News Links

News links are uploaded on a weekly basis, with the latest news at the top.

News Links 2020 

News 14/12

GP/Secondary

Rich countries get first dibs in the vaccine race.  While many poor nations may be able to vaccinate at most 20 percent of their populations in 2021, some of the world’s richest countries have reserved enough doses to immunise their own multiple times over.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/15/us/coronavirus-vaccine-doses-reserved.html?action=click&campaign_id=7&emc=edit_MBAE_p_20201215&instance_id=25071&module=RelatedLinks&nl=morning-briefing&pgtype=Article&regi_id=107636503&section=topNews&segment_id=47036&te=1&user_id=ac09ab6ec1aae1474b024dc475bb37fb

Why we a re facing an unprecedented hunger crisis https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/11/covid-19-food-insecurity-crisis/?fbclid=IwAR1dZ3ICjWo_miGKUwrqP7g-QpHNnrJve3sv_vqZ9de2RpeBuZu0_u39ixY

SG: New flats for the elderly to be launched in February BTO exercise, with subscription to care services  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/bto-flats-elderly-bukit-batok-care-services-assisted-living-13742262?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR0JUZ_NdBgOFFhe6k30_Cz-5fRSKO-cMI_1O_Qu0qInTn2Qvbo8BV5AZkA


GP/Secondary/Primary

For your next vacation, consider  slow travel   https://www.facebook.com/worldeconomicforum/videos/844357733056104/

Our students need to learn more critical thinking skills  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/10/future-jobs-global-education-skills/https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-students-top-maths-science-rankings-for-second-consecutive-edition-of

Japanese libraries make borrowing safe   https://www.facebook.com/nhkworld/videos/382307666394263/

The appeal of Uncle Roger is strongest amongst Asians   https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3112528/why-asians-love-youtube-star-uncle-roger-weve-all-got-one

5 Most powerful women in the world   https://www.facebook.com/worldeconomicforum/videos/771112740415978/

BTS is entertainer of the year  https://www.facebook.com/time/videos/396124131807900/

Instead of a staycation, visit the Orient Express exhibition   https://www.facebook.com/TheSmartLocal/videos/382910359653168/

Unravelling the sea dragon fossil  https://www.facebook.com/bbcearth/videos/3959990854034441/

News 7/12

GP/Secondary/Primary

MOE unveils four main strategies to prepare students for post Covid-19 environment https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/parenting-education/moes-four-main-strategies-to-prepare-students-for-post-covid-19

No-kill protein, the Food of the Future? Alternative proteins, such as cultured meat, could pave the way for more sustainable food production and better food security.  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/debrief-cultured-meat-may-be-food-for-the-future?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Cultured+meat%3A+No-kill+products+may+be+food+for+the+future&utm_content=05%2F12%2F2020

Don't poo-poo poo! The transplanted faecal matter may hold the secret to tackling aging; restores the patient's gut microbiome by introducing healthy bacteria.  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/dont-sniff-at-poo-it-may-hold-secret-to-tackling-ageing

An interesting read: passive aggressive language is acceptable in Japanese culture  https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2020/12/01/language/how-to-complain-in-japanese/

Turning passion into art: paper kinetic sculptor  https://www.facebook.com/todayonline/videos/686593915376090

Be a passionate environmentalist: meet HK's (possibly) youngest advocate  https://www.facebook.com/scmp/videos/1104254550071242

News 30/11

GP/Secondary

The Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, was renamed the Ministry of Sustainability and Environment. What does this mean? Grace Fu: "All the streams that we are working on, whether it's food, whether it's waste, water or energy...we're looking at how to make more sustainable use of the resource." [with Video]
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/diversification-of-food-sources-cannot-be-only-strategy-in-the-face-of-global?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Diversification+of+food+sources+cannot+be+only+strategy+in+the+face+of+global+disruptions&utm_content=30%2F11%2F2020


The World Bank: how many people COVID could push into poverty https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/11/covid-19-global-poverty-inequality-un-economics-coronavirus-pandemic/?fbclid=IwAR136nWOJPz9GvxOcZZWVTmt2uKrvr2JovGkmSjUrT-nd7ipMzf6Hf2aff4

GP/Secondary/Primary

7 Steps to Reducing Food Waste https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/08/food-waste-fao-world-hunger?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social_scheduler&utm_term=Future+of+Food&utm_content=24/11/2020+02:00&fbclid=IwAR3TiRhgFxVBlwn9dBCe3VRQLX1FtwJR4WQ6vpPeO9gDcLDOZFlCqMuquyE

Farms in the rural area of Lim Chu Kang are welcoming more visitors as Singapore residents - unable to holiday overseas amid the COVID-19 pandemic - explore the country for new experiences.  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/lim-chu-kang-farms-visitors-business-earnings-covid-19-13643068?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR12usAFvwGy5eZR_xxq3-xtMS42OSvfjteOH0yl1mvoCjAyU2Y2WxFqZgU


The smoking rate in SG has shrunk from 18.3 per cent in 1992 to 10.6 per cent in 2019, through a combination of legislative and public education efforts: regulations on tobacco advertising and multiple anti-smoking campaigns, raised minimum legal age, higher taxes on tobacco products etc. But authorities want to reduce smoking even more  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/in-focus-singapore-smoking-quit-second-hand-smoke-cigarettes-13643864?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR32Adiq8zuj-WNNWNM6ElyGwpu810KW2F4D4CriiKhNy1H99BUYTkv9xnk


Now you see it, now you don't: where did the stone slab go?  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/mysterious-monolith-in-us-desert-reportedly-disappears-13662242

Music Neuroscience: which is your happy song?   https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/music-happiness-neuroscience.html

News 23/11

GP/Secondary

The effect of COVID-19 on business travel, according to Bill Gates. "My prediction would be that over 50% of business travel and over 30% of days in the office will go away," Gates said...The one downside of virtual meetings versus in-person events? The inability to meet new people.  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/11/bill-gates-pandemic-covid-coronavirus-work-travel-business-digital/

Creativity key to competing with AI--here's how  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/11/ai-automation-creativity-workforce-skill-fute-of-work?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social_scheduler&utm_term=Future+of+Work&utm_content=24/11/2020+07:00&fbclid=IwAR2L7BGTnh2eid4tshsBu0mOSLh7wRqKFr4c4iqKGWm4mk2mH85Wki1a5GQ

The rise of e-commerce and the end of retail?  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/robinsons-closing-singapore-department-stores-metro-ecommerce-13590876

GP/Secondary/Primary

Local brain bank receives first donations https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/local-brain-bank-receives-first-donations-of-brains-for-research?utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=STFB&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1606024429


Activist stealing from museums: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/nov/20/experience-i-steal-from-museums?CMP=fb_gu&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR0Im_XGjv4v4QL__ZjehbeC8OmWZqg375QsFGW2I7TGjzYtu3Mu4adJG8U#Echobox=1605867157

The (Hong Kong Travel) Bubble has Burst  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-singapore-hong-kong-air-travel-bubble-launch-deferred-13609978

The elixir of youth is... oxygen?   https://www.rt.com/news/507255-scientists-reverse-cellular-aging/


News 9/11

GP/Secondary

SG Pilot run to reopen certain nightlife establishments   https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-nightlife-establishments-reopen-pilot-13480328

PSLE 2021 New-Scoring System and what it means   https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/parenting-education/moe-releases-indicative-secondary-school-entry-points-under-new-psle?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=&utm_content=07%2F11%2F2020

Opinion: The perils of online learning   https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/06/nyregion/nyc-remote-learning.html

Presidential concession speeches: 1960-2016. Each gracious, and very unlike anything we will see in 2020

https://www.facebook.com/Channel4News/videos/716858052243677


GP/Secondary/ Primary

First ever vegan butchers is opening in the UK, located in London. What do meat-lovers think?  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/11/uk-london-vegan-butchers-food-consumption-world-vegan-day/?fbclid=IwAR1FFj-AIo-_-smOwq8kYgkLwdI5DDzTlNaHJ0ymtD-H57-iwA22iXvdhyA


Asia is experiencing a much milder second wave of the coronavirus than Europe due to to civility, the public spirit of the people  https://english.elpais.com/opinion/2020-10-30/why-asia-is-better-at-beating-the-pandemic-than-europe-the-key-lies-in-civility.html?ssm=FB_CC&fbclid=IwAR3CLWmlXGI6vxY1DgSTBIZbmgg9EYKVq4DURI1JoX2mJlzjk1qolSZKWTs

Agatha Christie goes to Bollywood   https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-54806021

Primary

Hermit crabs need more shells   https://sg.style.yahoo.com/call-shell-donations-thailands-hermit-135344817.html

News 2/11

GP/Secondary

Type of thinking you’ll need to succeed in the future  https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/15/harvard-yale-researcher-future-success-is-not-a-specific-skill-its-a-type-of-thinking.html?__source=facebook%7Cmain&fbclid=IwAR3cZKBP0uO6-f4Y100vjM1N1Rh3ubUtErFSVO1HM_VX0FYf5R5ALZ3uZkQ


America Votes

The Love—black eyed peas USA/Biden tribute. https://youtu.be/Jk7LPpY8pXM

CNN Live: all things elections related  https://edition.cnn.com/politics/live-news/election-results-and-news-11-04-20/index.html

GP/Secondary/ Primary

Breathonix Ptd Ltd. developed a breath test that can detect COVID-19 within a minute: https://news.nus.edu.sg/60-second-breath-test-to-detect-covid-19_20201026094346785/

Inspirational Leader: Fion heads a 9000-strong SG volunteer group (long, so 3 min is a good intro) https://www.facebook.com/TheRoyalSingapore/videos/767208970790227


Sean Connery in memoriam  https://www.theguardian.com/film/gallery/2020/oct/31/sean-connery-007-indiana-jones-career-pictures-james-bond

Turkey quake miracle: a 2 year old survives   https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/02/europe/turkey-earthquake-girl-rescue-intl-hnk/index.html

News 26/10

GP/Secondary

A Divided US Agrees on One Thing: Many People Want a Gun—many anticipate a civil war depending on election outcome 
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/27/us/guns-2020-election.html?referringSource=articleShare

How the US Elects its President--An interactive guide  https://www.straitstimes.com/multimedia/graphics/2020/10/us-electoral-college-2020/index.html?shell

GP/Secondary/Primary

Cell-based milk: https://www.straitstimes.com/business/local-start-up-wins-global-award-for-making-milk-without-the-need-for-cows-or-humans?utm_campaign=STFB&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook

SG Gov investing in low-carbon energy research  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-international-energy-week-low-carbon-research-13373396?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR0zqUCq_OPoy2bFckau6ozx676K6i4BZ6vHhlOzR480V0OaQJFe_njsbl4

Follow up last week--Singapore students familiar with global issues, but know less about world conflicts and economy: 2018 Pisa study  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/parenting-education/singapore-students-familiar-with-global-issues-but-know-less-about?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Singapore+students+familiar+with+global+issues%2C+but+know+less+about+world+conflicts+and+economy%3A+2018+Pisa+study&utm_content=23%2F10%2F2020


Doraemon exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore: https://www.straitstimes.com/life/arts/doraemon-invades-national-museum-of-singapore-for-an-instagram-fest?utm_campaign=STFB&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook

Slashing Shipping emissions--Swedish shipping company Wallenius Marine developing Oceanbird, propelled only by the wind.  https://www.dezeen.com/2020/10/22/wallenius-marin-oceanbird-ship-wind-design/?fbclid=IwAR0S6p763km5t-6fM_PdoROJ-TknEQhU3GwLFDRP29ZIYYCPl13gay7pfGY

Meet the new burger king 2021 edition  https://www.businessinsider.com/burger-king-new-stores-2021-food-lockers-conveyor-belts-burgers-2020-10

Passion vs Status/Wealth: which one would you choose?   https://www.todayonline.com/gen-y-speaks/gen-y-speaks-i-chose-not-study-medicine-because-my-love-insects

Opinion: The pervasiveness of IT (read: Google)   https://www.todayonline.com/commentary/its-googles-world-we-just-live-it

News 19/10

GP/Secondary

SG: Proposed $1,300 min wage--statistics vs reality   https://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/forum/how-can-anyone-survive-on-less-than-1300?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Forum%3A+How+can+anyone+survive+on+less+than+%241%2C300%3F&utm_content=21%2F10%2F2020 

GP/Secondary/Primary

Singapore’s 15-year-olds came out tops (AGAIN) in the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) global competence study, beating those from 26 other countries.  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/pisa-study-singapore-students-global-competence-assessment-13340186?cid=fbcna&fbclid=IwAR2Ot7IzqXx2HO4R6yh2LlIk2DEQuqoUpgp_3hfAnyTsOK04twtT8V-nD2Y

Follow Up to PISA ranking: Students in Singapore know more about issues like climate change and global warming but lack knowledge in other areas like international conflicts. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/parenting-education/singapore-students-familiar-with-global-issues-but-know-less-about?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Singapore+students+familiar+with+global+issues%2C+but+know+less+about+world+conflicts+and+economy%3A+2018+Pisa+study&utm_content=23%2F10%2F2020

Banksy's Show Me the Monet sells for 10 million   https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/banksy-monet-artwork-10-million-sotheby-auction-london-13340110?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR3j1c8VtQ5gsTxFUN4AKu4DFXTww-FhvrSKggLXinoy5D3hNCu7mwfUGAI

The future of face masks--from monitoring vitals to translation technology

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/covid-19-face-mask-high-tech-air-purifier-translation-app-health-13327992?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR2Hr7HpSXxK8Omt46UXtZDuCj09Mm8tEXqhUMxdVKQLXg1vKJ1q-dLhVtQ

Trace Together App or Token mandatory from Dec 2020  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/checking-in-with-tracetogether-to-be-compulsory-at-public-venues-by-december?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=TraceTogether+check-ins+to+be+compulsory+at+public+venues+in+S%27pore+by+end-December&utm_content=21%2F10%2F2020

Laptops for every SG student--many things can go wrong   https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/laptops-students-distraction-online-learning-13319666

New 12/10

GP/Secondary

How media marketing represents women perpetuates gender bias   https://www.todayonline.com/voices/examine-how-women-are-represented-marketing-media-gender?fbclid=IwAR3QyaJt23B7HmzHRoEKbAI5T04osA_CjeX3su1PL86kOdMuNfKV-FN82pU

GP/Secondary/Primary

13 year old raises funds in aid of e-scooter accident victim  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/over-164000-raised-for-e-scooter-accident-victim-by-12-year-old-girl?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_PM&utm_term=13-year-old+girl+raises+over+%24164%2C000+for+e-scooter+accident+victim&utm_content=14%2F10%2F2020

New preferred norm in SG: 8 in 10 prefer working from home and flexibility https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/8-in-10-want-to-work-from-home-or-have-more-flexibility?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=8+in+10+in+Singapore+want+to+work+from+home+or+have+more+flexibility&utm_content=12%2F10%2F2020

The Environmental costs of 'Rush Shipping" [Video] and Amazon's new packaging ...for Halloween   https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/13/tech/amazon-box-ar-app/index.html

The world's best desserts https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/world-50-best-desserts/index.html

What your favourite ice cream tells about you   https://www.rd.com/list/hidden-personality-traits-revealed-ice-cream

Go on a Jurassic Park hunt   https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/changi-jurassic-mile-airport-dinosaur-east-coast-park-connector-13253830

Kayne West on the Presidential campaign   https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/kanye-west-focuses-on-religion-in-first-election-campaign-video-13270142

New 21/9

GP/Secondary

Review of gender equality issues--The review will be broadly categorised to address the mindset change needed and how to develop this from a young age. It will also tackle issues at home and examine the way women are thought about in the school and workplace, and tackle the need for equal opportunities and protection from sexual harassment, assault and workplace discrimination. The review will also examine issues in the community, like gender stereotyping and how women are addressed in the manner of speech or way of thinking, he said.  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-to-conduct-review-of-womens-issues-to-inculcate-mindset-change-for-gender?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Singapore+to+conduct+review+of+women%27s+issues+to+bring+about+mindset+change+for+gender+equality&utm_content=21%2F09%2F2020

We've misunderstood what Darwin meant by "survival of the fittest" https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08rvzn8/why-our-understanding-of-survival-of-the-fittest-is-wrong

GP/Secondary/Primary

More households need food aid-- Elders and people living in rental flats remain vulnerable, but a new group is emerging that would not normally seek help   https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/more-households-need-food-aid-including-younger-couples-and-private-property-dwellers?fbclid=IwAR23M9DCvg7O3Ay_EKe7KhLkRGNO5m-d_t7csE8PhB9V6yLJzfBTfsQTMAs

Trumps Net Worth Drops by $600m  https://www.facebook.com/forbes/videos/991763037960155

Primary

Would you live in an abandoned primary school? This man does 🙂   https://www.facebook.com/UNILADAdventure/videos/697335794196196/

Cute news of the week: Why bird nests aren't covered in poop   https://www.facebook.com/Vox/videos/2401428593497329

New 14/9

GP/Secondary

How the pandemic has worsened gender gaps in the job economy, and what can be done   https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/09/covid-19-gender-inequality-jobs-economy?fbclid=IwAR3RWgY8wa7hQsbvUvTecURrOV8l4RUMGuX5h4AOWRkUY3zfIOgE0bk8mhY

GP/Secondary/Primary

SG: Ramping up efforts in sustainability [Video]  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/singapore-seeks-to-push-the-boundaries-on-sustainability?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Singapore+seeks+to+push+the+boundaries+on+sustainability%3A+Desmond+Lee&utm_content=14%2F09%2F2020

SG: Battling COVID burnout and fatigue--where there's not end in sight  https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/battling-pandemic-fatigue-some-feel-burned-out-as-the-covid-19-outbreak-drags-on-with-no?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Battling+pandemic+fatigue%3A+Some+feel+burned+out+as+Covid-19+outbreak+drags+on+with+no+end+in+sight&utm_content=14%2F09%2F2020

Brain wave x exoskeleton; wearable cyborg to help people walk   https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/18/health/japan-cyberdyne-brain-wave-exoskeleton-wellness-scn-hnk-intl/index.html

Something fun--the history of fake blood [some can literally kill!]  https://www.facebook.com/greatbigstory/videos/2441282572840828

FREE forest sound from all around the world--to help you unwind :))  https://mymodernmet.com/sounds-of-the-forest-soundmap/?fbclid=IwAR3RWgY8wa7hQsbvUvTecURrOV8l4RUMGuX5h4AOWRkUY3zfIOgE0bk8mhY

New 7/9

GP/Secondary

Interesting look into why US police shoot multiple rounds at suspect

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/26/us/why-police-shoot-so-many-rounds-trnd/index.html

SG: 9 high-tech farms awarded $40M to ramp up food production  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/nine-high-tech-farms-in-singapore-awarded-nearly-40-million-to-ramp-up-food-production?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Nine+high-tech+farms+in+Singapore+awarded+nearly+%2440+million+to+ramp+up+food+production&utm_content=10%2F09%2F2020

GP/Secondary/Primary

HBL highlights inequality and the great tech divide: Indonesian students climb trees and travel miles for wifi connection   https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/05/world/asia/coronavirus-indonesia-school-remote-learning.html?campaign_id=7&emc=edit_MBAE_p_20200906&instance_id=21969&nl=morning-briefing&regi_id=107636503&section=longRead&segment_id=37546&te=1&user_id=ac09ab6ec1aae1474b024dc475bb37fb

I Am Greta--documentary at the Venice film festival [with video trailer]  https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/greta-thunberg-says-venice-documentary-shows-her-real-self

Media Analysis: Why the new iPhone ad is ingenious   https://www.inc.com/jason-aten/apples-latest-ad-is-a-hilarious-terrifying-look-at-why-privacy-matters-on-your-iphone.html

Handheld Mask--Trust the Japanese to invent this!   https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/09/02/national/handheld-mask-coronavirus

A timely reminder for revision from Nobel Prize Winners  https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/a-nobel-prize-winners-3-step-plan-to-master-any-subject.html

Primary

The woman with 1000 cats   https://www.facebook.com/greatbigstory/videos/2434698783499207

New 31/8 

GP/Secondary

SG: The Future of Retail in a COVID Era  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/the-future-of-retail-in-a-covid-19-era-money-mind-13062480?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR0PeZjYE36dqBhTsJ8deHoeTFSGOoc2HkQUlZPBmtMfNnKKSQQ78eHTG08

Large Dips in Population Expected in China and India; but growth still expected in Africa   https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/08/large-population-decline-expected-in-china-and-india?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social_scheduler&utm_term=China&utm_content=31/08/2020+02:00&fbclid=IwAR150v79Pp1M3KsH6_WN5n_RohMePE9dkSxhg_BitJwJD-XMR2DqoW37S2M

Chadwick Boseman will go down in history as a superhero, but not everyone who braves the same illness gets the same notice  https://time.com/5884740/chadwick-boseman-obit/

GP/Secondary/Primary

Of Machine Learning, Algorithms and New Planets   https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiecartereurope/2020/08/25/does-astronomy-need-humans-an-algorithm-just-discovered-50-new-alien-planets-and-may-find-many-more/?utm_source=FBPAGE&utm_medium=social&utm_content=3637475435&utm_campaign=sprinklrForbesMainFB#55b59c4911fd

NEX cinema accident: observe the eyewitness accounts. Tip to Primary level story writers: telling the story from a different POV can make your plot more interesting  https://mustsharenews.com/shaw-nex-accident/

The September holidays are coming! Here are some ideas to keep you busy

https://www.timeout.com/singapore/things-to-do/the-best-things-to-do-in-singapore-in-september

Decorative manholes are also found in Orchard Road 🙂   https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=1009416469479993

A Lego weaving machine that actually works!  https://www.facebook.com/LEGOSingapore/videos/3649539348411985

Primary

A timely revision. Essay-writing: which point of view should you use?  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=3158577760921895

New 24/8 

GP/Secondary

Speaker of Parliament, Tan Chuan Jin, sets the tone as Parliament opens  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/parliament/videos/tan-chuan-jin-addresses-mps-after-his-re-election-as-speaker-of-13048382?fbclid=IwAR1gJKVltUinmIEUS3mPhYeW_MhkaCYyOb6rg-ks6XT9nOrHgFajg7FlWKI

On the recent shooting of Jacob Blake, Kenosha Wisconsin #blacklivesmatter  https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/25/us/jacob-blake-kenosha-wisconsin-protests/index.html

Jeff Bezos first man worth USD200 billion; and the massive income inequality brought on by centibillionaires  https://www.straitstimes.com/business/companies-markets/amazons-jeff-bezos-becomes-first-person-ever-worth-us200-billion?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_PM&utm_term=Amazon%27s+Jeff+Bezos+becomes+first+person+ever+worth+US%24200+billion&utm_content=27%2F08%2F2020

NZ judge sentenced white supremacist Brenton Tarrant to life in prison without parole for killing 51 Muslim worshipper  https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/australianz/new-zealand-court-sentences-mosque-shooter-brenton-tarrant-to-life-imprisonment

GP/Secondary/Primary

Exams to go on with SDM: PSLE, N, O, A levels 

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/national-exams-including-psle-and-o-levels-will-be-held-as-scheduled-but-with?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_PM&utm_term=National+exams%2C+including+PSLE+and+O+levels%2C+will+proceed+but+with+Covid-19+special+arrangements&utm_content=21%2F08%2F2020

The latest COVID rules—from travel to F&B  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/coronavirus-what-is-allowed-under-latest-adjustments-of-restrictions

There is hope for humanity: how a communal kitchen offers physical and emotional support for caregivers of cancer patients  https://www.facebook.com/scmp/videos/394883611476988

While Singapore eases restrictions for travellers from New Zealand, New Zealand's advisory to residents remain unchanged.   https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/new-zealand-travel-advisory-singapore-travel-advisory-13043882

Primary

Philip Island is livestreaming its penguin parade every night: https://www.timeout.com/melbourne/news/phillip-island-is-livestreaming-its-penguin-parade-every-night-082420?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&cid=%7Emelbourne%7Enatsoc%7Efacebook%7Eechobox#Echobox=1598236516

New 17/8  

GP/Secondary

The Docility Myth: Asian women's careers stunted by stereotypes around race, culture and gender  https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200807-the-docility-myth-flattening-asian-womens-careers

Culture and Identity -- what makes us Singaporean   https://www.facebook.com/RiceMedia.co/videos/770908216991494

SG Survey: COVID fatigue sets in  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/44-of-people-here-tired-of-rules-to-limit-virus-spread-survey

Benevolent sexism (presented as a comic): https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/13/benevolent-sexism-a-feminist-comic-explains-how-it-holds-women-back

GP/Secondary/Primary

More complain to CASE during COVID--lost deposits, cancelled travel and wedding plans etc.  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/spike-in-travel-delivery-complaints-amid-covid-19-pandemic-case?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Coronavirus%3A+Lost+deposits+for+cancelled+travel+and+wedding+plans+lead+to+spike+in+complaints%2C+says+Case+&utm_content=17%2F08%2F2020

New Law to protect consumers. It will cover events that were scheduled to be held on or after Feb 1 such as wedding banquets, business meetings or conferences. It also includes contracts for accommodation or entertainment related to tourism.  https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/proposed-laws-will-protect-event-deposits-from-being-forfeited-but-do-not-mean-immediate

(1) New poll shows that Singaporeans are adjusting to WFH [with nice tables and graphs]  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/sporeans-are-adjusting-to-working-from-home-new-poll-shows

(2) Yet, more are stressed working from home--NUHS survey https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/more-work-from-homers-feel-stressed-than-front-line-workers-singapore-survey-on?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_PM&utm_term=Working+from+home+can+be+more+stressful+than+being+on+Covid-19+front+line%2C+mental+health+survey+finds&utm_content=19%2F08%2F2020

Tokyo's transparent public restrooms: https://www.forbes.com/sites/suzannerowankelleher/2020/08/16/why-tokyos-new-transparent-public-restrooms-are-a-stroke-of-genius/?utm_campaign=forbes&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_term=Valerie/#76616c657269


Primary

Travelling between the 2 countries is a mere skip-and-hop away!  https://www.facebook.com/greatbigstory/videos/3131921293523570

Social distancing to now apply in haunted houses   https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/tokyo-drive-in-haunted-house-kowagarasetai/index.html

New 10/8  

GP/Secondary

On the SG Economy:

(1) Singapore recession deepens: Weak economy, high uncertainty mean hard adjustments [quite a comprehensive but digestible look into the factors and projections involved] https://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/weak-economy-high-uncertainty-mean-hard-adjustments?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Singapore+recession+deepens%3A+Weak+economy%2C+high+uncertainty+mean+hard+adjustments&utm_content=12%2F08%2F2020

(2) What economists have to say https://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/economists-expect-tepid-recovery-while-businesses-hold-off-hiring?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Economists+expect+tepid+recovery+from+Singapore%27s+deepest+economic+slump+while+businesses+hold+off+hiring&utm_content=12%2F08%2F2020

GP/Secondary/Primary

Power Tower of Renewable Energy  https://www.facebook.com/7746841478/posts/10157329071566479/?vh=e&d=n

Travel to all 47 Prefectures in Japan...virtually   https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/news/see-all-japans-47-prefectures-in-130-seconds-via-this-stunning-tourism-video-080720

Domestic travel is touted the next best thing to boost a country's economy: would this work for Singapore?  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/tourism-covid-19-thailand-indonesia-malaysia-12999590

Plastic bags: can we do better in Singapore to encourage less waste?  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/singapore-plastic-bag-charge-ban-waste-recycle-reuse-pollution-12989408

Primary

Breakfast across continents: which is your favourite? Interesting ones include eel soup, clotted cream 🙂  https://www.facebook.com/greatbigstory/videos/884392342049551

New 3/8  

GP/Secondary

Pritham Singh's salary donation fiasco--a summary:  https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/wp-chief-pritam-singh-clarifies-that-he-will-donate-half-his-salary-increase-not-half-his?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=&utm_content=01%2F08%2F2020

On generational labelling and envy--a revision for Secondary students  https://www.todayonline.com/gen-y-speaks/gen-y-speaks-why-i-dont-turn-green-envy-when-those-around-me-do-well

GP/Secondary/Primary

WHO—no silver bullet amid vaccine for COVID-19   https://www.bbc.com/news/world-53643455

SG: suicide numbers among those aged 10 to 29 remain a concern, with 94 cases in 2019 - the same as in 2018   https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/number-of-suicides-in-2019-did-not-decline-compared-with-2018-youth-suicides-still-a?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_PM&utm_term=Youth+suicides+still+a+concern%2C+with+94+cases+last+year+and+in+2018&utm_content=03%2F08%2F2020 

Botanic boom in SG as more turn to plants and gardening to relief COVID-related stress   https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/home-design/covid-19-has-led-to-a-botanic-boom-in-singapore-as-more-people-become-plant?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Covid-19+has+led+to+a+botanic+boom+in+Singapore+as+more+people+become+plant+parents+to+relieve+stress&utm_content=01%2F08%2F2020

The challenges of raising Singapore's recycling rate: what happens to that plastic bottle after you toss it in the recycling bin?

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1387037805019431

Is the world's easiest language Korean?  https://www.facebook.com/nasdaily/videos/1953023614833501

Nike's marvellous ad 🙂  https://www.indy100.com/article/new-nike-advert-you-cant-stop-us-sport-watch-video-9649651

Take a peek at an undewater museum  https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com/travel/underwater-museum-great-barrier-reef-art-sculpture-12982524

New 27/7  

GP/Secondary

Thailand might be the 1st SEA country to legalise same-sex marriage  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thailand-civil-partnership-lgbtiq-gender-equality-discrimination-12954614

GP/Secondary/Primary

SG Politics--The duties and privileges of leader of the opposition  https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/parliament-sets-out-duties-and-privileges-of-leader-of-the-opposition-pritam-singh

Bill and Melinda Gates speak up for the WHO  https://www.facebook.com/forbes/videos/987503195026403/?vh=e

5 things you need to know about a COVID vaccine  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/covid-19-vaccine-5-things-you-need-to-know-coronavirus-12950566

Working from home and why it’s good and bad for one’s health  https://theconversation.com/thinking-about-working-from-home-long-term-3-ways-it-could-be-good-or-bad-for-your-health-141374

North Korea reports its first COVID-19 case and declares emergency state https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/26/kim-jong-un-conveys-urgent-meeting-after-suspected-case-of-covid-19

The Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 hangs in the balance  https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2020/07/24/commentary/world-commentary/covid-19-isnt-crisis-facing-olympics

Primary

(p5/6 hiroshima revision) This week, Hiroshima's anniversary reminds us that even as war is long over, the effects it has on the people will always remain https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/08/01/national/history/hiroshima-nagasaki-atomic-bomb-legacy

We have a whopper of a list this week! Just in time for the school holidays 🙂 

New 20/7  

GP/Secondary

Minimum Wage vs Progressive Wage--which is better for SG?  https://mothership.sg/2020/07/minimum-wage-progressive-wage-model-differences/?fbclid=IwAR2w3Dp_QmMsPQei4iFD2bsvGISPF9T3qoTQtnnuhQYNBTL4FGnwtQ5t3e8

How safe distancing changed businesses...But  might not work for all businesses (long read) https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/covid-19-mixed-picture-fb-retail-outlets-phase-2-reopening-some-brink-closure-others

Tharman: GE2020 outcome good for SG; a new balance in politics  https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/outcome-of-ge2020-good-for-singapore-reflects-desire-for-new-balance-in-politics-says?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Outcome+of+GE2020+good+for+Singapore%2C+reflects+desire+for+new+balance+in+politics%2C+says+Tharman&utm_content=20%2F07%2F2020

GP/Sec/Pri

COVID impacts--10 million kids may never return to school  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/covid-19-10-million-children-risk-not-going-to-school-12926364?fbclid=IwAR2Lg2vv0MEBO_osG4KXBMybXSCE7RuV_7dHoD6OMf3v5LfAqRJd3JCRUV8

How safe distancing changed businesses:

1. upgrade the technology, so you still sound awesome at the karaoke  https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/07/18/business/tech/karaoke-japan-masks

2. changed seating format  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/movie-magic-as-paris-turns-the-seine-into-open-air-cinema-12944754

Why I stay home despite Phase 2 [this resonates]  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-2-singapore-how-safe-go-out-aircon-12940348?fbclid=IwAR0eRY3DkSnzzKr6uC7Br-AprFA2Y5wxq-PQDk-h5QFnxv72E7B9mmAaiDU

(1) NUS suspends dentistry student (whom courts let off) https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/nus-student-strangled-ex-girlfriend-suspended-dentistry-12946606?cid=fbcna

(2) MHA to review penalty framework: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/nus-student-strangling-case-penalties-offender-shanmugam-12949912?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR0IVhbIKiICrA2WJQCWjUHh_OvUQAAtx9DiTJzrK0-oC57NbL5kTa_3edk

117 new emoji later this year  https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com/trending/apple-new-emoji-bubble-tea-ninja-ios-iphone-2020-12940156?fbclid=IwAR1LjCh4l4g4fJuE0ocHaMsnV7gkUlu-PPqvboxmdjMrac1Zww22ARY8VE0

Jaw-dropping dip in fertility rates globally  https://www.bbc.com/news/health-53409521?fbclid=IwAR0ffvkti7yb8xA2UZ94pdhN7-L_5qXw2SoLoo0AMBvIMoF9qa5Hynw3OyM

NLB removes Chinese-language children book for review after library user complains it is racist  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/nlb-removes-chinese-language-children-book-for-review-after-library-user-complains-it-is?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=NLB+removes+Chinese-language+children+book+for+review+after+library+user+complains+it+is+racist&utm_content=20%2F07%2F2020

Just for fun: test your vocab skills!  https://www.merriam-webster.com/word-games/vocabulary-quiz

Everyone should practice mindfulness; it's a first step to a better society  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6T02g5hnT4

Driverless taxis: will they be coming to Singapore soon? What repercussions does it have?  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/07/autonomous-vehicles-taxi-mobility

New 13/7

GP/Secondary

GE2020 That Feeling called Hope—a first-time voter’s perspective 

https://www.ricemedia.co/current-affairs-ge-2020-feeling-called-hope/

GE2020 results a repudiation of bullying tactics in politics  https://www.facebook.com/100000095104891/posts/3405198629493274/?d=n

Gentler, kinder politics emerging in SG  https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/ge2020-shows-a-new-political-culture-of-a-kinder-and-gentler-politics-is-emerging-says-chan?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=GE2020+shows+a+new+political+culture+of+a+%27kinder+and+gentler+politics%27+is+emerging%2C+says+Chan+Heng+Chee&utm_content=16%2F07%2F2020

Dangers of obsessing over the politicians:  https://www.ricemedia.co/current-affairs-ge-2020-stop-stanning-politicians-not-celebrities/

Hong Kong protests and security laws explained [8 min video]

https://www.facebook.com/abcnews.au/videos/746257212869488/UzpfSTc2NDcwMDk2NzoxMDE2MDA0ODY5Nzg5MDk2OA/

GP/Secondary/Primary

17 ways technology could change the world by 2025

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/06/17-predictions-for-our-world-in-2025?fbclid=IwAR07kpJv-f7yWUN2FquYzeojTmt9-TjY1FByzhzoZjYbkOY25t_XqqBLTb4

Uber ride sharing might shake up Japan's economy  https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/news/uber-is-finally-available-in-tokyo-after-six-years-in-japan-070620

Sony's wearable air con is finally here!  https://mothership.sg/2020/07/sony-wearable-air-con/

Retail therapy is now all inclusive  https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/news/in-photos-see-the-new-uniqlo-park-megastore-in-yokohama-featuring-an-outdoor-park-062520

Robots to replace manpower in Tokyo's convenience stores

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2020/07/08/food/remote-controlled-robots-familymart-konbini/

New 6/7

GP/Secondary

Move over Zoom. Virtual Reality might be the next step at work and in school

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/04/virtual-reality-usage-booms-in-the-workplace-amid-the-pandemic.html

As GE2020 looms this week, here are some of the issues that surfaced for all parties to address:  https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/singapore-ge2020-6-key-election-issues-from-jobs-covid-19-to-population

GE2020: one opinion on why opposition voice matters  https://www.facebook.com/sudhir.vadaketh/videos/10158371315910944/

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Top Futurist shares 3 scenarios facing countries in relation to how the coronavirus pandemic will play out   https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2309723212656082

Update on sustainability and the fashion industry. How to make your wardrobe sustainable, according to a fashion expert.  https://www.facebook.com/worldeconomicforum/videos/2537078546622339/

Minister Ong Ye Kung on schools, Covid-19 and more | 20 Questions By 20 People In Their 20s:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3oU6CYb6vU


New 29/6

GP/Secondary

SG, have we forgot about Dorscon Orange?  https://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/covid-19-crisis-fatigue-we-forgot-about-dorscon-orange?utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=STFB&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1593340238

Post COVID, GE2020 sets technological precedents in many areas https://www.todayonline.com/big-read/big-read-not-fought-streets-cyber-space-covid-19-enforced-digital-ge-will-be-no-other

Commentary: China’s ‘charm offensive’ has become rather charmless  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/china-diplomacy-australia-trade-us-india-belt-road-xi-trump-12880762?cid=FBcna

Actress Jameela Jamil spoke to BBC HARDtalk on having no filter, dealing with racism and taking on the fashion industry. (Oct 2019)  https://www.facebook.com/bbcnews/videos/1849234498555635/?vh=e

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Design and architecture: What post-pandemic homes will look like  https://cnaluxury.channelnewsasia.com/obsessions/how-singapore-homes-will-look-like-post-pandemic-12868620?cid=FBcna

Explainer Comic for GE2020--key facts you need to know  https://newnaratif.com/comic/nn-explains-sg-general-elections/share/una.xvefgrayl/9e38831cc31341d5b586f67866fc9cbf/?fbclid=IwAR1gt-FTVpJkjgZ_MxONl1-Aea4MpIt40HLoGNzMZjlYm444NDFNST2mynI

British School tests kids for racial bias  https://www.facebook.com/Channel4/videos/283871159394683/

Primary

Get a degree in Ninja studies  https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/ninja-studies-degree-japan-mie-university-iga-a9588006.html

On the heels of #blacklivesmatter comes Pixar's new animation, Soul  https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/pixar-soul-sneak-peek-black-representation

New 22/6

GP/ Secondary

A blueprint for China’s proposed security law for Hong Kong, revealed that Beijing plans to set up an agency in the territory to “collect and analyze” intelligence and to handle certain cases.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/20/world/asia/china-hong-kong-security-law.html?campaign_id=7&emc=edit_MBAE_p_20200621&instance_id=19595&nl=morning-briefing&regi_id=107636503&section=topNews&segment_id=31511&te=1&user_id=ac09ab6ec1aae1474b024dc475bb37fb

The Danger with Quick Fixes--The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) issued an alert about three weight loss products that were found to have potent medicinal ingredients.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/weight-loss-products-clinic-k-rozell-detox-ro-slim-hsa-12857510?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR0-Ack8IZECcxkE1GSgrHsb04apuudS3F-VAYvZ6iyIZZm9nvkuSy5C8GQ

Shanmugam--everyone must bear 'individual responsibility' as economic activity continues despite COVID  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-phase-2-economic-activity-shanmugam-in-conversation-12857280

The competition heats up for online chats: Google Meet features noise cancelling feature  https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidphelan/2020/06/10/google-meet-switches-on-jaw-dropping-feature-to-beat-zoom--microsoft-teams/#6ed5dd1e32ba

Media bias: A tale of two cities: how news can be construed either way

"What a waste to throw away 250,000 eggs" vs "oversupply of eggs causes a problem... the eggs had gone bad"

http://theindependent.sg/netizens-angry-that-250000-eggs-thrown-away-due-to-oversupply/

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/coronavirus-egg-distributors-struggling-to-deal-with-oversupply

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Japanese supercomputer is top in the world  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/22/technology/japanese-supercomputer-fugaku-tops-american-chinese-machines.html?campaign_id=7&emc=edit_MBAE_p_20200622&instance_id=19616&nl=morning-briefing&regi_id=107636503&section=whatElse&segment_id=31571&te=1&user_id=ac09ab6ec1aae1474b024dc475bb37fb

New 8/6

GP/ Secondary

Misunderstanding Singapore: What the world gets wrong about the small, economic powerhouse—and its response to the pandemic.

https://thebulwark.com/misunderstanding-singapore/?fbclid=IwAR3V6EYJCDvYqxf6wv6DpjXZPamF9JGxuZTRE4xhX-0Vp5IEA7osyJ6DFpY

Post-COVID Cities Reimagined. CNA asked leading urban planning and design experts around the region - in Singapore, Bangkok, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta - for their ideas and aspirations for greener, more equitable and resilient cities, once the coronavirus challenge is overcome. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/covid-19-greener-cleaner-cities-urban-planning-southeast-asia-12783362?fbclid=IwAR1lgxp8TBCJP1SaQykPEixhQV0VvyaDXr4bn_vSzmMMStwktOTW_ZQRtpA

Perspective: Why George Floyd shouldn't be martyred [Video]: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=273957870461345&ref=watch_permalink

From some time back: Trevor Noah interviews Bill Gates on USA's readiness to deal with pandemics https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=255278502345712

Are there measures we can adopt or have adopted from Japan? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/06/contact-tracing-japan-coronavirus-covid-19-patients-social-etiquette

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Grammar nerds: "who" versus "whom" https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/comma-queen-to-whom-it-may-concern?fbclid=IwAR0loxU7k8KIjXYon5kc8GMVW0nrkgilLvklsMwk0oWWLIt70c73njvTUJo

Primary

As the world restarts, an adrenaline-packed vacation awaits

New 1/6

GP/ Secondary

Updates on George Floyd's murder--officials charged, with heightened charge to chief aggressor; autopsy revealed that Floyd had COVID-19 weeks before death... https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/03/us/live-george-floyd-protests-today.html?campaign_id=7&emc=edit_MBAE_p_20200603&instance_id=19062&nl=morning-briefing&regi_id=107636503&section=topNews&segment_id=30013&te=1&user_id=ac09ab6ec1aae1474b024dc475bb37fb#link-1f8001df

In tandem with George Floyd, blackfacing/racism exists subconsciously in SG (even in elite schools). So, while racism is hard to completely eradicate, being sensitive to those around us is a good start. https://www.asiaone.com/digital/former-ri-student-apologises-after-getting-outed-group-blackface-photo-2016

All that went wrong: how the CDC choked in response to COVID--old technology, poor data, slow bureaucracy, confused guidance and an administration in disagreement: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/03/us/cdc-coronavirus.html?campaign_id=7&emc=edit_MBAE_p_20200603&instance_id=19062&nl=morning-briefing&regi_id=107636503&section=topNews&segment_id=30013&te=1&user_id=ac09ab6ec1aae1474b024dc475bb37fb

How the pandemic is putting more girls at risk of child marriage https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/05/coronavirus-early-child-marriage-covid19-pandemic?fbclid=IwAR17M5XKszrlH0CEuyDDvUCmkIGsH4xe9h5mXvs_2ugLDyHvE_K55HO4aVU

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

SG: Laws in force during Circuit Breaker and beyond: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-laws-in-force-indefinitely-post-circuit-breaker-12796290?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR3SQ0mnQFaIUbWoMMQ2VMrchtK8pGSUGClrsifJA_jyT5M3wvi4p-r6vbU


SG: MOE to review merging online learning and physical classrooms
'We totally understand home-based learning and digital online learning cannot substitute classroom learning. But having forced ourselves to do this for a whole month, we also learned how to do it better, and that there are certain strengths in online learning that actually, classroom learning does not have"~Minister Ong Ye Kung  
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-schools-classroom-digital-online-home-based-learning-12795720?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR3ddVUNO5J7xKTcY4tsdO39Y4PKLbDQHj441NkE4JNGuBXmKcBvtCOu6go

When George Floyd became the latest victim to die under the hands (or kness) of a white policeman in Minneapolis, #blacklivesmatter again. In a rare show of solidarity, Adidas tweeted Nike's ad to raise awareness on racism. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/nike-dont-do-it-racism-george-floyd-killing-minnesota-12788034

White supremacist channel on Telegram incites racism and violence at George Floyd's protests  https://www.businessinsider.com/white-supremacist-telegram-channel-encourages-violence-george-floyd-protests-2020-6?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=sf-bi-main&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR2_Go1-s2X_I0x_Q0_JTf-TVGFWGXBZG9CRouT5oIK0hq5uJnCB5QbBAHY

The first SpaceX rocket carrying astronauts launched into space. The last time NASA sent an astronaut was in 2011. 

Video for Primary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAtjTawE5KA

Commentary for GP/Secondary: https://www.theverge.com/2020/5/30/21269703/spacex-launch-crew-dragon-nasa-orbit-successful

New 25/5

GP/ Secondary

What is the right way to leave a lockdown? The Economist; video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Lm4pwFl_Ag&fbclid=IwAR2a1OWG00HYV_hTeDxUWmnpOT_GgWYFHxqLGx1NV3mo27L6W1hIU8K5LsA

Have we reached the peak of Globalisation? Where do we go from here?  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/05/deglobalization-glovalization-coronavirus-covid19-international-pandemic/?fbclid=IwAR3ggm1D7PDC9gIjEHquuPKY9Ah3oG3IgHYgASTgtbrugTSEbJ0Kq4dsegI

The psychology of reopening social borders: what schools and parents can do:   https://www.raftpsychology.com/news/gyid0efdmvfmjw4r9xxly04rwrjd0o

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

SG: the case for universal digital access. “But the longer-term issue we must now address is what will happen after the pandemic is over? Will students have to return the loaned devices, or can we now conceive of a world where digital access becomes a universal necessity provided as a public good?” 

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/universal-free-internet-access-remote-working-online-learning-12766858?fbclid=IwAR3pu1Dvh27mwqjH6a8ABAoOp9z9cM0TkSuTtXm8uZB4hrt0Q2AbM-dRAjE

Primary

Meet the Janus cat

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/kitten-two-faces-cat-oregon-us-a9529841.html

The floating hotel that was doomed from the start:  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=691193798323421

For manga fans: how to draw Totoro: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2020/05/12/entertainment-news/studio-ghibli-anime-how-to-draw#.XsuGXBMzY1I

New 18/5

GP/ Secondary

Why responsibility must come before freedom in Singapore’s fight against Covid-19: https://www.todayonline.com/commentary/why-responsibility-must-come-freedom-singapores-fight-against-covid-19


GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Looking towards lifting circuit breaker suspensions. Activities and the risks involved; risk is not binary

https://www.businessinsider.sg/riskiest-to-least-risky-activities-during-coronavirus-pandemic-ranked-2020-5#.XsC0atiUYVI.facebook

German cafe makes patrons wear pool noodle hats for social distancing... a new trend? https://matadornetwork.com/read/german-cafe-reopens-makes-customers-wear-pool-noodles-hats/

6 Simple Fixes to Work More Comfortably From Home

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/05/18/burst/work-from-home-chair-ergonomics-coronavirus.html?campaign_id=7&emc=edit_MBAE_p_20200519&instance_id=18617&nl=morning-briefing&regi_id=107636503&section=aBreak&segment_id=28473&te=1&user_id=ac09ab6ec1aae1474b024dc475bb37fb

The 2 Sides of SG--from the perspective of a food delivery rider https://www.ricemedia.co/culture-people-two-sides-singapore-food-delivery-rider/

Masks for the hearing-impaired: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/deaf-couple-modify-face-masks-to-help-the-hearing-impaired_uk_5ec655b5c5b65cf5f293220c?guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS5zZy8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAAXj_syUHbK29LTmfa0MfjBvW8qZnkCHKupxCuCqzOZqZcZph4Eld9ZcpZhu2gOeDXNoFx-iaIIH1SWekUUkZPle43E_GF0wzaCUs4B6UxA_aUVBl77nNbrjxqm_Z1xXe-Z6sP9l1xvZVclB8FN-rmP5Z6H6AloI8xj0KMlaMuet&guccounter=2

Faster testing and cure for COVID in SG

1. test kits in an hour https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/new-singapore-developed-test-kit-can-tell-within-hour-if-someone-has-had-covid-19

2. drug trials that might work? https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/patients-in-spore-with-severe-covid-19-enrolled-in-drug-trials

New 11/5

GP/ Secondary

[Long Read] Australia pushes for COVID-19 investigation--Middle-power countries in Europe and Asia have forged new bonds based on what they have learned from the pandemic: that the risks of China’s authoritarian government can no longer be denied, and that the U.S. cannot be relied on to lead.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/11/world/australia/coronavirus-china-inquiry.html?campaign_id=7&emc=edit_MBAE_p_20200511&instance_id=18396&nl=morning-briefing&regi_id=107636503&section=topNews&segment_id=27311&te=1&user_id=ac09ab6ec1aae1474b024dc475bb37fb

[Long Read] All across the US is seeing a rush to reopen, but scientists flag risks of COVID comeback--a good overview of the US situation as at 11 May 2020 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/11/health/coronavirus-second-wave-infections.html?campaign_id=7&emc=edit_MBAE_p_20200512&instance_id=18424&nl=morning-briefing&regi_id=107636503&section=backStory&segment_id=27451&te=1&user_id=ac09ab6ec1aae1474b024dc475bb37fb

How Costa Rica flattened the curve--good video comparing CR and NYC. So many parallels between CR and SG--but for the dormitory situations 🤕

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/05/costa-rica-winning-battle-coronavirus-covid-19?fbclid=IwAR0Cxn-0Kg1R4JyGCR4AgREWWq79LJ7dN7JnmZe79ex57XW6psPRLL1NP7U

WEF video: https://www.facebook.com/worldeconomicforum/videos/364946074480925/

With the World distracted, The Amazon rainforest continues to burn: https://www.scmp.com/news/world/americas/article/3083623/world-distracted-amazon-rainforest-continues-burn?fbclid=IwAR2SyT5OODXWXjp6rVQyI5tWDsT3_nLM0wfdmUXzkWFjzEzcL_Zx03lVeVY

A novel that reflects the trends in S Korea: that looking good (and the ability to look good) is synonymous with social mobility: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2020/05/09/books/book-reviews/if-i-had-your-face-review#.Xri1jBMzY1I


GP/ Secondary/ Primary

For a laugh: Which Zoom caller are you?
https://www.facebook.com/Austindanielbrown/videos/3045256568872210/UzpfSTY2OTkyNTMyNDoxMDE1ODAyMTI1MzQ0MDMyNQ/

Adopt a good sitting position for online lessons and work at all times: https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200508-how-to-work-from-home-comfortably-ergonomic-tips-covid-19

Maintain a healthy lifestyle: we don't need as much protein as we consume (or think we do): https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20180522-we-dont-need-nearly-as-much-protein-as-we-consume

Indian hospital uses robots to screen coronavirus patients: https://www.businessinsider.sg/india-coronavirus-robot-uses-thermal-camera-to-take-temperature-2020-5?utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=sf-bi&utm_medium=social&r=US&IR=T

Primary

P3/4 Media Studies revision: Remember the robot dog? We have one here in Singapore! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=276326386736974

News 4/5

GP/ Secondary

Leaked US doc reveals Republican campaign to blame COVID on China: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/24/gop-memo-anti-china-coronavirus-207244

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

SG: Distribution of new and improved masks

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/singaporeans-to-be-given-improved-reusable-masks-in-third-nationwide-mask?fbclid=IwAR03JDIstTK6hseGsm4ujLaZaNGUUR4XkK-53J5AH5rP9EIKCtBOFVyuyC8

China media releases Lego animation mocking the US

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-01/china-state-media-propaganda-video-mock-us-coronavirus/12204836?fbclid=IwAR3d_luGVbQYCMQGCi1MxANTkiCdHWxq9_c3TEwIacvS5PAH5BlDHkBJ-7s

What's in a name? Pronouncing Elon Musk's baby's name

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/elon-musk-baby-name-pronounce-how-say-x-ae-a-12-grimes-child-a9499606.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR1kimVduJd9GGIuPTIjm4RDYkPDoIxkfcKNPfJBwyw4yt28qN4CZ2vxB54#Echobox=1588682055

The Environment: (a) The ozone can be reversed and healed -- this was only over a span of two months! Though it is thought to be unrelated to less pollution under COVID measures, do you think it also contributed to this phenomenon? Is there anything else humans can do to help?https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/arctic-circle-ozone-hole-closed-up-united-nations-12694850

(b) Upcycling coffee beans into car parts? Ingenious! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=2620898671561324

Sneak a peek in a COVID-19 testing lab. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=550645142491304

Primary

Now that the holidays are upon us, here are some cut-out paper building templates for kids to print out, color, and fold to create paper cities. Time to get creative 🙂

https://www.demilked.com/architecture-from-home-foster-partners/

News 27/4

GP/ Secondary

Media/ Policy: Changing the COVID-19 testing criteria means a more accurate reflection of confirmed cases, but it also means the actual numbers may not be coming down after all  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/some-foreign-worker-dormitories-changing-covid-19-diagnostic-12677140


SG Education: The sad truth about HBL and the digital divide https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/cnainsider/home-based-learning-rental-flat-low-income-covid19-12685142?cid=fbcna

SG Law/ Doxing: Terence Siow gets 2 weeks jail for molesting woman on train (recap for previous lesson on Character and Grades): https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/nus-student-terence-siow-molest-train-appeal-jail-probation-12678476?cid=telegram_cna_social_28112017_cna


Politics: Female leaders seem to do better at controlling COVID-19 than their male counterparts  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/25/why-do-female-leaders-seem-to-be-more-successful-at-managing-the-coronavirus-crisis


GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Economics: Lean times ahead...SG faces a recession in 2020 https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-economy-singapore-will-enter-recession-2020-mas-review-12683096?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR1lJand_7KfRvTqRfORFepw7u9P14fiMX_y1tYGlv4AiiFv7wmaVWe1DLo

Education: Chinese kids return to school with 1-metre hats to practise social distancing https://www.goldthread2.com/culture/coronavirus-chinese-students-hats-social-distancing/article/3081768?fbclid=IwAR0TqiNM7GvbKSjl34xdRGJwYEMYEyFtO7dU9dLcammudRnT-ZYnXwY6rZc

Food: Impossible Burgers are coming to a supermarket near you [real] soon https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/24/impossible-foods-cfo-david-lee-on-expansion-into-more-us-grocery-stores.html

COVID/ US: (a) Protest in the US: https://www.facebook.com/NowThisPolitics/videos/516037812407183/

(b) Trump suggests disinfectant as cure for COVID-19: https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/trumps-suggestion-that-disinfectants-could-be-used-to-treat-coronavirus-prompts?utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=STFB&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1587783015

(c) Trump argues that his remark on using disinfectant as a cure is sarcastic: https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/trump-says-his-remarks-on-using-disinfectant-in-peoples-bodies-were-sarcastic

News 18/4

GP/ Secondary

Education: A long but interesting read about online learning, how parents are coping, and the considerations different governments make when it comes to reopening schools

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/coronavirus-schools-reopen/2020/04/18/0c3dfcb6-7e61-11ea-84c2-0792d8591911_story.html

WHO and Funding: As the largest contributor to WHO at 20%, US President Trump came under fire for suspending funding during this critical period. Where does WHO usually get its funding from? Read on.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/world-health-organization-money

Food wastage: perhaps it is time to change the modus operandi, but is there anything we can do to help as consumers?https://www.todayonline.com/big-read/big-read-short-what-global-supply-chain-shock-means-spore-consumers

Food waste as restaurants closed during COVID https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-nyt-coronavirus-food-waste-20200413-x5n6sbmrh5an3cilo6hxozrkj4-story.html

Homelessness: How can you return home when there is no straightforward answer to the question of where home is? Evacuations from college campuses, shelter-in-place orders, and travel restrictions have forced people to decide where they will hunker down for the long haul. But a significant minority of students do not have a place to go. Foster youth, LGBTQ+ individuals living in hostile home environments, and international students are particularly vulnerable.

http://www.thenewjournalatyale.com/2020/04/no-place-like-home/?fbclid=IwAR2Ijd-PSgkkS7gpdy6-STK7Bni2c3JX1ptfnD2OjIRrXjCInNv9MHLfWZY

Science/ Tech: SMU and SIT use AI to deter cheating in online exams (privacy concerns?): https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/coronavirus-smu-uses-artificial-intelligence-to-deter-cheating-in-online-exams?utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=STFB&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1587637602

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

One World: Together At Home Special is a tribute to healthcare workers worldwide. The article is a summary of what happens. https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-52333890

Watch it here in full https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87-ZFjLfBAQ

COVID in SG: What's involved in converting the SG Expo into a community hospital https://www.facebook.com/WoodlandsHealthCampus/videos/230802318127598/?vh=e&d=n

News Links 2020 and 2021

News 13/12/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Getting into the festivities--a selection of festive stories from BBC :))

https://www.facebook.com/watch?v=4958299937534516

Elon Musk—Time’s Person of the Year 2021 [with video]

https://time.com/person-of-the-year-2021-elon-musk/

S Korea to roll out AI facial recognition COVID tracker 

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/asia/south-korea-test-ai-powered-facial-recognition-track-covid-19-cases-2375441?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR2aQsUhuWi2H-aInLXUy_P3JM0rN0U9cIUmxZ15Brhl3-YpWEz08D_uQp

Why some are nasty to retail staff who enforce COVID-19 rules

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/commentary/covid-19-rules-vaccination-anti-maskers-retail-staff-abuse-2368916?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR0Y3G-ygGLMANexRI-gabvMuahaKH_GdomvJuUOGFD--AH6qywp6Ty0NEU

COVID glow mask alert

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/12/09/national/science-health/coronavirus-glowing-masks

Which one would you buy: saliva ART test or cheaper ART kits?

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/local-scientists-develop-saliva-art-that-can-detect-covid-19-as-accurately-as-pcr-tests-in

Morbid or humane? The Sarco Pod is a 3D-printed euthanasia pod designed to provide a painless death. 

https://mymodernmet.com/sarco-pod-euthanasia/?fbclid=IwAR2PIMWdWErSolZ0-aBG8tZ5RTaCykyQoK0BRGpGNzEtoLCWLSgJc0eyEzU

The elixir of youth: a vaccine that removes ageing cells

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/12/12/national/science-health/aging-vaccine

Mental health prioritised in schools

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/mental-health-lessons-primary-secondary-pre-university-students-schools-2373436

GP/ Secondary


More Cooling Measures for the SG property market

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/housing/singapore-raises-additional-buyers-stamp-duty-tightens-hdb-loan-limit-to-cool?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Singapore+raises+additional+buyer%27s+stamp+duty%2C+tightens+HDB+loan+limit+to+cool+property+market&utm_content=16%2F12%2F2021

News 29/11/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Rare hunting scene raises questions over polar bear diet; limited access to seals 
https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/rare-hunting-scene-raises-questions-over-polar-bear-diet

The perennial plight of a parent : choosing between employment and parenting when child falls ill
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/commentary/parents-work-home-childcare-leave-sick-children-2316296

Would you stay in this shoebox apartment?

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/11/25/business/ikea-japan-tokyo-tiny-apartment-scli-intl/index.html

Omicron: The race to update vaccines

https://www.businessinsider.com/pfizer-vaccine-update-100-days-omicron-variant-resistant-2021-11

First, there was cryptocurrency. Now, meet virtual property on

https://youtu.be/LK43fTCHJhk

News 8/11/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

The making of youth climate activism

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/commentary/greta-thunberg-climate-youth-activists-environmental-cop26-2296516

Labrador Nature Reserve to restored 

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/labrador-nature-reserve-coastal-forest-restore-tree-planting-nparks-2296686

Would you live in this Mars pod?

https://www.businessinsider.com/mars-home-marsha-ai-spacefactory-3d-printed-nasa-2019-6

COVID-19 is more dangerous to South Asians?

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/world/gene-covid-19-death-double-risk-united-kingdom-south-asian-2294016

Longest lunar eclipse this week!

https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-see-lunar-eclipse-november-longest-in-century-2021-11

Secondary Lesson this Week

Pro Choice Versus Pro Life | Abortion explained with statistics.Where do you stand?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVwD0DUxRmU

Pro-choice or pro-life? 39% of Americans don't pick a side

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssSIUVPjDns

News 1/11/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

The Climate

COP26: What is the Glasgow climate conference and why is it important? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-56901261

COP26: The issues that stand in the way of progress https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-59114255

Sir David Attenborough polar ship makes its London debut https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-59022676


International Handball Federation (IHF)changes uniform rules after criticism for requiring female beach players to wear bikinis.

https://bbc.in/3mza4BJ?fbclid=IwAR105_utgLQpwoz-nSFHp4T5S9D8sHdTriwMtAfbGLxJsd5ycERwHgfd4fI


Identity theft: Luton man left shocked as his house is ‘stolen’

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-59069662

5 changes to CPF rules: More flexibility for transfers, quicker disbursement of funds
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/politics/five-changes-to-cpf-rules

Finally, Pfizer for 5-11  year olds

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/world/us-fda-authorises-first-covid-19-pfizer-vaccine-shot-young-kids-2278901

The Hallyu effect

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/asia/squid-game-parasite-bts-korean-wave-kpop-focus-2276341

Secondary Lesson this Week

Video introducing The Justice Defenders [13 mins] 

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kenya-inmates-legal-education-justice-60-minutes-2020-12-20/

News 25/10/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Pofma at work: correction direction issued to Truth Warriors website over Covid-19 false claims

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/correction-direction-issued-to-truth-warriors-website

When you can sue the school for not letting you keep long hair

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-59013608

The Environment

Ivory hunting has lead to the evolution of tuskless elephants

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-59008037

SG to import 30% of low carbon sources by 2035

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/electricity-imports-singapore-low-carbon-sources-2035-2266036

Fresh ideas to purify water: from Papaya to 3D printing 

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/10/from-papaya-peelings-to-3d-printing-fresh-ideas-to-purify-water?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social_scheduler&utm_term=Water&utm_content=23/10/2021+08:00&fbclid=IwAR1HbMt_YDmmwjaWS2l7lQEc-nPjP1ijV4uK2fEcEPVaCK0TM4RJgRTrtL

Animal rights become the key issue for elections

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/10/22/national/animal-rights-election/

COVID-19 news

1. From 1 Jan 2022, only fully vaccinated allowed back to the workplace

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/from-jan-1-only-those-fully-vaccinated-can-return-to-workplace-others-must-test?utm_campaign=stfb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR1I-utY_NLoINANyWtrqL8-b0YKbpANy7VzfKhd7EK303amC2Csb-MXtGw

2. Meanwhile, we can ease some restrictions if infection rates fall below 1

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/covid-19-stabilisation-phase-easing-restrictions-weekly-infection-growth-rate-2263777

3. if you are travelling this hols, do note that VTL restrictions may apply in the other countries, depending on the state of infection rates in SG

https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/government-economy/germany-to-classify-singapore-as-high-risk-area-from-oct-24

News 11/10/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Prof Brenda Yeoh wins 'Nobel Prize' for Geography--first in Singapore

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/nus-professor-becomes-first-singaporean-win-nobel-prize-geography?fbclid=IwAR0cxGb4487AhypguvjVnUM0pji1A_-4-Bq5ycgx-FX00WXPA-qqvMzOYMk

Khaby Lame--the most popular man on TikTok, and he doesn't say a word

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/02/world/tiktok-khaby-lame-cec/index.html?utm_source=fbCNNi&utm_campaign=africa&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR37XmqqrtGf78ITtkO7mYbHemrw8bl-_kUoMpN21MYCK3z9y3JLS9nctYo

Brief run down of scandals involving SG influencers 

https://www.asiaone.com/singapore/i-will-do-better-noc-sylvia-chan-influencer-scandals-netizens-shook-dee-kosh-xinde-royce-aloysius?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR0N7iJsk2Yxw47HSFOoIMS8B-HVr3UTgmWghmc6js0dhnf8rgwPvlw9NdU#Echobox=1634210943


Our long love story with blue cheese and beer 

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/world/humans-enjoyed-blue-cheese-and-beer-2700-years-ago-study-2242866

6 things to know for quarantine-free travel under VTL

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/askst-6-things-to-know-for-quarantine-free-travel-under-the-vaccinated-travel-lane-scheme?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=askST%3A+6+things+to+know+for+quarantine-free+travel+under+the+Vaccinated+Travel+Lane+scheme&utm_content=13%2F10%2F2021

SG Children under 12 to be allowed to travel under vaccinated travel scheme: CAAS
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/children-under-12-to-be-allowed-to-travel-under-vaccinated-travel-scheme-caas

SG's epidemic situation is highlighted

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/08/world/asia/singapore-vaccine-covid.html

Highlights on PM Lee' speech

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/singapores-path-forward-to-a-new-normal-10-takeaways-from-pm-lees-national-address

News 4/10/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Dozens of Korean words added to the Oxford dictionary

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/05/k-beauty-hallyu-and-mukbang-ozens-of-korean-words-added-to-oxford-english-dictionary

How climate change affects the foods we eat

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210923-the-everyday-foods-that-could-become-luxuries?at_medium=custom7&at_custom2=facebook_page&at_custom1=%5Bpost+type%5D&at_campaign=64&at_custom4=612FB062-229C-11EC-B556-AC7496E8478F&at_custom3=BBC+News

S Korea—it took 30 years to catch the serial killer and clear an innocent man

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/cna-insider/innocent-man-was-jailed-murder-it-took-30-years-find-real-serial-killer-2213761?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR0AUFCqJcjHE_6k1RO_jPXZ78YK6dWPkZ6vnkvrSHD3JK0glR1rLHHsHDU

World first COVID-19 pill

https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/mercks-covid-19-pill-cuts-risk-of-death-hospitalisation-by-50-in-study-to-seek

COVID-19 community heat map for places visited by cases

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/moh-map-areas-most-frequently-visited-covid-19-cases-2215166

https://covidsitrep.moh.gov.sg/


GP/ Secondary

Key facts to note about FICA

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/politics/5-things-to-know-about-fica-the-law-to-counter-foreign-interference?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=5+things+to+know+about+Fica%2C+the+law+to+counter+foreign+interference&utm_content=06%2F10%2F2021

The opening statement of Facebook whistleblower, Frances Haugen, before Congress. She calls for regulations that "change the rules that Facebook plays by and stop the many harms it is causing.”

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=258535462709390

Author and lawyer Adrian Tan demystifies the upcoming changes to the copyright law. Do you actually "own" your photos on social media?

https://www.facebook.com/minlawsg/videos/288522726088864

Demography, upbringing and cultural differences can explain variations in receptiveness towards women’s issues. The trickier question is how concerns can be tackled so progress continues

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/commentary/gender-equality-attitudes-singapore-survey-women-issues-white-paper-2212661?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR2Eu5QlPlBDsxcuKPrM59R058DETZEto6izimqj7q3P86KgxUYYMt0PSAM

SG's Sedition Act repealed as no longer relevant. Penal and Criminal Procedure Codes amended to cover laws that ensure social cohesion between different groups within Singapore

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/politics/singapore-parliament-repeals-sedition-act-after-83-years?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Singapore+Parliament+repeals+Sedition+Act+after+83+years&utm_content=06%2F10%2F2021

Messages behind films--Squid Game

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/commentary/netflix-squid-game-korea-drama-stream-watch-online-popular-hwang-2222666

News 27/9/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

One step towards gender equality: awards for Japanese female researchers (Sec Ts: revision for last week)

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/09/24/national/science-health/marie-curie-award-japanese-female-researchers

Feeling under the weather? You can still sit for the national exams if....

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/students-quarantine-health-risk-warning-may-sit-psle-national-year-end-exams-moe

Turning durian husks into bandages: https://www.facebook.com/355665009819/posts/10159647665289820/

GP/ Secondary

SG Population statistics: Fertility rate is now 1.1 and by 2030, almost 1 in 4 citizens will be age 65 and above

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/community/how-covid-19-and-other-trends-hit-singapores-population-in-8-charts

And its impact on SG’s society and identity

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/politics/debrief-population-decline-raises-issues-around-singapore-society-identity?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Debrief%3A+Population+decline+raises+issues+around+Singapore+society%2C+identity&utm_content=30%2F09%2F2021

TikTok resumes—the way to landing that job?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleystahl/2021/09/22/could-a-tiktok-resume-be-the-new-way-to-land-a-job/?sh=1acf4efc988c&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialflowForbesMainFB&utm_source=ForbesMainFacebook&fbclid=IwAR2dYSW_5OsH7cYcHtVNk5gTF0W1Bb9aM9vP-9FrWLnR07rFiKjAYLm3ktw

5 mega trends facing the world

https://fb.watch/8g7k7g22fD/

News 20/9/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

The Environment

Food waste lockers to be installed at selected HDB blocks in Ang Mo Kio-Toa Payoh sector

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/food-waste-lockers-hdb-ang-mo-kio-toa-payoh-2193986?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR2w_CZIpgvBMvBSexyZASzJwX1M9ICTo04wncNINaaKD2KhpcQl5XtIBy4

Generation Restoration--video [start from 3.30 mark]
#GenerationRestoration is scaling youth-led solutions to conserve and restore ecosystems around the world.

https://www.facebook.com/worldeconomicforum/videos/898179414143716


Social Media

Two boys under investigation for alleged vandalism linked to TikTok 'Devious Licks' challenge.
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/two-boys-under-investigation-for-alleged-vandalism-linked-to-tiktok-challenge?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Two+boys+under+investigation+for+alleged+vandalism+linked+to+TikTok+challenge&utm_content=22%2F09%2F2021

New revelations about the negative effects of Instagram and social media from an FB study and the case of Gabby Petito

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=1014001932667363

The clampdown continues: China bans local version of TikTok for under 14s

https://www.reuters.com/technology/chinese-version-tiktok-limits-use-app-by-those-under-14-2021-09-18/


BTS at the UN Assembly

https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com/entertainment/bts-united-nations-general-assembly-280836?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR0KYgNyEAbSpIY44JTPOQyYiNg1frWf66c_Mgy6kFaqjVrJENxy6m_yZI0

The Parent Conundrum: keep child at home, or send him to school?

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/commentary/psle-covid-19-perfect-storm-anxiety-parents-2188241

The richest musician on the planet [and not because of music]

https://www.forbes.com/sites/maddieberg/2021/08/04/fentys-fortune-rihanna-is-now-officially-a-billionaire/?sh=2bf8d64f7c96&utm_medium=social&utm_source=ForbesMainFacebook&utm_campaign=socialflowForbesMainFB&fbclid=IwAR16sxPpxpOlwSyA2gdtOcTPsN1f9DLmFS8MsAGA3U75-7KIUKhhsydlz_A

News 13/9/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Why treating daughters like 'princesses' might hold them back, perpetuate gender stereotypes 

https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com/women/raising-girls-daughters-gender-stereotypes-inclusivity-278221?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR2b3kFXaeUUIm7LKd6eRdYD_JH4NX1ur__D2r0M8amKIClBTyYe95y-iBk

As we approach a ‘zero carbon’ world, we will see the formation of new industries and ‘green’ jobs 

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=551803035937650

Indian inventor hopes to turn smog into tiles

His goal is to design the world's first filterless purifier that can clean as much air as possible, while fitting onto infrastructure.

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210909-the-young-inventor-purifying-indias-dirty-air

Plant-based chicken coming your way

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/11/why-the-next-fast-food-chicken-sandwich-war-may-be-a-fake-one.html

These insect larvae create a material used in batteries

https://www.facebook.com/worldeconomicforum/videos/560570955223280

Travel borders are reopening slowly: first up, Bangkok

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/asia/bangkok-reopen-vaccinated-tourists-october-2169686

GP/ Secondary

Bill to repeal the Sedition Act as the Government plans to pass a new racial harmony law that consolidates its powers to deal with racial issues.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/sedition-act-repeal-race-religion-harmony-2173671?cid=fbcna&fbclid=IwAR2_nOsDVLJnkBYdkO6P52dxRwGM2d2QW2vj6uXCuNsju1AZjTyI3WHDjDs

Proposed law against foreign interference introduced in Parliament, can order take down of ‘hostile’ information on social media

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/foreign-interference-law-take-down-social-media-2173756?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR0cqRj5N6l483hK6DxhPRRB0fFOsCrFW2fW9wx4zAwqDFsuawuHYjZ-6Ic

News 6/9/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

The Ig Nobel Prize winners of 2021

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/10/just-for-laughs-upside-down-flying-rhino-gets-ig-nobels-award

The full list:https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58507100

Why are there so few female professional gamers?

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=530872988018154

Tradition of Afghan girls who live as boys may be threatened
For some girls, there has historically been a path to live, before puberty, as a boy. "Bacha posh," which in Dari means girl "dressed up as a boy," is an ancient tradition that pre-dates the Taliban in which a family designates a girl to live as a boy. That could either allow her a boy's freedoms — like education, athletics and the right to be outside alone — or impose a boy's duties on her, like working. 

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/04/health/afghan-girls-living-as-boys-wellness/index.html?fbclid=IwAR0paFxKfAj8SCpvAzwjuUODi8QuF6vCBUP14slQCUqVmsHU1qZ6p4vmLIM

Shortage of staff prompted the golden arches to hire 14 year olds

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/383695

The fatigue is real--SG is the most fatigued country in the world

https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com/wellness/singapore-most-fatigued-country-world-we-are-tired-278311

Sleep on the job

https://mothership.sg/2021/09/sleep-job-singapore/

GP/ Secondary

Why hasn't COVAX worked?

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/commentary/covax-what-happened-donation-vaccines-rich-countries-2151786

Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Singapore Standards Council (SSC) announce enhanced national standards to safe deployment of fully autonomous vehicles 

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/autonomous-vehicles-tr68-enhanced-national-standards-safe-2153946?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR0OnF0r0s6vQQugwmjUjcyGb1guKmcD0jvLbRjAc8XH0M3YCRfqQseN18E

News 30/8/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Science and Tech

Kids In China Now Allowed Only 3 Hours Of Video Games On Weekends Only—we should do the same!

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/business/china-limits-time-minors-online-gaming-addiction-2144901

https://www.npr.org/2021/08/30/1032489883/china-kids-video-games-limits

World's 1st 3D printed wagyu steak

https://www.newsweek.com/video-japanese-lab-creates-pricey-wagyu-beef-3d-printer-1624360

Tech and the Environment

Carbon dilemma: How can electric vehicles become more eco-friendly? [with video]

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/business/carbon-dilemma-how-can-electric-vehicles-become-more-eco-friendly-money-mind-2135001

End Of Leaded Gasoline: World Has Stopped Using Toxic Additive
https://www.npr.org/2021/08/30/1031429212/the-world-has-finally-stopped-using-leaded-gasoline-algeria-used-the-last-stockp

Windmills in the ocean to power more homes

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/07/california-floating-wind-farms-turbines-us-renewables

SG News

Crime rose by 11% in Singapore in the first half of 2021, largely fuelled by more scam cases

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/singapores-crime-more-11-first-half-2021-due-uptick-scam-cases-2144061?cid=fbcna&fbclid=IwAR3bKJQ7_9fN_ObMcDcFP5m55bNgIszHJDN9dECIu6wQABJuo3-i3r5YvQU

How to improve recycling rates in SG

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/explainer-why-singapores-plastic-recycling-rate-so-low-and-what-can-be-done-raise-it

A tale of 2 cities: SG allows employers to charge their non vaccinated employees the cost for ART kits, but Japan is hesitant about sending their employees for jabs

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/08/28/business/vaccine-japanese-businesses-coronavirus

Interesting note on the definition of "low income earners"

https://www.asiaone.com/singapore/ndr-2021-firms-hiring-foreigners-pay-all-singaporean-staff-least-1400-month

National Day Rally 2021 highlights 

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/politics/national-day-rally-2021-7-highlights-from-pm-lee-hsien-loongs-speech

News 23/8/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

UN Climate Report: How much hotter can it get in your lifetime? [with eye-opening chart]

https://www.straitstimes.com/multimedia/graphics/2021/08/ipcc-climate-report-singapore/index.html/index.html

Africa’s first 3D-printed affordable home [with a carbon footprint 70% smaller than traditional housing]

https://www.facebook.com/worldeconomicforum/videos/573307240506623

Birdnesting: The divorce trend where parents rotate homes

https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20210804-birdnesting-the-divorce-trend-in-which-parents-rotate-homes?at_custom1=%5Bpost+type%5D&at_custom2=facebook_page&at_medium=custom7&at_custom3=BBC+News&at_campaign=64&at_custom4=E8719CBA-024F-11EC-A00B-297E96E8478F

Are you vaxxed, unvaxxed or vexed?

https://www.straitstimes.com/life/vaxxed-or-vexed-what-will-life-for-the-unvaccinated-be-like-in-singapore

GP/ Secondary

Race to evacuate from Afghanistan: How many have left and where will evacuees go?

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/race-to-evacuate-from-afghanistan?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Race+to+evacuate+from+Afghanistan%3A+How+many+have+left+and+where+will+evacuees+go%3F&utm_content=26%2F08%2F2021

Nearly 73,500 patients' data affected in ransomware attack on eye clinic in S'pore

https://www.straitstimes.com/tech/tech-news/nearly-73500-patients-data-affected-in-ransomware-attack-on-eye-clinic-in-spore?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Nearly+73%2C500+patients%27+data+affected+in+ransomware+attack+on+eye+clinic+in+S%27pore&utm_content=26%2F08%2F2021

Kamala Harris' speech in Singapore on the US vision for the Indo-Pacific region | Full video [from 2.20 min mark]

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/watch/kamala-harris-speech-singapore-us-vision-indo-pacific-region-full-video-2132951

News 9/8/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Tokyo Olympics

The hits and the misses

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/hits-and-misses-of-the-tokyo-2020-olympic-games?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Tokyo+2020%3A+Hits+and+misses+in+an+Olympic+triumph+against+adversity&utm_content=09%2F08%2F2021

Tokyo counts cost of S$20 billion pandemic Olympics 'gamble' 
https://www.todayonline.com/node/12150636

Modern Pentathlon marred by controversy over show jumping
https://au.sports.yahoo.com/beyond-cruel-olympic-pentathlon-marred-by-horse-controversy-233107236.html

Peruvians mending bridges the traditional way

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=219950376595805

Los Angeles builds homes out of shipping crates to house the homeless during COVID

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=6806738052673503

Malaysian boy, 11, becomes Shopee seller to earn money to buy smartphone for online studies
https://www.todayonline.com/world/malaysian-boy-11-becomes-shopee-seller-earn-money-buy-smartphone-online-studies?fbclid=IwAR3l2UAiXUwCzedVhpi2wGpjorMaaY6qcDFaWmQr8aAoQVdKYkiJF3TKTaM

TikTok trend: Eating frozen honey and risking ill effects 
https://www.todayonline.com/node/12150651

Feeling sick in the stomach? It's your body warning you.

https://www.todayonline.com/world/ever-feel-your-skin-crawling-maybe-you-can-thank-evolution

Get paid to live on Mars for a year, on Earth

https://apnews.com/article/lifestyle-oddities-business-science-mars-182cc63732fbabeb7120df2fc637b85a

Play with your food at an instant noodle theme restaurant

https://eatbook.sg/instant-noodle-playground-eatbox/

News 2/8/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Explainer: What are the legal powers of Covid-19 safe distancing enforcement officers?
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/explainer-legal-powers-covid-19-safe-distancing-enforcement-officers-search-homes


School Interrupted--How COVID has impacted students in the region

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/school-interrupted-how-covid-19-has-affected-students-around-the-world?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=School%2C+interrupted%3A+How+Covid-19+has+affected+students+around+the+world&utm_content=31%2F07%2F2021

Mental Health in Sport: Self Worth and the Weight of Expectation

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/mental-health-sport-singapore-athletes-coaches-pressure-15334316?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR3cgKlW9ET5RWPyJ31YKFCGNgggZGWE-DG3Xr6-a1QHTGJBYOXj28yUwAs

Inside a Bitcoin mining plant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFrFsAAzRYg

Olympic gold medals: why athletes love sinking their teeth into them

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/sports/tokyo-summer-olympics/the-history-of-olympic-medals-explained-what-to-know-for-tokyo/2563130/

Coping with stress and FOMO: how are you handling them?

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/parenting-education/singapore-students-say-parental-and-self-expectations-fear-of-missing

Mental health among SG students: counselling can be a hit or miss

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/cnainsider/school-counselling-challenge-safeguard-student-mental-health-15350998

GP/ Secondary


Opinion on Singaporeans a champion grumblers

https://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/singaporeans-you-think-youve-got-problems-think-again?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Singaporeans%2C+you+think+you%27ve+got+problems%3F+Think+again&utm_content=31%2F07%2F2021

New Bill aims to set out tougher maximum punishments for 3 sex crimes (video)

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/new-bill-tougher-maximum-punishments-sex-crimes-molest-15360976

News 26/7/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

#TilTokResumes—Job-hunters, have you posted your résumé on TikTok? 
https://www.todayonline.com/node/12000596

Killiney Kopitiam’s first cafe in the US a draw for customers who miss Singapore food 
https://www.todayonline.com/node/12010056

2 months later: Dead turtles and waves of plastic show Sri Lankan ship disaster's deep ramifications
https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/24/asia/sri-lanka-ship-disaster-aftermath-intl-dst-hnk/index.html

Extreme food for the adventurous

https://fb.watch/6YUMKApn8K/

Effects of light pollution on nature (a long read)

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210719-why-light-pollution-is-harming-our-wildlife


GP/ Secondary

A review of Singapore’s long-term land use plans is under way, with planners keen to strengthen the flexibility, resilience and inclusiveness of the city and its built environment. This is what the country might look like in the near future.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/reimagining-singapore-how-the-city-might-look-like-in-the-future?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Reimagining+Singapore%3A+How+the+city+might+look+like+in+the+future&utm_content=24%2F07%2F2021

Interesting take on the HDB EIP effect. Long story short: income disparity

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/study-finds-clustering-races-some-neighbourhoods-largely-due-purchasing-power-disparity

News 12/7/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

19-year-old charged with trespass into rhino enclosure at Singapore Zoo for TikTok backflip stunt 
https://www.todayonline.com/node/11901661

A sealed copy of the classic Nintendo 64 video game, Super Mario 64 just fetched $1.56 million

https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/super-mario-auction-video-game-record-scli-intl/index.html?utm_content=2021-07-13T04%3A30%3A05&utm_source=fbCNN&utm_term=link&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR3YB422zQoUFVQtyuN7Gwod8ONiNS5_h5Sc0xJBH4nG1hTbat8HzdFXxkk

Demolition causes carbon emissions. Who knew?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya5UBnkKgTw

First commercial flight to space

https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/science/virgin-galactics-branson-ready-space-launch-aboard-rocket-plane-2021-07-11/

Poo power, anyone?

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/south-korean-toilet-turns-excrement-into-power-digital-currency-2021-07-09/

Get paid for a new house

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/italy-villages-pay-33000-to-move-in-calabria-cmd/index.html

GP/ Secondary

New Scenario for Post-Vaccine Travel

https://www.straitstimes.com/life/travel/visit-us-only-if-youre-vaccinated-new-scenarios-for-post-vaccine-travel?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Visit+us+only+if+you%27re+vaccinated%3A+New+scenarios+for+post-vaccine+travel&utm_content=13%2F07%2F2021

Singapore's public sector sets earlier targets to start bringing down carbon emissions
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/public-sector-sets-earlier-targets-to-start-bringing-down-carbon-emissions

News 5/7/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

This German department store only sells recycled products

https://www.facebook.com/worldeconomicforum/videos/171107061740404

Soul Cap: Afro swim cap Olympic rejection 'heartbreaking' for black swimmers

https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-57688380

Is the use of jetpacks finally about to take off?

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-57652297

Detect COVID-19 just by wearing a mask

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/06/mit-face-mask-prototype-detect-covid19-infection

Jeff Bezos retires 5 July as the world's richest man

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2021/07/04/amazon-jeff-bezos-richest-person-retirement/7860826002/

GP/ Secondary

Long Read--What companies in SG are doing for gender equality

https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com/women/women-workplace-singapore-gender-equality-equal-opportunities-15116328


News 28/6/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Flying car prototype completes test flight

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-57651843

The hidden costs of COVID--Child Labour in Uganda

https://www.facebook.com/bbcnews/videos/326040369254995

Australia to challenge UNESCO's listing the Great Barrier Reef as "in danger" over its deterioration caused by climate change

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/australia-great-barrier-reef-unesco-in-danger-climate-change-15065024

SG's new normal is vastly different from others.

https://www.news.com.au/world/asia/singapores-surprising-new-plan-to-live-with-covid-revealed/news-story/52fa2c29252daeb4a3c634e1658f6901

Olympics: more risks than benefits

https://japantoday.com/category/tokyo-2020-olympics/focus-olympics-may-bring-more-risks-than-economic-benefits-for-japan

GP/ Secondary

Long read on ageing population: After Italy, Japan’s Wakayama city is offering abandoned homes for $500

https://www.insider.com/japan-ghost-towns-population-vacancy-rates-akiya-banks-2021-6

Long read: Pragmatism Rules--Graduates put dreams on hold

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/prolonged-crisis-pragmatism-graduates-job-search-pay-15097280?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR3zDOYJ0ei1mlL8VvO4YCfgpwOXueBKcVY8bxsDlDccwWd1Q3VwjcvBva4

News 21/6/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Population Census 2020: How SG's population has changed in a decade [multimedia]

https://www.straitstimes.com/multimedia/graphics/2021/06/singapore-census-2020/index.html?nlblurb

Viral Post by teen triggers SG's Internet solidarity. Enjoy the hilarious memes 

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/us-teen-whose-mbs-chattanooga-tennessee-post-went-viral-says-it-was-meant-jest-we-have

Greece husband murders wife because she wanted to leave him. But the more interesting angle is how technology did him in.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-57523469

Popcorn packaging [not plastic]

 https://www.facebook.com/worldeconomicforum/videos/323534489310706/

Revolving self cleaning public toilets 

https://www.facebook.com/DigitalTrends/videos/1990608754423102/

Tokyo Olympics

(a) Olympics: Organisers cap Tokyo 2020 spectators at 10,000 per venue

https://www.todayonline.com/world/olympics-organisers-cap-tokyo-2020-spectators-10000-venue

(b) Why there is little support

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-57395010

(c) Naomi Osaka will play for Team Japan

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-57395010

GP/ Secondary

Electric vehicles may be fast and low-maintenance, but are they a real climate solution?
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/cnainsider/electric-vehicles-charging-fast-low-maintenance-climate-tesla-15044232

News 14/6/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Recap of last week's curriculum for Secondary students: the breadth and depth of education:  

https://youtu.be/VorKk_WC6FU

Star Power: How Ronaldo's snub caused Coca-Cola’s market value to fall 1.6%

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/jun/16/cristiano-ronaldo-snubs-coca-cola-billions-wiped-off-drink-giants-market-value

Paying the pandemic debt--who, how, and can it even be done?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5LnKH6ZWzo

World's largest dinosaur fossils is found Down Under

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/06/12/world/australian-dinosaur-science-newsletter-wt-scn/index.html

How I survived being eaten by a humpback whale 

https://www.todayonline.com/world/humpback-tried-eat-me-us-fisherman-describes-being-caught-whales-mouth

GP/ Secondary

5 highlights of population census in SG-- More singles, fewer babies, slowest population growth since 1965

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/politics/more-singles-fewer-babies-slowest-population-growth-since-1965-5-highlights-of?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_PM&utm_term=More+singles%2C+fewer+babies%2C+slowest+population+growth+since+1965%3A+5+highlights+of+population+census&utm_content=16%2F06%2F2021

English mostly spoken at home in Singapore households.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/census-2020-more-households-speaking-english-15023874

Mental health concerns spike--Seven out of 10 mental health organisations and professionals ST spoke to saw spikes of between 20 and 60 per cent in queries and incidents like mental health crises because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the social restrictions that have been used to contain the virus' spread.
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/care-groups-see-spike-in-mental-health-crises-in-singapore-amid-heightened-alert

The People's Association (PA) has withdrawn its offer to meet a Malay/Muslim couple whose photo was used as a standee for Hari Raya Aidilfitri decorations without permission, citing disagreements with them over the purpose of the meeting. Was there racism?

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/peoples-association-withdraws-offer-to-meet-couple-over-wedding-photo-incident?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=People%27s+Association+withdraws+offer+to+meet+couple+over+wedding+photo+incident&utm_content=15%2F06%2F2021

I’m fully vaccinated but feel sick – should I get tested for COVID-19? Short answer: yes... 

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/06/fully-vaccinated-feel-sick-test-covid19?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social_scheduler&utm_term=COVID-19&utm_content=14/06/2021+13:00&fbclid=IwAR3Q5RmO2V_3zRdEB2zjAV20z0MNjYwE-0hXnnABn_OY236UVOkOKI4OSRg

News 7/6/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Talking to kids about politics--it has to start in schools

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/06/how-to-talk-politics-with-kids-without-shutting-down-debate?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social_scheduler&utm_term=Education,+Gender+and+Work&utm_content=06/06/2021+02:00&fbclid=IwAR1rBnxcELMjq5tZLSJgAvN1DcueRNDCSSJRBBYF45z-2mHpGVG7h-DP3KY

Jeff Bezos is going to space on first crewed flight of rocket. Bids for passenger seats start at USD2.8m

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/06/07/tech/jeff-bezos-space-blue-origin-new-shepard-flight-scn/index.html

These countries are 3D printing houses

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/05/countries-3d-printing-new-homes?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social_scheduler&utm_term=3D+Printing&utm_content=05/06/2021+23:00&fbclid=IwAR33vP5uDq3Jy9RMUZBt_orh7h6QEMvL0U6e5oKxxcmRDPcVMG5DjQtXH_4

Racism on the rise?

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/viral-racist-video-draws-concern-including-shanmugam-whos-not-so-sure-anymore-about

The new normal in SG

https://str.sg/3ZSX

GP/ Secondary

France’s anti-competition watchdog fines Google an unprecedented 220 million euros ($268 million) for abusing its “dominant position” in the online advertising business.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/france-fines-google-268-million-for-unfair-treatment-in-online-ads

Individuals in Singapore generated 915g of waste per day on average in 2019, about 334kg per person that year, and collectively all individuals in Singapore generated 1.87 million tonnes of waste. But, in combating climate change, our individual efforts are statistically insignificant – especially when compared to what businesses and the government can achieve, says climate activist Ho Xiang Tian.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/climate-change-carbon-footprint-recycle-reduce-waste-plastic-14946006?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR1XQHEcVn7VP6AkciYDWGOOYwxznKKIlMudz9_uQcrEtr-j9APOPCR6EZo

Putin has a point-- sees 'double standard' in US Capitol riot prosecutions

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57366668

China’s 3 child policy probably won’t fix the problems

www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/china-three-child-policy-fertility-economy-people-stress-elderly-14945876

News 24/5/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Shell ordered by Dutch court to cut drastically carbon emissions 

https://www.reuters.com/business/sustainable-business/dutch-court-orders-shell-set-tougher-climate-targets-2021-05-26/

This inventor has developed a magnetic solution capable of removing micro-plastics from water.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=1628732027317109

The detriments of fast fashion

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/fast-fashion-clothes-sustainability-worker-climate-change-thrift-14810884

Environmentalism and the power of seaweed

https://www.facebook.com/worldeconomicforum/videos/799791477621348

Little has changed--50 years ago, Muhammad Ali covered the plight of being Black in America on BBC

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=137619525068197

Ai-Da is the world's first robot artist, whose works are now going on display to showcase what the technology can do

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=801062834137488

How to convince people to have babies

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-57112631?fbclid=IwAR07nvMzCNXg8CLU6Oxh-to-ET0Kal4ypao85U1kuH98u8bDpwmpBugJquk

BTS breaks own record on YouTube with 'Butter' 

https://www.straitstimes.com/life/entertainment/bts-butter-breaks-own-record-for-most-youtube-views-within-24-hours

Cricket protein bars, anyone?

https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/republic-poly-student-gets-gold-making-protein-bars-using-crickets

Wanderlust: Alice in Wonderland merchandise galore

https://www.facebook.com/HachikoDistrict/videos/1166115763861833

News 10/5/21

GP/ Secondary

Long read: Much more needs to be done to protect domestic helpers in SG. The average population of domestic helpers who worked in Singapore from 2017 to 2020 was about 250,000 per year. According to MOM figures, there was an average of 270 reported physical abuse cases against domestic helpers over the same period. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/maid-abuse-domestic-worker-helper-mom-employer-agency-14768616#cxrecs_s

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

From 1 June 2021, return your trays or risk a $2000 fine

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/mandatory-for-diners-to-return-trays-and-clear-table-litter-from-june-1

Taliban's school blast kills 68, mainly teen girls 

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/afghan-school-blast-toll-rises-58-families-bury-victims-2021-05-09/

Brilliant Verizon ad "The Reset" 🙂 https://www.catsuka.com/news/2021-05-06/the-reset-verizon-pub-qui-lague-par-doug-liman-et-mpc?fbclid=IwAR0JS99RSkYc4TXv7hfbVLGjk8L3WjqeZCfFA76dbm8jbrrsq7Mg_eCEYyY

Nail your grammar

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/24/common-grammar-mistakes-that-make-people-cringe-and-make-you-look-less-smart-word-experts.html

Tech: Dousing flames with rocket launchers

https://www.facebook.com/GIGadgets.Fans/videos/488454672299940

News 3/5/21

GP/ Secondary

Facebook oversight committee upholds Trump's suspension but to review within 6 months

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=484195586364161&aggr_v_ids[0]=484195586364161&notif_id=1620287764307171&notif_t=watch_follower_video&ref=notif

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

The Brazilian Amazon released more carbon than it absorbed in the past decade

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/30/brazilian-amazon-released-more-carbon-than-it-absorbed-over-past-10-years

Australia taps into the billion-dollar edible insects industry 

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7230485/aust-roadmap-for-edible-insect-industry/?cs=14231

A useful tool for P6 parents to find out the chances of being accepted in the school of choice.

Ed: the process is still stressful, since the cut-off points for top schools stand at 4-7 points, with at least a merit in HCL

https://infographics.channelnewsasia.com/psle-score-ranges/schools.html

Post-COVID, what can you do to help go green?

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/04/countries-leading-post-pandemic-green-recovery

Save the bees. Build hotels 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/worldeconomicforum/videos/490895781949908

News 26/4/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

On Vaccines and Reinfections

[1] Post-vaccine infections, as well as reinfections for those who had been previously diagnosed with the disease, are to be expected, even after the majority of the people here have been fully vaccinated.
...expect an average of five out of 100 Pfizer- or Moderna-vaccinated persons to come down with symptomatic Covid-19 if exposed, and 10 per 100 vaccinated persons to come down with any Covid-19 infection (asymptomatic or symptomatic) based on the clinical trials and real-world data from Israel and the United States.
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/post-vaccine-infections-and-reinfections-could-happen-say-experts?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Post-Covid-19+vaccine+infections+and+reinfections+could+happen%2C+say+experts&utm_content=28%2F04%2F2021

[2] Two in three Singaporeans willing to take the Covid-19 vaccine if it were offered to them, with another one in five neutral. About half the population still have concerns about the safety and potential side effects of the vaccine, as well as its efficacy. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/67-per-cent-willing-to-take-vaccine-20-per-cent-neutral-younger-sporeans-more?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_PM&utm_term=67%25+of+S%27poreans+willing+to+take+Covid-19+vaccine%2C+20%25+neutral%3B+younger+ones+more+likely+to+be+concerned%3A+IPS+study&utm_content=26%2F04%2F2021

[3] Pregnant women can be vaccinated

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/04/23/990195585/cdc-director-recommends-pregnant-people-receive-covid-19-vaccines

Safe distancing may not work?

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/23/mit-researchers-say-youre-no-safer-from-covid-indoors-at-6-feet-or-60-feet-in-new-study.html


On P6-2021: News relating to Achievement Levels [AL]

[1] Pupils needn't aim for 'perfect score'

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/new-psle-indicative-cut-points-released-pupils-need-not-aim-perfect-score-get-popular


[2] MOE releases cut off points for Secondary schools under AL scoring system 

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/parenting-education/moe-releases-cut-off-points-for-secondary-schools-under-new-psle?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_PM&utm_term=New+PSLE+scoring+system%3A+MOE+releases+cut-off+points+for+Singapore%27s+secondary+schools&utm_content=27%2F04%2F2021

[3] 7 key Questions 

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/parenting-education/new-psle-scoring-system-and-cut-off-scores-for-secondary-schools-7-key?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_PM&utm_term=New+PSLE+scoring+system+and+cut-off+points+for+secondary+schools%3A+7+key+questions+answered&utm_content=27%2F04%2F2021


When a person looks at their mobile phone, around half the people nearby will start checking their phones within 30 seconds. https://www.newscientist.com/article/2275552-glancing-at-your-phone-quickly-prompts-other-people-to-do-the-same/#ixzz6tCEG6SKT

SG Politics: Analysis--Is post of PM is still open?

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/cabinet-reshuffle-prime-minister-post-remains-open-analysts-14680524

News 19/4/21

GP/ Secondary

SG: 4 key challenges ahead for the next 4G leader [long read]

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/4-key-challenges-ahead-for-singapores-next-4g-leader?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=4+key+challenges+ahead+for+Singapore%27s+next+4G+leader&utm_content=17%2F04%2F2021

The true cost of demand for cheap clothes, to you and the environment

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/cnainsider/true-cost-demand-cheap-clothes-fast-fashion-industry-environment-14624104

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

The WHO against vaccine passports for travel--“Do not require proof of vaccination as a condition of entry, given the limited (although growing) evidence about the performance of vaccines in reducing transmission and the persistent inequity in the global vaccine distribution” 

https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/who-panel-against-requiring-vaccination-proof-for-travel?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=WHO+panel+against+requiring+Covid-19+vaccination+proof+for+travel&utm_content=20%2F04%2F2021

European Super League roils the soccer world: everything you need to know, including the fallout from the announcement that has rocked the soccer world

https://www.cbssports.com/soccer/news/european-super-league-explained-what-is-it-teams-in-and-out-fifa-uefa-premier-league-reaction-and-updates/

48 hours after announcements, all 6 Premier League teams withdraw from Super League 

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/56823501

George Floyd: Jury finds Derek Chauvin guilty of murder

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56818766

The safety concerns of vaccinating those under 16 and is it necessary to do so?

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/vaccinating-children-under-the-age-of-16-what-are-the-safety-concerns-and-how-necessary-is

BTS x McDonald's, coming to you on 27 May

https://www.todayonline.com/8days/eatanddrink/newsandopening/mcdonalds-spore-launching-k-pop-band-bts-go-fast-food-order-sweet

AstraZeneca blood clot issues are not going away any time soon

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/scientists-exploring-link-johnson-johnson-astrazeneca-blood-clot/story?id=77093834

Perhaps in the near future, Japanese muskmelons will become more affordable

https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/oddly-enough/music-massage-malaysian-farmers-attempt-grow-prized-japanese-muskmelons-2021-04-16/

News 12/4/21

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

SG: A charging model for disposable carrier bags at supermarkets to cut the consumption of disposables in the works

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/singapore-to-work-on-a-charging-model-for-disposable-bags-in-supermarkets?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Singapore+to+work+on+a+charging+model+for+disposable+carrier+bags+in+supermarkets&utm_content=11%2F04%2F2021

All things 4G and Heng Swee Keat's departure

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/politics/dpm-heng-steps-aside-as-4g-leader-why-does-it-matter-and-what-happens-to-the-team?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Heng+Swee+Keat+steps+aside+as+4G+leader%3A+What+comes+next+for+PAP+and+Singapore%3F&utm_content=11%2F04%2F2021

China now admits their vaccines aren't very effective against the virus!

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9460177/China-admits-Covid-jabs-not-effective-major-blow-global-health-battle.html

Bhutan vaccinated 93% of adult population in 16 days

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/bhutan-covid-19-vaccine-drive-quick-population-14606720?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR2U9kjfumxmZHIOVB1DLgXG55vPAE5lnVMbjeajhBVpn6Wgld1aCqothgs

All about the Vaccine Passport

https://www.inc.com/brit-morse/vaccine-passport-debate-technology-privacy-business-policy.html

Biodegradable styrofoam: cost vs sustainability

https://www.facebook.com/techinsider/videos/286052882974874/

Coming to your neighbourhood: robot grocer delivery

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-singapore-robot-delivery/run-out-of-milk-robots-on-call-for-singapore-home-deliveries-idUSKBN2BZ02S?il=0

Ice Cream Museum here we come 🙂

https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com/trending/what-to-expect-singapore-museum-of-ice-cream-launching-august-14605246

Parkour at 58 :))

https://www.facebook.com/todayonline/videos/806518876621834

News 5/4/21

GP/ Secondary

Singapore's tourism industry to tap sustainability, wellness and tech trends for growth [Video]

Instead of waiting for world borders to reopen, Singapore needs to disrupt the status quo. For the tourism industry here, the next big moves lie in sustainable travel solutions, technological innovation and holistic wellness.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/consumer/singapores-tourism-to-tap-sustainability-wellness-and-tech-trends-for-growth?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Singapore%27s+tourism+industry+to+tap+sustainability%2C+wellness+and+tech+trends+for+growth&utm_content=08%2F04%2F2021

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Schools to merge over the next 3 years.

Merging the schools would allow students to continue to have a fuller school experience since schools with low enrolment numbers find it difficult to offer a good range of programmes and CCAs, and smaller student populations affect the diversity of experiences and choices the school can offer.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/parenting-education/18-primary-and-secondary-schools-to-be-merged-over-next-3-years-as?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=&utm_content=08%2F04%2F2021

SG: More than $100 million was donated in a year online to about 600 charities amid the Covid-19 pandemic, surpassing previous annual records.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/102m-donated-on-givingsg-in-a-year-amid-covid-19-pandemic?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Record+%24102m+donated+on+Giving.sg+in+a+year+amid+Covid-19+pandemic&utm_content=06%2F04%2F2021

SG: Plea to be Tougher on Diners who Don't Clear their Trays. 

In a 2019 survey conducted by the Singapore Management University, more than a third of respondents (36 per cent) were unsure if they should return their trays after eating at food and beverage outlets, or if it was the responsibility of the cleaners. An almost equal number of respondents (37 per cent) felt certain that it was the latter.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/tray-return-public-hygiene-campaign-nea-table-cleaner-job-fine-14560210?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR2K7nf4zYbC-F_WjYWTKNcqfM5vYNw3m5Hau79NO4SvoWqXgZ9RdyDBS5E

Japan just recorded its earliest cherry blossom bloom in 1,200 years. Scientists warn it's a symptom of the larger climate crisis 

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/05/asia/japan-cherry-blossoms-climate-change-intl-hnk-scn/index.html

If you own an LG phone, it's time to upgrade 

https://www.cnet.com/news/lg-will-shut-down-smartphone-business-in-july-to-focus-on-smart-home-robotics/

There is a common misconception that the vaccine will protect you forever. 

(1) Like other flu vaccines, there is a time limit for its efficacy. You may need booster shots thereafter.

(2) The vaccine minimises your chances of falling severely ill or needing the ICU. 

(3) Being vaccinated does not mean you will never contract COVID-19. Think of it like a water-resistant jacket, rather than a waterproof one

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/04/health/covid-vaccine-protection-lasting-variants-wellness/index.html

News 29/3/2021

GP/ Secondary

SG can play a key role in China's dual circulation strategy, aimed at spurring domestic consumption and self-reliance while at the same time encouraging foreign investment and catering to export markets. https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/singapore-can-play-key-role-in-chinas-dual-circulation-economy-vivian-balakrishnan?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Singapore+can+play+key+role+in+China%27s+%27dual+circulation%27+economy%3A+Vivian+Balakrishnan&utm_content=31%2F03%2F2021

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

WHO draft report: Coronavirus likely came from animal, not a lab [Video]

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/29/health/who-coronavirus-origin-draft-report/index.html?fbclid=IwAR1sAFaMK0VHwR9eRqoTCiGDHI1YRptJqKdgpo04E5GEbs1vxEqSl8eb9eY

NTU team develops new Covid-19 rapid test kit that can detect variants

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/ntu-team-develops-new-covid-19-rapid-test-kit-able-to-detect-variants-uses-gene-editing?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=NTU+team+develops+new+Covid-19+rapid+test+kit+that+can+detect+variants&utm_content=30%2F03%2F2021

Buses with solar panels: six-month trial commences

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/go-ahead-to-conduct-six-month-trial-of-buses-with-solar-panels-14523682?cid=fbcna&fbclid=IwAR0O_ncCRlr1p6KYz3B7jpr-5CfII85533DGQ0gTfzDNTTKldn8yZ4Scy2A

Origami inspired clothes that 'grow' with the wearer: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2853444841591663

Better days ahead for travellers, post-COVID https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-silver-linings-of-pandemic-era-air-travel-11615384167

Towards a more resilient habitat

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-sea-level-rise-marine-climate-change-research-nparks-14497366

Visit the Louvre for free, online

https://str.sg/J9rz

More outdoor places for family weekends: visit the ex Big Splash site 

https://str.sg/J9FB

News 22/3/2021

GP/ Secondary

'Count on Me' Plagiarism Saga continues 

https://www.straitstimes.com/life/entertainment/count-on-me-singapore-copyright-saga-indian-composer-withdraws-claims-to-song?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Count+On+Me%2C+Singapore+copyright+saga%3A+Indian+composer+withdraws+claims+to+song+following+MCCY+probe&utm_content=22%2F03%2F2021 

Birth of twin Malayan tigers at the Night Safari last December revives Singapore's effort to breed the critically endangered subspecies.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/birth-of-twin-malayan-tigers-revives-breeding-efforts-in-singapore?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Birth+of+twin+Malayan+tigers+revives+breeding+efforts+in+Singapore&utm_content=22%2F03%2F2021

Trump is returning to social media--on his own platform

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/21/media/donald-trump-social-media-network/index.html?utm_source=fbCNN&utm_term=link&utm_content=2021-03-21T22%3A00%3A29&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR0nbnSXnis3e2JoCbPcYxvM2d4IUIFgvo8rL54WjOjr3-dJjAqtWhW-D8o

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

NTU Team creates post-surgical bandages from durian husks

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/ntu-team-uses-durian-husks-to-make-bandages-for-post-surgery?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_PM&utm_term=NTU+team+uses+durian+husks+to+make+bandages+for+post-surgery&utm_content=25%2F03%2F2021

Singapore on the way to sustainability--Floating Solar Farms

https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/technology/singapore-now-home-to-one-of-the-worlds-largest-floating-solar-farms

Pen and paper boosts memory better than smart devices

https://nypost.com/2021/03/19/pen-and-paper-boosts-memory-more-than-smart-devices-study/?fbclid=IwAR15BAX1jJiB36bmSL1d9UeNM8bghuWp0qaP4VfUJOuTGOpf7SA4h3ZH1iM

Super Nintendo theme park opens in Osaka--with COVID precautions

https://www.facebook.com/5550296508/videos/1643354565867475

Write to Disney, even as a satire, and get a response 🙂

https://insidethemagic.net/2021/03/disney-guest-complaint-ad1/

Count our blessings: there are students who have to take Zoom classes in a cemetery

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-bolivia-girl/scared-of-school-bolivian-girl-takes-her-virtual-classes-in-a-cemetery-idUSKBN2BB268

Take up the challenge to be paid for a no-screentime-day

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/20/us/stay-away-from-screens-challenge-trnd/index.html

News 15/3/2021

GP/ Secondary

COVID lockdowns had an interesting effect on carbon emissions – now they're returning back to normal far quicker than society is.

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210312-covid-19-paused-climate-emissions-but-theyre-rising-again

3 big developments heralding the start of the agricultural digital revolution: (i) small and cheap sensor technology, (ii) communications technologies required to move data between the field and the computational cloud, and (iii) the technology to process mind-boggling volumes of information with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

https://www.bbc.com/future/bespoke/follow-the-food/the-farms-being-run-from-space/

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Why Daylight Saving Time exists [Video]

https://edition.cnn.com/2013/08/22/world/daylight-saving-time-fast-facts/index.html

COVID-19? Not a problem in Taiwan. Perhaps we can learn something from them too

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/13/world/asia/taiwan-covid.html?fbclid=IwAR0ukGxoqvhdLrX-gj6i8JaJQH5TZrFEulnf3ANdzrDw06XnYeP4dTiOBk8

Space pollution is real

https://www.livescience.com/tiny-space-junk-damage.html

News 8/3/2021

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

SG police warn of Scammers on WhatsApp 

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/whatsapp-scam-alert-beware-of-suspicious-messages-asking-for-personal-information-banking?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=S%27pore+police+warn+of+scams+involving+compromised+WhatsApp+accounts&utm_content=08%2F03%2F2021

Impacts of a COVID Childhood—what it’s doing to the Little Ones

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/parenting-education/covid-19-childhood-how-has-the-pandemic-affected-the-little-ones?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Covid-19+childhood%3A+How+has+the+pandemic+affected+the+little+ones%3F&utm_content=08%2F03%2F2021

One in three women experience violence in their lifetime: WHO report

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/09/world/who-women-pervasive-violence-intl/index.html?utm_content=2021-03-10T01%3A28%3A07&utm_term=link&utm_source=fbCNN&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR0RwNdBx_nFkQVkZBgIvjVM6aP9lz9YJJPMGQ5OZ2tqtVtfqL7WWyAbqkM

Upcycling real estate? Ex-RGS site plays host venue to domestic workers on weekends

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/new-hangout-maids-being-piloted-former-rgs-site-prevent-overcrowding-popular-spots

Ageing population: caregivers who sacrifice much

https://www.todayonline.com/big-read/big-read-spore-society-ages-who-will-care-caregivers

Genetic engineering: CRISPR offers a host of possibilities, but at what cost?

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/crispr-jennifer-doudna-walter-isaacson-the-code-breaker/

News 1/3/2021

GP/ Secondary

Do you think accepting another person's gender identity is inversely proportional to one's age?

https://www.insider.com/millennials-more-progressive-than-gen-z-about-gender-survey-finds-2021-2

The trend will probably continue for many countries with an ageing population. What can be done to incentivise growth?

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-total-fertility-rate-tfr-falls-historic-low-2020-baby-14288556

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Novel way of enjoying theatre while maintaining safe distancing

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-japan-theatre/through-the-mailbox-slot-japanese-theatre-offers-new-viewing-experience-idUSKBN2AU0B2?fbclid=IwAR3ZkV_yV3McDtJL0j-lzS9kHpDB_WA_vQ6cOIu-yQ70v144XRQYdy73ifg

Students in Pharmacy learn Dialect to better communicate with the elderly

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=1513153705373968

New data suggests that global Covid-19 herd immunity may take nearly 5 years

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/global-covid-19-herd-immunity-may-take-nearly-5-years-new-data-suggests?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Global+Covid-19+herd+immunity+may+take+nearly+5+years%2C+new+data+suggests&utm_content=01%2F03%2F2021

And this site tracks global vaccination

https://www.straitstimes.com/multimedia/graphics/2021/02/covid-vaccine-rollout/index.html?shell

Up-cycling used disposable chopsticks: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1183447928754606

Why whales tend to be resistant to cancer: https://www.todayonline.com/world/whales-cancer-resistance-their-genes

Climate change--slowly but surely  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/iceberg-larger-than-new-york-city-breaks-off-in-antarctica/

How AI can help to reduce food wastage  https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL4N2KB0CT

News 15/2/2021

GP/Secondary

SG Budget 2021: What you need to know [3-m video]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY0z0uAmvXY


SG: More women pursuing STEM fields

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/more-women-pursuing-degrees-in-stem-fields-moe?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=More+women+pursuing+degrees+in+Stem+fields%3A+MOE&utm_content=15%2F02%2F2021

Trump escapes impeachment a second time: what's next?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56057849

GP/Secondary/Primary


Davos: Greta Thunberg Chastises World Leaders for Dragging Their Feet on Climate Response

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/01/greta-thunberg-climate-response-rogoff-greenpeace-unccd/?fbclid=IwAR1t3-OiptLZEv1DsSI8pzFX6E_DOrbZ8jyBk0fZtnSfzhc2KIiXOy2e39c

A powder that makes dirty water drinkable 

https://fb.watch/3FYsPXfAsB/

If the trial is successful, children can soon be vaccinated

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/covid-vaccine-oxford-trial-children/

The aftershock that was 10 years late

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/02/14/national/earthquake-fukushima-aftershock

Note to self: how to ace presentations in school

https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/presentations-guy-kawasaki-10-20-30-rule.html

News 8/2/2021

GP/Secondary

The importance of culture: Countries with greater social cohesion such as Singapore have performed far better in the Covid-19 pandemic

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/culturally-tight-societies-like-singapore-fare-better-in-covid-19-fight-study?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Culturally+tight+societies+like+Singapore+fare+better+in+Covid-19+fight%3A+Study&utm_content=08%2F02%2F2021

WEF/ Davos Agenda: Why journalists are worried about press freedom

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=840004823224228

What Business Leaders have to say about the role of new tech in 2021

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/01/how-will-new-technology-shape-the-recovery-in-2021-heres-what-business-leaders-say/?fbclid=IwAR1VZ0uXOid9Htx8CoAFOT6-aFg6WXiSLD-8lhP4z3iyaMXmkZblfnqZVxY

Fossil Fuels Caused 8.7M deaths globally in 2018

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/09/fossil-fuels-pollution-deaths-research

GP/Secondary/Primary

Battling COVID--ensuring Safe Distancing with technology

https://www.facebook.com/worldeconomicforum/videos/2874072976215498

From a Singaporean doctor's perspective: what our tiny nation is doing right

https://www.businessinsider.com/doctor-in-singapore-covid-19-cases-are-low-heres-why-2021-1

News 1/2/2021

GP/Secondary

Bill Gates Warns The "Next Pandemic" Is Coming After Covid-19 - And How To Stop It | MSNBC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDjQ8ivwbCU

India has suspended mobile internet services in three areas around the capital, Delhi, where farmers are staging a hunger strike in protest at new agriculture laws.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-55872480

How a Sec 4 student in SG was radicalised in months

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/how-a-sec-4-student-who-planned-to-attack-mosques-in-spore-was-radicalised-within-months

GameStop saga

(1) Commentary: Greed, Robin Hood and the power of Wall Street

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/29/style/gamestop-wallstreetbets-reddit.html

(2) The Saga Explained

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/30/business/gamestop-reddit-rebellion-explained/index.html

GP/Secondary/Primary

People are buying books by the metre to impress on virtual calls

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-55818287

Quad Gods: The world-class gamers who play with their mouths

https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-55811621

Working on the move seems like a great idea! 🙂

https://www.businessinsider.com/nissan-unveiled-a-concept-office-pod-inside-of-a-van-2021-1

Music is the universal language of geniuses

https://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/want-smarter-kids-teach-music-not-coding-according-to-mit.html

News 25/1/2021

GP/Secondary

The Cost of Vaccine Inequality--the resulting economic devastation will hit affluent countries nearly as hard as those in the developing world

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/23/business/coronavirus-vaccines-global-economy.html?campaign_id=7&emc=edit_MBAE_p_20210124&instance_id=26358&nl=morning-briefing&regi_id=107636503&section=topNews&segment_id=50132&te=1&user_id=ac09ab6ec1aae1474b024dc475bb37fb

GP/Secondary/Primary

COVID could last 4 to 5 years; Singaporeans have to be prepared to live in an acutely changed world--fairer, greener and more united... Mr Lawrence Wong at the Institute of Policy Studies' Singapore Perspectives Conference on Jan 25 [with video]

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/covid-19-pandemic-could-last-four-or-five-years-lawrence-wong?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Covid-19+pandemic+could+last+four+or+five+years%3A+Lawrence+Wong&utm_content=26%2F01%2F2021

SG: Hard hit by the pandemic, more community feeders and pet owners have been asking animal welfare organisations for help.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/more-pet-owners-and-community-feeders-struggle-with-upkeep-of-the-animals-amid-pandemic?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=More+pet+owners%2C+community+feeders+struggle+with+upkeep+of+animals+amid+Covid-19+pandemic&utm_content=25%2F01%2F2021


Meme for charity: Bernie Sanders turns inauguration meme into sweatshirt for charity

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/23/politics/bernie-sanders-sweatshirt-meme/index.html

Elon Musk's SpaceX launches 143 satellites into orbit in a record-setting mission.

They'll act as telecommunications nodes to connect devices that are attached to all manner of objects on the ground, from migrating animals to shipping containers...but problems will arise managing the increasing number of satellites 

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55775977#:~:text=A%20new%20world%20record%20has,an%20Indian%20vehicle%20in%202017.

Ingenious sleep pods for the homeless

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/homeless-sleeping-pods-germany-ulm-b1791217.html

Ferrari's first female driver

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/23/motorsport/maya-weug-ferrari-driver-academy-spt-intl/index.html

Would you consider an electric car in the name of sustainability?

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/01/electric-car-battery-charge-time-vehicles-climate-change-sustainability

News 18/1/2021

GP/Secondary

Trump stoked the flames of insurrection before attack on the Capitol--with short video summarising what happened 

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/18/politics/hogan-gidley-trump-january-6/index.html

Boris Johnson: Be like SG ...by emulating our low-tax, low-regulation https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9155037/Prime-Ministers-new-mission-Rishi-Sunak.html

And Mothership's take: https://mothership.sg/2021/01/uk-singapore-of-europe-low-taxes/

COVID and its effects on tourismFood for thought: if all countries/ airlines demand for a vaccination proof, how is it fair to those who were unable to receive vaccines eg under 16 or those with autoimmune disorders?

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/01/covid-19-vaccines-travel-airlines-international-international-travel-tourism

GP/Secondary/Primary

Hazardous Tech? Growing size of vehicle screens sparks safety concerns

https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/growing-size-of-vehicle-screens-sparks-safety-concerns/vp-BB1cS5BQ

Insect protein: the solution for food sustainability and world hunger.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2021/01/09/lifestyle/insects-food-substitute

Newly discovered Egyptian artefacts

https://www.todayonline.com/world/egypt-unveils-3000-year-old-coffins-latest-discovery#mdcrecs_s

News 11/1/2021

GP/Secondary

Why incompetent men are chosen as leaders 

https://blog.ed.ted.com/2021/01/11/why-do-so-many-incompetent-men-become-leaders-and-what-can-we-do-about-it/

Commentaries on paper qualifications

a) The O levels : we've only just begun

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/commentary-o-level-results-and-the-problem-with-expecting-youth-13930924

b) Having a degree is just the start

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/university-degree-job-student-hr-requirement-grades-salary-pay-13897164

GP/Secondary/Primary

How SG Universities Keep COVID cases at Zero--through technology, tough penalties and students willing to comply.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/09/world/asia/singapore-coronavirus-universities.html?action=click&campaign_id=7&emc=edit_MBAE_p_20210110&instance_id=25861&module=RelatedLinks&nl=morning-briefing&pgtype=Article&regi_id=107636503&section=topNews&segment_id=48923&te=1&user_id=ac09ab6ec1aae1474b024dc475bb37fb

Harbin's spectacular city carved from snow and ice

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/harbin-snow-ice-festival-events-canceled-intl-hnk/index.html

China's 'Vaccine Diplomacy'  https://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2021/01/09/africa-china-coronavirus-vaccine-diplomacy-lu-stout-pkg-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/coronavirus-intl/

The three vaccines in SG: you can't choose them, but you can know the difference

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWmO8sTjuwU

With online learning becoming more prevalent these days, here's what parents can do

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/workgroup-launches-guidelines-to-help-parents-manage-activities-screen-time-for-children-teenagers

Primary


Take good care of one another during the pandemic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hczj_v1UUbU

News 4/1/2021

GP/Secondary

How Global Politics will Change in 2021  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/03/the-world-in-2021-how-global-politics-will-change-this-year

GP/Secondary/Primary

What will the tech world look like in 2021? https://www.straitstimes.com/tech/what-will-the-tech-world-look-like-in-2021

A reminder that the web doesn't forget. US teenager finds her university offer cancelled after racial slur in viral video https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/us-teenager-finds-her-university-admission-cancelled-after-racial-slur-in-viral?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=US+teenager+finds+her+university+offer+cancelled+after+racial+slur+in+viral+video&utm_content=28%2F12%2F2020

Chinese Gen Zs are being lazy at work-- a silent rebellion against the culture of working overtime for little reward. https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/article/3116109/young-employees-rebel-against-chinese-work-ethic-being-lazy-refusing?campaign_id=7&emc=edit_MBAE_p_20210104&instance_id=25631&nl=morning-briefing&regi_id=107636503&section=whatElse&segment_id=48328&te=1&user_id=ac09ab6ec1aae1474b024dc475bb37fb

Turning trash to treasure in SG--with video   https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/turning-trash-to-treasure-0?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Turning+trash+to+treasure&utm_content=27%2F12%2F2020

Green Your Kids for a Sustainable Future  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/green-your-kids-environment-sustainable-future-13742888

No need to redeem Singapore Rediscover vouchers for these 🙂  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/jurong-bird-park-admission-ticket-prices-50-anniversary-13854776

SG-KL HSR Plans Derailed https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/kl-singapore-hsr-high-speed-rail-discontinued-13799618

News 14/12

GP/Secondary

Rich countries get first dibs in the vaccine race.  While many poor nations may be able to vaccinate at most 20 percent of their populations in 2021, some of the world’s richest countries have reserved enough doses to immunise their own multiple times over.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/15/us/coronavirus-vaccine-doses-reserved.html?action=click&campaign_id=7&emc=edit_MBAE_p_20201215&instance_id=25071&module=RelatedLinks&nl=morning-briefing&pgtype=Article&regi_id=107636503&section=topNews&segment_id=47036&te=1&user_id=ac09ab6ec1aae1474b024dc475bb37fb

Why we a re facing an unprecedented hunger crisis https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/11/covid-19-food-insecurity-crisis/?fbclid=IwAR1dZ3ICjWo_miGKUwrqP7g-QpHNnrJve3sv_vqZ9de2RpeBuZu0_u39ixY

SG: New flats for the elderly to be launched in February BTO exercise, with subscription to care services  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/bto-flats-elderly-bukit-batok-care-services-assisted-living-13742262?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR0JUZ_NdBgOFFhe6k30_Cz-5fRSKO-cMI_1O_Qu0qInTn2Qvbo8BV5AZkA


GP/Secondary/Primary

For your next vacation, consider  slow travel   https://www.facebook.com/worldeconomicforum/videos/844357733056104/

Our students need to learn more critical thinking skills  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/10/future-jobs-global-education-skills/https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-students-top-maths-science-rankings-for-second-consecutive-edition-of

Japanese libraries make borrowing safe   https://www.facebook.com/nhkworld/videos/382307666394263/

The appeal of Uncle Roger is strongest amongst Asians   https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/3112528/why-asians-love-youtube-star-uncle-roger-weve-all-got-one

5 Most powerful women in the world   https://www.facebook.com/worldeconomicforum/videos/771112740415978/

BTS is entertainer of the year  https://www.facebook.com/time/videos/396124131807900/

Instead of a staycation, visit the Orient Express exhibition   https://www.facebook.com/TheSmartLocal/videos/382910359653168/

Unravelling the sea dragon fossil  https://www.facebook.com/bbcearth/videos/3959990854034441/

News 7/12

GP/Secondary/Primary

MOE unveils four main strategies to prepare students for post Covid-19 environment https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/parenting-education/moes-four-main-strategies-to-prepare-students-for-post-covid-19

No-kill protein, the Food of the Future? Alternative proteins, such as cultured meat, could pave the way for more sustainable food production and better food security.  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/debrief-cultured-meat-may-be-food-for-the-future?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Cultured+meat%3A+No-kill+products+may+be+food+for+the+future&utm_content=05%2F12%2F2020

Don't poo-poo poo! The transplanted faecal matter may hold the secret to tackling aging; restores the patient's gut microbiome by introducing healthy bacteria.  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/dont-sniff-at-poo-it-may-hold-secret-to-tackling-ageing

An interesting read: passive aggressive language is acceptable in Japanese culture  https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2020/12/01/language/how-to-complain-in-japanese/

Turning passion into art: paper kinetic sculptor  https://www.facebook.com/todayonline/videos/686593915376090

Be a passionate environmentalist: meet HK's (possibly) youngest advocate  https://www.facebook.com/scmp/videos/1104254550071242

News 30/11

GP/Secondary

The Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, was renamed the Ministry of Sustainability and Environment. What does this mean? Grace Fu: "All the streams that we are working on, whether it's food, whether it's waste, water or energy...we're looking at how to make more sustainable use of the resource." [with Video]
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/diversification-of-food-sources-cannot-be-only-strategy-in-the-face-of-global?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Diversification+of+food+sources+cannot+be+only+strategy+in+the+face+of+global+disruptions&utm_content=30%2F11%2F2020


The World Bank: how many people COVID could push into poverty https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/11/covid-19-global-poverty-inequality-un-economics-coronavirus-pandemic/?fbclid=IwAR136nWOJPz9GvxOcZZWVTmt2uKrvr2JovGkmSjUrT-nd7ipMzf6Hf2aff4

GP/Secondary/Primary

7 Steps to Reducing Food Waste https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/08/food-waste-fao-world-hunger?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social_scheduler&utm_term=Future+of+Food&utm_content=24/11/2020+02:00&fbclid=IwAR3TiRhgFxVBlwn9dBCe3VRQLX1FtwJR4WQ6vpPeO9gDcLDOZFlCqMuquyE

Farms in the rural area of Lim Chu Kang are welcoming more visitors as Singapore residents - unable to holiday overseas amid the COVID-19 pandemic - explore the country for new experiences.  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/lim-chu-kang-farms-visitors-business-earnings-covid-19-13643068?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR12usAFvwGy5eZR_xxq3-xtMS42OSvfjteOH0yl1mvoCjAyU2Y2WxFqZgU


The smoking rate in SG has shrunk from 18.3 per cent in 1992 to 10.6 per cent in 2019, through a combination of legislative and public education efforts: regulations on tobacco advertising and multiple anti-smoking campaigns, raised minimum legal age, higher taxes on tobacco products etc. But authorities want to reduce smoking even more  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/in-focus-singapore-smoking-quit-second-hand-smoke-cigarettes-13643864?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR32Adiq8zuj-WNNWNM6ElyGwpu810KW2F4D4CriiKhNy1H99BUYTkv9xnk


Now you see it, now you don't: where did the stone slab go?  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/mysterious-monolith-in-us-desert-reportedly-disappears-13662242

Music Neuroscience: which is your happy song?   https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/music-happiness-neuroscience.html

News 23/11

GP/Secondary

The effect of COVID-19 on business travel, according to Bill Gates. "My prediction would be that over 50% of business travel and over 30% of days in the office will go away," Gates said...The one downside of virtual meetings versus in-person events? The inability to meet new people.  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/11/bill-gates-pandemic-covid-coronavirus-work-travel-business-digital/

Creativity key to competing with AI--here's how  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/11/ai-automation-creativity-workforce-skill-fute-of-work?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social_scheduler&utm_term=Future+of+Work&utm_content=24/11/2020+07:00&fbclid=IwAR2L7BGTnh2eid4tshsBu0mOSLh7wRqKFr4c4iqKGWm4mk2mH85Wki1a5GQ

The rise of e-commerce and the end of retail?  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/robinsons-closing-singapore-department-stores-metro-ecommerce-13590876

GP/Secondary/Primary

Local brain bank receives first donations https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/local-brain-bank-receives-first-donations-of-brains-for-research?utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=STFB&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1606024429


Activist stealing from museums: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/nov/20/experience-i-steal-from-museums?CMP=fb_gu&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR0Im_XGjv4v4QL__ZjehbeC8OmWZqg375QsFGW2I7TGjzYtu3Mu4adJG8U#Echobox=1605867157

The (Hong Kong Travel) Bubble has Burst  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-singapore-hong-kong-air-travel-bubble-launch-deferred-13609978

The elixir of youth is... oxygen?   https://www.rt.com/news/507255-scientists-reverse-cellular-aging/


News 9/11

GP/Secondary

SG Pilot run to reopen certain nightlife establishments   https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-nightlife-establishments-reopen-pilot-13480328

PSLE 2021 New-Scoring System and what it means   https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/parenting-education/moe-releases-indicative-secondary-school-entry-points-under-new-psle?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=&utm_content=07%2F11%2F2020

Opinion: The perils of online learning   https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/06/nyregion/nyc-remote-learning.html

Presidential concession speeches: 1960-2016. Each gracious, and very unlike anything we will see in 2020

https://www.facebook.com/Channel4News/videos/716858052243677


GP/Secondary/ Primary

First ever vegan butchers is opening in the UK, located in London. What do meat-lovers think?  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/11/uk-london-vegan-butchers-food-consumption-world-vegan-day/?fbclid=IwAR1FFj-AIo-_-smOwq8kYgkLwdI5DDzTlNaHJ0ymtD-H57-iwA22iXvdhyA


Asia is experiencing a much milder second wave of the coronavirus than Europe due to to civility, the public spirit of the people  https://english.elpais.com/opinion/2020-10-30/why-asia-is-better-at-beating-the-pandemic-than-europe-the-key-lies-in-civility.html?ssm=FB_CC&fbclid=IwAR3CLWmlXGI6vxY1DgSTBIZbmgg9EYKVq4DURI1JoX2mJlzjk1qolSZKWTs

Agatha Christie goes to Bollywood   https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-54806021

Primary

Hermit crabs need more shells   https://sg.style.yahoo.com/call-shell-donations-thailands-hermit-135344817.html

News 2/11

GP/Secondary

Type of thinking you’ll need to succeed in the future  https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/15/harvard-yale-researcher-future-success-is-not-a-specific-skill-its-a-type-of-thinking.html?__source=facebook%7Cmain&fbclid=IwAR3cZKBP0uO6-f4Y100vjM1N1Rh3ubUtErFSVO1HM_VX0FYf5R5ALZ3uZkQ


America Votes

The Love—black eyed peas USA/Biden tribute. https://youtu.be/Jk7LPpY8pXM

CNN Live: all things elections related  https://edition.cnn.com/politics/live-news/election-results-and-news-11-04-20/index.html

GP/Secondary/ Primary

Breathonix Ptd Ltd. developed a breath test that can detect COVID-19 within a minute: https://news.nus.edu.sg/60-second-breath-test-to-detect-covid-19_20201026094346785/

Inspirational Leader: Fion heads a 9000-strong SG volunteer group (long, so 3 min is a good intro) https://www.facebook.com/TheRoyalSingapore/videos/767208970790227


Sean Connery in memoriam  https://www.theguardian.com/film/gallery/2020/oct/31/sean-connery-007-indiana-jones-career-pictures-james-bond

Turkey quake miracle: a 2 year old survives   https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/02/europe/turkey-earthquake-girl-rescue-intl-hnk/index.html

News 26/10

GP/Secondary

A Divided US Agrees on One Thing: Many People Want a Gun—many anticipate a civil war depending on election outcome 
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/27/us/guns-2020-election.html?referringSource=articleShare

How the US Elects its President--An interactive guide  https://www.straitstimes.com/multimedia/graphics/2020/10/us-electoral-college-2020/index.html?shell

GP/Secondary/Primary

Cell-based milk: https://www.straitstimes.com/business/local-start-up-wins-global-award-for-making-milk-without-the-need-for-cows-or-humans?utm_campaign=STFB&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook

SG Gov investing in low-carbon energy research  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-international-energy-week-low-carbon-research-13373396?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR0zqUCq_OPoy2bFckau6ozx676K6i4BZ6vHhlOzR480V0OaQJFe_njsbl4

Follow up last week--Singapore students familiar with global issues, but know less about world conflicts and economy: 2018 Pisa study  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/parenting-education/singapore-students-familiar-with-global-issues-but-know-less-about?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Singapore+students+familiar+with+global+issues%2C+but+know+less+about+world+conflicts+and+economy%3A+2018+Pisa+study&utm_content=23%2F10%2F2020


Doraemon exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore: https://www.straitstimes.com/life/arts/doraemon-invades-national-museum-of-singapore-for-an-instagram-fest?utm_campaign=STFB&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook

Slashing Shipping emissions--Swedish shipping company Wallenius Marine developing Oceanbird, propelled only by the wind.  https://www.dezeen.com/2020/10/22/wallenius-marin-oceanbird-ship-wind-design/?fbclid=IwAR0S6p763km5t-6fM_PdoROJ-TknEQhU3GwLFDRP29ZIYYCPl13gay7pfGY

Meet the new burger king 2021 edition  https://www.businessinsider.com/burger-king-new-stores-2021-food-lockers-conveyor-belts-burgers-2020-10

Passion vs Status/Wealth: which one would you choose?   https://www.todayonline.com/gen-y-speaks/gen-y-speaks-i-chose-not-study-medicine-because-my-love-insects

Opinion: The pervasiveness of IT (read: Google)   https://www.todayonline.com/commentary/its-googles-world-we-just-live-it

News 19/10

GP/Secondary

SG: Proposed $1,300 min wage--statistics vs reality   https://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/forum/how-can-anyone-survive-on-less-than-1300?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Forum%3A+How+can+anyone+survive+on+less+than+%241%2C300%3F&utm_content=21%2F10%2F2020 

GP/Secondary/Primary

Singapore’s 15-year-olds came out tops (AGAIN) in the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) global competence study, beating those from 26 other countries.  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/pisa-study-singapore-students-global-competence-assessment-13340186?cid=fbcna&fbclid=IwAR2Ot7IzqXx2HO4R6yh2LlIk2DEQuqoUpgp_3hfAnyTsOK04twtT8V-nD2Y

Follow Up to PISA ranking: Students in Singapore know more about issues like climate change and global warming but lack knowledge in other areas like international conflicts. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/parenting-education/singapore-students-familiar-with-global-issues-but-know-less-about?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Singapore+students+familiar+with+global+issues%2C+but+know+less+about+world+conflicts+and+economy%3A+2018+Pisa+study&utm_content=23%2F10%2F2020

Banksy's Show Me the Monet sells for 10 million   https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/banksy-monet-artwork-10-million-sotheby-auction-london-13340110?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR3j1c8VtQ5gsTxFUN4AKu4DFXTww-FhvrSKggLXinoy5D3hNCu7mwfUGAI

The future of face masks--from monitoring vitals to translation technology

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/covid-19-face-mask-high-tech-air-purifier-translation-app-health-13327992?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR2Hr7HpSXxK8Omt46UXtZDuCj09Mm8tEXqhUMxdVKQLXg1vKJ1q-dLhVtQ

Trace Together App or Token mandatory from Dec 2020  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/checking-in-with-tracetogether-to-be-compulsory-at-public-venues-by-december?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=TraceTogether+check-ins+to+be+compulsory+at+public+venues+in+S%27pore+by+end-December&utm_content=21%2F10%2F2020

Laptops for every SG student--many things can go wrong   https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/laptops-students-distraction-online-learning-13319666

New 12/10

GP/Secondary

How media marketing represents women perpetuates gender bias   https://www.todayonline.com/voices/examine-how-women-are-represented-marketing-media-gender?fbclid=IwAR3QyaJt23B7HmzHRoEKbAI5T04osA_CjeX3su1PL86kOdMuNfKV-FN82pU

GP/Secondary/Primary

13 year old raises funds in aid of e-scooter accident victim  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/over-164000-raised-for-e-scooter-accident-victim-by-12-year-old-girl?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_PM&utm_term=13-year-old+girl+raises+over+%24164%2C000+for+e-scooter+accident+victim&utm_content=14%2F10%2F2020

New preferred norm in SG: 8 in 10 prefer working from home and flexibility https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/8-in-10-want-to-work-from-home-or-have-more-flexibility?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=8+in+10+in+Singapore+want+to+work+from+home+or+have+more+flexibility&utm_content=12%2F10%2F2020

The Environmental costs of 'Rush Shipping" [Video] and Amazon's new packaging ...for Halloween   https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/13/tech/amazon-box-ar-app/index.html

The world's best desserts https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/world-50-best-desserts/index.html

What your favourite ice cream tells about you   https://www.rd.com/list/hidden-personality-traits-revealed-ice-cream

Go on a Jurassic Park hunt   https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/changi-jurassic-mile-airport-dinosaur-east-coast-park-connector-13253830

Kayne West on the Presidential campaign   https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/kanye-west-focuses-on-religion-in-first-election-campaign-video-13270142

New 21/9

GP/Secondary

Review of gender equality issues--The review will be broadly categorised to address the mindset change needed and how to develop this from a young age. It will also tackle issues at home and examine the way women are thought about in the school and workplace, and tackle the need for equal opportunities and protection from sexual harassment, assault and workplace discrimination. The review will also examine issues in the community, like gender stereotyping and how women are addressed in the manner of speech or way of thinking, he said.  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-to-conduct-review-of-womens-issues-to-inculcate-mindset-change-for-gender?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Singapore+to+conduct+review+of+women%27s+issues+to+bring+about+mindset+change+for+gender+equality&utm_content=21%2F09%2F2020

We've misunderstood what Darwin meant by "survival of the fittest" https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p08rvzn8/why-our-understanding-of-survival-of-the-fittest-is-wrong

GP/Secondary/Primary

More households need food aid-- Elders and people living in rental flats remain vulnerable, but a new group is emerging that would not normally seek help   https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/more-households-need-food-aid-including-younger-couples-and-private-property-dwellers?fbclid=IwAR23M9DCvg7O3Ay_EKe7KhLkRGNO5m-d_t7csE8PhB9V6yLJzfBTfsQTMAs

Trumps Net Worth Drops by $600m  https://www.facebook.com/forbes/videos/991763037960155

Primary

Would you live in an abandoned primary school? This man does 🙂   https://www.facebook.com/UNILADAdventure/videos/697335794196196/

Cute news of the week: Why bird nests aren't covered in poop   https://www.facebook.com/Vox/videos/2401428593497329

New 14/9

GP/Secondary

How the pandemic has worsened gender gaps in the job economy, and what can be done   https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/09/covid-19-gender-inequality-jobs-economy?fbclid=IwAR3RWgY8wa7hQsbvUvTecURrOV8l4RUMGuX5h4AOWRkUY3zfIOgE0bk8mhY

GP/Secondary/Primary

SG: Ramping up efforts in sustainability [Video]  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/singapore-seeks-to-push-the-boundaries-on-sustainability?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Singapore+seeks+to+push+the+boundaries+on+sustainability%3A+Desmond+Lee&utm_content=14%2F09%2F2020

SG: Battling COVID burnout and fatigue--where there's not end in sight  https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/battling-pandemic-fatigue-some-feel-burned-out-as-the-covid-19-outbreak-drags-on-with-no?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Battling+pandemic+fatigue%3A+Some+feel+burned+out+as+Covid-19+outbreak+drags+on+with+no+end+in+sight&utm_content=14%2F09%2F2020

Brain wave x exoskeleton; wearable cyborg to help people walk   https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/18/health/japan-cyberdyne-brain-wave-exoskeleton-wellness-scn-hnk-intl/index.html

Something fun--the history of fake blood [some can literally kill!]  https://www.facebook.com/greatbigstory/videos/2441282572840828

FREE forest sound from all around the world--to help you unwind :))  https://mymodernmet.com/sounds-of-the-forest-soundmap/?fbclid=IwAR3RWgY8wa7hQsbvUvTecURrOV8l4RUMGuX5h4AOWRkUY3zfIOgE0bk8mhY

New 7/9

GP/Secondary

Interesting look into why US police shoot multiple rounds at suspect

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/26/us/why-police-shoot-so-many-rounds-trnd/index.html

SG: 9 high-tech farms awarded $40M to ramp up food production  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/nine-high-tech-farms-in-singapore-awarded-nearly-40-million-to-ramp-up-food-production?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Nine+high-tech+farms+in+Singapore+awarded+nearly+%2440+million+to+ramp+up+food+production&utm_content=10%2F09%2F2020

GP/Secondary/Primary

HBL highlights inequality and the great tech divide: Indonesian students climb trees and travel miles for wifi connection   https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/05/world/asia/coronavirus-indonesia-school-remote-learning.html?campaign_id=7&emc=edit_MBAE_p_20200906&instance_id=21969&nl=morning-briefing&regi_id=107636503&section=longRead&segment_id=37546&te=1&user_id=ac09ab6ec1aae1474b024dc475bb37fb

I Am Greta--documentary at the Venice film festival [with video trailer]  https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/greta-thunberg-says-venice-documentary-shows-her-real-self

Media Analysis: Why the new iPhone ad is ingenious   https://www.inc.com/jason-aten/apples-latest-ad-is-a-hilarious-terrifying-look-at-why-privacy-matters-on-your-iphone.html

Handheld Mask--Trust the Japanese to invent this!   https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/09/02/national/handheld-mask-coronavirus

A timely reminder for revision from Nobel Prize Winners  https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/a-nobel-prize-winners-3-step-plan-to-master-any-subject.html

Primary

The woman with 1000 cats   https://www.facebook.com/greatbigstory/videos/2434698783499207

New 31/8 

GP/Secondary

SG: The Future of Retail in a COVID Era  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/the-future-of-retail-in-a-covid-19-era-money-mind-13062480?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR0PeZjYE36dqBhTsJ8deHoeTFSGOoc2HkQUlZPBmtMfNnKKSQQ78eHTG08

Large Dips in Population Expected in China and India; but growth still expected in Africa   https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/08/large-population-decline-expected-in-china-and-india?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social_scheduler&utm_term=China&utm_content=31/08/2020+02:00&fbclid=IwAR150v79Pp1M3KsH6_WN5n_RohMePE9dkSxhg_BitJwJD-XMR2DqoW37S2M

Chadwick Boseman will go down in history as a superhero, but not everyone who braves the same illness gets the same notice  https://time.com/5884740/chadwick-boseman-obit/

GP/Secondary/Primary

Of Machine Learning, Algorithms and New Planets   https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiecartereurope/2020/08/25/does-astronomy-need-humans-an-algorithm-just-discovered-50-new-alien-planets-and-may-find-many-more/?utm_source=FBPAGE&utm_medium=social&utm_content=3637475435&utm_campaign=sprinklrForbesMainFB#55b59c4911fd

NEX cinema accident: observe the eyewitness accounts. Tip to Primary level story writers: telling the story from a different POV can make your plot more interesting  https://mustsharenews.com/shaw-nex-accident/

The September holidays are coming! Here are some ideas to keep you busy

https://www.timeout.com/singapore/things-to-do/the-best-things-to-do-in-singapore-in-september

Decorative manholes are also found in Orchard Road 🙂   https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=1009416469479993

A Lego weaving machine that actually works!  https://www.facebook.com/LEGOSingapore/videos/3649539348411985

Primary

A timely revision. Essay-writing: which point of view should you use?  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=3158577760921895

New 24/8 

GP/Secondary

Speaker of Parliament, Tan Chuan Jin, sets the tone as Parliament opens  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/parliament/videos/tan-chuan-jin-addresses-mps-after-his-re-election-as-speaker-of-13048382?fbclid=IwAR1gJKVltUinmIEUS3mPhYeW_MhkaCYyOb6rg-ks6XT9nOrHgFajg7FlWKI

On the recent shooting of Jacob Blake, Kenosha Wisconsin #blacklivesmatter  https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/25/us/jacob-blake-kenosha-wisconsin-protests/index.html

Jeff Bezos first man worth USD200 billion; and the massive income inequality brought on by centibillionaires  https://www.straitstimes.com/business/companies-markets/amazons-jeff-bezos-becomes-first-person-ever-worth-us200-billion?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_PM&utm_term=Amazon%27s+Jeff+Bezos+becomes+first+person+ever+worth+US%24200+billion&utm_content=27%2F08%2F2020

NZ judge sentenced white supremacist Brenton Tarrant to life in prison without parole for killing 51 Muslim worshipper  https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/australianz/new-zealand-court-sentences-mosque-shooter-brenton-tarrant-to-life-imprisonment

GP/Secondary/Primary

Exams to go on with SDM: PSLE, N, O, A levels 

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/national-exams-including-psle-and-o-levels-will-be-held-as-scheduled-but-with?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_PM&utm_term=National+exams%2C+including+PSLE+and+O+levels%2C+will+proceed+but+with+Covid-19+special+arrangements&utm_content=21%2F08%2F2020

The latest COVID rules—from travel to F&B  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/coronavirus-what-is-allowed-under-latest-adjustments-of-restrictions

There is hope for humanity: how a communal kitchen offers physical and emotional support for caregivers of cancer patients  https://www.facebook.com/scmp/videos/394883611476988

While Singapore eases restrictions for travellers from New Zealand, New Zealand's advisory to residents remain unchanged.   https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/new-zealand-travel-advisory-singapore-travel-advisory-13043882

Primary

Philip Island is livestreaming its penguin parade every night: https://www.timeout.com/melbourne/news/phillip-island-is-livestreaming-its-penguin-parade-every-night-082420?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&cid=%7Emelbourne%7Enatsoc%7Efacebook%7Eechobox#Echobox=1598236516

New 17/8  

GP/Secondary

The Docility Myth: Asian women's careers stunted by stereotypes around race, culture and gender  https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200807-the-docility-myth-flattening-asian-womens-careers

Culture and Identity -- what makes us Singaporean   https://www.facebook.com/RiceMedia.co/videos/770908216991494

SG Survey: COVID fatigue sets in  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/44-of-people-here-tired-of-rules-to-limit-virus-spread-survey

Benevolent sexism (presented as a comic): https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/13/benevolent-sexism-a-feminist-comic-explains-how-it-holds-women-back

GP/Secondary/Primary

More complain to CASE during COVID--lost deposits, cancelled travel and wedding plans etc.  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/spike-in-travel-delivery-complaints-amid-covid-19-pandemic-case?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Coronavirus%3A+Lost+deposits+for+cancelled+travel+and+wedding+plans+lead+to+spike+in+complaints%2C+says+Case+&utm_content=17%2F08%2F2020

New Law to protect consumers. It will cover events that were scheduled to be held on or after Feb 1 such as wedding banquets, business meetings or conferences. It also includes contracts for accommodation or entertainment related to tourism.  https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/proposed-laws-will-protect-event-deposits-from-being-forfeited-but-do-not-mean-immediate

(1) New poll shows that Singaporeans are adjusting to WFH [with nice tables and graphs]  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/sporeans-are-adjusting-to-working-from-home-new-poll-shows

(2) Yet, more are stressed working from home--NUHS survey https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/more-work-from-homers-feel-stressed-than-front-line-workers-singapore-survey-on?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_PM&utm_term=Working+from+home+can+be+more+stressful+than+being+on+Covid-19+front+line%2C+mental+health+survey+finds&utm_content=19%2F08%2F2020

Tokyo's transparent public restrooms: https://www.forbes.com/sites/suzannerowankelleher/2020/08/16/why-tokyos-new-transparent-public-restrooms-are-a-stroke-of-genius/?utm_campaign=forbes&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_term=Valerie/#76616c657269


Primary

Travelling between the 2 countries is a mere skip-and-hop away!  https://www.facebook.com/greatbigstory/videos/3131921293523570

Social distancing to now apply in haunted houses   https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/tokyo-drive-in-haunted-house-kowagarasetai/index.html

New 10/8  

GP/Secondary

On the SG Economy:

(1) Singapore recession deepens: Weak economy, high uncertainty mean hard adjustments [quite a comprehensive but digestible look into the factors and projections involved] https://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/weak-economy-high-uncertainty-mean-hard-adjustments?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Singapore+recession+deepens%3A+Weak+economy%2C+high+uncertainty+mean+hard+adjustments&utm_content=12%2F08%2F2020

(2) What economists have to say https://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/economists-expect-tepid-recovery-while-businesses-hold-off-hiring?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Economists+expect+tepid+recovery+from+Singapore%27s+deepest+economic+slump+while+businesses+hold+off+hiring&utm_content=12%2F08%2F2020

GP/Secondary/Primary

Power Tower of Renewable Energy  https://www.facebook.com/7746841478/posts/10157329071566479/?vh=e&d=n

Travel to all 47 Prefectures in Japan...virtually   https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/news/see-all-japans-47-prefectures-in-130-seconds-via-this-stunning-tourism-video-080720

Domestic travel is touted the next best thing to boost a country's economy: would this work for Singapore?  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/tourism-covid-19-thailand-indonesia-malaysia-12999590

Plastic bags: can we do better in Singapore to encourage less waste?  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/singapore-plastic-bag-charge-ban-waste-recycle-reuse-pollution-12989408

Primary

Breakfast across continents: which is your favourite? Interesting ones include eel soup, clotted cream 🙂  https://www.facebook.com/greatbigstory/videos/884392342049551

New 3/8  

GP/Secondary

Pritham Singh's salary donation fiasco--a summary:  https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/wp-chief-pritam-singh-clarifies-that-he-will-donate-half-his-salary-increase-not-half-his?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=&utm_content=01%2F08%2F2020

On generational labelling and envy--a revision for Secondary students  https://www.todayonline.com/gen-y-speaks/gen-y-speaks-why-i-dont-turn-green-envy-when-those-around-me-do-well

GP/Secondary/Primary

WHO—no silver bullet amid vaccine for COVID-19   https://www.bbc.com/news/world-53643455

SG: suicide numbers among those aged 10 to 29 remain a concern, with 94 cases in 2019 - the same as in 2018   https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/number-of-suicides-in-2019-did-not-decline-compared-with-2018-youth-suicides-still-a?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_PM&utm_term=Youth+suicides+still+a+concern%2C+with+94+cases+last+year+and+in+2018&utm_content=03%2F08%2F2020 

Botanic boom in SG as more turn to plants and gardening to relief COVID-related stress   https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/home-design/covid-19-has-led-to-a-botanic-boom-in-singapore-as-more-people-become-plant?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Covid-19+has+led+to+a+botanic+boom+in+Singapore+as+more+people+become+plant+parents+to+relieve+stress&utm_content=01%2F08%2F2020

The challenges of raising Singapore's recycling rate: what happens to that plastic bottle after you toss it in the recycling bin?

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1387037805019431

Is the world's easiest language Korean?  https://www.facebook.com/nasdaily/videos/1953023614833501

Nike's marvellous ad 🙂  https://www.indy100.com/article/new-nike-advert-you-cant-stop-us-sport-watch-video-9649651

Take a peek at an undewater museum  https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com/travel/underwater-museum-great-barrier-reef-art-sculpture-12982524

New 27/7  

GP/Secondary

Thailand might be the 1st SEA country to legalise same-sex marriage  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thailand-civil-partnership-lgbtiq-gender-equality-discrimination-12954614

GP/Secondary/Primary

SG Politics--The duties and privileges of leader of the opposition  https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/parliament-sets-out-duties-and-privileges-of-leader-of-the-opposition-pritam-singh

Bill and Melinda Gates speak up for the WHO  https://www.facebook.com/forbes/videos/987503195026403/?vh=e

5 things you need to know about a COVID vaccine  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/covid-19-vaccine-5-things-you-need-to-know-coronavirus-12950566

Working from home and why it’s good and bad for one’s health  https://theconversation.com/thinking-about-working-from-home-long-term-3-ways-it-could-be-good-or-bad-for-your-health-141374

North Korea reports its first COVID-19 case and declares emergency state https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/26/kim-jong-un-conveys-urgent-meeting-after-suspected-case-of-covid-19

The Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 hangs in the balance  https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2020/07/24/commentary/world-commentary/covid-19-isnt-crisis-facing-olympics

Primary

(p5/6 hiroshima revision) This week, Hiroshima's anniversary reminds us that even as war is long over, the effects it has on the people will always remain https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/08/01/national/history/hiroshima-nagasaki-atomic-bomb-legacy

We have a whopper of a list this week! Just in time for the school holidays 🙂 

New 20/7  

GP/Secondary

Minimum Wage vs Progressive Wage--which is better for SG?  https://mothership.sg/2020/07/minimum-wage-progressive-wage-model-differences/?fbclid=IwAR2w3Dp_QmMsPQei4iFD2bsvGISPF9T3qoTQtnnuhQYNBTL4FGnwtQ5t3e8

How safe distancing changed businesses...But  might not work for all businesses (long read) https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/covid-19-mixed-picture-fb-retail-outlets-phase-2-reopening-some-brink-closure-others

Tharman: GE2020 outcome good for SG; a new balance in politics  https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/outcome-of-ge2020-good-for-singapore-reflects-desire-for-new-balance-in-politics-says?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=Outcome+of+GE2020+good+for+Singapore%2C+reflects+desire+for+new+balance+in+politics%2C+says+Tharman&utm_content=20%2F07%2F2020

GP/Sec/Pri

COVID impacts--10 million kids may never return to school  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/covid-19-10-million-children-risk-not-going-to-school-12926364?fbclid=IwAR2Lg2vv0MEBO_osG4KXBMybXSCE7RuV_7dHoD6OMf3v5LfAqRJd3JCRUV8

How safe distancing changed businesses:

1. upgrade the technology, so you still sound awesome at the karaoke  https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/07/18/business/tech/karaoke-japan-masks

2. changed seating format  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/movie-magic-as-paris-turns-the-seine-into-open-air-cinema-12944754

Why I stay home despite Phase 2 [this resonates]  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-2-singapore-how-safe-go-out-aircon-12940348?fbclid=IwAR0eRY3DkSnzzKr6uC7Br-AprFA2Y5wxq-PQDk-h5QFnxv72E7B9mmAaiDU

(1) NUS suspends dentistry student (whom courts let off) https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/nus-student-strangled-ex-girlfriend-suspended-dentistry-12946606?cid=fbcna

(2) MHA to review penalty framework: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/nus-student-strangling-case-penalties-offender-shanmugam-12949912?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR0IVhbIKiICrA2WJQCWjUHh_OvUQAAtx9DiTJzrK0-oC57NbL5kTa_3edk

117 new emoji later this year  https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com/trending/apple-new-emoji-bubble-tea-ninja-ios-iphone-2020-12940156?fbclid=IwAR1LjCh4l4g4fJuE0ocHaMsnV7gkUlu-PPqvboxmdjMrac1Zww22ARY8VE0

Jaw-dropping dip in fertility rates globally  https://www.bbc.com/news/health-53409521?fbclid=IwAR0ffvkti7yb8xA2UZ94pdhN7-L_5qXw2SoLoo0AMBvIMoF9qa5Hynw3OyM

NLB removes Chinese-language children book for review after library user complains it is racist  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/nlb-removes-chinese-language-children-book-for-review-after-library-user-complains-it-is?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=NLB+removes+Chinese-language+children+book+for+review+after+library+user+complains+it+is+racist&utm_content=20%2F07%2F2020

Just for fun: test your vocab skills!  https://www.merriam-webster.com/word-games/vocabulary-quiz

Everyone should practice mindfulness; it's a first step to a better society  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6T02g5hnT4

Driverless taxis: will they be coming to Singapore soon? What repercussions does it have?  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/07/autonomous-vehicles-taxi-mobility

New 13/7

GP/Secondary

GE2020 That Feeling called Hope—a first-time voter’s perspective 

https://www.ricemedia.co/current-affairs-ge-2020-feeling-called-hope/

GE2020 results a repudiation of bullying tactics in politics  https://www.facebook.com/100000095104891/posts/3405198629493274/?d=n

Gentler, kinder politics emerging in SG  https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/ge2020-shows-a-new-political-culture-of-a-kinder-and-gentler-politics-is-emerging-says-chan?utm_source=emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ST_Newsletter_AM&utm_term=GE2020+shows+a+new+political+culture+of+a+%27kinder+and+gentler+politics%27+is+emerging%2C+says+Chan+Heng+Chee&utm_content=16%2F07%2F2020

Dangers of obsessing over the politicians:  https://www.ricemedia.co/current-affairs-ge-2020-stop-stanning-politicians-not-celebrities/

Hong Kong protests and security laws explained [8 min video]

https://www.facebook.com/abcnews.au/videos/746257212869488/UzpfSTc2NDcwMDk2NzoxMDE2MDA0ODY5Nzg5MDk2OA/

GP/Secondary/Primary

17 ways technology could change the world by 2025

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/06/17-predictions-for-our-world-in-2025?fbclid=IwAR07kpJv-f7yWUN2FquYzeojTmt9-TjY1FByzhzoZjYbkOY25t_XqqBLTb4

Uber ride sharing might shake up Japan's economy  https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/news/uber-is-finally-available-in-tokyo-after-six-years-in-japan-070620

Sony's wearable air con is finally here!  https://mothership.sg/2020/07/sony-wearable-air-con/

Retail therapy is now all inclusive  https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/news/in-photos-see-the-new-uniqlo-park-megastore-in-yokohama-featuring-an-outdoor-park-062520

Robots to replace manpower in Tokyo's convenience stores

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2020/07/08/food/remote-controlled-robots-familymart-konbini/

New 6/7

GP/Secondary

Move over Zoom. Virtual Reality might be the next step at work and in school

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/04/virtual-reality-usage-booms-in-the-workplace-amid-the-pandemic.html

As GE2020 looms this week, here are some of the issues that surfaced for all parties to address:  https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/singapore-ge2020-6-key-election-issues-from-jobs-covid-19-to-population

GE2020: one opinion on why opposition voice matters  https://www.facebook.com/sudhir.vadaketh/videos/10158371315910944/

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Top Futurist shares 3 scenarios facing countries in relation to how the coronavirus pandemic will play out   https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2309723212656082

Update on sustainability and the fashion industry. How to make your wardrobe sustainable, according to a fashion expert.  https://www.facebook.com/worldeconomicforum/videos/2537078546622339/

Minister Ong Ye Kung on schools, Covid-19 and more | 20 Questions By 20 People In Their 20s:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3oU6CYb6vU


New 29/6

GP/Secondary

SG, have we forgot about Dorscon Orange?  https://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/covid-19-crisis-fatigue-we-forgot-about-dorscon-orange?utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=STFB&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1593340238

Post COVID, GE2020 sets technological precedents in many areas https://www.todayonline.com/big-read/big-read-not-fought-streets-cyber-space-covid-19-enforced-digital-ge-will-be-no-other

Commentary: China’s ‘charm offensive’ has become rather charmless  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/china-diplomacy-australia-trade-us-india-belt-road-xi-trump-12880762?cid=FBcna

Actress Jameela Jamil spoke to BBC HARDtalk on having no filter, dealing with racism and taking on the fashion industry. (Oct 2019)  https://www.facebook.com/bbcnews/videos/1849234498555635/?vh=e

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Design and architecture: What post-pandemic homes will look like  https://cnaluxury.channelnewsasia.com/obsessions/how-singapore-homes-will-look-like-post-pandemic-12868620?cid=FBcna

Explainer Comic for GE2020--key facts you need to know  https://newnaratif.com/comic/nn-explains-sg-general-elections/share/una.xvefgrayl/9e38831cc31341d5b586f67866fc9cbf/?fbclid=IwAR1gt-FTVpJkjgZ_MxONl1-Aea4MpIt40HLoGNzMZjlYm444NDFNST2mynI

British School tests kids for racial bias  https://www.facebook.com/Channel4/videos/283871159394683/

Primary

Get a degree in Ninja studies  https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/ninja-studies-degree-japan-mie-university-iga-a9588006.html

On the heels of #blacklivesmatter comes Pixar's new animation, Soul  https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/pixar-soul-sneak-peek-black-representation

New 22/6

GP/ Secondary

A blueprint for China’s proposed security law for Hong Kong, revealed that Beijing plans to set up an agency in the territory to “collect and analyze” intelligence and to handle certain cases.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/20/world/asia/china-hong-kong-security-law.html?campaign_id=7&emc=edit_MBAE_p_20200621&instance_id=19595&nl=morning-briefing&regi_id=107636503&section=topNews&segment_id=31511&te=1&user_id=ac09ab6ec1aae1474b024dc475bb37fb

The Danger with Quick Fixes--The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) issued an alert about three weight loss products that were found to have potent medicinal ingredients.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/weight-loss-products-clinic-k-rozell-detox-ro-slim-hsa-12857510?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR0-Ack8IZECcxkE1GSgrHsb04apuudS3F-VAYvZ6iyIZZm9nvkuSy5C8GQ

Shanmugam--everyone must bear 'individual responsibility' as economic activity continues despite COVID  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-phase-2-economic-activity-shanmugam-in-conversation-12857280

The competition heats up for online chats: Google Meet features noise cancelling feature  https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidphelan/2020/06/10/google-meet-switches-on-jaw-dropping-feature-to-beat-zoom--microsoft-teams/#6ed5dd1e32ba

Media bias: A tale of two cities: how news can be construed either way

"What a waste to throw away 250,000 eggs" vs "oversupply of eggs causes a problem... the eggs had gone bad"

http://theindependent.sg/netizens-angry-that-250000-eggs-thrown-away-due-to-oversupply/

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/coronavirus-egg-distributors-struggling-to-deal-with-oversupply

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Japanese supercomputer is top in the world  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/22/technology/japanese-supercomputer-fugaku-tops-american-chinese-machines.html?campaign_id=7&emc=edit_MBAE_p_20200622&instance_id=19616&nl=morning-briefing&regi_id=107636503&section=whatElse&segment_id=31571&te=1&user_id=ac09ab6ec1aae1474b024dc475bb37fb

New 8/6

GP/ Secondary

Misunderstanding Singapore: What the world gets wrong about the small, economic powerhouse—and its response to the pandemic.

https://thebulwark.com/misunderstanding-singapore/?fbclid=IwAR3V6EYJCDvYqxf6wv6DpjXZPamF9JGxuZTRE4xhX-0Vp5IEA7osyJ6DFpY

Post-COVID Cities Reimagined. CNA asked leading urban planning and design experts around the region - in Singapore, Bangkok, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta - for their ideas and aspirations for greener, more equitable and resilient cities, once the coronavirus challenge is overcome. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/covid-19-greener-cleaner-cities-urban-planning-southeast-asia-12783362?fbclid=IwAR1lgxp8TBCJP1SaQykPEixhQV0VvyaDXr4bn_vSzmMMStwktOTW_ZQRtpA

Perspective: Why George Floyd shouldn't be martyred [Video]: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=273957870461345&ref=watch_permalink

From some time back: Trevor Noah interviews Bill Gates on USA's readiness to deal with pandemics https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=255278502345712

Are there measures we can adopt or have adopted from Japan? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/06/contact-tracing-japan-coronavirus-covid-19-patients-social-etiquette

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Grammar nerds: "who" versus "whom" https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/comma-queen-to-whom-it-may-concern?fbclid=IwAR0loxU7k8KIjXYon5kc8GMVW0nrkgilLvklsMwk0oWWLIt70c73njvTUJo

Primary

As the world restarts, an adrenaline-packed vacation awaits

New 1/6

GP/ Secondary

Updates on George Floyd's murder--officials charged, with heightened charge to chief aggressor; autopsy revealed that Floyd had COVID-19 weeks before death... https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/03/us/live-george-floyd-protests-today.html?campaign_id=7&emc=edit_MBAE_p_20200603&instance_id=19062&nl=morning-briefing&regi_id=107636503&section=topNews&segment_id=30013&te=1&user_id=ac09ab6ec1aae1474b024dc475bb37fb#link-1f8001df

In tandem with George Floyd, blackfacing/racism exists subconsciously in SG (even in elite schools). So, while racism is hard to completely eradicate, being sensitive to those around us is a good start. https://www.asiaone.com/digital/former-ri-student-apologises-after-getting-outed-group-blackface-photo-2016

All that went wrong: how the CDC choked in response to COVID--old technology, poor data, slow bureaucracy, confused guidance and an administration in disagreement: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/03/us/cdc-coronavirus.html?campaign_id=7&emc=edit_MBAE_p_20200603&instance_id=19062&nl=morning-briefing&regi_id=107636503&section=topNews&segment_id=30013&te=1&user_id=ac09ab6ec1aae1474b024dc475bb37fb

How the pandemic is putting more girls at risk of child marriage https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/05/coronavirus-early-child-marriage-covid19-pandemic?fbclid=IwAR17M5XKszrlH0CEuyDDvUCmkIGsH4xe9h5mXvs_2ugLDyHvE_K55HO4aVU

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

SG: Laws in force during Circuit Breaker and beyond: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-laws-in-force-indefinitely-post-circuit-breaker-12796290?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR3SQ0mnQFaIUbWoMMQ2VMrchtK8pGSUGClrsifJA_jyT5M3wvi4p-r6vbU


SG: MOE to review merging online learning and physical classrooms
'We totally understand home-based learning and digital online learning cannot substitute classroom learning. But having forced ourselves to do this for a whole month, we also learned how to do it better, and that there are certain strengths in online learning that actually, classroom learning does not have"~Minister Ong Ye Kung  
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-schools-classroom-digital-online-home-based-learning-12795720?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR3ddVUNO5J7xKTcY4tsdO39Y4PKLbDQHj441NkE4JNGuBXmKcBvtCOu6go

When George Floyd became the latest victim to die under the hands (or kness) of a white policeman in Minneapolis, #blacklivesmatter again. In a rare show of solidarity, Adidas tweeted Nike's ad to raise awareness on racism. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/nike-dont-do-it-racism-george-floyd-killing-minnesota-12788034

White supremacist channel on Telegram incites racism and violence at George Floyd's protests  https://www.businessinsider.com/white-supremacist-telegram-channel-encourages-violence-george-floyd-protests-2020-6?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=sf-bi-main&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR2_Go1-s2X_I0x_Q0_JTf-TVGFWGXBZG9CRouT5oIK0hq5uJnCB5QbBAHY

The first SpaceX rocket carrying astronauts launched into space. The last time NASA sent an astronaut was in 2011. 

Video for Primary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAtjTawE5KA

Commentary for GP/Secondary: https://www.theverge.com/2020/5/30/21269703/spacex-launch-crew-dragon-nasa-orbit-successful

New 25/5

GP/ Secondary

What is the right way to leave a lockdown? The Economist; video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Lm4pwFl_Ag&fbclid=IwAR2a1OWG00HYV_hTeDxUWmnpOT_GgWYFHxqLGx1NV3mo27L6W1hIU8K5LsA

Have we reached the peak of Globalisation? Where do we go from here?  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/05/deglobalization-glovalization-coronavirus-covid19-international-pandemic/?fbclid=IwAR3ggm1D7PDC9gIjEHquuPKY9Ah3oG3IgHYgASTgtbrugTSEbJ0Kq4dsegI

The psychology of reopening social borders: what schools and parents can do:   https://www.raftpsychology.com/news/gyid0efdmvfmjw4r9xxly04rwrjd0o

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

SG: the case for universal digital access. “But the longer-term issue we must now address is what will happen after the pandemic is over? Will students have to return the loaned devices, or can we now conceive of a world where digital access becomes a universal necessity provided as a public good?” 

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/universal-free-internet-access-remote-working-online-learning-12766858?fbclid=IwAR3pu1Dvh27mwqjH6a8ABAoOp9z9cM0TkSuTtXm8uZB4hrt0Q2AbM-dRAjE

Primary

Meet the Janus cat

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/kitten-two-faces-cat-oregon-us-a9529841.html

The floating hotel that was doomed from the start:  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=691193798323421

For manga fans: how to draw Totoro: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2020/05/12/entertainment-news/studio-ghibli-anime-how-to-draw#.XsuGXBMzY1I

New 18/5

GP/ Secondary

Why responsibility must come before freedom in Singapore’s fight against Covid-19: https://www.todayonline.com/commentary/why-responsibility-must-come-freedom-singapores-fight-against-covid-19


GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Looking towards lifting circuit breaker suspensions. Activities and the risks involved; risk is not binary

https://www.businessinsider.sg/riskiest-to-least-risky-activities-during-coronavirus-pandemic-ranked-2020-5#.XsC0atiUYVI.facebook

German cafe makes patrons wear pool noodle hats for social distancing... a new trend? https://matadornetwork.com/read/german-cafe-reopens-makes-customers-wear-pool-noodles-hats/

6 Simple Fixes to Work More Comfortably From Home

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/05/18/burst/work-from-home-chair-ergonomics-coronavirus.html?campaign_id=7&emc=edit_MBAE_p_20200519&instance_id=18617&nl=morning-briefing&regi_id=107636503&section=aBreak&segment_id=28473&te=1&user_id=ac09ab6ec1aae1474b024dc475bb37fb

The 2 Sides of SG--from the perspective of a food delivery rider https://www.ricemedia.co/culture-people-two-sides-singapore-food-delivery-rider/

Masks for the hearing-impaired: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/deaf-couple-modify-face-masks-to-help-the-hearing-impaired_uk_5ec655b5c5b65cf5f293220c?guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS5zZy8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAAXj_syUHbK29LTmfa0MfjBvW8qZnkCHKupxCuCqzOZqZcZph4Eld9ZcpZhu2gOeDXNoFx-iaIIH1SWekUUkZPle43E_GF0wzaCUs4B6UxA_aUVBl77nNbrjxqm_Z1xXe-Z6sP9l1xvZVclB8FN-rmP5Z6H6AloI8xj0KMlaMuet&guccounter=2

Faster testing and cure for COVID in SG

1. test kits in an hour https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/new-singapore-developed-test-kit-can-tell-within-hour-if-someone-has-had-covid-19

2. drug trials that might work? https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/patients-in-spore-with-severe-covid-19-enrolled-in-drug-trials

New 11/5

GP/ Secondary

[Long Read] Australia pushes for COVID-19 investigation--Middle-power countries in Europe and Asia have forged new bonds based on what they have learned from the pandemic: that the risks of China’s authoritarian government can no longer be denied, and that the U.S. cannot be relied on to lead.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/11/world/australia/coronavirus-china-inquiry.html?campaign_id=7&emc=edit_MBAE_p_20200511&instance_id=18396&nl=morning-briefing&regi_id=107636503&section=topNews&segment_id=27311&te=1&user_id=ac09ab6ec1aae1474b024dc475bb37fb

[Long Read] All across the US is seeing a rush to reopen, but scientists flag risks of COVID comeback--a good overview of the US situation as at 11 May 2020 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/11/health/coronavirus-second-wave-infections.html?campaign_id=7&emc=edit_MBAE_p_20200512&instance_id=18424&nl=morning-briefing&regi_id=107636503&section=backStory&segment_id=27451&te=1&user_id=ac09ab6ec1aae1474b024dc475bb37fb

How Costa Rica flattened the curve--good video comparing CR and NYC. So many parallels between CR and SG--but for the dormitory situations 🤕

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/05/costa-rica-winning-battle-coronavirus-covid-19?fbclid=IwAR0Cxn-0Kg1R4JyGCR4AgREWWq79LJ7dN7JnmZe79ex57XW6psPRLL1NP7U

WEF video: https://www.facebook.com/worldeconomicforum/videos/364946074480925/

With the World distracted, The Amazon rainforest continues to burn: https://www.scmp.com/news/world/americas/article/3083623/world-distracted-amazon-rainforest-continues-burn?fbclid=IwAR2SyT5OODXWXjp6rVQyI5tWDsT3_nLM0wfdmUXzkWFjzEzcL_Zx03lVeVY

A novel that reflects the trends in S Korea: that looking good (and the ability to look good) is synonymous with social mobility: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2020/05/09/books/book-reviews/if-i-had-your-face-review#.Xri1jBMzY1I


GP/ Secondary/ Primary

For a laugh: Which Zoom caller are you?
https://www.facebook.com/Austindanielbrown/videos/3045256568872210/UzpfSTY2OTkyNTMyNDoxMDE1ODAyMTI1MzQ0MDMyNQ/

Adopt a good sitting position for online lessons and work at all times: https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200508-how-to-work-from-home-comfortably-ergonomic-tips-covid-19

Maintain a healthy lifestyle: we don't need as much protein as we consume (or think we do): https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20180522-we-dont-need-nearly-as-much-protein-as-we-consume

Indian hospital uses robots to screen coronavirus patients: https://www.businessinsider.sg/india-coronavirus-robot-uses-thermal-camera-to-take-temperature-2020-5?utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=sf-bi&utm_medium=social&r=US&IR=T

Primary

P3/4 Media Studies revision: Remember the robot dog? We have one here in Singapore! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=276326386736974

News 4/5

GP/ Secondary

Leaked US doc reveals Republican campaign to blame COVID on China: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/24/gop-memo-anti-china-coronavirus-207244

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

SG: Distribution of new and improved masks

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/singaporeans-to-be-given-improved-reusable-masks-in-third-nationwide-mask?fbclid=IwAR03JDIstTK6hseGsm4ujLaZaNGUUR4XkK-53J5AH5rP9EIKCtBOFVyuyC8

China media releases Lego animation mocking the US

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-01/china-state-media-propaganda-video-mock-us-coronavirus/12204836?fbclid=IwAR3d_luGVbQYCMQGCi1MxANTkiCdHWxq9_c3TEwIacvS5PAH5BlDHkBJ-7s

What's in a name? Pronouncing Elon Musk's baby's name

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/elon-musk-baby-name-pronounce-how-say-x-ae-a-12-grimes-child-a9499606.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR1kimVduJd9GGIuPTIjm4RDYkPDoIxkfcKNPfJBwyw4yt28qN4CZ2vxB54#Echobox=1588682055

The Environment: (a) The ozone can be reversed and healed -- this was only over a span of two months! Though it is thought to be unrelated to less pollution under COVID measures, do you think it also contributed to this phenomenon? Is there anything else humans can do to help?https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/arctic-circle-ozone-hole-closed-up-united-nations-12694850

(b) Upcycling coffee beans into car parts? Ingenious! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=2620898671561324

Sneak a peek in a COVID-19 testing lab. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=saved&v=550645142491304

Primary

Now that the holidays are upon us, here are some cut-out paper building templates for kids to print out, color, and fold to create paper cities. Time to get creative 🙂

https://www.demilked.com/architecture-from-home-foster-partners/

News 27/4

GP/ Secondary

Media/ Policy: Changing the COVID-19 testing criteria means a more accurate reflection of confirmed cases, but it also means the actual numbers may not be coming down after all  https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/some-foreign-worker-dormitories-changing-covid-19-diagnostic-12677140


SG Education: The sad truth about HBL and the digital divide https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/cnainsider/home-based-learning-rental-flat-low-income-covid19-12685142?cid=fbcna

SG Law/ Doxing: Terence Siow gets 2 weeks jail for molesting woman on train (recap for previous lesson on Character and Grades): https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/nus-student-terence-siow-molest-train-appeal-jail-probation-12678476?cid=telegram_cna_social_28112017_cna


Politics: Female leaders seem to do better at controlling COVID-19 than their male counterparts  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/25/why-do-female-leaders-seem-to-be-more-successful-at-managing-the-coronavirus-crisis


GP/ Secondary/ Primary

Economics: Lean times ahead...SG faces a recession in 2020 https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-economy-singapore-will-enter-recession-2020-mas-review-12683096?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR1lJand_7KfRvTqRfORFepw7u9P14fiMX_y1tYGlv4AiiFv7wmaVWe1DLo

Education: Chinese kids return to school with 1-metre hats to practise social distancing https://www.goldthread2.com/culture/coronavirus-chinese-students-hats-social-distancing/article/3081768?fbclid=IwAR0TqiNM7GvbKSjl34xdRGJwYEMYEyFtO7dU9dLcammudRnT-ZYnXwY6rZc

Food: Impossible Burgers are coming to a supermarket near you [real] soon https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/24/impossible-foods-cfo-david-lee-on-expansion-into-more-us-grocery-stores.html

COVID/ US: (a) Protest in the US: https://www.facebook.com/NowThisPolitics/videos/516037812407183/

(b) Trump suggests disinfectant as cure for COVID-19: https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/trumps-suggestion-that-disinfectants-could-be-used-to-treat-coronavirus-prompts?utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=STFB&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1587783015

(c) Trump argues that his remark on using disinfectant as a cure is sarcastic: https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/trump-says-his-remarks-on-using-disinfectant-in-peoples-bodies-were-sarcastic

News 18/4

GP/ Secondary

Education: A long but interesting read about online learning, how parents are coping, and the considerations different governments make when it comes to reopening schools

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/coronavirus-schools-reopen/2020/04/18/0c3dfcb6-7e61-11ea-84c2-0792d8591911_story.html

WHO and Funding: As the largest contributor to WHO at 20%, US President Trump came under fire for suspending funding during this critical period. Where does WHO usually get its funding from? Read on.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/world-health-organization-money

Food wastage: perhaps it is time to change the modus operandi, but is there anything we can do to help as consumers?https://www.todayonline.com/big-read/big-read-short-what-global-supply-chain-shock-means-spore-consumers

Food waste as restaurants closed during COVID https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-nyt-coronavirus-food-waste-20200413-x5n6sbmrh5an3cilo6hxozrkj4-story.html

Homelessness: How can you return home when there is no straightforward answer to the question of where home is? Evacuations from college campuses, shelter-in-place orders, and travel restrictions have forced people to decide where they will hunker down for the long haul. But a significant minority of students do not have a place to go. Foster youth, LGBTQ+ individuals living in hostile home environments, and international students are particularly vulnerable.

http://www.thenewjournalatyale.com/2020/04/no-place-like-home/?fbclid=IwAR2Ijd-PSgkkS7gpdy6-STK7Bni2c3JX1ptfnD2OjIRrXjCInNv9MHLfWZY

Science/ Tech: SMU and SIT use AI to deter cheating in online exams (privacy concerns?): https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/coronavirus-smu-uses-artificial-intelligence-to-deter-cheating-in-online-exams?utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=STFB&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1587637602

GP/ Secondary/ Primary

One World: Together At Home Special is a tribute to healthcare workers worldwide. The article is a summary of what happens. https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-52333890

Watch it here in full https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87-ZFjLfBAQ

COVID in SG: What's involved in converting the SG Expo into a community hospital https://www.facebook.com/WoodlandsHealthCampus/videos/230802318127598/?vh=e&d=n