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Ken Liu’s “The Paper Menagerie”

A short review of Ken Liu’s “The Paper Menagerie”. Continue reading

Complement War On Diabetes With Better Education On Diabetes

Given the medical and economic costs associated with diabetes – and the alarming statistic the one in four Singaporeans already has diabetes or is at high risk of contracting it – few would disagree with the proposals by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to take tougher actions (ST, Dec 6): To ban high sugar drinks, to tax these drinks, to disallow their advertisement, or to stipulate prominent labels on them. Yet absent from the discourse is an evaluation and communication of how these proposals and their effects may vary (based either on MOH projections or case studies from abroad), the effectiveness of past and ongoing campaigns to increase awareness of excessive sugar consumption and of diabetes, as well as the persistence of these campaigns in the future. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Continued Uncertainty And Unrest In Europe (December 3 to 8, 2018)

Following the uncertainty last week, there is continued unrest in Europe, with major protests in France, Brexit challenges in the United Kingdom, and worry about the use of cyberattacks to manipulate elections. In France, for the third weekend in a row, major protests against mounting gas prices and eco-taxes continued. This “yellow vest” movement has become a wider protest against President Emmanuel Macron, who announced a suspension of fuel tax and utility hikes later in the week. In the United Kingdom, for the first time ever, the British government was found in contempt of Parliament after it refused to publish the full legal advice underpinning its Brexit plan. And in Europe in general, a survey found that 61 per cent of Europeans worry about the use of cyberattacks to manipulate elections. Continue reading

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