Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg If the realisation that 2022 is just three months away scares the living hell out of you, you're not alone. Most of us are still processing 2020. Covid-19 not only kills, it also takes a toll on mental health. Covid-19 has a way of making the walls close in. Restrictions affect socialising, whether you're at work or trying to relax with friends and family. And when restrictions come so close on the heels of easing up, it creates a special kind of agony . How fast should Singapore open up? Or in more recent parlance, should Singapore "trot" or "gallop"? If you're wondering what horses have to do with anything (besides masquerading as a fake "cure" for Covid-19), I'm referring to this post made by Ho Ching, outgoing CEO of Temasek Holdings and wife of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Ho was referring to the number of Covid cases, but "trot" and "gallop" could also refer to whether Singapore ... » Learn More about Should S’pore have another lockdown because of a Covid-19 ‘surge’? Let’s keep things in perspective.
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Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg As Singapore's vaccination rate grows steadily and the economy gradually reopens — a slew of Covid-19 restrictions were eased in early August allowing people to dine in and other businesses like gyms and fitness studios to operate again — one can say that a sense of normalcy has returned. For most people in Singapore, that is. Singapore's entertainment industry is still in shambles, and for the many family karaoke operators here, the indefinite nightmare brought about by the pandemic is far from over. In their last bid to fight for survival, several KTV operators crafted an appeal letter to request for a reopening on September 15, which they sent to their Members of Parliament (MPs), these include the Multi-Ministry Taskforce co-chairs Gan Kim Yong, Lawrence Wong, and Ong Ye Kung. Hoping for some clarity Since March 2020, all nightlife establishments were not permitted to operate. In ... » Learn More about ‘I really can’t hang on’: S’pore’s family KTV operators craft appeal letter & take grievances to Meet-the-People sessions
The United States is holding its presidential election on Nov. 3, which is less than a week away. While it is a momentous event for many Americans, of whom a good number have already voted for their choice of president through early voting and mail-in ballots, the impact of the election in a country that is quite geographically removed from Singapore might not be immediately apparent to Singaporeans. But U.S. political watchers would beg to differ. U.S. political expert Adrian Ang at Singapore-based S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies tells Mothership that the election does have an impact on Singapore and the region of Southeast Asia. 1. U.S. is an important trading partner to Singapore To Singapore, the U.S. is a valuable trading partner. The U.S. is Singapore’s fifth largest export and import partner with bilateral trade worth nearly US$32 billion (S$43 billion) annually, Ang said. The U.S. is also the biggest source of foreign direct investment for ... » Learn More about Does the US election matter to S’pore? Why should we care?
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.
The Health Promotion Board (HPB) is launching The Sleep Challenge to get people in Singapore to sleep seven hours a day and be rewarded with alertness, better health, and points to redeem e-vouchers. As one of the biggest practitioners of nudging people to do things for their own good by setting goal-oriented challenges that can be completed voluntarily, this new HPB challenge is an extension of an already well-established exercise challenge. The new Sleep Challenge will be launched under the National Steps Challenge. How it works Participants can earn 25 Healthpoints daily when they get at least seven hours of sleep within a 24-hour period. Extra Healthpoints can be earned during bonus weeks. Those interested can register from now until Mar. 31, 2022. The challenge period is from Nov. 1, 2021 until Apr. 1, 2022. Eligibility The Sleep Challenge is open to Singapore and permanent residents with valid NRIC, as well as foreigners with valid FIN, aged 17 years ... » Learn More about S’pore new Sleep Challenge to get people to sleep 7 hours a day, earn up to S$30 e-vouchers
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg What happens if you have received a positive result for an Antigen Rapid Test (ART)? The Ministry of Health (MOH) laid out 10 steps to take after one has visited a Public Health Preparedness Clinic (PHPC) for a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) swab following a positive ART result. 10 steps to take after testing positive Step 1 While waiting for your PCR test result, you should immediately return home via private transport (car or taxi) and self-isolate at home until you receive your results. Physically distance yourself from others and keep your mask on. You should also isolate yourself in a room with an attached bathroom. Your doctor will generally inform you of your results within 24 to 48 hours. Alternatively, you may check your results via HealthHub. Step 2 If you are notified that you are Covid-positive, continue to isolate yourself in a room, and do not have any physical contact ... » Learn More about Step-by-step guide: What to do if you test positive for Covid-19 in S’pore
More than 60 per cent of residents in Singapore are using the TraceTogether token or app. This latest figure provided by the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group (SNDGG) is about 10 percentage points higher than before , but still shy of the 70 per cent benchmark requirement for Singapore to enter Phase 3. SNDGG's update on the adoption rate of TraceTogether, the digital contact-tracing tool, is keenly watched, as it serves as a bellwether of Singapore's progress towards Phase 3, which would lead to the resumption of more economic activities. 500,000 and more people to go Singapore's total population is about 5.7 million now. More than half a million people would need to use TraceTogether to achieve the 70 per cent mark. The 50 per cent threshold was crossed in November. But with less than three weeks to the end of 2020, there is only a slim chance for the 70 per cent target to be met by then. Aversion to TraceTogether SNDGG added that the ... » Learn More about 60% of S’pore residents using TraceTogether, 500,000 & more to go to hit 70%