caption A girl stands at a barbed wire fence as she waits to try to cross into Colombia from Urena, Venezuela, December 18, 2016. source Thomson Reuters Protracted political, economic, and humanitarian crises in Venezuela have spurred mass migration, with Venezuelans from across the social spectrum fleeing for neighboring Brazil and Colombia, to other countries in the region like Chile or Peru, and as far away as the US and Spain. To escape what they face at home, many Venezuelans endure more hardship abroad, sacrificing their meager savings for transportation to places where, in part because a lack of documentation, they struggle to find work, lodging, and legal status – challenges exacerbated by discrimination and xenophobia. Geoff Ramsey, the associate for Venezuela at Washington, DC-based research and advocacy group the Washington Office on Latin America, spent April inside Venezuela and on the country’s borders with Brazil and Colombia, meeting with … [Read more...] about ‘Different shades of utter resignation’: Venezuelans fleeing hardship at home are finding more struggles abroad
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Follow our new CNA LIFESTYLE page on Facebook for more trending stories and videosSINGAPORE: Hands up, if you have fantasised about working from the couch at home or breaking free from the stifling nine-to-five routine. No more waking up at an insanely early hour. No mad rush for the bathroom. And certainly no need to brave the crushing crowd at peak hours on the MRT or bus. Working from home and other formal flexible work arrangements (FWAs) – such as part-time and flexi-time work, staggered hours, job sharing and compressed work weeks – certainly look rosy to employees. And healthier, too. Peak-hour commuting, one of the biggest bugbears for office workers, has been found to increase levels in blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol as well as heightened anxiety and depression risks. Not a good way to start your day.In fact, commuting is such a disliked activity that a 20-minute increase in travelling time is perceived to be as bad for job … [Read more...] about Working from home sounds like a dream come true – but is it really for you?
SINGAPORE: Even in preschool, Jodee Kua was picked on “quite a bit” by her classmates. And it did not take much, like stealing her seat or making fun of her, to make her burst into tears.“It was easy to just push that button,” said Ms Kua, now 21. “Once, I had some chee cheong fun sauce on my face, and it became a joke to the whole class. So I cried.”In primary school, she had self-esteem issues. To cope, she started to cut herself, at the age of 11.“I didn’t know there was such a thing as depression. I didn’t know self-harm was a thing … that it was in a way a problem, and shouldn’t be done,” she recounted. “To me, it was just cutting.”Studies suggest that depression – the most common mental illness in Singapore – may affect up to 18 per cent of youths here. And if not treated adequately, it has a propensity to persist into adulthood.In the documentary Facing Depression, three young … [Read more...] about Under pressure at home and in school, youths battle depression
caption People are re-creating their favorite McDonald’s dishes at home. source Hollis Johnson/Business Insider A Facebook group dedicated to re-creating McDonald’s menu items at home is going viral. Home cooks have made their own versions of dishes like the Big Mac, McRib, and McNuggets. People around the world are sharing recipes and photos of their attempts at making some of McDonald’s most iconic items in their own kitchens. People around the world are challenging themselves to re-create homemade versions of some of McDonald’s most iconic menu items. The Facebook group Homemade McDonald’s has exploded in recent months. In the group, which has more than 7,000 members, home cooks share their attempts at making McDonald’s menu items in their own kitchens. “I used to make ‘McDonald’s’ food for friends at barbecues,” Joel Cornell, who started … [Read more...] about People are going viral by making McDonald’s menu items like the Big Mac, McRib, and McNuggets at home — and the dishes look even better than the originals
A former female employee of high-flying startup Ripcord said she was fired after reporting harassment and a toxic environment at the company. The former employee charged that Ripcord CEO discussed pornography in front of her and made a lewd comment about her. Ripcord said it is investigating the allegations. Last August, 19-year-old Perry Coneybeer faced a tough choice – go back to Northeastern University for her sophomore year or accept a full-time job with Ripcord, the San Francisco Bay Area startup where she had just completed a summer internship. Though concerned about leaving school, she decided to take the job, thrilled about the opportunity to work with a high-flying robotics company and earn some cash for college to boot. But her excitement soon turned to disillusionment, because instead of being a great place to work, she felt subjected to a hostile workplace culture that she said embraced lewd behavior, … [Read more...] about A 19-year-old who quit school to work at a $250 million startup says she was fired after complaining about ‘objectification, marginalization, and harassment’