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A collection of the best talking points and opinions on trending stories from The Straits Times and The Business Times.


FEB 21, 2020
21/02/20 - ST: The Big Story, 21 Feb
In The Straits Times The Big Story, multimedia journalist Olivia Quay and correspondent Yuen Sin talk about income inequality in Singapore falling to its lowest in two decades.
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FEB 20, 2020
20/02/20 - Art of Japanese metal craft; Tiong Bahru Bakery's new diner concept: Life Picks Ep 72
Life Picks Ep 72: Art of Japanese metal craft; Tiong Bahru Bakery's new diner concept 10:56 mins Synopsis: Every Thursday, The Straits Times highlights the best films, concerts, restaurants and arts events you can catch in Singapore over the coming weeks. This week, Money FM's Michelle Martin chats with ST's food correspondent Eunice Quek about a new diner concept at Tiong Bahru Bakery at Raffles City and Funan mall, that offers fermented ingredients, and more options for vegans and vegetarians. Highlights are the hot chicken salad with caramelised pumpkin and the miso wholewheat spaghetti with broccolini. Do check out the pulled pork creamy risoni pasta, as the pulled pork is marinated for two days.  ST's senior culture correspondent Ong Sor Fern also comes on the show to talk about workshops that cover knife finishing and hammering copperware at a unique show at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, called Roots of Metalcraft: Tsubame-Sanjo, Niigata, Japan. Produced by: Michelle Martin & ST Lifestyle desk Edited by: Aw Yao Feng & Ernest Luis Follow Life Picks podcasts and rate us on: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2PwZCYU Apple Podcasts: http://str.sg/o8MK Google Podcasts: http://str.sg/oXeS Playlist: https://str.sg/JwuG Website: http://str.sg/stpodcasts Feedback to: podcast@sph.com.sg Thank you for your support! ST and BT Podcasts picked up a silver medal for Best Digital Project to engage younger and/or millennial audiences at 2019 Asian Digital Media Awards by Wan-Ifra: https://str.sg/Jw5T
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FEB 20, 2020
20/02/20 - ST: The Big Story, 20 Feb
In The Straits Times The Big Story, multimedia journalist Olivia Quay and senior transport correspondent Christopher Tan talk about the Government's big push for electric vehicles.
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FEB 18, 2020
18/02/20 - ST: The Big Story,18 Feb
Multimedia journalist Olivia Quay and deputy business editor, Poon Chian Hui discuss the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) downgrading Singapore's economic growth forecast.
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FEB 17, 2020
17/02/20 - Basics of loyalty programmes: Money Hacks Ep 65
Money Hacks Ep 65: Basics of loyalty programmes 9:06 min Synopsis: In this fortnightly podcast series on Mondays, The Business Times breaks down actionable financial tips. In this week's episode, we talk about loyalty programmes, what they are and how they can work for the investor. Adam Reynolds, CEO Asia Pacific, Saxo Markets, tells us more about Saxo Rewards. 1. Should investors even care about loyalty programmes? (1:09) 2. How common are loyalty programmes in the online brokerage industry? (1:56) 3. Does Saxo expect other brokerages to launch competing loyalty programmes? (6:07) 4. Don't just trade for the sake of racking points up (7:03) Produced by: Chris Lim and Lee Kim Siang Edited by: Adam Azlee Follow more Money Hacks podcasts and rate us on: Spotify: http://bt.sg/oeGN Apple Podcasts: http://bt.sg/oeXe Google podcasts: http://bt.sg/oeGd Playlist: http://bt.sg/btpodcasts Website: http://bt.sg/moneyhacks Feedback to: podcast@sph.com.sg Do note: Any financial or investment information in this podcast is for use in Singapore only and is intended to be for your general information. Any particular investment or decision should only be made after consulting with a fully qualified financial adviser. Thank you for your support! ST & BT Podcasts picked up a silver medal for Best Digital Project to engage younger and/or millennial audiences at 2019 Asian Digital Media Awards by Wan-Ifra: https://str.sg/Jw5T 
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FEB 13, 2020
13/02/20 - Finding great sourdough breads; 2020 still great year to catch 80s hit acts: Life Picks Ep 71
Life Picks Ep 71: Finding great sourdough breads; 2020 still great year to catch 80s hit acts 10:56 mins Synopsis: Every Thursday, The Straits Times highlights the best films, concerts, restaurants and arts events you can catch in Singapore over the coming weeks. This week, Money FM's Michelle Martin chats with ST's food editor Tan Hsueh Yun. They talk about Woodlands Sourdough, a popular bakery that you can now find at The Longhaus, 183 Upper Thomson Rd. Woodlands Sourdough is now using more wholegrains to create more substantial breads. Listen on to hear how Tan describes their offerings and it may just stir your hunger pangs. They also serve pizzas from noon on Sundays. ST's music correspondent Eddino Abdul Hadi discusses how this year is good for fans of pop acts from the 1980s. Norwegian trio A-Ha, known for 1980s hits such as Take On Me, will play their first Singapore show at Singapore Turf Club @ Kranji on March 21 while British pop duo Pet Shop Boys have just released a new album, their 14th, Hotspot. Also performing in Singapore in the later part of the year is Tony Hadley, the singer from Spandau Ballet, one of the most popular British pop groups from the 1980s. He will perform at The Theatre at Mediacorp on Oct 10. Produced by: Michelle Martin & ST Lifestyle desk Edited by: Aw Yao Feng & Ernest Luis Follow Life Picks podcasts and rate us on: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2PwZCYU Apple Podcasts: http://str.sg/o8MK Google Podcasts: http://str.sg/oXeS Playlist: https://str.sg/JwuG Website: http://str.sg/stpodcasts Feedback to: podcast@sph.com.sg Thank you for your support! ST and BT Podcasts picked up a silver medal for Best Digital Project to engage younger and/or millennial audiences at 2019 Asian Digital Media Awards by Wan-Ifra: https://str.sg/Jw5T
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FEB 13, 2020
13/02/20 - ST: The Big Story, 13 Feb
In The Straits Times The Big Story, multimedia journalist Olivia Quay spoke to Matthew Smith, an American quarantined on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship to discuss the ordeal of being quarantined on the cruise ship.
05:41

FEB 13, 2020
13/02/20 - Virologist Prof Wang Linfa offers hand hygiene tips to counter novel coronavirus threat: Health Check Ep 29
Health Check Ep 29: Virologist Prof Wang Linfa offers hand hygiene tips to counter novel coronavirus threat 12:17 mins Synopsis: In this fortnightly podcast series on Wednesdays, The Straits Times guides you to healthier living and clears up common misconceptions on health. In this episode, ST correspondent Joyce Teo calls Professor Wang Linfa. He is the director of the emerging infectious disease programme at Duke-NUS Medical School. He is also a virologist who was part of the World Health Organization Emergency Committee on the novel coronavirus outbreak. We ask him the latest updates on the novel coronavirus, and what we can do to protect ourselves. Professor Wang tells us: How to be aware and maintain hand hygiene when using lifts and public toilets, because contact transmission for the novel coronavirus is potent (1:17) Droplet transmission threat for coronaviruses: What should you do to protect yourself better when using taxis or private hire cars for example? (4:23) Is faecal transmission possible with the novel coronavirus? (6:35) Tips for older people and those with existing conditions (7:19) One good tip on using a ballpoint pen and its cap to press lift buttons and reduce your skin's exposure to possible coronaviruses (9:41) Produced by: Joyce Teo and Ernest Luis Edited by: Penelope Lee Follow more Health Check podcasts and rate us on: Spotify: http://str.sg/oeGY Apple Podcasts: http://str.sg/oeXP Google Podcasts: http://str.sg/oeLN Playlist: https://str.sg/Jw7R Website: http://str.sg/stpodcasts Feedback to: podcast@sph.com.sg   Thank you for your support! ST and BT Podcasts picked up a silver medal for Best Digital Project to engage younger and/or millennial audiences at 2019 Asian Digital Media Awards by Wan-Ifra: https://str.sg/Jw5T
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FEB 13, 2020
13/02/20 - How to practise better hygiene in wake of Wuhan coronavirus: Health Check Ep 28
Health Check Ep 28: How to practise better hygiene in wake of Wuhan coronavirus 12:27 mins Synopsis: In this fortnightly podcast series on Wednesdays, The Straits Times guides you to healthier living and clears up common misconceptions on health. In this episode, ST correspondent Joyce Teo and podcasting head Ernest Luis talk about how we can all start practising better hygiene in the wake of the mysterious novel coronavirus - 2019-nCov - that originated in Wuhan. Should we all wear masks now? (0:52) Is it true that flipping surgical masks inside out is the right thing to do? (2:24) Is there an art to washing and sanitising hands properly? How to choose proper hand sanitisers? (4:00) What are the symptoms and the incubation period of the Wuhan coronavirus? (6:54) Health authorities say that it generally requires prolonged exposure to the infected person for you to catch the bug. How is prolonged exposure defined? (8:52) Produced by: Joyce Teo and Ernest Luis Edited by: Penelope Lee Follow more Health Check podcasts and rate us on: Spotify: http://str.sg/oeGY Apple Podcasts: http://str.sg/oeXP Google Podcasts: http://str.sg/oeLN Playlist: https://str.sg/Jw7R Website: http://str.sg/stpodcasts Feedback to: podcast@sph.com.sg   Thank you for your support! ST and BT Podcasts picked up a silver medal for Best Digital Project to engage younger and/or millennial audiences at 2019 Asian Digital Media Awards by Wan-Ifra: https://str.sg/Jw5T
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FEB 12, 2020
12/02/20 - ST: The Big Story, 12 Feb
In The Straits Times The Big Story, multimedia journalist Olivia Quay and science and environment correspondent Audrey Tan share some practical measures that people can do to fight the coronavirus.
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