When Amelia Kang lost "about $1.5 million, maybe slightly more" over a decade ago from a business deal gone sour, it wasn't the monetary loss that bothered her most. Instead, it was the fact that her business partner "was agreeable to lose their money in order to make me suffer", which boggled her mind. It was unthinkable for Amelia, who was in her early 30s then, "that someone would throw away profit because of an emotion", especially when the project was just six months shy of completion. "I underestimated the irrational nature of human beings in general," said the now-45-year-old, who also shared that she scored in the top five per cent for the PSLE in her year and was the typical high achiever growing up. The Dunman High School and Victoria Junior College alumna found herself working at the National Arts Council after graduating from the National University of Singapore. She eventually struck out on her own in 2003 by setting up an events company, before going into the food ... » Learn More about Losing $1.5 million opens new path for restaurateur-turned-‘metaphysician psychic’
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It was the silence of the traumatised young women she saw before her that convinced dance teacher Amina Lusambo she must do something to help. So she set up dance sessions for rape survivors at a rehabilitation centre attached to Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, in eastern Congo, which according to hospital authorities has treated more than 60, 000 survivors of sexual violence in its some 20 years of operation. Congo's eastern borderlands have remained gripped by violence since the official end of a civil war in 2003, with armed groups fighting for land, resources and self-protection. "I started doing this because of the girls who came to us in a state of silence. They were raped at a young age and they didn't know how to express themselves. They were so withdrawn," said Lusambo. Now the same women line up in brightly coloured leggings for her classes, where they learn to reconnect with their bodies. "You can do more in one month of dance than in three months of psychotherapy," ... » Learn More about Dance helps Congo’s rape survivors cope
A month after his inauguration, one humid day in the country’s largest military reservation, President Rodrigo Duterte spoke of one famous but now forgotten promise – to increase the salaries of military personnel. "Starting next month there will be an incremental increase in your salaries,” Duterte told around 500 soldiers lined up before him in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija. “ Pangako ko, doblado (I promise, it will be doubled), you will get it," the President said. Duterte eventually partly fulfilled this promise, doubling the base pay not just of low-ranking soldiers but also policemen, and approving smaller increases for those with higher ranks. But as he nears the end of his term in 2022, the repercussions of this promise continue to reverberate because of one problem Duterte does not mention in public: the government must pay hundreds of billions of pesos a year to fund the ballooning pension of military and uniformed personnel. The ... » Learn More about Will Duterte avert ‘fiscal disaster’ in military pension?
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg PERSPECTIVE: "[My children] are growing up without knowing me as their mother, without experiencing the love and care that I am giving to other people’s children whom I work for here in Singapore." Three years after giving birth to her third child, Elizabeth Libre Gong made the difficult decision to leave her children behind in the Philippines and come to Singapore to work as a domestic worker. She dreamt of providing financial stability for them, to give them a better life. In her essay "It's Not Too Late" — first published in Call and Response 2: A Singapore Migrant Anthology by Math Paper Press — Gong reflects on the sacrifices she has made as a mother who has spent most of her children's childhoods away from them, and the hopes that she has for herself and her family moving forward. Call and Response 2 is an anthology that brings together more than 70 writers and poets, who ... » Learn More about Being a helper in S’pore: I take care of other people’s kids while my kids grow up without me
Fake news can kill, and the Dengvaxia scare is a perfect example of it. The Dengvaxia vaccine was a promising solution to the scourge of dengue, a mosquito-borne disease to which hundreds of thousands of Filipinos fall victim each year. But in November 2017 Dengvaxia’s developer (Sanofi Pasteur) revealed that those inoculated with it were at risk of a more severe form of dengue if they didn’t have it before. This finding quickly made the headlines and was blown out of proportion. Soon public opinion formed that Dengvaxia killed a number of children who were administered with it. This rumor persists even if, to this day, no death has been conclusively linked to Dengvaxia, according to the Department of Health (DOH). In fact, Dengvaxia’s commercial release has recently been approved in Europe and 10 other countries, and foreigners are perplexed by Filipinos’ widespread distrust of it. But in this article I want to focus on the ... » Learn More about [ANALYSIS] Dengvaxia scare: How viral rumors caused outbreaks
(Reuters) - When Facebook began testing its new "Neighborhoods" feature in Canada last October amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the tech giant described it as a dedicated place for people to connect with their local communities. Here, in a corner of the world's largest social network, people met neighbors, shared banana bread ingredients, helped locate missing cats and swapped local business recommendations, the feature's product manager Reid Patton said in a recent interview. But Facebook, which is rolling out the feature in four U.S. cities - Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Charlotte, North Carolina; Newark, New Jersey; and San Diego, California - is already playing catch-up in the red-hot market for local social apps. Community site Nextdoor has emerged as a key player along with Amazon Ring's Neighbors and crime-tracking app Citizen. Nextdoor, which saw usage surge during lockdowns, reported 50% annual growth in daily active users last year. Facebook has in recent years focused on ... » Learn More about Facebook’s ‘Neighborhoods’ faces crowded niche market, profiling concerns