Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg COMMENTARY: "You start to realise that very often, people want you to talk about it. They just don't know how to broach it. " Banyan Tree Holdings co-founder and executive chairman Ho Kwon Ping shares his insights on the art of conversation, especially when it involves difficult and taboo topics like death and suffering. As part of Lessons on Leadership, a series hoping to inspire the next generation of Singaporeans through the stories of Singapore’s many successful business leaders and entrepreneurs, Ho relates his personal life experiences — such as the death of his loved ones — to how it has helped him become a more empathetic leader who is able to connect with others. By Ho Kwon Ping, as told to Jane Zhang I learned about death with my own mother. I saw her every week — the children, my wife, and I saw her once week, and then I saw her alone once a week, just ... » Learn More about S’pore CEO: I learnt about having open & honest conversations from talking to dying loved ones
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Chief Justice Roberts, Vice-President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice-President Pence. My distinguished guests, my fellow Americans. This is America's day. This is democracy's day. A day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages, America has been tested a new and America has risen to the challenge. Today we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate but of a cause, a cause of democracy. The people – the will of the people – has been heard, and the will of the people has been heeded. We've learned again that democracy is precious, democracy is fragile and, at this hour my friends, democracy has prevailed. So now on this hallowed ground where just a few days ago violence sought to shake the Capitol's very foundations, we come together as one nation under God - indivisible - to carry out the peaceful transfer of power as we have for more than two centuries. As we look ahead in our uniquely ... » Learn More about FULL TEXT AND VIDEO: Inaugural speech of US President Joe Biden
MANILA (Reuters) - Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, a day after making history as the Philippines' first ever Olympic gold medallist, took top billing in an ecstatic nation's newspapers on Tuesday above reports on a major speech by her president. But for the 30-year-old being showered with accolades, the story was very different in 2019, when her name was included on a dozens-long list of people accused of plotting against the same man. Inclusion on the list along with journalists and opposition lawmakers by Salvador Panelo, then spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte, made Diaz fear for her life, she was quoted by domestic media as saying at the time. But that did not deter her from her Olympic ambitions. "Don't link the name of a person who is busy making sacrifices for the Philippines and who is doing everything to represent the Philippines in weightlifting," she said in a May 2019 Facebook post that dismissed Panelo's claims. "I am focused at my Tokyo 2020 goal." Fast ... » Learn More about Olympics-weighlifting-From “plot” to pride for Philippines’ first Olympic champion
PERSPECTIVE: “When you're at the Istana, diplomacy becomes real to you. You see physical evidence of it in front of you.” Major Muhammad Izzuddin Bin Amirruddin has been with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) for 15 years. Currently a student with the Goh Keng Swee’s Command and Staff College to prepare for senior leadership positions in the SAF, Izzuddin was previously the Operations and Training Officer at the 9th Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment. In May 2019, he volunteered to be an Honorary Aide-de-Camp (HADC) to serve in the President’s Office. HADCs come from a variety of backgrounds within the SAF and Home Team, and work closely with the President on events that she holds. Speaking to Mothership , Izzuddin shares why he took on the role as a HADC, his favourite parts of the work, and how it connects with his full-time role in the Army. As told to Jane Zhang To start off, what exactly does a HADC do? You can think of us as ... » Learn More about I work closely with President Halimah Yacob at official functions at the Istana. Here’s what it’s like.
Hong Kong-born Gillian Bertram was living the glamorous life that she had always dreamed of. Aged 31 and a director with a top model management agency in Paris, she would fly around the world and rub shoulders with major celebrities. It was 2015, and she had it all – or so it seemed. The stress from her job, however, was rising, and taking a toll on her physically and mentally. “There was tremendous pressure to look like the models I was managing, and I tried one fad diet after another in my quest to look skinny,” says Bertram, who was also binge drinking and smoking heavily at the time. She was still coming to terms with the loss of her father five months earlier when she suffered a seizure. Doctors put it down to bereavement – but, when a second seizure followed six weeks later, a CT (computerised tomography) scan revealed that there was a large mass in her brain. Bertram had surgery to remove the tumour, but the subsequent diagnosis was grim: she had malignant grade three ... » Learn More about Low-carb diet, meditation, affirmations every day helped brain cancer survivor beat illness after a ‘decade of debauchery’