Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg The Singapore government will be contributing 200 10-litre oxygen concentrators to support the people of Myanmar in this Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Wednesday, July 28. The oxygen concentrators will be channelled through the Singapore Red Cross (SRC), which has launched a public appeal to deliver humanitarian assistance for communities in Southeast Asia and South Asia through the “Covid-19 International Response Fund”. The SRC will work with the Myanmar Red Cross Society to distribute the oxygen concentrators to affected communities in Myanmar, MFA added. This will supplement Singapore's earlier contributions of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines, diagnostic tests, surgical masks, hand sanitisers, and other medical supplies to Myanmar. "Singapore stands in solidarity with the people of Myanmar in their fight against Covid-19," the ministry said. ... » Learn More about S’pore to send 200 oxygen concentrators to Myanmar as country faces shortage of supplies
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Last week, the Ateneo School of Government released its first working paper for “Duterte at 5,” a series that assesses different areas of governance including economic policy, legislative reforms, and crime and corruption. In that first report, we focused on social development reforms. While the report speaks for itself, we would like to use this space to reiterate some of our salient points especially on poverty and hunger. Social development is a pillar of Duterte’s administration. The reduction of social inequality is clearly enshrined in the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 . And in its Kasama sa Pamana pre-SONA report, rolled out in different regions in the first half of 2021, the administration applauds its accomplishments in combating hunger and ensuring food accessibility. So, are Filipinos indeed faring better now? Poverty To be sure, poverty incidence in the past two decades has been steadily declining. During the ... » Learn More about [ANALYSIS] Poverty, hunger, and Duterte’s wasted political capital
For the fourth time, the proposal to create a department for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) made it to President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address (SONA). Duterte on Monday, July 26, identified the creation of a Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos (DMWOF) a priority bill in his final SONA. He made similar calls during his past SONAs, except in 2017 and 2018. "I also ask Congress to pass a law creating the Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos. Kailangan po ito (this is needed) – because they are suffering, they suffered not only yesterday but they are still suffering now with so many inadequacies, in both our government response, including the monetary assistance – to ensure that there is a department that is solely focused on addressing the needs and taking care of the welfare of our countrymen abroad," Duterte said on Monday. It has been Duterte's plan to create a department focusing on OFWs even before he ... » Learn More about Does the Philippines need an OFW department?
Resident Jon Cappleman prepares to defend his home during the Dixie fire in Twain, California on July 24, 2021. AFP TWAIN, United States — Even as dense smoke from an enormous wildfire blows closer to Jon Cappleman’s home in rural northern California, the 60-something man rebuffs calls to evacuate. “A lot of people think we’re foolish,” he says. But if it comes down to it, Cappleman has a plan: he will fight the flames of the Dixie Fire himself. Cappleman and his wife, whose home lies nestled in a pine forest near the town of Twain, hope they have thought of everything, down to the minute details. For several days, they have used a pump and blue pipes to siphon water from a nearby creek in an effort to keep the ground around their house damp. And Cappleman and his wife have spent all year keeping the surrounding area clear of flammable brush. Their goats take care of the spots they have missed. ‘Nerve-wracking’ “It’s a simple operation, but it works,” Cappleman, ... » Learn More about Refusing evacuation, California resident plans to fight fire himself
BEIJING (Reuters): Chinese billionaire Sun Dawu was sentenced to 18 years in jail on Wednesday (July 28) for crimes including "picking quarrels and provoking trouble" and illegally occupying farmland, a court said, the latest stiff punishment of an outspoken corporate boss. Sun had built a major conglomerate in the northern Chinese province of Hebei, employing 9,000 people in activities ranging from poultry processing and pet food to hospitals, schools and resorts. But he was also outspoken on issues including human rights, and was one of the very few people to openly accuse the government of covering up the extent of an African swine fever outbreak, which infected one of his farms in 2019 and later devastated much of the country's industry. He had also been embroiled in a land dispute with a local government-owned farm, according to media reports, and was detained with a group of family members and employees last year. Dawu had said dozens of its employees were injured in a ... » Learn More about Chinese farm boss Sun Dawu sentenced to 18 years in jail
Surat Thani: Koh Samui recorded 20 Covid-19 cases yesterday, the highest one-day jump since it reopened to tourism, although local authorities insisted the caseload will not derail the island's sandbox programme. The discovery of the infections sent off a public health alarm in the island district. Of those diagnosed, 16 belonged to an infection cluster that has been traced to a cashier at a local fitness centre. Four people infected are a family of three and one foreign national who travelled to the island from Bangkok. The Samui Plus Model, which emulates the Phuket sandbox programme, was extended to fully-vaccinated foreign tourists with sealed-route tourist itineraries. The programme kicked off on July 15. The Samui Plus programme also covers nearby Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Yesterday, the Covid-19 situation administration centre in Koh Samui district urged people who visited the Speedy Lounge & Bar nightspot on Lamai beach on July 16 and the Black Bamboo Club on July, ... » Learn More about Samui logs record jump in new cases
JAKARTA: It is a bold and somewhat depressing prediction: That by 2063, the Indonesian farmer will disappear as a profession. This according to the National Development Planning Agency of Indonesia (Bappenas). Their projection bears out the slow decline of workers in the agricultural sector. Bappenas data shows that the proportion of Indonesian workers in the agricultural sector reached 65.8 per cent in 1976. However, in 2019 it decreased significantly to only 28 per cent. READ: Indonesia starts developing controversial food estate project Part of this decline can be attributed to agricultural sector workers switching professions to other sectors, especially to services. In 1976, service sector workers accounted for 23.57 per cent and this increased to 48.91 per cent in 2019. Likewise, the proportion of workers in the industrial sector increased to 22.45 per cent in 2019 from the previous 8.86 percent in 1976. Aside from the shifting workforce, Bappenas also ... » Learn More about Commentary: Why Indonesian farmers may become extinct in about 40 years
SINGAPORE: In his latest Netflix documentary A Life on Our Planet, David Attenborough dishes out a cold truth. Human population has ballooned to unsustainable proportions, sending the natural world into a steep and potentially irreversible decline. One solution to the problem? "We must radically reduce the way we farm," Attenborough said. "We must change our diet. The planet can't support billions of meat-eaters." READ: David Attenborough leads call for world to invest US$500 billion a year to protect nature LISTEN: How do planes, trains and automobiles – and ships – factor into carbon emissions, and how are they getting greener? | EP 10 GOING MEATLESS IN SINGAPORE A HEAVY SACRIFICE? While many recognise the need for change, there is, understandably, a nagging concern about how going meatless squares with Singapore's food-crazed identity. We are, after all a country that prides itself on food. We wax lyrical about our love for hawker favourites and mourn their ... » Learn More about Commentary: Going meatless doesn’t have to be a dilemma for the Singaporean foodie
PUTRAJAYA: Only 374 cases, or 2.1%, of the 17,405 Covid-19 cases reported Wednesday (July 27) had serious symptoms and are in Category 3, 4, and 5, says Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. The Health director-general added that 97.9% (17,031) of the new cases showed mild or no symptoms. Dr Noor Hisham also said Malaysia reported another 143 coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, bringing the national Covid-19 death toll to 8,551. He said 123 of the casualties were Malaysians while 20 were foreigners. About 114 had underlying conditions, while the rest had no history of comorbidities. Some 14 fatalities were "brought-in-dead" cases. Selangor has the most number of fatalities with 41 deaths. Other states with death cases are Negri Sembilan (21 deaths), Johor (17), Kuala Lumpur (14), Perak (11), Kedah (10), Sabah (nine), Melaka (seven), Penang (five), Kelantan (five) and Pahang (three). Currently, there are 1,016 patients at Intensive Care Units (ICU), with 529 on ventilator ... » Learn More about Covid-19: More than 97% of new cases have mild or no symptoms, says Health DG
WE all know that lockdowns are temporary measures to control the spread of Covid-19 within the community and lessen the healthcare burden. However, there are major concerns about how they can negatively affect people’s mental health. As a paediatrician, I receive numerous calls and visits by parents worried about their children’s health – especially those less than five years old. Most parents assume that the older age group would understand the pandemic better than the young ones and thus handle it better. I beg to differ. Here are some observed effects of lockdowns on children. > Developmental milestones – For school-going children, repeated school closures and strict movement control cause a significant reduction in having direct contact with their peers. Such measures also prevent children from participating in social activities like going to the playground or having playdates. This situation may make them feel lonely and anxious and some (especially young adults) ... » Learn More about How do lockdowns affect our children and what can we do to help them?