Lawrence Hiew’s stint in Taiwan has just gone a step forward following the successful performance of the Dong Shi Mid Autumn Festival Concert at Taichung last Friday night, 13 September 2019, organized by EXECUTING Your Strategy.
Lawrence was specially invited to the festival concert and he was also the only overseas artiste to be invited by the organiser team. He was also tasked to perform 4 songs to the strong crowd of more than 10,000 audiences who will be coming from all over Taiwan.
Standing in front of 10,000 crowd may be daunting for some newcomers, but it is no unfamiliar to Lawrence as he had been on to big stage before. Some of the other artistes include Sun Sheng Xi and Bii.
The crowd had an enjoyable time listening to the 4 songs performed by Lawrence, and he even went down the stage to interact with the audiences and VIPs.
If you have not seen the performance, click on the link below to view the full performance on that night.
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WASHINGTON: Achieving a nutritious diet with adequate calories in developing countries will require a substantial increase in greenhouse gas emissions and water use, scientists reported on Monday (Sep 16), calling on high-income countries to accelerate the adoption of plant-heavy diets.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University developed a model looking at how changes to dietary patterns across 140 countries would impact greenhouse gas emissions and freshwater use at the individual and country level, publishing their work in the journal Global Environmental Change.
They used the model to determine the per capita and countrywide climate and water footprints of nine "plant-forward" diets, which included no red meat, pescatarian, vegetarian without eliminating eggs and dairy, vegan, and others.
Keeve Nachman, the study's senior author, told reporters that much of the conversation about mitigating the effects of climate change "fails to recognise that many parts of the world are dealing with undernutrition".
"In order to get them to a place where they are not experiencing chronic undernutrition, they'll need to eat more, and accordingly, they'll need to increase their carbon footprint," he said.
"What that says to us is that in many high-income countries around the world, where we're consuming far more animal products than the global average, there's an increased urgency to start transitioning sooner rather than later towards some of these more plant-forward diets."
One encouraging finding, said the scientists, was that this goal does not necessarily require individuals to give up certain foods entirely.
Their modeling showed for example that a diet in which animal protein came mainly from low food chain animals, such as small fish and mollusks, had nearly as low of an environmental impact as a vegan diet.
They also found that reducing animal food consumption by two-thirds, termed going "two-thirds vegan", generally had a lower climate and water footprint than a traditional vegetarian diet which includes dairy and egg consumption.
Two-third vegan assumes a vegan diet for two out of three meals per day, with each meal providing equal caloric content.
"Some of the biggest barriers, speaking more as a person and less as a scientist, I think it can be difficult to grapple with the notion that I'm going to have to give up a single food forever," said Nachman.
"So I think what's exciting about some of the diets that we've modeled is, There are diets that don't require you to fully eliminate any particular animal products, it's all about more nuanced approach."
The study also found that a food's country of origin can have huge consequences for its climate impact.
For example, one pound of beef produced in Paraguay contributes nearly 17 times more greenhouse gases than one pound of beef produced in Denmark, a disparity linked to deforestation as a result of grazing land.
A separate report published Monday by the Food and Land Use Coalition calculated that wide-ranging reform in the way food is produced and consumed could unlock US$4.5 trillion in new business opportunities each year by 2030.
It outlined ten transitions, including measures to protect and restore nature and climate, empowering indigenous communities, promoting a diverse and healthy diet and reducing waste, finding these would save costs of US$5.7 trillion a year, more than 15 times the investment cost of US$350 billion a year.
"You can both have a better climate and better growth," Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, an ambassador for the coalition and former finance minister of Nigeria told reporters.
"We don't simply say to stop eating meat, moving towards a healthier, more plant-based diet is one of the transitions that we talk about. But another is practicing productive and regenerative agriculture" that rebuilds soil organic matter and restores biodiversity.
SINGAPORE: A couple was on Tuesday (Sep 17) charged with murdering their two-and-a-half-year-old daughter in March 2014.
The 31-year-old man and 30-year-old woman, who cannot be named due to a gag order, are accused of killing their child at an eighth-storey flat in Block 52 Chin Swee Road.
The girl's remains were only discovered last Tuesday.
The parents have been remanded since June 2018 for other unrelated offences.
According to court documents, both the man and woman have other drug charges, some of which are still pending. The woman was also previously convicted of theft.
The police said that they received a call for help at the flat last Tuesday at about 8.30pm.
When police officers arrived, they found human remains inside the flat. The remains were later established to be that of the child.
SINGAPORE: Government agencies in Singapore have put in place "robust action plans" to minimise and manage the impact of haze on the public, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Tuesday (Sep 17) in a media release.
The plans by the Government's Haze Task Force, comprising 28 government agencies and led by NEA, allow "tiered responses depending on the intensity of haze which is based on the 24-hour Pollutants Standard Index (PSI) readings", NEA added.
Providing details on the action plans and advisories in place, NEA said the agencies have rolled them out since the PSI in the west of Singapore entered the "Unhealthy" range on Sep 14.
According to NEA, PSI reading of 50 and below denote “good” air quality, “moderate” for 51-100 , “unhealthy” for 101-200, "very unhealthy" for 201-300 and "hazardous" above 300.
PRE-SCHOOLS AND SCHOOLS
Pre-school operators have been required to monitor the air quality levels and comply with health advisories by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA).
They have been advised to minimise outdoor activities when the air quality is in the Unhealthy range, and avoid strenuous indoor physical exercise and activities for children, NEA said.
Children with underlying chronic heart and lung conditions should not participate in physical exercise, NEA added.
ECDA has also reminded pre-schools to ensure that there is at least one air-conditioned room with an air purifier to temporarily accommodate children who may become unwell or develop respiratory problems, NEA added.
"Should any child fall sick or exhibit respiratory problems, the school should inform the parents and seek immediate medical attention for the child," NEA said.
Schools are also ready to respond and take appropriate haze management measures taking guidance from the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) advisory, NEA added.
"The Ministry of Education (MOE) and schools have in place a school continuity plan to ensure the well-being of students and staff during a haze situation."
All classrooms of primary and secondary schools, MOE Kindergartens and Special Education schools have been equipped with air purifiers to enhance the well-being of students during a haze situation, according to NEA.
On Sunday, MOE said it will consider closing schools when the air quality forecast enters the "hazardous" level.
It added that if school closures coincided with national examinations such as the PSLE, the affected examination papers would be rescheduled and the examination period extended.
Healthcare institutions have been reminded by MOH to put in place haze preparedness measures and be ready for any increase in the number of haze-related cases.
The measures include using air purifiers, fans and portable air coolers, NEA said, adding that the healthcare institutions are also monitoring patients closely for possible health effects of the haze.
NEA and MOH have also been working with retailers since April 2019 to ensure stocks of N95 masks are made available, with additional stocks pushed out to retail shops on Sep 13 and Sep 15, according to the agency.
"Our public healthcare institutions are also monitoring patients closely for possible health effects of the haze and will institute appropriate medical intervention where necessary," NEA said.
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has also reminded employers to follow its haze guidelines and tripartite advisories.
MOM advised employers to take the necessary measures to prepare their companies and workforces to minimise or mitigate the effects of the haze.
In the event that the 24-hour PSI reaches the Unhealthy range, NEA said the measures include:
Among other measures, training and outdoor activities are also being calibrated by the Singapore Armed Force and the Home Team Departments according to the air quality.
Motorists have also been advised by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to drive with care and switch on headlights when visibility is low. This is in addition to haze mitigation measures that have been implemented for LTA and public transport employees.
Organisations conducting sports and community activities have been advised to conduct their own risk management based on the health advisories to determine whether to go ahead with the events.
While outdoor and indoor sports facilities may remain open, members of public are advised to take necessary precautions to ensure personal safety, NEA said.
"Community activities organised by the People’s Association and its grassroots organisations will be guided by the 24-hour PSI forecast issued by NEA and the accompanying health advisory," NEA added.
In general, NEA said the health impact of haze is dependent on individuals’ health status, the PSI level, and the duration and intensity of outdoor activity.
"Reducing outdoor activities and physical exertion can help limit the ill effects from haze exposure. Singaporeans are advised to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and those with chronic heart and lung conditions should ensure that medications are on hand and readily available."
Vulnerable persons, especially the elderly, pregnant women, children, and those with chronic heart and lung conditions, who develop symptoms or feel unwell, should seek medical attention promptly, NEA added.
The Government's Haze Task Force will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide further advisories if the haze situation deteriorates, the agency said.
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WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump rejected Democrats' calls for impeaching Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Sunday (Sep 15) after a new report involving sexual misconduct allegations, encouraging Kavanaugh to sue for libel and suggesting the Justice Department could "rescue" him.
Some Democratic presidential candidates called for Kavanaugh's impeachment, saying he lied under oath, after a New York Times report on Saturday disclosed new information about sexual misconduct allegations against him.
The Times essay, drawn from an upcoming book written by the newspaper's reporters, said it was able to corroborate an allegation by former classmate Deborah Ramirez that Kavanaugh exposed his penis to her during a drunken party at a Yale University when they were undergraduates.
"Brett Kavanaugh should start suing people for libel, or the Justice Department should come to his rescue," Trump wrote on Twitter.
It was unclear what action the Republican president was advocating the Justice Department take.
The Times article said at least seven people, including Ramirez' mother, had heard about the incident long before Kavanaugh became a judge. Kavanaugh denied Ramirez' accusations during his acrimonious Senate confirmation hearing last fall.
The Times piece also disclosed a previously unreported account that echoes Ramirez' story. Former Yale classmate Max Stier describes Kavanaugh pushing his private parts into the hand of a female student at a party. The report said the classmate notified US senators and the FBI about the incident, but the FBI did not investigate. The FBI declined to comment on the report.
Kavanaugh did not comment to the Times on the allegations. The Supreme Court press officers did not immediately return a request for comment.
Kavanaugh, a conservative appointed by Trump, was confirmed by the US Senate in October after he denied accusations of sexual assault from three women. The Senate confirmed his appointment to the high court by 50-48 vote, one of the tightest margins ever for a justice.
Some of the Democrats running to replace Trump in 2020 called for Kavanaugh's impeachment in Twitter posts on Sunday.
"The revelations today confirm what we already knew: During his hearing, Kavanaugh faced credible accusations and likely lied to Congress," US Senator Bernie Sanders said.
"I sat through those hearings. Brett Kavanaugh lied to the US Senate and most importantly to the American people," wrote Senator Kamala Harris, a Judiciary Committee member. "He must be impeached."
"Confirmation is not exoneration, and these newest revelations are disturbing. Like the man who appointed him, Kavanaugh should be impeached," Senator Elizabeth Warren said in another Twitter post.
Former Congressman Beto O'Rourke joined the chorus on Sunday, as did former US Housing Secretary Julian Castro, who launched the calls for Kavanaugh's impeachment on Saturday.
Senator Amy Klobuchar posted a picture of the woman who testified to the Senate about her allegations against Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford, with the caption, "Let us never forget what courage looks like."
Trump did not mention the Times article but blamed "radical left Democrats" and the "LameStream Media" for going after Kavanaugh. In a series of Twitter posts, he accused Democrats of threatening impeachment to influence Kavanaugh's opinions on court cases.
"They want to scare him into turning Liberal!" he wrote.
SINGAPORE: Singapore's air quality is expected to "gradually improve" over the next 24 hours if prevailing wind conditions continue, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Sunday (Sep 15).
While the haze situation has gradually improved, "slightly hazy conditions are expected to continue", said NEA in the media release.
This is "due to the prevailing winds shifting to blow from the southeast", said the agency.
As of 9pm on Sunday, the 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) range readings were between 91 and 100 - an improvement from the Unhealthy range readings in the morning.
PSI readings of 50 and below denote “good” air quality, “moderate” for 51-100 and “unhealthy” for 101-200.
"The 24-hr PSI is forecast to gradually improve to the high end of the Moderate range overnight if prevailing wind conditions continue," said NEA.
The one-hour PM2.5 concentration readings are expected to range between Normal and Elevated for the next 24 hours, it added.
For the next few days, the weather is also expected to be generally dry except for a few brief showers, said NEA.
"Dry weather is forecast over central and southern Sumatra, and the haze situation there is expected to persist.
"The prevailing winds are forecast to blow from the southeast or south, and Singapore may still experience slightly hazy conditions," said NEA, adding that it was monitoring the situation closely.
A total of 439 hotspots were detected in Sumatra on Sunday, mostly in the central and southern provinces of Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra and Lampung.
"Moderate to dense smoke haze continued to emanate from persistent hotspots in these provinces, and some smoke haze from Riau and Jambi has been blown by the prevailing winds to affect Singapore and parts of Peninsular Malaysia," said NEA.
The PSI reading reached the unhealthy level for the first time in three years on Saturday afternoon and continued to inch up throughout the evening.
"Given the air quality forecast for the next 24 hours, everyone can continue with normal activities," said NEA.
It added that those who are not feeling well, especially the elderly and children, and those with chronic heart or lung conditions, should seek medical attention.
SINGAPORE: An elderly man was sentenced to jail on Monday (Sep 16) for molesting a patient with cerebral palsy at a nursing home while visiting his wife at the facility earlier this year.
The 78-year-old retiree was sentenced to eight months' jail for one count of outraging the 37-year-old victim's modesty.
The court heard that the man was visiting his wife - who had suffered two strokes - at a nursing home on the morning of Jan 22 when he saw the victim in the common area of the home.
The victim who was in a wheelchair was seated alone facing the television, although there were about 30 other residents performing therapy exercises in the common area at the time.
He noted that the victim "looked unwell" and both her hands were bandaged, said Deputy Public Prosecutor Gabriel Lim.
When he saw a cockroach flying around the victim's chest, he went over to her to help flick it away.
However, as he did this, he noticed that the woman's clothing was loose and that her breasts were partially exposed, the court heard.
He also noticed that she was not wearing a bra.
The elderly man then inserted his hand into her clothing and fondled her.
A therapy assistant noticed the man standing very close to the victim and alerted a nursing aide, who asked the accused what he was doing.
The elderly man did not reply, instead walking away and leaving the nursing home.
The nursing aide reported the matter to a senior staff nurse and it was brought to the attention of the management.
A police report was lodged and closed-circuit television footage showed the elderly man standing in close proximity to the victim.
For using criminal force on the woman to outrage her modesty, the man could have been jailed for up to two years, fined, caned, or given any combination of these punishments.
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WELLINGTON: New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern introduced a new bill to parliament on Friday (Sep 13) that aims to further tighten gun laws, as the country marks six months since the mass shooting in Christchurch that killed 51 Muslim worshippers.
This is New Zealand's second set of gun reforms after weak firearm laws were identified as a key reason why a suspected white supremacist was able to own semi-automatic weapons that he used to kill people gathered at two mosques for Friday prayers on Mar 15.
Australian Brenton Tarrant has been charged for the attack and has pleaded not guilty.
The government had near-unanimous support in parliament when it earlier passed a law banning military style semi-automatics (MSSAs) in a first round of reforms within weeks of the attack, New Zealand's worst peace-time mass shooting.
"Owning a firearm is a privilege not a right," Ardern said in a statement announcing the new bill on Friday.
"That attack exposed weaknesses in legislation which we have the power to fix. We would not be a responsible government if we didn't address them," she said.
The new bill, details of which have already been made public and that will have its first reading on Sep 24, will include the creation of a registry to monitor and track every firearm legally held in New Zealand.
It also tightens other rules for gun dealers and for individuals to get and keep a firearm licence. Licence renewal for individuals was also reduced to five years from ten years.
New Zealand's efforts on gun control have gained global praise, especially in the United States, where lawmakers in favour of gun control and activists have struggled to address gun violence despite back-to-back mass shootings in Texas and Ohio last month.
At home, Ardern has also faced resistance from the federal opposition National party and gun lobby groups, who have indicated they will not support tighter gun laws as they target law-abiding firearm owners, a claim she has rejected.
The government was also slammed recently by critics of its firearm buy-back scheme that has given gun owners until Dec 20 to hand in weapons that have been banned.
More than 19,100 firearms and about 70,800 gun accessories have been handed in so far, which some critics say are fewer than expected.
With a population of just under 5 million and an estimated 1.5 million firearms, New Zealand is 17th in the world in terms of civilian firearm ownership, the Small Arms Survey shows.
Ardern, who was in Christchurch to mark six months since the March attack, also announced more funding to meet mental health needs of people affected by the shooting.
"It's vital that survivors, families, the Muslim community and the people of Christchurch know that we will be there to support them for the long-haul," she said.
The 39-year-old leader has been cheered globally for her compassionate and heartfelt support for victims of the mass shooting, making her into an international icon for peace.
Months after the attacks, however, criticism has been mounting over the aftermath, including a prolonged legal process and the handling of a government inquiry into the shooting spree.
Ardern has also been under pressure from a damaging sex scandal in her party.