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The man with a soft spot for the disabled honoured

If you were to cut open Mr Tan Ju Seng’s heart, you would probably find a soft spot dedicated to the disabled of Singapore. After all, the man spent 12 years being the president of the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC), the longest tenure any Singaporean held in that seat. “Whether a person has a…
6 Jul 2022 3 mins read

Solving life’s problems by inventing own solutions

Necessity is the mother of invention. For these two mothers, it definitely is. There is nothing more frustrating when you cannot find a solution to relieve an itch or when you simply cannot find the right support clothing. So both Traslin Tan and Vanessa Hooi put their training and skills to work and came up with…
6 Jul 2022 6 mins read

Former Olympian and maker of track stars M Harichandra dies

He represented Malaysia as a 800m runner at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne before coming to Singapore to work as a Prisons officer. But M Harichandra never left his love to run. He took a group of young athletes under his wing and turned them into track stars including Serjit Singh, whose 46-year-old long…
30 Jun 2022 2 mins read

Defying age barriers at world track and field championship

They just came off the two-day Singapore Masters Track & Field Association (SMTFA) International Masters Track & Field Championships early June and there is no letting up. These 13 Singapore athletes, the youngest at 35 and the oldest 75, flew off on 27 June to take part in the World Masters Athletics in Tampere, Finland.…
29 Jun 2022 2 mins read

Faecal attraction: First Southeast Asia poo bank set up in Singapore

Mention faecal matter and many people would run the other way.  But Cordlife, Singapore’s and one of Asia’s pioneers in cryopreservation of umbilical cord blood obtained from babies, is running towards it and Singaporeans suffering from bloating will to happy to hear this. Cordlife is working with the Asian Microbiome Library (AMILI), Southeast Asia’s first…
22 Jun 2022 3 mins read

Gag orders in Singapore: Whose identities are being protected?

The man committed the sex act on his victims in 2005 and 2007. The boys were aged between 14 and 15 at the time of the offences.  But it was only last year that his offences were reported when he returned to Singapore to renew his missionary visa in March. The victims are now adults…
15 Jun 2022 5 mins read

Thai Cabinet becomes first in Southeast Asia to approve same-sex union Bill

Thailand’s Cabinet has approved the draft of Civil Partnership Bill on Tuesday, 7 June, which when passed, will legalise same-sex couples unions. But this Bill will not go as far as endorsing same-sex marriage. It will enable gay couples to adopt children, jointly manage assets and liabilities and have inheritance and heritage rights between partners…
9 Jun 2022 2 mins read

Indoor life, near work result in spike in number of myopia in Singapore

Not too long ago, kids with glasses were the odd ones out.  Today, bespectacled children are increasingly becoming the norm in Singapore, making the prevalence of myopia here among the highest in the world. Data from the Health Ministry (MOH) shows that more than 65 per cent of children here are myopic by the time…
6 Jun 2022 4 mins read
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