Journalist’s snapshots of economic trends

Newspaper articles have a built-in expiry date. But some themes are evergreen. Mr Vikram Khanna, 63, an associate editor with The Straits Times, has collated more than 50 such articles, culled from his work in the newsroom, in a new book. Headwinds And Hazards: Economic Snapshots In An Age Of Populism covers a wide range […]


Min Jiang at One-North moves to Dempsey Hill

After 12 years at Rochester Park, Chinese restaurant Min Jiang at One-North has relocated to the equally lush Dempsey Hill. The 5,000 sq ft restaurant opens tomorrow and its move is in line with the redevelopment of Rochester Park, off North Buona Vista Road. Min Jiang at One-North opened in Rochester Park in 2006 in […]


Former Singapore Idol winner Hady Mirza making a comeback

For many years, former Singapore Idol winner Hady Mirza was absent from the music scene. And last year was a particularly bad one for him – he spent some time in rehab. For many years, former Singapore Idol winner Hady Mirza was absent from the music scene. And last year was a particularly bad one […]


Staff-wellness programmes yield little benefit, study shows

NEW YORK • Companies have long embraced staff-wellness programmes as a way to improve workers’ health and reduce overall medical spending, but a new study may prompt employers to rethink those efforts. The study, published last week in Jama, a medical journal, looked at the experience of 33,000 workers at American retailer BJ’s Wholesale Club […]


Beauty cannot be judged mathematically

In the early 1990s, when I was a young plastic surgeon working in the Singapore General Hospital, I was exposed to anthropometry for the first time. This is the systematic recording and analysis of body measurements such as the length and size of individual body parts like the nose, eyes or limbs – or the […]


More than just a hangover, problematic alcohol use tends to creep up from under our noses

Few people will dispute the view that drugs such as heroin and methamphetamine are incredibly harmful to the user and to society. However, almost a decade ago, a paper in medical journal The Lancet by a Professor David Nutt espoused the view that alcohol is the most harmful drug of all. Please subscribe or log […]


Are you eating your way to an early death?

A major global study, which recently found that one in five deaths around the world in 2017 was associated with poor diet, showed that Singapore had the 12th-lowest rate of diet-related deaths among 195 countries. It is perhaps proof that Singaporeans are increasingly aware of the benefits of eating healthy, but as with the rest […]


Holy Land Catholics condemn deadly Sri Lanka blasts

JERUSALEM: The Catholic Church in the Holy Land has voiced support for Sri Lanka‘s Christians and condemned Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels there that killed at least 156 people.A statement issued in Jerusalem said the blasts were particularly sad as they “came while Christians celebrate Easter.”“We pray for the souls of the victims […]


Dementia patients take to VR aids

Virtual reality (VR) devices seem the preserve of young, switched-on techies, but they are having a transformative effect on some elderly folk like Mr Ho Chee Kiong. When Mr Ho, who has dementia, first entered a senior daycare centre at Ayer Rajah a few months ago, he shunned the activities. Instead, he stood at the […]


Technology in nursing homes: E-tagging of seniors boosts safety but is it dignified?

Patients at some nursing homes here are being tagged and their movements tracked round the clock, in a controversial practice that has drawn mixed reactions. At least three nursing homes and a senior care centre in Singapore have been tracking the movement of seniors within their facilities by tagging them with radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags, […]