Sunday, March 30, 2014

On the cards: Test kit for date rape drug

My Paper, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, News, Top Stories
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Source Website: http://mypaper.sg/top-stories/cards-test-kit-date-rape-drug-20140326
By Jacqueline Woo, tsjwoo@sph.com.sg, mypaper, Published on Mar 26, 2014


LIFESAVER: Professor Chang, flanked by teammates (left) Xu Wang and Zhai Duanting, showing a fluorescent sensor for date rape drug GHB.
PHOTO: LIFESAVER: Professor Chang, flanked by teammates (left) Xu Wang and Zhai Duanting, showing a fluorescent sensor for date rape drug GHB.
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SINGAPORE - It was meant to be a fun night out for 26-year-old Edward (not his real name), when he went to Marina Bay Sands superclub Avalon with two friends in January last year.

They were even treated generously to an alcoholic drink, courtesy of a separate group of men from across the bar.

But things took an unexpected turn when Edward finished the glass, and appeared to be extremely intoxicated in just minutes.



Drink is laced with gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), a central nervous system depressant better known as a 'date rape' drug.

PHOTO: Drink is laced with gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), a central nervous system depressant better known as a "date rape" drug. 
By Diana Denzain General on Sep 04, 2012


"My friends found me completely unresponsive, and it was really unusual behaviour because I have no memory from that night at all, right after cleaning out the bottom of that particular drink," he said, adding that a friend who shared the drink with him reacted in the same way.

The third friend, who did not touch the drink, sent them home in a cab immediately.

After some research, Edward suspected that his drink had been laced with gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), a central nervous system depressant better known as a "date rape" drug.



The odourless, colourless and slightly salty drug - almost undetectable when mixed into a drink - is commonly used to render victims physically incapacitated and vulnerable to sexual assault.

PHOTO: The odourless, colourless and slightly salty drug - almost undetectable when mixed into a drink - is commonly used to render victims physically incapacitated and vulnerable to sexual assault.
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The odourless, colourless and slightly salty drug - almost undetectable when mixed into a drink - is commonly used to render victims physically incapacitated and vulnerable to sexual assault.

But a new detection kit for the drug may be available in a year, thanks to the discovery of a fluorescent GHB-detecting sensor, called GHB Orange, by a research team from the National University of Singapore (NUS).

"Our hope is to produce a simple device that can be used easily in real life, to detect whether there is an illegal drug in your drink," said NUS Faculty of Science's Professor Chang Young Tae, who led the team.



Victim became completely unresponsive, and have no memory from it at all. Many women victimized by it find it hard to report. Many women choose not to report cases of date or acquaintance rape, for reasons such as the fear of not being believed or being blamed for the rape.

PHOTO: Victim became completely unresponsive, and have no memory from it at all. Many women victimized by it find it hard to report. Many women choose not to report cases of date or acquaintance rape, for reasons such as the fear of not being believed or being blamed for the rape.
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The kit, he added, can help prevent drug-facilitated sexual assaults.

The liquid sensor changes colour within 30 seconds when it detects the presence of GHB under a typical club's ultraviolet lighting. When mixed in a beverage that contains enough GHB to affect one's consciousness - typically about 1g in 100ml - the sensor's fluorescent orange colour will fade visibly.

At a media briefing yesterday, Prof Chang said the team plans to work with industry partners on a portable test kit for consumers in a year's time. This could take the form of a stirrer or a smartphone-aligned device.

He aims to price it at $1 for 10 tests.



In Singapore, GHB is a Class A controlled drug and is banned. Only between 2g and 4g is enough to interfere with one's motor and speech control. It may even induce a coma-like sleep and can react dangerously with alcohol.

PHOTO: In Singapore, GHB is a Class A controlled drug and is banned. Only between 2g and 4g is enough to interfere with one's motor and speech control. It may even induce a coma-like sleep and can react dangerously with alcohol.
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In Singapore, GHB is a Class A controlled drug and is banned. Only between 2g and 4g is enough to interfere with one's motor and speech control. It may even induce a coma-like sleep and can react dangerously with alcohol.

In 2010, a 20-year-old American exchange student, Mr Scott Jared Monat, collapsed and died here of heart failure after an adverse reaction to alcohol and five kinds of drugs, including GHB.

While national statistics on date rape are not readily available, women's rights organisation Aware received about 49 calls regarding acquaintance rape (rape by a person who is known to the victim) last year, and 36 such calls in 2012.



While national statistics on date rape are not readily available, women's rights organisation Aware received about 49 calls regarding acquaintance rape (rape by a person who is known to the victim) last year, and 36 such calls in 2012.

PHOTO: While national statistics on date rape are not readily available, women's rights organisation Aware received about 49 calls regarding acquaintance rape (rape by a person who is known to the victim) last year, and 36 such calls in 2012.
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Still, executive director Corinna Lim told MyPaper: "Many women choose not to report cases of date or acquaintance rape, for reasons such as the fear of not being believed or being blamed for the rape."

For Edward, a GHB-detector spells positive news, and more assurance for many out there.

"It's so easy for someone to slip a drug in your drink without arousing your suspicions, this is what makes it so dangerous for anyone - you can even lose your life."
By Jacqueline Woo, tsjwoo@sph.com.sg, mypaper, Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014



It's so easy for someone to slip a drug in your drink without arousing your suspicions, this is what makes it so dangerous for anyone - you can even lose your life.

PHOTO: It's so easy for someone to slip a drug in your drink without arousing your suspicions, this is what makes it so dangerous for anyone - you can even lose your life.
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

How To Deal With Rejection

Source Website: http://thedailylove.com/how-to-deal-with-rejection/
By Christine Hassler, July 6, 2011


The biggest damage happens when we decide that going out there and pursuing our happiness and dreams is too painful and not worth our while.  That’s when we get stuck, convincing ourselves that we are better off being small, alone and safe.  When we are in that place, we can’t even feel the pain anymore.
PHOTO: The biggest damage happens when we decide that going out there and pursuing our happiness and dreams is too painful and not worth our while.  That’s when we get stuck, convincing ourselves that we are better off being small, alone and safe.  When we are in that place, we can’t even feel the pain anymore.

Rejection can actually make you a stronger wiser and more powerful person if you only deal with it appropriately.

Picture from post by Katherine Bouglai (Don’t Let Fear Of Rejection Stop You From Going Out There!) on May 25, 2011

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Rejection. It hurts. No matter what the size or severity, rejection is one of the biggest challenges to self-love.

From not getting a call back after what you thought was a great first date, to not getting the job you thought you were perfect for, rejection triggers a dangerous dose of self-doubt. And it happens to all of us.  Often it is during the twenty-something years that one experiences a big rejection for the first time, such as getting dumped or being laid off. So it’s the perfect time to learn how to receive “perceived” rejection (and I will explain why I use the word “perceived”) in a way that brings you more peace rather than more pain.



Rejection triggers a dangerous dose of self-doubt especially when one experiences a big rejection for the first time, such as getting dumped or being laid off.
PHOTO: Rejection triggers a dangerous dose of self-doubt especially when one experiences a big rejection for the first time, such as getting dumped or being laid off.
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Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, “Rejection is God’s protection.” I believe this to be true, but like most clichés when recited to us in the midst of a big blow, it may sound more annoying than immediately comforting. First it’s important to just surrender to the fact that rejection does not feel good. A lot of self-help advice is geared toward feeling better quickly and sometimes that is not always possible. Accept the fact that you may feel hurt and angry. Give yourself permission to express those feelings in a healthy way such as journaling, speaking to a coach/counselor/mentor, taking it out in a kickboxing class or having a good cry.

Resist the immediate temptation to pump yourself full of positive thinking or pontificate as to why this is happening. You are a human being and it’s natural if feeling rejected stings a bit. Feel your feelings without judgment or analysis so they can move up and out rather than suppressing them. Sometimes we experience things that feel hurtful because our soul is yearning to learn how to be compassionate toward ourselves and break patterns of feeling punished or victimized.



We are a human being and it’s natural if feeling rejected stings a bit.
PHOTO: We are a human being and it’s natural if feeling rejected stings a bit. Feel our feelings without judgment or analysis so they can move up and out rather than suppressing them. Sometimes we experience things that feel hurtful because our soul is yearning to learn how to be compassionate toward ourselves and break patterns of feeling punished or victimized.
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Which brings me to the next important step in dealing with rejection: be compassionate with yourself. If you just got dumped, fired, left out or turned down, please do not add to your suffering by being hard on yourself.

Going into self-blame and judgment continues to feed the rejection because now you are rejecting yourself! Be kind to yourself with your thoughts and actions. Witness your self-talk and redirect it when you begin to downward spiral into negativity. One of the most effective and compassionate things you can say to yourself is, “I did the best I could.” And believe it! Trust me, if you could have done better, you would have.



When just got dumped, fired, left out or turned down, be kind to ourself with our thoughts and actions.
PHOTO: When just got dumped, fired, left out or turned down, be kind to ourself with our thoughts and actions. Say to ourself, “I did the best I could.
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Next, do not take the rejection personally. Speaking from experience, I know this is extremely difficult. In my late twenties when my fiancé broke up with me six months before our wedding, I felt incredibly rejected and made it mean that I was a terrible, broken person unworthy of love. Personalizing the rejection made the heartache ten times harder. Luckily, I had a great coach who taught me the importance of not taking it personally.


I learned how to be compassionate with myself and ask, “What am I learning from this and how can I love myself while I go through it?” I was able to see that the break-up was an outward manifestation of what I was doing internally to myself: I was withholding my own self-love from myself by being consistently hard on myself. My relationship with me was full of rejection, so no wonder it ended up happening in the main relationship I was in with another person.


Be compassionate with myself
PHOTO: Be compassionate with myself and ask, “What am I learning from this and how can I love myself while I go through it?
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Furthermore, I totally understood how hard it was for my ex to be around a person who was not happy with herself. He was not necessarily rejecting me; he was doing the most self-honoring thing for himself and did me a HUGE favor. Granted, at the time it did not necessarily feel that way.


Trust in the delayed blessings that come with the initial burn of a rejection.


Trust in the delayed blessings that come with the initial burn of a rejection.
PHOTO: Trust in the delayed blessings that come with the initial burn of a rejection.
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Finally, understand and remind yourself that rejection often has nothing to do with you! People often have their own reasons for why they don’t behave in a way that you would categorize as accepting you or giving you what you want. And certain situations that trigger feelings of rejection are often based on so many external factors that, once again, have zero to do with anything you did or did not do. This is why I say that external rejection is “perceived” rather than being real.


The truth is that no one and nothing can truly reject you. The only way to truly be rejected is when you deny yourself of your own love, forgiveness and acceptance. Like I mentioned earlier, we often draw in external events that feel like perceived rejection because our Higher Self is mirroring what we are doing inside ourselves.


The truth is that no one and nothing can truly reject you. The only way to truly be rejected is when you deny yourself of your own love, forgiveness and acceptance.
PHOTO: The truth is that no one and nothing can truly reject you. The only way to truly be rejected is when you deny yourself of your own love, forgiveness and acceptance.
Painting body Art by Duong Quoc Dinh and Muc Tau - Model: Hani Nguyen
Picture by duongquocdinh (Dqd0872), Photography / People & Portraits / Body Art, ©2013-2014 duongquocdinh

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You belong. You are loved. You are accepted. You are worthy. You are enough. You are doing the best you can. But don’t just take my words for it; reject any resistance and accept these truths for yourself! 

Love,
Christine
Christine Hassler is a certifed life and quarterlife coach. To visit her website click here.
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Christine Hassler
PHOTO: You are doing the best you can. Reject any resistance and accept these truths for yourself! 
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When just got dumped, fired, left out or turned down, be kind to ourself with our thoughts and actions.
PHOTO: When just got dumped, fired, left out or turned down, be kind to ourself with our thoughts and actions. Say to ourself, “I did the best I could.
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Call to end monkey (flying) business

My Paper, Fridayday, March 28, 2014, Page A1, News, Top Stories
From http://epaper.mypaper.sg/emnd/fvxen/fvxp/fvxpress.php?param=2014-03-28
Source Website: http://mypaper.sg/top-stories/call-end-monkey-flying-business-20140328
By mypaper, Published on Mar 28, 2014


Clad in nothing more than white underwear and covered with body paint meant to represent a bloody Air France logo, animal activist Ashley Fruno stood outside the Anson Road office of the French airline yesterday afternoon.
PHOTO: Clad in nothing more than white underwear and covered with body paint meant to represent a bloody Air France logo, animal activist Ashley Fruno stood outside the Anson Road office of the French airline yesterday afternoon.
PHOTO: THE STRAITS TIMES
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My Paper, Fridayday, March 28, 2014, Page A1, News, Top Stories



Clad in nothing more than white underwear and covered with body paint meant to represent a bloody Air France logo, animal activist Ashley Fruno stood outside the Anson Road office of the French airline yesterday afternoon.

The lone activist from the Asia office of international animal-rights advocacy group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) was protesting against Air France for shipping monkeys for animal tests.

A Peta Asia statement said Air France is the only major airline in the world still transporting monkeys destined for experimentation.
By mypaper, Published on Mar 28, 2014



Model Laetitia Casta gets up to monkey business
PHOTO: Charmian Chen, 陳維芊 (Chén wéiqiān) stripped by monkeys. The monkeys decided she was a little overdressed and pulled her dress down.
Posted on charmianchen.com, December 3, 2011



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