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?
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MANILA, Philippines – The novel coronavirus has caused most stock markets in Asia, including the Philippines’ local bourse, to bleed. Year-to-date, the bellwether Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) has dropped to a 52-week low of 7,129, well within bear territory and far from optimistic forecasts. This means that if you bought stocks at the start of 2020, priced at almost 7,800 each, you have lost over 8% of your investments. While the stock market is not totally indicative of the economy’s health, it does tell quite a lot about business sentiment. So far, it seems that sentiment does not go with some of the numbers. Analysts and even the government’s economic team have all been somewhat unanimous in saying that while the impact of the novel coronavirus is hard to price in, the economy, so far, can take the hit. The Philippines is also a domestic consumption-driven economy, which means that the economy is not very reliant on trade to grow. ... » Learn More about Businesses worry more about Duterte gov’t than novel coronavirus
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
The pandemic has drawn families, including pets, closer together. Being stuck inside a bedroom-turned-classroom has turned our pets into classmates as well. I live with my four dogs, Obi (a German Shepherd), Snow (a Labrador), Chewy (their son – what we call a “Huskador” or “Labsky”), and Solo (a Beagle). A year and a half into this pandemic, and being at home has given me an opportunity to rekindle my fondness for dogs. There’s science behind the effect of dogs on mental health. Most of these studies were conducted on patients undergoing in-house long-term care. Given the current circumstances, our being on lockdown for the duration of the pandemic provides evidence enough of the help our dogs can offer us. Owning a pet is a give-and-take relationship. Throughout the time I've continued to spend with my dogs, I’ve paid more attention to their needs, and they, in turn, have helped me to reflect on the way I take care of myself. It takes a lot of steps to take ... » Learn More about [OPINION] Self-care, as told by dogs
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg The decision to tighten Covid-19 measures amid the surge in cases in the Jurong Fishery Port was "the right judgement call", according to Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong, speaking in Parliament on Tuesday (July 27). Wong, who is also the co-chair of the Multi-Ministry Taskforce, said that the situation in Singapore would have been "far worse" if the taskforce did not swiftly move to implement heightened measures. KTV cluster struck with no warning Wong was responding to a number of questions from various Members of Parliament (MPs), who were questioning the decision to move back to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) measures last week. He said that situation is currently highly fluid and very uncertain, citing how Covid-19 case numbers were in the single digits in early July, and that it was consistently falling. "July 11, zero cases for the first time in quite a long while. Any risk dashboard ... » Learn More about 200,000 seniors remain unvaccinated, at risk without heightened alert: Lawrence Wong
The following is our exclusive weekly feature in which we ask our readers a news topical question and then give you a week to answer it on our various channels, compiling a diverse range of answers and opinions to present to you, our valued readers. Last week, we asked you the following: Reader Talkback: What do you think about Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone and getting tougher restrictions? Some context around the question: This week, we are going to choose the biggest topic on most people’s minds, Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone, or dark red, effective tomorrow, July 20th, 2021 until further notice. This announcement brings a number of tough new restrictions, measures, closures, and other rules. Officials claim the move will help prevent Covid-19 in the province as cases have steadily been rising for the most part regionally. The decision was, it is to be noted, made by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, with the central ... » Learn More about Reader Talkback Results: What do you think about Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone and getting tougher restrictions?
Alternative nicotine delivery systems (ANDS), such as vapes and heated tobacco products (HTPs) are now steadily gaining recognition in the Philippines. MANILA, Philippines — Current strategies to get smokers to drop their habit — including going cold turkey, counseling, and nicotine replacement therapy — have not been very effective, according to Peter Paul Dator, president of The Vapers PH, as quoted in a joint statement issued on Tuesday by various groups advocating safer alternatives to cigarettes. About 15.9 million Filipino adults smoke, with a quit rate of only 4 percent, the statement said, citing the results of the Global Tobacco Survey of 2015, which was conducted by the Department of Health and the Philippine Statistics Authority. The low quit rate is the reason that various groups have continued to promote Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR), a strategy that encourages smokers who are unable or unwilling to quit to switch to smoke-free alternatives — also known as ... » Learn More about Filipinos warming up to better alternatives to cigarettes
SINGAPORE - Mr RK Suriya Varshan discovered his interest in engineering at the age of 15 after countless hours spent watching videos of air crash investigations that unravelled the reasons behind such incidents. Now the former Temasek Polytechnic student, who enjoys tinkering with housing appliances and fixing them, has been awarded the Public Service Commission (PSC) Scholarship to pursue an engineering degree at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Mr Suriya, 23, said he was excited to embark on this next phase. "I would look into adopting newer technology to help others and to make sure that no one is left behind," he told The Straits Times. He is one of 59 PSC scholarship recipients from last year and 2021 who started or will start their studies this year. On Wednesday (July 28), Education Minister Chan Chun Sing presented the awards to recipients at a virtual closed-door ceremony. In his speech, Mr Chan announced a new mid-career leaders track bringing in ... » Learn More about 59 receive PSC scholarships; new PSC track for mid-career applicants
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
ON July 26 every year, the world celebrates the International Day for the Conservation of Mangrove Ecosystems. This celebration was declared by Unesco (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) to raise awareness about the importance of mangrove ecosystems to ensure the continuity of its role for global well-being. Coastal mangrove forests refer to an area of forest in the coastal intertidal zone. The main species here comprise mangrove tree species that serve as defensive stands – or coastal fortification against erosion and natural disasters – and protection of fishery resources. A mangrove forest is an area with high biodiversity with various species, such as bruguiera, rhizophora, avicennia, sonneratia, etc. The mangrove forest is also a habitat for various species of fauna such as monkeys, snakes, otters and birds as well as for various types of shellfish, crustaceans and fish. This ecosystem is also able to reduce vulnerability to natural ... » Learn More about Malaysia needs to urgently commit to protecting and conserving mangrove forests