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On being present

Our young man takes a break this week and leaves the way clear for a young woman to say her piece. JACQUELINE ANN SURIN guests on 'A Yuppie's Progress' to write about a common problem: heedless communication, when we communicate without really being present.

Thumbs up for four-day schooling

With the economic downturn and stiff new limits on state and federal education budgets, other districts, particularly in the rural West, are following suit, shutting down one day a week to cut costs.

Hope on the line

EXCUSE me for being adamant about not hanging up my party hat and all the seasonal and nostalgic frills just yet even though we#8217;ve advanced nine days into a squeaky clean new year.

Bliss in the city

In that classic children's story. 'Town Mouse and Country Mouse', a city rodent visits his cousin in the 'ulu' and vice versa. Both end up hating each other's lifestyle because it's so strange and different and neither can wait to get back to what they are used to. The classic tale suggests we are all creatures of habit and familiarity, and that pulling up one's roots and replanting them in a new environment is next to impossible. But a young couple and a retiree who exchanged one lifestyle for a completely different one offer a new take on the simple tale. REENA GURBAKSH finds out why a country mouse bolted for the city and why a town mouse headed for the hills.

Lessons on sex from Mills & Boon

My earliest exposure to sex education as a teenager growing up in Malaysia was from the countless Mills Boon romances, writes DELILAH LEE.

D-G: Confidence in new policy growing

A clear sign that schools are slowly but surely overcoming the teething problems in the teaching of Mathematics and Science in English and the public are gaining confidence in the new policy is the decline in the number of calls received by the Education Ministry#8217;s hotline.

Former Thai deputy minister faces grilling over 'rape'

B>BANGKOK:/BPolice are expected to summon Thailand#8217;s former Deputy Interior Minister Sombat Uthaisang, 66, over allegations that he had raped a junior civil servant on Nov 21 last year.

EPF plans to invest RM130mil in IT to improve service

THE Employees Provident Fund (EPF) plans to invest about RM130mil in information technology (IT) over the next three years to provide better service to its 10.3 million members and 340,000 contributing employers, said deputy chief executive officer II Rusma Ibrahim.

Italian ace Baggio at peace with himself with modest Brescia

Roberto Baggio has always been at peace with himself since missing the decisive shot of the 1994 World Cup Final. That famous drive high over the crossbar apparently hasn't had much of an effect on his professional career, either.

Alone and abandoned

From Death Mummy