COMMENTARY: "It is so, so crucial for the voices of young people to be included in the creation of a sex education programme that meets their needs. The youth have said the sex ed programme is too focused on abstinence, risk and disease." Corinna Lim, executive director of AWARE (Association of Women for Action and Research) and the Institute of Policy Studies' (IPS) 8th S R Nathan Fellow delivered a lecture on masculinity in Singapore and its impact on gender equality. In her lecture , titled Reset: Men, Women, Violence, she looks at how the internet and porn has affected gender relations in Singapore, calling for sexuality education in schools to promote healthy relationships. We have reproduced an excerpt from her lecture here. By Corinna Lim Pornography is now widely available on the internet. We don’t know how widely it is used in Singapore. Boys are exposed to porn from an early age But a search on SimilarWeb for the top-visited ... » Learn More about AWARE director: Is focusing on ‘abstinence before marriage’ still realistic sex ed in S’pore today?
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Update on Mar. 22, 2021 at 2:30pm: This article was updated with ECDA and Cambridge Pre-school's statements. A preschool is under probe by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) for potential breach of Covid-19 safe management measures after a recent school excursion. More than eight students per mat during picnic The Straits Times saw the group, consisting of around 40 students and teachers, at Pasir Ris Park on Mar. 18. The group was spread across three picnic mats, with more than eight students on each mat. When ST approached them, a woman from the group reportedly said that they "had permission" and declined to give her name. She also claimed that taking photos or videos of the group was not allowed. Fiona Lee, director of preschool operations for Cambridge Pre-school Singapore, confirmed that the group was from her school, ST reported. Lee said that the children were there to "enjoy nature", and that the preschool takes the children's safety ... » Learn More about Preschool under probe for Pasir Ris Park outing involving around 40 students & teachers
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg "We can boost Singapore's birth rate by making it compulsory for women to serve national service alongside men," 16-year-old student Wang Lixin wrote in a Straits Times (ST) forum letter. ST forum letter: Women should serve NS The letter, titled "Voices of youth: Let women serve National Service to help raise birth rates", suggested that women should serve NS. One reason given was that it would increase the size of our defence force. Another main reason: birth rates. In the letter, Wang explained that women will interact with men during national service, and this would enable relationships to be forged. Although not explicitly stated, it is implied that these relationships would then result in marriages and offspring at some point. Wang also added that the approach of having both men and women serve NS in Israel has been "effective", with their birth rate of 20 births per 1,000 ... » Learn More about 16-year-old student writes ST forum letter saying women should do NS to boost S’pore’s birth rate
Pattaya – The third round of the Covid –19 pandemic has caused a decrease in the number of water users in Pattaya by 40 percent, according to the manager of the Pattaya Waterwork Authority (PWA). The Manager of the Pattaya Waterworks Authority, Mr. Chaitat Eidsang, told Pattaya News reporters over the past weekend after they were invited to his office to review the current water situation in Pattaya, “Many tourists visited Pattaya and many Thais and foreign migrant workers lived in Pattaya before the pandemic hit in early 2020. 2.5 hundred thousand cubic meters of water was used per day before March of 2020 on average.” “Since the start of the pandemic at the beginning of last year, there were no longer any foreign tourists. Many Thai people left Pattaya to go back to their hometown as there were no jobs with many businesses shut down by Covid-19 restrictions. Even some of the local ex-pats left to return to their countries. The migrants that could go home went home, ... » Learn More about Covid -19 pandemic directly impacts Pattaya waterworks as number of water users decrease 40%, revenue plummets
Chances are, you already know quite a bit about the cherry blossom flower, or sakura. The delicate and ephemeral flower not only represents the arrival of spring, but also the circle of life. This change in scenery also reminds the industrious Japanese to take a break from work, open picnic mats in nearby parks and just relax. A brief history of Hanami The act of gathering under sakura trees to eat, drink and socialise is called hanami , which translates to “flower viewing”. Marking the beginning of the rice planting season, hanami was initially only enjoyed by Japanese nobility . Dating back to the Nara period (710–794AD), it was ume (plum) blossoms or momo (peach) that people admired at that time. Eventually, sakura, being similar in appearance to ume blossoms, gained popularity and became synonymous with hanami . Rulers of the archipelago would eventually plant cherry blossom trees across Japan, so that sakura and hanami can be enjoyed by people of ... » Learn More about People around the world have been admiring sakura blossoms for more than 100 years. Here’s why.
NEW YORK: The dollar was little changed against a basket of major currencies on Monday as traders awaited a much-anticipated U.S. Federal Reserve meeting later this week that might signal a change in the outlook for U.S. monetary policy. Currency markets settled in tight ranges with implied volatility plumbing to multi-year lows after last week's strong inflation readings and a dovish European Central Bank meeting failed to dislodge currencies from recent trading levels. "It's all about the FOMC this week, and we'll be watching to see exactly how much taper talk has really been going on and if it has any impact on the medium term outlook," Brad Bechtel, global head of FX at Jefferies, said in a note. The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six currencies, was about flat on the day at 90.512. Last week the index rose 0.4per cent, its largest weekly change in five weeks. Muted FX moves in recent weeks crushed the Deutsche Bank FX Volatility Index ... » Learn More about Dollar steady as Fed meeting looms; bitcoin pops above US$40,000
SINGAPORE: It has been about eight months since Dr Wong Choo Wai ended his volunteer stint taking care of COVID-19 patients at Singapore Expo, but the 50-year-old sometimes wakes up in panic, thinking that he has overslept and is late for work. The senior family physician is still reeling from his experience of working almost 24/7 from April to September last year - pulling 12-hour volunteering shifts at the community care facility, while also still running his two clinics and seeing his regular patients. Getting only three hours of sleep each day, Dr Wong said that there were days where he almost dozed off at work due to the mental and physical exhaustion. He recalled one particular night in early May last year when he and other volunteers saw patients coming into the facility up until around 4am the next morning. Usually, new cases would stop coming in by midnight. “The next day, we were all so zonked out because each one of us saw at least a few hundred patients for that ... » Learn More about The Big Read: Frontline healthcare workers pushed to limits by non-stop, never-ending COVID-19 fight
PERSPECTIVE: Living on a high floor and getting to select a HDB unit on a high floor has become an aspiration for many. But what is it about high-rise living that makes it so coveted in Singapore? We find out more from several Singaporeans living above the 30th storey in HDB flats. Living 32 storeys above, Zheng has learnt first-hand that it can get pretty windy. In the year she has been living in the St. Georges' Towers BTO project, she realised that it's generally tough for indoor plants to grow well under windy conditions, given the breeziness in her living room. But that's a small inconvenience for Zheng and her husband to live with, considering that their home faces a glorious city view including the Sports Hub and the sea. From their bedroom, they can even see Marina Bay Sands in the distance. "We were fortunate to be given the opportunity to [select a BTO flat with] a high floor. If there was an even higher floor, we would have been keen." Zheng and her ... » Learn More about The ‘true value’ of high HDB floors, according to S’poreans living above 30 storeys
An 85-year-old woman residing in Block 119, Bukit Merah View, has denied using firewood to cook dumplings in her flat after neighbours complained of the smell, Lianhe Zaobao reported . In response to her neighbours, the elderly woman said that she had not made any dumplings as she is unable to sell them at the moment. She also denied the allegations of smoke in her house, adding that the smell was due to other households burning joss paper. What did her neighbour say? Speaking to the Chinese paper, her neighbour, surnamed Zhang, said that for the past 12 years or so, the woman's house would emit thick smoke during the period of the Dragon Boat Festival, resulting in the corridor being filled with the smell of smoke. In addition, the dumplings were supposedly left to simmer for over five hours. Zhang also said that he when he went to check the situation, he believed that she had used firewood to cook her dumplings. He described the situation as such: "It ... » Learn More about Woman in Bukit Merah, 85, denies using firewood to cook dumplings after neighbours complain of smell
PETALING JAYA: Reporting on the Covid-19 pandemic was the most fulfilling and difficult challenge of his professional life, says Malaysian-born science journalist Ed Yong, who won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize. “I did my best to give our readers a stable platform from which to make sense of a crisis that defied sense. I’m sad these stories were ever necessary, but I hope they made a difference,” he said in a tweet.The 40-year-old, who has been working for US magazine The Atlantic since 2015, won the Pulitzer for explanatory journalism, for his reporting on the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2021 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded for work during the 2020 calendar year. The awards highlighted coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic, racial unrest, and other major issues in the United States that year. In reporting on the pandemic, the Washington-based Yong said he counted about 300 sources that took their time to share their expertise with him during a year when everyone had little time to spare. He ... » Learn More about It takes a village, says M’sian-born Pulitzer winner