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On this episode, we explore the Blockchain, a security-centric software for digital assets, and how it promises to change the way data is stored and tracked in various sectors, not just cryptocurrency.
A recent survey in the UK revealed that two-thirds of school children wouldn't mind if social media had never been invented. Those surveyed indicated that social media had negatively impacted their emotional well-being; they've been exposed to online abuse, some recognised their dangerous addiction to social media, and some have suffered self-confidence issues in trying to keep up with the Joneses. As a result, some kids have chosen to go off the social media grid by going on a complete social media detox. Which brings us to our question today on Talkback Thursday: Would you consider going on a social media detox? Our lines will be open.
More than half a million Rohingya have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine State into Bangladesh since late August, when the Burmese military responded to deadly attacks on police outposts by Rohingya militants. Monir Azzouzi and Monem Salem from the Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF) are currently fundraising to provide relief to refugees still trapped in Rakhine. They explain how they will be navigating the conflict zone in Rakhine and share how previous humanitarian missions have inspired them to volunteer more of their time and resources to assist persecuted communities around the world. More information about the Rohingya Emergency Fund can be found on its Facebook page.
Raising a child can be daunting and stressful, especially for first time parents who want the best for their first born. The impulse, however, to over-parent can do more harm than good. Instead of having unrealistic expectations on parenting or for your child, John Louis, a marriage and family therapist, argues parents should settle for “good enough.” John explains the term “good enough parent,” which was coined by British paediatrician Dr Donald Winnicott, talks about the usefulness of the parenting advice industry, and elaborates on strategies for exasperated parents to communicate with their children, including the use of movie therapies.
We complain about being ‘worked to death’ but many of us don’t know what that really means until we take a hard look at what’s happening in Japan. There has been a surge in cases where people have died from logging ridiculous overtime hours, and it’s prompted calls for the government to solve this worrying issue of Karoshi; death from overworking. Professor Scott North from the University of Osaka talks to us about the work culture in Japan and whether the solution to the problem is beyond just adopting a change in mindset.
Despite the relative robustness of the Malaysian economy, the Malaysian ringgit continues to be around its lowest level relative to the US dollar. Although it has strengthened recently, it is still around 4.2 ringgit to the US dollar, lower than the 3.8 ringgit fixed exchange rate imposed at the height of the Asian financial crisis in 1998. Now, why is that? Independent business analyst P. Gunasegaram discusses the possible roll of kleptocracy in the premium on the ringgit and what does the ringgit rate mean for the overall health of the economy.