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Hard hit by dearth of tourists

The travel industry has been forced to take a vacation from selling vacations because of SARS outbreak. LAM LI reports on how it has transformed work routines and the lives of those in the business.


US stocks jump on outlook

Stocks rallied on Friday as investors looked beyond a weak employment report to an eventual economic rebound, but bonds lost much of the week#8217;s gains ahead of the quarterly US Treasury auction next week.


A working holiday

In terms of diversity of wilderness experience, South Australia #8211; with its deserts, coastlines and seascapes, mountains and ancient landscapes #8211; is certainly blessed.

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Mayor: Situation remains severe as death toll rises

Beijing's SARS outbreak #8220;remains severe'' and hospitals set aside to handle the disease don't have enough beds for all suspected cases, the city's new mayor said Wednesday.


Preparing the Speech

EVERY speech has three parts: the introduction, the body, and the conclusion. Which part of a speech do you think you prepare first?


To papa with love

P. LIN of Bayan Baru, Penang, dedicates this touching and poignant piece to her dad who passed away a year ago.


A question of faith

In future, you may only employ foreign domestic help of the same religion as yours. This rule being drafted #8216;to protect maids#8217; affects 150,000 households, as working parents may be forced to quit their jobs and stay home, which in turn would see a reduction in personal income as well as professionals from the Malaysian workforce.


Taking the plunge in Japan

Snowboarding in Japan, visiting cities like metropolitan Tokyo, and bathing in Japan's world-renowned oI>nsen/Iis how JACKSON TEO spent his winter holidays on the Lions Club Youth Exchange Programme.


Sailing into the Friesland

Mention the country Netherlands, and images of tulips, windmills and wooden clogs come to mind. Well, it is high time to add the I>skutsje/Iinto the list-to-remember too. A I>skutsje/Iis a traditional Dutch yacht which, like the wooden clogs, is still used by a small number of the Dutch. Therefore, when a friend, Ping, offered me a one-week I>skutsje/Isailing trip during last year's summer, I took it up immediately.