NEW YORK: Joan MacDonald’s health was in shambles at age 71. She was overweight and on numerous medications with high cholesterol, rising blood pressure and kidney trouble. Her daughter, a fitness coach, warned that she’d wind up an invalid if she didn’t turn things around. She did, hitting the gym for the first time and learning to balance her diet with the help of a brand new tool, an iPhone. Now 75, MacDonald is a hype beast for health with a bodybuilder’s physique and 1.4 million loyal followers on Instagram. She’s among a growing number of “grandfluencers”, folks 70 and up who have amassed substantial followings on social media with the help of decades-younger fans. “It’s so rare to find someone her age being able to do all these things,” said one of her admirers, 18-year-old Marianne Zapata of Larchmont, New York. “It’s just such a positive thing to even think about.” Both aspirational and inspirational, older influencers are turning their digital platforms into gold. ... » Learn More about Social media’s 70-up ‘grandfluencers’ debunking aging myths
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Succulents and other exotic plants are trending of late, not least for their geometric shapes and popularity on Instagram. However, the high demand has resulted in rare species being poached and traded illegally, leaving some even at risk of going extinct. A photo of a rare, unusual-looking plant is shared more than 10,000 times on social media. Under the entry, the comments rapidly pile up. "I'd love to have one of those!" and "Where can I get one?" A few weeks later, smugglers in South Africa are caught with the endangered plant species, whose trade is illegal. "We receive a new report of plant poaching almost every day," complains Pieter van Wyk, a botanist who works closely with the South African National Biodiversity Institute. South Africa is home to almost a third of the world's succulents, many of which are protected by law. Boosted by social media, the illegal plant trade has taken on proportions comparable to rhino poaching, with international criminal networks now ... » Learn More about Social media’s love of rare plants has created a black market boom
Do not shoplift, but even more so, don't bring your child along to witness your crime. That's the message one mini-mart in Singapore has sent out to the alleged perpetrators of several thefts that had occurred at the shop. A notice put up by Ace Mart, located along Yishun Ring Road, showed the alleged shoplifters — a man and a woman — along with a child standing nearby. Instead of a simple warning, however, the poster carried an unusual message at the fore. "Kindly refrain from bringing your children along when stealing groceries. We do not wish to see your child learn the wrong things growing up." A following line in red noted, "Please do not be like the couple in the photos below". Pictures printed on the notice showed a couple who looked to be in their early 30s at the cashier, and a child of about five years of age standing behind them, reported Lianhe Wanbao . When contacted by the Chinese evening daily, a spokesperson for the mini-mart said the alleged ... » Learn More about ‘We don’t wish to see your child learn the wrong things’: Yishun mini-mart to couple caught stealing groceries on CCTV
How can young drivers pay less for car insurance? Compulsory motor insurance for young drivers is always a huge expense. The lack of earned discounts and inexperience in driving are always factors that are associated with risk for the insurance company, and this inflates the price. What should you do in this case? As a rule, young car owners are in a much more difficult situation than more experienced drivers who have been driving on Polish roads for many years and buying third party liability insurance. First, let’s consider who the young driver really is. Generally, we can assume that a young driver must be 18 years old, but when does young driver end? It all depends on the insurer’s individual assessment. As a rule, we can assume that the maximum of insurers indicate that a person under 30 years of age can be considered a young driver. Third party liability insurance for young drivers Compulsory motor insurance in Poland is the basis. Its purchase is necessary when you ... » Learn More about Learning How Young Drivers Can Pay Less for Car Insurance
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg MyRepublic Singapore announced that there has been a data breach involving the personal information of 79,388 mobile subscribers based in Singapore. The "unauthorised data access incident" was discovered Aug. 29, 2021, and they have since secured the data storage facility where the breach occurred. Breach occurred on third-party storage platform According to its press release today (Sep. 10), the unauthorised data access took place on a third-party data storage platform it uses to store the personal data of MyRepublic’s mobile customers. The storage platform contains identity verification documents that were submitted by customers during the application process for their mobile services. These include: For Singapore citizens, permanent residents and employment and dependent pass holders: scanned copies of both sides of NRICs Foreigners: proof of residential address documents ... » Learn More about Over 79,000 MyRepublic mobile subscribers in S’pore affected by data breach
GUTSY JOURNOS WatchDoc’s unorthodox approach to data gathering and narrative building has been rewarded with a large online viewership. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Sometimes all it takes is a bag heavy with cameras, a motorcycle and about a year on the road to capture and draw attention to longstanding social ills through a fresh, critical lens. That’s how WatchDoc—a 10-year-old production house in Indonesia that specializes in investigative journalism—put together “Expedisi Indonesia Biru” (Blue Indonesia Expedition), a hard-hitting 12-part documentary about rural poverty, labor and environmental issues, and the unchecked corruption that pervades them all. For a year, WatchDoc founder Dandhy Laksono and fellow filmmaker Suparta Arz motorbiked across the archipelago to document the lives of farmers, fishermen and indigenous communities. Their 10,000-kilometer journey unearthed, among others, stories of injustice and exploitation that led to the doorstep of ranking public officials. ... » Learn More about Indonesian media team casts unflinching eye on issues
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?
Inforial (The Jakarta Post) Jakarta ● Fri, September 17, 2021 2021-09-17 10:11 0 e97434844e8b78f10c5dca9afb150bac 4 Inforial Free Indonesian schools gear up to reopen, Education, Culture, Research and Technology Minister Nadiem Anwar Makarim has reiterated the importance of stringent health protocols during the implementation of limited face-to-face learning (PTM terbatas). During a joint visit with Vice President Ma’ruf Amin to SMA 19 Balaraja state senior high school in Tangerang, Banten, Nadiem said that teachers must ensure the health and safety of faculty and students from the moment they leave their homes to coming home from school. If a positive case is detected at a school, the limited face-to-face learning will be immediately stopped. The school then must coordinate with the local COVID-19 task force to disinfect the premises and start the test, trace and care procedure for infected individuals. “Limited face-to-face learning can begin ... » Learn More about Strict health protocols key to limited face-to-face learning: Nadiem
To many millennials, freelancing is the dream -- earning money doing what they love, and having the flexibility to choose projects that they want to work on, whenever they want to. But more often than not, problems occur when expectations are unclear, e.g. how many hours they are expected to work on production, who should pay for equipment rental, who has ownership of the deliverables, or how many rounds of edits to the script are expected, etc. There has been a greater push to move the industry towards adopting practices that provide more transparency when engaging freelancers. On Nov. 29, 2017, a new Tripartite Standard on Procurement of Services from Media Freelancers (TS Media Freelancers) was launched to encourage stronger working relationships between companies and media freelancers. So if you’re a media freelancer unsure of what the TS Media Freelancers is about, here are some things to note: Written contracts: An idiot’s guide to writing a basic ... » Learn More about Are you a media freelancer? Were you promised better “exposure” instead of cash payment for your work?
What would democracy look like in the age of social media and influencers, and if the late Lee Kuan Yew was still alive, what would his social media persona be like? This was one of many questions discussed by a group of prominent panelists, in the last of a series of nine online forums at the annual Singapore Perspectives forum, organised by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), on Tuesday (Jan. 19). The session, which was on the topic of Global Trends, Social Movements and Democracy, was moderated by Ho Kwon Ping, founder and Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings. Social media allows politicians to connect to their voters In response to the question on social media and politics in Singapore, Zuraidah Ibrahim, who is the Deputy Executive Editor of South China Morning Post , said that it is natural for politicians to embrace social media, in order to appeal to as many voters as possible. "If I were a politician, I would want to conquer as many platforms as ... » Learn More about If LKY had social media, ‘maybe he would have been feared, but also loved’: S’porean panelist at IPS forum