Understated, ambitious and preparing to be wealthy

Understated, ambitious and preparing to be wealthy

SINGAPORE, Sept 24 — The next generation of wealthy individuals will likely defy cultural and social stereotypes of the wealthy of an older, less globalised age, says a study conducted by wealth management consultancy Scorpio Partnership and The Standard Chartered Private Bank.

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Global anti-corruption watchdog ranks Malaysia 47th least corrupt, praises Penang

Global anti-corruption watchdog

ranks Malaysia 47th least corrupt, praises Penang

GEORGE TOWN, Sept 24 – Global corruption watchdog, Transparency International (TI), has ranked Malaysia as the 47th least corrupt nation in the world and commended the island state of Penang for its anti-corruption efforts.

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BBC:Suu Kyi ‘welcomes US engagement’

Detained Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she welcomes US plans to engage with the country’s military rulers, her lawyers say.


Thailand announces breakthrough in HIV vaccine

BANGKOK, Sept 24 – Thailand announced on Thursday a breakthrough in the HIV vaccine development – the first time ever that there is evidence that HIV vaccine has preventive efficacy.

“It is found that the vaccine has 31.2 per cent efficacy in reducing the risk of HIV infection,” Thai Public Health Minister Withaya Kaewparadai told a press conference in capital Bangkok, reports Xinhua news agency.


Stand up for your rights

 Stand up for your rights

SEPT 24 — I was raised in my early years in squatter colonies in the older sections of Kuala Lumpur. We were taught from young to be agreeable. It is key to getting past first-level social mobility barriers.

When you are part of the disenfranchised you have to persuade rather than demand. The ones who demanded persistently usually got stuck where they were — or got unstuck with the powers that be.

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AIDS vaccine protects 32pc of trial volunteers

AIDS vaccine protects 32pc of trial volunteers


A Chinese woman passes an anti-Aids poster in Beijing. — Reuters pic

WASHINGTON, Sept 24 — An experimental AIDS vaccine made using two older vaccines protected volunteers, lowering the risk of infection by about a third, US and Thai researchers reported today.

The vaccine is a combination of Sanofi-Pasteur’s Alvac canary pox vaccine and the failed HIV vaccine AIDSVAX, made by a San Francisco company called VaxGen and now owned by the nonprofit Global Solutions for Infectious Diseases.

It lowered the risk of HIV infection by 32 per cent among 16,000 heterosexual Thai volunteers who had no special risk of AIDSs infection, the US and Thai government researchers said.

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2009 Global Corruption Report out

2009 Global Corruption Report out

Accra, Sept. 23, GNA – The 2009 Global Corruption Report has revealed that fighting corruption at the nexus of private and public entities requires a radical change in government’s commitment to addressing the problem.

It said prompt investigations and prosecution of alleged corrupt acts as well as strong sanctions for violators constitutes one of the solutions and the approach could be successful only when the political leadership adopts a strong anti-corruption stance.

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