Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg If the realisation that 2022 is just three months away scares the living hell out of you, you're not alone. Most of us are still processing 2020. Covid-19 not only kills, it also takes a toll on mental health. Covid-19 has a way of making the walls close in. Restrictions affect socialising, whether you're at work or trying to relax with friends and family. And when restrictions come so close on the heels of easing up, it creates a special kind of agony . How fast should Singapore open up? Or in more recent parlance, should Singapore "trot" or "gallop"? If you're wondering what horses have to do with anything (besides masquerading as a fake "cure" for Covid-19), I'm referring to this post made by Ho Ching, outgoing CEO of Temasek Holdings and wife of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Ho was referring to the number of Covid cases, but "trot" and "gallop" could also refer to whether Singapore ... » Learn More about Should S’pore have another lockdown because of a Covid-19 ‘surge’? Let’s keep things in perspective.
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Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg MyRepublic Singapore announced that there has been a data breach involving the personal information of 79,388 mobile subscribers based in Singapore. The "unauthorised data access incident" was discovered Aug. 29, 2021, and they have since secured the data storage facility where the breach occurred. Breach occurred on third-party storage platform According to its press release today (Sep. 10), the unauthorised data access took place on a third-party data storage platform it uses to store the personal data of MyRepublic’s mobile customers. The storage platform contains identity verification documents that were submitted by customers during the application process for their mobile services. These include: For Singapore citizens, permanent residents and employment and dependent pass holders: scanned copies of both sides of NRICs Foreigners: proof of residential address documents ... » Learn More about Over 79,000 MyRepublic mobile subscribers in S’pore affected by data breach
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg As Singapore's vaccination rate grows steadily and the economy gradually reopens — a slew of Covid-19 restrictions were eased in early August allowing people to dine in and other businesses like gyms and fitness studios to operate again — one can say that a sense of normalcy has returned. For most people in Singapore, that is. Singapore's entertainment industry is still in shambles, and for the many family karaoke operators here, the indefinite nightmare brought about by the pandemic is far from over. In their last bid to fight for survival, several KTV operators crafted an appeal letter to request for a reopening on September 15, which they sent to their Members of Parliament (MPs), these include the Multi-Ministry Taskforce co-chairs Gan Kim Yong, Lawrence Wong, and Ong Ye Kung. Hoping for some clarity Since March 2020, all nightlife establishments were not permitted to operate. In ... » Learn More about ‘I really can’t hang on’: S’pore’s family KTV operators craft appeal letter & take grievances to Meet-the-People sessions
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Singapore will be adjusting the quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days, the Ministry of Health announced on Friday, Sep. 10. To be implemented from next week This update to quarantine protocol takes into account the incubation period of the Delta variant, which has a shorter incubation period -- an average of under four days compared to an average of six days for the original strain, MOH said. According to the ministry, this means that it will take an average of four days after exposure to the virus, for the virus to be detectable in the individual. As such, MOH has decided to reduce the quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days from the date of last exposure, provided the person under quarantine tests negative for Covid-19 at the end of his quarantine. He or she will need to continue to conduct daily ART after the quarantine period to Day 14 to mitigate any remaining risk of infection. ... » Learn More about Quarantine period in S’pore to reduce from 14 days to 10 days given shorter incubation period of Delta strain
The United States is holding its presidential election on Nov. 3, which is less than a week away. While it is a momentous event for many Americans, of whom a good number have already voted for their choice of president through early voting and mail-in ballots, the impact of the election in a country that is quite geographically removed from Singapore might not be immediately apparent to Singaporeans. But U.S. political watchers would beg to differ. U.S. political expert Adrian Ang at Singapore-based S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies tells Mothership that the election does have an impact on Singapore and the region of Southeast Asia. 1. U.S. is an important trading partner to Singapore To Singapore, the U.S. is a valuable trading partner. The U.S. is Singapore’s fifth largest export and import partner with bilateral trade worth nearly US$32 billion (S$43 billion) annually, Ang said. The U.S. is also the biggest source of foreign direct investment for ... » Learn More about Does the US election matter to S’pore? Why should we care?
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg PERSPECTIVE: "This is not the first time that this is happening to Afghanistan. It's history repeating itself, and I don't think ignorance and force and war are gonna win." One year ago, Ayeda (not her real name) was a second-year student in Singapore, studying Physical Sciences at Yale-NUS College, with a minor in Philosophy. Now, the 20-year-old Afghan national is living under Taliban rule back home in Kabul, Afghanistan, as her family does everything that they can to try and flee the country. Ayeda flew home to Afghanistan from Singapore in Sep. 2020 due medical reasons. She then spent the first half of 2021 working in an Afghan media company, and had plans to return to Singapore in August to continue her studies. However, she was unable to secure entry approval back into Singapore, despite multiple applications, and ended up stuck in Kabul when the Taliban swept into the nation's ... » Learn More about I’m an Afghan woman who studied in S’pore. This is what it’s like being stuck under Taliban rule.
The Health Promotion Board (HPB) is launching The Sleep Challenge to get people in Singapore to sleep seven hours a day and be rewarded with alertness, better health, and points to redeem e-vouchers. As one of the biggest practitioners of nudging people to do things for their own good by setting goal-oriented challenges that can be completed voluntarily, this new HPB challenge is an extension of an already well-established exercise challenge. The new Sleep Challenge will be launched under the National Steps Challenge. How it works Participants can earn 25 Healthpoints daily when they get at least seven hours of sleep within a 24-hour period. Extra Healthpoints can be earned during bonus weeks. Those interested can register from now until Mar. 31, 2022. The challenge period is from Nov. 1, 2021 until Apr. 1, 2022. Eligibility The Sleep Challenge is open to Singapore and permanent residents with valid NRIC, as well as foreigners with valid FIN, aged 17 years ... » Learn More about S’pore new Sleep Challenge to get people to sleep 7 hours a day, earn up to S$30 e-vouchers
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 520 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore on Sunday (Sep. 12), as of 12pm. This brings the total number of Covid-19 cases reported in Singapore to 71,687. 517 local cases Among the cases are 454 community cases and 63 dormitory residents. 137 of the local cases are seniors who are above 60 years old. Three imported cases There are three imported cases, who have already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. Of these, one was detected upon arrival in Singapore, while two developed the illness during SHN or isolation. 780 patients hospitalised As of 12pm on Sep. 12, 2021, 780 Covid-19 cases are currently warded in hospital. Most are well and under observation. There are currently 54 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and seven are in critical condition in the ICU. Of those ... » Learn More about 517 Covid-19 local cases reported in S’pore, 137 are seniors aged above 60
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Bus operator Go-Ahead Singapore is suspending five bus services from Wednesday, September 15. The five are Express or City Direct bus services: 12e, 43e, 518, 661, 666. Trunk services 12 and 43 will continue to operate. The operator said in a Facebook post that the suspension is due to the impact of Covid-19 on available manpower. Bus interchange clusters resulted in manpower shortage The recent Covid-19 clusters at bus interchanges have affected many bus captains, resulting in manpower shortage. Last week, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced that public transport operators have started lengthening the time between buses to ensure that their bus captains have enough rest time. Some bus captains have also volunteered to come back on their off-days so that operators can maintain the current service levels. Another bus operator, Tower Transit, told Mothership that there is no ... » Learn More about Go-Ahead S’pore temporarily suspends 5 bus services due to manpower shortage
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 607 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore on Monday (Sep. 13), as of 12pm. This brings the total number of Covid-19 cases reported in Singapore to 72,294 . 597 locally-transmitted cases Among the cases are 534 community cases and 63 dormitory residents. 157 of the local cases are seniors who are above 60 years old. 10 imported cases There are 10 imported cases, who have already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. Of these, four were detected upon arrival in Singapore, while six developed the illness during SHN or isolation. 774 patients hospitalised As of 12pm on Sep. 13, 2021, 774 Covid-19 cases are currently warded in hospital. Most are well and under observation. There are currently 57 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and eight are in critical condition in the ... » Learn More about 597 locally-transmitted Covid-19 cases in S’pore, 27 linked to Bukit Batok Ren Ci nursing home cluster