LABUAN (Bernama): Covid-19 vaccination for school-going children in this duty-free island here is nearing completion, with over 68% having completed the second dose. Labuan Health Department director Dr Ismuni Bohari said the vaccination exercise for students aged 16 and 17 was completed last week, but over 30% of adolescents aged 12 to 15, have yet to complete inoculation. "Parents must ensure that their children complete the vaccination as once the vaccine administering centres (PPV) are closed, the vaccination will have to be done via appointment at government or private clinics,” he said. He said that 86.05% of the total 10,094 students (aged 12-17) have received at least one dose of vaccine, and of the number, 68.25% completed the second dose as of Oct 16. Meanwhile, in an engagement programme organised by the Ministry of Education (MOE) in collaboration with the Information Department and the media fraternity today, pupils aged 12 started to receive the second dose at SK ... » Learn More about Parents, pupils glad vaccination for adolescents almost completed in Labuan
BALING (Bernama): The Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry will study a proposal to increase the floor price of scrap rubber to RM3.50 per kg to increase the income of smallholders in the country, says its minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin. She said the ministry would also discuss the matter with the Malaysian Rubber Board and the Rural Development Ministry. "The Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda) chairman had voiced the proposal to me and we need to sit down and discuss the matter,” she said at a press conference after a dialogue with 150 smallholders here Sunday (Oct 17). On Friday (Oct 15), the media reported that the government had been urged to consider raising the floor price of scrap rubber to RM3.50 per kg beginning January 2022 to help increase the income of rubber tappers to above the poverty level. Risda chairman Datuk Mohd Salim Mohd Sharif was quoted as saying that the present floor price of scrap rubber, which was RM2.50 per kg, ... » Learn More about Ministry to study proposal to increase scrap rubber floor price, says Zuraida
When the pandemic blues crop up, everyone has their own way to deal. In Britain, library visitors and staff of course turned to books for comfort. And certain novels, in particular by George Orwell and Rumaan Alam, were particular go-tos during this challenging period. British association Libraries Connected asked more than 400 librarians and "bookworms" to choose the novel that meant the most to them during the pandemic. Among the top choices are classics of English-language literature such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Thomas Hardy's Tess Of The d'Urbervilles and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord Of The Rings. Others, such as Charlie Mackesy's The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, demonstrate a craving for escapism. All of which was no surprise to Isobel Hunter, chief executive of Libraries Connected. "The power of books to soothe and comfort, to provide respite and ... » Learn More about The most popular book checkouts in British libraries during the pandemic
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Melbourne is set to end its marathon lockdown at midnight on Thursday (Oct. 21) as the Australian city looks on track to reach its 70 per cent vaccination target. According to Reuters , the city's population of 5 million people have seen six lockdowns — totalling 262 days — since March 2020. The nearly nine-month stay-at-home mandate was reported by media as being the "longest in the world". New freedoms Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the easing of the state's Covid-19 measures on Oct. 17, adding that Victoria was projected to pass 90 per cent first dose vaccinations on Monday or Tuesday (Oct. 18 or 19). "[That] is a mighty effort, and something that makes us very, very proud," he was quoted by The Age as saying. The end of the lockdown will come five days earlier than previously planned reported The Guardian . It will see Victorians allowed to leave their homes ... » Learn More about Melbourne ending ‘world’s longest lockdown’ as it hits 70% vaxxed rate
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Leisure travel appears to be making a comeback in Singapore, with Singapore announcing nine new Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTLs) last week. With so much excitement over the new VTLs, there are a corresponding number of questions regarding how VTL travel actually works. From the number of swab tests required, to whether you need to wear a mask when you arrive at your destination, this is the comprehensive guide you need to read before you book your tickets. Where can you go? There are two countries that are currently part of Singapore's VTL scheme. Brunei Germany However, anyone without Bruneian citizenship/permanent resident status is still unable to travel freely to Brunei — the Bruneian government is not allowing foreign visitors until further notice. This means that for now, the only country that allows two-way quarantine-free travel is Germany. From Oct. 19, ... » Learn More about A country-by-country guide to S’pore’s new Vaccinated Travel Lanes
Call it the perils of the patriarchal system but dads never really had the chance to be close to their children in many societies. Between being the breadwinners of the family and fulfilling all responsibilities, they had little opportunity to actually bond with their kids. Thankfully, these archaic traditions are being done away with over the past couple of generations. Fathers have finally become more involved with parenting, even as they continue to shoulder all the other responsibilities. This is great because dads can have a completely different style of parenting than mums and that just brings new perspective, joy and fun to the child's life. It can be both good and bad but the important thing to remember is that every dad loves their child no matter what. And every dad has a different approach to parenting, and well, being a dad. There are different types of fathers you'll meet in different households. From the authoritative patriarch to the cool daddy, we are sure ... » Learn More about There are 7 different types of dads: Which one are you?
Fulya Ozerkan and Ahmad Parhizi (Agence France-Presse) Istanbul, Turkey/ Tehran, Iran ● Sun, February 23, 2020 2020-02-23 23:11 601 7f440ff09e92db75a02bbad206620ed3 2 World #Iran,#earthquake,death-toll,injury,Turkey Free A magnitude 5.7 earthquake in northwestern Iran on Sunday killed at least nine people in neighbouring Turkey and injured dozens more on both sides of the border, authorities said. The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 9:23 am (0553 GMT), was near the Iranian village of Habash-e Olya, less than 10 kilometres (six miles) from the border, according to the US Geological Survey. The earthquake had a depth of six kilometres, said Tehran University's Seismological Centre. In Turkey, it was felt mostly in the eastern district of Baskale in Van province on the Iran border. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said nine people were killed, speaking to reporters from the quake scene in Van. Four of the dead were children. "We have right ... » Learn More about Quake in Iran kills nine in neighbouring Turkey