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    Guide is to support Section 377A, it’s not against people: Singapore pastor Lawrence Khong

    A guide to promote support for the retention of a law which criminalises sex between men is not against “people who practise alternative sex”, said the chairman of the network of Christian churches backing the move. (YouTube screengrab)A guide to promote support for the retention of a law which criminalises sex between men is not against “people who practise alternative sex”, said the chairman of the network of Christian churches backing the move. (YouTube screengrab)

    A guide to promote support for the retention of a law which criminalises sex between men is not against “people who practise alternative sex”, said the chairman of the network of Christian churches backing the move.

    Lawrence Khong, who is the senior pastor of Faith Community Baptist Church (FCBC) and chairman of LoveSingapore Network, said that the guide was created to help the church give feedback in a civil manner.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/guide-is-to-support-section-377a--it-s-not-against-people--singapore-pastor-lawrence-khong-122019294.html

    MDA orders removal of cannabis website in Singapore

    The Media Development Authority (MDA) has asked the owners of a local cannabis awareness website to remove its contents in their entirety by Wednesday. (Getty Images)The Media Development Authority (MDA) has asked the owners of a local cannabis awareness website to remove its contents in their entirety by Wednesday. (Getty Images)

    The Media Development Authority (MDA) has asked the owners of a local cannabis awareness website to remove its contents in their entirety by Wednesday.

    According to a Facebook page linked to the website, the group’s mission is to “raise

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  • A mother criticises SingTel for endorsing a “kiss-a-thon” contest which saw two women kissing in public. (Yahoo file photo)

    A mother, who professes to be a “faithful Christian”, has taken to the social media to criticise local telco SingTel for endorsing a “kiss-a-thon” contest which saw two women "kissing" in public.

    According a post on The Real Singapore (TRS) by a reader called Esther, the contest, organised by SingTel and HOT FM 91.3, took place at The Cathay over the weekend of 8 and 9 February.

    From the photo posted on the page, it appears that the contest was held at the outdoor area of the mall.

    Esther said she was walking past the mall with her two children when the incident took place, prompting questions from the kids.

    “They started asking me why are there two girls kissing and they are only 9 and 11 years old for god sake,” said the mother.

    She also expressed frustration over her children being exposed to homosexual culture.

    “How am I suppose to tell them? Am I suppose to embrace the growing gay culture and tell them that it is cool to be a homosexual,” added Esther.

    In her post, the mother

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  •  Benjamin Chiang is an enthusiast of good advertising, deep thinking, labour issues and chocolate. He writes at www.rangosteen.com. The views expressed are his own.

    NTUC’s family development unit, U Family published a happiness survey last week citing 9 out of 10 working Singaporeans are happy overall.

    As soon as the survey hit the internet, netizens turned out in full force hurling skepticism and cynicism at the report. They jeered, they booed, they flung their cyber tomatoes and eggs at the NTUC for even daring to publish the results of the survey.

    In a reflective moment, I wondered if we really are unhappy -- or merely love contrarian opinions.

    Our forefathers left their homes and travelled far, seeking happiness. They settled on a South East Asian island and stayed to press on, build a shining city of skyscrapers and give us a standard of living so remarkably different from what they knew.

    Where once their life was simple, ours is today very, very complex.

    My grandmother used to tell me

    Read More »from COMMENT: The hard reality (and choices) about achieving happiness in Singapore
  • What other chemicals are in our foods?

    It was reported recently that the Subway chain of sandwich restaurants has decided to remove the chemical Azodicarbonamide from breads. Most consumers would prefer not to eat a chemical found in shoes and rubber mats. The most common symptom if you are sensitive to this chemical is asthma along with increased cancer risks.

    This is a good sign of a company listening to the voices of informed customers. As a side note, the breads in most other fast food chains like Dunkin Donuts, Burger King and Mcdonands also contain this chemical, so now you are a more informed customer as well! Hopefully our desire for healthier, non-cancerous food choices will make food producers give us what we want.

    But there are a bunch of other things in processed food that we should be aware of! Maybe if consumers give feedback about these we will find less of them in our foods. Here are some other common chemical additives that we should try to avoid.

    Bisphenol-A (BPA)

    This is a chemical found almost everywhere

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  • Having strong trunk control is essential for doing pull-ups. (Thinkstock photo)Having strong trunk control is essential for doing pull-ups. (Thinkstock photo)

    If you are like most combat-fit NS men, taking the annual IPPT (Individual Physical Proficiency Test) could mean one of two things to you. For those who pride themselves in staying fit, it is an easy way to earn extra bucks through the ‘incentive’, ‘silver’ or ‘gold’ awards. But if you lead a more sedentary lifestyle, you probably dread the IPPT as failing it means having to attend up to 20 sessions of remedial trainings.

    For the latter group, fret not, help is here. Whether you’re looking to pass the IPPT or to improve on your scores, these IPPT training tips from Senior Physiotherapist Felicia Seah of the Department of Physiotherapy at Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the SingHealth group, will come in handy.

    Related article: How to get started and stay motivated to exercise regularly

    About the IPPT

    The IPPT is made up of five events: four static stations plus a 2.4km run. Static stations include sit-ups, standing broad jump (SBJ), pull-ups (chin-ups) and the 4 x 10m

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    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says Singapore might have another PM Lee, but he doesn’t think “it goes in the family”.

    Lee, who has been Singapore’s prime minister since 2004 and is the eldest son of the city-state’s first prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, was asked in an interview whether Singapore could see a third PM Lee.

    “It could be. There are many Lees in the world. I think we are the most common surname among the Chinese. But I don't think that it goes in the family,” he replied to Hu Shuli, the editor-in-chief of Caixin Media, a Chinese news publisher.

    In the interview uploaded on Caixin.com on Monday afternoon, Lee also talked about his vision for Singapore’s economic growth, and about finding the balance between driving competitiveness and caring for the needy in Singapore.

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  • Monday #sgroundup: Young man jumps from third floor of NTU residence hall

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    Young man jumps from third floor of NTU residence hall

    Yahoo Newsroom - The grassy patch where a young man landed after jumping from the third floor of Block 15 of NTU's Hall of Residence 1. (Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thanh)Yahoo Newsroom - The grassy patch where a young man landed after jumping from the third floor of Block 15 of NTU's Hall of Residence 1. (Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thanh)

    A 23-year-old male jumped from the third floor of a residence hall in Nanyang Technological University on Monday afternoon during a visit to his ex-girlfriend.

    He landed on a grassy patch and was later taken away to hospital in an ambulance.

    Nguyen Thanh, a student at the scene, told Yahoo Singapore that he was in his room at the first floor of Block 15 of NTU’s Residence of Hall 1 when he heard a shout at about 2:30pm.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/young-man-jumps-from-third-floor-of-ntu-residence-hall-085104156.html

    Singapore church's anti-gay lifestyle 'guide' leaked

    Yahoo Newsroom - A guide to support the Section 377A of the Penal Code, believed to be written by senior pastor of Faith Community Baptist Church (FCBC) Lawrence Khong, has been leaked. (Screengrab of YouTube video)Yahoo Newsroom - A guide to support the Section 377A of the Penal Code, believed to be written by senior pastor of Faith Community Baptist Church (FCBC) Lawrence Khong, has been leaked. (Screengrab of YouTube video)

    "I wish to register my point of view that gay and lesbian behaviour is unnatural. Same sex marriage is wrong. It must not become the norm in Singapore."

    This is one of the things readers of a guide on how to support Section 377A of Singapore's Penal Code are taught to write to a minister or the government

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  • Love was literally in the air.

    Travelers at Changi Aiport on Thursday were treated to a heart-warming pre-Valentine's Day treat as they were serenaded by over 22 members of Singapore Airlines’ cabin crew.

    Dressed in their iconic kebayas, Singapore Girls and stewards — with silky vocals to boot -- snapped their fingers as they sang Billy Joel’s classic, “For the longest time”, outside the Duty-Free shop at Terminal 3. Others also gave out batik roses and chocolates to those smitten travelers

    Judging by reactions among the audience in the 3 minute 11 second video posted on YouTube, it seems some SIA crew have a real gift for singing. The video has already garnered over 20,000 views just over night.

    Thumbs up!

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    Singapore closely monitoring H7N9 situation after first case in Malaysia

    Singapore is closely monitoring the latest developments of avian influenza A/H7N9 in the city-state after Malaysia’s health ministry reported its first imported human case in Kota Kinabalu. (Getty Images)Singapore is closely monitoring the latest developments of avian influenza A/H7N9 in the city-state after Malaysia’s health ministry reported its first imported human case in Kota Kinabalu. (Getty Images)

    Singapore is closely monitoring the latest developments of avian influenza A/H7N9 in the city-state after Malaysia’s health ministry reported its first imported human case in Kota Kinabalu.

    According to a statement on Thursday, the health risk in Singapore remains low as “the characteristics of H7N9 in human infections have not changed”.

    There is currently no evidence of “sustained human-to-human transmission” of the virus, said Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH).

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-closely-monitoring-h7n9-situation-after-first-case-in-malaysia-090435004.html

    LG Electronics unveils larger screen phone, shrugs off Lenovo threat

    South Korea's LG Electronics unveiled a revamped version of its large-screen smartphone G Pro on Thursday, hoping it will help propel the company to the No. 3 spot in global smartphone sales this year. (Reuters photo)South Korea's LG Electronics unveiled a revamped version of its large-screen smartphone G Pro on Thursday, hoping it will help propel the company to the No. 3 spot in global smartphone sales this year. (Reuters photo)

    South Korea's LG Electronics unveiled a revamped version of its large-screen smartphone G Pro on Thursday, hoping it will help propel the company to the No. 3 spot in global smartphone sales this year.

    LG

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  • A blood pressure reading of 140/90 mmHg or higher indicates hypertension. (Thinkstock photo)A blood pressure reading of 140/90 mmHg or higher indicates hypertension. (Thinkstock photo)

    High blood pressure or hypertension is a silent killer that increases your risk of stroke and heart disease and causes serious health complications if left unchecked.

    Most people with high blood pressure feel normal (i.e. no headaches or tightness in the neck, etc.), even when their blood pressure is moderately high. Thus, many are not even aware that they have hypertension. This is why you should have your blood pressure checked at least once a year and more frequently if you are on medication.

    Blood pressure measures how hard the heart has to work to pump blood through the arteries. According to the Health Promotion Board, high blood pressure affects more than half of Singaporeans aged 60 to 69 and one in five aged 18 to 69. You have hypertension if your blood pressure reading is 140/90 mmHg or higher in the clinic.

    If you have a home blood pressure set, you should check your blood pressure regularly, and record it. Blood pressure varies throughout the day, and taking your pressure

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