In the 19th century, the phrase “ The Great Game ” was used to describe competition for power and influence in Afghanistan, and neighboring central and south Asia territories, between the British and Russian empires. Neither side prevailed in what became known as the “ graveyard of empires .” Two centuries later, an American superpower has been reminded of a similar reality . The Afghanistan debacle, in which a 300,000-strong US-trained and equipped Afghan army collapsed in hours serves as a reminder of the limits of American power in the wider Middle East. US President Joe Biden may be enduring the sharpest criticism for a disastrously executed withdrawal. But there is plenty of blame to go around, dating back to the original ill-fated decision to “ nation build ” a country that has resisted outside interference for thousands of years. After the fall of Kabul and the hasty US withdrawal from a country on which it had squandered $1 ... » Learn More about As Afghanistan falls, what does it mean for the Middle East?
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Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg A 68-year-old man died after he fell on a SBS Transit bus that braked suddenly along North Bridge Road to avoid hitting a car that had cut into its path. Now, the family of the deceased man, Siah Keok Tiang, are still grappling with the demise of the head of their household and cannot forgive the drivers involved. Family can't forgive Shin Min Daily News spoke to the deceased man's three children -- aged 30, 36 and 39 -- at the wake held at Block 117 Jalan Tenteram. They told the Chinese media that the family is not at peace. The family also told China Press that they do not wish to see the two drivers involved, and are unable to forgive them at this time. No contact yet However, neither of the drivers involved in the accident have contacted the family yet, Siah’s second son said. When Shin Min asked what if the drivers attended the wake, the son said he would not be able to ... » Learn More about Family can’t forgive car & bus drivers involved after man, 68, dies from falling on SBS Transit bus
Investigators are on the scene following a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., April 16, 2021. Michelle Pemberton-USA TODAY NETWORK via REUTERS The gunman who opened fire at a FedEx site in Indianapolis, killing eight workers, then himself, was a 19-year-old former employee with a history of mental illness that led to his detention by law enforcement last year, police and FBI officials said on Friday. Four members of the Sikh religion – three women and a man – were among the dead in Thursday night’s gun rampage, according to a local leader of the Sikh community who said he had been briefed by the victims’ families. Law enforcement officials said they had not immediately determined whether racial or ethnic hatred was behind the killings. The incident – the latest in a spate of at least seven deadly mass shootings in the United States over the past month – unfolded at a FedEx operations center near Indianapolis International Airport after 11 p.m. ... » Learn More about Teenage gunman in Indianapolis FedEx site had been detained for mental illness — police, FBI
A World Health Organization (WHO) panel on Friday, September 24, recommended the use of Regeneron and Roche's COVID-19 antibody cocktail for patients at high risk of hospitalizations and those severely ill with no natural antibodies. The treatment has been granted US emergency use authorization, having gained attention when used to treat former President Donald Trump's COVID-19 illness last year. Europe is reviewing the therapy, while Britain approved it last month. While acknowledging costs associated with the treatment, the WHO panel said that given the recorded benefits of the therapy, "the recommendations should provide a stimulus to engage all possible mechanisms to improve global access to the intervention and associated testing." In a separate statement, the WHO called on Regeneron to lower prices and distribute the treatment equitably worldwide, especially in low- and middle-income countries. The agency also urged the firms to transfer tech to help make ... » Learn More about WHO backs Regeneron COVID-19 drug cocktail as UN body calls for equal access
Senators on Friday deferred discussions on the proposed 2022 budget of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), increasing the pressure on the poll body to reconsider mounting calls to extend the voter registration period amid accusations that imposing its Sept. 30 deadline would be tantamount to “voter suppression.” Sen. Risa Hontiveros, who presided over the hearing of the Senate finance subcommittee on the Comelec’s proposed P26.7-billion appropriations next year, accepted a motion to put off the budget deliberations until the Comelec en banc could reconvene to discuss several petitions to move the deadline to Oct. 31. Pressure was also exerted by the House after it approved on second reading on Friday a bill mandating the Comelec to extend the registration beyond Sept. 30. The bill was filed by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, Majority Leader Martin Romualdez and Minority Leader Joseph Stephen Paduano. The Senate on Wednesday approved on second reading a bill for a one-month ... » Learn More about Lawmakers up pressure on Comelec amid calls for extended listup
In a viral interview with actress Toni Gonzaga, former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. spoke about his childhood in Malacañang, his family’s flight from the presidential palace amid the 1986 People Power Revolution, and his father’s death in Hawaii three years later. The Toni Talks episode was uploaded to the actress’ YouTube channel on Bongbong’s birthday, Monday, September 13. It was also around a week before the 49th anniversary of Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law, a move that kept the Philippines under his rule for another 14 years on top of his two presidential terms. The Martial Law period was fraught with human rights violations : around 70,000 people were imprisoned and 34,000 tortured, according to Amnesty International , while 3,240 were killed from 1972 to 1981. Gonzaga’s interview was denounced by the Martial Law Museum on Wednesday for “whitewashing” the atrocities that occurred during this period. Below, we ... » Learn More about LIST: Bongbong Marcos’ false claims about Martial Law on ‘Toni Talks’
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg PERSPECTIVE: "This is not the first time that this is happening to Afghanistan. It's history repeating itself, and I don't think ignorance and force and war are gonna win." One year ago, Ayeda (not her real name) was a second-year student in Singapore, studying Physical Sciences at Yale-NUS College, with a minor in Philosophy. Now, the 20-year-old Afghan national is living under Taliban rule back home in Kabul, Afghanistan, as her family does everything that they can to try and flee the country. Ayeda flew home to Afghanistan from Singapore in Sep. 2020 due medical reasons. She then spent the first half of 2021 working in an Afghan media company, and had plans to return to Singapore in August to continue her studies. However, she was unable to secure entry approval back into Singapore, despite multiple applications, and ended up stuck in Kabul when the Taliban swept into the nation's ... » Learn More about I’m an Afghan woman who studied in S’pore. This is what it’s like being stuck under Taliban rule.
When I tell people my mother has dementia, they say: “Oh, I am so sorry”. They might add: “It’s a terrible illness.” But they don’t say anything else. They offer no platitudes, no words of encouragement for a recovery. Dementia has no cure; it’s always terminal. And it’s always cruel. The trajectory is downwards, downhill all the way – sometimes fast, sometimes slow. Watching somebody you love suffer dementia is like watching a person disappear before your eyes; they’re gone long before they die. Dementia is the collective name for progressive degenerative brain syndromes which affect memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion. And Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 per cent of all cases. Recent alarming research revealed at the 2021 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Denver, in the US state of Colorado, in July indicates that some patients who had Covid-19 may experience an acceleration of Alzheimer’s disease or ... » Learn More about No cure for Alzheimer’s, but we can narrow the odds of developing it
Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific made waves this month for firing a cancer survivor, a breastfeeding mother and an employee with a heart problem, among those it sacked for failing to get vaccinated against Covid-19. In the ensuing debate on labour rights and health protection during a pandemic, Equal Opportunities Commission chairman Ricky Chu Man Kin cautioned the airline against brushing aside employees' health-related concerns and potentially breaching the Disability Discrimination Ordinance. A medical expert told the Post the fallout suggested that Cathay staff needed more information to help them decide whether to be vaccinated. On Sunday, Hong Kong confirmed three new Covid-19 cases, all imported. The patients had been fully vaccinated and were asymptomatic. They involved a 38-year-old arrival from the Philippines who had received two doses of the BioNTech vaccine. He tested positive for antibodies in July. The remaining two cases were from Qatar. The Centre for Health ... » Learn More about Cathay Pacific ignored our reasons to avoid jabs against Covid-19, sacked Hong Kong staff say
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg The number of daily Covid-19 cases in Singapore is expected to hit 3,200 next week, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on Sep. 24. 3,200 cases expected in the next week MOH said that the possibility of cases doubling even further cannot be ruled out, if the infection rate in Singapore continues at its current trajectory. The surge in the daily number of Covid-19 cases, which began in the end of August 2021, has seen a rapid increase in the number of individuals with mild symptoms who seek medical attention at hospitals, when it might not be necessary. MOH said that this has strained the overall healthcare and response system, and on Singapore's healthcare workers. According to health minister Ong Ye Kung at a press conference on the same day, Singapore's healthcare system can cope with 2,000 to 3,500 cases before it reaches its threshold. Recover from home for those who can In ... » Learn More about S’pore’s daily Covid-19 cases might hit 3,200 next week at current infection rate: MOH