SINGAPORE: Youths in Singapore are aware of their roles in creating a more gracious society, but a fear of being embarrassed is holding them back from being kind.According to the latest Graciousness Survey by the Singapore Kindness Movement released on Monday (Jun 24), about one in four respondents (23 per cent) aged 15 to 24 said that they "fear looking stupid and silly".Their fear of embarrassment is much greater than the rest of the 1,037 respondents surveyed on the Barriers to Helping between Feb 18 to Mar 17 this year.Those in the 55 and above age group were the least afraid of looking stupid or silly at 6 per cent, followed by those in the 35 to 44 age group (11 per cent), those aged between 25 and 34 years old (12 per cent) and those in the 45 to 54 age group (14 per cent).This fear could be linked to social media, along with its reach and visibility, said the Singapore Kindness Movement.One student, who gave an example of being a witness to a molestation case, said he … [Read more...] about Singapore youths are afraid to be kind: Survey
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TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is due to visit Iran next week in an apparent mediation mission to ease tension between Iran and the United States. The following are some of the reasons for Mr Abe's June 12-14 trip, and what it might accomplish. WHY IS ABE GOING TO IRAN? Japan is in a unique position as a US ally because it has long maintained close ties with Iran, making Mr Abe an ideal mediator. US-Iran ties have frayed since President Donald Trump pulled out of an Iran nuclear deal in which it agreed to curb its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions. The United States has also hinted at military confrontation, sending extra forces to the region to counter what it describes as Iranian threats. During a visit to Japan last month, Mr Trump welcomed Mr Abe's help in dealing with Iran, highlighting the "very good relationship" between Tokyo and Teheran. "I do believe that Iran would like to talk," Mr Trump said at the time. "And if they'd like to … [Read more...] about Why is Japan’s Abe going to Iran? What can he accomplish?
THE HAGUE • Mr Frans Timmermans, a contender for Europe's top job, is a polyglot former diplomat with a driving ambition to reach the top in Brussels in order to promote the continent on the world stage. Grandson to a Catholic family of southern Dutch miners and son to a minor diplomat, the 58-year-old Labour politician spent most of his life outside the Netherlands before becoming its foreign minister and then leaving for the EU in 2014. Born in Maastricht, he went to an English school in Rome and later studied French literature and European law as a postgraduate at France's Nancy University. He speaks at least six languages, including English, French, German and Italian, and reportedly Russian. European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker appointed the articulate Mr Timmermans as his first vice-president four years ago, saying: "I am the president, but I have delegated a large part of my prerogatives to the vice Frans Timmermans." Initially described as being the one who would … [Read more...] about Multilingual Dutchman aims to be ‘face of Europe’
(The Philippine Star) - May 16, 2019 - 12:00am Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. – Genesis 14:18 Poet Samuel Foss wrote, “Let me live by the side of the road and be a friend to man” (“The House by the Side of the Road”). That’s what I want to be — a friend of people. I want to stand by the way, waiting for weary travelers. To look for those who have been battered and wronged by others, who carry the burden of a wounded and disillusioned heart. To nourish and refresh them with an encouraging word and send them on their way. I may not be able to “fix” them or their problems, but I can leave them with a blessing. Melchizedek, both the king of Salem and a priest, blessed Abram when he was returning weary from battle (Gen. 14). A “blessing” is more than a polite response to a sneeze. We bless others when we bring them to the One who is the source of … [Read more...] about Being a true friend
Indonesian President Joko Widodo's campaign team yesterday released its tally of the vote count in the recent election, confirming that he is on track to be re-elected with a comfortable margin of 12.36 percentage points ahead of his sole challenger, Mr Prabowo Subianto. That result is similar to the interim count by the General Elections Commission (KPU) based on nearly 57 per cent of votes tallied. Mr Joko secured 56.18 per cent of the vote and Mr Prabowo got 43.82 per cent based on 55.8 per cent of tallied ballots, the President's campaign team chief Erick Thohir told a press briefing. "This is the result. If the other side is saying we are cheating, I think there is another body to whom it can report," he said, referring to the Election Supervisory Body. He added: "But so far, I think, the election ran well, open and transparent. This is not perfect, but this is a good election." When asked why Mr Joko's support did not significantly increase from the 2014 polls, Mr Erick replied: … [Read more...] about Jokowi team’s tally shows he is set to be re-elected