Hiroshima 75 years on

KEIKO Ogura was a child during World War II. Her family lived in the centre of Hiroshima, but her father was worried for their safety as there was no bomb shelter nearby, so he bought a house on the fringe of the city and they moved there.

Women advance in politics, but what about in business?

ONE significant outcome of Singapore's general election that has been largely overlooked so far is the increase in the number of women elected to Parliament. With 27 women out of a total 93 elected Members of Parliament (MPs), this brings female representation up to 29 per cent of the house....

Viruses don't recognise nationality

LESS than two months ago, on April 28, the number of Americans who were recognised to have died from Covid-19 infection surpassed the 58,220 US soldiers who were killed in the Vietnam War. Almost exactly twice that number of American servicemen (116,516) died in World War I, and the US Covid-19...


Migrant workers: The mirage of disappearance

IT IS appalling, and there have to be big changes: that seems to be an emerging consensus on male migrant workers' accommodation since the rapid spread of Covid-19 in dormitories attracted a spotlight to conditions there. While there is now a strong body of support for reform, a feeling often...

Covid-19 vaccine delivery requires political decisions

ESTIMATES of how long it will take to develop an effective Covid-19 vaccine have varied greatly since the outbreak began, from an optimistic few months to a more realistic year, to two years. It is something about which there can be no certainty. For some much older viral diseases, a vaccine has...

We are all survivors

HISTORICALLY, neither wars nor famine have caused as much loss of life as diseases, yet human beings, one way or another, have done their best to survive and pick themselves up, whatever they had gone through.


There are some things we shouldn't adapt to

WHENEVER great changes promise (or threaten) to overtake a society, there is usually some resistance. But there is also a strong sense that if the change seems inevitable, the sensible thing to do is to adapt. Sometimes, that is the best way - but not always.