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Matsutaka Hiroko
21 January 2009 @ 10:24 am
New Year's approaching, in just four day's time.
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And I've not gotten my outfits ready yet!

*Cringes*


But waits, the one good thing about getting a lappy with a built in camera is for :-



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Matsutaka Hiroko
21 January 2009 @ 09:59 am
Friends, Its YOUR Say, YOU Decide:-

An individual's memory decreases along with the coming of age.

And as Singapore prepares herself to face an aging population, modern medical and scientific technological advancements are paving the way for miracles to work - especially in the field of geriatric neurology - to help maintain her current pool of skilled and experienced individuals to drive her economy forward.

In a recent article published by the Daily Telegraph in London, an unlisted drug originally designed to help treat Alzheimer's could well be adapted and licensed for sale in a weaker form within the next few years for the purpose of boosting one's memory.

The drug, which was reported to have 'cognitive-enhancing effects', is aimed at treating patients with age-related memory loss.

Indeed, this is something which Singaporeans of all ages could expect to look forward to.

Dr Steven Ferris, a neurologist and former committee member of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) welcomed the move.

"My view is that one could gain approval provided you showed the drugs to be effective and safe. It could be a huge market."

However, question remains about the safety and effectiveness of these engineered drugs in light of the Quetiapine saga four years back after scientific journal reports found that the drug, which was largely used to treat Alzheimer's, did actually worsened a patient's illness by speeding up the rate of declination.

Currently in Britain, there is anecdotal evidence that mind-improving drugs are already being consumed by healthy users despite being warned of the possible risks of high blood pressure and alike, following continual consumption.

Provigil, used to treat narcolepsy, is being taken by some students to help keep them awake while Adderall XD and Ritalin, both of which are used in the treatment of attention deficit disorder, are being used to help promote concentration.


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Matsutaka Hiroko
06 September 2008 @ 03:22 pm
In an aggressive battle against rising food and pump prices, self-acclaimed chicken rice chili proprietor Mr Derek Chen, who runs The Big Bird Restaurant at Balmoral Plaza, has made substantive plans to reestablish his restaurant business back at Selegie.

The jovial 60-Year-Old businessman, who has been in the food and beverage (F&B) industry for almost two decades, has finally made his move last month to conquer over two store units on the second floor of Paradiz Centre at Selegie Road since his flopped business partnership venture which eventually forced him to close down his Selegie outlet in 2000.

Mr Chen was also left heavily in debt and had to be declared a bankrupt as he could not afford to pay the incurred debts accumulated by his partner as a result of poor sales.

"When we first started out with this business which we opened at Selegie, customers frequented us because they found our chicken rice chili sauce good. I was then, preparing the sauces till we decided to expand our business to Balmoral Plaza."
Reminisced Mr Chen with a smile spread across his sun-beatened face as he leaned over the second floor banister at Paradiz Centre outside his future outlet, hands clasped as he reminisced over his days back at Selegie Road.

"After our expansion, which was a year after we started out venture, I decided to move over to run the Balmoral outlet. That's when business here at Selegie started to take a downturn as the sauces and dishes prepared by my partner differed alot in taste than mine. So while business at Balmoral remained healthy, business at Selegie dropped."

After four years of struggling to cope with poor chicken rice and chili sales due to the unmatched quality in dishes and sauces prepared by Mr Chen's partner, both men decided to end their four years of partnership, which saw the winding down of The Big Bird Restaurant's Selegie outlet.

However, Mr Chen decided to continue on with his pursuit in making delectable chicken rice and chili sauces for his customers.

"Since I've been in this line for a substantive number of years, I might as well continue running it and push to perfect the quality of my rice, chicken and chili." Wreathed Mr Chen delightfully.

Today, business at Balmoral Plaza is bustling with customers, especially during lunch hour.

Patrons from all woks of lives, including the young schoolboys from the nearby Anglo Chinese School (ACS) Barker Road campus, would flock down to The Big Bird Restaurant and savor Mr Chen's delectable chicken rice chili sauce on steamed chicken rice.

His wife, Besty, would lend him a helping hand by serving as his restaurant manager while he remains busy in his kitchen, coaching his son on how to prepare his daily dishes while he works hard to further improve on his métier courses.

To date, Mr Chen has whipped up some 30 odd dishes ranging from his savory lemon grass chicken rice down to the coolest yet crispy acres of his cold crab.

In addition, he has also conjured eight uniquely flavored chili sauces, with his chicken rice chili sauce remaining as his restaurant's top selling sauce.

Each bottle is sold for SGD 8 and is only available at The Big Bird Restaurant.


Tan: You seem to enjoy the art of preparing dishes.
What was it which got you first interested in F&B?

Mr Chen: Initially, I started preparing chili for my family.
That was when I got more engrossed in what I was doing and aim to
perfect my chili. Later, I experimented my chili out on chicken rice
and likewise, aimed to perfect my dishes.
Only after all these three elements were made perfect, I decided to
open up The Big Bird Restaruant with my partner, who at that time,
was helping me out with the experiments.

Tan: How well-known was The Big Bird back then at Selegie?
Was it similar to household brands like 'Ayam Brand'?

Mr Chen: Quite well-known. Business was packed before I took over running
the Balmoral outlet.

Tan: When your initial outlet at Selegie Road first folded, what were the
challenges faced apart from monetary issues and how did you cope with
these challenges?

Mr Chen: Business at Balmoral was as usual as most of our regulars would come
down to support us. The only inconvenience is that customers are
unable to locate us at Balmoral when they visit us for the
first time there. And it is also difficult to travel down to
Balmoral as the nearest MRT station is a far walk
down to us, so we ended up losing some of our regulars.

Tan: With your new outlet reopening back at Selegie but at a different
location,will business be just as good as before? Also, what was it
that inspired you to reopen business at Selegie, especially at during
this time of the year when inflation rates are soaring, not to mention
that petrol imports are increasing?

Mr Chen: We were running The Big Bird back then at Selegie, to improve our
current business, my wife and I decided to open back an outlet there
so customers within that area could come down to savor our tasty
chicken, rice and chili.

Tan: What do you perceive of the future of The Big Bird in another 10 years
time?

Mr Chen: (Laughs) Luck! Without luck, no matter how good your business is,
you won't succeed. That's why some stores which sell lousy food
manages to remain strong because of luck! So more luck!

Tan: Any last parting words/thoughts to your customers?

Mr Chen: We'll continue making the best chili and dishes because we're
already the best!


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Matsutaka Hiroko
06 September 2008 @ 03:16 pm
No Lunch Break Only After Work Is Completed - Heritage Fest Hub's Manpower


Construction and logistic staffs involved in the setting up of this year's Heritage Fest Hub at Suntec City's Tropical Atrium, had to forgo their lunch break in order to add their finishing touches to spruce up the festival hub in preparation for tomorrow's exhibition - 'Who's Your Hero?'.

Work commenced as early as 9:30 a.m to the already completed exhibition hub, which consists of various different colorful booths narrating Singapore's historical milestones in the form of captivating and exciting visuals accompanied by short text descriptions.

Hatch One's marketing and events manager Jessica, who oversees the morning's project since her arrival at 10:30 a.m, hardly had the time to sit and sip her cup of coffee.

"We've been very busy since this morning and I hope that by seven, the setting up of our booths will be completed." Said the greying woman, who also handed this reporter a copy of the colorfully illustrated events guidebook at the Heritage Fest Hub's entrance booth.

"Do come back tomorrow and join in the opening exhibition. There'll be lots of people here and you can also bring your camera, too."

During the next hour while workers and staffs were diligently tying up all loose ends, a cultural dance rehearsal went underway for students of Yishun Primary.

By 2: 15 p.m, work was finally completed, save for the scattered mess which needs to be tidied before dusk falls. One by one, manpower slowly cleared off the work-site in herds of fours for a short break before returning back half an hour later.

Termed 'Who's Your Hero?', the 16-day Heritage Fest event kicked off last Saturday at heartland mall Causeway Point with a variety of traditional and cultural activities both the young and old as a form of tribute to the performing heros of our forefathers' time.

Exhibition highlights then included in the significant career achievements of Singapore's Cultural Medallion recipients such as Joanna Wong, Som Said and Santha Bhaskar, who did our country proud in the international arena of their own performing art speciality.

The upcoming festival hub will also showcase the making of the Heros Patch - a giant patchwork quilt featuring the fabric patches created by various different primary school children - which will be up on display at the Kids' Zone.

Students are allowed to design their fabric patches based on the festival's theme of heros.

With such large-scale family friendly activities, the National Heritage Board (NHB) is expecting to draw some 10,000 shoppers to join in its fun-filled exhibited daily programs and activities at its festival hub.

The event is expected to end off on a high note on the 27th July with the Travellators's showcasing their musical talents in their exploration of experimental music which fuses together the sound of the traditional Javanese gamelan, laptop music and syth effects to create a new breed of musical tones.

Meanwhile, individuals who are keen to sign up for the various outreach activities; are interested in knowing more about Heritage Fest 2008 are advised to visit www.heritagefest.com.sg for more information.

This is the NHB's fifth consecutive year running Heritage Fest.


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Matsutaka Hiroko
13 July 2008 @ 11:40 am
Desperate Times Calls For Drastic Measures
Singaporeans succumb to purchasing organs from foreigners and have their operations done overseas in the past 20 Years to and jump long waiting queues despite strict HOTA rules. Many prefer to remain ignorant of risks involved in an overseas transplant to prolong their lives.


Perhaps for retail magnate Mr Tung Wee Sung, desperate times calls for drastic measures, knowing that one's health plays a vital role in order to generate wealth.
The 56-Year-Old executive chairman of retail chain C.K Tang, who was plagued by diabetes some years ago, was placed on dialysis treatment last year and has since, been plagued again by several health complications which place him at a higher risk of death.
Doctors predicted that he now has less than 5 years to live.
So when the ailing Mr Tung was offered the chance to extend his life through a kidney transplant from a living, non-related donor, he jumped at this opportunity and was willing to offer his donor, Indonesian national Mr Sulaiman Damanik SGD 23,700 for a kidney, which in turn, helps the Indonesian offset his financial debts.
Mr Tung’s alleged broker Mr Wang Chin Sin, would also be rewarded with a hefty sum - SGD 300,000 for helping him source for a willing transplant donor.
All efforts would have gone well for the trio had the Ministry of Health not stepped in to investigate this case, after learning that blood samples from various foreign nationals had been sent here to cross-match against the blood sample of a Singaporean.
This inevitably trigged off a series of other allegations which has since brought to light the debate of legalizing organ tourism in the international spotlight for the benefit of a shorter transplant waiting list, especially the poor whose finances have been completely wiped out during treatment phase.
Before the Human Organ Transplant Act (HOTA) was enacted in 1987- which allows the mandatory removal of kidneys should an individual perish in an accident unless he/she opts out of the scheme - an average of 5 kidney patients received transplants.
Since its amendment in 2004 to include the harvesting of livers, corneas, hearts and expended to cover non-accidental deaths, Singapore has seen an increase in 87.5% of kidney patients who benefited from this scheme.
Despite this percentage increase in kidney transplants over the past 17 years, there is still a shortage of organs. The average waiting time for a cadaveric kidney is seven years, with [XX] number of patients succumbing to the disease by the end of 27 months. “Averagely, between 40 – 50 patients today receives a new kidney since the enactment of the 2004 HOTA.” Said the National Kidney Foundation’s admission counselor Mr Job Loei.
Adding on to these patients’ woes, the shortage of amenable donors constitutes to an ever longer waiting list, which places an additional stress on both their physical and mental health, as well as on their family and finances, too.
Religious and cultural reasons are also cited for the reluctance of organ donations as many Singaporeans here believe in the concept of retaining their organs even after they move on in preparation for the reincarnation of their next life after death.
Similarly, there are charitable individuals like Mr Ricky Wang, 24 and Colin Chia, 22, who strongly believe in altruism as a form of providence for the needy. Conversely, both men agreed to donate their kidneys only after they have passed on, notwithstanding needy individuals who require an immediate transplant both men are close with.
All these listed factors contributes towards a longer and sometimes futile wait for an organ donor - which includes the mounting costs of basic healthcare needs while waiting for a transplant - has compelled more than 600 Singaporeans over the past 20 years to take their desperate search abroad, especially to China and India where it is easier for foreigners to purchase organs, reports Today News online.
Those who chose this alternative route, preferred to remain ignorant of the prevailed risks packaged in illicit transactions as their minds are set on purchasing an organ, believing that they could repay their donor's gratitude, either by offering them any amount of money or complying to their charges set.
All these measures taken are carried out in desperation in exchange for good health. However, individuals like Mr Chiam Jun Ren begs to differ.
"At that (end) stage of my life, I would choose to leave it into the hands of God to determine how long more will I live rather than source for people willing to sell me their organs. But of course, I will pray to seek a miracle."
To date, there are some 700 kidney patients on the NKF’s waiting list.
 
 
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Matsutaka Hiroko
12 July 2008 @ 10:54 pm
Art Director: Fiona Ng
Copywriter: Tan Wen Hui
Client: Charles & Keith
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Matsutaka Hiroko
I don't intend to drive. Anymore.

Cost Cutting Methods Essential As Crude Oil Prices Soar To US 143/ Barrel While Fighting Global Inflation



Above: Road Tax Charges Rate Extracted From Governmental Website


Following Monday's (30th June) announcement over the increase in crude oil prices to USD 143/ barrel, motorists are strongly advised to seek alternative ways of cutting fuel costs while battling global inflation to avoid incurring unnecessary financial obligations.
This surge was sparked off by an overnight weakness in the US dollar, which came about after threatening words were passed over from Iran last weekend, leaving oil traders worried about possible disruptions to global supplies.
The dollar also took a severe beating in an overnight trading in both Asian and European markets, and despite the greenback retracting its losses, a general sense of unease, too, has sent crude oil prices higher.
As reported on Forbes.com, the recent fuel spike is expected to create additional price pressures for local goods, particularly food which is mostly imported from our neighboring countries.
In Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan's committee of supply debate speech presented in Parliament on 5th March this year, the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) has highlighted that any individual who has been directly or indirectly poor, will speak of the importance of money as an important source for one's livelihood.
Adding on to motorists' woes over the rising cost of pump prices, the government has decided to implement additional ERP charges during the evenings to ease traffic congestion.
All the more, motorists should seek various means and ways to prevent themselves from falling victims to hefty monthly petrol bills in midst of inflation.
Business Times writer Paul Oh Boon Ping suggested the use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vehicles could halve a motorist’s monthly petrol bill by 50% as these vehicles run either on diesel or petrol with just the flick of a switch.
Likewise, motorists could opt to convert their current vehicles to run on compressed natural gas (CNG).
The Shift Towards CNG
As reported by Asia One News in early June, businessman Mr Lim Sin Leng, managed to save SGD 7,000 within the last two years since converting his Mercedes Benz Vito 113 van to run on CNG.
"To me, CNG stands for cheap and good." Said the 47-Year-Old, who holds the possibility of being the first Singaporean to have pioneered the conversion.
Instead of spending between SGD 2.15 - 2.30/ liter on petrol, Mr Lim now spends SGD 1.8/ kg refueling his van. A kilogram of CNG is equivalent to around 1.1 liters of petrol.
Citing the rise in fuel prices as a contributing factor towards the increasing demand of CNG vehicle conversions, deputy managing director Francis Leong of Scantruck Engineering, which helped to install the CNG unit in Mr Lim’s van, told Asia One News that they had to turn four to five customers away each day as they lacked the required manpower and stocks.
Similarly, the authorized dealer of the 1.6 litre Chevrolet Optra Magnum CNG - General Motors said, “According to feedback that we have received from the showroom, retail interest in the Optra Magnum CNG is steadily gaining momentum in proportion to the rising fuel prices.”
Currently, there are 540 CNG cars as reported by the National Environment Agency and Land Transport Authority of Singapore, compared to 250 last December. This number is set to increase by the end of this year as more motorists are already making plans to switch to CNG fueled cars.
Rise In Hybrid Technology
Hybrid cars, too, are gaining their fair share of popularity since last Febuary. In an article published by The Straits Times last November, 516 of these 'green cars' were snapped up, compared to the entire population of 379 hybrids on the road as of the end of 2007.
Hybrids generally consume 15 - 40% less fuel and cost 10 to 20% more than than a conventional model of its same size.
The most popular models here are - the Honda Civic hybrid, which attracted some 300 buyers in the first 10 months of 2007 followed by the Lexus RX400h (109 units), Toyota Prius (78 units) and the Lexus LS600h (21 units).
Executive Director of the Singapore Environment Council Mr Howard Shaw, who owns two hybrid Priuses, said he previously used to visit the petrol kiosk four times a month before making the switch.
Now, he tops up his cars once; twice a month.
Mr Shaw has also attributed the higher car sales to consumer confidence in hybrid technology as these 'green cars' have long been in the market for 9 years. So far, there has been no reports on faulty hybrid cars resulting in the jeopardy of consumer safety.
Carpool And Public Transport
In a news release released by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) early this year, road taxes for commercial, off-peak, electric and hybrid cars will be reduced by 15% as of 1st July as part of a bundle of measures designed to manage road usage and traffic congestion which are also in line with the government's gradual approach to reduce the tax burden on vehicle ownership.
However, electric and hybrid cars are taxed based on their maximum power output per kilo vault (kW) over a six-month period, which costs more to maintain rather than a commercial car.
Alternatively, motorists could actively practice carpooling twice a week, especially over the weekends as a form of budget traveling should they not find the above few options feasible due to financial constraints.
Individuals should also consider taking public transport on days when they do not require the maximum usage of their vehicles.
Amending Your Lifestyle
Businessman Mr Tan Jin Ann, who runs his own family business, used to ferry his younger daughter to her school at Upper Bukit Timah road from his apartment at Hillview Avenue every morning and makes a return trip home to fetch his wife to work. The double trip costs him an additional SGD 25 to his monthly petrol bills.
Now, he ferries his daughter to school first before hitting the road to work together with his wife.
"Now that every dollar counts, I'll save as much as I can."
Predicting The Future
As reported by the Associated Press on 27th June, crude futures were also driven higher after Chakib Khelil, president of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, said he believes oil prices could rise to between US$150 and US$170 a barrel this summer.
Meanwhile, nations have begun to tighten their credit reins in an effort to curb inflation. The European Central Bank (ECB) is also expected to join in the battle by raising its interest rate while the US Federal Reserve has been forced to consider a tighter policy.
Economist Ed Yardeni predicted that the synchronized tightening by these economies together with the ECB could ensue in global recession which would bring crude oil prices down.
 
 
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Matsutaka Hiroko
27 June 2008 @ 12:09 pm
The Sad Truth About The Design Industry
Reported By Tan Wen Hui



With an increased turnover in design graduates from both the local polytechnics and arts institutions, fresh graduates are finding it harder to secure a stable job in an agency which pays them well. Many of these graduates who do not find employment in agencies which values them will eventually find their pays stagnated for years. Also, economic downturn has a part to play in the decadence of opportunities in the creative industry.


While the future in the creative industry may seem bright for fresh design graduate Miss Fiona Ng, she is cynical about the little prospect of success her probable job offers.
Miss Ng, who receives an average of 4 phone calls a day from various art agencies seeking her creative services since the start of her graduation show on 8th March 2008, was more than reluctant to answer their calls.
Instead, she gave her prospective employers an indefinite response before pressing down the cancel button on her mobile phone.
"Most of these callers are from design and printing houses trying to offer me a position as a graphic designer in their company but I was unwilling to accept their offers because I know these guys are looking for cheap labourers who are also all-rounders." Said the 22-Year-Old Visual Communications graduate who majored in publication design at the Nanyang Academy Of Fine Arts (NAFA).
"I would prefer to work for an agency which values my services alongside providing me with better pay, learning experience and job advancement opportunities. That way, I’ll be motivated to work harder and produce quality work which will do the company good.”
Miss Ng previously interned at renowned Asian advertising firm Bates Asia last November, where she spent 1 1/2 months churning out concepts for advertisement campaigns under their creative team.
Likewise, there are many talented individuals like Miss Ng who finds it hard to gain valued employment in the design industry as the local market is small and over saturated to house the growing number of professional designers and fresh graduates.
As reported by First Media's CEO Mark Phooi on brandsterindonesia.com, both the design tertiary institutions and polytechnics annually churn out qualified designers by the thousands.
These graduates specialize in various design disciplines but are not trained as managers.
Career advancement opportunities are therefore - limited, whilst the constant evolution of technology further reduces these graduates to becoming desktop artists who work longer hours compared to administrative staffs. Also, the lack of regard for employee-employer contractual obligations and poor human resource practices in agencies contributed to this nationwide stagnation.
Only a handful of these practitioners are able to rise the ranks of managers and directors through years of industry knowledge and experience.
A recent salary report found on jobstreet.com showed a list of senior graphic designers on hire for as low as SGD 1,700/month.
Vice versa, there are experienced designers who request for low salaries in desperation to secure a job which pays them better than their previous companies. Foreigners and tertiary undergraduates in particular, are willing to take up jobs for any amount of pay given in exchange for their portfolio.
These market spoilers pose a huge threat to the creative sector by encouraging clients and employers to further push down the design market rate charges, especially during economic downturns which could lead to stagflation - persistent inflation combined with high unemployment and stagnant demand in a country's economy.
Multimedia graduate Celine Ho, 20, spoke of her experience as a designer for a local firm that clients, too, are also out to cut costs, whilst expecting quality work in return within a limited timeframe.
"Clients do not know how the production process work and how tedious it is to create a flash icon from start. That's why they think since we're trained designers; we're able to solve the problem fast. That's unreasonable."
To overcome possible stagflation and provide designers with better career advancement opportunities, an integrated Visual Communication with Business Bachelor of Arts (Honours) program was initiated early this year between NAFA and Uni Sim.
Upon graduation, graduates are able to find employment as managers in the advertising, media and design sector. Graduates will be well equipped with the functional knowledge required in business, including management, economics, marketing and law aside artistic skills related to communication design.
However, Miss Ng begs to differ, following news reports on possible stagflation amid an economic slowdown announced in the Straits Times on 23rd June 2008.
"Whatever the case is, design and employment is largely dependent on our economic situation. There's no escape."
"Also, those who wish to study design, please think twice about it. Don't do it for interest sake."
 
 
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Matsutaka Hiroko
26 June 2008 @ 12:00 am
Elderly man sighted feeding pigeons at local tourist hotspot raises important healthcare issues



Written By Tan Wen Hui, 25 June 2007


Yesterday afternoon, an investigative team of Matthew Yap correspondents caught sight of an elderly man in his sixties feeding a flock of pigeons outside the Goddess of Mercy temple situated in the heart of Waterloo Street.
In spite of a visual 'No Feeding Pigeons' signboard placed 4 metres away from feeding site, the man continued his feed.
"They're just hungry, so he fed them." Said another elderly man who was interviewed while resting on a bench nearby.
Approximately on a daily basis between the hours of 8-10 am and 2-5 pm, there would be at least 3 individuals who would purchase a bag of rice from the nearby food centres to feed the birds.
These birds are fast multipliers and begin breeding at the tender age of 6 months. If fed well, breeds faster.
A ban together with a fine of SGD 500 was imposed in 1993 to curb feeding pigeons as the government feared an overpopulation will not only soil our surroundings but also pose greater health risks to the public.
Residents residing in the vicinity faces a higher risk of developing health problems if this issue is not resolved.
The Ministry of Environment and Water Resources(MERW) addressed the above issue over an email sent that they will look into this matter seriously.
If necessary, they will launch public health campaigns specially targeted at elderly citizens to educate them on the dangers of feeding pigeons, which may lead to death due to excessive inhalation or contact with pigeon droppings.
Pigeon droppings contains a type of bacteria which causes hazardous health problems such as:-

Cryptococcosis
This disease attacks both the lungs and brains and is transmitted through inhalation of pigeon droppings contaminated with encapsulated yeast (fungus) Cryptococcus neoformans.
Symptoms include chest pain, dry cough, swelling of abdomen, headache, blurred vision and confusion.

Psittacosis
This disease attacks the lungs, and neurologic complications may occur, possibly leading to severe pneumonia requiring intensive-care.
Also known as ornithosis or Parrot Fever, psittacosis is caused by a bacterium called Chlamydophila psittaci (formerly Chlamydia psittaci).
Symptoms include fever, chills, headaches, muscle aches and dry coughs.

Gastroenteritis
Also commonly known as food poisoning, stomach flu or gastric flu, gastroenteritis is transmitted through contaminated food and water via infected pigeon droppings.
Symptoms include severe stomach pain, diarrhea and/or vomiting.

Elderly residents residing in pigeon infested areas are strongly encourage not to feed these birds. Anyone displaying any of the above healthcare symptoms should seek immediate medical help.
 
 
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