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Lure of mystic cures

In Indonesia, people go to the dukun for relief despite the Islamic authorities#8217; objections to flirtation with superstition or practices from older religions, writes CHRIS BRUMMITT.


Disorder in families

Scientists may know much about thalassaemia, but the same cannot be said of the general public, writes MAJORIE CHIEW.


Choosing Your Topic

AS with your previous speeches, your first question may be, #8220;What should I talk about?#8221; Several suggestions about how to choose appropriate topics for your persuasive speech follow.


Green cheer

LEBANON, a country whose fabled cedar trees have been revered since the sea-faring days of the Phoenicians, will host World Environment Day celebrations on June 5.


Pianos with strings attached

Steinway, now celebrating its 150th anniversary, has dominated the piano world for years. Is this natural selection? Or is there some other reason? asks MICHAEL WHITE.


Prepare a Summary

An effective persuasive speech includes a summary of the evidence presented. This will remind your audience of why they should agree with you. These examples show how evidence was summarized in two speeches.


Face-lift for Penang chess league

AFTER 12 years as the premier chess competition in the northern part of the country, the Wah Seong Penang Chess League is undergoing a re-invention. There will be radical changes, with the most obvious external change being a reduction of playing days from nine Sundays to just three.


A holiday-perfect destination

Rolling pastures, rugged peaks, lush rainforests, quaint villages, sandy beaches and abundant fresh produce coupled with temperate climate. What more could you ask for? LEONG SIOK HUI discovered why Australia's Sunshine Coast is dubbed the perfect vacation spot.


The spirit is willing, the flesh is ... flabby



Meatless Mondays

A campaign in the US pushes plan to take a vacation from meat, writes ARTHUR HIRSCH.