REUTERS: Winning an Olympic medal is reward enough for any athlete, but Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu's silver at the Tokyo Games has earned her the added bonus of a lifetime's supply of free pizza and movie tickets. Chanu finished second in the women's 49kg event on Saturday (Jul 24), claiming the country's only medal at the Games so far. Since her victory, pizza chain Domino's has promised the pocket-sized 26-year-old free pizza for life, while multiplex chain INOX said on Wednesday that she would never have to pay for another movie ticket. India has 125 athletes in Tokyo, the country's biggest contingent at an Olympics, and INOX will offer each one who wins a medal a lifetime supply of free tickets, while even those who do not finish on the podium get free movies for a year. Badminton player PV Sindhu, boxing great MC Mary Kom, wrestler Vinesh Phogat and archer Deepika Kumari are some of India's top medal contenders and could be in for a treat if they can boost the ... » Learn More about Weightlifting: Chanu’s Tokyo silver earns her free movies, pizza for life
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WE all know that lockdowns are temporary measures to control the spread of Covid-19 within the community and lessen the healthcare burden. However, there are major concerns about how they can negatively affect people’s mental health. As a paediatrician, I receive numerous calls and visits by parents worried about their children’s health – especially those less than five years old. Most parents assume that the older age group would understand the pandemic better than the young ones and thus handle it better. I beg to differ. Here are some observed effects of lockdowns on children. > Developmental milestones – For school-going children, repeated school closures and strict movement control cause a significant reduction in having direct contact with their peers. Such measures also prevent children from participating in social activities like going to the playground or having playdates. This situation may make them feel lonely and anxious and some (especially young adults) ... » Learn More about How do lockdowns affect our children and what can we do to help them?
Last week, the Ateneo School of Government released its first working paper for “Duterte at 5,” a series that assesses different areas of governance including economic policy, legislative reforms, and crime and corruption. In that first report, we focused on social development reforms. While the report speaks for itself, we would like to use this space to reiterate some of our salient points especially on poverty and hunger. Social development is a pillar of Duterte’s administration. The reduction of social inequality is clearly enshrined in the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 . And in its Kasama sa Pamana pre-SONA report, rolled out in different regions in the first half of 2021, the administration applauds its accomplishments in combating hunger and ensuring food accessibility. So, are Filipinos indeed faring better now? Poverty To be sure, poverty incidence in the past two decades has been steadily declining. During the ... » Learn More about [ANALYSIS] Poverty, hunger, and Duterte’s wasted political capital
TOKYO: Siobhan Haughey won Hong Kong's first Olympic swimming medal by taking silver in the women's 200m freestyle on Wednesday (Jul 28), and said she hoped that her achievement in Tokyo would inspire the next generation of Olympians back home. The 23-year-old psychology major, already the first swimmer from Hong Kong to reach an Olympic final, looked set for gold before Australia's Ariarne Titmus chased her down. Haughey's silver medal comes after Hong Kong secured a gold in fencing on Monday. It was Hong Kong's first gold medal in 25 years. “My achievement, coupled with Cheung Ka-long in fencing, can inspire other Hong Kong athletes who are here in Tokyo, and 'add oil' to them," she said after her race, a phrase meaning to keep drawing strength. "Those swimmers back home - continue to train hard and you will be the next." READ: Hong Kong's Cheung claims Olympic gold in men's foil Across the former British colony of Hong Kong, residents cheered and rejoiced ... » Learn More about Swimming: Haughey makes history for Hong Kong with Tokyo Olympics silver medal
MILAN: Romelu Lukaku warned Serie A champions Inter Milan hope to achieve "even more" next term as the Belgium striker returned to pre-season training on Monday (Jul 26). Inter ended their 11-year wait for the Italian title last campaign toppling nine-time reigning champions Juventus, but fell short in the Champions League with a group stage exit in the competition they have won three times but not since 2010. "We hope to do well and achieve even more than last year," Lukaku told Inter TV. Lukaku scored 24 goals in Serie A last campaign, second only to Juve star Cristiano Ronaldo's tally of 29. The 28-year-old has powered Inter's attack since signing from Manchester United for 80 million euros ($94 million) just after Antonio Conte's arrival in 2019, scoring 64 goals for the club in 95 games. Conte has been replaced by former Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi, who coached Lukaku's younger brother Jordan at the capital city club. "We had a good chat on the day that the club ... » Learn More about Football: Lukaku hopes for ‘even more’ with Serie A champions Inter next season
As of this writing, 185,291,530 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed worldwide, with 4,010,834 deaths. When two of those deaths belong to your family, you want to be precise; just as you want to be circumspect about saying anything positive can come from all this pandemic madness. "The Earth is healing," was one of the early ones. "Our grandparents went to war and all we need to do is stay home and watch Netflix," was another. The unavoidable, self-congratulatory proselytizing came out too: "Learn a new skill," "Write that novel," "Develop that side hustle…" otherwise you’d have wasted the opportunity of all this “free” time. And the narcissists, never to be outdone, started counting their "true friends" based on who checked on them, while some folks needed the nudge of a few million deaths to value “family time” and/or “self care” and/or “simple living.” I sound salty and I won’t be the only one. The (mostly) well-meaning comforts turned tone-deaf and hollow quickly, ... » Learn More about [OPINION] Injustice is contagious
LONDON: Seven times Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton made a personal pledge of £20 million (US$28 million) on Tuesday (Jul 27) as he launched a new foundation, Mission 44, supporting under-represented young people in Britain. The money will support organisations and programmes that narrow the gap in employment and education through partnerships, collaborations, grant giving and advocacy, a statement said. The Mercedes driver's brand partners and sponsors will also be contributing. "Mission 44 represents my commitment to create real change within this community," said the Briton, who could celebrate a record-extending 100th career win at this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix. "In my early life, I experienced first-hand how coming from an underrepresented background can affect your future but, luckily for me, I was able to overcome those odds through opportunity and support," sport's only Black driver said. "I want to ensure that other young people from similar backgrounds ... » Learn More about Formula 1: Hamilton pledges £20 million to new Mission 44 foundation
For the fourth time, the proposal to create a department for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) made it to President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address (SONA). Duterte on Monday, July 26, identified the creation of a Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos (DMWOF) a priority bill in his final SONA. He made similar calls during his past SONAs, except in 2017 and 2018. "I also ask Congress to pass a law creating the Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos. Kailangan po ito (this is needed) – because they are suffering, they suffered not only yesterday but they are still suffering now with so many inadequacies, in both our government response, including the monetary assistance – to ensure that there is a department that is solely focused on addressing the needs and taking care of the welfare of our countrymen abroad," Duterte said on Monday. It has been Duterte's plan to create a department focusing on OFWs even before he ... » Learn More about Does the Philippines need an OFW department?
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Singapore was recently put in the international media spotlight, following the social media campaign by Myanmar activists calling for a boycott of Singapore's brands . Myanmar activists call for Singapore to help their cause The city-state is the largest foreign investor in Myanmar -- with as much as 35 per cent of foreign direct investments coming from Singapore. In the aftermath of the Feb. 1 military coup that ousted the democratically-elected civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi, a few Singaporean businessmen have publicly announced their plans to cut their business ties with Myanmar, including Lim Kaling , the co-founder of gaming company Razer, and Sam Ong , the CEO of anti-drone company TRD. And in response to the claim that the Myanmar military has as much as US$5.7 billion (S$7.5 billion) in foreign reserves parked in Singapore's commercial banks, the Monetary Authority ... » Learn More about Commentary: S’pore & other Asean states could pressure Myanmar’s military, but unlikely to do so
TOKYO: Artur Dalaloyan concluded his Olympic run on Wednesday with a sixth-place finish in the men's all-around at the Tokyo Games, but the Russian gymnast's miraculous recovery from a severed Achilles heel was the best result he could have achieved. The 25-year-old had his Achilles surgically repaired in April after tearing it in the run-up to the European championships. He recovered partially and was named to the Russian Olympic team, but it was unclear whether he would be fit to compete on all apparatus. Dalaloyan defied all odds to help the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) to its first gold in 25 years in the team event, earning accolades for excelling despite having recently undergone major surgery. His teammate Nikita Nagornyy, who won bronze in the all-around, hailed Dalaloyan as a hero. "I can't say there was anything heroic about this," Dalaloyan said. "It probably comes from the support from my family, the team, and from my strong motivation and hard work. Everyone ... » Learn More about Gymnastics: ‘Not a hero,’ says Dalaloyan competing after surgery