Sunday, 25 June 2017

Selamat Hari Raya 2017

Wishing all Muslims Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri
May this special day bring joy and happiness for you and your family.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Australian senator breastfeeds while debating a motion, making history

Australian senator Larissa Waters feed her baby in the most perfect way, breastfeeding her not only in the chamber, but while she was passing a motion.

People on social media have praised the senator for “making history,” being “inspiring,” and “normalizing women’s bodies.”

Exceptional people: Singapore darts veteran Paul Lim back to winning ways

Veteran player Paul Lim added yet another achievement to his long and illustrious professional career when he won Stage 2 of the Soft Darts World Championship — The World in La Rochelle, France.

The 63-year-old emerged champion from a field of 157 competitors when he defeated Belgium’s Francis Emonts in the final.

Paul’s latest triumph means that he has risen to the top of The World rankings, overtaking Stage 1 winner Alex Reyes of the United States, with four more stages left to go.


Dangerous toy - handheld crossbow

Handheld crossbows that can fire out needles and nails are the latest must-have toy in China, but anxious parents want them banned before a young child gets blinded or worse.

Each crossbow can be bought online for as little as 7 yuan or S$1.40, was originally meant to fire toothpicks.

Technology: The real reason we are ‘drowning in oil'

If you are hoping to see oil climbs to US$100 per barrel again, the day may not come.

Advances in technology have contributed to higher production rates in the U.S. as demand world-wide may increasingly suffer from the use of alternative energy sources.

Alternative energy sources like electric battery, hydrodam, solar and wind.


New Zika cluster at Kensington Park Drive

Two new cases of locally transmitted Zika have been confirmed at Kensington Park Drive at Serangoon Gardens, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Wednesday (Jun 21). Both cases involve residents in the vicinity.

"Residents and stakeholders are urged to maintain vigilance and continue to eliminate mosquito breeding habitats, as there could be asymptomatic or mild, undiagnosed cases which might result in further transmission of the virus if there are mosquitoes in the vicinity," NEA said.


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Exceptional people: Singaporean teenager sets new powerlifting world record

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Singaporean teenager Matthew Yap has set a new squat world record at the World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Minsk, Belarus.

Yap, an 18-year-old Republic Polytechnic student, lifted 208kg in his final attempt under the men’s Under-66kg sub-junior division, which is for 14- to 18-year-olds. The previous world record of 207.5kg was set by Swede Eddie Berglund in Texas last year.


An egg a day helps babies stay healthy

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Feeding an egg each day to children helps healthy growth in babies, a study has found.

The often messy ritual of feeding a baby a daily runny egg has fallen out of favour in the UK.

But the latest independent research by Washington University suggests eating an egg a day prevents babies becoming stunted or underweight.

It has another beneficial effect too in that babies fed them were found to eat less sugary food.


Sharp rise in breast and prostate cancers here

There has been a sharp rise here in two cancers associated with wealthy countries, more sedentary lifestyles and greater obesity: breast and prostate cancers.

Breast cancer accounts for one in three cancers in women, while prostate cancer has gone up five fold in the past 40 years and now causes one in seven cancers in men. But the most common remains colorectal cancer.

The good news is that with better treatment today, people with cancer have better chances of survival.


‘Unglue’ those ears to prevent hearing loss, speech delays

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Otitis media with effusion (OME), or glue ear, in which the infant’s middle ear was blocked due to a build-up of sticky fluid, is estimated to affect some 84,000 children here every year.

It may occur when the child contracts an upper respiratory tract infection such as a cold, when fluid or mucus accumulates in the middle ear. Children who are born with a cleft lip or palate, or other craniofacial abnormalities, are also more vulnerable to glue ear.

More worryingly, glue ear is the leading cause of hearing loss and doctor visits among children worldwide.

Symptoms to watch out for include communication and speech problems, but the signs are not always so straightforward.