Are leaders born or made?

Are leaders born or made? — Richard Arvey

JUNE 30 — Looking at leaders of the past few decades, we notice that many are undeniably charismatic and have a strong sense of identity and self-confidence. Former US president Bill Clinton and current President Barack Obama are disarmingly charming, inspiring and eloquent. They have presence and a keen interest in taking charge of a situation.

In the commercial world, the likes of Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Apple’s Steve Jobs suggest that leadership calls for a single-mindedness about doing well despite obstacles falling along the way. The ‘never say die’ attitude prevails. Some continue to be leaders with an amiable disposition while others care less about how they are viewed by others.

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Determinants of quality of life

Determinants of quality of life

The nine quality-of-life factors, and the indicators used to represent these factors, are:

1. Material wellbeing

gdp per person, at ppp in $. Source: Economist Intelligence Unit

2. Health

Life expectancy at birth, years. Source: us Census Bureau

3. Political stability and security

Political stability and security ratings. Source: Economist Intelligence Unit

4. Family life

Divorce rate (per 1,000 population), converted into index of 1 (lowest divorce rates) to 5 (highest). Sources: un; Eu-romonitor

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Did a lab leak cause the H1N1 pandemic?

Did a lab leak cause the H1N1 pandemic?

LONDON, June 30 — It has swept across the world killing at least 300 people and infecting thousands more. Yet the swine flu pandemic might not have happened had it not been for the accidental release of the same strain of influenza virus from a research laboratory in the late 1970s, according to a new study.

A new student submits his health status form to officials during a registration at Putra Universitiy in Serdang, June 27, 2009. — Reuters pic

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Bon Jovi makes ‘Stand’ with new Iran protest video

DETROIT, June 30 —  A new version of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” featuring Jon Bon Jovi dueting in Farsi with exiled Iranian singer Andy Madadian, is making the rounds as an online video.

The track’s co-producer, Don Was, says the video is meant to send “a musical message of worldwide solidarity” to the Iranian people in the aftermath of the country’s recent disputed election.

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Cybercrime on the rise in Facebook

BOSTON, June 30 — Cybercrime is rapidly spreading on Facebook as fraudsters prey on users who think the world’s top social networking site is a safe haven on the Internet.

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Are we overreacting to A (H1N1)?

Dr Ong Hean Teik

In this globalised world, different countries seem to be responding differently to the A (H1N1) flu outbreak. In the US, Ground Zero where A (H1N1) began and with nearly a million estimated cases, there are no thermal scanners at the airports.

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Human trafficking starts right in our own parks

Eric Paulsen

On June 19, Pakatan Rakyat organised a get-together to celebrate the 64th  birthday of Aung San Suu Kyi with a programme that included a few local and Burmese performances, speeches by political leaders/ activists, birthday cakes and lots of red heart-shaped balloons.  

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