BERLIN - Germany's Social Democrats narrowly won Sunday's national election, projected results showed, and claimed a "clear mandate" to lead a government for the first time since 2005 and to end 16 years of conservative-led rule under Angela Merkel. The centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) were on track for 26.0 per cent of the vote, ahead of 24.5 per cent for Merkel's CDU/CSU conservative bloc, projections for broadcaster ZDF showed, but both groups believed they could lead the next government. With neither major bloc commanding a majority, and both reluctant to repeat their awkward "grand coalition" of the past four years, the most likely outcome is a three-way alliance led by either the Social Democrats or Merkel's conservatives. Agreeing a new coalition could take months, and will likely involve the smaller Greens and liberal Free Democrats (FDP). "We are ahead in all the surveys now," the Social Democrats' chancellor candidate, Olaf Scholz , said in a round table discussion ... » Learn More about German Social Democrats beat conservatives in vote to decide Merkel successor
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COMMENTARY: Why does the romance fizzle out after couples have been together for a long time, especially after having kids? What happens after one party cheats? Certified intimacy coach Angela Tan shares more about the common problems she has noticed while working with couples, such as the lack of open communication regarding expectations, and how it has become easy for couples to lose the 'spark' when things get too comfortable. Tan is the founder of the Academy of Relationship & Sex. She provides a platform where individuals and couples with relationship and intimacy issues, can have them all worked out in one space. September is World Sexual Health Month, aimed at promoting education, awareness, and best practices in Sexual Health. By Angela Tan I have been an intimacy coach for the last five years, working with individuals and couples to find passion in their sex life and overcome hurdles using coaching, talk therapy, and education. Some ... » Learn More about I’m an intimacy coach in S’pore who helps couples with relationship issues. Here’s what I’ve noticed.
Acting Village Head of Kampong Berakas ‘B’ Azizi Fakhri Noor Azalie said when he heard the statement from Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham Jaafar during the daily press conference explaining the details of a full lockdown, he knew there would be panic buying “just like during the first wave”. “I advised the village council members to keep the villagers calm” as a total lockdown is not happening yet and that the minister was only explaining about a ‘what-if’ situation, he said. Azizi said he advised villagers to only buy what is needed and estimate carefully how long their supplies will last, adding that this will help others to purchase necessities without difficulties. He said while the second wave is said to be more dangerous than the first, he urged the public to follow the news about the pandemic more carefully without panicking. “My advice to the villagers is to take up an activity to calm their mind such as engaging in religious activities. “At the ... » Learn More about Think twice before panic buying, says officials in Brunei
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/Asia News Network): Panic buying was apparent at shops across the sultanate, a day after Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Mohd Isham Jaafar mentioned the possibility of enforcing a full lockdown should the public continue to flout health directives to curb the Covid-19 spread. One retail store staff member reported that customers were already waiting in the car park as employees were about to open for business yesterday. TM Majeed Manager Anwar said some customers had raised concern over stock availability should the nation go into full lockdown, resulting in panic buying. He said, “The store is sufficiently stocked, and there is no need to bulk buy. Customers need to understand this so they can shop with ease.” Meanwhile, Winnie from SKH Departmental Store delivered a similar message, reminding the public to remain calm. “We would like to reassure customers that we have sufficient supplies. We continue to adhere to the Ministry of ... » Learn More about Panic buying sweeps through Brunei
After all these years, Alex Cabagnot never ceases to amaze on a basketball court. In his first game for San Miguel in nearly two months, the wily 38-year-old in just 22 minutes of play erupted for a game-high 20 points, none more important than his contested game-winning jumper over the stunned NorthPort defenses for the 88-87 escape. As if he didn’t come fresh off a knee injury rehab, Cabagnot made every single second of his playing time count, and stayed composed for the endgame even after Robert Bolick drilled a near-half court go-ahead triple a la Damian Lillard with just 4.5 seconds left. When the dust settled after their heart-stopping best-of-three quarterfinals opener, the steady veteran simply thanked his coaches for the opportunity immediately given to him despite the Beermen already boasting an oversupply of available talent. “I just wanna give thanks to coach Leo (Austria). I just got in last night. He could have easily, you know, not ... » Learn More about Gutsy Cabagnot thankful for trust despite lack of practice post-injury
Krizle Grace Mago and Linconn Ong—SENATE SCREEN GRAB MANILA, Philippines — The Senate blue ribbon committee has taken steps to secure Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. detained director Linconn Ong to thwart any attempt to silence him, after senators had lost contact with Pharmally executive Krizle Grace Mago after her bombshell testimony on Friday. Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Sunday also confirmed to the Inquirer that Ong had agreed to share information with the Senate in exchange for protection, but added that the senators “will assess first the info he has offered” in a closed-door executive session. Whether Ong can become a state witness “depends on what he will divulge,” Sotto said in a Viber message. Ong, now under Senate custody after he was cited in contempt for dodging questions in previous hearings, was supposed to be moved to the Pasay City Jail last Friday when he angered senators with his evasive and inconsistent testimony during the inquiry. However, it ... » Learn More about Senators secure Pharmally exec offering to turn witness