An Afghan soldier keeps guard outside the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan compound in Herat a day after the mission was attacked HERAT (AFGHANISTAN) - Afghan and Taliban forces clashed again on the outskirts of Herat on Saturday, a day after a police guard was killed when a United Nations compound in the western city came under attack. Violence has surged across the country since early May, when the militants launched a sweeping offensive as US-led foreign forces began a final withdrawal that is now almost complete. The Taliban have seized scores of districts across Afghanistan, including in Herat province, where the group has also captured two border crossings adjoining Iran and Turkmenistan. Officials and residents reported renewed fighting on the outskirts of Herat on Saturday, with hundreds fleeing their homes to seek shelter closer to the heart of the city. Herat governor Abdul Saboor Qani said most of the fighting was in Injil and Guzara district -- ... » Learn More about Taliban and Afghan forces clash again outside Herat city
HIS appointment as the eighth Yang di-Pertua Negri of Penang was something that Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak never imagined after serving 37 years in the civil service and as a diplomat. “I honestly didn’t imagine that I would return to the government, and in my present capacity no less. “But as they say, God works in mysterious ways and believing in fate is important,” he said. Ahmad Fuzi said on being informed of the appointment, his immediate reaction was a sense of gratitude to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the state government. “It gave me a sense of confidence with the endorsement to lead the state. “However, I do acknowledge the need to recognise the challenges in fulfilling my role and responsibilities to the best of my ability. “Whatever feelings of joy and elation that I had should be tapered by the sense of responsibility that goes with the assumption of the post,” said the ... » Learn More about Devoted to lead Penang forward
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Recently, the word "endemic" became a key buzzword in Singapore. At the end of May 2021, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he did not expect Covid-19 to disappear , but rather to become endemic, and "remain with humankind". Health minister Ong Ye Kung later echoed this view , stating that Covid-19 will likely become endemic, just like influenza. Multi-Ministry Taskforce co-chair Gan Kim Yong also said that Singapore will be able to lift "practically all social and workplace restrictions" when Covid-19 becomes endemic in Singapore. Basically, if you get a dollar for every time the word "endemic" has been in the news, you would get rich sooner rather than later. But what does it actually mean for Covid-19 to be endemic in Singapore? Pandemic vs endemic On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) officially declared Covid-19 a pandemic , after the virus spread to over ... » Learn More about Mothership Explains: What does it mean for Covid-19 to be endemic in S’pore?
There are two broad ways that dictionaries define "discrimination". The first, and perhaps the more commonly-understood way, frames discrimination as something that is always bad. An example of this first way of defining "discrimination" can be found in the Oxford dictionary : "The unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of ethnicity, age, sex, or disability." If someone practices " discrimination " in this way, they might be described as " discriminatory ". The second kind of definition however, simply focuses on the ability to understand the difference between things. Thus, "discrimination" according to the same Oxford dictionary entry, can also mean: "Recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another." Here, " discrimination " is not " discriminatory ". Instead, someone practising it could be described as " discriminating ". Why is it important to understand ... » Learn More about Mothership Explains: Is it right for S’pore to keep the unvaccinated at home for their own good?
Small groups of students protested against Myanmar's military junta on Saturday, July 31, in Mandalay as the country approached six months since the army's takeover. The junta later on Saturday accused the country's ousted civilian leaders and some foreign diplomats of disseminating "fabricated, distorted and one-sided information." Bands of university students rode motorbikes around Mandalay waving red and green flags, saying they rejected any possibility of talks with the military. "There's no negotiating in a blood feud," read one sign. The army seized power on February 1 from the civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi after her ruling party won elections that the military argued were tainted by fraud. The country's electoral commission dismissed this allegation. New York-based Human Rights Watch said on Saturday the violent suppression of protests and arrests of coup opponents included acts that violate international humanitarian ... » Learn More about Protests, accusations against Myanmar junta 6 months on from coup
Britain's UN ambassador warned on Thursday, July 30, that half of Myanmar's 54 million people could be infected with COVID-19 in the next two weeks as Myanmar's envoy called for UN monitors to ensure an effective delivery of vaccines. Myanmar has been in chaos since the military ousted an elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, with protests and fighting between the army and newly formed militias. The United States, Britain, and others have imposed sanctions on the military rulers over the coup and repression of pro-democracy protests in which hundreds have been killed. "The coup has resulted in a near total collapse of the healthcare system, and health care workers are being attacked and arrested," British UN Ambassador Barbara Woodward told an informal Security Council discussion on Myanmar. "The virus is spreading through the population, very fast indeed. By some estimates, in the next two weeks, half of the population ... » Learn More about Britain warns COVID-19 could infect half of Myanmar in next two weeks
TOKYO: Trying to knock Britain's track cyclists off their perch at the Olympics has proved a fruitless task for their rivals. Just when the Australians, Dutch, Americans and any other nation with aspirations to dominate on the boards think they have caught up, the Brits ride off into the distance. That was the case in Rio five years ago when Britain, despite pre-Games talk of vulnerability, scooped six of the 10 titles, one down on the seven they won in Beijing and London. Once again, talk is that the marginal gains Britain's extravagantly-funded team have been so adept at finding, are beginning to dry up. At last year's worlds in Berlin, the most recent measuring stick of form, Britain finished seventh in the medals table with one gold, their worst haul at a pre-Olympics worlds since 2000. The women's team pursuit squad were soundly beaten by the Americans, while Denmark raised the bar significantly in the men's event with Britain failing to medal. The Dutch men swept ... » Learn More about Olympics: Britain’s track cycling dominance under threat
TOKYO: Poland scored an upset win in the inaugural Olympic 4x400 metres mixed relay on Saturday (Jul 31), with Dominican Republic picking up silver and the United States taking bronze. The Polish team, comprised of Karol Zalewski, Natalia Kaczmarek, Justyna Swiety-Ersetic and Kajetan Duszynski, put on a gutsy performance inside the fan-free Olympic Stadium after posting the fastest time in Friday's heats. It was the first Olympic medal for all four team mates, who cheered and embraced as anchor leg runner Duszynski crossed the finish line in a time of 3:09.87. The U.S. were the favourites after winning the event at the 2019 World Championships. But they almost did not make the final after they were disqualified for exchanging the baton outside the changeover zone in Friday's first round. Organisers later reinstated them, citing an official's error. Notably absent from the U.S. relay roster was six-time Olympic gold medallist Allyson Felix, who was a part of the Americans' ... » Learn More about Athletics: Poland win first 4x400m mixed relay gold at Tokyo 2020
LIMA: Peru was mired in uncertainty on Friday (Jul 30) as bonds tumbled and the currency hit a low after newly-elected socialist President Pedro Castillo appointed a hard-left Marxist as prime minister while the key post of finance minister remained vacant. Guido Bellido was named prime minister on Thursday, dimming investor hopes that Castillo would choose moderate policies. Most of the rest of the cabinet was also sworn in, but the lack of an economy czar is likely to create uncertainty in markets already rocked by a campaign in which Castillo described himself a Marxist-Leninist. "Don't worry. Everything's going to be fine," Bellido said in brief comments to reporters. Markets were not reassured. The local sol currency fell over 3 per cent to an all-time low of 4.055 to the dollar. Peruvian sovereign bonds crashed and the country's benchmark stock index dropped more than 4 per cent, and was on track to close at its lowest since November. Castillo, inaugurated on ... » Learn More about Peru’s new Marxist PM says ‘don’t worry’ as chances of radical policy shift rise
WASHINGTON: The United States imposed sanctions on the Cuban police force and two of its leaders on Friday (Jul 30) in response to the Havana government's crackdown on protesters as President Joe Biden prepared to meet Cuban American leaders at the White House. The US Treasury Department said the sanctions were a reaction to "actions to suppress peaceful, pro-democratic protests in Cuba that began on July 11". Treasury said that targets of the sanctions were two Cuban police force leaders as well as the Cuban interior ministry's national police force. Biden's late afternoon meeting comes as the politically important community calls for more support for protests in Cuba that represent the biggest populist outpouring against the Havana government in decades. Biden had promised additional sanctions against Cuban leaders, a move backed by many Cuban Americans. Biden was expected to provide an update on US efforts to provide wireless communications to the Cuban people as well as ... » Learn More about US issues more Cuba sanctions as Biden prepares to meet Cuban American leaders