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^Singapore's 'kiasu' culture makes FOMO look like child's play<

SINGAPORE-KIASU:LA — Long before Americans discovered FOMO — the fear of missing out — Singaporeans were fixated with its more excessive forebearer, kiasu.

Taken from the Chinese dialect Hokkien, kiasu translates to a fear of losing out, but encompasses any sort of competitive, stingy or selfish behavior commonly witnessed in this high-flying city-state.

If you stand in line for hours just because there's a free gift at the end, then you're kiasu.

If you claim a spot at a table at a busy food court with a packet of tissues while you wander off in search of grub, you're kiasu.

It's a survival instinct born out of Singapore's dominant Chinese culture and deep-rooted insecurity as a blip on the map, one that's only slightly bigger than the San Fernando Valley.

Letting opportunity pass is tantamount to failure, the thinking goes. And if you do, you have no one to blame but yourself.

1250 (with trims) by David Pierson in Singapore. MOVED



^Nasty or frugal? Key Democrats out to stop House members from living in offices<

CONGRESS-OFFICES:WA — Members of the House of Representatives who live in their Capitol Hill offices shouldn't get too comfortable.

The practice is going under the knife from the new Democratic leadership. Top Democrats are considering making the live-in lawmakers pay for bunking in prime government real estate — or ending the practice altogether.

"How would you feel about attending a meeting in someone's bedroom?" asked Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., a veteran member of the Congressional Black Caucus, which has spoken against the practice for years.

Office-dwellers counter that the practice is frugal and efficient.

1150 (with trims) by Kate Irby and William Douglas in Washington. MOVED


^As states lag on cyber training, agencies are fertile phishing grounds<

STATES-CYBERTRAINING:SH — Answering a seemingly routine HR email, the Utah workers typed in their credentials as requested.

And then they had a paycheck stolen.

Cybercriminals had tricked the state workers into opening fake links. The scammers used the information to access the state payroll system and change employees' direct deposit information, diverting their paychecks into phony bank accounts.

Only three workers fell victim to the June scam, thanks in part to Utah's mandatory cyber awareness training, said Chief Information Officer Michael Hussey.

But that training is not standard practice in all states.

Unlike lots of companies, many states don't require training for every staffer, although nearly every state offers it.

1200 (with trims) by Jenni Bergal in Washington. MOVED


^Call the midwife — if the doctor doesn't object<

MED-MIDWIVES:KHN — Every morning at Watsonville Community Hospital in Northern California, the labor and delivery team divvies up its patients — low-risk ones go to the midwives and high-risk ones to the physicians. Then, throughout the day, the doctors and midwives work together to ensure the births go smoothly.

"We kind of divide and conquer," said Dr. Julia Burke, chair of the hospital's obstetrics and gynecology department.

The hospital began allowing certified nurse midwives to deliver babies in 2017, part of an effort to decrease cesarean sections and make mothers happier.

It wasn't an easy transition, Burke said. Some doctors, for example, had been practicing for 30 years and never worked with nurse midwives, who are registered nurses with a graduate degree. Pharmacy, medical billing and other departments also were hesitant about the change, unsure of what it would take to integrate nurse midwives, she said.

1100 (with trims) by Anna Gorman. MOVED




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