A storm is coming. The years ahead hold several challenges for Singapore. According to the Meteorological Service Singapore, rapid urbanisation has led to the exacerbation of the urban heat island effect, meaning that Singapore heats up twice as fast as the rest of the world, at a rate of 0.25 deg C per decade. Furthermore, by 2030, the population aged 65 and above is set to double. With one of the fastest-ageing populations in the developed world, Singapore will need an ever-increasing number of hospital beds in the near future. The country’s current bed crunch will only see itself worsen as the population requires more frequent and longer hospital visits. A common perception is that Singapore simply needs to pour more resources into improving technology to develop solutions. Sure enough, most efforts towards improving sustainability and greening the urban environment involve retrofitting existing buildings with “green” features like solar … [Read more...] about How do we design for Singapore’s future?
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How can we be more connected? Today, the Feast of Corpus Christi, Catholics thank God for the gift of the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. We believe that in the consecrated bread and wine, Jesus is truly there. When we receive the Body of Christ, it is indeed Jesus we are receiving. This may conjure up strange images that can make our heads turn and our stomachs churn. Eating someone’s body and drinking someone’s blood – isn’t this cannibalism? And how can this all happen with just a few simple gestures and words of hocus pocus? A bit of trivia: One possible origin of the phrase “hocus pocus” is that it comes from a mishearing of the Latin words used during consecration, “Hoc est enim corpus meum (This is my body).” To survive by consuming someone else’s body and blood is actually something we have all done whether we are Catholics or not. In the womb, how else does a baby get food and drink? … [Read more...] about How can we be more connected?
By Yvette Van Veen Special to the Star Wed., May 15, 2019 Q: This will be our dog’s first summer. How do we best prepare him for the bustle of the summer season? More importantly, how do we prepare him for fireworks on the long weekend? Should we take him to an event so he can get used to them? A: Socialization is critical for all dogs. Well-socialized dogs feel safe in the world. They can cope with all that life throws their way. This would include noisy and crowded environments such as the summer festivals. When it comes to fireworks, the short answer is no, you shouldn’t take a dog to a show as a means of socializing them to the noise. Each year, after Victoria Day, lamp posts are covered with posters of lost dogs. Many of these dogs bolted when frightened by fireworks. While some people may insist that they take dogs to events with no ill effect, it’s a very high-risk strategy with potentially tragic consequences. The issue with risky … [Read more...] about How do we prepare our dog for fireworks on the long weekend?
By Heather Scoffield Economics Columnist Thu., May 9, 2019 In the small — but fun! — subset of mothers who like to toss around socio-economic data, there’s a graph that has been making the rounds over the past few months that sends panic through the crowd every time it pops up. It shows mothers’ earnings dropping off a cliff when they have children, and never fully recovering. And it’s in Denmark of all places, where policy makers are supposed to know how to fix all socio-economic problems. In Canada, there’s a shortage of conclusive analysis, but all the signs point in the same direction: the cost to mothers of having those little bundles of joy is significant, and it compounds over time. Obviously, when a mother gives birth, her wages sink like a stone because she usually takes maternity leave. By definition, wages are much lower. More importantly, what happens when she goes back to work? Initial research in Canada suggests … [Read more...] about How can we fix the motherhood-penalty problem?
The beautiful, sun-kissed islands of our tourism paradise of the Philippines have the mixed blessings of abundant natural resources, fertile volcanic soil and also lots of natural disasters once in a while, such as earthquakes, volcanoes erupting, typhoons, and others. How can businesses — most especially the numerous micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) — be prepared for any natural or manmade disasters? How can small enterprises and professionals survive calamities and accidents? The following is not based just on textbook research or interviews, but I personally suffered a destructive accidental fire in one of my businesses and it was caused by the fire from a next-door neighbor’s business (which had mysteriously been allowed to operate by the fire department without any fire extinguishers, while my staff had to use up to 13 units of 10-kilo and 20-kilo fire extinguishers). Here are suggestions for all of us: Review and be sure to update your … [Read more...] about How can small businesses & professionals prepare for disasters?