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78-year-old describes heart-rending realities of living as a trans woman in '70s Singapore

Rose is a 78-year-old who lives in a shelter for trans women in Singapore.<p>In the video, she talks of her marriage falling apart after her …

Transgender

Is Automation Always Good?

You sometimes hear it said that if the minimum wage increases automation that is a good thing, because obviously automation is good. However, it is important to understand why automation is good, and when it isn’t.<p>The most important thing to understand is that automation isn’t a good thing per se. …

Singapore Airlines Hires Its First Female Pilots

For the first time in the airline's history, two women are enrolled in its pilot training program.<p>Since its founding in 1972, Singapore Airlines has made history: the airline purchased the world's first Airbus A380, and it will once again be home to the world's longest flight, an 18-hour haul …

Fossil Fuels' Value Not Imperiled By Climate Change

Amusingly, one pundit described the bankruptcy filing of the coal giant Peabody Energy as educational for the petroleum industry as to the effect of climate change on their business, saying, “it acts as a warning to oil and gas companies – and their investors – about how quickly things can change.” …

How Singapore is fixing its meritocracy

By Kenneth Paul Tan<p><i>Each week, In Theory takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week, we’re talking about meritocracy. Need a primer? Catch up here.</i><p><i>Kenneth Paul Tan is an associate professor and acting dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,</i> …

This Is the World's Most Dangerous Airport

Tiny planes and turbulence are the least of your worries when taking off and landing in Lukla, Nepal. We did it and lived to tell the tale.<p>It’s a 40-minute flight from Kathmandu, Nepal to the village of Lukla. That seems like a simple trip, until you consider it's 40 minutes of mountain-dodging, …

Everest Base Camp

Drug companies are winning big from 'off-label' marketing

Among the more celebrated cases involving the "off-label" promoting and sale of drugs for questionable or unauthorized use: Eli Lilly agreed to pay $1.4 billion in January 2009 for promoting the anti-psychotic drug Zyprexa for behavioral problems among children and the elderly.<p>And just eight months …

15 maps that will change the way you see the world

Telegraph Travel has mapped the world in many ways – here are some of the most eye-opening.<p>1. Life expectancy<p>This map shows the world according to life expectancy. The results are depressingly unsurprising. Africa is the only continent that contains nations where the average life expectancy is …

Geography

The 4 Keys Of Remarkable Company Culture

Culture.<p>It’s a buzzword being thrown around by business leaders quite a bit right now.<p>And while everyone is talking about it, nobody seems to know what it really is. Ever notice how some teams seem to function better than others no matter who is on the team?<p>I’ve been paying attention to culture …

Japan wants tourists to pay using only their fingerprints

You wouldn't have to carry cash or credit.<p>The next time you travel to Japan, you might not have to stock up on yen (or bring your credit card) to go shopping. As of the summer, the country's government is testing a system that will let you use two fingerprints to make purchases at key tourist …

Japan

China is trying to make a huge industrial shift that could have disastrous consequences

Tangshan (China) - Hundreds of laid-off steelworkers gathered outside their former employer's office this week to protest losing their jobs, victims of a global glut.<p>But the smokestacks nearby were not British. They are in China — the very place blamed by European politicians for the plunging …

9 Unique Cruises You’ll Want to Book Immediately

The weather is warming up, wanderlust is on the rise and vacays are quickly getting booked. From the perfect weekend getaway to a much-deserved solo travel adventure, the variety of vacations to choose from can be overwhelming. Sometimes you don’t want to travel like a local, but live in luxury and …

North Pole

The 20 Coolest Hotel Amenities You Don't Know About

By<p>When booking a trip, many travelers like to research the perks and bonuses that come along with their hotel stay. Luxury accommodations come with …

Understanding why some people take their lives – and some don’t | The Star

Arthur Sommer Rotenberg was a doctor in Toronto with a promising career. He had a large, loving family and was both studious and athletic, once …

Depression

SDP unveils transition team to take over Bukit Batok if elected

Plunging 41 storeys and hitting 150mph in just 4.9 seconds: The ultimate rides and roller coasters revealed

These rides should be on every thrillseeker's bucket list.<p>From the Ferrari coaster that hits 150mph in under five seconds in Abu Dhabi to the 90mph …

Lee Wei Ling's accusations 'completely untrue': PM Lee

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday (Apr 10) responded to comments made on Facebook by his sister Lee Wei Ling claiming he was …

Asia

Top Cyber News: Securing Cloud Apps, DIY Hacking Kits, Firewalls Not Enough

Read the top 10 cybersecurity stories from the past week to stay on the cutting edge:<p><b>1. Securing apps: scan code for vulnerabilities or rewrite from scratch?</b> – A <i>CSO</i> story looks into the best practices for securing cloud and mobile apps. The biggest problem may be that software coders don’t know …

IMF expected to cut growth forecasts in latest outlook

Update likely to reprise warnings about emerging markets slowdown, China’s downturn and lower commodity prices<p>The International Monetary Fund will sound fresh alarm over the state of the global economy this week when it reveals its latest forecasts for growth against a backdrop of slower world …

Saudi Arabia Is About To Adopt International Accounting Standards And It Could Cause Problems

The often opaque world of Saudi business is about to open up a little more, with the country set to enforce international accounting rules for all listed companies from next year.<p>At the moment, Saudi banks and insurance companies already follow these International Financial Reporting Standards …

Accounting

Standby for terrible news from Wall Street ...

We are about to get confirmation that earnings growth for America's biggest companies was negative in the first quarter, compared to the same period a year ago.<p>When aluminum giant Alcoa releases its results on Monday, it will mark the unofficial start of the heaviest reporting season for S&P 500 …

Markets

Astronomers find a supersized black hole in a cosmic small town

It's 17 billion times bigger than our sun.<p>The humongous black hole in the center of a galaxy called NGC 1600 took the MASSIVE Survey astronomers by surprise. It's not only almost as big as the largest one we've discovered, it's also located in a sparsely populated region of only 20 or so galaxies, …

Bringing hope to Hanoi's 'children of the dust'

HANOI, Vietnam: Well-spoken, clean-shaven and good-looking, Do Duy Vi, is the outreach manager cum poster boy of Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation. …

Tesla is about to repeat a huge mistake — and this time it could be even worse

That's epic, and the frenzy to get in on the latest Tesla — at $1,000 a pop, and with a potential wait of several years before your car can be delivered — has led to some hyperventilating about what the electric-car maker has accomplished.<p>Yes, 325,000 deposits on an as-yet-constructed automobile is …

Billionaires: More Wealth In Fewer Hands, Growing Philanthropy

The world has changed considerably since 1996: Legacy industrial production has shifted to cheaper resource-rich markets, creating demand for labor and materials – and created billionaires out of those individuals able to capitalize on the demand. In the industrial world, the nascent technology …

'The great oil divergence of 2016' could be underway

The magnitudes of their fluctuations haven't matched up. But <i>directionally</i>, stocks and oil have been joined at the hip this year.<p>But this relationship might be coming to an abrupt end. Today we'll explore what might happen when oil and stocks say their long goodbyes—and how it could affect your …

Stock Markets

Deregulation 2.0: Europe And Japan Call For More Competition, Less Regulation In Utility Industry

As federal utility regulators in the United States focus myopically on preventing “the next Enron,” Europe and Japan are busy trying to build the next Google.<p>For the first time in well over a decade, efforts to deregulate the electric utility industry and promote greater competition appear to be …

5 Things You Missed in Tech This Week - 4/9/16

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?<p><b>1 – Amazon takes on PayPal and others with the launch of a new payments partner program.</b><p>From Techcrunch: <i>Amazon announced a plan to spread adoption of its payments service, Amazon</i> …

More being done to help pre-enlistee students get in shape

SINGAPORE: Polytechnic students may be well on track to join Singapore's workforce, but in terms of getting ready for National Service, they still …

The US government wants Apple to unlock yet another iPhone

Same story, different case.<p>Once again, Apple has been ordered by a US federal judge to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation unlock an iPhone—this time belonging to an alleged Boston gangster.<p>On Feb. 1, a US magistrate ordered Apple to provide “reasonable technical assistance” to access the …

U.S. Department of Justice