• Just because you perspire plenty during a hot yoga class doesn’t mean you’re detoxifying your body. (Thinkstock photo)Just because you perspire plenty during a hot yoga class doesn’t mean you’re detoxifying your body. (Thinkstock photo)

    What’s the hottest new workout taking the world by storm? That would be hot yoga, also known as Bikram yoga. Conducted in a heated room with sweltering temperatures of about 40°C (or approximately 104° Fahrenheit) and 40 per cent humidity, it’s guaranteed to make the body sweat… plenty! Hence, many believe this helps detoxify the body and burn major calories. But is it true?

    Principal Physiotherapist Suelyn Chan from the Department of Physiotherapy at Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the SingHealth group, tackles this and other burning myths of hot yoga.

    Myths about hot yoga

    Myth 1: Heavy sweating during hot yoga will help detox your body

    Hot yoga can really make you sweat buckets -- up to two litres during a single session, according to reports. However, sweat is 99 per cent water combined with a small amount of minerals such as sodium, potassium and magnesium, as well as trace metals like zinc, copper and iron. Thus, sweating will mostly eliminate water and other

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    Body found of boy who made first call from Korea ferry: report
     South Korean rescue team members carry the body of a victim recovered from the "Sewol" ferry to an ambulance at a harbour in Jindo on April 23, 2014
    The body of a high school student who made the first distress call from a sinking South Korean ferry was recovered from the submerged vessel on Thursday, news reports said.

    The student, identified by his surname Choi, had called the emergency 119 number at 8:52am on Wednesday last week, three minutes before the crew of the 6,825 tonne Sewol sent their first distress signal.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/body-found-boy-made-first-call-korea-ferry-035828727.html
     
    Camilla's brother dies in NY of head injury
     Prince Charles and his wife Camilla visit Kate Middleton in St Mary's hospital after the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a baby boy.  Duration: 01:14
    The Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, are "utterly devastated" by the death of her brother, who fell outside a hotel bar and suffered a head injury.

    Mark Shand, chairman of an elephant conservation charity, was in New York for a charity auction at Sotheby's.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/camillas-brother-dies-ny-head-injury-051812359.html
     
    Waste oil collector struggles

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    Pirates kidnap three on Singapore tanker off Malaysia
     File photo of a Royal Malaysian Marine Police patrol boat taking part in an anti-piracy demonstration exercise in Port Klang
    Armed pirates boarded a Singapore-managed oil tanker in the Strait of Malacca, kidnapping three Indonesian crew and stealing some of the vessel's shipment of diesel fuel, the International Maritime Bureau said Wednesday.

    The attack occurred early Tuesday off Malaysia's west coast, said Noel Choong, head of IMB's Kuala Lumpur-based piracy reporting centre. The diesel oil tanker was believed to be en route to Myanmar.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/pirates-kidnap-three-japanese-tanker-off-malaysia-report-011005231.html
     
    COE falls across most categories in second April bidding
     The latest open bidding exercise for the Certificate of Entitlement (COE) ended with mix results on Wednesday.  (Getty Images)
    Premiums for the Certificate of Entitlement (COE) decreased across most categories in the latest bidding for April.
     
    Purchasers of small cars, those with 1,600cc and below, are required to pay S$71,335 as compared to S$77,400 in the earlier bidding.
     
    Premiums for big cars, those above 1,600cc, have also gone

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    Man Utd sack manager David Moyes

     Manchester United coach David Moyes, pictured during a press conference in Athens on February 24, 2014
    Manchester United sacked manager David Moyes on Tuesday, just 10 months after he succeeded Alex Ferguson at the helm of one of the world's most famous clubs.

    After a day of speculation in the British media, the Premier League giants confirmed the Scot's departure in a brief statement on their Twitter account.

    https://sg.sports.yahoo.com/news/manager-david-moyes-leaves-man-utd-club-074242597--spt.html
     
    Another man arrested for attempted breach at Woodlands Checkpoint
     Woodlands Checkpoint.
    In what is the second case this month and the fourth this year, yet another man was arrested for trying to pass through the Woodlands Checkpoint without clearing immigration.
     
    The 33-year-old driver, a Malaysian, was unable to produce his passport at the Arrival car counter when he pulled up at about 10:45am on Monday, said the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) in a statement.

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    19 Singaporean passengers hospitalised as Malaysia bus plunges into ravine

    A passenger bus plunged into a ravine after leaving a Malaysian island resort, killing a British man and injuring 40 others, including 19 Singaporeans, police said Monday. (AFP Photo)A passenger bus plunged into a ravine after leaving a Malaysian island resort, killing a British man and injuring 40 others, including 19 Singaporeans, police said Monday. (AFP Photo)

    A passenger bus plunged into a ravine after leaving a Malaysian island resort, killing a British man and injuring 40 others, including 19 Singaporeans, police said Monday.

    The chartered bus bound for neighbouring Singapore lost control and skidded, falling into the 10-metre-deep (33 feet) ravine in the east coast state of Pahang on Sunday, district police chief Yahaya Othman said.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/british-tourist-killed-malaysia-bus-plunges-ravine-061237795.html

    Malaysia Airlines jet turns back after tire burst

    A Malaysia Airlines flight heading to India with 166 people aboard made an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur early Monday after it was forced to turn back when a tire burst upon takeoff, the airline said. (AP Photo)A Malaysia Airlines flight heading to India with 166 people aboard made an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur early Monday after it was forced to turn back when a tire burst upon takeoff, the airline said. (AP Photo)

    A Malaysia Airlines flight heading to India with 166 people aboard made an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur early Monday after it was forced to turn back when a tire burst upon takeoff, the airline said.

    The airline said Flight 192 to Bangalore in southern India landed safely at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 1:56 am (1756

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  • Singapore voyeurism site STOMP faces public backlash as citizens call for its shutdown. (Photo courtesy of SGAG/Techinasia)


    Shah Salimat is the editor-in-chief of Popspoken, an entertainment and lifestyle newsblog with a pulse on the issues that matter. He Tweets at @shahsalimat. The views herein are his own.

    Here's why citizen journalism in Singapore has worked so well: it combines two of our favourite past-times.

    One is the art of complaining, perfected to a science of passive-aggressive mutterings under one's breath and disapproving glances with folded arms. Another is our love of taking photos, even at the expense of social space and privacy.

    A cursory glance through STOMP's user-generated Singapore Seen column reveals the sort of tantrum-throwing, voyeuristic "journalism" that will make UK's The Daily Mail blush: uncle watches porn on his mobile phone in a bus, couple dances on the train as irate passengers look on, China nationals let their son run around Changi Food Centre naked.

    It is a far cry from the citizen journalism around the world that is making user-generated content a big asset to newsrooms.

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  • Window cleaners hang from the facade of Ngee Ann city mall in Singapore January 9, 2014. (Reuters/Petar Kujundzic)Window cleaners hang from the facade of Ngee Ann city mall in Singapore January 9, 2014. (Reuters/Petar Kujundzic)

    Kirsten Han is a Singaporean blogger, journalist and filmmaker. She is also involved in the We Believe in Second Chances campaign for the abolishment of the death penalty. A social media junkie, she tweets at @kixes. The views expressed are her own.

    The 116th Philippine Independence Day is coming up. To commemorate this event, the Pilipino Independence Day Council (PIDC) Singapore decided to organise a celebration at the Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, in the middle of Singapore's busy shopping belt. So far, so good.

    What they didn't expect was the backlash. Spearheaded by the Facebook page 'Say "No" to an overpopulated Singapore', Singaporeans began to protest against their event. Among their objections was the fact that promotional material for the event included an image of Singapore's skyline, and the use of the terms "interdependence" and "two nations". Furthermore, they are also objecting to the fact that the celebration will be in public space, rather than in the Philippines

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  • Washing your hands often can help prevent the spread of fungi if a loved one in your home has contracted ringworm. (Thinkstock photo)Washing your hands often can help prevent the spread of fungi if a loved one in your home has contracted ringworm. (Thinkstock photo)

    Contrary to its name, a ringworm infection is not caused by a worm but by a fungus. It can be contagious and is often characterised by a red circular rash with clearer skin in the middle. Offering tips about what to do if you have a ringworm infection is Dr Koh Hong Yi, Associate Consultant of the Dermatology Unit at Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the SingHealth group.

    “Ringworm is a fungal infection affecting the skin, hair or nails. These fungi are not normally found on human skin but can infect us from other infected individuals, animals, objects and even soil,” says Dr Koh.

    Common types of ringworm infection

    While a ringworm infection can appear virtually anywhere on the body, it tends to affect skin on the feet (tinea pedis, also called athlete’s foot) and groin area (tinea cruris, also known as jock itch).

    “These areas are frequently affected because of the warm and moist environment they offer, which is ideal for fungal growth,” says Dr Koh.

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    Singaporeans slam NEA's $120 licence requirement for tissue sellers

    Will you return hawker centre trays?

    Singapore's National Environment Agaency has revealed that it charges roaming street hawkers like tissue sellers $120 a year for a licence to sell their items in places like hawker centres and street corners.

    In this light, people who do not pay this fee are unlicensed and are breaking the law, and action could be taken against them if they ignore warnings from NEA officers.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/singaporeans-slam-nea-s--120-licence-requirement-for-tissue-sellers-110711376.html

    Karpal Singh, Malaysian political veteran, dies in road accident

    File photo of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (R) and his lawyer Karpal Singh (L) at a cafeteria in Kuala Lumpur

    Malaysian political veteran Karpal Singh died in a car accident on Thursday morning, leaving behind his wife, five children and four grandchildren.

    One of his sons, Ramkarpal, was injured along with the driver of the car, and he is believed to have died on the spot alongside his longtime assistant Michael

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    More than 300 people missing after South Korean ferry sinks - coastguard

    South Korean ferry "Sewol" is seen sinking in the sea off Jindo April 16, 2014, in this picture provided by Korea Coast Guard and released by Yonhap. Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry sank off South Korea on Wednesday, the coastguard said, in what could be the country's biggest peacetime disaster in nearly 20 years. REUTERS/Korea Coast Guard/Yonhap (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: DISASTER MARITIME IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. AN UNPROCESSED VERSION WILL BE PROVIDED SEPARATELY. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA

    Almost 300 people are missing after a ferry sank off South Korea on Wednesday, the coastguard said, in what could be the country's biggest peacetime disaster in 20 years.

    164 people were rescued by press time, but two were confirmed to be dead after the ferry capsized in what seemed to be calm conditions off South Korea's southwest coast.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/more-300-people-missing-south-korea-ferry-sinks-073745553.html

    StarHub 4G users to be charged from June as promo ends

    StarHub's new service TV Anywhere will allow subscribers to watch cable shows on the go. (AFP file photo)

    StarHub will start charging its 4G and LTE users for staying on its high-speed data network from 1 June onwards, and will impose a monthly charge of $2.14, which it says is discounted from the usual $10.70.

    It will allow its users to unsubscribe from the 4G network via SMS, and are informing them that way as well.

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