Tag Archives: Straits Times 12 Aug 2014

MEMORY LOSS? BLAME MULTI-TASKING, SAYS NUS SCIENTISTS

IF YOU are inclined to blame your fading memories - from holidays years ago to even big occasions such as your wedding - on having too much to do at the same time, you may be on to something. A study by scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has found that multitasking may impair the forming of long-term memories, which in turn could increase the risk for Alzheimer's disease or early onset dementia.

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Disabled lawyer among 9 new NMPs

The NMP scheme began in 1990 to provide more alternative voices in Parliament. Madam Halimah said the panel looked for candidates who could use their specialised knowledge to add to the depth and breadth of debates in Parliament. They were selected by a parliamentary committee chaired by Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob. It included two ministers and five other MPs, including Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang.

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SINGAPORE’S GROWTH IN A DECADE OF SHOCKS

The intense pressure of globalisation, relocation of factories to China and Asean as well as technological progress have exerted strong downward pressure on wages of the unskilled and semi-skilled workers, while the international arbitrage pressure on the highly skilled workers at the top has pulled up wages at the top end. This is not unique to Singapore. Data from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development indicate that the same phenomenon was observed in the US, Canada, Britain, Germany and Australia, but was much less acute in the Nordic countries like Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

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LEE HSIEN LOONG’S MILESTONES AS PRIME MINISTER

2013 Jan: A White Paper on Population sets out plans to accommodate up to 6.9 million people here by 2030, drawing backlash. June: Websites that regularly report Singapore news and have significant reach are asked to put up a performance bond of $50,000 and be licensed under new licensing rules.

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HOW HAS LEE HSIEN LOONG’S TIME AS PRIME MINISTER SHAPED YOUR LIVES?

It was a decade of peaks and troughs. Just out of the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome crisis, the economy went on to record robust growth of over 7.5 per cent a year until 2007, only to face the sharpest recession since independence during the global financial crisis. Growth plunged sharply to 1.8 per cent in 2008 and shrank 0.6 per cent in 2009. A year later, the economy rebounded, growing 15.2 per cent. Leading Singapore relatively unscathed through the global financial crisis was cited by several observers as among Mr Lee's top achievements in the decade.

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