Resveratrol and Cancer Prevention

August 10, 2017

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Dr. William Li, President and Medical Director of the Angiogenesis Foundation shared that we can eat to starve cancer. Cancer is just 5-10% attributable to genes, while the remaining is Environment and mainly due to our diet. Resveratrol in Red grapes & Red wine inhibits angiogenesis by 60%! That is what we should be having in our daily diet. Resveratrol is thought to limit the spread of cancer cells and trigger the process of cancer cell death (apoptosis). Resveratrol has also been known to reduce the activation of NF kappa B, a protein produced by a compromised immune system that can affect the growth of cancer cells.

Originally studies were conducted to investigate the “French Paradox”, a term coined by Dr. Serge Renaud, that the French seem to have lower rates of cardiovascular disease with a diet relatively high saturated fats. He found that a diet high in red wine correlated to a lower incidence of cardiac diseases, which was found to be very high in resveratrol. Continued studies of resveratrol conducted by Howitz and Sinclair found that in yeast, fruit flies, and small fish there were significant increases in lifespan. Later studies in mice found that there were drops in tumor formations, reductions in the incidents of neurological diseases, and protective benefits to the cardiovascular system.

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Fee hikes for polytechnics and ITE next year

December 12, 2017

ST paper, 12 Dec 2017, Higher tuition fees for students joining polytechnics and ITE next year

Tuition fees for students entering the polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) next year (2018) will go up by between 3 per cent and 7 per cent.

The revised fees, which were posted on the schools’ websites on Monday (Dec 11), apply only to newcomers in the 2018 academic year. The polytechnics’ term starts in April, while ITE has two intakes in January and April.

Pre-Installed Keylogger Found On Over 460 HP Laptop Models

December 12, 2017

Pre-Installed Keylogger Found On Over 460 HP Laptop Models
Friday, December 08, 2017 Wang Wei

A security researcher who goes by the name of ZwClose discovered a keylogger in several Hewlett-Packard (HP) laptops that could allow hackers to record your every keystroke and steal sensitive data, including passwords, account information, and credit card details.

The Keylogger was found embedded in the SynTP.sys file, a part of Synaptics touchpad driver that ships with HP notebook computers, leaving more than 460 HP Notebook models vulnerable to hackers.

Although the keylogger component is disabled by default, hackers can make use of available open source tools for bypassing User Account Control (UAC) to enable built-in keylogger “by setting a registry value.”

Here’s the location of the registry key:
HKLM\Software\Synaptics\%ProductName%
HKLM\Software\Synaptics\%ProductName%\Default

The researcher reported the keylogger component to HP last month, and the company acknowledges the presence of keylogger, saying it was actually “a debug trace” which was left accidentally, but has now been removed.

The company has released a Driver update for all the affected HP Notebook Models. If you own an HP laptop, you can look for updates for your model. The list of affected HP notebooks can be found at the HP Support website.

How to dispose your SAF personal equipment after completion of NS liability?

December 12, 2017

You may return the items to any SAF.eMart outlet or to the following addresses:

a. Address:
GEMC – Army Logistics Base
601 Old Choa Chu Kang Road
Singapore 699817
Contact: 6389-6380/ 6389-6381

b. SAF Emarts
i. Army Zonal SAF Emarts
ii. Flexi SAF Emarts

ns.sg FAQ

Samsung Music with embedded lyrics support (Lyrics3v2 & ID3v2)

November 29, 2017

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Play your Chinese music with embedded lyrics support (Lyrics3v2 & ID3v2). Note: Make sure the Chinese lyrics is stored in UTF-8 encoding.

The lyrics (if available) will be displayed in the ‘Track Name’ field.
Now supports external LRC or TXT file extension (LRC filename must be the same as the song filename).

Samsung Music @ Google Play

MusicKN @ Google Play

MP3 file must have ID3V2 with Tag Name ‘Lyrics’. Put your lyrics inside the tag and enjoy.

Works with Minilyrics. It displays the lyrics that you added into the song file from your computer.

With external synced lyrics (.lrc files), the text will scroll and synchronise with the music being play.

 

   

 

 

Serious security flaws in Intel’s ME, including those running Intel’s latest chips

November 28, 2017

Intel ID: INTEL-SA-00086
Product family: Various
Impact of vulnerability: Elevation of Privilege
Severity rating: Important
Original release: Nov 20, 2017
Last revised: Nov 22, 2017

There are multiple security vulnerabilities in its Management Engine (ME), a remote administration feature that allows IT administrators to manage devices and perform wide-ranging functions.

The security advisory points out bugs in ME, in addition to the Sever Platform Services (SPS) remote server management tool and the Trusted Execution Engine (TXE) hardware authentication tool.

What’s more, because ME has its own microprocessor, it can run even when a PC is off (but plugged in), as the microprocessor can function as a separate computer. This could then allow attackers to gain greater degrees of control by using ME as a launchpad.

Furthermore, the exploit could let an attack operate separately from the main computer, so they wouldn’t trigger any alarms.

Intel has released a detection tool for Linux and Windows to help customers check if their systems are vulnerable.

 

List of helplines

November 28, 2017

National Council of Social Service (NCSS)
Download List of Helplines (PDF).
Download Assistance Schemes (PDF).
Download Mental Health Services Resource Directory (PDF)

 

Helplines

Shan You Counselling Centre: 6741-9293/6741-0078 (Mandarin counselling)

Institute of Mental Health: 6389-2222

Singapore Association for Mental Health: 1800-283-7019

Care Corner Counselling Centre: 6353-1180

 

Some helplines which are useful for parents and teenagers looking for some expert advice:

  • Child Protection and Welfare Services (MSF): For reporting of child abuse – 1800-777 0000
  • Samaritans of Singapore (SOS): Provides emotional support to those who are in despair or distressed – 1800-221-4444
  • YouthlineChampions youth causes – 6336-3434
  • Pregnancy Crisis ServiceUnwed teenagers who face unplanned, unwanted pregnancies can call for help – 6339-9770
  • Teen Challenge: Provides faith-based and community-based programmes and services – 1800-829-2222
  • Touchline: Provides counselling to troubled teens and youth 1800-377-2252
  • eCounselling Centre (eC2): An online facility offering free counselling to youth – 6787 1125
  • MeToYou Cyber Care: A cyber wellness programme for youth aged 12-18 years old – 6274 6904 / 9173 1766 
  • Tinkle FriendFor primary school students, especially children who are alone at home, who need someone to chat with or discuss problems with – 1800-2744 788 

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

November 21, 2017

SCDF Emergency Medical Services and 1777

Top Most Popular FAQs

Q. I was sent to hospital by SCDF ambulance. Will I be charge for the ambulance service?
A. Currently emergency cases sent by SCDF are free. Non-emergency cases are charged $274

Q. What are the SCDF Ambulance Charges?
A. The SCDF does not charge for any emergency case it conveys to hospitals. However SCDF charges $274 for each non-emergency case that it ferries to hospital.

Note: The final outcome of the emergency / non-emergency status of a patient will be based on the assessment of the doctor at the Emergency Department of the receiving hospital.

Q. Can I call 995 for SCDF ambulance if my case is not an emergency?
A. SCDF ambulances only respond to medical emergencies. The public is advised not to call 995 for non-emergencies as this will stretch its resources and affect its fast response to emergency incidents which can cause the difference between life and death. The hotline for non-emergency ambulance is 1777. Non-emergency ambulances are run by private operators. The charges are shown at the Ambulance Service Webpage.

 

You Can Still Upgrade To Windows 10 (for Free)

November 4, 2017

The FREE Windows 10 upgrade officially ended on July 31, 2016 but you can still get the upgrade (for Window 7 and 8.1 users) by claiming that you use assistive technologies. Click here and get started. You have only until December 31, 2017 to take advantage of this.

How are products such as Jeunesse Reserve regulated in Singapore?

October 29, 2017

ST Paper, 28 Oct 2017, How are supplements for sale here regulated?

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He asked: “How are products such as Jeunesse Reserve, which are expensive and claim to have certain health benefits, regulated?”

Jeunesse Reserve is a blend of fruit juices with added antioxidants and hence is considered a food product, not a health product, said the AVA. The AVA regulates the safety of food products, while the Health Sciences Authority regulates health products such as Western medicine, medical devices and complementary health products.

“(Jeunesse Reserve) is regulated as a food product under the AVA and complies with our food safety standards and requirements.”

The AVA added that Jeunesse Reserve also complies with general labelling requirements under the Singapore Food Regulations.

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School fees for foreigners, PRs to increase from 2018

October 18, 2017

TODAY, 17 Oct 2017, School fees for foreigners, PRs to increase from 2018

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The MOE also said there are currently no plans to adjust school fees for Singapore citizens. Singaporeans pay no school fees in primary school, but pay S$5 and S$6 monthly in secondary school and pre-university, respectively.

For some non-citizen parents who send their children to public schools, the higher school fees will be financially taxing, but most also noted that while the gap was narrowing, school fees international schools charge are still much higher — these range from around S$20,000 to S$35,000 a year.

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For instance, Dover Court International School Singapore charges S$25,200 annually – or S$2,100 monthly – for upper primary students, whereas the Australian International School charges S$33,646 annually – or S$2,804 monthly – for elementary school students.

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TODAY had also reported that figures from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) show as of end-August, there were about 76,000 international students on Student’s Pass who are enrolled in private and government-run schools and institutions, including the polytechnics and universities in Singapore. In 2008, the number stood at close to 100,000, previous reports stated. The ICA issues the Student’s Pass for foreigners applying to study here.

Asked previously whether the ministry had turned away more applicants in the last few years and about the intake of foreign students, MOE would only say international students form about 5 per cent of the total student population in the last few years.