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Old 22nd January 2014, 04:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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People who ride bicycles to work are happy folk.

Why people who ride bicycles to work are a happy lot.
(Re: Fare hike, breakdowns are inseparable)
The Straits Times, Published on Jan 22, 2014
Fare hike, breakdowns are inseparable
I DISAGREE with Public Transport Council chairman Gerard Ee's assertion that public transport fare hikes and service reliability are separate issues ("Fair hike and breakdowns are separate issues: PTC"; yesterday).
In any transport business, fare increases would not go down well with customers if there are frequent breakdowns and unreliable service.
For example, if an airline were to announce a fare increase, yet experience frequent breakdowns causing flight delays, would its management say the two issues are separate?
In a competitive market, I am sure the airline would refrain from raising fares and instead focus on improving its service, even at a loss.
The Public Transport Council cannot treat listed public transport operators both as "public" organisations providing essential transport services and as private entities requiring regular fare increases to sustain their operations and ensure their profitability.
Public transport operators should admit that frequent breakdowns are not acceptable, and strive towards providing efficient and timely service.
Paul Chan Poh Hoi
Copyright 2014 Singapore Press Holdings. All rights reserved.
Fare hike, breakdowns are inseparable
Perhaps one reason for the angst about MRT being expensive/ breaking down is because our roads have effectively discounted the only viable affordable, healthy alternative available to man- the humble bicycle, and the MRT (made in 1980s) is ill-designed for the excessively heavy usage today: more and fatter crowd and higher frequencies= higher payload aggravating wear factors= more serious and frequent friction wear= more lose parts/ frequent breakdowns/ more frequent/ & costly replacement work- impossible due to short downtime between normal operating hours. Sorry Singapore, U have progressed so fast, even the MRT trains cannot keep up....

Cyclist are happy when air isn't too polluted, happy cos get exposed to some sun, maybe some rain- being one with nature is a humbling, priceless experience, happy cos fitness improves and exercise makes people smart, happy cos don't cause air pollution, happy cos wind in hair is freedom, happy cos exercise builds strong bones, happy cos exercise makes one feel refreshed for work, happy cos no exorbitant fuel/ parking charge, happy cos independence from fossil fuels price volality, happy cos no need road tax/ERP and traffic jams means can weave in and out, happy cos body more toned, good for finding spouse, better sex, better relationship with spouse/ passing NS IPPT, no need to worry if train breakdown, less medical bills for high blood pressure/ diabetes/ cholesterol, no need to rush after work for NS RT(for fail IPPT), happy cos after exercise can get good sleep, happy cos other peoples will be so impressed with Singaporean clean and healthy lifestyles that they also want to come to Singapore to check it out......now if only the Singapore government can see the long term benifits....
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Re: People who ride bicycles to work are happy folk.

Cycling is awesome!

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Bicycle or rebuilding the whole MRT system, which one is easier?

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Bicycle or rebuilding the whole MRT system, which one is easier?
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Re (A1forum) : People who ride bicycles to work are happy folk
Frankly speaking, riding bicycle to work is very dangerous.
Spore motorists very impatient and rude.
So, not advisable to ride to work.
Last time, I use to ride to work, but very very dangerous.
Not worth it.
Don't disagree, for Singapore roads, one needs some skill (and lots of patience) to ride safely, but don't think it is more dangerous compared to motorcycle, as long as U know the route and are prepared for traffic.

Think ultimate losers are the motorist who will have to pay ever increasing COE for diminishing slots as more space on roads and funds are channelled to public transport interest. SMRT will cost increasing more to run as high fees are paid to optimise train frequencies and even higher fees are paid for the maintenance of an aging, inadequate system, most probably not suited to withstand such high train payloads let alone high frequencies (heavier payloads means more wear on moving parts), increasing prevalence of obesity will also increase public transport government subsidy since wear and tear is also payload based.

More ambulance journeys by sick (and obese) and foreign worker uprisings will also mean more bus lanes being designated to facilitate prioritised travel by emergency public service vehicles, so fewer COEs and higher ERP can be expected: both to facilitate smooth traffic, as well as a source of public healthcare subvention.

So putting all together, Singapore might have no choice but to adopt cycling/ electric bicycles (more accessible exercise options) as a cleaner and healthier way forward, the only other alternative being to dismantle and reassemble the entire MRT system to cope with an increasing payload, both in weight and in number- (introduce longer and fatter trains along the old route)- which we all know, is near impossible.

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I agree! Aside from saving money to commute it is great exercise!

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Originally Posted by morgeenstewart View Post
I agree! Aside from saving money to commute it is great exercise!
All Singaporeans need to exercise to physically tone up to combat everything from excessive snoring resulting in obstructive sleep apnoea and sleepiness during work hours to diabetes which will force them into retirement prematurely.

Cycling is one good way to exercise whilst saving on transport costs:

Lack of physical fitness causes Obstructive Sleep Apnea making people feel very SLEEPY at work which results in ACCIDENTS and MISTAKES which causes stress to others which reduces their urge to EXERCISE which... ... its a vicious cycle ...

Just like SMRT employees, 1/3 of Singaporeans are SLEEPING on the job.

Obesity is a major risk factor causing droopy respiratory tract musculature as well as fat accumulation around neck that makes breathing generally difficult (snoring), progressive relative suffocation (snoring) disturbing sleep (poor sleep) etc such that:

OSA sufferers often report issues with memory, decision-making, depression and poor concentration while they are awake...

Thus at least 1/3 of the Singapore workforce with mod-severe OSA is proven lazy (to exercise) and now plagued by forgetfulness, sleepiness, poor concentration ('eyes opened, brain switch off'/ presenteeism problem).

And because our politicians never are the right health and fitness examples to follow (see bottom) ... perhaps one important reason why on 7October 2017, just 13% volume of rain could cause a supposedly empty (but negligently not dry/ maintained) rain water drainage tank to overflow and cause almost 20hrs stoppage of MRT service due to avoidable flooding. https://mothership.sg/2017/10/heres-how-smrts-failsafe-measures-failed-during-the-north-south-line-flood/


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1 in 3 Singaporeans suffer from sleep apnea: Study
Chinese and Malays have higher rates of obstructive sleep apnea compared to Indians, according to a study funded by the Jurong Health Services Research and Quality Improvement Grant.

17 Mar 2016 12:54PM.
SINGAPORE: One in three Singaporeans suffer from moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), with one in 10 suffering from the severe form of the disorder, according to a study released on Thursday (Mar 17).

The study, funded by the Jurong Health Services Research and Quality Improvement Grant, also found that the disorder is often under-diagnosed. Up to 90 per cent of moderate-to-severe sleep apnea subjects in the study were previously undiagnosed, it added.

OSA is characterised by repeated collapse of the airway during sleep leading to low oxygen levels and arousals, and is associated with excessive daytime sleepiness, poor job and academic performance, increased risk of road traffic accidents and heart problems such as hypertension and heart failure.

OSA sufferers often report issues with memory, decision-making, depression and poor concentration while they are awake, the study said.


CHINESE, MALAYS MORE PRONE TO OSA

Additionally, the study found that the prevalence of OSA is higher among Chinese and Malays compared to Indians. The estimated prevalence of moderate-to-severe OSA for Chinese and Malays was 32.1 per cent and 33.8 per cent, respectively, while Indians accounted for 16.5 per cent, the study showed.

The study's principal investigator Dr Adeline Tan, who is a consultant for respiratory medicine at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, said obesity is one of the risk factors for OSA.

"Interestingly, the study showed that the Chinese have high OSA rates among the three major ethnic groups even though they have the lowest obesity rates. This study, done in the local context, collaborates with previous studies performed in the West, which also found that Chinese appear to be more at risk, Dr Tan noted.

She added that craniofacial structure is one of the key determinants of predisposition to OSA, and the Chinese have been shown to have more severe craniofacial restriction as compared to Caucasians in previous studies.

Dr Tan said: "The high prevalence rate of OSA among Singaporeans is worrying and there is a sizeable proportion of the population who are suffering from severe sleep apnea and unaware of their diagnosis.

This could be due to low awareness of OSA. The public needs to know the signs of OSA so that they or their loved ones know when to seek medical help.
Source: CNA/kk
Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/...-study-8137824


And PAP leaders need to URGENTLY start setting the right example :

Singapore parliamentarians need to be better paragons of fitness & health for the rest of society to follow.
After all, all PAP MPs/ MP wannabes are bestowed by PA titles and gahmen funds for their campaign (brainwashing) activities in their post as "advisers to grassroots organisations" (in all INCLUDING opposition MP held constituencies), thus, for Singaporean population/ human resorces to be productive to begin with, such advisers also have to be fine examples of fitness and good health, no?

"As of 2010, more than half of Singapore's adult population between 18 and 69 years old have high cholesterol, four in 10 are overweight or obese, a quarter have prediabetes or diabetes and about one in five has hypertension."

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KBW showing off his $8 urgent heart bypass to bypass life threatening levels of fat and cholesterol had been found built up over the years in his heart arteries.
https://www.facebook.com/notes/theon...y/446633433963
HSK sleeps much less than 4.5hrs/night, like his brain needs no rest:
"Fellow Tampines MP Desmond Choo was also shocked at the news.
"We've never heard anything like this. To me, he's like Superman," said Mr Choo.
"The number of hours he works and the kind of attention span he has, it's amazing."
The 2012 Hougang by-election candidate recalled the days when he worked closely with Mr Heng, whom he sees as a fatherly figure and source of inspiration.
"During the by-election period, we would discuss issues until 2am and he would ask me to go home," said Mr Choo.
"'As a candidate, you need rest,' he would tell me while he continued working with activists. When I returned in the morning, at about 6.30am, he'd already be there."
http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/sha...ncredible-load
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapor...-to-attend-ndp
PM LHL, too much fried wings/chendol (fatty food) or skipped sleep before presenting NDR2016/ a mild stroke?:
https://edmwimg.wordpress.com/tag/le...-loong/page/5/




1 in 10 stroke patients here aged under 50
PUBLISHED NOV 19, 2016, 5:00 AM SGT
Linette Lai
While older people are far more likely to suffer a stroke, one in 10 stroke patients in Singapore is under 50 years old.
Medical conditions such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol can make a person more likely to get a stroke, say doctors.
Smoking, too, puts you at risk.

Last Saturday, Singaporean businesswoman Linda Koh was found unconscious in her Hong Kong hotel room. The 36-year-old was rushed to hospital, where she died soon after.
Doctors subsequently found that she had suffered a stroke.
Her father, Mr Alan Koh, told Chinese newspaper Shin Min Daily News that his daughter had a history of high blood pressure and was taking medication for it.
Strokes occur when part of the blood supply to the brain is cut off.
The latest figures from the National Registry of Disease Office show that there were 6,943 cases of strokes in 2014, up from 6,642 the previous year.
They are the fourth most common cause of death in Singapore, and tend to occur among men.
The incidence rate for men aged between 35 and 44 who were admitted to public hospitals for stroke in 2014 was 58 per 100,000 people, compared with 24 per 100,000 for women in the same age group.
Doctors who spoke to The Straits Times said there are rarely any warning signs before a stroke happens.
"Some strokes may be preceded by severe headaches or neck pain," said Dr Carol Tham, a consultant from the National Neuroscience Institute's neurology department. "Unfortunately, most patients do not have any warning symptoms before the stroke occurs."
During a stroke, people often experience difficulty speaking and walking, weakness on one side of their bodies, and even temporary blindness.
Dr Ho King Hee, a neurologist at Gleneagles Hospital Singapore, said strokes that result in sudden death are likely to be due to bleeding in the brain from a ruptured blood vessel, rather than a blockage.
"If you are older, it means that there is more time for damage (to the blood vessels) to accumulate," he said. "But a stroke can happen at any age."
He advises people who have conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes to keep them in check.
Dr Tham added that doctors may also prescribe blood-thinning medication for people whose blood tends to clot.
"If a person has any symptoms of stroke... he should seek treatment at the emergency department immediately as early treatment can help to reduce the disability caused by strokes," she said.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 19, 2016, with the headline '1 in 10 stroke patients here aged under 50'.
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapor...-aged-under-50


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