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From designer lipstick to green camel statues: what luxury hotels are doing to make guests feel special

Upscale hotels used to be able to impress guests with high thread-count sheets. Now, the more extraordinary the attention to detail, the better.

20 Aug 2019 - 5:16AM

Upscale hotels used to be able to impress guests with high thread-count sheets. Now, the more extraordinary the attention to detail, the better.

From designer lipstick to green camel statues: what luxury hotels are doing to make guests feel special
Black housekeeper denied work because priest’s German shepherd Ceaser is ‘kinda racist’

Woman files racial discrimination complaint after being turned away from job as cleaner at home of Tennessee priest.

19 Aug 2019 - 10:52PM

Woman files racial discrimination complaint after being turned away from job as cleaner at home of Tennessee priest.

Black housekeeper denied work because priest’s German shepherd Ceaser is ‘kinda racist’
Chinese scientists are at the forefront of the quantum revolution

Beijing is pouring billions into research and development of quantum technology and is offering Chinese scientists big perks to return home from Western labs

19 Aug 2019 - 9:05AM

Beijing is pouring billions into research and development of quantum technology and is offering Chinese scientists big perks to return home from Western labs

Chinese scientists are at the forefront of the quantum revolution
Rash of mystery lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use in the US

Officials are warning clinicians and the public to be on alert for what they describe as a severe and potentially dangerous lung injury. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, shortness of breath or chest pain.

17 Aug 2019 - 10:18PM

Officials are warning clinicians and the public to be on alert for what they describe as a severe and potentially dangerous lung injury. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, shortness of breath or chest pain.

Rash of mystery lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use in the US
Mormons told to stay away from fancy coffee, vaping and green tea

Church leaders pointed to a recent article reminding young people that their religion prohibits ‘hot drinks’ – understood to mean tea and coffee – and harmful or habit-forming substances.

17 Aug 2019 - 9:11AM

Church leaders pointed to a recent article reminding young people that their religion prohibits ‘hot drinks’ – understood to mean tea and coffee – and harmful or habit-forming substances.

Mormons told to stay away from fancy coffee, vaping and green tea
YouTube stars like PewDiePie, Logan Paul punished less for breaking site’s rules, ex-moderators say

Creators who make the most money for YouTube often benefit from looser interpretations of guidelines on things like hateful content, say a group of former site moderators, enabling them to keep showing ads in their videos.

17 Aug 2019 - 3:31AM

Creators who make the most money for YouTube often benefit from looser interpretations of guidelines on things like hateful content, say a group of former site moderators, enabling them to keep showing ads in their videos.

YouTube stars like PewDiePie, Logan Paul punished less for breaking site’s rules, ex-moderators say
How did an insecure teen with acne become an inspirational make-up artist and Instagram influencer?

In just two years, Sydney Sikes went from a girl with an acne problem experimenting with make-up to an Instagram influencer who brands pay to promote their products

16 Aug 2019 - 4:48PM

In just two years, Sydney Sikes went from a girl with an acne problem experimenting with make-up to an Instagram influencer who brands pay to promote their products

How did an insecure teen with acne become an inspirational make-up artist and Instagram influencer?
Donald Trump proposes more psychiatric centres instead of gun control to stem rising tide of violence

The US president said it was a ‘terrible thing’ that people with mental illness were ‘just allowed to go onto the streets’ after some psychiatric hospitals were closed beginning in the 1950s.

16 Aug 2019 - 12:32PM

The US president said it was a ‘terrible thing’ that people with mental illness were ‘just allowed to go onto the streets’ after some psychiatric hospitals were closed beginning in the 1950s.

Donald Trump proposes more psychiatric centres instead of gun control to stem rising tide of violence
Morning vs evening exercise: one is better for losing weight, the other for performance

Exercising at night and during the day have different effects on the body. A morning workout boosts the metabolism of sugar and fat, while exercising at night uses less energy and oxygen.

15 Aug 2019 - 10:20AM

Exercising at night and during the day have different effects on the body. A morning workout boosts the metabolism of sugar and fat, while exercising at night uses less energy and oxygen.

Morning vs evening exercise: one is better for losing weight, the other for performance
Swedish court finds US rapper A$AP Rocky guilty of assault

However he did not get jail time as the Stockholm district court found the assault was not ‘of such a serious nature that prison sentence must be chosen’.

14 Aug 2019 - 9:00PM

However he did not get jail time as the Stockholm district court found the assault was not ‘of such a serious nature that prison sentence must be chosen’.

Swedish court finds US rapper A$AP Rocky guilty of assault
How to train for recording audiobooks: voice-over talents sharpen their skills as industry takes off

Downloads of audiobooks have tripled in the past five years, and voice-over artists are in demand. Renowned voice-over artist Johnny Heller teaches hopefuls the finer points of audiobook recording.

14 Aug 2019 - 8:00PM

Downloads of audiobooks have tripled in the past five years, and voice-over artists are in demand. Renowned voice-over artist Johnny Heller teaches hopefuls the finer points of audiobook recording.

How to train for recording audiobooks: voice-over talents sharpen their skills as industry takes off
The Nordic diet: high-quality protein, low-fat dairy, high-fibre carbs ... but go easy on the cured fish

Based on high-quality protein, low-fat dairy, and high-fibre carbs, the Nordic diet is built around minimally processed foods sourced locally for freshness. Its health benefits include a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

14 Aug 2019 - 7:22PM

Based on high-quality protein, low-fat dairy, and high-fibre carbs, the Nordic diet is built around minimally processed foods sourced locally for freshness. Its health benefits include a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

The Nordic diet: high-quality protein, low-fat dairy,  high-fibre carbs ... but go easy on the cured fish
Dogfishing: why posing on dating apps with other people’s pets won’t help you find love

Using someone else’s pet in a dating profile as bait is a trick generally performed by men to pretend they have nurturing qualities. Women may equate how a man treats his dog with how he would treat a partner, a dating coach explains.

13 Aug 2019 - 8:00PM

Using someone else’s pet in a dating profile as bait is a trick generally performed by men to pretend they have nurturing qualities. Women may equate how a man treats his dog with how he would treat a partner, a dating coach explains.

Dogfishing: why posing on dating apps with other people’s pets won’t help you find love
Ebola no longer ‘incurable’ after discovery of two highly effective treatments, scientists say

The drugs, tested in a nearly nine-month clinical trial, have performed so well that health professionals will now administer them to every patient in Congo.

13 Aug 2019 - 8:33PM

The drugs, tested in a nearly nine-month clinical trial, have performed so well that health professionals will now administer them to every patient in Congo.

Ebola no longer ‘incurable’ after discovery of two highly effective treatments, scientists say
Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra called hypocrite for ‘encouraging nuclear war’ against Pakistan

Hair blogger Ayesha Malik called the actress and Unicef Goodwill Ambassador a ‘hypocrite’ for ‘encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan’.

13 Aug 2019 - 10:29AM

Hair blogger Ayesha Malik called the actress and Unicef Goodwill Ambassador a ‘hypocrite’ for ‘encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan’.

Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra called hypocrite for ‘encouraging nuclear war’ against Pakistan
Norway mosque shooting: how unarmed 65-year-old Mohammad Rafiq tackled the gunman and averted tragedy

Gunman ‘put finger in my eye’ during scuffle, says ex-Pakistani military officer Mohammad Rafiq, who threw suspect to the ground and disarmed him.

13 Aug 2019 - 5:38AM

Gunman ‘put finger in my eye’ during scuffle, says ex-Pakistani military officer Mohammad Rafiq, who threw suspect to the ground and disarmed him.

Norway mosque shooting: how unarmed 65-year-old Mohammad Rafiq tackled the gunman and averted tragedy
Guards watching Jeffrey Epstein at time of death were on overtime and ‘severely overworked’: union president

The correctional centre where the wealthy financier and alleged sex trafficker was being held suffers from extreme staffing shortages – with less than 70 per cent of the officers it needs, according to the union president.

12 Aug 2019 - 9:28PM

The correctional centre where the wealthy financier and alleged sex trafficker was being held suffers from extreme staffing shortages – with less than 70 per cent of the officers it needs, according to the union president.

Guards watching Jeffrey Epstein at time of death were on overtime and ‘severely overworked’: union president
Five kinds of TV viewer – which one are you? How streaming changed the way we watch series

Gone are the days when you’d sit in front of the television for your weekly dose of Friends and Seinfeld, or hope to catch a rerun. Today everyone watches series differently. Which description best fits your viewing habit?

12 Aug 2019 - 5:00AM

Gone are the days when you’d sit in front of the television for your weekly dose of Friends and Seinfeld, or hope to catch a rerun. Today everyone watches series differently. Which description best fits your viewing habit?

Five kinds of TV viewer – which one are you? How streaming changed the way we watch series
Gaffe-prone Joe Biden says ‘poor kids just as bright as white kids’ as he speaks to Asian and Hispanic voters

Remarks to Asian and Hispanic voters prompt social media furore, as many focus on equivalence drawn between poor children and minority children.

10 Aug 2019 - 8:40PM

Remarks to Asian and Hispanic voters prompt social media furore, as many focus on equivalence drawn between poor children and minority children.

Gaffe-prone Joe Biden says ‘poor kids just as bright as white kids’ as he speaks to Asian and Hispanic voters
How some medicines cause side effects that imitate dementia in the elderly, and safer alternatives

Insomnia, incontinence and Parkinson’s disease in the elderly are often treated with medicines called anticholinergics. Studies show these drugs impair old people’s cognitive functions; fortunately, alternative drugs are available.

9 Aug 2019 - 9:00PM

Insomnia, incontinence and Parkinson’s disease in the elderly are often treated with medicines called anticholinergics. Studies show these drugs impair old people’s cognitive functions; fortunately, alternative drugs are available.

How some medicines cause side effects that imitate dementia in the elderly, and safer alternatives
Air-conditioned clothes: Sony gadget Reon Pocket tucks into your shirt to fight the summer heat

Bluetooth gadget controlled from your smartphone slides between shoulders of a specially designed shirt and can lower temperature by 13 Celsius, Sony claims. It swears you won’t look strange wearing the US$120 device.

9 Aug 2019 - 5:00AM

Bluetooth gadget controlled from your smartphone slides between shoulders of a specially designed shirt and can lower temperature by 13 Celsius, Sony claims. It swears you won’t look strange wearing the US$120 device.

Air-conditioned clothes: Sony gadget Reon Pocket tucks into your shirt to fight the summer heat
Samsung Galaxy Note10 first impressions: what US$950 adds, what it takes away and what it lacks

New Note handsets keep the improvements seen in Galaxy S10 phones, and innovate some – the S-Pen stylus can control some functions by gesture; but headphone jack is gone, and it doesn’t have facial unlock.

8 Aug 2019 - 2:59PM

New Note handsets keep the improvements seen in Galaxy S10 phones, and innovate some – the S-Pen stylus can control some functions by gesture; but headphone jack is gone, and it doesn’t have facial unlock.

Samsung Galaxy Note10 first impressions: what US$950 adds, what it takes away and what it lacks
Trump lashes out at New York Times for changing headline about his response to shootings

The newspaper made the change from ‘Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism’ to ‘Assailing Hate But Not Guns’ after weathering intense backlash on social media.

7 Aug 2019 - 10:11PM

The newspaper made the change from ‘Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism’ to ‘Assailing Hate But Not Guns’ after weathering intense backlash on social media.

Trump lashes out at New York Times for changing headline about his response to shootings
US millionaire Peter Chadwick, accused of killing Malaysian wife Quee Choo, caught in Mexico after four years on the run

Arrested in Mexico, Peter Chadwick now faces 25 years to life in jail for alleged killing of Quee Choo Chadwick, his spouse of 17 years.

7 Aug 2019 - 1:27PM

Arrested in Mexico, Peter Chadwick now faces 25 years to life in jail for alleged killing of Quee Choo Chadwick, his spouse of 17 years.

US millionaire Peter Chadwick, accused of killing Malaysian wife Quee Choo, caught in Mexico after four years on the run
Are violent video games or mental illness causing US mass shootings?

US President Donald Trump blames internet, video games and mental illness – not guns – for America’s mass shootings.

6 Aug 2019 - 9:07PM

US President Donald Trump blames internet, video games and mental illness – not guns – for America’s mass shootings.

Are violent video games or mental illness causing US mass shootings?
US defence firms doubling down on hypersonic weapons technology

Contractors are hoping to profit from an international arms race in hypersonic weaponry that has drawn the United States into a cold war-style competition with Russia and China.

3 Aug 2019 - 3:27PM

Contractors are hoping to profit from an international arms race in hypersonic weaponry that has drawn the United States into a cold war-style competition with Russia and China.

US defence firms doubling down on hypersonic weapons technology
Sex and drugs scandals taint K-pop’s clean-cut image – and test fans’ devotion

Fallen idols, anguished victims, betrayed fans and ruined careers. That’s just the toll so far as sex scandals rock the clean-cut image of K-pop, South Korea’s powerhouse cultural export.

1 Aug 2019 - 4:09AM

Fallen idols, anguished victims, betrayed fans and ruined careers. That’s just the toll so far as sex scandals rock the clean-cut image of K-pop, South Korea’s powerhouse cultural export.

Sex and drugs scandals taint K-pop’s clean-cut image – and test fans’ devotion
Canadian serial killer nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer wouldn’t have been caught if she hadn’t confessed, inquiry reveals

Inquiry reveals how killing spree by Elizabeth Wettlaufer, who injected eight seniors with fatal overdoses of insulin, was not detected until she confessed.

1 Aug 2019 - 2:17AM

Inquiry reveals how killing spree by Elizabeth Wettlaufer, who injected eight seniors with fatal overdoses of insulin, was not detected until she confessed.

Canadian serial killer nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer wouldn’t have been caught if she hadn’t confessed, inquiry reveals
Pentagon rejecting recruits over Chinese relatives and other foreign ties – despite need for foreign language skills

Some of those weeded out had been recruited under Pentagon programme to make use of immigrants’ vital skills.

31 Jul 2019 - 11:07PM

Some of those weeded out had been recruited under Pentagon programme to make use of immigrants’ vital skills.

Pentagon rejecting recruits over Chinese relatives and other foreign ties – despite need for foreign language skills
US President Donald Trump says residents of Baltimore ‘appreciate’ his insults about their ‘rat-infested’ city

The US president has claimed his attacks on lawmaker Elijah Cummings and Baltimore has helped him score political points with the African-American community.

31 Jul 2019 - 1:08AM

The US president has claimed his attacks on lawmaker Elijah Cummings and Baltimore has helped him score political points with the African-American community.

US President Donald Trump says residents of Baltimore ‘appreciate’ his insults about their ‘rat-infested’ city