If you’ve tried walking 10,000 steps outdoors in the blazing heat, you’ve probably asked yourself halfway through completing the distance: Is this really going to help me live longer? Or can I get away with walking a few hundred steps less to save my sanity? The answer is yes. And yes. But there’s a catch, obviously. The 10,000-steps-a-day exercise goals is a common target built into many wearable fitness trackers and smartphone apps. Companies are even organising their own step challenges. Singtel, for example, recently launched a new wellness platform with AIA called StepUp, where customers are able to redeem up to 3GB of local data based on the number of steps they take daily. The platform is part of the My Singtel app and syncs the number of steps taken to the user’s smartphone. READ: Singtel partners with AIA to launch a new wellness platform called StepUp Setting and achieving a daily goal like 10,000 steps can be a decent way to increase your activity level … [Read more...] about What exactly does a sedentary lifestyle on the couch do to your body?
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The 59-year-old actor has enjoyed an incredibly successful career in Hollywood and although he acknowledges that diversity remains an issue in the film business, it's never stopped him from starring in a movie. He explained: "In terms of my work and my career, race has never been an issue. I've been making movies for 40 years and never once could I not get a movie made because I was black. I transcended that stuff. "But that's not to say I walked out of heaven and into Hollywood. I'm a black man who was born in America; I'm African-American. "Growing up in this country, there's no way you're not going to have to face some s***." Eddie concedes that the film business is still "run" by white men and that Hollywood needs to become more inclusive. He told Radio Times: "It's been this way for years and years, but it's not just African-Americans; it's also about women and other minorities, too. White men run this business. It's always been this way." Eddie also claimed that … [Read more...] about Eddie Murphy thinks he’s ‘transcended’ racism in the movie industry
BUKIT MERTAJAM, Penang: Mohd Saad Che May has spent most of his life being addicted to heroin. The Bukit Mertajam resident was incarcerated 15 times in 40 years and admitted to stealing money to fuel his addiction. “It was a living hell. I was in constant anxiety, thinking about how to get RM 50 (US$11.99) to buy the next tube to get high,” he said. Mr Saad claimed he tackled his addiction when he started taking kratom, known locally as ketum. Kratom is a leaf hailed by locals for its pain-relieving and mildly stimulating effects. He would pluck kratom leaves in his village, boil them for 4 to 5 hours, and drink the dark green fluid three times a day. “It has a bitter taste but it is a miracle drug. The idea of taking heroin made me vomit after I started drinking ketum,” said Mr Saad, who now works at a local mosque. “I’ve tried for years to kick my drug habit and it’s a huge relief to finally be able to get the proper medication,” he claimed. Kratom is part of … [Read more...] about Penang farmers want to cash in on ‘miracle drug’ kratom as Putrajaya mulls blanket ban
One in two people globally will take an international holiday in 2050, compared with one in seven now. That estimate, from futurology book 2050 – Tomorrow’s Tourism, would mean not far off five billion travellers on the move every year. They may have to book ahead. Visitors may face limits to tourist numbers such as the currently rare example of Barcelona’s cap on visitor accommodation, introduced two years ago. Or they may encounter high fees. Bhutan, on the edge of the Himalayas, has a daily tourist charge of at least US$200 (S$271) per day, intended to protect the local environment. “Tourism is about balance,” says Ian Yeoman, associate professor of tourism futures at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and the book’s lead author. “It will always be here. The question will be how we manage it.” AROUND THE WORLD IN 40 MINUTES Short city breaks are likely to grow in popularity, futurologists predict, but people may be travelling further afield, in a … [Read more...] about What will holidays look like in the future? Moon tourists, rainforest pop-ups and other predictions
KUALA LUMPUR: News of an extraordinary political upset for Barisan Nasional came through slowly after polls for Malaysia’s 14th General Election (GE14) closed. Mahathir Mohamad, leader of the Pakatan Harapan coalition, claimed victory for Anwar Ibrahim’s Parti Keadilan Rakyat, under whose flag the Pakatan Harapan coalition parties contested under. Where many have called the win a “ shock victory ”, in fact, there were early signs of voter concerns that Pakatan paid close attention to and worked hard at addressing to gain the electoral advantage. DATA HELPED PAKATAN NARROW FOCUS Recognition must go to Rafizi Ramli’s think tank Invoke Malaysia for being among the first to shine a spotlight on the silent majority yearning for change and predicting the BN’s collapse. Amid huge scepticism, Invoke had gained recognition with their surveys of registered voters, and received major crowdfunding from many ordinary Malaysians. Those inclined toward data would have sat up and … [Read more...] about Commentary: Pakatan Harapan’s successful campaign strategy, informed by data, powered by people