Saturday, 12 November 2016

Forum: Teach youth (and some adults) to accept defeat graciously

I watched on TV with amusement and some degree of indignation at how a large number of Mrs Hillary Clinton's supporters collectively threw their toys out of the pram when the election result went against their candidate ("Protesters take to US streets over Trump victory"; ST Online, yesterday).

A democratic vote for Mr Donald Trump prompted groups of Clinton supporters to march in protest, burn American flags and abuse anyone in their path who had the temerity to vote differently from them.

It did not escape my attention that these mobs consisted largely of entitled millennials. I can only hope and pray that this deluded mentality does not pervade our shores.

The level of discord created over an election result that went sour for them is no excuse to behave like hoodlums.

It is of the utmost importance to educate our young (and some adults) that in life, you cannot always get what you want, and to impart to them the importance of taking defeat graciously.

Bradley Christopher Boon


Extended leave benefits for dads, unwed mums

From Jan 1, 2017:

New fathers
Will get two weeks of Government-paid paternity leave.

Unwed mothers/unwed men
Unwed mothers will get 16 weeks of maternity leave. Unwed men adopting a child will be eligible for paternity leave.

From July 1, 2017:

Adoptive mothers/Unwed adoptive mothers
Will get adoption leave of 12 weeks

Shared parental leave
To be increased to four weeks.
This refers to leave taken from the spouse’s maternity leave, if she opts to share it.

Including the six days of childcare leave and one week of unpaid infant care leave that fathers are currently entitled to, the changes bring the number of leave days fathers can take in their child’s first year to up to two months.

How many calories do YOU burn keeping your home tidy?