singaporeans – and it could be due to the consumption of undercooked pig liver.

In a media release on Wednesday (9 October), SGH said that the number of HEV cases among Singaporeans has increased from 1.7 cases per 100,000 residents in 2012 to 4.1 cases per 100,000 residents in 2016. The infected individuals tend to be Chinese, male and aged 55 years and above.

Out of 59 patient blood samples obtained by the research study, 44 of them showed the same HEV subtype strain detected in three raw pork liver samples.

“As most people like it a little undercooked for its texture, this may put them at risk of Hepatitis E infection. The safest way of consuming food, including pork, is to cook it thoroughly,”