Sunday, 25 November 2018

More people becoming foster parents

The number of foster parents registered under the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) fostering scheme has almost doubled from 243 in 2013 to about 470 as of September this year.

More vulnerable children and young people have also been placed into foster families compared with institutions like care homes.

In 2013, there were 1,058 vulnerable children and those below 18 placed in out-of-home care. Of these, about 29%, were fostered.

As of September, 46% of 1,180 individuals were under foster care.

As part of Foster Care Week 2018, MSF and its four fostering agencies have been conducting roadshows and setting up outreach booths across the island. The week-long drive ends on Sunday.


Exceptional people: Amita Berthier wins second Junior World Cup

Singapore fencer Amita Berthier believes improved mental strength was key to her winning a second Junior World Cup title on Sunday.

The teenager, who started school at the University of Notre Dame in September, beat Belarus' Hanna Andreyenka 15-3 in the women's foil final of the Guatemala leg. She was second last year.

Her first title came in the Havana leg in Cuba in December last year.


Samsung Electronics apologises for factory cancer cases

Samsung Electronics apologised Friday (Nov 23) to workers who developed cancer after working at its semiconductor factories, ending a decade-long dispute at the world's top chipmaker.

"We sincerely apologise to the workers who suffered from illness and their families," said Samsung co-president Kim Ki-nam.

"We have failed to properly manage health risks at our semiconductor and LCD factories."

Campaign groups say that about 240 people have suffered from work-related illnesses after working at Samsung semiconductor and display factories, with around 80 of them dying.

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Thailand’s monks battle weight problems

Monks on their alms round

Followers have been showering monks - respected in the kingdom - with food loaded with sugar, fat and oil, contributing to a health crisis.

"Before I dieted, I could barely walk 100m without getting tired," Mr Pipit, 63, said during a check-up at a hospital for monks in Bangkok, adding that he used to weigh 180kg.

Thai health and religious officials last December published a Monk Health Charter, instructing members of the clergy to watch what they eat.

Thais boast some of the highest rates of obesity in Asia, according to the Asian Development Bank. Monks are among the worst hit - a 2016 survey by Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok found obesity rates as high as 48%, with 42% suffering from high blood pressure.


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