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What does happiness smell like? How certain scents can lift your spirits

Feeling like you’re in a mental rut? A psychologist and a perfumer explain how smells can have a positive effect – and offer ...

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A Counter-Strike: Global Offensive loot box with in-game weapons of varying rarity.

‘I spent $20,000 of my parents’ money on mystery boxes’: When lines between gaming and gambling are blurred

Mystery or loot boxes appear in many online games — could they turn a teenager’s love for gaming into a gambling addiction?


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Safety may be our paramount instinct in times like these, but such questions also turn on the issue of who, if anyone, should have access to someone else’s vaccination status, and how high the bar is set for a “strong business need” that warrants disclosure. 

Bioethics expert Michael Wee discusses if medical privacy and personal choice are off-bounds during a pandemic

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Commentary Commentary: Privacy in a pandemic — can I ask my GP if they’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19?
Hishammuddin Hussein, the foreign minister, nursed his rumoured ascension and galvanised a coalition within UMNO by only cursorily dismissing gossip that Azmin Ali could be his number two.

Malaysia's COVID-19 situation could further risk PM Muhyiddin's political standing

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Commentary Commentary: Malaysia PM Muhyiddin’s hand could be forced as pressure mounts for COVID-19 accountability
But even amid all that puffery, US allies are wary of isolating China, with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the G7 expressing a desire to frame this as a “green BRI” granting access to financing for low-carbon projects like clean energy that “shows who we are, not who we are against”.

International business leader Andre Wheeler discusses the intent behind the G7's newly-announced Build Back Better World initiative

China has slammed G7 leaders after they criticized Beijing's human rights record in Xinjiang
Commentary Commentary: Did the world just get a second Belt and Road Initiative?
International passenger traffic in Southeast Asia has been stalled for several months at around 3 per cent of pre-pandemic levels, which is slightly below the current Asia-Pacific average of around 4 per cent and well below the current global average of around 15 per cent.

With Southeast Asian nations not re-opening travel soon enough, the region's aviation industry could be worse-hit, says aviation analyst Brendan Sobie

FILE PHOTO: Spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Changi Airport in Singapore
Commentary Commentary: Southeast Asia risks falling behind other regions in recovering aviation and tourism
In some workplaces, there is no space for the needs of a parent, much less a dad who is seen to have little or no immediate physical responsibilities of taking care of a newborn child.

Human resources professional Adrian Tan explains why paternity leave may not necessarily be an answer to being a good father

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Commentary Commentary: I wanted to be a better dad but paternity leave wouldn’t have made a difference
Vaccine hesitancy has been particularly high in low-income communities. More than a third of those living in public housing projects in Kuala Lumpur (Projek Perumahan Rakyat) surveyed by the United Nations said they were unwilling to be inoculated despite vaccination being free.

Monash University Malaysia’s Dr Vinod RMT Balasubramaniam discusses the possible delays in Malaysia's vaccination programme

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Commentary Commentary: What’s behind no-shows in vaccination centres across Malaysia?


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