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On the alert for danger signs

b>By Jeffrey Francis/B>


Govt to cushion economy from events like war

A fresh pre-emptive package to cushion the country from a possible global economic downturn arising from unforeseeable circumstances, such as a war in Iraq, is being planned.


Socso should rethink proposal on widowers

THE Social Security Organisation (Socso) plans to amend its Act to provide more benefits to its members. Under the proposals, the beneficiaries will be the widows and widowers. The proposed amendment will also encourage the disabled members to be productive again, writes V.K. Chin.


Dr M: Behaviour of M’sians who studied in Egypt puzzling

B>CAIRO:/BPrime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad is perplexed why many Malaysians who study in Egypt return home with extremist tendencies when Egyptians are liberal-minded people.


Andy Yau makes it happen

MAKING your first million is still pretty exciting, albeit for the company you are employed with.


Battleaxe still looms

THE mother-in-law issue is perennial, too serious and politically incorrect to make fun of these days. But the tension is similar wherever you live, writes SOPHIE RADICE in London.


At home with the teens

SUSAN Dykstra worked through two pregnancies, delivered two boys and each time returned to the office quicker than some people master diapering.


Working wives

B>A/BDECADE ago, at the height of the boom, her husband often worked through the night on the assembly line, spooling coils of cable for the electronics giant that gave the town of Hitachi its name. He worked and she stayed home, taking care of the two children, tidying up and preparing his lunch box.


Brains behind brand

B>A/B>T FIRST glance, Aliza Jabès comes across as a stunningly beautiful woman who seems content to stay at home and be beautiful. But don#146;t let that fool you. Once she begins talking about her passions #150; her company, Laboratoire NUXE, and her two young sons #150; the 39-year-old Frenchwoman is indeed a financial whiz of sorts. Seated elegantly in her office at Rue Pierre Charron in central Paris, Jabès can smile brightly now that NUXE is doing well in the highly competitive cosmetics market.


History repeating itself

WE WERE racked with guilt the first time our baby fell off the bed. After the mandatory moment of careful consideration that infants always seem to take, she sentenced us to howls of indignation. But, thankfully, time passes.