Monday, 10 July 2017

News: We get it President Donald Trump - all Asians look alike, even our heads of state

Mistake #1. White House press described Mr Lee Hsien Loong as President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo.

After the post was corrected.

President Trump speaking with Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong before the start of their bilateral meeting.

Mistake #2: China says US has apologized for Taiwan name gaffe

The White House press made another mistake when they described President Xi from the Republic of China instead of People's Republic of China. Republic of China is the formal name for Taiwan.

Obituary: Spencer Johnson of 'Who Moved My Cheese?' dies

Spencer Johnson, author of "Who Moved my Cheese?" that sold over 25 million copies, has died, aged 78.

The slim book was written as a story about the need to change in order to survive, but humans' comfort zone, stubbornness, or superstition holds them back to any change.

[One good example is Dr Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory show. He must sit at the same spot on the sofa, eats the same type of food every day, do the same activities, etc. People find him weird and eccentric but he finds people strange and stupid.]

Another slim book written by Spencer, "The One Minute Manager", was also a hit.


Exceptional people: 100 nurses recognised for consistently outstanding work

100 exceptional nurses were recognised by the Ministry of Health (MOH) at its Nurses' Merit Award ceremony.

The award is given to nurses who have shown consistently outstanding performance for the past three years, upgraded themselves professionally and contributed towards promoting the nursing profession.

At the ceremony, Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong also announced the launch of applications for a new Community Nursing Scholarship, to build nursing leaders in community care, such as looking after patients in their homes, nursing homes and polyclinics.

The scholarship will be awarded to 20 students and nurses each year.


Exceptional people: Volunteers repaint and tidy up homes of vulnerable seniors

More than 1,000 people from all walks of life took part in one of Singapore's largest coordinated clean-up events, Home Sweep Home, in Redhill, Chai Chee and Toa Payoh.

Organised by the non-profit Habitat for Humanity Singapore, the inaugural event aims for a cleaner and healthier city, starting with improving the living conditions of vulnerable elderly residents.

Those looking to make a difference can join weekly clean-up sessions called Project HomeWorks.


Exceptional people: Volunteers lauded for helping inmates and their families

Yellow Ribbon Community Project (YRCP) provides moral support to other former offenders.

As of last month, 945 volunteers have been trained to reach out to more than 5,700 families of inmates. This is an increase from 898 volunteers and 5,127 families last year, according to numbers from the Singapore Prison Service.

This project sees volunteers visiting an inmate's family members with his or her consent, to identify their needs and help with referrals or other forms of support like making sure an ex-offender does not relapses and goes back to his old circle of friends.

30 YRCP volunteers received plaques and certificates for their contributions at an annual appreciation luncheon at the Singapore Expo that was attended by over 350 people.


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