SINGAPORE: She was threatened at knifepoint in her own flat by her husband, after a quarrel that escalated. Even police intervention could not guarantee her safety if she remained.Madam Tamilvaannii already had obtained a Personal Protection Order against her abusive husband – it allowed the couple to live in the same home but separate rooms. Still, officers responding to her call advised her to leave for her own good.“What if he stabs me to death after the police leave?” she thought to herself.So in the middle of the night, she and her 18-year-old daughter Vinothinnii found themselves on the streets.That was when Mdm Vaannii saw the true value of being a homeowner in a new light: It wasn’t just a roof over her head, or a place to decorate as she liked.It was about having a haven where nobody could turf her or her children out. Said the 46-year-old: I felt the pain of (having to leave). I saw that I must have my own home.But it was to take eight years of … [Read more...] about Home, truly after 8 years: A divorced mother’s quest for security
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By Robert Benzie Queen's Park Bureau Chief Rob Ferguson Queen's Park Bureau Thu., July 12, 2018 Warning “change will not be easy,” Premier Doug Ford’s new Progressive Conservative government is signalling it will move quickly with dramatic reforms. In Thursday’s speech from the throne — read in the legislature on by Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell and titled “A Government for the People” — the new administration will convene a commission of inquiry into the previous Liberal government’s spending practices. The Tories will also free police from “onerous restrictions that treat those in uniform as subjects of suspicion and scorn,” end “unaffordable green energy contracts,” and expand beer and wines sales to convenience and big-box stores. While the speech did not specifically mention the $6 billion in spending cuts that Ford promised during the spring election … [Read more...] about Ford uses throne speech to signal dramatic changes that loom for Ontario
SINGAPORE: The public can look forward to getting more guidance when trying to make informed and appropriate medical decisions.The Agency for Care Effectiveness (ACE) will expand its range of education, advisory products, and programmes beyond Drug Guidances and Appropriate Care Guides, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said in his ministry’s Addendum to the President’s Address on Friday (May 11).The ACE, established in 2015, gives healthcare guidance to improve patient outcomes and healthcare value.The expansion serves to support healthcare professionals, patients and the public in “making more informed and appropriate decisions”, Mr Gan said. “Beyond ensuring good quality care, we will strive towards helping Singaporeans make better choices.”This comes as President Halimah Yacob, in her Parliament address on Monday, said the Government will prioritise the forging of a cohesive, caring and inclusive society for the remainder of its term.To that end, Mr … [Read more...] about Addenda to President’s Address: More help for patients, health professionals to make better medical decisions
Last week we introduced mindfulness and the benefits of mindfulness training programs that have been offered to employees in corporations in the West. A mindfulness intervention called Meditation Awareness Training (MAT), introduced by Dr. William Van Gordon of the University of Derby (UK) is an example of research-based programs with great impacts on employee performance, productivity, engagement and leadership skills. This week we are providing more research findings of the program, and another example of mindfulness intervention program initiated by Google. Another study using MAT, published in 2017, involved 73 employees from a range of employment backgrounds, including office-workers, customer-facing hospitality workers, factory managers, and senior managers. In addition to improved levels of psychological wellbeing and job satisfaction, the study showed that MAT led to an improvement in work productivity, as demonstrated by an average reduction in working time of four hours per … [Read more...] about Can mindfulness help companies thrive in times of turmoil?
Pakistan has now joined the ranks of countries hit by one of US President Donald Trump's characteristic tweet storms. In his first tweet of 2018, Mr Trump declared that the United States has "foolishly" given Pakistan more than US$33 billion in aid over the last 15 years, while Pakistan had returned only "lies and deceit" and given safe haven to the terrorists America hunts in Afghanistan. "No more!" Mr Trump concluded. And now the US is freezing its aid to the country. Like his sabre-rattling toward North Korea or his unilateral decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Mr Trump's attacks on Pakistan may play well with his base. But it will also have serious repercussions for Pakistan, where a number of shocks in the second half of 2017 have destabilised the country politically. And if Pakistan stumbles, the consequences will be felt across South Asia and in other parts of the Muslim world, where a functioning political system in Pakistan could serve as a valuable … [Read more...] about Trump’s tweets no help to Pakistan