Education Health Singapore 

Singapore firm’s new product may help diabetics avoid sugar spike from food

A home-grown company has created a product that adds fibre to food and may lower the glycaemic index (GI) of high carbohydrate meals, preventing them from causing the sudden spike in blood sugar levels that is so damaging to people with diabetes. Food companies such as Han’s, Lim Kee Food Manufacturing, Gardenia and Tan Seng Kee Foods are now testing the product by local food-tech start-up Alchemy Foodtech. Alchemy said at the launch of its new laboratory yesterday that the product lowers the GI without changing the taste, colour or…

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Education MOE Singapore 

Register online for MOE kindergartens; change in admissions criteria

Parents who wish to enrol their children in a Ministry of Education (MOE) kindergarten in 2020 can do so online, and need not submit registration forms and supporting documents in person. There will also be changes to the admissions framework for these kindergartens, which were first set up in 2014 to provide affordable pre-school education and raise the quality of early childhood education. Top priority for admissions will now go to Singaporean children from lower-income households living within 1km of the MOE kindergarten. Children with siblings in K1 to Primary…

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Safra to mark SAF Day with more than 130 deals

SINGAPORE – Safra is rolling out more than 130 deals to mark this year’s SAF Day on July 1. The deals, to appreciate servicemen’s contributions to Singapore’s defence, include free entry to Safra’s swimming pools and gyms islandwide. All Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) national servicemen, including full-time national servicemen and operationally ready national servicemen, and Safra members can enjoy the deals, which include 50 per cent discounts at Safra’s sports and recreation facilities such as BBQ pits, futsal courts, games rooms, squash courts, tennis courts and multi-purpose courts. The deals are available…

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Education Singapore 

Local songwriters, artistes come together to pen 12 new S’pore songs that will be sung in schools

SINGAPORE – A new set of 12 songs will soon add to the current repertoire of folk songs sung in schools such as Di Tanjong Katong and Munnaeru Vaalibaa that many Singaporeans have grown up with. The songs, which explore aspects of Singapore life, are a fresh wave of local songs – given contemporary twists such as Mandopop and Malay pop rock – meant to help schools in music teaching and learning. They are composed by a group of seven educators and 12 artistes, who teamed up for the first…

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Asia Education Environment Homeless News Singapore 

Extraordinary People: A friend to the homeless

Twice a month, Abraham Yeo and his informal group of volunteers spend their Saturday nights seeking out and befriending homeless people on the streets of Singapore. (Photo: Howard Law) SINGAPORE: It is a Saturday night, and the glitzy shopping mall is lit up with sparkling lights, the storefronts tempting passers-by with special offers of goods within. It is easy to miss those who don’t fit in, among the well-dressed crowds thronging the mall. But move a little closer, and the tell-tale signs are there: Unkempt hair. Feet encrusted with dirt.…

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Economy Education fine dining Food Health Singapore 

‘Diabetic-friendly’ noodles developed to encourage healthier eating

The participants were presented with the diabetic-friendly and conventional versions of the noodles. (Photo: Wendy Wong) SINGAPORE: A healthier version of mee rebus and chee cheong fun might soon become a reality, thanks to “diabetic-friendly” noodles being co-developed by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) and the Food Innovation Research Centre at Singapore Polytechnic. At an engagement and tasting session for local noodle manufacturers on Monday (Sep 25), two new noodle prototypes with a lower glycemic index were introduced.  The first prototype, which was yellow noodles, was made with beta-glucan – an…

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Education Health Muslims Singapore 

Son needed a special school, so they set up one for youths like him

She gave up her a corporate career and learnt how to be a special needs educator. Now she and her husband provide a safe place for some 200 Muslim youths – but it’s been a rocky journey. They sold their house, she gave up her high-flying job – all so that their son, Ashraf, could have a school to go to. See the world these parents’ love built, for their son and for hundreds of other special youths. Read the story here. SINGAPORE: “You want to say something to them,…

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Asia Education MOE Singapore 

‘World’s largest pre-school’ opens in Singapore, with capacity for 2,100 children

A view of the Early Learning Village. (Photo: Early Learning Village) The 50,000 sq ft Early Learning Village at Lorong Chuan is the result of a collaboration between two international schools. SINGAPORE: A pre-school with capacity for 2,100 children officially opened in Singapore on Wednesday (Aug 30). The Early Learning Village, located next to the Australian International School (AIS) campus in Lorong Chuan, is a collaboration between AIS and the Stamford American International School. At 50,000 sq ft, with five buildings and more than 100 classrooms, it is the world’s…

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Education MOE Singapore 

All Early Years Centres to be within 1km of an MOE kindergarten

This will make it more convenient for parents and grandparents ferrying kids around, said PCF’s CEO Victor Bay in a Talking Point discussion on the preschool landscape. Children during meal time at an MOE kindergarten in Punggol View. (Photo: MCI) SINGAPORE: All Early Years Centres (EYCs) – pre-schools run by anchor operators – will be situated within one kilometre of Ministry of Education (MOE) kindergartens. This and more was revealed by PAP Community Foundation’s (PCF) CEO Victor Bay, in a discussion on the programme Talking Point which airs tonight (Aug…

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Education Health National Day Parade Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong Singapore 

National Day Rally: 1 in 9 Singaporeans has diabetes; problem ‘very serious’, says PM Lee

An average of about 1,200 diabetics undergo amputations every year. A woman has gauze applied to her finger after a blood sugar test at the Remote Area Medical Clinic in Wise, Virginia, U.S., July 21, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong painted a stark picture of the diabetes situation in Singapore during his National Day Rally on Sunday (Aug 20), as he encouraged citizens to exercise more, go for regular medical check-ups and eat healthier. He spoke at length about diabetes as one of three key long-term issues…

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