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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Tun Dr M is a saint when compare to the Evil Emperor LKY ?

Tun Dr M is a saint when compare to the Evil Emperor LKY ?

It is very amusing to see how Malaysians (probably of the minority races) have spasms of ecstasy when referring to Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) in Malaysian forums. From across the border in Malaysia, Singapore seems like Wonderland and LKY like a benevolent god.

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We are not going to let everybody beat up MJ. Doctor not suspect in MJ death


We are not going to let everybody beat up MJ

Doctor not suspect in MJ death

LOS ANGELES, June 29 — Both Michael Jackson’s family and his personal physician were at pains to explain yesterday what caused the troubled pop star’s sudden death weeks before his long-awaited comeback.

Dr. Conrad Murray, who was at Jackson’s side when he died, told police he did not inject the singer with painkillers before his fatal cardiac arrest on Thursday, his lawyer said yesterday after reports he received a shot of narcotic Demerol.

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Forgotten evolutionist lives in Darwin’s shadow

Forgotten evolutionist lives in Darwin’s shadow

SANTUBONG: As he trudges past chest-high ferns and butterflies the size of saucers, George Beccaloni scours a jungle hilltop overlooking the South China Sea for signs of a long-forgotten Victorian-era scientist in Borneo.

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Open letter to Thai PM, calling for peace in southern Thailand

Open letter to Thai PM, calling for peace in southern Thailand

PETALING JAYA: Asean non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are teaming up to demand for an end to human rights abuse in southern Thailand.

They are sending an open letter to Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, calling on the government to check human rights abuses allegedly committed by the military and the police.

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‘I’m better off dead’ — MJ











During his prime. Michael Jackson performs during the halftime show at the NFL’s Super Bowl XXVII in Pasadena, California, January 31, 1993. — Reuters file pic

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Family, lawyer and friends including a cardiologist suspected that Michael Jackson died because of Demerol injection

Family, lawyer and friends including a cardiologist suspected that

Michael Jackson  died because of Demerol injection

michael jackson death 260609 03 The family of Michael Jackson is to hold an independent autopsy as associates revealed their anger over unanswered questions surrounding the tragic pop icon’s death.

Jackson’s family members were huddled at their compound in the northern Los Angeles suburb of Encino, where they have been based since the most famous member of their clan died suddenly on Thursday at age 50.


The Los Angeles Coroner’s office said on Friday a preliminary autopsy on Jackson was inconclusive and a final cause of death would not be known until exhaustive toxicology tests are completed in “six to eight weeks.”

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TIME:Why Burma May Be North Korea’s Best Friend

A North Korean ship, the Kang Nam I, shown anchored in Hong Kong waters in October 2006

A North Korean ship, the Kang Nam I, shown anchored in Hong Kong waters in October 2006. Vincent Yu/AP photo
North Korea is great at scaring its neighbors. The isolated dictatorship carries a real nuclear threat, and tested its latest device this May in an underground bunker. Tensions in East Asia heightened this week after Pyongyang threatened “a fire shower of nuclear retaliation” if the U.S. or its allies in the region attempted any provocative action when trying to curb North Korea’s missile program.