Shoppers browse merchandise at a shop at Lalai Sap Market on Silom Road on Monday, where businesses have reopened after a week-long closure prompted by the detection of several Covid-19 infections. (Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool) Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday defended an executive decree issued by him to borrow 500 billion baht to fund various Covid-19 projects, promising to allocate more money to cover public healthcare costs if need be. Gen Prayut told the Senate that the government would provide further funds if the amount earmarked for healthcare was not enough to contain the pandemic. Under the 500-billion-baht loan decree, about 30 billion baht was set aside to buy medical supplies, drugs, vaccine shots and run research and development initiatives for vaccines, he said. About 300 billion baht was allocated to fund relief schemes for people across various sectors affected by Covid-19, he said. The rest was allocated to social and economic rehabilitation ... » Learn More about Public health ‘needs more financing’
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Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg With over 26 years of acting experience and over 40 television shows under his belt, Singaporean actor Thomas Ong has come a long way since his early days as a flight-steward-turned-model with no acting experience or training. Unlike many of his colleagues, Ong has avoided making variety appearances in his career. Quan Yi Fong's talk show, "Hear U Out", marks Ong's second variety appearance. In part one of the episode, the 52-year-old discussed his early days of his career with Quan and his financial troubles after leaving the television scene in 2000. Being homeless in between places After leaving Mediacorp in 2000, Ong dabbled in a business that involved corporate gifts and events. Ong admitted that he encountered some setbacks when attending to business dealings but remained optimistic about them, viewing them as "life experiences". During the interview, Ong recalled a specific ... » Learn More about Retired actor Thomas Ong used to live in his car, showered at ‘cheap country club’ for 4 months
The writing's been on the wall for the past five years — the Singapore Sports Hub has definitely not been having an easy time. The ongoing pandemic continues to grind large group activities to a halt — this means no concerts, no football matches, no events that involve large crowds of people filling the high-tech aerated seats at the new Grand Old Dame. Sporting activities have resumed for some time now though, so people are slowly returning, but the glittering dome in Kallang remains largely a shadow of the hive of activity it used to be all year through in the years prior to 2020. All this, of course, throws up questions about the sustainability of the Sports Hub, as it navigates the tricky and thorny public-private partnership it as a private limited straddles between its financiers, the public and of course, its biggest customer, the Singapore government. In the middle of this complexity and tension stands Lionel Yeo, the man headhunted for the role of Sports Hub CEO ... » Learn More about Alignment vs approval: What Sports Hub CEO Lionel Yeo learned from the private sector after 22 years in govt
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Most of us living in Singapore probably wouldn't blink twice at being able to drink water straight from the tap. However, for 26-year-old Ivy Zhang, this was an almost revolutionary change to her life when she first arrived here with her family in 2009, given how they'd had to drill into the ground to obtain clean water back in Myanmar. Zhang initially felt overwhelmed by the change in lifestyle in Singapore and an unfamiliar education system — all while struggling to understand Singlish. But she quickly overcame her difficulties, and forged a new life in Singapore. Today, having lived here for over 10 years, she hopes to be able to settle down permanently in Singapore, and one day be recognised as a "true blue Singaporean". She hung out with the "Crazy Rich Asians" of Myanmar Zhang, who is also known as May Mann Oo in Myanmar, was born in Mandalay to Chinese parents. She described her ... » Learn More about Myanmar girl shares experience of moving to a ‘whole new world’ in S’pore with 24-hour electricity & drinkable tap water
MANILA, Philippines – Lawyer Cristina Antonio was summoned sometime last week to the barangay hall of San Andres Bukid in Manila, where furious officials demanded an explanation why, without their knowledge, they filed a Supreme Court (SC) petition alleging 35 cases of extrajudicial killings in their area in the last 13 months and pointed to the police as masterminds. “ Ipit sila (they’re caught in the middle). It’s a case of damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” Antonio told Rappler in an interview held inside the small Makati office of the Center for International Law or Centerlaw , a non-governmental organization that’s been on the forefront of filing cases challenging the bloody drug war of President Rodrigo Duterte. The wrath of barangay officials of San Andres Bukid is understandable, Antonio said. In a volatile situation where people are shamelessly killed inside their homes, everybody can be a walking target. It’s especially harder for the ... » Learn More about Lawyers do dirty groundwork to fight Duterte’s drug war
There are many names for what Singapore is going through at the moment. Circuit Breaker in all but name. Phase 2: The Empire Strikes Back. Déjà vu. A lockdown with Singaporean characteristics. Take your pick, but officially, it's known as Phase 2: Heightened Alert (P2HA), which resulted in at least one glorious meme, for those of us who spent endless hours playing "Command & Conquer: Red Alert" back in the day. Here's a handy comparison chart for what you can and cannot do during P2HA: Notice something? PH2A is much more "easy-going" as compared to the Circuit Breaker. Retail shops are open, you can buy 4D and Toto, and perhaps most important of all, bubble tea shops are open for takeaway orders (although some have closed ). Back on May 4, when now-Finance Minister and Covid-19 multi-ministry task force co-chair Lawrence Wong announced the latest measures, he said that the government is not ruling out the possibility of another Circuit Breaker. More ... » Learn More about Comment: Should S’pore do another Circuit Breaker? Maybe not.
MANILA, Philippines – Have you ever invoked President Duterte's Executive Order on Freedom of Information? Rappler did a couple of times. Some offices responded promptly, some took a while. But there was one agency we had problems requesting data from – the Philippine National Police (PNP). On July 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the landmark EO No. 2 which effectively allows the public to request for documents and records under the executive branch. It took effect November 25 last year, alongside the launch of its online portal. Since then, interested citizens have been able to request for data directly from government offices or through its online counterpart. (READ: FOI to take effect on Nov 25: What you need to know ) The signing of the EO is a critical milestone for advocates. The fight started when the first bill was filed in 1992 at the House of Representatives. Twenty-four years later, the Philippines is finally implementing a ... » Learn More about How serious is the Duterte administration about FOI?
Now that working from home is going to be a big part of our future, it is time to revisit this topic again: electricity bills and how we are wasting too much electricity while working from home. And this is no hypothesis. According to Energy Market Authority (EMA) stats , electricity consumption went up by some 20 per cent during Circuit Breaker last year. Sure, we need the creature comforts for us to function like a human being at home but some of our actions are not really helping our wallets. Instead, try some of these tips. 1) Utilise the underused dry mode Sure, working from home in your pyjamas is cool and all but one thing that’s not so cool is the unforgiving weather. And as you turn to your trusty air conditioner, the bill goes up and up. But hold on to your remote control because dry mode is here to save your wallet. So instead of the usual cool mode where the air conditioner blows out plenty of cool air, a dry mode basically just dries the air -- ... » Learn More about We need to talk about all the energy sapping activities when we work from home
AT A GLANCE MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is striving to keep up with investigations as the death toll continues to rise two years into President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign. Latest data obtained by Rappler show that since 2016, the CHR has handled 1,106 drug-related cases with 1,345 victims. Out of this number of cases, 594 stemmed from police operations, while 512 were vigilante-style killings. (READ: The Impunity Series ) CHR Spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia admitted their current case load does not represent even half of the reality on the ground, adding that the extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration are "a new phenomenon" for the commission. "If you are to compare the number of cases [the CHR is handling] to the entire situation, it really pales in comparison and we're very much aware of that," De Guia told Rappler. "In terms of rate and scale, we never did encounter this [many] ... » Learn More about Climate of fear: Justice remains elusive 2 years into Duterte’s drug war
MANILA, Philippines – Rose Trajano’s work as a human rights advocate has not been easy, but for the last 30 years, she was sure of every action she took despite the job’s risks. Once the executive director of the Medical Action Group and now the secretary-general of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates, Trajano clearly knows the lines she shouldn’t cross. She knows the laws that need to be followed and the people she can and cannot engage with, fully aware of every consequence of the controversial work she does. Until President Rodrigo Duterte. Now the lines have blurred in Duterte’s intensifying war against dissent which has targeted human rights defenders in the Philippines. (PODCAST: Duterte's diagrams and his war vs critical media ) “ Dati black and white iyan eh – alam mo na possible may ma-violate ka at alam mo na wala ,” said Trajano, describing the years prior to the Duterte administration. “ Ngayon, hindi ... » Learn More about Duterte’s war on dissent