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Japan’s Prisons Are a Haven for Elderly Women

Every aging society faces distinct challenges. But Japan, with the world’s oldest population (27.3 percent of its citizens are 65 or older, almost …

Commentary: Go beyond addressing deliberate online falsehoods to encourage a thinking society

SINGAPORE: When you saw the post on social media a few years ago alleging that a local supermarket was selling “halal” pork, what did you do?<p>Some …

Saudi Arabia sports stadiums open to women from next year

RIYADH • Saudi Arabia will allow women into sports stadiums for the first time from next year, authorities said, in a landmark move opening up three …

#MeToo, say EU's women lawmakers

STRASBOURG/BRUSSELS • Several Members of the European Parliament have held up signs bearing the Twitter hashtag #MeToo, as allegations of abuse in …

Time to stop pinning blame for sex crimes on victims

The number of women coming forward to accuse the powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of offences ranging from sexual harassment to rape has …

The new rise of populism isn't about economics

Economic theories of populism are dead, we Americans just don't know it yet. Recently, two countries have brought populists to power, but in both …

Economics

Students with special needs get internships at the Istana

SINGAPORE: Seven students from the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) have been spending time at the Istana, cooking and tending to …

'Virtual tutor' soon for NTU medical students

Students at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine may soon be assisted by a "virtual tutor" that can adapt learning to each individual, said Nanyang …

This More Powerful Version of AlphaGo Learns On Its Own

At one point during his historic defeat to the software AlphaGo last year, world champion Go player Lee Sedol abruptly left the room. The bot had …

Let's talk about poverty and inequality today

Today, Oct 17, is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, declared 25 years ago in December 1992, by the United Nations General …

Income Inequality

Oxford accused of 'social apartheid' as colleges admit no black students

Labour MP attacks university where one in three colleges failed to admit a black British student with A-levels in 2015•<p>Nearly one in three Oxford colleges failed to admit a single black British A-level student in 2015, with the university accused of “social apartheid” over its admissions policies …

Schools hold key to improve needy students' reading skills

Although Singapore ranked first in the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) study for reading, more can be done to help …

Education

Parents splash out on prep classes for gifted programme. Should they?

SINGAPORE: He has been attending preparatory classes for the Gifted Education Programme (GEP) entry exercise for six months. But Ahsan Nathyr does …

Initiative to help special needs students discover job interests to be scaled up

SINGAPORE - An initiative to expose special education (Sped) school students to various job roles and workplaces will soon be scaled up to reach more …

Education

Sugar tax in Singapore - too bitter a pill to swallow?

The sugar tax was mentioned in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's National Day Rally as a solution that has been considered and implemented in other …

Diabetes

Foreign trainers to help impart expertise

Singapore food manufacturers want to learn more about high-pressure processing to extend the shelf life of their products, while a furnishing firm …

Dove apologises for ad showing black woman turning into white one

Brand says it ‘missed mark’ after being accused of racism in campaign promoting body lotion<p>Dove has apologised after publishing an advert on its Facebook page which showed a black woman turning into a white woman.<p>The brand was accused of racism over the online advertising campaign and it later …

Your face is your password in China

In China, there is no such thing as a faceless crowd.<p>Use of facial recognition technology in Chinese cities is reaching a tipping point, and paints a …

Most people saw the Las Vegas shooting as a tragedy. Propagandists saw an opportunity.

Fake rumors designed to spread anti-leftist bias included making up victims, wrongly identifying the shooter, and feeding false narratives to media.<p>Following this weekend’s deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, numerous rumors centered on fake victims and misinformation about the tragedy have …

Charging for plastic bags may have unintended costs

The National Environment Agency (NEA) is in discussions with the four major supermarket chains - FairPrice, Dairy Farm Group, Prime and Sheng Siong - …

Sustainability

Big push to equip workers with basic digital skills

A major initiative to ensure that Singaporeans keep pace with the digital economy, at work and in everyday life, was launched yesterday.<p>Over the next …

Small Business

Trump's tax cuts voodoo threatens US economy

NEW YORK • Having failed to "repeal and replace" the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"), United States President Donald Trump's administration …

Economics

East Asia, Pacific have most slum dwellers

East Asia and the Pacific are now home to the largest slum population in the world, as the region's cities grow at a rapid pace, bringing with it the …

PM Lee spells out why he pushed for reserved election

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has made it plain that he knew the reserved presidential election would be unpopular - and would cost his party …

Asia

Siting solar energy farms at reservoirs

Reservoirs could soon play host to floating solar energy farms, national water agency PUB announced in a press statement yesterday.<p>It said it was …

Renewable Energy

'Rain begins with a single drop': Saudi women rejoice at end of driving ban

RIYADH (REUTERS) - Saudi Arabian women rejoiced at their new freedom to drive on Wednesday (Sept 27), with some taking to the roads even though …

Saudi Arabia

5 things you need to know about the Rohingya crisis — and how it could roil Southeast Asia

A humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding along the Bangladesh-Burma border. More than 370,000 Rohingya have fled a violent military crackdown in Burma, also known as Myanmar, and are crowded in desperate conditions in Chittagong, Bangladesh. This political and humanitarian emergency is acute, …

More funds for students with severe disabilities

Students with severe hearing, physical and visual disabilities will now get more help as they pursue their studies at polytechnics and the Institute …

Asean-HK FTA: What it means for Hong Kong and Singapore

Asean and Hong Kong are set to sign the long-awaited free trade and investment agreements that have been under negotiation for more than four years. …

Hong Kong

Air pollution sapping solar power output in India, study shows

GANDHINAGAR (India) • Air pollution is diminishing India's capacity to harness power from the sun, experts say, undermining billions of dollars being …

Renewable Energy