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Rags to riches - Fiji Times

Rags to riches - Fiji Times | Possibilities, Conflicts and Prejudice | Scoop.it
Rags to riches
Fiji Times
Rags to riches. Margaret Wise Friday, June 21, 2013. Cool runnings ... Pedro Virgil never forgets his humble beginning as he enjoys life + Enlarge this image. Cool runnings ...

Via ShengWei Luvs
Leong Kin Wai's insight:

I see a very successful man who has firmly committed himself to his aspirations, but has also held firm to both his country and his family as he continues his work as an internationally acclaimed photographer.


I think about how fortunate I am to be living in conditions much better than the conditions that Pedro had when he was my age, along with my current feelings of aimlessness despite, or maybe because of, having a much better life now than he had then. Perhaps hardship and failure is only a stepping stone in life to success.


I wonder of how he was able to harness the willpower within himself in order to secure a better future for both himself and his family and then some by becoming world renowned, along with his determined mindset despite the financial burdens that troubled him during his first few years in Australia.

WeiJun's curator insight, July 2, 2013 10:33 AM

A SAVUSAVU-born international photographer is now a household name in the fashion world having successfully completed a stint as a judge and lead photographer on the reality show, Caribbean's Next Top Model.

But Pedro Virgil, 40, whose personal portrait belies the face of someone who "comes from the bush", says he will never forget his formative years where life was lived without electricity, and studying at night was accomplished using candles and kerosene lamps.

His mother, Sikiti Lum, is from Namuka-i-Lau while father Charles Wakeham is from Savusavu. This shows that nothing is impossible if he can start from being very poor and not known to being very wealthy and famous.

Coven Chong Weng's curator insight, July 5, 2013 8:21 AM

From this article, i can see that Pedro Virgil who is a SAVUSAVU-born has become a international photographer despite all the challenges he faced when he was young such as studying at night with candles as his house did not have electricity. I think that we should be more appreciative for the things that we have now, as everything is provided by our parents now. I wonder where did he get his motivation from and also what did he do when he was not motivated.

Evelynkoh's curator insight, July 5, 2013 10:55 AM
After reading this article , i have finally understand what the true meaning of 'nothing is impossible' is. Its not an easy task to become successful , it takes years of work , blood and tears to finally succeed in what you hope for and dream for. However , becoming successful isn't any easier to people born in wealthier and better to do families. To succeed , you must work hard and prove to the whole world that you're capable of succeeding. To me , i do believe that everyone has the capability to succeed , its only based on yourself. If you preserve on or fall into the temptations along the way or even giving up at the start , feeling insecure that you'll never do anything right. Well , to succeed , you first have to have confidence and fate in yourself that you can do it no matter what happens. Not forgetting that your will has to be strong as the road to success is never easy , its based on how you see it. You may think people succeed easily but only when you're the one fighting for success then you'll know how tough it is. All these are found in Pedro Virgil , he's a success. He wasn't born from a wealthy family nor was he lucky to be popular in school. However all those didn't matter , he did it. He persevered since young and had knew what he wanted since young therefore he aimed for it and continue work on it till he is now. As we all know , now he's a well known international photographer and thats he's result of working hard. From his case story , we are able to know that as long as we work hard for something , someday it'll come true.
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Miliband calls for improved integration of immigrants to reduce pressures of a multi-ethnic society

Miliband calls for improved integration of immigrants to reduce pressures of a multi-ethnic society | Possibilities, Conflicts and Prejudice | Scoop.it

The Labour leader Ed Miliband today called for an overhaul of housing and employment policy – and a concerted drive to teach English to recent immigrants – in an effort to improve integration and reduce the strains of a multi-ethnic society.

He admitted that the last Government made serious mistakes over immigration, underestimating the capacity of some communities to adapt to new arrivals. He also conceded that it had blundered by adopting an open-doors policy for new arrivals from the East European countries that joined the EU in 2004.

Under his proposals, Labour would expect migrants to learn English, tackle landlords who cram newcomers into overcrowded houses and ban recruitment agencies from seeking workers only from particular countries or ethnic groups...

Via @AngloCatalans, Annisa Ilham, Tan Ying Shan
Leong Kin Wai's insight:

Current dilemma: Some of the communities in the UK are facing pressure from the number of new immigrants migrating into the country.


Facts and events: There has been a rapid change in demographic within the UK in the past decade due to the open door immigration policy.

More communities in the UK are becoming isolated from the rest of society as they stay culturally rooted to their own homeland.

These statements are reasonable to assume from the article alone, but require more statistics to prove its credibility.


Thoughts by the people involved: The current Labour leader proposes a regulatory framework for new immigrants coming into the UK as well as a regulatory framework for the people facilitating their arrival and accomodation. However, he is not against a multi-ethnic UK, as he expresses that he is proud of his country due to its racial diversity and that it is stronger because of it.

His opposition, on the other hand, seem to perceive a multi-ethnic UK as a threat to their country, at least according to the article.


The view of a country becoming stronger due to ethnic diversity is sometimes unfounded, as many conflicts have arisen based on the difference in ethnicity, but a multi-ethnic UK being a threat is also an unfounded claim as many countries around the world have also demonstrated success in maintaining harmony between the different ethnic groups within their borders.


Final judgement: While I agree with most of the framework that the Labour leader has put forward, I do not agree with simply tackling landlords forcing tenants into small subdivisions. There is the possibility that by doing so, landlords in the UK will either not maintain the building as often as they should or that the rentals will become unaffordable for the new immigrants. In my opinion, should there is a housing problem, the solution should be to facilitate the building of new housing estates in which rentals are pushed below the market value so as to allow new immigrants, as well as the poor as a whole, to afford living in relatively large spaces as they settle down into life in the UK.


I agree with Mr Miliband that a culturally diverse country can make it stronger. If it is improperly handled by the government, and the people on the ground, however, it can pave the way to social unrest and riots among the different ethnic groups. Still, if handled properly, it can give rise to a perk that I would love alongside the strengthening of the country: The diversity of experiences because of the differences in culture whilst maintaining a single language.

Teo J-lyn's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:02 AM

Ed Miliband feels that everyone in Great Britiasn should know how to speak English and it is important for everyone to know the language. He wants a multi-ethnic society in Great Britian. With everyone being able to speak a common language ideas and opinions could be easily brought up towards creating this multi-ethnic society. It is important for the people to communicate and agree on it. As different opinions may cause conflict in the community

Teo J-lyn's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:06 AM

Ed Miliband feels that everyone in Great Britiasn should know how to speak English and it is important for everyone to know the language. He wants a multi-ethnic society in Great Britian. With everyone being able to speak a common language ideas and opinions could be easily brought up towards creating this multi-ethnic society. It is important for the people to communicate and agree on it. As different opinions may cause conflict in the community

Teo J-lyn's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:16 AM

Ed Miliband feels that everyone in Great Britiasn should know how to speak English and it is important for everyone to know the language. He wants a multi-ethnic society in Great Britian. With everyone being able to speak a common language ideas and opinions could be easily brought up towards creating this multi-ethnic society. It is important for the people to communicate and agree on it. As different opinions may cause conflict in the community

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The Depressing Truth About Kids And Fat Prejudice

The Depressing Truth About Kids And Fat Prejudice | Possibilities, Conflicts and Prejudice | Scoop.it
Fat prejudice isn't limited to the adults leading Abercrombie & Fitch and the tabloid industry. According to a new study out of the University of Leeds, children as young as four have internalized the idea that overweight means bad.
Leong Kin Wai's insight:

Were Alfie a real person, this article depicts and implies a bleak future for him. He will be alone within the school environment as most children choose to befrind those who are skinnier than he is, though Alfie might have a few friends to talk to during his school days. He is also going to be perceived as an underachiever, which is a message that he may very well take to heart and reinforce it through his own actions, forcing him further into a cyclical pattern.


He may start to blame his surroundings for the current situation he is in and think that the fault lies on the people badmouthing him or in the apathetic school environment towards the obese. He could very well continue to believe that he himself is a failure and he could very well continue this thought process through his entire youth, as all he has known through his school experience is that he is being shunned due to his weight.


Alfie could develop problematic eating habits in order to attempt to become thinner, caring more about his weight than his health. He may care just as much about the things that we take for granted as we do: We all wish to have someone that we can talk to and we wish to be able to have fun times with other people. And his responses to the issues around him may very well represent that.

Xinghui's comment, July 1, 2013 9:22 AM
From this article, i can tell people all over the world have been sensitive about being obese. They are constantly worrying about how they look, how people will see them, how they dress etc. I believe many girls fear about getting judged and no doubt, people say we all live in a judgmental society. I felt ridiculous when a kid as young as 4 have the idea that being overweight means bad. Your appearance does not determine your personality and your attitude. It isn't all about being 'skinny' and 'in shape' as "Nobody's Perfect". I realized that people all over the globe has been trying to chase perfection. I strongly feel that they should stop and be comfortable with the way they look. I wonder what is keeping people from being satisfied with their body weight/ size. Will people continue to have that idea about being obese?
Kyle Tan's curator insight, July 1, 2013 9:28 AM

In this article, I can see that even kids are thinking that being fat is bad. This is due to many influences arround them like social media, influence from family and friends. I think that this prejudice should stop. People who are overweight are people too, they have feelings and they will feel hurt if someone were to tell them that being fat is bad. I wonder what will happen if this prejudice goes on.

Jaslyn Si Jia's curator insight, July 4, 2013 5:46 AM

From this article, I realized that not only adults but even young children of 4 to 7 years old are judging that being overweight is bad and that these overweight people are less likely to achieve a result in life, like, winning races etc., and that most children won't accept the friendship between themselves and a overweight child. Not only will prejudice act on others, but it will also act on themselves via the surrounding things that influences them. I feel that everyone shouldn't judge overweight people in the way most people are doing it, but instead they should accept these overweight people and not judge their appearance but their character. I wonder why people judge overweight people in this way and whether there are any plans to help people around the world to understand and stop these unfair judgments.

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The Global Search for Education: More from Singapore | Education News

The Global Search for Education: More from Singapore | Education News | Possibilities, Conflicts and Prejudice | Scoop.it

C.M. Rubin talks with Dr.Pak Tee Ng, Singapore education leader, regarding the globally respected education system in Singapore and the reasons for its success (Insights from Singapore on its globally respected education system

Via Lynnette Van Dyke
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I see the man who is credited as being Singapore's education leader discussing about the state of Singapore's education with one of the interviewers from a site discussing news concerning the education in many different parts of the world. The discussion involves various aspects of education: The motivation of the students, the obsession with tests as being a gauge of success along with behavioral problems. It also involves the discussion about how these problems should be resolved, demonstrating that the mentality of the administrators in the education system is changing as time goes by.


I think about some of the points raised inside the article and about how some of the mentions about innovation and loosening of the teachers in how creative they can be in their teaching has affected how they teach, one example being my Literature teacher last year. There is a sign then that efforts of the current education system in Singapore in bringing about more innovation is not lost.


I wonder about the future of our education system: Where it would be, how it would feel like and what it would entail for future generations to come. There is also the current system of education in Singapore: How would it affect me now as I progress through and attempt to find a job that suits my qualifications?

Merci Goh's curator insight, June 28, 2013 6:04 AM

Using the See-Think-Wonder Routine... 

I See that Singapore Is Globally known as one of the Countries that are Top in Education. Example, Singapore is known 4th for Science and 2nd in Mathematics. I can also see that the MOE [Ministry Of Education] has also put in extra work to help Singaporeans Education and giving a fair education to both the rich and the poor.

I think that having inspired teachers to help motivate the students and make the lessons more interesting is really impotant for students as it helps them to have a better understanding about the subjects. I think Students are starting to lose their motivation in studying because of the High tectnology and video games that are gaining more attention from them.

I wonder... So what if we have inspired teachers? Will the Students still be motivated to learn? I wonder if education is not fairly given to pupils what will happen between the rich and the poor?

Joycelyn ت✡'s curator insight, July 1, 2013 12:20 PM

Singapore is a global community with a good education system. The articles tell us the views of Dr. Pak Tee Ng on some questions. Singapore school system keeps students engaged in learning. Teachers are inspired to teach and their lessons are interesting. They motivate students to work harder and achieve greater results. I think that being a teacher is not easy as we have a lot of things to handle, example, students’ behaviors. Some students may be mischievous and disrespectful. With Singapore’s education system, students cultivate their interest in learning to have a brighter future for themselves. I wonder how Singapore would be like if we had a poor education system.

Jaslyn Si Jia's curator insight, July 3, 2013 6:57 AM

The Ministry of Education gives out a good education system which benefits students and engages them in learning about the happenings around them and prepares them for a better future. Many young adults are inspired to become teachers and lessons taught by teachers are interesting and engaging. This action can help motivate students and others to be hard working and obtain their desired results, but being a teacher might not be as easy as it seems as there are many things which they need to, like, preparing for the lesson to be taught beforehand to precise detail so that students are able to learn better and also handling behaviors of students who are hard to engage in the lesson, rowdy, disturbing or even mischievous.  Which makes me wonder what will happen if the current status turns around, with students willing to learn but are unable to due to the poorly handled education system.

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How Singapore creates its economic miracles | Globe and Mail

How Singapore creates its economic miracles | Globe and Mail | Possibilities, Conflicts and Prejudice | Scoop.it


When Gregory Wade left Research In Motion’s Asia Pacific headquarters here last fall, the logical thing to do might have been to pack up his family and head home to his native shore of British Columbia.


Instead, the eight-year expat joined an equity firm and continued preaching the economic miracle of Singapore, coaching Canadian firms looking to set up shop in the region as a vice-president for The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.


“You will sense a vibe of growth, of energy, a sense of entrepreneurship and the desire and interest to create new and innovative products and services,” said Mr. Wade, who is now managing director of mobility at InflexionPoint Acquisition Corp. “I didn’t get that same vibe in Canada, regardless of locale.”


For a city-state with no resources, limited land and a small population, creating the explosive growth and development of the past half-century has meant running it like a corporation – using highly trained, highly paid leaders, inviting the world’s best and brightest to its work force with an open-door policy, and with a near-zero tolerance for dissent among the masses.


The result is a planned, modern economy with efficient public services, an educated population and a per-capita share of gross domestic product of more than $60,000 (U.S.), the highest in Southeast Asia. Singapore ranks No. 2 on the World Economic Forum’s global competitiveness rankings.


Today, as Singapore nears the 50th anniversary of its independence, the original economic miracle is slowing. Hit hard by the Asian financial crisis, the dot-com bust, the outbreak of SARS in 2003 and then global recession in 2008, the city-state is at an economic turning point.


Click headline to read more--


Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc, Annisa Ilham, Tan Ying Shan
Leong Kin Wai's insight:

Connections: I already know about Singapore being a developed economy, along with how it managed to become one despite its limited resources. I also know about the government's plan and subsequent proposal to execute a plan to bring Singapore's economy up to speed with the 21st century by investing time and money into R&D and IT projects. I am also aware about the massive complexes that the government has commissioned to be built as the new economy eventually unfolds.


Concepts: There are numerous concepts in play here, but the most notable of them has to be the versatility of the economy of not only Singapore but also the world. The world is becoming increasingly interconnected and barriers to entry of industries by establishment of businesses are becoming lower much more quickly now. In response to this, Singapore's government has to change their mentality and their methodology in order to help the economy grow stronger over time.


Changes: I have always felt that Singapore's landscape can sometimes feel very constricting when it comes to innovation or dissent, as mentioned in the article in relation to the government's stance on dissent by the public and the subsequent backlash it received due to it. However, it is apparent that the reason why so many people continue to arrive to Singapore to work, apart from the job opportunities in Singapore, is due to the perception of Singapore being an innovative country full of drive to excel, the mindset still holding as these people are on the ground and feel the need to stay as a result, which may very well come from their time in the industries that they work in. I feel more assured as a result that Singapore is prepared to take the next step in becoming a more innovative society as a whole as a result of this.


Challenges: I believe that Singapore's landscape still does not show signs of becoming more innovative, one example being that we are not as productive as we could be in thinking up of new ideas or solutions, despite working longer hours than most workers in other countries do. I feel that Singapore's government needs to do more in transforming Singapore's economy to becoming more innovation-driven by possibly scaling back on its top down approach towards the new economy and agree with the statement still that there are incredible amounts of dissonance between what happens in Singapore and foreigners' perceptions of it.

Teo J-lyn's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:13 AM

I see that the economy of Singapore has hetting better but recently, the progress hadbecome slower because of many things that happened which hit hard on our economy.Many countries were affected, including Singapore as our economy relies mainly on exports. Despite this, many big organisations and businesses are willing to set up companies and develop in Singapore. I think that there is still alot that Singapore can do and offer despite the challenges it is facing and the limitations it has.Eventhough things may have been slowing down, Singapore still receives offers. The reason Singapore is slowing down is because since Singapore is such a small country, the amount of natural resources we have here is very limited. Despite the limited and small space, Singapore is not affected as there are still people who wants to work and start businesses here. This shows that Singapore has done a great job making itself known to the world, and has already found a space for itself.

Ameer Artsyrup's curator insight, July 5, 2013 10:44 AM

After reading this article, I found out that Singapore's econmy has boomed since its independence. However this is only due as Singapore has traded with other countries in order to survive. On one end, this sounds great as Singapore is thriving due to this but, on the other end, this is also worrying as this clearly shows that Singapore is dependent on other countries in order to survive. This clearly shows us that Singapore is extremely vulnerable. However after ssingapore survived the SARS, H5N1 and the H1N1 period, I believe that the future of this nation is bright.

Evelynkoh's curator insight, July 5, 2013 11:13 AM

As we all know , Singapore is a young nation which has been rediscovered and rebuilt a few years ago. Singapore may be small and that it doesn't have any nature resources but it's position in the world is what makes it stands out. It started of as a port and has slowly been created to how it is now , a successful country , the country which practices meritocracy which is known worldwide. All of these wouldn't have happened if our forefather's didn't protect and built our country well. This is their results of their hard work. However , as it is , Singapore is a very tiny red dot on the globe and is extremely vulnerable to everything that's happening in the world. However , no matter how many crisis we faced we're still standing as strong as ever because we didn't give up , we singaporeans all have a sense of belonging and we all fought and stood with singapore when it was weak. Nowadays , competition is really getting more and more intense as the days , the hours , the minutes and the seconds past. Its like between everyone and everything , there's a competition going on , no matter big or small , all of us are under intense pressure , trying our very best to be the victor. This is why , i hope that this article which is published would make an impact to all its reader's out there , slapping them in their face that they would definitely have to step up and work together to maintain how everything is now. Once they stop and start turning lazy , everything will just go down and i really don't want to think how it will be then. Thus i hope that since singapore has survived so many major crisis , we would forever be like this , the bright and successful nation which everyone looks up to.