As Singaporean para athlete Yip Pin Xiu braced herself for the 50-metre S2 backstroke event at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on September 2, 2021, she was a bundle of nerves. Despite having swept the gold medal in the 100-metre S2 backstroke event just a week prior, the swimmer was beset by a case of the jitters. "My pet event is [the 100-metre backstroke]. So for [the 50-metre backstroke] I am not as confident in it. And also, during the 100-metre, I saw how fast my competitors could be," Yip says to Mothership. In particular, Yip had her sights on Japanese swimmer Miyuki Yamada. Yamada, you see, is only 14 but during her Paralympic Games debut in the 100-metre S2 backstroke event, she cut through the water like a torpedo, trailing behind 29-year-old Yip by less than 10 seconds. And the thought of facing Yamada again in the 50-metre S2 backstroke event kept her on edge. By then, Yip's phone was also buzzing with a week's worth of congratulatory messages for ... » Learn More about Yip Pin Xiu has 5 Paralympic gold medals, but her total award is equivalent to 1 Olympic medal. Why?
FILE PHOTO: Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe, WHO representative to the Philippines. INQUIRER/Cathrine Gonzales MANILA, Philippines — For now, the World Health Organization (WHO) is “not seeing a need for population-level booster dosing” against COVID-19 except for immunocompromised individuals, its representative to the Philippines said Tuesday. Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe reiterated that all COVID-19 vaccines in the WHO’s emergency use listing (EUL) are still effective in preventing severe disease and death. “The evidence we have, looking very closely, is that all WHO EUL-listed vaccines still are effective in preventing severe disease and death. And the only exception to this is when those two doses have not been able to generate the required immunity because certain people have immunocompromised situations in their bodies and those people may require a third dose,” he said at the Laging Handa public briefing. “When we talk about immunocompromised people, it may be the elderly, it may ... » Learn More about WHO: No need for booster shots yet except for immunocompromised
GENEVA (AFP) - Africa wants to buy Covid-19 vaccines, rather than keep waiting for donor-funded doses to arrive, the African Union (AU) said on Tuesday (Sept 14), imploring producers to give the continent a fair shot at market access. The AU also urged manufacturing nations to lift export bans so the continent can begin to address for itself the glaring inequity in access to coronavirus jabs, as wealthy nations hog available doses. "Vaccine sharing is good. But we shouldn't have to be relying on vaccine sharing," Strive Masiyiwa, the AU's Covid-19 special envoy, told a press conference at the World Health Organisation in Geneva. "We want to buy from those same manufacturers." The major Covid-19 vaccine producers have a moral responsibility to ensure equitable access to end the pandemic, he said, but "those manufacturers know very well that they never gave us proper access". Just nine vaccine doses have been administered per 100 people in Africa, according to an AFP ... » Learn More about Let us buy Covid-19 vaccines, pleads Africa
Sreelatha, 32, works as a part-time cook in Anna Nagar, a neighbourhood in northwestern Chennai, the capital city of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. She cooks for four families from 7am to 12pm every day and earns 10,000 rupees (S$182) a month. “It’s tough juggling my work with my two school kids’ schedule and managing home chores as well but I’ve no choice,” she said. Last year Sreelatha quit her job as a saleswoman at a local sari shop where she had to stand continuously for 12 hours a day with no chair or stool to sit on even during breaks. “Our lunch and toilet breaks were also strictly monitored and deductions were made to our salary if we as much as reclined against a wall,” she said. So stressful were the working conditions that Sreelatha’s third pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. Thousands of workers like Sreelatha in Tamil Nadu’s retail sector toil in similarly miserable conditions across the hundreds of sari, jewellery and textile shops that pepper the ... » Learn More about Indian women in Tamil Nadu just won the right to sit at work
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon. INQUIRER.net file photo / CATHY MIRANDA MANILA, Philippines — Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Tuesday rejected the suggestion to restore the law criminalizing subversion. Drilon said that the anti-subversion law, which he described as “a tool to harass,” is “prone to abuse” and “undermined” some basic constitutional rights, such as the right to freedom of assembly and association. “The anti-subversion law was ‘buried’ a long time ago for it was proven that such a policy, aside from being prone to abuse and a tool to harass, undermined some of our basic constitutional rights,” Drilon said in a statement. Drilon’s statement is in response to Interior Secretary Eduardo Año’s suggestion to restore the anti-subversion law, noting that 500 to 1,000 youths allegedly being “indoctrinated” by communist rebels every year. Año said in an earlier statement that it is unfortunate that the anti-subversion law was repealed, noting that ... » Learn More about Drilon rejects ‘resurrection’ of anti-subversion law
(Reuters) -Players from all 20 Premier League clubs will continue to take the knee ahead of games this season to highlight their opposition to racism, the league said on Tuesday. The Premier League said it "wholeheartedly supported" the decision, adding that players and match officials will continue to wear a No Room For Racism badge on their shirts. Players and staff have been taking a knee prior to kickoff since the league returned to action in June last year to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. "We feel now, more than ever, it is important for us to continue to take the knee as a symbol of our unity against all forms of racism," the players said in a statement. "We remain resolutely committed to our singular objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists, to bring about a global society of inclusion, respect, and equal opportunities for all." Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said they would continue to work with players, ... » Learn More about Soccer-Premier League players to continue taking the knee next season
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg In the closing session of the Conversations on Singapore Women’s Development on Sep. 18, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong highlighted three key issues the government will address to give more opportunities to women. White Paper early next year The Conversations on Singapore Women’s Development is an engagement series launched on Sep. 20, 2020 to review issues affecting gender inequality in Singapore. The series was organised with various community partners, including the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO), NTUC Women and Family Unit and People’s Association Women Integration Network Council. Wrapping up a year later, the dialogue series has engaged a total of 5,700 participants and held 160 conversations. The feedback garnered over the past year will culminate in a white paper that will be presented early next year, which will lay out a women development roadmap for ... » Learn More about ‘My mother felt strongly about the unequal treatment of women’: PM Lee on more opportunities for women
MALAYSIA has one of the fastest urbanisation rates in South-East Asia, and has become one of the most urbanised countries in the region. In 2020, 77.16% of the country’s population already lived in urban areas and cities, a rapid increase from a mere 34.2% in 1980. To illustrate this rapid urbanisation, let’s look at other countries. For example, in Britain, it took 79 years to increase its urban population from 10% to 30% out of its total population. Elsewhere, in Japan it took 66 years, in the United States it took 36 years, while Australia took 26 years. However, in Malaysia, the same change only took 20 years to happen. This figure is expected to grow as migration from rural to urban centres continues due to economic and employment opportunities available in cities, as well as the continued migration of people from other countries – people looking for better economic opportunities or running away from conflicts or persecutions. In a report by the World Economic Forum on ... » Learn More about Malaysian future is urban