AT A GLANCE The Commission on Human Rights has investigated 3,101 cases of extrajudicial killings – 1,803 in police operations and 1,298 killed by unidentified assailants. It has referred 96 cases to government bodies, with 7 more on the way. Despite previous assurances of cooperation, the Philippine National Police still rejects any request for documents from the CHR. Families refuse to file complaints while witnesses refuse to come forward fearing reprisal from perpetrators. Some say they will just file a case after the Duterte administration. The possible International Criminal Court case against President Rodrigo Duterte looms over his head with two years left in his presidency. June 30, 2020 signals not just President Rodrigo Duterte’s 4th year in power, but also another year without justice for the thousands killed in his anti-illegal drugs campaign. It will be exactly 1,003 days since Nanette Castillo’s son, Aldrin, was mercilessly killed in ... » Learn More about 4 years on, climate of fear and impunity blocks justice for Duterte’s drug war victims
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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?
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.
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
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
SINGAPORE: Eleven students and a teacher from Wang Learning Centre have been required to quarantine after coming into contact with another student who recently tested positive for COVID-19. The student had attended a class at Wang Learning Centre’s branch in East Coast on May 9. The same student had also attended a class at Learning Point on May 8, the Chinese tuition centre told CNA on Saturday (May 15). According to the Wang Learning Centre website, its East Coast branch is located at EastGate. The centre occupies several units on different floors in the building. READ: 2 students at The Learning Lab among latest COVID-19 cases at tuition centres Wang Learning Centre said it had scheduled a “full professional disinfection” on May 10, and that the Ministry of Health (MOH) had also asked them to identify the people who were in the same classroom as the COVID-19 positive student. No other branches were affected, said Wang Learning Centre, which has eight outlets across ... » Learn More about Several Wang Learning Centre students to quarantine after sharing class with student from Learning Point COVID-19 cluster
SINGAPORE: Two students at The Learning Lab (TLL) tuition centre have tested positive for COVID-19 after they were identified as contacts of an earlier confirmed case. Both students are siblings from the same household and attend lessons on Fridays and Saturdays at The Learning Lab’s outlet at United Square. They last attended a class in person on May 8, a spokesperson for The Learning Lab told CNA on Saturday (May 15). “They were advised by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to get tested as they were identified as contacts of an earlier confirmed case – believed to be unrelated to TLL – from their school,” the spokesperson added. READ: Several Wang Learning Centre students to quarantine after sharing class with student from Learning Point COVID-19 cluster The Learning Lab said it was earlier notified by a parent that her child had tested positive for COVID-19. It subsequently received information that the student’s sibling had also tested positive. As a precautionary measure, ... » Learn More about 2 students at The Learning Lab among latest COVID-19 cases at tuition centres
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Residents living in Block 101 on Pasir Ris Street 12 have had enough of couples using public staircases as their personal love motels. According to Shin Min Daily News (SMDN) , a delivery worker posted online that he saw used tissue paper and condoms littered at a staircase landing when he went to the HDB block to make a delivery. Residents at Block 101 further told SMDN that they frequently see students behaving intimately at the staircase areas. A resident said he saw a couple hugging each other at a staircase landing a few months ago, and claimed that they stayed the night there. He said: "After they left, the area was filled with litter, including tissue paper, empty cans and snack packaging." A 60-year-old housewife, surnamed Liang, also said her husband once ran into a couple having sex at the stairwell on the 10th storey two years ago while he was climbing up the stairs for his ... » Learn More about Residents at Pasir Ris Blk 101 complain of couples engaging in sexy time at staircases
WASHINGTON: Jerry Ramos spent his final days in a California hospital, hooked to an oxygen machine with blood clots in his lungs from COVID-19, his 3-year-old daughter in his thoughts. “I have to be here to watch my princess grow up,” the Mexican American restaurant worker wrote on Facebook. “My heart feels broken into pieces.” Ramos didn't live to see it. He died Feb 15 at age 32, becoming not just one of the nearly 600,000 Americans who have now perished in the coronavirus outbreak but another example of the outbreak's strikingly uneven and ever-shifting toll on the nation's racial and ethnic groups. The approaching 600,000 mark, as tracked by Johns Hopkins University, is greater than the population of Baltimore or Milwaukee. It is about equal to the number of Americans who died of cancer in 2019. And as bad as that is, the true toll is believed to be significantly higher. President Joe Biden acknowledged the milestone Monday during his visit to Europe, saying that while ... » Learn More about As US COVID-19 death toll nears 600,000, racial gaps persist
SINGAPORE: Twenty-four cases in the community were among 34 new COVID-19 infections reported in Singapore as of noon on Thursday (May 13), said the Ministry of Health (MOH). Nineteen of the 24 new community cases are linked to the Changi Airport cluster. One is linked to a nurse at Sengkang General Hospital. Four cases are currently unlinked. The remaining 10 cases were imported and were placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon their arrival in Singapore, said MOH. 2 MAIDS AMONG 4 UNLINKED CASES Two maids are among four unlinked COVID-19 cases in the community. One is a 43-year-old maid from Myanmar, known as Case 63127. The other is a 51-year-old maid from the Philippines, known as Case 63147. The Filipino maid tested preliminarily positive for the B1617 variant from India and is pending confirmatory tests. She developed a fever on May 8 and sought treatment at a clinic. On May 12, she developed a fever, cough, runny nose and headache and sought treatment at the ... » Learn More about 24 new community COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 2 maids and private tutor