• How much money do people need to be happy?

    Take three people. All are unmarried, 33-year-old women who live in the United States. One makes an annual salary of $40,000, another makes $120,000, and the third makes $200,000. Who do you think is the happiest? According to a recent released study (paywall) in the burgeoning field of happiness research, the two higher-earning women are…

  • Execution abandoned after death row prisoner 'repeatedly jabbed' by officials doing lethal injection

    An attempted execution in Alabama was halted after medical personnel repeatedly jabbed the death row inmate in the ankles, lower legs and groin but failed to find a usable vein, according to a court filing by his lawyer. The dramatic night began with a temporary stay of execution at around 6pm local time - lifted by the US Supreme Court just three hours later - and ended in confusion as 61-year-old Doyle Lee Hamm was returned to his cell shortly before midnight on Thursday. Lawyer Bernard Harcourt, who has represented Hamm for 28 years, said he was seeking information about what happened during the attempted execution.

  • Malaysian PM sparks national uproar after switching from rice to quinoa

    The Prime Minister of Malaysia has sparked national uproar after revealing he prefers quinoa to rice. Najib Razak, who is running for re-election later this year amid allegations of corruption, said he switched to the grain as part of a new diet. Mr Najib was already under scrutiny because of a US Justice $4.5 billion kleptocracy investigation involving a Malaysian government investment fund and his luxury lifestyle, at a time of rising living costs.

  • Dimitrov becomes top seed and top draw as Federer skips Dubai

    With the withdrawal of Roger Federer, Grigor Dimitrov will be thrust into the favourite's role when the Dubai Championships start on Monday. The Bulgarian is ranked No. 4 in the world and won the season-ending ATP Finals in November, but he lost to Federer in the Rotterdam final a week ago, at the end of a tournament in which the 36-year-old Swiss regained the No. 1 ranking. Tournament officials waited hopefully all week for Federer, but he finally decided to skip the event.

  • Seller at D’Chateau @ Shelford suffers loss of $1.22 million

    The most profitable deal in the week of Feb 6 to 13 was the sale of a 2,239 sq ft, four-bedder at Bayshore Park, which is located opposite East Coast Park. A 2,239 sq ft, four-bedder at Bayshore Park fetched a $1.27 million (137%) profit on Feb 7. All eight transactions at the 99-year leasehold Bayshore Park so far this year have been profitable, as revealed from the matching of URA caveat data.

  • 'People have gone chicken crazy': what the KFC crisis means for the brand

    At lunchtime on Friday, George Cheah, or George Junior as he is known, doesn’t really have the time to talk. Cheah’s family-run fried chicken joint, Chicken George in Luton, won best takeaway at the British Takeaway Awards in 2016 so they are never short of custom, but since the great fried chicken crisis of 2018 began more than a week ago they have been inundated. Chicken George is not the only takeaway straining under the demand for fried chicken as customers attempt to get their fix following the closure of most of KFC’s UK outlets earlier this week.

  • Geely chairman builds $9 billion stake in Germany's Daimler

    BEIJING/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The chairman of Chinese carmaker Geely has built up an almost 10 percent stake in Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler , making a $9 billion (£6.4 billion) bet that he can push through an alliance to access the German company's technology. The purchase by Li Shufu, Geely's founder and main owner, means China's largest privately-owned automaker is now Daimler's biggest shareholder. Geely said on Saturday there were no plans "for the time being" to raise the stake further.