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Raffles

<i>photograph taken by Li Wenqing and Tan Rui Xuan</i><p>A Path With Heart<p>Delivered by Mr Chan Poh Meng<br>Principal, Raffles Institution<p>25 July 2015<p>Good morning<br>Mr …

Raffles Institution principal takes refreshingly hard look at elitism

So, Raffles Institution’s Founders’ Day happened roughly two months ago — and Singapore’s oldest school (it’s now 192 years old) came together to …

Asia

Why is Singapore's school system so successful, and is it a model for the West?

For more than a decade, Singapore, along with South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Finland, has been at or near the top of …

As Antibiotic Resistance Spreads, WHO Plans Strategy To Fight It

The world is losing some of the most powerful tools in modern medicine. Antibiotics are becoming less and less effective at fighting infections. The problem has gotten so bad that some doctors are starting to ponder a "post-antibiotic world."<p>Common infections that have been easily treatable for …

Public Health

'Flakka' drug craze causes naked paranoiacs to break into police stations

The spread of a designer drug in Florida has led to people discarding their clothes and trying to break into a police station because they believe they're being chased<p>Police have warned about the effects of a new synthetic drug which makes people feel "superhuman" and has led to a series of bizarre …

Doctors find a way to deliver drugs straight to your brain

The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a marvelous piece of evolutionary engineering designed to keep the inside of your skull pristinely clean by segregating the nervous and circulatory systems. The downside to this nearly impermeable membrane is that it is as adept at blocking therapeutic molecules as …

What Drives Someone to Lie About Having a Serious Illness?

"None of it's true," she said in the latest issue of <i>Australian Women's Weekly</i>. "I don't want forgiveness. I just think [speaking out] was the responsible thing to do. Above anything, I would like people to say, 'Okay, she's human.'" Gibson, 23, also admitted in the interview that she's passionate …

Why doctors let a Jehovah’s Witness and her unborn baby die

The pregnant Jehovah’s Witness came to a Sydney hospital with leukemia and a directive against blood transfusions, a decision stemming from her religious beliefs.<p>The hospital’s staff was faced with an extremely difficult situation: How to treat the 28-year-old woman and her fetus while respecting …

Medicine

Dozens Of Countries Take In More Immigrants Per Capita Than The U.S.

If you think the United States is every immigrant's dream, reconsider. Sure, in absolute numbers, the U.S. is home to the most foreign-born people — 45.7 million in 2013.<p>But <i>relatively,</i> it's upper-midpack as an immigrant nation. It ranks 65th worldwide in terms of percentage of population that is …

Diabetes 'out of control' in most parts of England

Those living in West Suffolk and Stafford fare worst for uncontrolled disease, according to the latest statistics<p>Diabetes is “out of control” in swathes of the country, with 120 limbs amputated a week and no areas in which treatment targets are being met, new statistics reveal.<p>The data from Public …

Diabetes

Health Screenings For Chronic Diseases Can Be Risky And 'Waste Resources', Warn MPs

NHS screenings aren't the be-all and end-all, according to MPs who have highlighted health risks posed by chronic disease screenings.<p>According to the …

Poll: Most Girls Think Politics Is a Man's World

Teenage girls are interested in politics, according to a recent study, but the negative stereotypes of female politicians make them reluctant to …

Why That 'Dingo's Got My Baby' Line Isn't Funny

For years, whether or not you believed Lindy Chamberlain’s story depended on which nightmarish scenario you found more plausible: that a wild dog …

Watch This Woman Receive 100 Catcalls While Walking Around For A Day

Ten hours of walking around New York City, 100 catcalls and one huge problem.<p>Rob Bliss of Rob Bliss Creative makes viral videos for a living and decided to use his craft to shine a light on street harassment, a pervasive issue affecting females around the world. Partnering with actress Shoshana B. …

How Harvard can be the #1 university in the world but #2 in the US

U.S. News & World report released its first global university rankings today, and Harvard University tops the list. Which is kind of weird, considering that Harvard ranked second on the same publication’s US university rankings, behind Princeton.<p>Weirder, still: Princeton is 13th on the global …

College & University

American Airlines Flight Delayed After Passenger Comes Across 'Al-Quida Free Terror' WiFi Network

On Sunday, an American Airlines flight was delayed after a passenger noticed a WiFi hotspot named "Al-Quida Free Terror Nettwork [sic]" on her phone's list of available networks.<p>According to NBC Los Angeles, a passenger on AA Flight 136 from Los Angeles to London alerted a flight attendant to the …

Police are using Hong Kong’s computer crime law to crack down on pro-democracy organizers

HONG KONG—Hong Kong police are using a broadly-written computer crime law to dissuade protesters from organizing on social media, a move that many advocates worry is restricting free speech in the city.<p>On Oct. 18, a 23-year-old man with the surname Tam—his full name has not been released—was …

Hong Kong

Health campaign flaws contribute to Pakistan's worrying polio spike | Reuters

KARACHI Pakistan (Reuters) - Taliban militants have long been the scourge of Pakistan’s polio vaccination campaign, attacking aid workers and the police who protect them as they distribute doses to children.<p>But experts say there is another reason for the sharp spike in cases of the crippling …

Australian Doctors Transplant 'Dead' Hearts In Surgical Breakthrough

Until now, doctors have relied on using the still-beating hearts of donors who have been declared brain dead, often placing the recovered organs on ice and rushing them to their recipients.<p>But Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute have developed a technique …

35 Secret Starbucks Drinks You Didn’t Know You Could Order

Posted on September 4, 2013 by Jolt24<p>29. Creamy Dark Caramel Espresso Frappuccino<p>This one is deliciously rich and thick. It’s different than the …

Saudi Arabia's Women Problem

Ahead of the anniversary of a protest against the ban on female drivers, the country is warning women not to get behind the wheel again.<p>One of the lesser-noted tendrils of the Arab Spring, which kicked off in earnest in 2011 and has been all but declared over, is the ongoing movement to end the ban …

Grandmother spends £4,000 WiFi-proofing home

Stefanie Russell spent £4,000 on anti-radiation paint to block out WiFi and mobile phone signals, claiming they give her headaches<p>A grandmother has spent thousands of pounds WiFi-proofing her home in a bid to block the wireless and mobile signals she claims damage her health.<p>Stefanie Russell, 72, …

Kidnapped girls to go free? Boko Haram won't confirm - CNN.com

<b>(CNN)</b> -- Will they really finally go free?<p>The Nigerian government says that more than 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram in April are to be released as early as Monday, after it signed a ceasefire agreement with the Islamists.<p>People around the world are hoping the girls will be set free, but there …

Why Protective Gear Is Sometimes Not Enough in the Fight Against Ebola

When it comes to Ebola, the full-body Personal Protective Equipment [PPE] suit is probably the best way to prevent infection. But a PPE can also be …

Ebola Pup Receiving Care From Top Veterinary Team

The City of Dallas wants you to know that Bentley, the dog owned by Ebola-stricken nurse Nina Pham, is in good hands — the gloved hands of highly …

The Unusual Way Students in China Can Earn Extra Cash

Need some motivation to exercise? In China you can now hire a “running mate” – a fit stranger to run with you and help with inspiration.<p>Instead of a …

US Drone Strikes In Pakistan: Research Claims Only 4 Percent Of Victims Are Al-Qaeda Militants

Resarch by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has reported just 4 percent of US drone strikes in Pakistan have killed people identified as …

Kate Middleton Prank Call: Death Threats and 'Bullets' Sent to DJ Who Posed as The Queen

Australian DJ Melanie Greig who took part in the hoax phone call to the Duchess of Cambridge when she was in hospital says she has received bullets …