Imagine this scene from the near future. Travel corridors have been established between Singapore and select countries. Your partner went for a getaway trip and served a week of home quarantine after returning. You joke that she missed out on a free stay at a five-star hotel, but who cares, you're both looking forward to attending a concert tonight. A real one, with instruments and crowds and overpriced beverages in plastic cups, and the band interacting with the fans. You rock up to the venue a little early, and take a Pre-Event Test (PET), easily done by huffing into a breathalyser . Your partner has a clean bill of health. Unfortunately, you test positive for Covid-19. You're not sure how it happened. Did it happen while you were queuing up for lunch at McDonald's? Or even at the office, the one time you took off your mask for a coffee break? You don't recall having any symptoms, having been fully vaccinated. Anyway, you're not getting into the concert tonight. ... » Learn More about Like it or not, Covid-19 will remain in the days to come. We’ll just have to live with it.
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One more win for middleweight Eumir Marcial and flyweight Carlo Paalam and they will both be assured of bronze medals and a spot in the semifinals in the Tokyo Olympics. Two wins will guarantee them of at least silver medals. Three wins and they both will be immortalized in the annals of Philippine sports. But before that, their quarterfinal bouts beckon and these require their undivided attention. Marcial will be going into the round of 8 on Sunday, August 1, as the clear favorite versus Arman Darchinyan of Armenia. Darchinyan, like Marcial, drew a bye in the opening round of the Olympic competition. The 27-year-old Armenian won his round of 16 bout via unanimous decision over Andrej Csemez of Slovakia. Marcial, on the other hand, won via Referee Stopped Contest (RSC) in the first round over Younes Nemouchi of Algeria. In the last AIBA world rankings, Marcial was listed as the sixth-highest ranked middleweight in the world, while Darchinyan ... » Learn More about Boxers Marcial, Paalam look to bag sure Olympic medals
* denotes name changed to protect the person’s identity SINGAPORE: When Jane* opened up to her secondary school counsellor about the cold wars and troubles she was having with some close friends, she was told that “life’s like that”. That was the then 14-year-old’s first session. “I felt ignored, like (school counselling is hopeless) even if I bring up my problems,” said Jane, now 17 and in her first year at junior college. She had been “mandated” to attend counselling because she was frequently late for class and did not submit homework on time. She recalled her form teacher telling her outside the classroom, in full view and within earshot of her classmates, that a session had been arranged to address her tardiness. “It brings the idea that those who aren’t faring well have some problems and need to see the counsellor, rather than (the idea that) people … want to see a counsellor because of personal reasons,” she said. After three compulsory sessions on her time ... » Learn More about ‘With school counsellors, it’s really hit-or-miss’: Behind the challenge of safeguarding student mental health
SINGAPORE: There was a silver lining amid the grey cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. Much was reported about how working from home frankly made it hard to separate work from life, causing more burnout among employees. In our private circles, it became increasingly common for friends to share refreshingly honest confessions about having bouts of anxiety and a general sense of ennui. There has been much forthright talk of collective pandemic fatigue and acceptance that such commonplace challenges should lead us to cut each other some slack. Blindsided by a pandemic that changed life as we knew it to be, and the loss of lives and livelihoods globally, we struggled to cope - but that struggle saw a beneficial rise in mental health awareness. The resulting, urgent focus on mental health felt like a tiny but significant win. READ: Guarding against pandemic fatigue in Singapore's COVID-19 fight (Mental health groups have seen a surge in calls since COVID-19 ... » Learn More about Commentary: When we call people with strange behaviour mentally ill, we reinforce mental health stigma
SINGAPORE: It took about two weeks of home-cooked meals to break me. At the beginning of Singapore’s Phase 2 Heightened Alert in May, when it was announced that dining-in would cease for the month, I had the grand idea I would use this time to get back in shape by eating self-cooked, portion-controlled meals. But midway through, I grew tired of brainstorming for meal ideas, keeping track of the grocery situation and most of all, washing and cleaning up a sink overflowing with dirty dishes. READ: Commentary: In defence of baking bread, watching reality TV and other frivolous fads in the time of COVID-19 So, I threw in the towel and decided to pick up my first food order during this heightened alert phase from Jekyll & Hyde, an independent restaurant in Tanjong Pagar that reopened against the odds after it shuttered during the early days of the pandemic last year. I wanted to do my part to support this audacious comeback kid but also, I simply felt like paying my ... » Learn More about Commentary: Why we missed dining out in Singapore these few weeks
Joe Biden, the Democrat candidate for president of the United States, has taken a lead in the Southern state of Georgia. At around 5:30pm (Singapore time), CNN confirmed that Joe Biden has taken a lead in the Peach State. Decision Desk HQ also reported the same, with the former Vice-President taking a lead of 917 votes. GA Presidential Election Results - Biden takes the Lead https://t.co/xlHf7GZUxJ — Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) November 6, 2020 If Biden's lead holds, he will win the state's prize of 16 electoral votes. The last time Georgia voted for a Democrat during a presidential election was for Bill Clinton in 1992. Clinton went on to become president. Overseas ballots According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , the overseas vote could yet play a part in deciding the fate of Georgia. There are 8,899 absentee ballots from military and overseas voters that have still not been returned. These ballots have a later deadline than ... » Learn More about Joe Biden takes razor-thin lead in Georgia, but US election isn’t over
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Recently, the word "endemic" became a key buzzword in Singapore. At the end of May 2021, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he did not expect Covid-19 to disappear , but rather to become endemic, and "remain with humankind". Health minister Ong Ye Kung later echoed this view , stating that Covid-19 will likely become endemic, just like influenza. Multi-Ministry Taskforce co-chair Gan Kim Yong also said that Singapore will be able to lift "practically all social and workplace restrictions" when Covid-19 becomes endemic in Singapore. Basically, if you get a dollar for every time the word "endemic" has been in the news, you would get rich sooner rather than later. But what does it actually mean for Covid-19 to be endemic in Singapore? Pandemic vs endemic On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) officially declared Covid-19 a pandemic , after the virus spread to over ... » Learn More about Mothership Explains: What does it mean for Covid-19 to be endemic in S’pore?
TOKYO: The track cycling events begin at the Izu velodrome, 130km south west of Tokyo, on Monday. Here are five riders to watch: LAURA KENNY (Britain) Kenny is the golden girl of British track cycling and has won every Olympic event she has entered - winning the team pursuit and omnium at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Since Rio she has married her husband Jason, who will be trying to add to his six Olympic gold medals on the Izu track, and become a mother to son Albie. The year-long delay to the Games might well have allowed Kenny, Britain's most-decorated female Olympian, to return to her best form after injury problems at the start of 2020 and this time she has three golds to go for. Not only will she be powering the team pursuit squad, in what looks like being a showdown with the Americans, and the multi-event omnium in which she is a big favourite, she will compete in the Madison with Katie Archibald. HARRY LAVREYSEN (Netherlands) The 24-year-old Dutch ... » Learn More about Cycling: Five riders to watch in track cycling
SINGAPORE: By now, most of us have probably obsessed over COVID-19 numbers for more than a year. We’re all stalkers of coronavirus statistics one way or another, thinking to ourselves that if we can just track and trace where each case came from, where there might be another cluster, we can keep ourselves safe. This geeky, pseudo-technocratic approach to problem-solving is pretty Singaporean. Perhaps we can’t help ourselves when a deluge of information seems to hold some vague promise of doing better at beating back this pandemic if we only applied some analysis and investigative skills. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t help. Spoiler alert two: But it doesn’t matter because not knowing creates unease. READ: Commentary: Malaysia’s coffers run dry as COVID-19 pandemic worsens CLUSTERS WITH NO INFO I was thinking about this when taking a more detailed look at the latest list of active COVID-19 clusters released by the Ministry of Health (MOH) this week. It had me wondering ... » Learn More about Commentary: Lack of info on COVID-19 cases can cause unnecessary anxiety
SINGAPORE: It has been a heart-breaking week. “The River Valley incident has weighed heavily on our minds and in our hearts,” Education Minister Chan Chun Sing said on Tuesday (Jul 27). Coping with the flood of emotions will require talking through the incident and our feelings, including seeking professional counselling. But just as important is the need not to rush through the process but let the journey of recovery take its own course. WATCH: Ministerial statement: Chan Chun Sing on River Valley High School incident LETTING HEALING TAKE ITS COURSE At 12, Lisa* endured traumatic episodes of physical abuse from her mother’s partner. At times, after being physically assaulted, Lisa would be locked in the toilet alone for hours in the night. But at 21 today, Lisa is gainfully employed and has healthy relationships with her peers and a partner. However, she recently confided in her social worker that even after nine years, she continues to experience deep fear and ... » Learn More about Commentary: Effects of trauma can last for years after episodes so don’t rush healing