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 do you treat failure? Our Mom and Son Podcast this week is about failure. If you haven’t listened to it, here are the links: (Spotify, Apple iTunes, Buzzsprout and YouTube).There’s a stigma attached to the word “fail.” Nobody wants to be called a failure or loser. But in order to be a winner, you have to risk losing. When our sons were growing up, my husband would challenge them to a game of basketball, table tennis, video games, and other sports just for fun. At first, he would allow them to have a tight game with him. In other words, he would first play with his right hand (he’s left-handed) and as they went on, he would play with his dominant hand and give it his best shot, making it harder and harder for them saying, “No more Mr. Nice Guy, I’m gonna cream you!” The boys all agree on one thing, “Papa has this annoying way of laughing when he’s winning na nakakapikon!” But all of these … [Read more...] about How do you treat failure?
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?
When Cely, a 52-year old laundry-washer, started coughing a lot, she thought it was just a passing sickness. Maybe it was caused by stress or the environment, she thought. It took months before she finally consulted a doctor, who prescribed her a week-long round of antibiotics. She felt some improvement and decided that she no longer needed any follow-ups. More challenges in health and wellness: You haven’t had measles your whole life. Should you be worried? The worst thing the new and stronger influenza strain can do to you How my nervous breakdown put an end to a cycle of abuse The myth of the tortured artist But the cough persisted. Eventually, she went to another doctor, who ordered an X-ray. The doctor told her that she has weak lungs, and prescribed her with medications. But she only took them for only a few days because it made her urine turn red. It would take more months before she would see yet another doctor—and this time, it was in the emergency room. For the … [Read more...] about How do we put an end to TB?
By Erica Pearson Star Tribune Tues., April 30, 2019 Psychologist Michael Reichert wants to reinvent boyhood and make it less dangerous — for everyone. Teen boys are more likely than girls to carry weapons, more likely to get in a fight, more likely to drive drunk, more likely to use drugs or alcohol before sex and far more likely to die young, Reichert writes in his new book, How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men. He argues that this isn’t something boys are born with — it’s created by boyhood’s enduring cultural norms, clichés and pressures, as moms push sons away to avoid raising a “mama’s boy” and boys are told to “man up.” We talked with Reichert, who has two sons and a grandson, about the steps that parents, coaches and teachers can take to intervene, how his work connects to the #MeToo movement, and why he dislikes the term “toxic masculinity.” Q: Why is it so … [Read more...] about How do you raise your son to be a good man? Start with ‘special time’