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To praise or not to praise

Praise and rewards are tools often used by parents and educationists to elicit desired behaviour in children. However, these methods of positive reinforcement may actually do more harm than good, writes DR CHIAM HENG KENG.

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News briefs on: Scomi Engineering, BCB, Green Packet and Konsortium Logistik.

Darfur peace deadline nears, Bush raises pressure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush announced new sanctions on Thursday against people suspected of aiding genocide in Sudan's Darfur region, as peace talks in Nigeria neared a deadline and 160 religious and human rights groups prepared for a massive Washington rally on Sunday.

China raises lending rate

China has raised interest rates for the first time in 18 months on Thursday to slow a boom in credit and investment that risks destabilising the world's fastest-growing major economy.

Oil spike raises fresh concerns

The spike in the price of crude oil to US$75 a barrel has raised fresh concern over its impact on inflation and rising costs for companies.

Ensure adequate vets before enforcing rule

From EDUCATED DOG of Petaling Jaya

Goldman Sachs takes up stake in Taliworks

Taliworks Corp Bhd said Goldman Sachs International and a local institution have bought an aggregate of 28 million shares at RM1.35 per share from its controlling shareholders Lim Chee Meng and his family.

Insurgents mount bold attacks in Baghdad, Ramadi

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - About 50 insurgents mounted a brazen attack on Iraqi forces in Baghdad on Monday, prompting U.S. troops to provide support in a battle that lasted seven hours, a U.S. military spokesman said.

Skipper leads Australia to cricket victory

B>FATULLAH:/BAustralia captain Ricky Ponting scored a brave unbeaten century to lead his side to a three-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first Test yesterday.

Fergie raises stakes with his trademark mind games

Like Kevin Keegan and Arsene Wenger before him, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho must learn to live with the hot breath of Manchester United's Alex Ferguson on his collar in the decisive final weeks of the English season.