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?
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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
PETALING JAYA: Khairy Jamaluddin gave a “confidently and assertively” comprehensive presentation, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong. “Congratulations KJ. I am confident that KJ will be able to answer every question that will be raised by the MPs later,” he said in a show of support for a fellow Cabinet member on his official Facebook page on Wednesday (July 28). He said in the post that the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister gave a presentation detailing among other things the implementation of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, the vaccine procurement process and the vaccine registration with the NPRA (National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency). Dr Wee added that Khairy's presentation included information on the vaccine supply schedule, achievements or percentages of Malaysians vaccinated and vaccination targets according to plan. He also posted pictures of him and Khairy, who was seated behind him in the Dewan Rakyat. According to the ... » Learn More about Dr Wee praises Khairy’s confident, assertive briefing on Covid-19 national vaccination programme
PERSATUAN Sahabat Wanita Selangor (PSWS) calls on all employers of local and migrant domestic workers to register their employees with the Social Security Organisation (Socso) immediately because by mid-2022, when Socso commences its enforcement of this new extension plan, payments will have to be backdated to June 2021. PSWS, which works closely with local and migrant domestic workers, also urges all domestic workers in Malaysia, including documented migrant domestic workers and part-time local domestic workers, to start speaking to their respective employers to get registered. Local domestic workers who work on a schedule for numerous employers in one week will also be eligible for Socso coverage as each of their employers will register them for social security protection in case of work-related mishaps in their homes. However, domestic workers whose employers ferry them from house to house – as with an on-call cleaning service – are considered employees of an agency and will ... » Learn More about Register your domestic worker with Socso
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?
SINGAPORE - Get the latest news and updates on The Straits Times' News Night. This weeknight news show offers a round-up of the day's top news as well as what's trending online and on social media. Presented by multimedia journalists Dylan Ang and Cheow Sue-Ann, it airs live at 9pm on ST's Facebook, YouTube and Twitter channels. People who are severely immunocompromised can now receive the Covid-19 vaccine, said the Expert Committee on Covid-19 Vaccination on Wednesday (July 28). Updating its recommendation for this group, the committee said data has shown vaccination is safe and can protect immunocompromised people - who face greater risk of complications from Covid-19 - against infection and severe disease. In a statement, the committee also recommended that people who have recovered from Covid-19 receive one dose of a vaccine under the national vaccination programme at least three months after the date of infection. ... » Learn More about ST News Night: More people, including those severely immunocompromised, can get Covid-19 jabs in S’pore
The chief minister of Johor Bahru hopes Malaysia and Singapore can resume talks on reopening the borders and both countries can make travel arrangements. This comes after Malaysia's Covid-19 immunisation programme has been initiated, Bernama reported. Chief Minister Hasni Mohammad told reporters before receiving his vaccination on March 1: "Opening of borders, the green travel bubble, all other arrangements should be considered upon completion of vaccination." Those who received the Covid-19 vaccination in Malaysia would be given a certificate as proof, he said. However, Hasni emphasised that any decision to reopen borders in the state should take into account the Health Director-General’s statement, which gives out orders as part of the federal government. The Health-Director General's statement pertains to the Malaysia government only revisiting the movement control order (MCO) when 80 per cent of the population has been inoculated. Currently, several states in ... » Learn More about Johor chief minister hopes S’pore & M’sia resume reopening border talks as M’sians get Covid-19 vaccination
An Indian influencer has been arrested after he pretended to commit suicide for an online video. Irfan Khan, 28, better known as Iffy Khan , and who hails from India, posted the video on his Instagram page on Friday (July 23), according to Yahoo News . He has more than 44,000 followers on Instagram. Faked suicide for an Instagram video The graphic video, which has since been deleted, was edited to show Khan jumping in front of a moving train after he was rejected by a lover. The video then ended with Khan lying on the train tracks with blood seeping from his body. Although the video was deleted from Khan's Instagram page, it is still circulating online. Twitter user Binu Varghese tweeted the video on Saturday (July 24) and tagged the Mumbai Police, saying that Khan was "promoting suicide" and "provoking other people to do the same act". Arrested on July 25 Hindustan Times reported that Khan was arrested on Sunday (July 25) by the Bandra ... » Learn More about Indian influencer arrested after pretending to commit suicide for video
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Singaporean businessman Lim Kaling announced on Tuesday, Feb. 9, that he will exit his investment in a cigarette maker in Myanmar, after the recent military coup in the country caused him "grave concern". Razer co-founder withdraws investment in Myanmar Lim, who is the co-founder of Singapore's Hong Kong-listed gaming company Razer, announced his decision in a statement, saying he would dispose of his one-third stake in a joint venture that owns RMH Singapore Pte Ltd, which in turn owns 49 per cent of Virginia Tobacco Company in Myanmar. Razer Inc co-founder and director Lim Kaling announces decision to sell/ dispose his stake in the JV that owns tobacco firm RMH Singapore. #Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd to operate cigarette brands via JV Virginia Tobacco. https://t.co/0BbG1Ta7Kf pic.twitter.com/axWA78X5NL — Thompson Chau (@tchau01) February 8, 2021 The rest of the stakes of ... » Learn More about S’porean businessman who co-founded Razer to cut ties with Myanmar military-backed company
MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Senator Aquilino Pimentel III announced on Wednesday, March 25, that he was positive for the coronavirus. On social media, there was some confusion as to whether Pimentel knew that he was positive for the virus as early as Tuesday, March 24. Pimentel brought his wife Kathryna in a hospital in Makati Tuesday evening, as she was scheduled to give birth Wednesday morning. The Pimentels said that they were already at the hospital when the senator received the news about his test results. Here's a timeline of what happened: March 11 At 9:10 pm , Senator Sherwin Gatchalian announces that a resource person in a Senate hearing he had presided over had aqcuired coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Gatchalian says he will place himself under self-quarantine. Senator Nancy Binay, who was with Gatchalian at the hearing, follows suit. March 12 At around 10 am , Pimentel says he talked to Binay ... » Learn More about TIMELINE: When Pimentel tested positive for coronavirus