Friday, 23 March 2018

Dow Jones down 724 points

Trade war fears rocked Wall Street on Thursday after President Trump launched a crackdown on China.

Source: CNN Money as at 0900hr

Ref: http://money.cnn.com/2018/03/22/investing/dow-jones-trade-war-china/index.html

Exceptional company: Changi voted World's Best Airport for 6th consecutive year


Singapore's Changi Airport has been voted by air travellers as the world's best at the 2018 Skytrax World Airport Awards for the sixth consecutive year.

This makes Changi the first airport to win the accolade six years in a row since it was first introduced in 2000. Hong Kong International Airport had clinched the title five years in a row from 2001 to 2005.

Ref:  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/changi-voted-world-s-best-airport-for-6th-consecutive-year-10065554

Forum: Turtle museum deserves to stay open


It was sad to hear that Singapore's one and only Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum was set for eviction from the Chinese Garden at the end of this month (Lease for Chinese Garden turtle museum to be extended, owner says; ST Online, March 17).

The museum owner, Ms Connie Tan, is a positive woman who keeps moving forward despite challenges.

It is difficult for anyone to have to leave their home, especially after having been there for 16 years.

It is good to see passionate and strong individuals such as Ms Tan, who is committed to saving and giving a home to the voiceless, receiving support.

Turtles symbolise longevity and good health. With Singapore's growing ageing population, the significance of turtles could not be more apt.

I sincerely hope that the Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum will stay in operation for generations to come.

Ethel Lee (Ms)

Ref: http://str.sg/oTCC

Mom’s Brilliant Comics About Raising First- And Second-Born Kids Are Spot On


Read the full article @ https://sg.yahoo.com/news/mom-brilliant-comics-raising-first-224142383.html

Read The Adventures of Messy Cow, by Weng Chen @ https://wengchen.wordpress.com/

Seoul turns computers off to reduce overtime - updated


Ref: 
1) http://str.sg/oqZ3
2) https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-government-to-turn-off-computers-to-tackle-overwork-10074730

Vulnerable Adults Bill to be introduced in the first half of this year - updated


In a public consultation on the proposed bill in 2016, MSF said that Vulnerable Adults Bill will allow the authorities the power to step in when intervention is necessary to protect and ensure the safety of those who at risk.

MSF said that by 2030, there will be more than 900,000 residents aged 65 and above, a fair number of whom would be single or have no children. Elderly who develop dementia may be unable to care for themselves.

“This is especially worrying for those who are living alone – this number is projected to increase from 35,000 in 2012 to 83,000 in 2030. Persons with disabilities are also living longer, and more are expected to outlive their parents. Frail elderly and aging persons with disabilities are especially vulnerable to abuse, neglect and self-neglect,” MSF said.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/vulnerable-adults-bill-to-be-introduced-in-the-first-half-of-9829618

You may want to read Bill allowing state to intervene and protect vulnerable adults passed in Parliament

New clinic for people with intellectual disabilities


The Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (Minds) Developmental Disabilities Medical Clinic was opened officially yesterday.

The first clinic of its kind here, it offers specialised medical attention and has helped 100 people with intellectual disabilities since its soft launch last July.

The clinic promotes preventive healthcare using standard health screenings and examinations but it does not prescribe medication. Instead, patients will get referrals to polyclinics on an appointment basis.

The clinic's services are free for the 2,400 intellectually disabled clients under Minds. There are plans to open it to intellectually disabled members of the public in the future.

OCBC Bank donated $50,000 towards setting up the clinic.

Ref: http://str.sg/oqZp