On a Sunday morning, former NTV7 and 8TV editor-in-chief Mohsin Abdullah suddenly sent me the video of the song " We're getting old, brothers " sung by Chinese singer Chen Min. I clicked and listened. Other than the singer's clean and almost ethereal voice, what stirred my emotions was the lyric that smoothly flowed into my ears. Time passes by quietly, Only the memories remain, Looking back, my brothers, It's already half a century! Our youth is slowly fading away, All that's left is remembrance, Thinking of my brothers in my dream, Life has not been easy. We're getting old, brothers, Take good care of your health in the remaining years, Let go of all the unhappiness, Don't keep it inside you, Brotherhood lasts the whole life, And we may not see one another again the next life, Let's find time to meet regularly, Have some wine and pour out our feelings, Understand more and show less temper. Time passes by quietly, Only the memories remain, ... » Learn More about Enough is enough!
Armed with placards saying "National Academic Break Now!" while wearing face masks and face shields and practicing physical distancing, Filipino students demanded accountability from the government for its "criminal negligence" during recent typhoons and the coronavirus pandemic. Fed up with the government's inefficiency, there's no stopping youth activists Bern de Belen and Elise Ofilada, both from One Big Strike – a student-led movement formed at the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) – from holding government accountable. Together with at least 20 more Ateneans, they wrote a manifesto calling for a nationwide academic strike beginning Wednesday, November 25. (READ: Ateneo students call for nationwide academic strike vs Duterte gov't ) "Our education is at stake here. We believe in the bigger cause that we're fighting for. We believe that no student should be left behind in this situation," De Belen said in a Rappler Talk interview on Tuesday, November 24. ... » Learn More about School time out during a pandemic? Pros and cons of an academic break
(Reuters) - Canada may be sending one of their biggest Olympics teams to the Tokyo Games but only a small fraction will attend the opening ceremony, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) said on Thursday. Around 30-40 athletes from the 370-strong team will be at Friday's event in a largely empty Tokyo Olympic stadium, bar a few hundred officials. "Athletes are only arriving in the village five days before they compete," the COC said in a news release. "This means that there are less athletes in the village and that most of them are on the verge of competing. "The focus of Team Canada remains on safety, performance, and adhering to the letter and spirit of the Tokyo 2020 playbooks." Basketball player Miranda Ayim and rugby sevens co-captain Nathan Hirayama will be the flag bearers for Canada's biggest Olympic team since the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games. (Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; editing by Jane Wardell) ... » Learn More about Olympics-Canada to have 30-40 athletes at Friday’s opening ceremony
SINGAPORE: On Wednesday (Dec 2), Tampines Rovers secured qualification for the group stage of the 2021 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League - the first team from Singapore to do so since 2010. Much has changed in Asia’s premier club competition since the Singapore Armed Forces Football Club (SAFFC), now known as Warriors Football Club, was knocked out after finishing third in its group. The tournament has grown in a number of ways. It will feature 40 teams next year, an increase of eight from 2020. Standards have also risen since 2010. Chinese clubs have invested considerable amounts in world famous players and coaches with the likes of Shanghai SIPG lining up former Brazilian internationals Hulk and Oscar, whose combined transfer fees cost a reported US$150 million in 2016. READ: Commentary: Salim Moin’s death reminds us of a rare breed of Singapore footballers Spaniard and 2010 World Cup winner Andres Iniesta, who won four UEFA Champions Leagues, is now ... » Learn More about Commentary: Great that Tampines Rovers is playing with the best in Asia. But what will that do for local football?
KUCHING: Medical staff and volunteers at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) vaccination centre dressed up in colourful traditional attire to celebrate Sarawak Day on Thursday (July 22). Unimas vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi said this was an opportunity to showcase Sarawak's unity in diversity amid the Covid-19 pandemic. "We are celebrating Sarawak Day by wearing Sarawak traditional costumes, including Iban, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu, Chinese, Malay and Indian. "There is no question that the patriotic spirit is still strong despite the challenges of the pandemic. "Everyone at this vaccination centre is contributing their time and energy, regardless of their background, race or religion. "The harmony and unity among all races in Sarawak remain strong and can be seen here," he said. Sarawak Day, which falls today (July 22), commemorates the state's attainment of self-government from the British in 1963. It was declared a state public holiday in 2016. Nurse ... » Learn More about Staff, volunteers at Unimas vaccination centre dress up to celebrate Sarawak Day
Tucked away at the corner of two busy roads and located near the Central Expressway (CTE), the former POSB banking branch building is a recognisable landmark for those familiar with the Newton area. You might have noticed it on your commute to Newton Food Centre or into Orchard Road. But few will realise what history and memories are held within the walls of the four-storey building which is now DBS’ Newton office building. In fact, this building has been an iconic building in the Newton area since the 80s. A landmark in Newton Circus A quick throwback to the 80s, this was how it looked: It was also one of the first drive-in banking branches for POSB. Have you heard of a drive-in at a banking branch before? Some senior cabbies might remember doing basic transactions via this drive-in service where they can withdraw or deposit money with the help of a teller. A former branch manager at the Newton branch, Karen Theresa Ow, explained to Mothership that to ... » Learn More about DBS to transform iconic Newton building into lush green net-zero energy building powered fully by solar panels on its roof
COMMENTARY: The explosion of the Covid-19 clusters linked to KTV lounges in Singapore, as well as Jurong Fishery Port, may seem unsurprising on hindsight given the locations involved. But could it have been avoided? July 12. That was when the Ministry of Health (MOH) first said that they are investigating cases of Covid-19 infection among Vietnamese social hostesses who had frequented KTV lounges. Several days later on July 16 , MOH first announced the Jurong Fishery Port/Hong Lim Market cluster. Fishmongers who had visited the port had mingled with other market stallholders after returning to their wet market stalls, resulting in even more cases at markets all over the island. In a span of slightly over a week, the KTV lounge cluster swelled to over 200, while the Jurong Fishery Port cluster has grown to a total of over 300 cases, as of July 20. Clusters believed to be linked. But how? The explosion of both clusters within the same timeframe ... » Learn More about The KTV & Jurong Fishery Port clusters have exploded. Could this have been avoided?
The Singapore Armed Forces Volunteer Corp (SAFVC) was formed seven years ago, in 2014. But I've never personally met anyone who was part of the volunteer-only force, until several weeks ago, when I came face-to face with Australian national Michael Ryan, who has served in the SAFVC for six years. The 43-year-old turned up to our meeting at his cafe clad in an army-green polo shirt and a camouflage-patterned mask, keeping his zeal for the armed forces not at all subtle. Given how some Singaporeans would rather not serve National Service (NS) if given the choice, my immediate question to him was this: why would you volunteer to be part of Singapore's armed forces? A childhood trip to Singapore left a deep impression Ryan's first exposure to Singapore was during a family trip way back in 1981, when he was still a toddler. Despite having few concrete memories of his time here, Ryan said that the trip left a deep impression on him, given that it was his first trip out of ... » Learn More about 2-week call-ups ‘nothing’ compared to time spent on games, social media: Aussie volunteer serving in SAF
KUALA LUMPUR: Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has vowed to fight his corruption charges, saying that he had full faith in the courts and judges to clear his name. The former youth and sports minister claimed that the charges came after he refused to support the Perikatan Nasional government. "If you think the threats will weaken my spirit, you are wrong. In actual fact, it will only increase my resolve to clean up Malaysia and build a Malaysia for all Malaysians. "The threats will no way weaken my morale but in reality, will only strengthen it," he told reporters after facing corruption charges at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on Thursday (July 22). He questioned why he was only being charged now, as the order to charge was given in August last year. "I think this case is politically motivated and I will challenge it. I have full confidence in the courts and judges to clean my name," he said. Syed Saddiq had claimed trial to two counts of corruption relating to criminal ... » Learn More about Syed Saddiq vows to clear name in court over corruption charges
SEREMBAN (Bernama): A part-time food delivery rider did not expect to score a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.0 in the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) results announced on Thursday (July 1). Muhammad Izzuddin Amirrudin (pic) , 20, who started working as a rider for GrabFood two months ago said he checked the results online while waiting to pick up a customer’s order at a restaurant. Aspiring to be a lawyer so that he can serve society, Muhammad Izzudin said he hopes to pursue a degree in law at Universiti Malaya. "I was elated that had scored 4As and a CGPA of 4.0, and I am very happy that all my hard work and sacrifices paid off. "My parents consistently encouraged and motivated me so that I could face the exam confidently especially during this Covid-19 pandemic. I am also thankful to the teachers who taught us tirelessly and shared their knowledge with me and my friends,” he told Bernama here on Friday (July 2). The ex-student of SMK Taman Forest ... » Learn More about Food delivery rider scores excellent STPM results