INQUIRER.net STOCK IMAGE LONDON — Eligibility rules were relaxed across Britain on Monday to allow more gay and bisexual men to donate life-saving blood, platelets, and plasma. Under the changes, introduced on World Blood Donor Day, individuals will no longer be prevented from donating if they are a man who has sex with other men. Instead, they will now be asked more tailored questions about their recent sexual behavior, health, and travel, before an individual infection risk assessment is made. Those who have had the same sexual partner for the last three months will now be eligible to donate, NHS Blood and Transplant said. NHSBT chief nurse Ella Poppitt said all donations are screened for evidence of significant infections, to ensure safety. “All donors will now be asked about sexual behaviors which might have increased their risk of infection, particularly recently acquired infections,” she said. “This means some donors might not be eligible on the day but may ... » Learn More about UK eases curbs on blood donations for gay and bisexual men
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FILE PHOTO: Vials labeled “COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine” are placed on dry ice in this illustration taken, December 5, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration LONDON — Scammers have been defrauding people by falsely offering them COVID vaccines in return for payment, with some victims receiving unidentified jabs, the Welsh health minister said on Monday, echoing warnings from police in other parts of Britain. A mass vaccination program is being run across the United Kingdom by the state-owned National Health Service (NHS), which provides all care including vaccines free of charge. “There are a number of scams involving COVID, including a particularly nasty one in which people have been tricked into paying for a COVID vaccine and then jabbed in the arm,” said Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health in Wales, at a briefing. “I want to be clear, our NHS will never ask anyone to pay for a COVID vaccine. These are free. The NHS will never ask for your bank details and vaccines are not ... » Learn More about UK scammers tricking victims into paying for fake COVID vaccines
SINGAPORE: It had been a tough year for Singapore. Then, as 2020 came to its close, it looked like the country could see a flicker of light at the end of the long COVID-19 tunnel with its transition on Dec 28 to Phase 3 of its reopening. And in the months that followed, the path to a post-pandemic normality looked to be fairly smooth, with community cases generally running to no more than a few a day. Plans for events which hadn't been possible for months started to gather pace. This was in spite of the pandemic continuing to rage worldwide, with a number of countries forced to introduce and then reintroduce measures to curb the spread of the raging virus. Singapore hadn't needed to. Then, very quickly, things changed. Clusters began to spring up, with one emerging at Tan Tock Seng Hospital - the first in a local hospital since the pandemic began. Community cases began to steadily increase. To tackle the spike, Singapore announced some tighter, targeted measures on May ... » Learn More about IN FOCUS: Tackling COVID-19 with targeted measures – the new normal for Singapore?
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) -A famous Finland victory in their first game at the finals of a major tournament was eclipsed by near-tragedy when Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed during their Euro 2020 match and required emergency medical treatment on the pitch. The Finns went on to win their Group B opener 1-0 thanks to a Joel Pohjanpalo goal, but the game will go down in history as the night the collpase of one of Denmark's greatest playmakers threw the footballing world into shock for over an hour. Having dominated the game for the opening 42 minutes, the 29-year-old collapsed as Denmark took an innocuous throw-in, sinking to the ground with his eyes open. His team mates Joakim Maehle, Thomas Delaney and Martin Braithwaite beckoned for assistance and Eriksen was given CPR by a medical team as the Danes formed a ring around him before he was carried off on a stretcher and both teams left the pitch. The game was stopped for a prolonged period, the crowd's stunned silence ... » Learn More about Soccer-Denmark game overshadowed by Eriksen collapse as Finns win 1-0
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg PERSPECTIVE: In Singapore, Muslim women who work as nurses are not allowed to wear the tudung/hijab as part of their work uniform. This issue has been highly debated for years , and recently resurfaced in this year's Committee of Supply (COS) debates . Mothership speaks with five nurses/nursing students who wear the tudung to hear their views on this issue. Their names have been changed to protect their identities. Farah, 25, was a student when she first discovered that she wouldn't be able to wear the tudung as a nurse. Can't wear tudung due to infection control purposes She was told by her lecturers that nurses couldn't wear the tudung due to infection control purposes, and said she was convinced by the reason. Sarah, a 21-year-old nursing student who has had several attachments to various hospitals, was told the same thing: "Before I even joined ... » Learn More about Hijabi nurses in S’pore who still choose healthcare profession share their views on tudung policy
Chances are, you already know quite a bit about the cherry blossom flower, or sakura. The delicate and ephemeral flower not only represents the arrival of spring, but also the circle of life. This change in scenery also reminds the industrious Japanese to take a break from work, open picnic mats in nearby parks and just relax. A brief history of Hanami The act of gathering under sakura trees to eat, drink and socialise is called hanami , which translates to “flower viewing”. Marking the beginning of the rice planting season, hanami was initially only enjoyed by Japanese nobility . Dating back to the Nara period (710–794AD), it was ume (plum) blossoms or momo (peach) that people admired at that time. Eventually, sakura, being similar in appearance to ume blossoms, gained popularity and became synonymous with hanami . Rulers of the archipelago would eventually plant cherry blossom trees across Japan, so that sakura and hanami can be enjoyed by people of ... » Learn More about People around the world have been admiring sakura blossoms for more than 100 years. Here’s why.
With the onset of #MeToo movement, workplace harassment has become the centre of most online discussions on women’s rights and gender issues globally. However, there are other issues that concern young Singaporeans in relation to improving gender equality in our society. This is what I realised after spending my Saturday afternoon (Feb. 6) with over 70 young Singaporeans in a Zoom discussion called “Conversations on Singapore Women’s Development”. What concerned these participants the most can be classified into three categories broadly: 1) work-life harmony, 2) workplace harassment and 3) the lack of female representatives in the leadership or senior management positions. Working mothers have “two shifts” to juggle Maintaining work-life harmony is already not an easy feat for an unmarried person like me. Those with kids definitely have it even harder. I have witnessed how my colleague, who recently returned from maternity leave, has to juggle both work and caring for ... » Learn More about There’s still no gender equality at many S’pore workplaces: What I learnt from an online dialogue with over 70 young S’poreans
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed 15 new cases of Covid-19 infection in Singapore, as of 12pm on Friday (Mar. 19). This brings the total number of cases in Singapore to 60,167. All new cases are imported There are no cases of locally-transmitted Covid-19 infection. Amongst the 15 imported cases, One (Case 61012) is a Singapore Permanent Resident who returned from India. Two (Cases 61013 and 61016) are Dependant’s Pass holders who arrived from Nepal and Switzerland. One (Case 61023) is a Work Pass holder who arrived from the UK. Eight are Work Permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, of whom six (Cases 61019, 61020, 61021, 61022, 61024 and 61025) are foreign domestic workers. One (Case 61014) is a Special Pass holder who is a sea crew. He arrived from Indonesia on a vessel, and was tested onboard without disembarking. Two (Cases 61017 and 61018) are Short-Term Visit Pass holders ... » Learn More about No new locations visited by confirmed Covid-19 cases reported on Mar. 19
After being a stay-at-home mother for 10 years, Josephine Ho decided to start her own cheongsam label at the age of 45. Ho was one of the designers who took part in a fashion showcase at Punggol that featured “reimagined” women’s workwear for various occupations, organised by NTUC Women and Family Unit (WAF) and the Women's Wing of the People's Action Party, in partnership with the Textile and Fashion Industry Training Centre (TaF.tc). The fashion showcase on Mar. 6 also kickstarts NTUC WAF’s month-long series of programmes that celebrates the aspirations of women. Speaking to Mothership , she shared with us her entrepreneurial journey and why it's never too late for mothers to carve out a career. Took a career break to focus on family Previously an art director at an advertising firm, Ho later started a maternity wear business. However, she decided to take a hiatus to focus on her family as it was "quite draining" to juggle work and family. Ho shared that her ... » Learn More about S’porean mother of 3 starts cheongsam label at 45
There are many names for what Singapore is going through at the moment. Circuit Breaker in all but name. Phase 2: The Empire Strikes Back. Déjà vu. A lockdown with Singaporean characteristics. Take your pick, but officially, it's known as Phase 2: Heightened Alert (P2HA), which resulted in at least one glorious meme, for those of us who spent endless hours playing "Command & Conquer: Red Alert" back in the day. Here's a handy comparison chart for what you can and cannot do during P2HA: Notice something? PH2A is much more "easy-going" as compared to the Circuit Breaker. Retail shops are open, you can buy 4D and Toto, and perhaps most important of all, bubble tea shops are open for takeaway orders (although some have closed ). Back on May 4, when now-Finance Minister and Covid-19 multi-ministry task force co-chair Lawrence Wong announced the latest measures, he said that the government is not ruling out the possibility of another Circuit Breaker. More ... » Learn More about Comment: Should S’pore do another Circuit Breaker? Maybe not.