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Steve Wozniak: School is not enough, go beyond it

Steve Wozniak likes to color outside the lines, but not the way other people in Silicon Valley do.<p>Wozniak founded Apple with Steve Jobs and Ronald …

Silicon Valley

'Islamic State's' most wanted - Part 1: The takeover

A group of Syrian teenagers decided to resist when the so-called Islamic State group took control of their city.<p>They became citizen journalists and used the internet to show the reality of life in Raqqa.<p><i>Producer/reporter: Chloe Hadjimatheou</i><p><i>Arabic language producer: Faisal Irshaid</i><p><i>Video editor:</i> …

Middle East

How not to die alone

Three years ago, I treated a patient who was estranged from his family and lived alone in a one-room rental flat. He suffered from advanced liver …

How elders' savings alter support ratio

<i>Q Is the old-age dependency ratio really increasing?</i><p><b>A</b> The old-age dependency ratio (ODR) is one of the simplest measures commonly used to assess the …

Help! I've been retrenched

Ms Chew Siew Yin, 50, a production manager, had worked 28 years in the same company when she was laid off in December. The electronics manufacturer …

Syria: The story of the conflict

<b>More than 250,000 Syrians have lost their lives in four-and-a-half years of armed conflict, which began with anti-government protests before escalating into a full-scale civil war. More than 11 million others have been forced from their homes as forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and those</b> …

Middle East

PSLE aggregate score to be scrapped, DSA to be reviewed: Education changes at a glance

SINGAPORE - To encourage students to go beyond book smarts, the Education Ministry (MOE) announced on Friday (April 8) it will remove the aggregate …

Singapore Budget 2016: 6 schemes to help workers adapt to changing economy

SINGAPORE - Low wage workers, older workers and those with disabilities will get help to boost their employment prospects, Finance Minister Heng Swee …

Disability

Hong Kah North is Singapore's second dementia-friendly community

SINGAPORE - Over the past year, volunteers and shopkeepers in Hong Kah North have been trained to spot the tell-tale signs of dementia and lend a …

IDA supports short-term training courses to address manpower gap

SINGAPORE: As the Republic steps up efforts to become a Smart Nation, the demand for tech professionals is greater than ever.<p>To help address the …

FBI vs Apple: The history of Apple's fight over the locked San Bernardino shooter's iPhone

AP<p>The battle between the FBI and Apple over a phone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters is poised to be one of the biggest technology stories for years.<p>In short, the FBI wants Apple to help it hack a phone it can't access because it has its passcode lock turned on.<p>The FBI says that Apple is …

Why Mistakes Are Often Repeated

Several recent studies show how the brain fails to learn from past experience, dooming us to relive our errors.<p>If there’s anything that stings more than wasting good money on a subpar outing, it’s doing so repeatedly—but still, the depths of TripAdvisor teem with accounts of mistakes that were made …

Alzheimer's Patients in Psychiatric Hospitals

My wife Clare has Alzheimer's disease and recently spent three weeks in a psychiatric hospital, a separate building among many on a huge hospital campus. Clare was admitted due to severe anxiety issues, and I was extremely impressed with the quality of medical care she received from her …

Facebook’s new ‘like’ buttons have a hidden agenda

For years people have clamored for Facebook to add a "dislike" button alongside its iconic like button.<p>That was never going to happen, for reasons I've explained.<p>Instead, in October the company began testing a suite of six emoji complements to the like button: "love," "haha," "yay," "wow," "sad," …

Social Media

Your Savings Account Sucks. Here Are Some That Don’t – 2015 Edition

It’s been a year since we published our last list of savings accounts that don’t suck, and a bit has changed. Some of you have eschewed traditional …

Personal Finance

Coffee reveals itself as an unlikely elixir

For a historically mistrusted drink, coffee is proving to be a healthy addiction. Scientific findings in support of coffee’s nutritional attributes …

Coffee

Johnson & Johnson must pay US$72 million over talc linked to woman's ovarian cancer

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE (BLOOMBERG) - Johnson & Johnson (J&J) must pay US$72 million (S$101 million) to the family of a woman who blamed her fatal …

Moving video about the difference nurturing teachers make goes viral

SINGAPORE - A moving video about a man and the challenges he faced, and how he was nurtured by his teachers - depicted through a series of cinematic …

Migrants find doors slamming shut across Europe

BERLIN — Nations along Europe’s refugee route are taking the boldest steps yet to clamp down on migrant flows, trapping thousands of asylum seekers and potentially blocking countless war-weary families from finding sanctuary in the West.<p>The crackdown in recent days, aid groups say, comes at the …

Human Rights

How People Learn to Become Resilient

Norman Garmezy, a developmental psychologist and clinician at the University of Minnesota, met thousands of children in his four decades of research. But one boy in particular stuck with him. He was nine years old, with an alcoholic mother and an absent father. Each day, he would arrive at school …

Archbishop speaks out against Madonna's concert

Archbishop William Goh has expressed the Catholic Church's grave concerns about American singer Madonna's concert here on Sunday.<p>He reminded …

Fairly diverse group gains direct school admission, about 60% live in HDB flats: MOE

The profile of students who get into secondary schools through direct school admission (DSA) remains "fairly diverse", the Ministry of Education …

MOH's Addendum to President's Address: More healthcare facilities by 2020; one family doctor for each person

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Health (MOH) will step up efforts to keep Singaporeans healthy and boost healthcare standards in the next five …

Beauty pageant for transgender women gets more support from public

Every year since 2011, Pravinaa Productions has been running an annual pageant called Miss World Music Tiffany for a different type of beauty queen - …

LGBTQI

Drowned Syrian toddler's father wept over French cartoon of his son

ARBIL, Iraq (AFP) - The father of a drowned Syrian toddler wept when he saw a cartoon depicting his son as an adult involved in sexual harassment, …

Qantas the safest way to fly for third year in a row

They say Singapore Airlines (SIA) is a great way to fly. It is one of the safest ways too.<p>SIA has emerged as one of the world's top 20 safest …

Over 8,000 insurance payouts in Singapore unclaimed but public can now check online register

SINGAPORE - The Life Insurance Association of Singapore (LIA Singapore) has launched an online register for members of the public to check on …

Timeline: Troubled history of Saudi Arabia-Iran relations

RIYADH (REUTERS) - Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic relations with Iran on Sunday (Jan 3) over the storming of the Saudi Embassy in Teheran, in a …

Record $116m disbursed to help the poor

A record sum of $116 million in social assistance payments was made to the poor in the last financial year, ending March this year.<p>This was a 14 per …

Refugee aid groups at 'breaking point'

GENEVA • Humanitarian organisations attempting to help the soaring numbers of people fleeing conflicts and natural disasters around the world are at …

North Africa