Monday, 21 August 2017

Malaysia Amanah leader: Singapore Malays successful because not spoon fed

The Malay community in Singapore were taught by the republic's founding father to fend for themselves, said Amanah's Salahuddin Ayub.

“This is how Singapore taught their people, by giving them the rod to fish and not supply the fish every time their people needed to cook on their homes,” said the Amanah deputy president.

Lee made it so that Singaporeans had to compete based on merit rather than race, Salahuddin said before adding that many young Malays in Singapore were now in key positions in vital sectors including the military and the government.

“They are fighting to seek merits and not become a race which needs to be shown sympathy or a subsidy race, which is the practice here,” he said in his speech at the Wanita Amanah Convention here.



Celery, which has the scientific name Apium graveolens, is a vegetable in the plant family called Apiaceae, is a direct descendant of wild celery.

Celery provides dietary fibre that boosts digestion and weight loss. In addition, celery’s high percentage of water and electrolytes can prevent dehydration, and special compounds help celery to act as a diuretic and reduce bloating.
Benefits of celery include its ability to improve liver, skin, eye and cognitive health. But one third of its nutrients will be lost if celery is boiled or dipped in boiling water.

Celery supplements are mainly made with celery oil and seeds.

Celery contains antioxidants and polysaccharides that are known to act as anti-inflammatories, especially flavonoid and polyphenol antioxidants. 

This makes celery useful for treating a wide range of conditions that are made worse by inflammation: joint pain (such as from arthritis), gout, kidney and liver infections, skin disorders, irritable bowel syndrome and urinary tract infections, just to name a few.

Liver protection
When researchers from the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at Helwan University in Egypt fed rats celery (along with chicory and barley), these rats experienced a reduction in the amount of dangerous fat buildup within the liver.

Blood pressure
Celery seed extracts have anti-hypertensive properties that help reduce high blood pressure. It is believed that celery relaxes the muscles and improving blood flow with with calcium and potassium.

Weight loss
Celery is sometimes called a negative-calorie vegetable. What this means is that celery is extremely low in calories and to digest the vege, our body uses more calories to do so.


Cure to deadly peanut allergy FINALLY found on trial

Children with peanut allergies could finally overcome the life-threatening reaction for up to four years.

Following a major breakthrough that could lead to a cure, the small clinical trial found two-thirds of children were rid of their allergy after undergoing an experimental immunotherapy treatment.

Professor Mimi Tang, from Murdoch Children's Research Institute, said they found 70% of children were able to stomach peanuts without suffering any reactions.

The kids were given a probiotic treatment called lactobacillus rhamnosus, with a peanut protein, once daily for 18 months.

Note: Please do not try this experiment at home. It should be done with professional medical staff.

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Launch of Singapore’s first donor human milk bank programme

Image from Yahoo News Singapore

KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) and Temasek Foundation Cares announced yesterday of the launch of Singapore's first donor human milk back programme. This would be a three-year  programme, which aims to provide a ready supply of safe, pasteurised human breast milk.

The three-year pilot project aims to benefit 900 babies by recruiting around 375 mothers who are willing to donate their excess supply of breast milk.

“Mothers can be assured that should the need arises, there is now a safe source of human milk for their pre-term babies,” said Madam Halimah Yacob, who launched the programme.


Exceptional people: Man with cerebral palsy types with his toe to complete his book

For three to four hours every night, Mr Wesley Wee would type laboriously on his iPad with his right big toe. It took him five years, but Mr Wee has now completed a book, Finding Happiness Against The Odds.

Born with cerebral palsy, the 38-year-old cannot control movement in his limbs.

The self-published 68-page book traces his struggles with cerebral palsy as a child, his suicidal tendencies and how he turned his life around and got married.

It will be launched next Wednesday at the Google office. Orders for the book, which costs $20, can be placed online.


Exceptional people: Jason Chee, medal-winning para-athlete, loses right eye to cancer

Image: MediaCorp
In 2012, navy man Jason Chee lost his left arm and both legs in a horrendous ship accident. Now, he has lost his right eye to cancer.

He was not daunted by the prospect of being blind in one eye either. "I'm only left with my right arm. Now, I'm only left with my left eye," he added. "You only live once, so I live life to the fullest and be happy day by day."

He still hopes to represent Singapore at the ASEAN Para Games.


Obituary: Bowling icon Henry Tan dies

Former national kegler and coach Henry Tan died of heart failure at Tan Tock Seng Hospital on 17 August morning, aged 73.

Tan won silver medals at the World Cup in 1970 and in the men's doubles event at the 1975 FIQ World Championships, where he also set a then-world record high game of 298.

He became Singapore's national coach from 2006 to 2014 and was mentor to most of Singapore national bowlers, past and present.


All SBS Transit bus services will be wheelchair-friendly by August

All SBS Transit bus services will be wheelchair-friendly from Aug 21, the transport operator announced in a press release.

SBS Transit chief executive officer Gan Juay Kiat said in the press release that the company was "committed to making public transport inclusive for our commuters including those on wheelchairs".

"It will open up more destination options for them and they will find it easier, more convenient and affordable to get around on public transport, be it to hospitals, schools, shopping malls, parks, places of interest ... in fact, anywhere that is served by public buses."


Procrastination: Better now than later

Stop missing your deadlines with these quick tips on how to nip procrastination in the bud.

Change your mindset
The first step lies in understanding that the task still has to be completed, so it is better to finish it sooner and have some time to relax, rather than rush out a poorly executed job.

Put things into perspective
If you feel daunted by the task, ask yourself if it is insurmountable or if you are allowing your fears to get the better of you.

Just do it
Put your reservations aside and get started. You can figure out how to circumvent the roadblocks along the way once you get the ball rolling.

Start with the hardest task
Worry and fear are at the root of procrastination. So the best way to stop procrastinating when handling a complicated project or challenging task is to start with the most difficult part of the job first.

Break the task up
Compartmentalise the task into smaller, more manageable chunks. Every time you complete a portion of the task, you are one step closer to finishing the job.

Reward yourself
Stay motivated by giving yourself a treat after you complete part of a task.

Set a timeline
By committing to finish the project by a certain time, you can gauge your progress more accurately.

Ref: the new paper, 18 August 2017

Friday, 18 August 2017

Warning: Phone scammers now pretending to be telco staff

Scammers are now masquerading as staff of telcos based in either China or Singapore over the phone, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) warned in an advisory.

The call recipients were told that a mobile phone number registered under their names had been used for illicit activities such as the operating of an online gambling website or accessing illegal websites.

The Mandarin-speaking operator would then go on to ask for personal information, such as the recipient's name, identification card number, nationality and contact number, claiming this was to assist in resolving the matter, the SPF said.

Police advised members of the public to ignore unsolicited calls, especially from unknown parties and not to give out personal info, bank details or passwords to them.